Hello everyone! I’ve been meaning to kwento this day for the longest time. But since almost everyday is a busy day, I couldn’t squeeze in blogging! You know how our summers are, and this summer is no exception. This summer, I’ve been assigned mostly in our Metro Manila venues, and I stay in our condo unit. I act as the house mother of our teachers. It means that after a grueling day teaching, I cook dinner, wash the dishes, clean, and wake up early the following day to cook breakfast. During the rare times I teach in Los Banos and nearby venues, I spend the evening with Raviv, or I do some administrative jobs in the office. Thus my blogging hiatus.
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Anyway, I’m at our condo tonight, and we’re done with dinner. So eto na nga, chichismisan ko muna uli kayo. It’s about a day wherein I was super duper stressed to the max. I get it that our summers are stressful, but this day seemed to be super stressful.
On that day, I taught OB Montessori Greenhills students. I had fun teaching. And then all the fun went away when I saw that Dodong left so much stuff at OB, eh magbu-bus lang ako!!! My goolai!!! I ditched the huge Coleman, kasi matatanggal na ang braso ko sa shoulders ko sa bigat ng dala ko. Then it took several minutes pa before I got a cab. While I was in the cab, my friend Zaira was texting me. She said she wanted to de-stress, and asked me to accompany her to shop at Nuvali/Paseo de Sta. Rosa before heading to Los Banos. I told her I might not be able to because if I alight from the bus in Sta. Rosa, andami pang sakay papunta sa Sta. Rosa office namin (which is near Paseo and Nuvali). She promised she would pick me from where the bus would stop para hindi na ako magbiyahe. I said OK, and rode a bus bound for Sta. Rosa instead of Los Banos.
And so I alighted from the bus. Wala pa ang Zaira. I texted her that I was already at the bus stop. Ang reply? ‘Asa Calamba pa raw siya, ma-traffic! Hay nakow! So carrying my teaching paraphernalia, my one-week laundry, my laptop, and the things that Dodong left behind, I went to the tricycle terminal. There was a tricycle that was already heading for Paseo de Sta. Rosa, kaso ang available na lang upuan ay yung parang upuan ng bata sa loob—yung asa gilid. So, OK fine, kaya ko ‘to! With my back arched and my butt aching, I endured the twenty-minute travel to Paseo de Sta. Rosa!
If I thought that was the end of my travail, nagkamali ako! Apparently, tricycles were not allowed inside Paseo area. So ibinaba ako sa napakalayo pang lugar sa office namin. I had to walk for another fifteen minutes, still carrying my heavy luggage. Gusto ko nang sabunutan si Zaira, at naiiyak na ako talaga!!! And what do you know, just when I was a few feet away from our Sta. Rosa office, may kocheng bumusina sa akin.
Of course I vented my anger! Nangingilid na ang luha ko eh, para akong kawawa talaga—sabog hair, oily and grimy face, tapos si Zaira, pink na pink pa ang lipstick at fresh na fresh sa koche n’ya! I told her I hated her! But she took it all in stride, nag-sorry na lang nang nag-sorry, with matching flirty giggles.
I guess ganyan talaga ‘pag super friends. I told Zaira I wanted Raviv to join us, because I missed my son. Oks daw. So we fetched Raviv from our home. Yaya Gigi and Thea (who was vacationing at that time) came with us.
Our first stop was at Pancake House at Nuvali. Bakit Pancake House? Kasi katabi lang ng Aldo. The hunt for beautiful things began.
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After our early dinner, Zaira and I started going around, chatting and looking for beautiful things to take away all our stress. So enjoy-enjoy na.
Kung akala ko ay tapos na ang pagka-haggard ko, nagkakamali ako!
Zaira and I were shopping for skincare products at Etude while Raviv, Yaya Gigi and Thea were just running at the corridors outside. And then suddenly, Thea went in Etude and said, “Mommy, si Raviv, tumae!”
Anak ng tinapa! Toilet-trained na si Raviv thus he was not wearing any diaper that day! Tapos tumae sa brief n’ya! Yaya Gigi and I hurriedly brought him to the washroom. Of course umalingasaw ang poo–poo n’ya! We washed him and all. Kaso, wala kaming dalang extra shorts or brief. Ayaw lumabas ng banyo nang walang damit. So I carried him to cover his pitoytoy. Some ladies saw him, laughed and said, “Ang cute ng hubad na bata!” Nag-panic lalo ang Ravivo; we borrowed Thea’s handtowel to cover his bum.
We brought Raviv back to our office to get him new clothes before heading home to Los Banos. But Zaira wanted to do more shopping, this time at Paseo de Sta. Rosa. OK fine. Aaand, in fairness, sumaya ako! See, Paseo de Sta. Rosa is famous for outlets—sales abound! Lookie lookie what we found! Look at these Charles and Keith sandals and shoes, all on sale!
Diba ang mura?!? In fact, I got two pairs of shoeseseseseses:
O di ba? I was also tempted to buy these pretty bags, also by Charles and Keith:
Kaso kakabili ko lang ng designer bag.
And kung trip mo namang magpaka-sensual….jaraaaan!!! Look at these La Senza intimates, also on sale!
O ‘di ba?!?
And so this haggard-ous versoza day ended a happy night. So, before I go, let me share with you this quote by Bo Derek:
But more than that, my shopping was made more fun by the lady who, a few hours ago, gusto kong sabunutan. Hehe! Iba pa rin talaga ang girl friends!
Good night everyone, mwah!