Monday, May 31, 2010

Don’t forget to make a life list… and make it happen! - no matter when.

Music: Matthew Perryman Jones

I must admit, after I watched “A Walk to Remember” at the cinemas I made a life list. I was fresh out of high school and just embarked my journey into the so called “real world” (which I am still debating now whether I am living in it or still in the bubble I have created to protect myself). I didn’t know much what my future would hold, no one does so I’m safe. Never really had a good footing of what I wanted to do with my life. I was carefree, no plans, no concrete dreams, all I know was I wanted to be SOMEBODY.

Life for me was a bit easy, not as glamorous as anyone born with silver or gold baby rattles in their hand but normal enough to enjoy the perks of being young. I’ve had my crazy wild days in high school (that’s a whole new story right there haha) but I can say I have had a good stint. And come to look at it, I didn’t have much anything set into mind even when I started college. I did pass the entrance exams to good schools; even gotten in top 15 for Architecture (would you imagine that –a person who dodged math, trigo, algebra, calculus whenever could get into that course) and also gotten in Food Technology program (again, would you imagine? I wanted to bang my head to the walls just solving looking at the table of elements) but chose the road less traveled by (Sociology but that’s another story).

You might ask, why am I blabbing too much ‘bout the past and not really pinpointing what I want to say and started with that movie title. Well boys and girls, it’s my blog so I can do whatever I want haha just kidding. ‘Coz I just wanted to show you how uncertain I am with what I wanted to do with life or what I wanted to achieve then. I mentioned the life list from that movie because I really did make one, and this entry is about that really I just had a long introduction because I am bored out of my mind.

What was my life list (bucket list for some)? Here goes not in correct order but I remember them perfectly crazy as it may be.

1.       Be a lawyer (that means getting into law school which I never really tried)
2.       Work for UNICEF (UN)
3.       Put up a business for mom so she doesn’t have to work anymore
4.       Meet celebrities (yes mind you I did include this haha)
5.       Travel the world

Looking at the list I have made, I haven’t accomplished/achieved the first three. I don’t even know whether I am still going to be a lawyer (though I am almost done with my masters). I don’t even know whether I’d be able to work for UNICEF to help the kids around the world (though I have a pending volunteer application) and don’t know really WHEN I could achieve that number three for mom.  But suffice to say, I have met a few celebrities in this journey, and yes some of them are real people who have heart and soul and possess such kindness specifically one person (you probably know who this person is – for those who know me) and to top it off, I started crossing other borders.

Travelling is indeed refreshing, it widens your horizon. As crazy as it may sound, slaps you in the face to tell you to wake up and open your eyes wide. Well, that’s going to be another entry for me regarding. What I am trying to say is we mature through time, as we grow, our understanding needs to widen, our sense of adventure needs to be present and our  grasp in everything in and part of our lives should never weaken. Life lists, a good guide to discovering a lot of things. Maybe simple but proves there’s so much out there that’s waiting to be discovered. Make yours, the list may change through time but it’s your map through the adventure called life!

Again, I don’t know if I made sense…. Just wanted to get this boredom out (even though I have a lot to do for work haha)

Have a great night/day to you (whoever took interest in reading this gibberish).

Oh and before I end. Here’s a snapshot from the two borders I crossed. 

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

When you're a local... go local!

Music: The Killers (Shuffled Albums)

I found out last Thursday (April 29, 2010) that the 3rd of May would be a holiday in observance of the Labor Day. My sister was already planning on going back to our hometown (Tabaco City) for the weekend until I decided to join her last minute. I haven't been home for the last 5 or 6 months and if ever I go home it's usually just for a day and is spent in bathing my dog Chummy and hanging out with my nephew Shaun. This weekend was totally different. Out of our randomness, my sister in law and I talked about going inter-island for a day and just planned the trip over night out of excitement. So here goes!

We should have started early last Sunday (May 2, 2010) because my sister in law said we have to be awake by 4am to buy the needed stuff for the trip. The usual me kicks in and I woke up 6am! haha :P  Picked her up (via motorcycle) and went to the market to get the stuff needed but the plan to leave for the island by 7AM was moved to 10AM due to all the cooking. My cousin's wife prepared Laeng and dried fish which was actually heaven for everyone!

We reached the port by 10AM and Don our boatman  (pictured on the left) waited for us for an hour since I told him we would be arriving by 9AM. The boat ride to the island was about 30 mins.

Funny thing though was we told him to bring us to the beach resort but instead of bringing us to where we wanted to go, he brought us to a semi-secluded island because he didn't know where the resort was. Everyone's face went "what the hell?" when we got off the boat.

No choice. We had to stay and enjoy the place where he took us. The place looked awesome though no complains after an hour haha. 

Out of the shock we got when our boatman brought us to a different  beach, my sisters plotted such evilish plan against my brother. They said, they would tell my brother how awesome the place is and would tell him to bring all his fishing and camping gears and leave his cellphone at home then he can tell the boatman to pick him up the next day. haha poor him!

The place was awesome though (picture on the right). It was still breath taking, nature at its best really. I couldn't ask for anything else that day. 

We left the island around 4:30PM. It was a great experience for me, first time ever to be on a boat and on a white sand beach (really believe it or not). Best of all it was spent with my family, although mom and my brother weren't with us, still we had fun and promised to be on the right beach the next time we visit! haha

It was really a very peaceful day indeed. A much needed vacation so everyone would say with all the hooplas I have gone through in the so called concrete jungle.

I would love to go back to this place again someday, I don't know when that would be again but someday. Either with friends and or still with the family. The peace this place has given me energized a few nearly drained parts of my body and revived my braincells. I wouldn't trade the getting on a different beach, waiting for the boatman for nearly an hour because we told him to pick us up by 4 he came nearly 5pm, the plotting against my brother to know how his reaction would be, and the food for anything else. 

So guys, if you ever get the chance to spend time with your family or friends, do so. You will never know when that chance would happen again. Take your randomness with you and let it get you to places you have not discovered yet. Time is of the essence, we keep saying we need to go to this place but we never act on it. So if ever you have that feeling of being somewhere, go for it. Enjoy life! As I always say, it is an adventure so we should experience it. 

Now my wandering mind got me to this place. Go for yours. I bet it would be fun!

Til next time!

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