Buhay Amerika Part 3

I was so tired last night so I took the time to set my alarm clock @ 4:30 am. I hate waking up early in the morning but I have to because I gotta go to work. Anyway, nakakayamot kapag pagod na pagod ako then bigla na lang mag-alarm yung clock. Annoying. Kakahiga ko pa lang but I feel like I’ve been robbed out of my own time. Sobra short ng time for me. Natural lang sa ‘kin na once tumunog na yung alarm clock, it doesn’t necessarily mean that I have to get up. So yeah, kung ilang beses ko press yung “snooze” button ng clock. I think, naidlip ulit ako for like…ahmm…10 minutes. Ayoko ma-late sa work ‘coz I really don’t feel comfortable rushing in the morning. I don’t know how many times I got late for work but it’s not really my fault. Most of my friends are aware of the fact that I don’t drive. I can’t. I don’t really wanna learn how to drive even though I know that I need to drive. I guess, I am just a bit scared about driving. Na-phobia na yata ako k’se naaksidente na kami minsan and I can’t forget what happened. Maybe, pag wala na public transportation, I’ll drag myself out from my fear of driving and yeah, I’ll do it.

Maraming mga bagay na nami-miss ko sa Pinas. Wala rin kaming TFC dito sa bahay k’se naisip ko wala naman manonood ng TV. Sayang lang monthly payment kung kukuha pa ng TFC. Besides, walang tao lagi dito sa bahay. Nagkikita lang kami dito kapag day off. Very hectic lifestyle dito and I feel guilty about it sometimes k’se hindi na ko nakakasulat sa relatives & friends ko sa Pinas. I would rather talk to them on the phone, send text messages or email instead of writing via postal mail. Nakakainis k’se ang mail delivery system sa Pinas. Laging nawawala ang mail ko. It’s probably because nakatatak eh selyo ng U.S. Wala naman laman pera yung letter pero ang ibang government employee diyan ay cannot be trusted talaga.

In random order, ‘to ang mga namimiss ko sa Pinas:

1. Fishball/Isaw/Kikyam at Dugo (pagkain agad inuna *lol*). Ngayon ko lang na-realized na yung sauce na sawsawan ay nakalagay lang sa isang container. Kaya yung laway ko, at laway n’ya at laway ng iba pa ay nagco-combine. Ewan ko ba kung ba’t ang sarap ng laway…este…fishball.

2. Uniwide (tama ba spelling ko?). Circa ’92 tambay ako lagi sa may bandang Cubao and I really like hanging out there sa Uniwide. Mura lang k’se ang mga bilihin at siempre pa, maraming cute guys sa loob ng store. At siempre rin, magpapacute ako *nyehehhe*

3. Water Buffalo (kalabaw). Maraming memories sa kin ang kalabaw namin. May nakaraan k’se kami (oyyy!). Nung bata pa k’se ako mahilig akong sumakay sa kalabaw with my friends Monalisa and Hilda. Takot ako sumakay sa kalabaw na mag-isa lang so lagi ako may kasama. Nung bata rin ako eh talagang marami akong alaga. Alagang kuto sa ulo (hahaha!) kaya nga minsan pinapaliguan ng Tita ko ang buhok ko ng vinegar (may balak yatang gawin paksiw ang mga nakokolekta nya). Eniwey, naisipan namin na sumakay sa kalabaw namin at mamasyal (tamad ako maglakad, halata ba?). While we we’re riding on the back, bising-busy naman yung kaibigan ko sa paghahalukay sa ulo ko. Fetish nya dati yung kutohan ako. At that time, I didn’t know na meron pala sumpong yung kalabaw namin k’se preggy pala. Basta ang nalaman ko na lang biglang nawala yung nangungoto sa buhok ko at ang bilis na ng takbo ng kalabaw (with me on the back!). Stupid kalabaw, di ko naman sinasabi na tumakbo siya bigla na lang tumakbo. Yung friend ko, muntik na siya matusok ng sungay nung letseng kalabaw namin. I heard namatay na rin yung kalabaw na yun k’se nalaglag yata sa may ilog. Tragic masyado death nya. May she rest in peace.

4. SM Centerpoint. Ahh, ‘to yung tambayan namin nung college. Malapit lang Centerpoint sa PUP kaya pagkagaling sa school, punta agad sa Centerpoint. Teka nga muna, ba’t nga pala ang daming motel sa may Stop & Shop?

5. Jeepney. Mapili ako sa jeepney. Hindi ako sumasakay sa jeep lalo na kapag hindi “patok” style at walang blasting music sa loob. At saka, ehem…sanay ako mag 1-2-3. Namimiss ko yung pagwa-1-2-3 ko k’se di naman ako nahuhuli. Ang sama ko!

6. Baha sa may parteng Sampaloc at Marikina. Namimiss ko yung paglalakad ko sa baha. Basta miss ko lang yun. Don’t ask me why.

7. Tutuban (‘to ba yung shopping center?). Maraming cute goodies dun sa loob ng Tutuban mall.

8. LRT. May papuntang LRT na ba sa Marikina?

9. Traffic. Nakakamiss yung traffic sa Metro Manila. Inaabot ng 2 or 3 hours traffic. Pwedeng pwede na mangulangot ka ng walang humpay. Ubos na kulangot mo hindi pa rin umuusad yung sasakyan. At saka yung T-shirt mong puti, nagiging kulay khaki. Di na kailangan pa mag-dye.

10. Dunkin Donuts, Greenwich, Jollibee, Shakeys, Chowking atbp. I admit…I am a glutton. Sobra!

I could list a lot more but I’ll do it some other time. I think I am just gonna take a nap for awhile and post somethin’ later on.

Cheerio!

Aroma

I am definitely not a perfume person.

This is not a myth on my part but another fact about me :(. I do love wearing perfume but I like those perfumes with cool scent. You know, there are some people out there who wear perfumes like there’s no tomorrow. It is not just because I don’t like the smell but mostly because my allergies will start acting up whenever I smell something fishy in the air. No, I am not being “maarte” or anything like that. I am just being honest.

I don’t recall when I started having problems with my allergies. I felt bad because a pal from Boston gave me lots of goodies with some kind of weird smell on it. As soon as I opened the package, I started sneezing badly. I couldn’t make it stop and the next thing I knew, I was on bed having asthma. I absolutely love the goodies she sent me (I love Hello Kitty!) but after I wrote her about this, she felt so guilty that she stopped writing to me 😦 I don’t know why.

I should’ve told her about my allergies beforehand but I didn’t. Anyway, I have to go to work now. I’ll edit this post later. Too random, I think.

Nightmare

I am in the middle of glacially covered environment and I don’t know why. My whole body is aching and I started shivering from the frigid cold. If I try to move, the ferocious and unforgiving wind will surely get me and it is pointless to fight Mother Nature.

I tried to focus on my surroundings and I found no one—not a single soul in sight. I am in such a tangled mess and I am not sure how to untangle myself from this twisted dilemma. Everything seems blurry and I can’t vividly see the reason why I am in this such horrid place. Is this my fate? Maybe…not.

I tried to blink my eyes not once but more than twice. I can’t decipher any thing at all. I am probably going mad. Do I have to scream and cry out for help? Even if I do so, no one can hear me. I thought of crawling and going back to the place where I came from but I don’t have any energy left. Complete torture…this might be hell that people talk about.

Darkness alone is my only companion. Numb from exhaustion, I finally succummed to oblivion. In my mind, I heard far away voices calling my name. I can’t open my eyes. I felt something heavy obstructing and preventing me from breathing. I am going to die. I can’t breathe. Oh, this is probably a heart attack. I don’t know for sure.

I still can’t open my eyes and I know this will take awhile, I have to do something. I suddenly become frantic and nervous. I don’t know want to die a gruesome death. No matter how painful this will be, I have to open my eyes.

I finally able to muster enough strength and I did opened my eyes. Feeling disoriented and confused, I found myself alone in my bedroom, sweats running in my forehead and my dog Nakey gawking at me.

What a nightmare! Thank goodness! Everything was just a horrible dream! I hope to never have this kind of dream again. I think I am a bit scared to sleep after this nightmare.

I better start saying my prayers before bedtime, you think?

Songs

There are a few songs on my music list that keeps on ringing on my head. Maybe I am mental but there are a few good songs out there (at least, in my own point of view) that can really lighten up my day no matter how bad the situation am in. Without much further ado, here’s my list:

Mona Lisa-Nat King Cole

Somewhere Over The Rainbow-Eva Cassidy

Wait For You-Elliot Yamin

No One-Alicia Keys

Bed-J. Holiday

Bubbly-Colbie Calliat

Geek in the Pink-Jason Mraz

I can come up with a few more songs but right now, I am in a bit of a hurry. I’ll add some more later on.