Monday, December 29, 2008

CH24: Last Thank You

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..for this holiday season.

Thank you Lord for the following blessings this holiday season: (a.ka favorite gift items) =) in no particular order
1. Emporio Armani Diamonds (Parents) - Another 'night' scent to add to my collection. I was pretty bummed out when my Escada Sentiments ran out (favorite eh. madalas gamitin). EAD has a very similar scent to the Escada scent. It has a dark forefront smell and sweet undertones after. Very intoxicating. Hahaha. You'll feel like a celebrity with it on. The scent of confidence! (hahaha. ano to pawis?!)

2. Hummer H2 scent (Brother) - A 'morning' scent to add diversity to the scent collection I currently have. Move over Lacoste Essentials / Hugo Boss Motion. This one's a keeper.

3. External Hardisk (Sister) - 300 GB. Yey! A quick blessing for 2009. I was planning to get an external hardisk first before setting my sights on an SLR. But I guess my gift plea was heard. Thank you very much sis!

4. Wireless Router (Sister)- Yey! I was hoping to purchase this one with money I would be getting from my shift premium. But I guess, let bygons be bygons now (since they were not approved - my december night shift premium claims). No more "agawan" for the desktop...and yet once again, I will be able to use my laptop again!

5. Palawan Trip (Parents) - An escape from Manila. Whew! I needed that. I've always had this sort of affinity of feeling refreshed by going to the beach. To refuel back the lost energy hahaha. Very worth it trip. Thanks to PALakbayan for organizing / doing the reservations etc (for such a cheap price). Thank you to Legend Palawan as well for a very (almost) first class experience. The room could have been better.

6. Sumdex Bag (Myself) - Another small traveller's bag to add to my collection of those mini bags you see me going around with. "Sulit" na rin given the price. The quality is great and it has a lot of pockets that I usually need. Plus. THe design's sleek!

7. Issey Miyake Scent (Sister) - Still haven't smelled it yet though. But, I am pretty sure it will smell great as my sister was the one who introduced to me Escada Sentiments (which at first I had hesition with) considering the color of the bottle that housed the perfume (dark red which was almost dark purple). She said that it was a light scent I'll count that in with my 'morning' scent choices.

8. Great Friends (God?) - Hahahaha. Thank you Lord for such great friends. Through thick and thin. Through highs and lows.

9. Great Colleagues (HP) - Thank you Celle(?) for introducing me to such great compnay of people...or perhaps if not introduced, then paving the way to... Through ewards and misses! Hmm...whatelse...More outings please! Hopefully, this time, private places heheheh to avoid the "konsumisyon" of bratty government "feelers" hahahaha. 'nuff said.

10. Surprise Gift (YOU! YES YOU!) - Advance Thank you. =) "Pwede ka pa humabol sa listahan ko! Hahahaha" You can never have too much blessings. Hahahaha.

11. Angpaos (Various People) - Thank you! Very timely gifts in time of my financial crisis. =( Yes, you read it crisis...I still have a debt to pay off my Mom...Iphone unit bill...

On to a brighter side, I only have one thing in my mind for a New Year's Resolution.
* Lord, please help me find a cure to this itch I have (hahahaha. not anywhere on my body though). It's the itch of becoming "sawa agad" on things. I fear that this may be an impediment sooner or later. It can be a sign of lacking follow through (?). Not sure before, I've never settled with a phone for more than a year and a half. Once I have the money / cash / sponsor...I get a new phone. I guess, it's part of me that's tech driven...or gadget driven....or the part of me that wants to have best things I see for myself. But, that problem has been resolved. I'm tied with Globe for two years worth of Iphone subscription. But, there are other things I become too quickly to get tired of...But that's for me to figure out =p

Monday, December 15, 2008

CH23: You and I collide

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Here's a brief background before I get to the story telling.

Thursday 1:00 pm:
     Fell asleep after NA shift. I had to finalize our reservations for our palawan trip this coming friday.
Thursday 7:30 pm:
     Woke up too late. I was planning to watch The Day the Earth Stood Still showing at 7:40 pm at Trinoma.
Thursday 10:00 pm:
     Decided to watch The Day the Earth Stood Still
Friday 5:00 - 5:30 am:
     Fell asleep at last.
Friday 7:30 am:
     Woke up too early. Was planning to wake up around 9:30 am before going to the office.
Friday 12:00 nn:
     Arrived at the office...did office work

---Christmas party. No need to elaborate.

Friday 12:00 nn:
     Left Loreland without any sleep.
Friday 1:30 - 2:00 pm:
     Dropped officemates at Gateway.

Friday 2:30 pm: YOU AND I COLLIDE. On my way inside Shell Congressional to get myself a drink (I was craving for some iced tea). A bike hit the part of our car which was above the right wheel fender.

The story starts right here.

So a few seconds before the collision, "kelangan mo kasi mag u-turn to get into shell which was on the other lane..." there were no cars or bikes or motorcycles whatever on the lane where I was in. I slowed down to 10kph to turn right into shell as I looked right to where I was going into shell, I quickly noticed that there was a bike beside me already. So I stopped the car wherein the same moment, the bike hit the side of my car (It was their bike that hit the car). I wasnt the one that hit them based on the marks left on the car.

The rubber handle of their bike left dash marks on the side of the car which meant they were the ones that hit me. Because if I was the one that hit them first, there would not have been dash marks, perhaps just an imprint and they would have been thrown off the bike the moment i hit them. But they just made "semplang" and fell over. Probably because of how fast they were going (it was downhill before the shell station), the guy riding the bike was thrown off balance and hit the ground. The lady riding behind him toppled over with the bike.

I went off immediately to check how they were doing. Called my mom to explain what happened. I assumed at that point that it was my fault. "Siyempre...sila nasaktan so I immediately assumed the blame was on me."

After confirming that they were okay (a.k.a they were still breathing and not dead), I went inside the car to get it out of the street and parked at Shell Select. Went inside to hopefully buy them drinks, but when I looked out, there were already crowds of people ("wala pang 5 minutes nun ah!"). There were about 3 tricycles there gathered around them. So I was stunned. I didnt want to go out to them any longer as I don't want to be ganged up on. "Ang daming usi and I assumed that they were sulsuleros as well..." So I told the lady at the counter of Shell Select that I want to speak with their manager...

blah blah blah

The next thing I know, there was already a police on his motor. The police's name was Abet, and I was told by the shell manger that he's - Abet - was on his way home, and probably stopped over to check why a crowd was gathering.

blah blah blah

Abet called a traffic police or something to come over and look into the issue (Shet. "Lumaki pa lalo"..."nakahanda na yung 500 pesos ko sana para masettle.) Around this time, my mom and dad were already on their way.

blah blah blah

My parents arrived around 10 minutes after the traffic police came. "Grabe ah! Mukhang excon yung dumating." I even saw a tatoo on his arm, to which, he asked the manager of shell to help him tie a hanky over it "kasi raw masakit." Very suspicious. "O baka naman siguro nahihiya lang siya kasi nga mukha siyang ex-con tapos may tatoo." Actually...I saw a number 20 on the tatoo...which made me raise an eyebrow on his integrity.

Anyway, my parents finally arrived and it was decided that we should take them to a government hospital (the closest one was the Quezon City General Hospital - around the munoz area). So we brought them there to get them first aid (actually, only for the lady that had a bruise on both her ankle area and several "gasgas").

I fell asleep for about 20 minutes in the car after waiting for about 40 minutes in the car.

After, we went to the station where the traffic police is located to settle things and finally get my license which Abet at first took and handed over to the ex-con traffic police.

"Grabe! Tumutubo pa yung mga police run ah! Usap usap inside the station...they asked us to photocopy some documents that we filled up (which were in tagalog - "isip isip ko baket kelangang tagalog lang form walang english? ang arte nila ah. tapos may sign pa sila sa pinto na 'PLEASE CLOSED SLOWLY')...there were 6 documents and the guy there said that they need five copies...each copy costs 2 pesos...go figure....(the photocopier was not even 10 feet away from where the man was seated)..."tumutubo amputa!"

After that part was done, the man hinted that we need to have those papers notarized "na 200 daw aabutin" which my mom interrupted him and said that both parties were ready to "desist" (not sure if that's the correct spelling)...type type goes the guy in charge and had the two injured parties sign after we were asked to photocopy six copies...more kita. We also had to pay 200 for the notarization (which I dont think they will have notarize since desist na)

blah blah blah.

Finished going through the hassle...On our way out, we bought the woman injured betadine and pain relievers (as prescribed in her prescription from the hospital)...When we were near shell...I heard my mom counting leaves of money...after which I heard her say..."Eto oo...2000...pasensiya na sa abala."

GRABE!!!! My mom told me after everything "na sobrang bilis daw kinuha nung guy yung pera."
To which, I thought...opportunist! Shet! I hate them.

But, I'm no longer angry at them...only with the traffic police and their "kumikitang kabuhayan"...
The injured party "nga pala" lives in Commonwealth...narra street?

After we got home around 6:00pm already...I wanted to sleep badly! I was still on NA shift that night and I have to wake up around nine....I also thought sometime then..."Sana mahold up kayo at makuha sa inyo yang 2k!" Hahaha...But I did not exactly mean it. I was just thinking, "hindi na sila nahiya...yung parang pag bibigyan ka ng pera...sasabihin mo...ay wag na po...okay lang po...pero sila ang bilis ng kamay kunin yung pera!"

Anyway...Merry Christmas to them.

The lesson learned in this case...I really really admire my Mother.
During these times, she showed total authority to things...while I just kept silent (because "pagod").
She had a powerful namedrop to give - Judge Yadao - her boss...
So I guess, that's also what I wish to become next year.

Get to have more connections.
It's time I participate in our country's POWER PLAY.
Having connections give you the confidence to deal with such matters such as MMDA, etc etc.
In the little number of instances I have been caught by MMDA due to minor problems, and my mom was in the car with me, we are always to get through "with pakiusap." Of course, my mom's the one who's doing the talking.

Woke up around 930 am and was picked up by the shuttle to work.
My life - with what? - no sleep.
Welcome to my world.'s you that collided - not I.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

CH22: Yes, No, Maybe, I don't know...

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Can you repeat the question?

2008 is such a mix for me. Not the best of years but not entirely the worst either.

Yes - Graduating on time. 5 years. With pretty good marks if I may add.
No - Pretty good marks is not exactly cum laude. Even though .02 -> .03 nalang kulang.
I don't know - Winning MADC...not sure if this one's a yes or no....considering what my groupmates and I had to go through back in 2007...But the money was well spent....Got me those lacoste shades after all. =)

Yes - SAP Basis work is growing on me. It takes some time getting used to. I may eventually be very good at it.
No - Conditional passer in the board exam. 2% nalang kulang!
I don't know - HP Confidential that has something to do with the recent crisis. At its very least HP has not opted to lay off anyone "yet"

---What's with 2%? I just noticed that for my No under Graduation and Career....2%? Coincidence? Hahaha. Or conspiracy?!

US Visa Interview
Yes - My parents got multiple entry visa for 10 years...yey!
No - I failed to get one. Consul says that I've just become a young adult whose starting his roots are not well established in the Philippines. No more comment on this though. We'll just go full circle and back again if this discussion lingers on.
I don't know - So...I won't be able to come with my parents to see my sister in Guam over the holidays...

Christmas Holiday
Yes - But the good thing about the above is that...I was able to book tour plans to Palawan for 4 days and 3 nights!!! And I was able to get the discounted package from PAL (Consider this...regular package would have cost us 49k +/-...but for the discounted package...we got it for around 35k +/-)...and better yet...I only made the reservation yesterday! And we leave manila on the 19th.
No - So I still have December 23, 24, 25, 26 and 27. My parents leave for Guam on the 23rd...So what do I do for the rest of the days I don't have work?
I don't know - Need to schedule barkada trippings! Which will happen spontaneously eventually.

What's left for the year? We'll see we'll see.
I look forward to 2009. A lot of things planned - career wise....Board exam...tentatively, I plan to retake the comm's part...not sure yet about the review aspect. I have a lot of things that I need to do in HP - work and extra curricular related.

Hopefully...I've been hearing my parents talk about plans of going to NZ come June of 09. I'm pretty sure they read my hey....heads up guys! "nageexpect ako." Hahaha. "Joke lang".

An important lesson I learned back in Grade 5 is that people should stop "expecting" blessings to come their way. But instead, people should "hope" for blessings to come. Pretty good life lesson learned at an early age right? The cause of the realization...Only at grade 5 did I stop expecting to be part of the Top 3 in our class...I was Top 1 during Kinder 1...Top 2 (or was it 3) during Kinder 2...and consistently been Top 4 from Grades 1 to 4...and then when I got tired of expecting...I just hoped for the best and became the consistent Top 2 from Grades 5 to Second year highschool...then Top 1 on my third year...then top 2 again on my fourth year...But then I digress.

Hope can only be as strong as your faith. And to be frank about faith loves rollercoaster rides.

(I just might catch the "The Day the earth stood still" later at 10 in Trinoma's THX)

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

CH21: Mission Accomplished.

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Since I am still a bit bitter with the results of the board exams...well...I decided to drown my sorrows with...

Mission Accomplished.

Mission Started: November 9, 2008
Mission Accomplished: November 26, 2008


The lighting is not so good on the red. But, anyway, the planner comes with a free ball point pen.
Not for me though.

Just to stir up things. =)
This planner is meant for a special lady. Hahaha. Save it for Christmas.

Funny though, 16 stickers needed to be collected. If so, I averaged: 1.0625 cups of starbucks a day.
Thanks to Ctoy and Lex for helping out.
And yes, I am still a little bitter with the result of the board exam, but who cares?
Past is past.
Thirteenth month pay arrived yesterday.
More money to spend to drown out the pain. Hahaha. Just kidding.

Christmas shopping here I come!

PS: On second thought, maybe...less on spending here...I would need money to buy things and go around...
Hopefully, if the visa is approved.
Another Christmas spent out of the country...I hope, if the weather is good, I can get a tan or something. "Para maiba lang."
The last time I went there..."nagkatsunami...hope nothing like that happens this time around." Hmm...after reading through the previous sentence, it didnt come out right. "Nagkatsunami...pero malayo kami from where it happened. =)"

Better things to come.


Friday, October 31, 2008

CH20: Official Press Release

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Board exam results are out.
No. I didn't pass. But I didn't fail either.
I'm in Board Exam Limbo. Hahaha.
Conditional Passer.
Tally of results:
Math: 92%
Electronics: 76%
Geas: 77%
EST: 68%

My exam average is higher compared with the results of some people...I decided by myself to get. Hahaha. Of course, you have to create a benchmark for things.

So there. By a matter of 2%. Even though there has been a transmutation of grades...I wasnt able to make it.

Sad. yes.
Reality Bites.
When you have been so used to being on top, well, God has His way of making you see things in a new light. And apparently...This is the case.

At least, I only have to retake for 1 exam.
Maybe God took my prayers seriously when i prayed, that he let those people who are most deserving to pass. Hahaha.

Here's a narration of exactly what happened.
Thursday before board exam, I was suffering from a fever. Cough got me. So I was sick with headache on the days of the exam. But, it's not really an excuse. Although, it played a part, such that I was not able to review saturday...and I just slept through the whole day - till next morning. Hahaha. Luckily, my mom woke me up around 6 - because, I was sure that I wouldnt have been able to wake up then.

So...what to do now? Well, my dad told me: "Dapat, kung saan ka nadapa, duon ka babangon."

But, I'm not sure if I have enough guts to actually retake that exam. "Grabe. Ginapang ko talaga sagutan yun." And, I still feel defeated. Perhaps, it's a case of me losing my mojo. I'm afraid right now that if I took it again and fail, then I will have to retake the whole exam all over.

Thank you for everyone's support during the course of the mini ordeal I went through. Hahaha. It's not really funny when you don't see your name in the result list. Heck, it's not funny at all. I was at the point of questioning whether I was stupid or something.

BUT. When I saw the results...hmm...not too bad. It turns out I only got 4 mistakes for math. And, math is my basis for intelligence. For EST...well, a lot of questions were trivial.

So there. my official press release of what happened.
I didn't pass. I didn't fail.
I'm in limbo.

Not such a fun place to be in.
But, on a lighter note...Base on my research...Board passers last April, got an average of around 83% (in Top ten).

If I was to make it in...Well, it could be possible...If i do really well for EST.

What ifs what ifs. I've had enough of What ifs.

The only real thing that remains now are the following:
1. I am still thankful to the Lord with all the blessings he has given me and my family. Not really more on material things...hmmm...well, maybe most of it. But, given the financial crisis all over the world, I'm happy that we're not really feeling the effects of things right now. I'm not particularly happy that a lot of people are losing their jobs around the world...But then again, this is life. Reality bites.

2. I am happy that even though I was not able to pass...I didn't exactly fail either. He may have his own plans for me.

3. Faithful friends who are behind me all the way. Their support has been instumental.

4. A decent job with decent pay. Thank you. I would not be able to afford the things I want and love without a decent job. Hmm..."gumastos pa ako after the exam...sayang. Sana pala hindi nalang hahaha." After the exam, I decided to buy for myself North Face slippers, treat my mom to heaven and eggs, buy my mom Skechers sandals. Hahaha. I love spending money. But, I love saving money even more. Haay. If only, my safety net cash will grow more. It has not been accumulating for the past 2 months.

Now, life goes on. I'm not yet sure if I would take the board exam again. That's still in the works. But redemption is a game I love playing. We'll see. We'll see what happens. 

But what I know I should be doing is getting on with my life. There's really no more use for sulking now that I know where I should be heading (the road of the rich and famous! hahahah). Yes, I'll admit it, I sulked wednesday and thursday. Well, cut me some slack, I was slapped really hard by God. "Masakit siya."

PS: To my office mates who I think I'm taking Glut. NO. I don't take those kinds of supplement. I don't like being to radiantly white. (It attracts kidnappers. Hahahahaha. Just kidding.) But no, seriously, I don't take met ("hindi yung drugs at hindi yung pampaputi"). Heck, I don't even know why people want to be white. I love going to the beach and getting dark.

That's all.
Congratulations to all those deserving Electronics Engineering Board Exam takers who have passed! =) No more envy here. I'm good to go.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

CH19: Shift in paradox

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now, one of the things I am not really sure I like about myself is my indecision on certain how I'd go for one thing then change my mind about it the next. I get bored easily...

So...what has reviewing for the boards given me? Well, except for information overload. I actually am feeling like or as if I am enjoying my studying...for the if only the pressure of passing was non existent, then, the review may actually be fun!

So...what shift has occurred? Well, now I actually am seriously considering taking graduate wireless networks...that would involve firmware engineering. Hahaha. Luckily, I don't have any bond with hp. So...when I feel like the time is right, I can actually bail strings attached. The only prolem I have with that I would need 20-30k monthly salary to maintain my preferred lifestyle. That's not too much when you think about how expensive and first world like things are in the philiipines. And besides, Im monetarily self supporting...

I believe, my being or feeling like an elitist has great influence in this. I don't want to be like everyone else. I want to be more. I want to be different. I want to excel in things not everyone can. I get my fix in that. Why try to be ordinary when you actually have the potential to be extraordinary? Hint hint. Well, I can be extraordinary in hp... But there are already a lot of extraordinary people there. I need a niche to excel in. Also giving consideration that I want to build be a pioneer of some sort.

Pursuing grad studies was also motivated by the fact that I got a personal invite from doctor Que...well, the email body seemed general enough, but given the fact that it was a private email..and he said something like, they feel I am more than qualified...that i am the best possible candidate for grad studies and they believe I have the right attitude for grad studies (? Hehe)...well he also said that there are only 45 erdt scholarships available.
Could the said email have been sent to 45 people or more? Hahaha. Feelingero at its finest.

Maybe I am just being delusional...the only thing holding me back from accepting the offer right here and now is the board exam and that the second sem is not too far away...and the close ties I've already made in hp...and the money...and the uncertairy of finding a job suited to the grad study I was referring, studying outside the country has taken a backseat. Although, the universities outside are higher in ranking and possibly - no, quite actually - more high tech... If the Philippines needs to create a better statistic of grad students produced...well, it would be an honor to be part of the count...

Or, again, I may just be delusional.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

CH18: 56.25%

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 That's about the estimate of what I've already feel like ive finished.
Here's the break down:
85% electronics

  • studies based on excel textbook bought. reading through sample questions, and tackling about 1000 questions (from 3 chapters of the 3001 question booklet)
  • What's left? Chapter 6 of the textbook - biomed, robots, internet, etc. That should take me more less 4-5 hours.

80% mathematics

  • studies based on amount of topics reviewed from the handbook / 1001 questions. Covered mostly the basics. What's left? Differential equations, integrals, volume and surface areas (based on functions rotated over whatever axis)
  • what's left? 5-6 hours of reviewing the basics and question familiarization (solution based). The 4-5 hours should be inclusive of the other math related geas questions
40% geas and 20% est.
  • No comment. The only thing left for me to do is...pray. hahaha. For geas though, my plan is to review again the basics (the ones found on the right and left side of their questionaire book).
  • for est...well, a lot of formulas left to be memorized, hopefully, i finish the book (text book to cover ground).
it's less than a week away.
Lord. Please find a postpone the exam! Hahaha. No, just kidding. That's just going to prolong the agony - which I don't want to happen...

Now...if could buy a way out of this mess. Hahaha. I wish I could afford though - if it was indeed available.

In desparate need of prayers and moral support. You can text me at ... hahaha. no just kidding. but seriously though...

PS: memo plus gold...squalene - don't fail me now. I'll spread the word of your effectiveness..if it indeed works. I'll even apply as your spokesperson...for a tv advertisement...whatever! (is it me or does this sound desparate?)


Friday, September 26, 2008

CH17: On Pussy and Ass

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Welcome upper eastsiders!
Hahaha. Moving on with my life - after the recent tragedy of getting lost...

On Pussy - cat dolls
When I heard their song "When I grow up" - my initial reaction was. "Ano ba to. Pinopromote pa ang breast augmentation blah blah blah blah"
I got that impression when i thought I heard this line.
"When I grow up I wanna be famous, I wanna be a star, I wanna have BOOBIES"
But when i saw the video on Myx...."yun pala..."
"When I grow up I wanna be famous, I wanna be a star, I wanna have GROUPIES"

OOOOOPpppppssss my bad.

On Ass
I was laughing my ass (hahahah) off when I saw Ronald's behind. "Kadiri"
Now this is a reason why people should minimize their fastfood intake. =p

That's all.
PS: Now im loving heroes. I had little expectation of season 3...I looked forward to prison break and gossip girl more than heroes...but now...Go Sylar!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

CH16: My Adventure: The-Isang-Malaking-P*tang-ina-Samahan-ng-Bullsh*t-para-maging-conio Edition

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So when you read HIT THE CHORUS - everybody shouts:
"Welcome to Tipz's Adventure: The isang malaking putang ina samahan ng bullshit para maging conio edition!"

Let's start this entry off with a disclaimer.
Lord I thank you for:
1. Preserving my purity / innocence (or what's left of it - HAHAHAHA)
2. Letting no harm come my way, may it be wound, death or whatever physical harm
3. The clothes that I have on my back.
4. Making me look haggard to chase the harm away.

So here goes.
Last night / Today, I was on NA shift (11pm-8am work schedule).
And to be honest, it wasn't petix or watchamacallit - just because one of the bigger accounts (BAT: British American Tobaccos) was transferred to another Group.

1. Sunod sunod na BTR for different systems that have gone live (in other words, moved to production)
2. A couple or three priority 2 / 1 tickets (that did not involve a system being inaccessible - DOWNTIME)
3. 2 priority 1 tickets for a system down. (that coincided when I was about to start my monitoring for Kone)
4. Monitoring for one of our accounts - that I hurriedly finished out of the necessity to get home and get some shut eyes.

So. in short - hectic. toxic. haggard. nakakalason. NAKAMAMATAY!

I left the office at around 840am. Rode a taxi to shell edsa mckinley road.
I actually fell asleep in the taxi. I did not notice how long it took or whether it was traffic or not. I was prodded awake by the driver. Already, I noticed the peril of falling asleep in my commute home - as I was planning to ride the bus to get a descent seat and cool aircondition-ing. So, in hopes of not falling asleep in the bus ride home, I dropped by Shell Select and bought ION energy drink. Hassle and ayaw ko makipag siksikan sa mrt.

Finished the drink before riding the bus.
Sat on the bus. Paid my dues.
Drowsed off immediately. I woke up partially at Buendia Station when the driver was calling for those who need to get off their to get off. So what I did, to not get disturbed...was to listen to my Amy Winehouse. Chill music.

Then...the next thing I remember...
The driver was prodding me awake..."Sir san po kayo?"
I was groggy then but answered while looking at the surrounding area...hmmm...not familiar? " trinoma po."
Driver: "Naku sir! Malayo na po yun. Bumaba na po kayo rito."
"Ah ganun po ba? Sige po salamat!"
I was shaken. I stood up immediately then alighted the bus.
And when I got off...

Mario's tune play in my head. "Toorootut toorutut! Tuttut..."
"Welcome to Tipz's Adventure: The isang malaking putang inang samahan ng bullshit para maging conio edition!"

There was no civilization that I have been so used to. Turo turo carenderia at my side and a village that's being developed at the other side.
Plus a two lane rode...
All I saw was a lane that was heavy in traffic.
And the lane (where I got off)...empty of traffic.

I called my Mom immediately. Explained to her my story. And gave the nearest landmark I saw.
"Vista Verde...something something."

So I told her that I saw some jeepneys that had signs "Novaliches Bayan / Malinta"'s either I end up in Novaliches Bayan or Malinta.
50-50. Those are the odds of ending up in the right place or the wrong place.

So...since I got off on the lane empty of traffic and the bus was headed in the other direction. I assumed that to head off to where the bus was headed would bring me further away where I needed to be...I concluded that it would bring me off to Malinta.

So I rode the jeep on the lane heavy of traffic...

Twenty Minutes passed while in traffic...
I see an "arko"

I shout in my head: "PUTTTTAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGGGGGG IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNNNNNNNNAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Papunta na akong Bulacan?! What the FUCK! 50-50 chance my fucking ass! I rode the jeepney where I was not planning to head to! The Bus' direction was correct! What the hell is happening?!"

"Welcome to Tipz's Adventure: The isang malaking putang ina samahan ng bullshit para maging conio Edition"

So i got off the jeep. Called my mom and explain explain. Siyempre isip isip ko, kelangan kahit papano kung maholdup ako or masaksak or least may idea sila where to start their search. Diba? Tama naman?

So I rode a jeepney headed off in the other direction.

Huhuhuhuhu...ihing ihi na ako by this time.
Sabi ko nalang sa driver pag bayad. "Derecho po." Hahaha. Siyempre dapat di nila mahalata na naliligaw ako. By showing one's weakness, that someone allows the possibility of exploitation. And no no no no. I'm not the one to be exploited. hahaha. I exploit. =p

I got off Sa dulo ng walang hanggan...I saw a traffic enforcer. I asked him where the rides are to get to Edsa. Well, I was pointed in the right direction. Pero ihing ihi na ako and I couldn't find a familiar establishment (Fastfood chain) that could house a clean restroom...So...Lakad lakad lang ako. Thinking..."station 4...station 4....that's where the traffic enforcer said the rides to edsa will be at."

Then I saw Jolibi. SALVATION. And NON-aircon buses that had signages: Cubao.


Did a quickie wiwi (hahaha) at jolibee, bought something for the rode (I thought the travel would take long).
This was at Quirino Highway - by the way.

So...sakay after finishing my food. Aba! Praise be to God! May biglang nag pipreach sa bus na lalaki - after which he starts handing out envelopes. I politely declined when he reached the envelope out for me.

Okay. tingin tingin sa daan...
What the hell.
"Mindanao Avenue"

EH putang ina! ang lapit ko na pala sa bahay!!!! Akala ko ba sabi sa akin ng driver ko ng LNS (late night shuttle ng HP) na mas malayo novaliches sa caloocan. And there I was thinking it would cost me 300 pesos for a taxi ride kaya di ako nagtaxi dun sa may Quirino highway.

Sabi ko pa sa conductor - SM north ako bababa. Ang bayad was 21.75 (this was non aircon). But the fare I had to pay from Ayala to Trinoma was 33 pesos. So I was thinking...the distance should be about the same.

But no. As expected. I see Congressional Avenue!

Walking distance nalang!

So...a very unprecedented adventure.
Sobrang thankful ako because siyempre...I was asleep sa bus...pwede na akong saksak-saksakin nung conductor and driver and nakawin yung mga valuables na dala ko. Who would know diba? I was asleep...and there they were. So sobrang Thankful ako for their NON HOSTILITY.

The bus line was: Dela Rosa Transit.
Shameless plug. Okay yung seats, and APRUB ang air conditioning system. Plus may TV.

Lastly, siyempre thankful din ako sa UP for...
teaching me how to love...showing me what the world means. hahaha. Thank you college years for giving me the capability to survive in this cruel cruel world. Imagine yourself if you were in my position. Hahaha. Parang Promdi feeling ko kanina. Naliligaw sa Quezon City (Where I was at was Novaliches - Quezon City - I saw banners of Sonny Belmonte

Thank you Lord!

And there I was thinking the moment I got off the bus (kung saan ako nakatulog)...Lord, what is the meaning of this? Is there a purpose to me getting lost? Eh di siyempre....ang sagot sa akin ni Lord...

Lord: "Stephen (first name basis kami).....That is for you to find out."

That's all. Time to get some sleep!!