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11 September 2005 @ 06:41 am
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Prologue written by NOT by you-know-who

I went to school early, at 8:00 because I felt like it. I watched the Dance Troupe's awesome practice with the lifters. Saw people I knew (schizojunkie, Rach, Berthel and Grace). Wandered a bit more then soon met Chimes, darkmaestrox, justhoopla and psychedelic_aya in that order. Ran like there was no tomorrow to Jollibee, the oh-so-famous mascot. Took pictures with Jollibee. Died with Umag because we ran like there was no tomorrow. Went back to flagpole (club homebase) to start the long tiring journey to Intramuros.


The Real Thing written by you-know-who

Class of 27 (including Ms. Calayo) was divided into 2: 14 get to commute and experience the adventures of commuting while the rest get to relax in heaven that is Papaya's transpo. Guess where I landed?

I got to commute because I can't imagine Umag going through what we did in the next 1 1/2 hour. So commuted we did.

Walked down the mountainous school that is our own. Flagged down an FX and rode in it like sardines. All fourteen of us. Got discount because driver said, "Marami naman kayo eh." Got dropped off at Megamall.

Walked a bit more and climbed the MRT version of our school (only with a hunderd million gazillion more steps). Died somewhere in the middle while everyone just kept going up. Held on to Hana and Chimes for dear life. Reached the top and rested. If I had seen that sign Hana told me about that said, "Exercise is good for the body," I'd rip it out and thrown it in the middle of the train tracks. With much pleasure.

Paid for train card and took pictures with cellphone cameras while we waited for the train. Took train. Held on to Hana for dear life because all the other poles were taken. Read Lords and Ladies somewhere during the ride while standing up. Left train.

Walked some more and me and Hana resisted buying butcharon twice because no one of the 12 others would stop for us. Paid card for train tranfer in LRT. Ran to the train when train came because we were waiting at the wrong stop. Chimes refused to be left by train so guess who stuck her hand when the doors were closing?

Not me. I'd rather get lost in Metro Manila and come running for my mommy to pick me up and get shouted at and cursed at for commuting than lose my arm, thank you very much.

But Chimes did not lose her arm and we got onto train. All's well that ends well.

Walked a bit more down the long steps that is LRT. Walked under subway-like tunnel I remember seeing something similar in New York. Resisted buying candy because once again, 12 other people wouldn't stop for Hana and me. Ms. Calayo talked to FX driver about the trip to the final destination. Went inside and sat like sardines again. Reached Manila Bulletin and guess what happened next?

TOUR GOT CANCELLED BECAUSE WE WERE 1 1/2 HOUR LATE.

Considering we were commuting because stupid effing secretary forgot to forward the letter of our transportation reservation which Ate Mae, our president submitted two weeks earlier, I believe we did rather well in commuting.

But that's life so we went back to school after Ms. Calayo talked to guy to straighten next tour out while we rested a bit. Meeting included me listening to Hana's iPOD and attracting attention when I shouted, "ARE WE STILL LUNCHING?" when I thought I was whispering. People stared and I apologized. The point is, don't listen to your best friend's iPOD when you are havng a meeting with your clubmates.

Rode on FX to go back to school. Luckily, we did not have to go through the trials we overcome all over again. Ms. Calayo bargained driver for P50/person for the whole trip. I slept and dreamt. Got back to school and now, Sir Velarde owes each of us P97. But I'd rather have the stupid effing secretary pay for our expenses instead.

This is the second time I rode on MRT, first time I rode the LRT and the gallionth time I rode the FX without my parents knowing. They still think I'm an urban girl who can't live in the city alone. But if I told them I commuted, they'd get worried and flip so I'm just gonna leave it at that.

That is the story of my life.

It was fun but it was tiring and I believe it can compare to the Biak-na-bato experience because at least in Biak-na-bato, we had a camera, bottles of water and people who waited for you when you wanted to buy stuff.


Now to talk about the happy side of yesterday.


Went to Megamall (again) to lunch together with psychedelic_aya, Chimes, anne_delfin and justhoopla. (Wondered what "lunching" meant in previous story? This is it.) Ate at Chowking and finally bought long-awaited butcharon in nearby stand. Felt my Chow Fan rice was incomplete so I bought century egg and waited for 5 mins.

Century egg in five minutes.

Doesn't that sound funny? It did to me.

Went to Comic Alley and met Krinkle. Bought KURAPICA'S COMPLETE CHAIN WEAPON after resisting to wait for the discount that will be available on Monday because Hana forgot her discount card at home. Glad I did too because it was the last one they had.

darkmaestrox: You should've been there! It was so cool! I shall bring it for you on Monday.

We walked and wandered some more with Seatmate Anne (everyone else had left already) and I tranformed her into a Monotone Seatmate Anne. We went to wait for fetcher and met jileh in the process. When fetcher came, dolphink called my phone and we found out we missed each other by a minute. Before finally leaving the mall, I almost bought a shirt but I bought a decietful bubble gun instead. (A thousand bubbles in a minute does not mean 10 bubbles per trigger. Fix the drawing, you weeners.)

Thanks to (Monotone) Seatmate Anne and family for the batteries and barbecue and Love Bites and Furuba watching and everything else! :)


Went to Shang after to met vermicide, Inna, Rach, and barnacleboi. Ate dinner at Frio Mixx. (Which btw, does not mean getting free stuff. Free-o Mixx. PFT. But then, wala ng libre sa mundong ito kaya okey lang.) Ordered yummy Oreo shake and slurped like crazy with MJ. Yum. Heard more fun Sir Velarde-centric stories from Rach and my favourite goes like this:

SCT members race with Sir Velarde on bikes. Rach fails to see rock and her bike trips on rock. Rach falls face down on ground. SCT members give Rach first aid but Sir Velarde keeps on biking and passes by Rach two times asking, "Are you okay?" before stopping to finally check up on her. He obviously wanted to win. The end.

Wandered some more because every store was closing and we had no where to go. They decided to watch a movie but I had to go home. Waited for mom for 40 minutes while reading Lords and Ladies beside blaring music from nearby gathering because mom thought she had to pick me up 30 minutes later. The excess 10 minutes only meant she was on time.

Sayang, psychedelic_aya. Like Papaya, you should've been there.


Yesterday was fun, no? Yayness. The first half was wasted but the other half made up for it so it was okay. Now if only DSL service comes back now. I miss my TRC and GSD downloads. :(

Now forgive me for my long, long entries becasue I need a place to RANTRANTRANT and SHARESHARESHARE. :)

Mood: content
Music: Parokya ni Edgar - Swimming Beach
 
 
 
drkmasterdarkmaestrox on September 11th, 2005 02:42 am (UTC)
OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!

KURAPIKA CHAINS!!!!!!!!

WAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!

(you will never hear the end of this)
Bakang Batugankyoy on September 11th, 2005 03:25 am (UTC)
(you will never hear the end of this)
And I won't be surprised. ^__^;; I shall squirt you with my new bubble gun to make you stop. XD
princess1689anne_delfin on September 11th, 2005 02:58 am (UTC)
bianca!!
aww we missed you!!

hahaha...laughtrip sa

movie house..ang saya

ng sky high..sana sumama

ka nlng...:(
Bakang Batugankyoy on September 11th, 2005 03:27 am (UTC)
Re: bianca!!
Sayang nga. Sana mapanood namin The Brothers Grimm today though.
彩psychedelic_aya on September 11th, 2005 08:15 am (UTC)
Which reminds me: I have to renew that discount card, ne?

Its monday tomorrow... -.- :D
Bakang Batugankyoy on September 11th, 2005 09:35 am (UTC)
Are you going to Mega tomorrow? Let's meet! I'm going too and I wanna watch The Brother's Grimm. Hopefully I can.
justhooplajusthoopla on September 16th, 2005 08:59 am (UTC)
storytelling genius.
Walked down the mountainous school that is our own. Flagged down an FX and rode in it like sardines. All fourteen of us.

Walked a bit more and climbed the MRT version of our school (only with a hunderd million gazillion more steps). Died somewhere in the middle while everyone just kept going up. Held on to Hana and Chimes for dear life. Reached the top and rested. If I had seen that sign Hana told me about that said, "Exercise is good for the body," I'd rip it out and thrown it in the middle of the train tracks. With much pleasure.

Took train. Held on to Hana for dear life because all the other poles were taken.


FUNNY how you put it Umaging bata. "Mountainous" and "MRT version of our school". Funny, funny.
Bakang Batugankyoy on September 17th, 2005 02:23 am (UTC)
Re: storytelling genius.
Ahihihi. Storytelling genius? I'm glad you think so. :D

Btw, I keep forgetting to ask. Kasama ba ko nang kinuha yung picture na yan? *points to justhoopla's userpic* I vaguely remember....
justhooplajusthoopla on September 17th, 2005 09:45 am (UTC)
Re: storytelling genius.
hindi ka kasama... sa gs yan kinuha, kasama ko si claire. yan yung mga panahon na ngarag lahat para sa newspaper sa journ. ii-interview sana namin yung isa sa teachers don na service awardeee. e ang tagal naming naghintay sa corridor. tas naaliw ako don sa fountain, kasi may 'staircase' pa talaga. tas nagpatake ako ng pic kay claire. ang point ng picture na yan ay ipakita na matangkad ako. na parang hindi rin na achieve. oh well.
Bakang Batugankyoy on September 18th, 2005 09:54 am (UTC)
Re: storytelling genius.
LOL. I must've been with the COWs then. XD

But you did grow taller! :)