Event, Life

South to North to South Weekend

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…

Komikon 2010

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 :mad:. No, seriously. I even have pictures to prove it (though I only used my camera phone so they’re not very clear):

Man with rooster, sitting beside me in the jeepney.
Bus curtains are the same pattern/cloth as my high school uniform.
Bus curtains are the same pattern/cloth as my high school uniform.

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?

My Godson!

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.

My friend X and my godson A
A, impatiently waiting for the pool to get inflated. E, trying his best to inflate said pool.
A fills the pool up with water himself

Unable to contain his excitement, A jumps in the pool even before it was filled up with enough water

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

Life

My Godsons!

(+1 other, who is the neighbor’s kid)

I went to a Christening last weekend. And as a godmother! 😀 Huwaw. Mukha siguro akong mayaman dahil ika-apat ko na ‘yong inaanak! 😀 Or pwede rin naman na friendly ako (Yeah right, like anyone will believe that), because this latest one (naks! latest! parang cellphone model lang ‘ah!) is the son of my teacher in grade school. Oh yes! I’m taking the title “Teacher’s Pet” to a whole new level now. If you were a teacher’s pet when you were a kid, can you tell me if any of you are godmother to your teacher’s kids? 😉 Okay, maybe that’s not something to brag about. Haha! But no, seriously, that teacher of mine and I are pretty close. Actually, we weren’t even that close when I was her student in 5th grade. (So, no I did not talk to her just to get good grades. Besides, her subject was Reading anyway, and I get good grades in that subject whether I like the teacher or not. Hehehe.) We only became close because I used to hang around her classroom when I was in 6th grade (so she was no longer my teacher), and waiting for my school bus to arrive. (Okay now that I think about it, that’s not something to brag about either. Whatever.)

Anyway, the point is that as of last weekend, I am now godmother to 4 cutie babies. 😀 Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture of the other one yet (the only girl, who is the daughter of my cousin), but to make up for it, I’m posting a picture of our neighbor’s baby who is also very cute. Yay!

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Liam - He's my high school friend's first baby, and the oldest of all my godsons. (He turns 3 in a few months!) 🙂
) He's my college friend's son
Micoy - my 2nd godson and fellow Virgo! 😉 He's my college friend's son (and he's 2 years old)
Joshua - with Ms Leony and Me (He's only about 2 months old now.)
Joshua - with Ms Leony and Me at his baptism reception. He's only about 2 months old now.
Miguel - our neighbor's kid, with my nanny since birth, Ate Els
Miguel - our neighbor's kid (I don't know how old he is), with my nanny since birth, Ate Els

So there. When I get a picture of my only goddaughter, I’ll post it here, too. 🙂 I’m actually not that great with kids (Don’t tell their parents that I said that hehehe), but I’m happy to help my friends and relatives, so it’s all good. Yay for cutie babies! And let’s all hope they grow up to become useful citizens of the world. 😀