At the beginning of the year, I said to myself that it was high time to pick up the pieces of me, and continue to live life as happy as can be.
So to start it off, I went to get togethers with old, comfortable, and real friends.
The first of the many actually happened late January. It was a long overdue meet up with Team Netcom. Sad that all werent there to be with us because weekends are understandably days that should be spent with the family but super and hyper happy that Edison, Rosie, and I pushed through with it. Yay!
I have been meaning to check UP town center for a while so when they asked where to meet/eat, I suggested the place. Fast forward to getting there, we had a hard time choosing where to eat since every restaurant, just by looking at the interiors and the menus, promised a part of food heaven to a starving woman who realky really loves to eat, me.
When we passed by IHOP, I was silently praying “not here, not here” since I promised Arli that we will have our first IHOP experience together. And in the process of checking the entire building out, we also considered a burger place. But it seemed that the silent prayer did not work that moment. Maybe Edison was doing a counter prayer because he was seriously craving for some french toast. Thus we had a beautiful brunch at IHOP. We opted to get their breakfast samplers and just plain service water for drinks because we had to leave room for we also planned to go to Chocolate Kiss to get their house original and specialty iced tea and sample more of their generous offerings of really tasty cakes.
The weekend after, I went to a fun early breakfast buffet with my sisters. It was supposedly a sibling day out because it was the week before my natal day but the brother was too sleepy to be bothered. So we let him be and left for Eastwood where we dined to our heart’s content. We also did some retail therapy and some window shopping by visiting the weekend bazaar near the restaurant and by going to Tiendesitas.
I did not expect the reaction that I got from Arli because I went to IHOP with another set of friends even though I really promised to check the place out for the first time with her. It made me so guilty. So to make up for it, the next Saturday, (I had busy weekends, yes) we went to the branch in BGC, where we really planned to dine together. After the roughly two-hour eating and catching-up time, I went to accompany her in looking for a dress which ended becoming plural for an occassion which she would not tell me what. Arli! If you are reading this, how did it go? Chika on our next sesh together! Massage!
The next day, Sunday, I had a date with Shang and her boyfie. When I heard on the phone, on my way to Megamall, that she was talking to somebody, I started thinking why was she with him in our meet up? Was she to tell me something personally? Hahahha! How silly of me. Anyhow, I have no photo of the food that we had (Rack’s sampler) but I have one with Shang and I. This was taken when we had coffee after dinner.
The next meeting that I have was initially scheduled the week before. But because I decided to take a personal time off on the day, the day before, and the day after of my natal day, Joyful told me to have the meet-up on a Monday. Thank you for the Saboten treat! It was my first time and I loved the cabbages! Joke! I loved everything! Thank you!
The personal time off that I mentioned a while ago was supposedly for two days but I decided to go for three. It was awesome!
The next weekend, my friend Buding stayed with us for the Saturday night in order for us spend some time together before she goes back to her work “place” and more. I went to the airport, late that Saturday morning, because I was expecting the usual smooth traffic. Was I so mistaken. I should have left two or three hours earlier. But since I busied myself with tidying my room, I got out late and got stuck in the EDSA traffic (Ayala tunnel) for nearly an hour. Good thing there was still an opportunity for the cabbie driver to take the SLEX route instead of the Pasay route to the Centennial Terminal.
It was a religious group’s annual event and I had no first hand knowledge of how crazy the traffic would be on that day because I think I was always tuck away in dreamlandia or lazying my bum off at home everytime it happens. Because of the traffic situation, we decided to go to CCP, where we watched Wicked (yay!), four hours earlier than we were supposed to. Thanks Buding for the treat. I know you had super fun and so did I! SUPER!
That night while we were waiting for the show to start, I was texting with a friend to meet with us the day after. Good thing she was free for the meet up! Nina and Buding have not seen each other for years! Was it four or am I again exaggerating? But yeah, years! We first had coffee to give Xai some energy boost because she just came from work. Seriously? Work on a Saturday? (As if i dont do it!) and then had late lunch at Megamall Chili's. Conversations wih girlfriends is always fun. And its so nice to have people so dear, that you actually have not seen in years or months, and yet you talk to each other like you just saw one another yesterday.
I really though that was the last of the many eating sessions that Ill have this month, especially now that I am really dieting and exercising. The goal is to get thin and yet I was eating, and eating, and eating. But the next week, I went to eat some nachos with melted cheese, chicken wings, and a lot of pasta in TGIF Greenbelt 3 with my BPI girlfriends. I really contained myself not to eat more. I stop everytime I feel I was satisfied and no longer hungry. That is why I always have take outs.
I was getting the GM diet again this last week of February but was also cheat eating because the diet does not really work for people at work. You have to have something to supplement. So what I do, I will either buy something in the afternoon, or eat when I get home, or both. Because I accepted that the provided food was not enough and that I was ready to do a little cheating on the side so long I exercise, I did not experience the week-long headache that I had the first time I tried the diet.
The month long eat-outs didnt stop there! I planned to go to this vegetarian place a long time ago that Maam Emi have told me about but we do not push through always or was it because we really did not do the sit down and pin a specific date initiative? So when the opportunity to visit the place came, I made sure it was a go. I loved loved loved Wabi-Sabi and will definitely go back for more! And I so love the Collective!
I was able to try Pink Wasabi which I accidently discovered while we were on our way out of the building! Even my siblings loved the mini cakes. They are definitely worth the try!
To add to all the happiness that the place gave me, I discovered BSide! I was euphoric, ecstatic, and was unstoppably bubbly the whole time and was even chatting up the Pink Wasabi store dude incessantly about the mini cakes and about fliptop. The things that I did that night were proof that I was a noob and that I was not part of the “cool” people, but I felt as if I was because I discovered a place where real magic happens.
I cannot put into words how happy I am now. I value my family – my mother, my father, my siblings, my relatives, and my awesome friends more than ever. How silly I was to over think things and not be contented with what I have in my life, for letting my feelings or “dreams” rule me, for letting my being lonely get the very best of me, and for letting other people’s opinion dictate how I think of things.
That many aspects overruled the self preserving attitude or nature that I have had since I was little and in the process, I neglected the many things Jah has blessed me with. But, here is the kicker, I am thankful to have experienced being deeply hurt again. It was an eye opener or an “awakener”? It helped me differentiate delusion, illusion, dream, reverie, lead ons, and assumptions from the realness of life. It made me stronger – closer to my self, to my siblings, my real friends, and most of all, closer to God.
My sincerest Thank You’s to all who have made my February soooo happy! I so love you!! Hugs and kisses from me!