Wednesday, April 25, 2007

I'm still here

I just want to make kuwento because you know, this blog's contents are like so yesterday and my sisters probably miss me na... Gosh, this is so not me. I don't even know where to put the punctuations. This is just a poor attempt to breath life into this dying blog.

Friday. Chuchay raved that rock band Urbandub will be having a gig that night at Virgin CafĂ©. We previously agreed to watch the Earth Day Jam that same night but when she learned about the band’s gig, plans changed. “Alam mo ba, taga-Cebu ang Urbandub. Sobrang bihira lang sila tumugtog dito tapos andami pang tao.” Not being a fan of the said group (and “late na, wala akong pang-taxi,” “may lakad ako bukas, kailangan kong gumising nang maaga,” maglalaba pa ako pagdating ng bahay,” and all the reasons I could think of except the real one which was “ayoko”), I politely refused. Only to be barraged by ad misericordiam-ish statements from Weng (i.e., “Minsan-minsan lang naman e. Di ka na nga sumasama sa amin, tapos ngayon lang kami magyayaya di mo pa mapagbigyan.”). Well, I always knew that I’m not impervious to peer pressure so the next five hours were spent drinking beer and jamming with the performing bands. The latter consisted of countless table-tapping, a lot of clapping, a little singing, some trips to the comfort room, and a few lethargic yawns and eyelid drooping (which, by the way, is not synonymous to sleeping). At 2 A.M., we left the bar and walked a few meters to see the concert for Mother Earth. The show was almost over when we arrived but catching the last band perform wasn’t too bad. I got home at a little past three. =)

Saturday. Despite the late night out, I still managed to wake up at eight in the morning, having promised Virge the day before that I would go with her to Instituto Cervantes for the International Book Day celebration. We were supposed to meet at 11A.M. at McDonald’s near the UN Avenue station. And so her “Dito na ako sa mcdo” text at 10:46 prompted me to reply “ok, c u. LRT na ako,” which was inaccurate as I was then still at Katipunan. LRT din, station 2 nga lang. Of course I arrived late and even had the nerve to call Virge and ask where she was because I couldn’t locate the Golden Arches. She ended up walking a block to get to where I was (sorry…).
Like any event with books and film showings, the event was fun. F. Sionil Jose and Jessica Zafra were there and the former even had a book-signing session. In the heat of noontime sun and amidst all those people, Virge noted that the antediluvian literary great looked like Buddha. I giggled, as the image of him with two babies on his shoulders (who had the likeness of Virge and me), flashed in my mind. Virge, despite being starstruck over JZ, was calm and composed. "Ayun siya sa likod, naka-orange top at red shades! Hay, nakita ko rin siya in person..." was all she said. Never asked for auto/photograph. Sayang.

If I remember it correctly, this was only the second time that we went out since graduating from college. It felt like one of those walks we used to do while working on our thesis. Only this time, we don't have to come up with something after the experience.
Sunday. Went to a friend in Makati to return the trappings I borrowed to transform me into a normal human being. I needed it for this interview that went terrible anyway. Then passed by a bookstore to buy a 900-page book. I promised myself I'd find time to read it, to justify my buying it with the few remaining bucks in my pocket. I remembered my father who went back from abroad last year (after a couple of years, so he didn't have a clue about this book-binging I'm in) and asked "Anong gagawin mo sa mga yan?," looking at my books with is-my-daughter-still-in-the-right-state-of-mind look on his face. I answered, matter-of-factly, "Babasahin." So several newly purchased (but not necessarily new) and unread books in my room make me feel guilty about buying another one. My reading skill is improving, I have read 17 chapters in two days and still got 30 more. I only hope my eyesight is still in top shape by the time I finish the book. As soon as I finish this one, I promise I'll never read in moving vehicles again. Yeah right.
Today. Chuchay announced that Urbandub will be having another gig this weekend. "Akala ko ba 'sobrang bihira'?" was all I could say.
And I found out that I couldn't make a phone-to-PC transfer of pictures. Wala tuloy akong mailagay dito... =(

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