Happy Wednesday everyone!
I’m down with a serious case of coughs, and the only consolation I’m looking forward to is that the “explosions” would be like crunches to help tighten my ever expanding midsection. In short, I hope that in its own teeny, tiny way, my coughing would help me lose weight. Because, my goodness, I’m gaining so much weight again. Waaah!
Anyway, as you may already know, I was in Cebu during the weekend sans my boys. Irvin and I went there for Brain Train’s Intensive ACET and DLSUCET Review.
We left on Friday morning, because prior to going to the airport, I took care of two more tasks. First, I went to White Label Bridal on Yakal St. in Makati. My friend Irvin is getting married in November and I am one of the bride’s maids (I have just emailed them my gown pegs and I’m so excited about them! Thus I really need to lose weight!) Next, I went to the office of Maid Provider to return a yaya and get a new one. Raviv’s most previous yaya (Yaya Gigi has already left…it’s a bit saddening, but I’m more thankful because, gravity, sumasakit talaga ang ulo namin sa pagiging malilimutin n’ya!) The first yaya I got was OK at first, but after a few days she started to get weird. I heard from our other new helpers and Yaya Isay that they saw her hitting and shouting at Raviv. Of course, I can’t have that. So I called the maid agency and told them I’ll be replacing the yaya. Thankfully, the new yaya I got seems nice. She speaks English a lot (o diva?!) and used to work as a teacher’s aid at a toddler school. Raviv seems keen on her. That’s great, of course.
Anyway, Irvin and I arrived in Cebu at around 3 p.m. Irvin’s friend picked us up from the airport and brought us to our hotel. We rested a bit and then proceeded to Ayala Mall at 6 p.m., because Allan and Karen Medalla—Brain Train Cebu’s franchisees—treated us to dinner. We had a nice chat over a delectable set of food at Chikaan.
Dinner at Chikaan sa Cebu in Ayala Mall
After dinner with the Medallas, we were picked up Jessie. Jessie was a colleague when both of us worked at Tanggol Kalikasan, an environmental law office. He was one of my closest friends there, even though he was assigned in Pangasinan while I was assigned in Quezon Province and Quezon City. He and Atty. Nelia Lagura (now Prieto) would graciously host my stay in Pangasinan whenever I was there. The last time I saw him was in 2005 pa—almost a decade ago. So when we saw each other again, it was chikahan galore. We greeted each other with shouts of “Mama Jessie!!!” and “Oy Mama Dewmaine!!!”
And then kumustahan.
I: San ka na work ngayon, Jess?
Jessie: Provincial Manager ako ni Cong. *****
I: E si Mama Nelia, saan na?
Jessie: Hay ang lola mo, lawyer sa Office of the Ombudsman ditto sa Cebu!
I: Ano sya dun?
Jessie: Aba ang Lola Nelia natin ay Graft Investigator na!!! Sabi ko nga sa kanya, “Huy Nels, ‘wag mo kaming imbestigahan ha!”
LOLS! Typical Jessie. We further our chika over coffee and green tea latte at Starbucks at IT Park.
The following day was Day 1 of the Brain Train Intensive ACET and DLSUCET Review in Cebu. Our host school was Sacred Heart – Ateneo de Cebu. That same day was card giving at this school, and there were lotsa parents. One thing I noticed was that there were so many fashionable moms carrying to-die-for bags. If only I were not shy, I’d have taken snapshots of the fasyon moms.
Anyway, most of the Cebu kids were sweet, and gwapo ug gwapa pud!