Yesterday, I traveled basically from one end of Metro Manila to the other, and even went so far as to reach its outskirts. But I had fun anyway so it was completely worth it. Anyway, here’s the story.
Celebrity Sighting / Sitting
Here’s something strange about the Philippines. Artists (except those in showbiz) don’t get paid very well. And when I say artists, I’m including writers. Even the good ones. I mean, unless you’re of National Artist status, chances are, what you earn from your works is very little. I guess a good thing about this is that it keeps you grounded. The bad thing is that you can’t do what you love full time and you need to have other sources of income. But I digress. I really want to tell you that yesterday, while in the jeepney on my way to UP Diliman, I sat next to somebody famous. Guess who?
DH! (Haha, I’m not spelling out his name. Iwas Google, baka mabasa niya ito at sabihin ang stalker ko!) Who is DH? He’s a somewhat famous local author. OK, he’s not that famous (unfortunately), but he’s a Palanca winner and one of my favorites. His works are mostly sci-fi/thriller/fantasy and his publisher is the same publisher of Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah and the Kikomachine series. Anyway, I think he’s a really really good writer and basically, I would kill to have an imagination like his. Haha!
So yeah, I was really surprised and excited when he suddenly boarded the very jeepney I was in! He was probably on his way to the Komikon, just like I was. But he passed by the McDonald’s at Philcoa first, probably to meet some friends/fellow writers who are also going to the Komikon. And no, I don’t know this because I followed him after he got out of the jeepney. Honest! I really didn’t follow him! I’m really not a stalker! I really didn’t walk a few meters behind him to see where he was going. Really! Hehehe…
So, I’ve been going to the Komikon since it started in 2005. Although I’ve been attending less and less events every year, and have been staying for a shorter period of time. Yesterday for example, I was only at the Komikon for a total of… 1 hour. And I spent about 15 minutes of that hour in the girls’ restroom, wiping off sweat from my face because this year’s summer is just so hot! But yeah, I was there for only a short period of time. Why? Because spending more time in there would’ve made me bankrupt, that’s why! I swear, going to the Komikon is one of those events where you lose your money real fast! And although it’s in exchange of good comic books, it still makes me a little sad when I realize that after only an hour, my wallet is already empty, save for the money that I would need to get home. And here I thought I was prepared for it this year, unlike the last time. I guess I was wrong.
But although I only stayed for an hour, I got what I came there for — Manix Abrera’s 12, and Elbert Or’s Lola: A Ghost Story. And I got them both autographed. So I don’t think I wasted my time, going all the way to UP Diliman from my house in Las Piñas, only to stay for less than the time I traveled to get there.
No pictures though. I brought my camera but completely forgot to take pictures. But actually, I still feel a bit awkward asking for pictures. I mean, I know the artists are nice and all that, but somehow I feel like I’m being too much of a nuisance if I ask for a picture. I mean, they’re already signing autographs for you and you ask for more?
The Rooster and The Red Skirt
So another reason I stayed at the Komikon for only an hour is because I actually had another place to go to yesterday. I was going to visit my godson and his mom (my very good friend X). And since they lived in San Pedro, Laguna, I knew had to leave Quezon City early, if I was going to make it to their place during the daytime (haha).
So I actually arrived at the Komikon at 10AM, just as soon as it opened, met with my best friend E, bought some comic books, said hello to some friends, and then left at around 11AM. We passed by Toy Kingdom at SM Makati to buy a gift for my godson (which I’ll tell you about later), and then took a bus to Laguna at around 12nn. But because of traffic, (may banggaan sa Skyway!) we got there at 3PM. But anyway, during all this commuting, I got to sit next to a rooster, and hate a bus company for using my high school uniform for curtains . No, seriously. I even have pictures to prove it (though I only used my camera phone so they’re not very clear):
So my school has changed its uniform around 4 years ago (I think), so they don’t use that cloth anymore, but still, it’s a bit upsetting to see.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take a picture of the car crash that caused us delay. But who wants to see another car crash, anyway?
Happy afternoon! I’m really not very good with kids, but I do like them when they’re kids of my friends/relatives (haha call me biased). So I really enjoy visiting my friend X and just playing with her son, A. Anyway, she says that A has been extra bratty lately because this summer is just too hot! I completely understand because I’m being a brat because of the heat, too. Haha! So I bought them an inflatable pool! (Yes, this was the gift I passed by Toy Kingdom for.)
I’ve run out of words now so I’ll just let the pictures tell you the story.
All in all a great weekend. I love weekends. And if only I didn’t like Shakespeare so much, I would totally find a way to contradict this quote:
“If all the year were playing holidays; To sport would be as tedious as to work.” – King Henry IV, William Shakespeare