SCTEX and NLEX on our first Tarlac (semi-)adventure! :)

i don’t remember ever setting foot in tarlac. so i was quite pleased and excited when i was asked for a lecture in tarlac city over the weekend. A and the little pumpkin tagged along and were mostly asleep during the trip.

it was a bit tiring and traffic was bad on NLEX because of the vacationers and long weekenders. more cars mean higher probability of accidents and breakdowns. on a regular day, because NLEX and SCTEX are now one road network, the trip should only take less than 3 hours from taguig. (i remember Baguio taking only a little over 4 hours from cubao! imagine that!)

well, they are expanding the roads, adding additional lanes, so tiis-tiis lang muna.

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arriving late on saturday meant lectures until early evening. by the end of the day, i was really really pooped out. the next day, we started late since the students stayed up late downloading data and doing stuff unrelated to my work. but by the end of the afternoon, we were off and on the road again. it was a rainy trip back to pampanga where we spent the rest of the long weekend. it got a little scary because of the poor visibility but since there were few cars, it was easy to navigate. besides, i have waze. πŸ™‚

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Magpatuloy sa pagbasa

masarap ang nilaga sa tag-ulan

surprise, surprise! hahaha! nagpapaka-profound na naman.

ang hirap lagi ng dilemma ko pag weekends: ano ang lulutuin ko? LOL!

well, dahil sa tag-ulan na at malamig ang panahon, naisipan namin na mag-nilagang baboy na lang. tutal, mahilig din sa sabaw ang taong maliit. πŸ™‚

and you know what? it’s really comforting to have something warm in your tummy during cold weather. kape man yan o ibang sinabawang ulam. and it makes you feel like everything is alright in the world (even if it’s not).

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although may pinagkaiba ang nilaga namin at ang nilaga nila A: repolyo ginagamit ko. pechay baguio ang nakasanayan nila. wala pa kaming compromise kaya para sa ikatatahimik ng buhay namin, pechay baguio ang ginamit ko. πŸ˜› LOL!

may isang bagay naman kaming napagkakasunduan sa ganitong bagay: panalo kapag may patis na may sili. πŸ™‚

puro ka na lang reklamo

I’ve read somewhere today this thing:

“Repeated complaining rewires your brain to make future complaining more likely. Over time, you find it’s easier to be negative than to be positive, regardless of what’s happening around you. Complaining becomes your default behavior, which changes how people perceive you.”

which i realized was just one of my phases these past months. all my posts seemed so gloomy. of course, it did reflect how i was feeling those days, being surrounded by complaints. however, i always forget that it is not just a choice to ignore or not be affected by all the negativity. if you accept them and offer them up, they become more bearable. and once you offer them up, you begin to see slivers of light, and then smile a little.

THEN it becomes your responsibility to pursue that light. even if the complaints are never ending. when everyone is so negative, you can be that positive force for everyone. draining? yes, of course it is. tiring? definitely. but when i think about it in another perspective, i feel somewhat happier — they choose to tell you things instead of telling another person. you are the “lucky” one. πŸ˜›

so, despite the rains, i manage to smile. even if everything’s leaking in the house, i still find reason to be thankful. even if i hear complaints all the time, i still listen as attentively as i could. why? because i was chosen to be the “lucky, special” person someone complains to.

bakit ako nahilig sa “samurai”

some people siguro na-inspire magkaroon ng katana (which older people called ‘samurai’ in the 90s kaya ako eh ‘samurai’ na din tawag ko noon) eh dahil sa japanese movies. meanwhile, ako naman, dahil sa show na to:

Yep, Highlander. mas una ko napanood TV Show kesa movie dahil siguro mas mataas ang PG rating niya?

i remember when we’d make swords out of bamboo, my friends would always make ones after the “Western” sword — a long straight blade with a guard across it. meawhile, i like mine curved with the tip to one side instead of in the middle. kasi nga, yun yung nakikita ko.

di ko naman alam kung totoo or tama yung sa sword fights nila sa show. but i like how they could flip and swish the sword around so quickly. tapos wala man lang sugat kahit hindi tumitingin pag itatago na yung espada. asteeeeeg!

pero more recently, i’ve become re-interested in european swords. dahil kay san ignacio… and maybe Saber Rider na din before. na-re-awaken nga lang siguro dahil sa Ignacio de Loyola na movie. hahaha!

anybody else fancy swords here?

my grandfather’s hands

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here’s a picture of a picture of my grandfather who i never got to see alive. but a lot of things around our old house in Pampanga tell me a lot about him, from what my father would often narrate to me.

the sewing machine he used when they were making curtains and RTW that they’d bring to Tutuban in Manila via train. The monocle he used for repairing watches. the plow when they used to farm the land. the bow and clay bar he used when polishing and cleaning jewelry. the chisels he used when making ladders from the bamboo in our backyard. the violin he played during processions.

his hands were busy, skilled hands. they were the hands of a hard-working man.

thinking about this makes me feel like i really have big shoes to fill. or at least, i have this proud heritage that i want to preserve and keep.

my father could do much of what my grandfather did. and my father added one more — he repaired electrical appliances. of course, you needed to know a bit more about electronics, soldering, etc. and these he passed on to me as well. i never got to learn how to repair watches though. hehe… but i inherited lolo’s violin playing, something my father did not. so i guess we’re even. πŸ™‚