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Travel

4 Years and 10 Things I Learned From Blogging





It’s 15 minutes before 3:00 in the morning; that press coffee I had earlier is obviously doing its job well. Since I couldn’t sleep I figured I should make myself useful. If you see me tomorrow with raccoon eyes, please know that it’s the result of writing this list, of the ten things I learned in my four years of blogging.

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Travel

The Cake Epiphany

Is it too early for me to have a midlife crisis? You know, that time in a person’s life when he realizes his mortality and that he may not have much time left in this world. I don’t know, but I think I’m having those midlife-crisis thoughts now. Halfway through my cake I suddenly had this feeling of being spent, the way one feels at the end of the day. For the record, it’s not the end of the day, it’s 2:00 in the afternoon.

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Travel

My 32nd Birthday

In the years I celebrated my birthday I was battling with depression. This is not to say I didn’t enjoy those parties or simple get-togethers with friends, but lately I’ve been wondering, were they all mere attempts to dull my inner torment. Did I just use the company of my friends to drown out the noise inside my head? (more…)

Events

Kapeng Barako Club: Samahan Ng Mga Bitter

I was almost offended when I’d been invited to watch this play called, “Kapeng Barako Club: Samahan ng mga bitter.” My initial reaction narrowed to the word “bitter,” which usually refers to sore losers. It’s the feeling of embitterment engendered by defeat, whether it be in a sporting tournament, a beauty pageant, an election, a bid to that promotion, or in the most complex game of all, the game of love. So why did the word “bitter” in the title affected me so? Because I am.

But of course, I went because I have always loved plays and I had to know if aside from relating to the story I’d find enlightenment, in any form, from being bitter.

This Palanca-winning play is written by Juan Ekis and it revolves around seven characters, Joel, Anna, Masi, Eric, Stef, Marlowe, and Sunshine. It was staged at Third Cup Cafe in Katipunan; a some sort of a special performance for bloggers and other people who may help promote the show. Though this is the only time I’ve heard of it, this play has been around for four years, each performance, staged in coffee shops.

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That night, drinks and snacks were on the house. The setting was quite informal. There was no stage, actors were seated about the room, not completely removed from the audience. It’s like eavesdropping on other patrons’ conversations.

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The gist is that six of the characters are in love. The conflict is it’s unrequited love, or much appropriately, love that takes no courage. Ahh… The love that can’t be returned and must be hidden, it’s the most hurtful thing. If you have loved and not be allowed to use it, how can you not be bitter?

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That same night, a friend told me,

“You can’t relate because you’ve never loved anyone.”

To which I replied,

“It’s not that I haven’t loved, it’s just that I haven’t been loved.”

Show starts on September 6.

Food

Bo Tan Bubble Tea and Cafe

If it’s meant as a marketing ploy it sure is effective. Bo Tan Bubble Tea and Cafe can be found in the basement of West of Ayala building, that alone is a bait for the curious. You wonder what you would find below, before you knew it you’re already making the descent. That’s what happened with me and my friend few days ago when we passed by the area.

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