Gone are the days when we used to walk down the aisle saying, “Varsity! Varsity!” #Haha, whyyy… & distract Barong so that 1 of us (usually me) can sneak out of locked gates to buy freshly baked one peso pandesals from an eskinita nearby (#rebelwithacause #lol #highschooledition). But we’re still here, & oh how things have changed… (My favorite cheerleader is #home too! De & Rach, get here! #ChristmasSeason #Manila #PH)
Finished packing (Far East batch) detail by detail for the most fastidious person I’ve met by far; & manually recording more than 80 unsynced iPhones to his preference… 3 weeks of working 16 hrs.+, 7 days a week, is also over. HELLO Metro #MANILA, I’m coming over to sleep… (But first, Frozen date with 1 of my BFFs, Steph Kahn @ #Rockwell. #homeatlast #Christmas:)
"My heart will be filled with everything I have experienced, but for that to happen, I need time, & I have no intention of trying to speed up the process." ** (Finding #past #present #future pieces as I sort my Dubai room after being away for months. #worldplaces)
#HAHAHA. I miss you, Rics! Especially today. Enjoy celebrating! How much fun have we already had… And there’s more to come, for sure. You know, after all these years, I still get amazed at your rich capacity for empathy. Thanks for listening, for praying with me, for being honest, for approving a bunch of my fab/ridiculous ideas like this timer shot #lol… Good night :* #lostandfound #instavideo ;))
Not a sickly person but caught on & off fever+ all week… In my defense, these days are crucial & no one can do my work for SB in #Dubai -I wouldn’t even impose it… #FridayThe13th: The doctor called with “normal” results (#whoop)! I’m also glad that in between all, I [finally] found, among other things, the perfect set of ghafis for #SB through boxes & countries! From 8AM, I only sat down for about 2 hrs. combined, it’s 1AM already… I am #exhausted… But #unlucky, there is no such thing… I’m about to sleep now in comfortable clothes under a safe, private roof; relieved to have been able to complete my job without hassling others to cover for me… Thankful for the strength I’ve been so blessed with. #sick #face #ahe #zzz #goodnight :p (Yes, #Royce is get well soon food.)
One of the most #RomanticSpots I’ve ever been to… And there was something hypnotic about the breeze, the vistas, the gelato, the top-down cab drive… or this could simply be a result of us having an unexplainably long week. Nonetheless, the view overlooking the cliffs of #Capri & #Ischia in the distance was stunning. We felt hypnotized, “in love”, (okay) extremely infatuated… Sent postcards to some people whose addresses we remember, & after, were like… (Shakes head) “why did I do that…” #lol #scratchingofhead #acceptingofregrets (#haha hay) #Italy #MoveSlow
Was just about to step in for a night shower when SB called for me, so I rushed back & worked for a few more hours… The morning after, he wanted a quick BREAKFAST (8 AM) BEFORE BEDTIME. Since calling the chef & getting him here would take longer, & knowing that they both just want to finally sleep (including me, really), I made #SB’s breakfast myself. He finished it.
Didn’t realize he was looking when I grinned, until I got the “you’re not supposed to be smiling this early, & why, but I don’t want to know the answer” look… It was because of a flashback from cooking, multi-tasking, talking (going slightly mad #hehe), “Eggs, better put yourself together. This is a very important man. We want to make him happy. Bread, stay hot. Salad, I know you don’t care, but just, work out… […]”
** THE GOOD… & the NOT SO GOOD. When your boss trusts you… so much, that he needs you to do final rechecks even after others have already rechecked about 10x, & relies on you to do almost anything #anytime. (Taking notes to remember this #FastLife that’s not meant to last forever.) P.S. He’s smart, notices everything. I think he knows when the breakfast is made by me. He has a look for that. But that’s another #novel.
Packing for my dearest #SB who told me to “put it in the red”… Normally this would’ve been a no-brainer, except, all kinds of red, including pink, up to the darkest shade of maroon to black can be “red” (in his vocabulary). Not to mention, which size of that pouch (if it is a pouch, which one must magically know as well)… No questions please, unless you want to agitate him & put wrath upon yourself + anyone else he’ll encounter that day. I’ve laid hands on this medicine to be in its right place! :p And no, “Redin” has nothing to do with color, instead, more about radiance & a means of transportation. DON’T EVEN try to connect the dots because human is expected to. Me, efficiently pulling through tasks in my job (which I <3 anyway) is a miracle in itself. #secretboss #secretthings #pullingofhair #lovingoflife #HAHA.
Grilled octopus on potato mousseline; Crepes Suzette (#ElFaroIbiza) //
A: “And you, what kind of work do you do?”;
A: (Huh?) Oppression?”;
S: “Yes, opreshon… You know?”;
S: “In UPS”;
A: “Ah! Operation!”;
Chasing #Summer ☀ // #Birthday girl is cookin’ right now (wait for me pleeease)… But let’s celebrate all week! :) I hope to someday learn from your casual mastery of cooking as you seem to do it so effortless, & our plates are always “said”! #TTYL <3 #gonetothebeach #friends #dxb
Waiting in line at the college cafeteria (2004, when I was studying in Cape Town), I noticed the lady behind me sobbing & asked her why… She talked about bygone days when “we couldn’t line up this way”. How there were separate lanes, benches, residential communities, etc. depending on one’s skin color… Not the most gripping story I’ve heard in S.A., but it’s one I can easily retell. The distance seemed farther & deeper. Years have passed after #NelsonMandela’s anti-apartheid revolution, but his legacy goes on and continues to give hope. I mourn today with my #SouthAfrican family.
#RIP, thank you #TataMadiba for helping us understand true #freedom.
To the thoughtful person who brings food when visiting me at odd hours; who patiently taught me so I could perform the rifle exhibition drill (military training); who repeatedly screamed my phone # from the car window to the other car chasing us (because I didn’t want to give it, #haha #anuba); who creatively made a hilarious remix of the femininity-song I rewrote, #lol; who sees the light at the end of the (regardless how dark) tunnel; who inspires me with her forgiving & #quiet #heart that does not seek revenge even when the world seems to force it… Who throws mad fun sleepovers -when we were kids… #HB!!! <3 P.S. Vanni: “may connection kami e…” ;)) #cantgetover #spongebath #laughtrip #truefriends
"Girls compete with each other, #women empower one another." ** Truly blessed to have you as this kind of woman in my life… I appreciate you Kers, & love walking with you through the many changes we’ve gone through over the years. #birthdayhappiness ;>
"Only when the first assistant hasn’t decided to become an incubus of viral plague.’ moment"… Been coughing at work ; come Saturday, #SB gave me the look from his car as it was driving off —indicating "don’t go to the hotel"; Sunday, it seems he’d announced that I was vomiting all over the place… (I wasn’t!)) // Ayay. People will hear what they want to listen to… But I’m not much of the type who’d explain / defend myself to everyone because… well, I don’t have to. :D // #viral = #gossip > #illness // #maleversion #MirandaPriestly; #Mondays.
Congratulations #LoveTim!!! 😘🍫 Hehe. 🌈 Excited & looking forward to what’s ahead for you guys… <3 #FindTheRoastYouLoveMost;>