what are you so freakin' busy with?

I could be employed right now but I went back to school to be a student.
I could be financially self-sufficient right now but I stayed dependent on my parent's monetary provision.
I could be the type of person who wouldn't care if time passed but I chose to be the person who feels guilty when time passes and I haven't done anything productive.
I could be sleeping well more often than now but I chose sleepless nights to study for an exam that I wouldn't pass with outstanding marks anyway.
I could be reading tons and tons of novels I have been wishing to read but I chose to be buried in books on Human Anatomy, Surgery and even Parasitology.
I could have more free time than now but I chose this life-consuming career path just so I could earn an 'MD' after my name.

I could be in a community as a Public Health Officer but I chose the path to becoming a Doctor for the community.

In the end, I feel I have been prepared for this. Not just by my friends, mentors and my family... but by God's will. Let this be done.



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31 October 2010

touring but not a tourist

I came back to Baguio (hometown) for a short holiday. A day before traveling back home, my friend, SJ, and I were chatting and the conversation went to


"Why don't you come with me to Baguio then?" (I asked)

"...I'll think about it."


A few minutes before she logged out, she sent me an SMS:  "I'm going to Baguio with you!"

So, I guess she obtained parents' permission and whatever.

The next day, we met up and took the bus to Baguio. Before falling asleep, she turned to me and said:

"I want to experience Baguio in a different way -- not the normal tourist's thing."

Her statement reminded me of myself whenever I travel. I don't ever want the normal stuff that people do on tours. I want to experience it the way locals do. I guess not everyone is into the drop-by-tourist-site-and-take-lots-of-pictures-then-leave. :) That's not so bad but straying from the usual path leads you to discovering new treasures -- this doesn't just apply to traveling.

So, we arrived in Baguio 3:30AM on Halloween and we were greeted by the cold air of the morning. We took a cab home and buried ourselves under thick blankets until nine in the morning. My auntie told me she was going to the market, so I shook SJ awake so we could go with my auntie.


BAGUIO MARKET AT ~9AM


In my checklist, these are things that should be experienced when in Baguio...

1.  HAVE COFFEE WHILE WATCHING THE SUNRISE.
2.  VISIT THE MARKET! -- Try looking through the ukay-ukay too.
3.  GO OUT AND SEE BURNHAM IN THE MORNING (full of activity).
4.  HAVE A MEAL IN JACK's/50's DINER/SIZZLING PLATE.
5.  HAVE COFFEE WHILE WATCHING THE SUNSET.
6.  FIND A HIGH PLACE WHERE YOU CAN WATCH THE LIGHTS OF THE CITY AT NIGHT -- SM is good enough. :)
7.  GATHER AROUND A FIRE WHILE TELLING STORIES.
8.  TRY TAKING A BATH WITHOUT HEATING THE WATER (hahaha -- even I don't put up with the pure cold water :P).


well, the next two are just optional...


9.  If you like 'partying', visit the bars, etc.
10.  For Catholics (or interested tourists) go to Baguio Cathedral. It is a landmark of the city, after all.


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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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**photos are shot by SJ, edited by me**

 

3 comments:

jehan said...

oh, I miss Jack's, especially the story behind the Jack's rice, hahaha...

also, try the Louisa's cafe coffee style (coffee and siopao) or the Star Cafe (nalipatakon pay) along session road.. haay, i miss the pandesal or cinnamon rolls there.

kayni said...

I miss the lehon rice :).

I used to take a bath with cold water straight from the pump and this is early in the morning too. Good ol' days.

Saving Capulet said...

Geli!! I want to go to Baguio with the boyfie and some close friends! can I ask you meron kayang room for rent jan? :< di ko kc sure if makakauha kmi ng house for rent, pero room for rent ok naman na xDD