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? "Ah...sa 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..."
Then HIT THE CHORUS.
"Welcome to Tipz's Adventure: The isang malaking putang inang samahan ng bullshit para maging conio edition!"
Me shouting in my head: "PUUUUUTTTAAAANNNNNGGGG INNNNNAAAAAA!!!! NASAN NA AKO?!"
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"
Hmm...it'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: "PUTTTTAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGGGGG
HIT THE CHORUS!
"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 mapatay...at 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.
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!
ABA ABA ABA!
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!!