Thursday, June 21, 2012

Haggardo Versoza

That should be my name now.

I guess most of us have our hands full of so many different things. Children. Work. And for me, mostly books and cases (and work). I still could not believe I have made it to fourth year. I guess ora et labora has its miracles. I certainly hope it will still work this, hopefully, last year of law school.

I won't complain anymore of lack of time. I wanted to take on these things (by the way, I also joined our school's legal aid bureau and we'll be handling actual cases), so I guess I just have to make do. Gadgets could really help in my day-to-day activities, especially a tablet with flash, but I don't have that so I'll manage with my pen and old notebook. I guess that is the message to you, friends: WE WILL MANAGE!

And from time to time, find something to laugh about,. Like the title of this post. Gotta log off now coz it's time to meet Stress Drilon. =)

Friday, June 15, 2012

everyone dies

It was superb. Nothing more I could expect from him.

I just watched the last episode of the last season of House. I deferred watching it for months, knowing that this season would be the last. I guess I really have problems with goodbyes. But sooner or later, I know I have to face it, you know, "the end." What would be more fitting than to watch it with the person I have started watching it with. Thanks, eks.

I know it's just television, but this is how I am -- I get attached a little too much.

The ending left me in awe. The series has had its ups and downs, the first was definitely great, one or two seasons were so-so, but the last season (especially the last 5 episodes) was a minefield of emotions! And all throughout, House (the doctor) was never a disappointment. An interesting character, a great actor.  Gregory House was a genius doctor, a prankster, a selfish ass who would steal workers compensation insurance when he feels like it, logical to a fault, brutally frank, a pain in the ass, sarcastic, egotistic, and lost.  I have watched the series not only for its storyline, but mostly for House's clever retorts and humorous insults. His points of view were unique but quite true, most notable of which is that "everybody lies." He may be so many "bad" things, but he was never boring.

Looking back, the whole House was a person's journey to life -- or to what is life. And in the end, you just have to accept, everyone dies*.

*The very last episode's title.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

The Duchess of Waves

Thank goodness I haven't spend the whole summer at home. Just most of it.

I drank with friends until about 2.30 a.m. At about 2 a.m., we were talking of going to Baler at 10 a.m. I woke up at 7 a.m. to finish all my jobs due so I'd be ready to leave by 10 a.m. Actually, despite the beers, I couldn't sleep well. I was so excited to try surfing. I was so anxious to go.

By 9 a.m., none of my friends were texting me to confirm our trip. It seemed like just a conversation of drunks! By 12 noon and no messages from anyone, I have accepted that the summer will be over without Baler.

So I was so thrilled when by 1 p.m. I received a text that we will be going to Baler! In no time, I had already prepared all my stuff!

When we arrived at Sabang Beach, it was almost dark. We got out of the car and immediately paid for surfing lessons. About 10 minutes, we were already in the water, each with an instructor and a surfboard. When I was able to stand in the board, I knew why so many people love to surf. It's a unique experience playing with the waves - that you can actually play with it!

I appreciate more the surfers I see on movies and those in pictures of Hawaii. It must be more fantastic to watch them in 3D and with a home theater system. Better yet, I wish I could see real surfers in action in giant waves in real life. They seem like dancing with the waves. The surfer pros' stance are really graceful and the balance, wonderful.

I have always been in love with the water. But surfing, it's a newfound love. Half-jokingly, I told my grandmother I will no longer study law. I said, I'd have a better life surfing than lawyering. ;p

My friends and I fell in love with surfing, It was only our first time to try to surf, and we all wanted to learn more. We even fancied ourselves to be surfer royalties, hence the name. =)


My family has always teased me as pambato. You'd think I am like the superstar of the family in academics or in sports or in beauty contests. Well, I'm not. I am just their best bet in eat-all-you-can restaurants. haha.

And indeed, I could eat for hours. In Yakimix, my family's and my friend's favorite buffet restaurant, I have already mastered the art of eating a lot. I think I have discovered what to eat first and what to eat last. I knew which food I should not eat, so that I would not feel full already.

Even in fiestas, I can be at my "best", only it's a little more embarassing to consume all the food in the table, especially when I look familiar to people. haha. From afternoon until the globe string lights are on at night, I could keep my mouth busy and full. =)

One time, when I with my parents and eks ate at the same resto, eks and I ate for three hours (right, eks?). The table beside ours has had three batches of customers already, and we were still pigging out!

I actually do not know how much maki, Korean beef, and ice cream I can take. At least i know it's A LOT. It's supposed to be embarassing for a lady to be called pambato at this kind of game. But I am proud of it. I think it's really a talent. =)

life changing

I haven't seen my high school barkada for a few years now (and I haven't seen my college friends for a long time, too) until this week. So, if there would be any change in their personalities, I would notice.

As I have expected, and wanted, nothing much has changed. It was like we were still in high school once again, just with more pounds and rounded bellies. Well, I guess the topic our conversations changed a little, but we were still talking about music, comics, and books, and I kept on asking about gadgets (being tech-dumb!) and motion sound amplifiers for sale. It made me wonder if it's true what they say that people change.

I guess not. At least not at the surface. Or maybe, at least not in its core. I guess people would develop a keener understanding of life, and love, as they grow old, but the funny ones remain funny, the witty ones remain witty, and the gloomy ones remain gloomy. I guess it takes more than growing old to change attitudes and more than a few common problems to switch "modes". It has to be something life-changing or a life (continously) changing.

Now, I ask myself, have I changed?