Tags: All Saints' Day, Bicol, road trip
view of Mayon volcano from the car
So my recent trip to my hometown in Bicol just ended. It was a flurry of activities the whole time I was there. The road trip with my sister and cousin was nice and comfortable despite the fact that we had to travel at 2:00 AM for the long journey. I hadn’t any sleep the night before the trip because I’m usually a night owl. I was wide awake for most of the journey and enjoyed the stillness of the early morning, breezing through the empty streets of Manila and passing by mountains and rice fields. My cousin was the one driving so my sister and I were able to relax throughout the trip. But I was nursing a headache by the time we got to Camarines Sur at around 9:00 AM due to the lack of sleep. By noon, we finally arrived home in Albay. We were greeted by the pleasant sight of our newly renovated ancestral home, which was divided into several units to accommodate six families.
This is me during the road trip
The succeeding days were spent shopping with my mom, sister and aunt for things needed at the house, bingeing on food I hadn’t eaten in a long while (including Bicolano dishes), and preparing the unit of the house where my uncle was due to settle in. I was also able to meet with my old college buddies, although two of them couldn’t join us due to conflict of schedule. But I had such a great time with my college buddies and I spent Halloween with them reminiscing our good times together back when we were at the university.
My college buddies and I at Embarcadero de Legazpi
My uncle and aunt arrived from Manila just in time for All Saints’ Day. So we had a small family reunion there at the house. It’s a tradition in our family to make food offerings to our dead relatives during All Saints’ Day, and I was able to witness it again after a long time.
My sister and I also helped our uncle settle into his new home when he arrived. It was the first time he saw the renovated house after he suffered a stroke and he was so pleased on how well the renovation turned out. We filled his unit with stuff he needed and my younger brother who looks after him also helped organized his things. There are still a few things in my uncle’s unit that need fixing, but all in all he was already quite settled there when my sister and I left for our trip back to Manila.
I felt a little sad when my sister and I finally left the province to head back to Manila. I will miss it for sure. What I love the most about my hometown is its rustic and pastoral setting including its laidback atmosphere that Manila obviously lack. I can see myself retiring there eventually.
Tags: Bicol, road trip
Later this month I will be traveling to my hometown in Bicol with my sister. We’ve been planning about this for a long time and I’m excited that our trip is getting nearer. This time though we’ll be on a road trip instead of taking the bus. My sister and I will be traveling via our uncle’s car. It will be about nine to ten hours drive and I’m fine with it. I like road trips because it gives me the opportunity to see the sights along the way, aside from the fact that you can have a stop over any time you want.
You see the purpose of our going home to the province is not only because we’re visiting our family there but also because we’ll be helping our uncle settle into his house. Ever since my uncle suffered a stroke almost two years ago, he’s been wanting to go home and live in retirement there. He has been working in Manila all his life and now that he’s retired, he will be occupying his newly renovated house in Bicol. Most of his stuff here in Manila – furniture, appliances, clothes – have been shipped there two months ago. My sister and I will be helping him unpack and shop for new things he need. His house here in Manila is already up for sale.
I am definitely looking forward to coming home. This time my sister and I will be staying a little longer so that means I will have more time to spend with my family there. This will also give me the opportunity to meet my old college buddies there whom I haven’t seen in a long time. I still have contact with my friends there but mostly we only communicate through text messages and occasional hellos via Facebook. Hopefully I can gather all my friends while I am there and catch up with what’s going on in their lives.
If you’re an avid fan of the TV show, Suits, then you would know what I’m talking about. The can opener, along with three dozen thumbtacks, are part of the big mystery going on in the show. What makes Suits intriguing to watch is because of the sporadic appearances or mention of this kitchen utensil and office supply. I have been watching Suits since its first season. I wasn’t an avid fan at first during its initial run but my interest was piqued because of the premise that a young man named Mike with photographic memory is pretending to be a lawyer. I was hooked by the time season two came along.
The show is a mixture of drama and comedy, which I liked. It’s not as serious as any other legal drama on TV. In fact, it has gotten quite a reputation because of the introduction of the mysterious can opener, which first appeared in season one. The viewers know that the show’s main character, Harvey – a hotshot lawyer in New York and his secretary, Donna have a long-standing pre-trial ritual involving the can opener and three dozen thumbtacks. But the show never reveals what they do with them. All we get are glimpses of the can opener, nothing more. Us viewers don’t even get to see the thumbtacks. As for the whipped cream, well, it was already revealed in the sixth episode of the show’s third season what Harvey and Donna did with it.
I guess it’s fairly obvious that my favorite characters on the show are Harvey and Donna. I love Donna because she provides humor to the show with her witty punchlines and amusing banter with Harvey and the other characters. I like Harvey because he’s a brilliant, hardcore lawyer. He can be cold, calculating and cocky but he wins cases most of the time, if not all. Although in real life I would probably hate someone like him.
Personally I would like the can opener and thumbtacks to remain a mystery. The show could follow what Sex and the City did with Mr. Big. They did not reveal Mr. Big’s real name until the very end of the series finale. Suits could do the same.
Speaking of finale, I just finished watching the summer finale of Suits‘ third season and am very much looking forward to its succeeding episodes in January next year.
Tags: comics, geek, sci-fi
Growing up I never considered myself as a geek. Even though I loved Star Wars the first time I saw them as a kid and spent hours watching Dungeons and Dragons, Japanese cartoons and other sci-fi shows on TV (Captain Power, anyone?), the concept of geekiness eluded me until much later.
It was during college that my love for sci-fi became fully developed. I also became interested in the esoteric. I got hooked on watching Sliders, The Outer Limits, and most especially The X-Files. Strange and weird stories fascinated me. There’s something about them that left me with a sense of wonder.
As a child I was also fond of reading comics – from horror, comedy to action, I devoured every page and enjoyed every minute of it. It was actually my two cousins who introduced me to the world of Marvel and DC comics. I’ve read tons of superhero comics from Batman, Spider-man, Superman to Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor and the Green Lantern because of them.
Eventually I’ve outgrown comics in general and turned to books. In fact, I haven’t picked up a comic book for years until now, when The X-Files season 10 comics rolled out this year. Of course being an X-phile myself I couldn’t let this opportunity passed by. I got the first three issues of the comics already and am still waiting for the succeeding issues to come out.
But my level of geekiness is nothing compared to my other geek friends who are almost comparable to Sheldon Cooper and the gang from The Big Bang Theory. I’m just a regular fangirl and my knowledge of geek pop culture is limited. I’m not very good in science and mathematics. However scientific discoveries always fascinate me.
Tags: comics, superhero, Superman
So I’ve just seen the movie, Man of Steel. Yup, I’ve been waiting for this movie for a long time. And since it’s a holiday today, I thought it’d be the perfect time to watch the movie on its first day of screening at the local cinemas.
Even though I expected that many people are also going to watch this today, I was still surprised at the turnout. The cinema was fully packed as early as 11:00 AM. There were already long lines at the ticket booth when I came. I didn’t make any ticket reservations so I got in line with the rest of the crowd. I managed to purchase a ticket for an afternoon schedule.
I saw the original Superman movie when I was just a kid and loved it. I also read the comics as a child even though I vaguely remember any of the stories. As an adult, I’m not really a comic book fan so I’m not sure how the Superman story evolved. But Superman is still my number one favorite superhero; Batman being my second. I could only hope that the new Justice League movie would really come into fruition and be better than The Avengers.
You can read my Man of Steel movie review here.