so many things happened over the christmas break, i'm now starting to regret i didn't write anything about them. the oc in me wants to list down everything, if only to make sure that this is an accurate blow-by-blow account, but nah, i'm just too lazy to even start thinking about them.
the more significant things however i just have to mention:
rhea's finally through with her contract with you-know-which network. i joined her on her last sunday there (when bosses weren't around). it felt like she wasn't leaving at all. she put in more than 12 hours of work (straight from batangas without sleep) and was so engrossed with what she was doing that she barely ate at all. i can't bear seeing her that way everyday so i'm just happy the ordeal is over (not that it was a horrible experience). although i was a bit sad when she made up her mind a few weeks ago (bye bye promotion and the chance to work with sir howie), it's a decision she has to make for herself. if she's not happy, there's no point staying.
i did get to see some of my old blockmates in a reunion of sorts. it just feels so good to see old familiar faces again--people you've missed through the past months and people you wished you'd be spending more time with. most of them are leaving or have left their jobs too, looking for more meaningful work where they can grow and just enjoy the experience. the others are pretty much happy where they are. over kare-kare, fish, lumpia, pancit and beer, we took our time reminiscing days past, as if they happened just recently. it was a fitting dinner to cap a grueling day (after 7 hours with rhea for her shopping spree...now i know why guys don't like helping girls do their shopping--masakit sa paa!)
at home, we also had our own reunion. my parents weren't here but some of my relatives from my mother's side were here for the holidays. it's fun having so many kids around. there's just something about children that takes all your stress away. is it their innocence, their smile, or their baby fats? i don't know. my brother and i can't resist ogling at cute babies wherever we go. they never fail to amuse both of us.
one freak accident, however, marred our new year celebration. while all of us were out jumping and blowing our torotots shortly before midnight, a firecracker in flames fell from the sky and hit my 6-year-old cousin. an aunt of mine quickly grabbed little buddha (the monicker i gave him) and embraced him to keep him from crying. as she loosened her hold on him, i was alarmed to see that the flames bore a hole on his shirt, on the left chest portion, the one closest to the heart. then a cousin shouted, "may dugo!" God, this can't be a tragedy, i prayed as we rushed him inside the house. i ran upstairs to get my brother's medical kit, grabbed some towels and raced back to a crowd that by then had surrounded my cousin, watching in horror as he was given first aid treatment. i could see his elder brother trembling, standing from a distance while his parents cleaned the wounds, trying to calm the child down while fighting back their own fears. luckily for my cousin, all he suffered were first-degree burns on the left chest and on his left hand. he didn't lose any of his fingers, and his heart was safely beating. that was just the best gift i've received in my whole life and i can't thank Him enough for it.
school is back again but for some reason, it seems as if the vacation's not over. these past few days i've been spending more time with relatives right after class--watching spellbound; exodus; shake, rattle and roll, among others. the other night i had to beg off from star city because i simply had to study. tomorrow, we're off to tagaytay. there goes my precious study time. but what the heck. the family's more important than anything else. won't exchange these bonding moments for an uno which i can't even eat. (at least with my relatives, there's food--lots of them, hmmmm...yummy).
anyway, i started jogging around the oval this afternoon--the first time in 4 years i think. the last time, i was still in the cocc program. i spent most of the 2 rounds walking anyway so it hardly counts as jogging but it was just enough to sweat and burn some of those excess fats away. hope this becomes a regular habit with my health-conscious blockmates. as a result of the jogging though, i missed the electoral judicial tribunal meeting (law school's version of comelec). plus, a blockmate dragged us into committing to the gradcomm core group. my god, i thought i'm done with all these things.
on sadder news, i lost my file case today. i left it near the fishball stand and it was gone an hour later. what could be more depressing than losing your readings? manakaw na lahat wag lang readings. on the brighter side, those files are recoverable anyway so if nobody is kind enough to return them, i can have them photocopied--again! ah, blessing's is really getting a lot of blessings these days. it's a good thing they thought of giving us calendar-planners and pocket diaries. now, that's a blessing.
my tickle test result puzzled me at first. would you believe my color is green?
You're green, the color of growth and vigor. Good-hearted and giving, you have a knack for finding and bringing out the best in people. Green is the most down-to-earth color in the spectrum - reliable and trustworthy. People know they can count on you to be around in times of need, since your concern for people is genuine and sincere. You take pride in being a good friend. For you, success is measured in terms of personal achievement and growth, not by status or position. Rare as emeralds, greens are wonderful, natural people. It truly is your color!
rhea thinks it was more likely black the first time we met.
Your color is black. The color of night. Serene and mysterious, black conjures up images of elegant evening gowns, dashing tuxedos, and gleaming limousines. Traditionally a symbol of success, black also represents power and an uncompromising demand for perfection. Not surprisingly, you tend to set challenging goals for yourself and do whatever it takes to achieve them - your strength of character is second to none. This unfaltering determination, along with your natural elegance, impresses people. But keep in mind that your personality might be intimidating to some. Try to temper your demanding side with a little softness - trust us, it won't kill you. Overall, though, black is the color of professionalism and achievement, which means it's clearly the color for you.
then it became brown.
You're brown, a credible, stable color that's reminiscent of fine wood, rich leather, and wistful melancholy. Most likely, you're a logical, practical person ruled more by your head than your heart. With your inquisitive mind and insatiable curiosity, you're probably a great problem solver. And you always gather all of the facts before coming to a timely, informed decision. Easily intrigued, you're constantly finding new ways to challenge your mind, whether it's by reading the newspaper, playing a trivia game, or composing a piece of music. Brown is an impartial, neutral color, which means you tend to see the difference between fact and opinion easily and are open to many points of view. Trustworthy and steady, you really are a brown at heart.
but she does point out that maybe i've probably changed these past few years. or maybe not. whatever, it's just a test.