A sudden Bacolod weekend.

{ PHOTO HEAVY! Also, a very long post! }

Well.. I seem to have a horrible habit of not posting regularly on here anymore. But I suppose, it’s not too late to post. I don’t really expect to have a regular readership or a hefty amount of subscribers.. so if you are still here, reading this, then thank you! I’m glad you think that my haphazard style of writing is still worth your time!

June 12 here in the Philippines is Independence Day. and since it falls on a Friday this year, it automatically makes the holiday a long weekend. I had been planning to go to Bacolod for a while, because my friends Gax and Chesra had suddenly bought tickets to Bacolod a couple of months ago and I was eager to tag along. Hahaha! (Even though I knew I have classes on Saturday. Yes. The life of a law school student..) I thought of it as a last hurrah for summer.

So, here goes.

I took the 3am Ceres aircon bus to Bacolod from the Dumaguete station. Why 3am, you may ask? Mainly because the trip takes SIX HOURS: 2 hours from Dumaguete to Mabinay, 2 hours from Mabinay to Kabankalan, and 2 hours from Kabankalan to Bacolod. If you check a map of Negros Island, it’s pretty much going from the southeast (Dumaguete) to northwest (Bacolod), cutting through numerous towns and cities, plus traversing a mountain road. Yes. A mountain roadΒ full of dizzying curves and turns and unpaved portions (because they were repairing the road).. ah. My friends were set to arrive around 1030am, and I thought better early than late, right?

Also, I couldn’t fall asleep anymore so I decided to just hop on the next earliest bus I could catch. Hahaha!

Me, at 3am/ Hahaha!

Me, at 3am. Hahaha!

I managed to stay awake for a few hours as the bus sped through the coastal road, though there wasn’t much to see because it was still dark outside. I ended up looking at signs and buildings, and only then I realized how far Bais City was from Dumaguete. (The current Bais mayor is actually an aunt from my mom’s side [Jalandoni] of the family. I’ve been meaning to visit her but well.. time.) By then the sun was barely beginning to peek out from the clouds.

As the bus veered left to go up the Kabankalan-Bais mountain road, I sighed heavily as I tried to prepare myself for the dizzying ordeal. I’d say it was like sitting in a rocking crib, swaying side to side while just outside were fairly steep drops in places where there were barely any people around. Like literally, you could count the number of houses on one hand. There are also parts of the area where there’s no cellphone reception.. (this sounds like a horror story trope, can someone write about that–)

The sun was slowly rising, and I could see the sky and the surrounding hills and valleys. It’s quite a pretty sight, especially through the early morning fog. Though, of course, it did kind of look like another horror movie sight at times..

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A (very) delayed post: My Spur-of-the-Moment Weekend Getaway

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SUPER PHOTO HEAVY!!!

Hello, everyone! Let’s not waste any time with crummy intros that I haven’t really thought out and just jump into the rambly narration! πŸ˜€

It all started around mid-January, when I finally went back to school for the first time after holiday break because after arriving back in Dumaguete, I got wonderfully bowled over by chickenpox. :/ News was already spreading about the Purplehood Ball which, for lack of better things to compare it to, a law school version of prom & seniors’ night rolled into one – to honor the fourth-year students from our college, with matching messages by their representatives and a symbolic passing of the torch to the lower batches. They even had a class prophecy video, which was really entertaining. (I wonder if my grades will ever bring me fourth year so I can see what our class prophecy would be like?) It’s kind of a last hurrah for our seniors before they’re off to their final Finals Week and then off to Bar Review.

This year, we had a “red carpet” theme and, surprise, surprise – I had nothing to wear. But luckily, while looking for a dress with my younger sister Lucille for her Honors Day event (she’s the smarts of the family.. maybe aha), we chanced upon a shop tucked away along Perdices Avenue called Trendsetter. She found her dress – plus the friendly shopkeeper even suggested I try a few on. I found a couple I liked, but contemplated maybe buying them another time.

Then I remembered the Php2000 Forever21 gift card in my wallet still had a remaining balance of over a thousand pesos..

DING DING DING DING!!!!!

I thought to myself, why not trek over to Cebu to find a dress? If not, then.. I’ll think of something.

I immediately texted my dad about my intentions, and he seemed pretty supportive of it. I even asked my younger sister and a friend for advice and directions on how to go to Cebu City from Dumaguete. Taking into consideration that it was soon to be midterm exam week, I decided that I would go on my little trip the weekend after midterm exams, and I would be staying overnight at a hostel (which I found after a few days of frantic searching over the internet and reading reviews and recommendations).

Which was VALENTINE’S DAY WEEKEND.
Cue exasperated sighs.

My first solo trip would be on the commercial holiday in which loads of couples are out to do some lovin’ over dinner, coffee, or whatever floats their boat. So what does that mean for me, single and totally LOST??

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A post-birthday post.

Thank you, LINE Camera. Hohoho.

I originally posted this on Facebook to poke fun at myself as a way of thanking people who left greetings on my timeline or who texted me to say happy birthday.. but I seem to be quite fond of it now. Alas, a rare moment where I actually make an effort to look cute, because I don’t really think I am. ^^;;

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.

..including this one! Did the makeup myself. Then I borrowed a feather earring from my classmate Lala during the night. ^^;;

..including this one! Did the makeup myself. Then I borrowed a feather earring from my classmate Lala during the night. ^^;; Dim photo, oops–

After the acquaintance party, we went to EscaΓ±o, 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 andΒ 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 atΒ 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.

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