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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Life Update

Borrowing the words of Furree Katt, let me call this post a life update. 

What have I been up to for the past three months? 

Last September 28, my boyfriend and I watched another ballet performance by Ballet Philippines. It's titled "Rock Supremo" and it was all about the life of one our heroes, Andres Bonifacio, the supremo, the founder of the Katipunan, and the Father of Philippine Revolution. I believe he should have been our National Hero instead of Jose Rizal, because he really wanted the Philippines to be independent from Spain (and not merely an annex of Spain). But that begs a lot of debates, discussions, and another post here. 

In the ballet performance, the life of Andres Bonifacio wasn't shown in chronological order, as if we were in a History class. It was full of insights, which was good especially for the students who watched. It's easy to memorize dates and facts, but insights help give depth to what our heroes have done to our Motherland. Even if Andres Bonifacio isn't our National Hero, he is certainly one of our country's greatest heroes. 

Here's my picture with the performers after the show: 

And that was my September. October is my next favorite month (after December), because that's my birthday month. I turned 25 last October 9. I took a leave from work and treated my family to ice cream at Magnolia Flavor House, Robinsons Magnolia. What a sweet celebration! I loved how my four-year-old niece was amazed at her huge glass of ice cream--called "Dare Devil"--complete with two cones protruding like horns. I ordered a strawberry and vanilla concoction (I forgot what it's called), and I loved how subtly sweet it is. 

Here's a photo of me and my family at the Magnolia Ice Cream House:

My sister and I

What was my birthday wish? I'll keep it a secret. Hehe. 

Then, in the evening, I met up with my boyfriend for my customary birthday date. Haha! We had dinner at Pizza Hut, and then we watched Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. We had seen Cloudy with a Chance 1, and when we found out that Part 2 would be shown in October, we planned to watch it on my birthday. Yey for good, happy vibes on my special day! 

Of October was fun-filled, November was rather grim. Typhoon Haiyan wreaking havoc in Central Philippines was--and continues to be--heartbreaking. And at that time, too, my maternal grandfather passed away. When we were told that his condition wasn't getting any better, my mom and her siblings decided to sign the DNR forms and let him go. We (my cousins and I) did, too. My mom and her siblings were full of grief, but I'm sure they will eventually be okay. Christmas, however, just won't be the same. 

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