The week seemed dull because of how busy I was. The more I had to do, the higher the stress levels seemed to rise.
4 Feb 2013 - Went to UJF with my dear friend Iya. Their campaign was such a huge success that their videos went viral almost overnight. I couldn’t get a better picture because my hands were too full from holding freebies.
5 Feb - Angry goat. I don’t remember why I was so mad that day. This picture reminds me that I was mad—but then I don’t remember why. Probably one of those “the world hates me” kind of moods.
6 Feb - Iggy dropped by UP to surprise me after one of his job interviews. We went to UJF, and had merienda with my friends (Iya and Bika) at Chocolate Kiss. I was probably having too much fun to take pictures. This guy really knows how to de-stress me. Anyway, as we were making our way home, I saw what was in the picture and remembered how much I loved the sunset at UP.
7 Feb - I consulted with my thesis adviser, after which I immediately craved for milk tea. So I used all that stress fuel to work on my thesis in a small milk tea shop at Centris (Comebuy). They had buy 1 take 1 milk tea (they were both really good), but I had no one to share it with. Well, more for me! I sat there for what could be 3 hours before I had to go.
I know I haven’t posted lately, but I have still been taking a photo of each day of my UP life. It’s definitely not glamorous—nor is it much, but I like it.
28 January - doing the least exciting part of thesis. But, hey. I enjoy it!
29 January - Shot the photos for this poster announcing the members of the Comelec team. For those who don’t know, I don’t wear black shirts. My top was grey, and I edited it to look black.
30 January - Went to Ramon Lee’s (an old, famous Chinese restaurant along Ronquillo street, Binondo-Quiapo area) with Iggy and Niko. We were so hungry, we dug into the fried chicken and pancit as soon as it was served.
31 January - Chinese New Year. There were no classes today, but I’m posting nonetheless because I got to take a photo of that delicious Ramon Lee’s fried chicken. I’m definitely coming back for more!
I know you all are probably tired of my weekly postings, but, really, it keeps me going. At the end of the week I feel like it’s all been so dull, and then I look at my new set of pictures and think, “hey, it wasn’t all that bad”. I don’t know if what I have been doing is way to spend my last weeks in one of the places I can call home, but at least I can remember them, right?
20 Jan, Monday - Our ceramics class spent the whole day in the Mariwasa factory somewhere in Batangas. No gadgets were allowed inside, so I couldn’t really take photos of the tile-painting process, nor was I able to take photos of the finished tiles. Songs from the 90s to early 2000s played all day long. I don’t know how I was able to sing along to most of them. Below is the only shot I was able to take the whole day:
21 Jan, Tuesday - My boyfriend and I went on a food trip to Quiapo, and yet again, we struck gold when we found this hole-in-the-wall store that sold old records (vinyl ones). More on that some other time, because, really, Quiapo is an amazing experience.
22 Jan, Wednesday - Spent 2 hours in Chowking with my lady friends. We were only supposed to take a quick lunch break before we re-focus on thesis. But then, time flies when you’re with friends.
24 Jan, Friday - I didn’t have any classes last Thursday. However, Friday was a rush of meetings, classes and consultations. On my way to that 5:30 meeting, I was able to snap this photo of the sunset I have grown to love. Back in high school, we were surrounded by buildings. So much so that even though I commuted home, the first time that I really got to see the sunset was when I started studying in UP. I would purposely delay going home just so I could watch the sun set as I was riding the train. I would even choose not to take a seat over missing that sunset.
Sometimes I like to believe that the movie Say Anything was largely based on my life.