So the past Sunday, July 6, was my 23rd birthday. I spent it with family, because how else should it be spent? I’ve been in Dumaguete for a little over a month and I seem to still be adjusting. At least things are a little better now than before. I’ve had the opportunity to hang out with my classmates, especially since Saturday night, July 5, was our SU Law Acquaintance Party. It was Coachella-themed, so of course people tried to dress the part. Alas, I am not quite the bohemian-style kind of person, but well. Effort nonetheless.
Let’s just say I took a lot of photos with classmates– mainly selcas. Woop woop.
After the acquaintance party, we went to Escaño, which is kind of the central hub of Dumaguete nightlife, if you’re into bars and casual yet cool places to drink and hang out with friends and maybe people-watch if that’s your sort of thing. It was nice to ring in my July 6 with some of my classmates while at Hayahay. I got a lot of hugs and besos and more hugs from them and one of them even bought me a beer (thanks, Joops!) – I never turn down free drinks, heehee. But I think this one was a little special because, well, it’s practically a gift. I was raised to be grateful for things given to me (though sometimes not as satisfied as I would like to be, but grateful nonetheless), and it’s a nice way to live.
I played beer pong for the very first time. I don’t think I”m very good at it.. I would rather watch and drink. Haha!
I got to meet a lot of new people, thanks to a classmate of mine who actually hails from Manila (Mandaluyong to be a little more exact), who I hung out with Friday night, also at Hayahay. I saw them again Saturday night/Sunday early morning, so it was nice to hang out and take a shot or three. Heh.
It was a night to remember.. albeit some in fragmented memories. I think it’s made me appreciate the kind of people I’ve been hanging out with and been going to class with. They’re pretty awesome.
I definitely still miss my Manila family friends, though. They are a part of me that I really can’t just forget – I mean, why would I? They helped mold me into the person I am today.
But Dumaguete is kind of growing on me. I mean.. there was one time I stayed out til 6am and I got to watch the sun rise over the horizon. To see the sunrise in Manila, I’d have to go all the way to SM Mall of Asia or wherever would be best – it would require at least 45 minutes of travel. Whereas in Dumaguete, I’d only have to walk a few meters and sit at the seawall.. and there it is.
Tomorrow I move into the Nusa Dua dorm, where I’ll finally have my own space to study and sleep and maybe roll around during free time (if I have any lol). I’ll be “neighbors” with a friend, so this will be interesting. Hehe.
Now I think I’ll end this post with a series of photos..