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Bipolar Bear (a week to go)

This is it.

I told Muffet that I am more excited to see her visit me in Japan than me actually going there. But that’s half true. I am excited too but for some reason I am having a hard time deciphering what I really feel about this whole thing.

It’s a bit difficult to assess if it’s the fact that I’ll be gone for a long time, longer than my usual shenanigans. I can travel for a month without really missing anybody or anything. I can be gone without anybody really noticing. So I’m not quite sure if that’s the real reason. Maybe it is because this time, I will be on my own.

I’ll be travelling with two colleagues from my college. One is a high school friend and another whom I met because of graduate studies. Carla (my high school friend) and I have this on and off kind of relationship. We see each other after high school but we are not really as close as we use to. We have things in common but sometimes not quite. I tend to be the talkative type; she tends to be the quiet irate one. We will be living in the same neighborhood but I am not sure if our apartments will be near enough. I think that distance is important. Alma, my classmate in grad school, is a different person altogether. I don’t think we have anything in common. But I like her sometimes. Carla doesn’t like her much. But I think her presence will be beneficial, she is the mother-type (she has two children). She has much experience with travelling being a flight attendant for a long time. I can learn from her experiences. And financially, I think she is more stable.

I won’t be completely alone. But with separate apartments, I will be having more alone time. More “me” time.

“Me” time is another thing that I have been wishing and dreading. Ever since I got back from my 1 and a half month stay in Kuala Lumpur assisting my sick sister, I was hoping for a break from everybody. The weight of what I have experienced there (my sister in a coma for 4 days, losing her memory, her not being able to move being bedridden for a long time) is insurmountable. I have never been so tired in my life. The shock is that I didn’t feel weary when I was actually there. I felt it after a month being back home. And the most difficult thing about that, just when I was ready to take that much needed break, it’s already the start of the semester.

So I was wishing for Japan. Japan would be my escape. It would be my time off from the world. But I’m also dreading it too.

Dread sounds a bit awful, but I am also scared that too much “me” time would translate to loneliness. I think I have enough of that already. From losing my dream job, my sister’s aneurysm, my best friend working in a different country, losing my boyfriend, I think I have enough drama. I can even make a soap opera out of my stories. Drama is different from being lonely, but my loneliness or depression tends to create drama in my life. I don’t think I need that.

Muffet said that all these thoughts are because I’m having separation anxiety. I guess she is right. She tends to be right most of the time, except for her own realities.

I know this blog is not encouraging or helping anyone who wishes to travel or stay in a foreign country for a long time but this is a reality we need to face. Leaving our love ones, our own rooms, our friends, and our comfort zone is very difficult. It is a process we all need to undergo. It’s hard but I think we can bear it. That’s also the reason we have blogs or diary, to let loose of some of these emotions, these anxieties so we can take whatever this new adventure will give us.

Japan, I’m coming!

Zachary Levi a.k.a. Chuck Bartowski Sings!

You know how fans tend to have fanfic of their idols, well, I hope of meeting Zachary Levi in person and tell him how fantastic he is. Hah! No, i don’t daydream of ever getting married to him, have children and live happily ever after! I just want to accidentally meet him in one of my travels, get acquainted, have some drinks and have one of the best times of my life.

Pretty simple. Almost possible.

In one of my stalking incidents I stumble upon this music video of Zach singing with Katharine McPhee. Nothing fancy but I never thought, not once in my imagination, that Zach can sing. Not bad! Would he be venturing to a career in the music industry? Haha! I hope not! He’s better suited to be Chuck.

too lazy to pack (9 days to go)

Not that I’m really lazy, I’m already half-packed mind you! But there’s too much stuff I want to bring, I don’t know how to pack them properly.

Staying in a foreign land with limited allowance requires bringing every essential clothes, shoes, bags and toiletries. I know! Toiletries too?!? Yes, it’s a sad fact that Japan may not carry the brands I use, and I have no inkling whatsoever to change it. I would bring 2 months supplies of my own soap, shampoo, lotion, toothpaste, scrub, toothbrush and moisturizer. This would take much space in my luggage but I don’t care. I hope my mom will keep her promise of sending “goodie” packs every quarter. Hihi.

Clothes, shoes and bags are essential. Being thrifty means only acquiring “life and death” necessities. I’m actually dreading the fact of 1 year of no ukay-ukay. Ukay-ukay = heaven; no ukay=hell. I’ve heard of stories of how expensive it is. I remember Terashima saying that prices in Japan are triple! Wah! Winter clothes already occupy 1/3 of my luggage! And I will still need to acquire necessary head gears! Alma, a colleague going with me in this training program, was flabbergasted when I told her I will bring 10 pairs of footwear. Lol! I keep reiterating to people that I don’t have extra cash to buy new stuff. It’s pathetic enough how half of my stipend will go to rent and utilities!

Anyhow, enough about packing. Here are some shiznitz I did over the last few days:

1. Just finished watching “Avatar: The Last Airbender” series. I was hooked! I daydreamed to be a water bender. Bitoy, my cousin, invented a new bending strategy. Genital Bending! Lol! It’s funny if you see him in action. For a review on the series, read Chico Garcia’s blog on Strangefruit.

*image from The Comics Journal

2. Explored Prado Farm. It’s good to have connections! Prado Farm practices bio-dynamic farming in Lubao, Pampanga. Biodynamic farming requires harnessing the balance and interrelationship of the soil, organisms and plants that lives in a particular ecosystem. It is similar to organic farming but it utilizes a more traditional but modern approach to agriculture. Prado Farm is one of the few farms in the Philippines that practices this method.

3. Reimon Gutierrez Architectural Splendor. The Ocampo-Gutierrez residential community houses several architectural designs of Reimon Gutierrez. Although not yet open to the public, we had the rare opportunity to be toured in the area. Reimon, our gracious host, explained that one part of the land will be a bed&breakfast boutique (still under reconstruction) and will be open late this year. Reimon’s design is as organic as his farming. Utilizing Pinoy ingenuity mixed with modern artifacts. The sight was amazing. Before leaving their home, I asked Reimon if I can live there someday, and he gladly said yes! Haha! (Adjacent to the area is the Prado Farm, also owned and managed by Ocampo-Gutierrez)

4. Dinner + Videoke with High School Friends. It’s the first time since time immemorial that our group has been complete. The Foursome wholesome! Dinner in CPK and videoke in World Music (boo for bad service)!


goodbye for now, see you again party!

Riot nung Sabado. Lahat ng tao sumasayaw at kumakanta kasabay ng Spice Girls. Mga boyfriends na pinagnanasahan. Mga pulutang pinakukuluan. Mga alak na pinaghahalo sa aming tiyan.

Nakakatuwa kung paano napagsama-sama ni Clem lahat ng tao ito sa isang hotel room sa Ortigas. Semi-surprised ako kasi I didn’t think na despedida party siya. Alam ko lang gusto ko silang makita lahat bago ako umalis. Nawalan man ako ng boses, ayus lang. Sobrang mamimiss ko ang mga taong ito. I will definitely miss not seeing Clementine. I will miss my Xaymaca gurls. I will miss the usual banters or non-sense while having ice cold beer. Alam kong makikita ko pa sila sa Facebook or YM. Pero iba kasi yung kaharap mo sila at lahat kayo nagsasaya.

Pero sabi ko nga kay Stefff, I will definitely missed out a lot of fun but I will have a different fun in Japan. I will definitely be lonely most of the time, at least I have this memory to reminisce about.

22 days to go :)

I have been leisurely doing nothing for almost two weeks. Blame it on holidays! Almost 2 weeks of no grad classes, no laptop and no work. Well, other than the holidays, I’ve been procrastinating really (there I admitted it!).

But keeping tabs of the remaining days of September, I can’t help but feel the urge to write about it. And yes, finish my research papers and pending submissions for work too.

Let’s start with 1st week of September. I volunteered as a facilitator in one of Greenpeace’s training. Having worked for the organization for more or less 4 years, I can say that I am eligible to train new volunteers. It was uneventful at first. I was expecting more initiative from the participants but gotten none. But at the end of the training, I saw what the group was made of. They were actually different from the previous batches I helped trained. This group is very conservative to say the least. Afraid probably of the unknown consequences of activism. Most are concerned with arrest, which one of the facilitator explained to be the least of our concern. (I always say to self, problems of the environment is bigger than I am or bigger than my own personal problems). But at the end of the training, I appreciated their initial apprehension. It makes them human. Seeing their passion and commitment (which I hope will last longer than the other new volunteers that remained new volunteers), I have high hopes that this group will be very proactive in the movement. Yay!

In that same week, I was struck by a weird news. It was quite expected but still weird. Two of my exes are getting married. They had their pre-nuptial photoshoot last Sunday. At first I felt numb, then I felt “forgotten”. Muffet told me that I was over-acting but she also said that they should have acknowledged my role as a big “stepping stone” in their relationship. I don’t want to be conceited but it’s true. But what I really needed is closure. She laughed her ass out when i said this. According to her, for someone who’s so good in breaking up should be expert with closure. But in reality, I have closure but “we” didn’t.

Anyway, before I get too melodramatic, let’s move on to this week.

Monday was pretty bland. I had my much needed rest after a long weekend of physical and mental training. I discovered that I had allergies from god knows what. Tuesday morning and afternoon, it was same same. But in the evening, my aunt booked me a flight. Yay! Woot! Woot! This morning HP Service Center contacted me to say that my laptop is well and good. They already replaced my LCD and cleaned up the fan. I also had this feeling that the service guy likes me. Haha. That’s just my exaggerated imagination! A girl can dream right? All in all half the week had been plain but not uneventful.

22 days to go! And as I posted last July, I should have learned some Nihongo but didn’t. All I did was watched J-Doramas like Hana Yori Dango, Densho Otoku, etc. Haha. Not much learning there, more like entertainment. At least I already have a ticket, a suite case half full (or half empty) and a list of what to bring (not printed yet). 8 days had passed and October 1 seem to be just around the corner. I don’t really know what to expect or feel. Yay!