January 5 - “Torete, All This Time”
It was the second to the last day of my stay in my hometown. My elementary friends and I met again at the beach clubhouse for another “inuman” session. This time the treat was on Honey, our friend who wasn’t able to attend the reunion because she was still in the metro. Only a few came but that didn’t dampen our spirit to enjoy the “tagay”. I didn’t know if my friends noticed but I sometimes didn’t drink during my turn. It’s just that I already got so bloated during the holidays I wanted to be more fit when I visit my high school friends in the other island in two days. Main entertainment of the night was Spice with her sultry videoke performance of 80’s hit “All This Time” …
…and a not so “torete” videoke performance of Moonstar 88’s “Torete”. Just bear with the blurry videos. They're taken from my ancient camera phone.
We got the most pleasant surprise by the end of the night when we found out somebody already paid the bill. Turned out Peter, a friend's cousin from the States, secretly tipped the waiter. (Thank you Peter, dawg, my homie! Hahaha!) Since Honey only spent a little, she invited us again for another “inuman” session the following night. Ce’st la vie!
January 6 – “Island In The Sun”
Got a bit emotional during my last day in my hometown. I realized I would definitely miss the laid-back life as I go back to living a hard-knock life in the jungle that is Metro Manila. (Ah! Clichés, I know! Haha!) I was also feeling a bit nervous as I was not sure what awaits me in the big city. That time, the job offer I got during Christmas was still 50-50 since they haven’t followed me up yet. I stayed in the house the whole day to spend some precious time with my family. In the afternoon though, I did my usual round of bicycling around town. Took this not so narcissistic vid of myself singing a Weezer song (and jumbling the lyrics) while riding the kiddy bicycle along the beach. Don’t laugh! I'm really this shameful! :)
January 7 – “Leaving on an Ocean Jet”
Hahaha! Took that video inside Ocean Jet, the fast craft that would take me to my high school island. I decided to pass by there to reunite with my high school friends. Weather was not okay during the voyage and it was definitely a seesaw ride due to the big waves but seeing my high school friends again was worth it. We spent most of the night in the reggae bar owned by my friend Sanda, reminiscing about our shiny happy teenage years.
The band was playing Simply Red’s “Stars” in the background. So first year high school! :)
January 8 – “Fun at Bahura”
Decided to extend my stay for one more day as my high school friends and I decided to go to this new resort named Bahura. Had fun swimming in the pool with Marita and Renair, or in my case, just dipping as I don’t know how to swim.
and vid (the only one with no music background, demn!)...
January 9 – “Manila, Manila”
Had an early lunch with high school classmates Sanda and Linlei in the former’s seafood resto before going to the airport to finally kiss vacation goodbye. Hay!
Work starts tomorrow for me. Wish me luck!
And yeah, I am fully aware singing while taking the camera vids is corny and embarrassing. Haha! :)