With recession in my mind, a friend and I scoured Manila to look for a mall with the least people trying to spend their bonus. Unfortunately, people everywhere, which I hate. So while friend almost killed someone for that jeans on sale in Mango, I rested in peace in a bookstore. That is one of the worst moments I had in a bookstore, so I only bought one book. Plus I don't really have enough money:(
Thursday | 10 PM
Tired and with stomachs only half full, we flew to Ortigas to meet with a friend who left law school for the ad world. Despite the haggard look, Podium was the destination. Went to Borough's, which is the only 24 hour resto in the place. God forbid me, they have the best gravy ever! Plus they have chocolate coated chicken wings and awesome burgers! Recommended! Except that the waiters were already looking at us when we were talking so loud and fast, they must have thought we were in some food court in SM.
Thursday | Friday
Since we were already in Ortigas, we decided to go to the nearest place to drink. World, welcome to Home Depot. The thing about my friends I like was how they didn't care about still having class in a few hours. Nobody cared about no one, except for Cuervo.
Wasted and all, my friend dropped me in our apartment gate a few minutes after I realized I forgot my gate keys. With the dogs howling, bells ringing and thieves lurking, I walked to the nearest pay phone (boo dead phone) to call my sister. And lo behold, the gate was opened after an hour! I could have actually attended Simbang Gabi except that I smell of alcohol and sex.
Friday | 2PM
I ate rice. Bow.
Friday | 5PM
Sleepy and groggy, I can't afford to miss Lantern Parade. Though I didn't finish because of crappy engineering orgs who paraded without anything exciting to show, the affirmation that at least I am still amazed by a lot of things is enough already.
Friday | 10PM
Class Christmas party. Ugh.
Saturday | 5 PM
Panic gift buying.
Saturday | 7PM
College barkada Christmas party. Were we that old already? Last year we were talking about thesis, events and the latest movies; now we speak alien! Being one of the few unemployed beings, its actually funny to see them talk about how A earns a lot in an inter national finance company. Or how awkward it is t have office relationships. Unfortunately for me, I can only bore them with my stories, Funny how a lot of things may change in a year, but one thing always remains.
Saturday | Sunday
Alcohol again. The last time I checked, I still have blood in my veins. So I guess it wasn't that too bad. But I might cool off with any alcoholic beverages this break.
Sunday | Whole day
(I thought of posting pictures, but then caution is a nice word. Plus I still have a lot of sleep to catch up. Me and sister will Binondo tomorrow. World, I'm back!)
My body is screaming alcohol!
I went to a friend's party in Katipunan the other day, but I almost threw up when I entered the place. I know almost every corner, taste of every drink and looks of every waiter, I just can't afford to spend another moment inside. So instead of drinking and getting drunk, I just sat there listening to all their rumblings and worldly drama.
Saturday nights used to be fun. Booze, smoke-stained shirts and tired feet were the symbol of one hell of a weekend. But then, everything is entirely different now. Still getting familiar with all the faces and getting the hang of the new setting, I am a wallflower with a glass of martin.
A friend called earlier and asked if I want to go to this new bar near Manila Ocean Park. But I guess I was too tired and traumatized by how my social life has been acting lately, I said no. We should be sobering up now, maybe in Mcdo or some coffee shop, laughing our asses off because she's been offered by a men's magazine to pose for them, but she said "Ay, hindi high concept." We could have killed ourselves laughing and getting our body drowning in mixed alcohol.
Srsly, I just need an effin drink.
And oh, Robyn is my goddess. Her song above is an ultimate study music. Plus she's Swedish so that's a plus one million points.
All I wanted was to tell you all my secrets. After all, we were on the same boat; and carrying these things inside that no one else can see will hold us down like anchors and drown us out at sea.
Like an antithesis to a John Hughes film, I have always wondered how would things end between us. Not that it matters, but at least some decency to close some doors left for expectations and weekly page visit on some social networking sites. But life has its funny ways.
This ought to be a guide for my family and friends who will, and most probably, buy me a gift for the Holidays.
In bold are those I have read
In italics, those I would appreciate to have within the end of the year.
1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma -Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - A.A. Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville (just a few chapters though)
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Inferno - Dante
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - E.B. White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
I have never finished and Bronte's novel in my whole life, and Marquez and Austen's books are my sleeping pills.
I have never read a hard core sci-fi. I tried Asimov and I burned the book.
I read The Bible because I used to be the family's holiest boy.
For my college barkada christmas party, I wished for the complete set of Larsson's Millenium Trilogy or Krauss' The History of Love.
I dig law books now. I feel sick I might throw up anytime after publishing this.
Not gift related
I would never date someone who had never read The Little Prince and do not know how to pronounce Les Miserables.
I am not actually vocal with my parents about what's happening with my life. They never heard anything from me when I was on the verge of shifting to MassComm back in college , nor when I had the worst heartache I had so far. I am close to my mom, but my nature just leans towards being secretive and unexpressive.
Except for these past months. I was very vocal with the stress and death I am suffering.
And because my parents were such good angels sent from heaven (sarcasm included), the moment my mom visited me and my sister in our apartment, a money wasting spree happened. My mom said I should also destress sometimes and plunge myself with worldly pleasure(I wish I could tell her Mr. Dreamguy is single once again).
So after one weekend of doing not law related things, I saw myself with a brand new laptop, an extra phone so I can have a Sun sim, more money in my account, almost a dozen new novels and DVDs and brand new school supplies.
Again, I am not sure if I'll be happy or not.