A Lot of Life Changes

July 27, 2017

Hey there, it’s been a while since I last posted anything. Suffice to say that I’ve been going through a lot over the last few months, and I couldn’t find the time to update my journal. Real life.. Tends to do things, and mine I felt got extra busy really quick.

So lets see… I got hospitalized several times for various muscle spasms in different parts of my body, had some of my loved ones get hospitalized, celebrated a birthday, and got married.

And yes the latter on the same day.

Funny how things worked out, eh?

But can’t really enjoy the honeymoon just yet as it’s back to work for me. Such is life.

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My Birthday: Not Raining, Pretty Filling

July 26, 2016

So I managed to dodge the “libre” button at class last night by bringing in a few packs (six, all told) large-sized packs of pop corn. It kept my classmates off my back, and for the most part meant that the session itself didn’t call attention to the fact that, yes, it was my birthday.

As far as going home was concerned, I immediately separated from the rest of the class the moment our shift ended, and headed straight home… Where I went out and prepared a spread of spaghetti and a big bowl of spaghetti sauce while I did. Then I laid out the cake, and opened up the bottle of sweet wine I bought the other day… Yeah, it was pretty nice. Then the rest of my family arrived during the afternoon, with even more cake. 

They did appreciate the pasta though, but there’s still quite a bit of that left, all told.


Here I Am, A Year Older, Again

July 26, 2015

I hate to admit it, but I didn’t actually go to sleep last night, as I had stayed up through the wee hours transferring  files between my hard drives to the new external.  As a result, by the time it was five in the morning, I didn’t bother to go to bed anymore, and instead went down to take a bath, in preparation for the morning mass.  And so I went… except for most of it I had my eyes closed, though I tried my best to listen to the proceedings.  I didn’t fall asleep, but there were a whole lot of chances to do so, given the tendency of our parish priest to ramble during homilies.  And ramble he did.  To put things in perspective, a normal mass lasts only about an hour.  This mass started at six in the morning and ended at fifteen minutes to eight.

I ran into my father waiting outside the church, though it was straight home for me.  I didn’t go to sleep then either, and waited for my father to come back, and my sister to send an SMS message on her status, as we were going to meet up at the Mall of Asia for a family lunch.

Tatay and I eventually left at around ten-thirty, so we could scope the place out.  It’s a Japanese charcoal grill place named Tajimaya,  and the two of us waited for a while until my sister and her family arrived.  When they did, it was off inside to reserve one of the eight-person booths, as we were also expecting my cousin and her kids, plus lola (our mother’s mom).  It took a while for them to arrive though, so we helped ourselves to one of the two Set As we ordered.

It was great, though there were quite a lot of burned meat at the beginning, as the charcoal was quite hot for the first half hour or so.  By the time my cousin and our grandmother arrived though, the embers had almost gone out, which made cooking much slower; we had to ask for newer charcoal to be put in eventually.

Oh, and I was worried that the money I had withdrawn today would be enough to cover things, so I actually had to run out and do another withdrawal after my cousin arrived.  Turned out that was a good choice, as I easily spent almost five thousand pesos just for the food and drinks.

When we were done, it was off to Dairy Queen inside MOA to have some iced cream (I choose the mango cheesecake flavor, by the way), while lola and my cousin went off to buy crepes.  By the end of that though we were quite full, which is just as well, as the kids (specifically my sister’s son) was getting antsy.  So we said goodbye to our relatives (with the caveat that lola was going to stay at our place this week), and started on the way home, though my sister and her family didn’t stay with us for the rest of the weekend.

Once we got home, we hurriedly put the laundry that was already dried inside the house just in case it rained, but for me that was it.  I went upstairs, changed into more comfy house clothes, and went to bed, as stuffed as a bear before winter. Yeesh.

So, yeah, my birthday was okay. 😉


32, And Going Forward

July 26, 2013

It’s my birthday today, but it didn’t really feel that much of a big deal. 

Since I wasn’t able to wake up early enough for the first mass at the barangay’s parish church, I had to settle for the mass at Baclaran.  My father informed me that, because it was the last Friday of the month, there was going to be a special mass for OFWs, so it’s might as well that I went to that one.  Someone managed to get there too, but then again it was scheduled for 9:30 am…

On the way back bought the smallest Goldilocks Black Forest cake that I could find, as well as a pair of two-liter pet bottles of cola (classic and zero, respectively).  After that, it was back home to video conference a bit with mom. Had to go back out during the afternoon however, as apparently the spaghetti they had been preparing didn’t have any ground beef to put into the spaghetti sauce with the cut wieners.  On the way, I bought some lottery tickets on my father’s urging (won 3 numbers out of six, eh).  After that it was back home, to wait for my sister to arrive so we could eat the dinner already.

The spread this time was the usual stuff: valenciana, spaghetti, the pork barbecue my 200 peso contribution yesterday bought, the cake, rice and bitter lemon soup (the latter left over from lunch).

It started raining late afternoon, which continues the tradition of having rain during my birthday.  At least it happened on a day off, and when I was already safe at home

Not really sure how to spend the next few hours before I hit bed, but tomorrow it looks like we’re off to Heritage for the buffet vouchers that’s my sister birthday present for me.  Should be a new experience, for sure, as I don’t think anyone in the family’s ever been inside there.


Always Raining On My Day

July 26, 2011

It looks like Yssa had her share of fun yesterday, so good for her.  This time it’s my turn, but unlike hers it’s been raining on and off ever since this morning.  While it’s not much of an issue while at the office, it’s going to be a pain going home, that’s for sure, as it’ll means that the streets will either be flooded, muddy, or both.  The downside of riding a bike to and from the office, I suppose.

Hmm, I wonder if I can pass by church on the way back. One might say that it’s a family tradition, to give thanks to God for being alive yet another year, and praying for continued health in the months to come. Normally we try to attend the first mass in the morning, but given my line of work (and today’s weather) it wasn’t possible today.  There should be an evening mass at around 6:00 in the evening though, so I’ll just try to attend that one.

It’s kind of funny. My mother commented (during her long-distance call earlier) how it always seems to rain on my birthday.  This isn’t true, and I can only count three birthdays in recent memory where the weather wasn’t sunny.  I blame global warming, but no one should be surprised about this.  It is the rainy season, after all.

At the very least I’m not sick in bed this time around.  2008 was it?  That was something I didn’t want to experience ever again. Okay, it was nice being looked after by Ma. Gaile during that time, but I still felt terrible.  It was no ordinary fever, that’s for sure.

Anyway that was then, this is now.  What’s in store for me when I get home? Maybe some valenciana or spaghetti, possibly pork barbecue as well. If I’m lucky my sister will allow me to open one of the bottles of red wine we have, and have a few sips (not too many, as we both have work).  After that, receiving greetings from my relatives on Facebook, then bed.

It’s the best a bachelor like me can hope for in a birthday, I suppose.  Snuggling up to someone I like for the night… Ah, such a pleasant fantasy.


Is It My Day?

July 25, 2011

It’s my birthday. As mentioned by my friend Alain Gravel in reply to my post the other day, it doesn’t feel any different from the usual weekday, except for the fact that my family had made an effort to prepare something other than the usual viand to go with rice.  Suffice to say there was lumpia, spaghetti, and lots of pork barbecue to be had.  It was fun, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say I didn’t feel bloated by the time lunch was done. Ugh.

Although it was just four of us today, the greetings by the folks on Twitter made up for the lack of a proper party. So let me thank all the people who tweeted a greeting. Thanks for keeping up for me, and maybe you can endure my pessimism for another year, ahaha.

Aside from that, it was also my payday. I was significantly less happy about seeing the salary I could withdraw (barely 4400 PHP), since I had to use 2000 of that to pay off the phone bill, and about 500 to completely pay off one of my credit cards.  That leaves me with about… less than 1500 to tide me over until the next payday.  It’s not much to work with, to say the least, and is definitely not going to cover my portion of this month’s electricity bill.  Face the wrath of my sister yet again, or starve? Choices, choices…

It’s a good thing (or a bad thing) that tatay deposited about 300 USD into my savings account sometime after I turned in what was left of my salary for savings; good, in that if I play things right, the next four or more months worth of bills are more or less taken care of; bad, in that I’ll have to endure another round of backtalk from my sister, and I’m once again indebted to my parents for bailing me out.  So much for financial independence once I hit thirty. *sigh*

Ah, so frustrating.  Maybe I’ll spend the rest of my day tomorrow sleeping in bed…


Life-Gift

July 26, 2010

Well, here I am. I’m a year older to day, but I feel no different. I wasn’t expecting to, but sometimes one wonders if, for this year at least, it wouldn’t be just the same old routine. Sadly nothing particularly noteworthy happened, but I could at least take comfort in that I wasn’t sick in bed like I was during my birthday three-odd years ago.

You’d think that I feel a little reflective, as I take one more step towards middle age, but rather than that I’m feeling a little bored. And annoyed of course, but that’s more due to the fact that, up to today, the phone line problem my house is experiencing hasn’t been fixed.

Though… Maybe I do need to take an introspective walk.