I’ve been in Manila for almost 3 months now yet I haven’t blogged anything about it. I didn’t tell anyone for the first three weeks – that’s how long I was able to keep it to myself. I think partly because I was still in denial. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve planned on going back for years but the July trip felt so abrupt. I thought I had until August to spend summer in Vancouver.
When I got here, a lot of things didn’t turn out my way, blah blah blah. Let’s skip the pity party. Here’s some highlight of my Manilala Life:
- Touching base with friends i.e
- Highschool Barkada in Manila – Three of my highschool friends are based in Manila and so we meet up from time to time. This is always fun and we never notice we’ve been chitchatting at the dinner table or in the pool for three hours. I love them to bits because we have this sort of bond, the “we’re all based elsewhere and we have a few hometown pet peeves” bond. Also, I am so amazed and proud at how my friends have grown from shy, awkward teenagers to strong, grounded women. It’s amazing and they teach me so many things without them knowing.
- Kirk flew in from CDO! I met up with him at SM North while his mom was shopping some clothes at Kamiseta. I greeted my ex-mother in law (loljk) and got an Uber for her. We then went to UP where I gave him a quick tour and we had Mang Larry’s Isaw. We met up with Jeshley in Makati and had dinner at Mr. Rockefeller. I had so much fun with these two because we never run out of things to talk about. Our high school bond’s pretty strong.
- First Born Ideas + Sarah’s – Coffee and beer at good old Sarah’s with the crew. I don’t remember what we talked about because we all usually end up getting really drunk when we’re together. Although I do remember being in the backseat and talking about Jessy Mendiola and JM de Guzman with Carmelle (i love showbiz, magpakatotoo na tayo plez.) On another day we attended BLKD’s album launch at Moe’s Bar. OMG, two bottles of beer did me in. I am beyond Tita, I am Lola. So at 2 am I bought Jumbo Pao at Kowloon House and pansit for Rob’s birthday.
- Deng + Dan = Daeng – My college barkada slash couple barkada because Charley is in the islas. I’ll skip the details because there’s a special place in my blog for people who 1) try to set me up with their friends or 2) make me third wheel.
- Attended a Blogger Event with Geva. I enjoyed the talks and the insight I got from Fashion Blogging. I love dressing up but I’ll leave the OOTDs to them! I just don’t have the energy for it. I pose awkwardly too so I’m usually behind the camera. Can I just say that I adore Vern and Verniece? Why? Well, because girls can be really catty and a room full of fashion bloggers can magnify that but these two sisters had a nice energy. They were giggly and happy, kebs lang. There was a blogger in the room who was so catty and giving us head to toe looks (ok maybe she just has a resting bitch face but iba energy niya.) So I found her tags and stalked her blog and thought, wow if only her grammar was as nice as her OOTDs? sayang naman. Of course I found satisfaction in that. Parang, ngek nag taray ka pa. Bwahaha. After dinner, Geva and I window shopped around High Street and had a satisfying Korean meal at Sariwon in the evening.
2. #Fitness Diva
I signed up for a gym membership and only went in once. Gahaha. That was really bad. I didn’t like my trainer (you really have to establish a relationship with your client or else they won’t feel obligated to perform well!) and I went travelling for a few weeks anyway. Still lost weight due to walking around during my trips.
I joined the Great Lean Run which featured obstacles reminiscent of the Martial Law years. The Philippine Martial Law years was a time of dictatorship when you couldn’t speak out about the government and if you did you get tortured, killed or both. The race was organized to give the younger generation an idea of what it was like during those times. In one of the obstacles, we had to climb up a wall, we were all lining up when this girl tried to squeeze by us. She said “ang bagal!” (so slow!) so I turned around and gave her the look. I mean, I don’t think she was getting the point of The Great Lean Run. I thought, mudmod kita sa putik eh! (i’ll drag your face in the mud!) Manila is making me mean. Honestly you just come out of this city hardened, tough, and street smart.
3. Explore Manila
Apart from my QC friends, everyone else on my feed seems to keep posting beautiful photos of Manila. If you’ve never been here, you’d be fooled. Lies! Lies! This is not a postcard perfect city. I wonder sometimes how instagrammers maintain their beautiful feed. I have such a hard time doing the same here. I went to Divisoria to get my measurements taken, discovered how to commute to BGC, wandered the main streets of Cubao at 11 pm. I really love how alive Cubao is, it’s still my favorite place in Quezon City.
4. Eat All You Can
Manila is teeming with buffet restaurants in every corner. I just can’t.
And today I helped out with my cousin’s thesis survey. We served sticky rice cakes at one of the labs in the College of Home Economics. I was channeling my inner Yna Macaspac earlier. Fierce.
That’s about it. I’m usually on my own and enjoying my own company because most of the time I only see my friends on the weekends. Just a few days ago I watched a movie alone, played at Timezone alone. I’ve also found myself walking the stretch of EDSA maybe twice. There are nights when I’m out and I don’t want to go home and sleep in my own bed. I really just enjoy observing Manila at night. I’m dying to document it in photographs!!!