Monday, June 29, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
later, when images of rain actually made me look forward to the city being submerged (because along with it would come the probability of passing the time with coffee and conversation), i saw the clouds leaving, scurrying from the city, refusing to let the rain replicate lights on pavements, leaving the night as it is--dry, like our mouths post-beer.
today, i jumped over puddles, each time hoping the next rain-pool would reflect you.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
nandu'n ka nakaupo, tahimik lang, may hawak na malamig na beer sa kaliwang kamay, at sa kanan naman, panyong pamunas ng pawis. nandu'n ka, nakaupo, nagmamasid, nakatitig, at dahil alam kong nandu'n ka (dahil nilagay kita roon), at walang ibang tao kundi tayo (dahil 'yun ang inimagine ko), lalapit ako sa 'yo--
tapos matatapos na 'yung kanta, medyo wirdo ang ending nu'n di ba, di na bagay sa pole dancing nang walang halong tama. ang beatles talaga oo.
Monday, June 22, 2009
"Pang-ilang beses mo na sa Japan?"
"Perstaym ko po."
"At bakit mo namang gusto mag-Japan?"
"Para po makatulong sa pamilya ko."
"...Ah. May job experience ka na ba dito sa 'Pinas?"
"Meron po, dun po sa amin, tagahugas po ng puwit."
"Caregiver ka? Yaya?"
"Hindi po. Tagahugas po ng puwit ng baso."
"Akala ko naman kung ano. Saang bar?
"Sa karinderya po."
"Waitress nga po, pero ang spelling daw po ay G-R-O."
"Ah...ganun pala. Ano ba'ng specialty mo 'day?"
"Adobo po at saka bulalo. Pag sfecial occasions naman po prut salad na may mais."
"Puro luto ka lang pala eh! Marunong ka bang sumayaw?"
"Marunong naman po."
"Yun naman pala eh. Hala sige, mag-sample ka nga diyan."
"Pwede po song and dance?"
"Aba pwedeng-pwede, mas maganda nga 'yung ganun."
"O, bakit di ka pa sumasayaw?"
"Wala pong music eh."
"Akala ko ba kakanta ka?"
"Sasayaw po muna bago kakanta."
"Naku naman. O sige, papalakpak ako tapos sabayan mo ha."
"O, bakit di ka pa rin gumagalaw?"
"Di ko po alam 'yung sayaw na 'yan eh."
"O sige, kumanta ka na lang."
"Wala po bang mic?"
"Wala! Bilisan mo, kantahin mo nga 'yung 'My Heart Will Go On'. Paborito 'yun ng mga Yakuza."
"Di ko po memorize eh."
"Ano ba'ng kanta ang alam mo?"
"Yung duwet po kasi ang pinraktis ko sa bahay kasama si kuya."
"Ano'ng duet naman?"
"Yung kay Brabra po."
"Brabra? Baka Barbra? Barbra Streisand? Tsaka 'yung kay Bryan Adams?"
"'Yun nga po."
"O sige, 'yun na lang. One, two, three, kanta!"
"O, ano na naman ang problema?"
"Kayo po dapat ang magsimula eh."
"Ako, bakit ako?"
"Kasi po lalaki 'yung simula nu'n eh..."
"Sige na sir..."
"O siya. (Eherm, pakanta, husky voice) I finally found someone, who knocks me off my feet... I finally found the one...who makes me feel complete."
"It started ober coffee, we started out as prends, it's panny how prom simple things... the vest things vegin..."
"This time it's different... (Ta ra ra ra) It's all because of you.. (Ta ra ra ra) It's better than it's ever been... 'Cause we can talk it through..."
"My peybrit line... was Can I call you sometime? It's all you had to sey... To take my vreath away..."
(Sabay) "Dizizit, oh, I finally foooound someone... Someone to share my life! I finally foooound the one... To be with every night!"
"'Cozz whateber I do..."
"It's just got to be you.."
(Sabay ulit) "My life has just begun... I finally found someone..."
"Did I keep you waiting?"
"I didn't mine..."
"Baby, that's pine... I would wait poreber just to know you were mind."
"You know, I love your hair."
"Are you sure it looks right?"
"I love what you wear."
"Isn't it too tight?"
"You're exceptional...I can't wait for the rest of my life."
(Sabay) "Dizizit, oh, I finally foooound someone... Someone to share my life! I finally foooound the one... To be with every night..."
"'Cause whatever I do..."
"It's just got to be you..."
(Holding hands while walking pa-sway-sway pa, tingin sa kawalan bago mag-aabot-tingin)
"My life has just begun...I finally found someone..."
"Ok ok, tama na!"
"Tanggap na po ako Sir?"
" :) "
Thursday, June 18, 2009
right, right, i'm extra bold and cheesy enough to write that down. what can i say, we enjoy the wordplay.
last saturday ige and i went for a long walk around downtown manila for our piece for sigwada gallery's "maynila" exhibit on june 24. we pretended he was blind and i was leading him along a street in binondo, and he was such a good and convincing actor that people actually stayed out of our way. we also went to quiapo to drop off my b&w roll to be developed. we were looking for something, too, but we couldn't find any, so we looked someplace else, and in that other place, we had what we needed made, after almost giving up on the search. after that, we pretended it was his birthday--he looked jolly enough anyway. and then we pretended he was from outer space, and with a few props he managed to look the part.
that sweltering day we were streetcorner kids who skipped lunch for art.
i'm not used to being vague, but i don't want to spoil the surprise. :)
Thursday, June 11, 2009
|Start:||Jun 12, '09 6:00p|
|Location:||WHITEBOX STUDIO, CUBAO EXPO|
A gathering of some young thomasian visual artists and designers actively contributing to the art scene. Organized by Carlo Ongchangco, assisted by J.Pacena II.
Ige & I will be here--I hope our work stays intact. We'll be bringing our Mighty Bonds just in case. Hehehe.
Monday, June 8, 2009
When we got back to the big boats, we were given complimentary coconuts for refreshments. :)
One of the shops we went to sold miniature ships. Me likey.
Then, the waiting until flight time. During the flight and nearing the Philippines, we encountered some light turbulence--due to the not-so-good weather. We also had to do a turnaround--according to the pilot, we couldn't land on schedule because of the traffic at the airport. Still, as you can see, we arrived back in Manila safely and flu-free, so cheers all around. :)
Until the next trip, then.
Goodbye, Vietnam Jollibee. :)
Thursday, June 4, 2009
This second installment about my Vietnam trip will be a short one. By this time, I had 'mellowed' from super tourist to casual walker+history student, and anyway the information about the places we visited is available online. Okay, I may be just making excuses not to write.
DAY 2 - May 29, 2009
After a hearty breakfast of Bolognaise Spaghetti and a strawberry & cheese sandwich (among others), we got on our buses again for the two-hour ride to the Cu Chi Tunnels, used by villagers and guerillas during the war. The place had by now been turned into a prime tourist spot, where they make you watch a short documentary on the tunnels before you go into the tunnels yourself.
The tunnels had three levels, all strategically made over a period of ___ years (sorry, I forget such details), and spanning several hundred kilometers. For a more accurate account, do some googling instead; I am so bad at this. Hehe. The photo above shows a diorama of the tunnels--living areas, booby traps, water wells, and air vents that make up the Cu Chi Tunnel system.
You have to be really small and slender to fit in most of the tunnels.
I wanted to go through this tunnel but unfortunately nobody wanted to be my buddy and we were also already lagging behind our group. The height of this tunnel is about three feet; the length, I dunno (that's what I wanted to find out!).
When some bombs dropped by the enemies didn't detonate, the guerillas carefully took them apart and made new ammos.
What I didn't like about the place was the firing range--an activity tourists could do was to buy bullets and shoot with rifles. The range was beside a souvenir shop/stopover store, and every few seconds somebody would fire into a wall, and the loud gunshots were just terrible. That place was supposed to be where people could rest a bit and relax, but hearing the gunfire defeats the purpose. I don't see why--through tourism and education you show the history and promote peace, yet you also offer the experience of wielding a deadly weapon. Fine, it's just firing into a wall. But could we please be spared from hearing trigger-happy people have their kind of fun? (Insert frown here.)
ANYWAY. After the tunnels the guides took us to a rural restaurant for lunch, where I got to change into a clean shirt (the nursing profs thought what I did was clever; I said my job makes me anticipate such ickyness, hehehe). The food seemed to disappear all at once, we were that hungry. Lunch and the tunnel trip made us all sleepy on the way back to Ho Chi Minh, and I was glad for the long ride--I got to catch up on my sleep.
When I woke up we were already in the city, by the Reunification Palace. Majestic place. Here I nursed a headache, brought about no doubt by the heat+aircon+drizzle. Still more learning experience, lalala, wasn't much of a fan, especially when I saw elephant feet and tusks displayed.
They said that that was the inspiration for the helicopter in Miss Saigon.
When I pointed this out, one of the titas commented about how culinarily adventurous I was. I slurped away.
With dinner over (and shopping done for the day), it was time to head on back to the hotel. While the others looked forward to their z's, our group was thinking of an after-dinner coffee. And so, from the hotel we walked to the direction of the cathedral, where this was waiting for us:
The nice little cafe served beer, coffee (deliciously brewed in a small aluminum 'coffeemaker', mmm), and fried French. Goes to show how much they value their relations. Hehehe.
film used: kodak max 100
cameras used: supersampler with colored cellophane & snapsights underwater camera
after i used up the film using the supersampler, i rewound the film and placed it in the snap sights camera, to be used by ige. here's what happened.
the rest of the photos are in my multiply album. :)
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
And as I am not one to make long blogposts, I'll be writing in installments. With lots of photos. :) I'll be uploading most of the photos in my Multiply account when I get home.
When we arrived I thought wow, they have a really nice airport! Very clean, with a sloped roof and shiny glass. From afar I could see tall buildings and signages. It was a sunny day; the weather's the same as here.
Our first destination was the Notre Dame Cathedral and, across the street, the Post Office.
By the time we finished taking each other's photos, we were very hungry and so it was a relief when Hung said we'd be heading off to lunch. And may I just say, it was the heaviest lunch I had during the entire trip, because it was
On the buffet tables were dishes with names I couldn't pronounce but could easily recognize: beef stew, fish fillet, buttered veggies, spring rolls, ginataang mais, buko pandan (mouth watering as I write this)... there was also sugarcane juice, and I had the best dessert:
It was so good that when we burped our breath tasted of durian. :)
After lunch the guide took us to the Royal Pearl Hotel, where we would be staying for four days. It was a nice hotel (three stars!); small but comfortable, and with wifi. I shared room 8007 with Ma'am Marielyn, the Assistant Director of our office. We were given a couple of hours' rest/free time before the afternoon's destination.
In the afternoon we went to the Vietnam War Museum. I shuddered at the photos taken and the accounts written about what happened during the war, the atrocities committed by the US military, the effects of Agent Orange, the general terror and anger during that time. We also went through the torture chambers where the government systematically and methodically grilled prisoners suspected of not being on their side. Man. I can't even say I enjoyed it. I learned a lot though.
Riding along, after the War Museum we headed to a handicrafts factory that employed differently-abled citizens. They made plates, wall hangings, jars, and jewelry boxes among others, using wood, eggshells, and lacquer. I realized laying out designs using eggshells required great patience and skill, not to mention good eyesight and manual dexterity.
Our last guided destination for the day was the revolving restaurant (it was just the floor that moved, i stupidly learned) with a great view of the city. I've already posted a photo at the thursdaykids blog. More culinary delights, and after dinner and before heading back to the hotel we asked our guide to take this photo:
The day wouldn't be complete without a 'night tour' of the market area by ourselves. After trying my hand at haggling (and slightly succeeding) while it was raining (prompting the group to say "it wasn't a night market; it was a wet market!"), I joined the officemates at a streetside eatery with twenty thousand Dong in my pocket. I didn't buy anything though. Haha.
Heineken beer for 17thousand Dong.
That's about it for our first day. I was rain-wet and exhausted, and when we got back to the hotel I managed a quick shower before heading to bed. I brought Mr. Kite the Iguana along, and we snuggled together happily.
The adventure continues the next day, in the next post. :)