It’s been 1 month and 13 days since we last talked to each other. I didn’t really know exactly what went wrong since the year started. Basta, dumating na lang yong day na hindi na niya ako kinikibo. Pero sabi ng kaibigan niya, may kailangan daw siyang sabihin sa akin but he couldn’t actually do it kasi nahihiya daw siya. Nakakapagtataka lang kasi until now he doesn’t have yet the guts to do it eh malapit na matapos ang school year. I don’t want to give him an ultimatum pero bahala na siya. I know kung ano man sabihin niya, it wouldn’t changed what had happened. It’s actually his choice not to talk to me despite the many chances he has to do it so as not to waste the time left in his high school life. Oh well, with this experience, alam ko marami ang nasayang na oras at opportunities to build a good foundation of our friendship. Pero it seems that, there are just friendships that are not meant to last or people who are not destined to be part of your circle of friends.
We all know that we constantly meet a lot of people of life. Some would eventually made a good impact on you. However, some also are just mere passersby in our lives. I guess in his case…i don’t know. Maybe one day I can make my own judgment if he would eventually have the courage and time to talk with me.
It’s almost Christmas and I still don’t know where and how to celebrate it. :(
For three years in a row now, we’re consistently doing good in the annual computer competition spearheaded by the Philippine Association of Junior I.T. Achievers (PAJITA). Just this school year during the regional finals, we bagged most of the highest awards in almost all events including those that we’re practically good at (e.g. IT Mind Challenge and IT Poster Making). To top it all, we bagged the overall medal tally.
This year, the organizers had decided to include the 3rd placers as qualifiers in National finals which was held last Jan. 21. Much to our surprise, we all decided to join the Finals notwithstanding the amount of financial support we badly needed for the whole trip. Nevertheless, we persevered and was able to find ways where we can address our main problem. Thanks to the generosity of the ADPTCI and the administration. We’re able to travel and attend this very prestigious event.
Last Jan 20, we left for Manila at around 10:00 AM via Cebu Pacific. Some members of the team like Pang, Leng, & Boins had to travel late that afternoon because they had to give way to their review for the MTOP which will take place a week after that. Likewise, Omar and Bianca decided to take an hour behind flight via PAL kasi yon ang nabook ng parents nila. Everyone was so excited about the whole trip especially the seniors since it’s going to be their last opportunity to join the said the competition.
We arrived at NAIA 3 just before the time strikes to 12 noon. Kahit gutom masaya pa rin kami kasi whole flight experience was okay and everyone is excited for the Manila adventure. We waited for a few minutes at the terminal while our transpo was still on its way to the airport. Buti na lang hindi pa kami masyado gutom kasi medyo napadami rin ang kain namin sa plane. hehehe. Anyway, just when our transpo has arrived we headed right away to ADMU to check in our luggage.
We spent almost 30 minutes in our respective dormitories (Cervini: boys; Eliazo: girls) to freshen up or change clothes before we headed to Trinoma for our late lunch. We grabbed a lunch at Burger King. Afterwards, we decided to split into groups so we can explore the mall and buy some stuffs. Just a few minutes after we took our lunch, low and behold, we saw the Dairy Queen. I have to admit that I’m a big fan. But at first, I was a bit reluctant to buy one because I already had a full meal in BK. But i just can’t resist the temptation. Hehehe..It felt like the Rocky Road flavor is calling my name and can’t wait to take my first taste of it. And so succumbed and had a huge size of it together with the kids. Grabe ang hirap pala niyang ubusin. Buti na lang I had a huge appetite at medyo malaki pa ang space sa tiyan ko. Kaya ayon, first one to finish. Yahoo!!! Then we all went shopping for the rest of the afternoon. (Mas nauna pa ang shopping kesa sa contest). We headed back to ADMU around 7 or 8 in the evening and moments later we reviewed for the contest the following day. We spent the rest of the night preparing our stuffs for contest; doing some last minute problem solving activities and test dry run for the quiz bowl. We headed back to our quarters around 2 am. Basically, we only have 3 hours to sleep and we need to wake up so early because the venue is quite far from Katipunan. Just before we went to the contest venue, we dropped by at the Church of Gesu for HIS blessings and took some pictures as souvenirs. We weren’t able to take our breakfast when we arrived at the hotel (Bayview Park) because the competition is about to start in a few minutes. Grabe kahit wala pang tulog feeling energetic pa rin kami lahat. Binawi na lang namin sa pagkain. LOL. It was all worth it because at the end of the way, we won in most of the categories and brought home some of the top awards.
Kahit pagod hindi namin naisip na kailangan nami magpahinga. Nasa laag mode pa rin kami and so we went back to ADMU and spent little time to freshen up before we headed to MOA to celebrate.
Buti na lang malapit ang Star City so right after we took our dinner, we spent the rest of the night at the theme park hanggang sa inabot na kami ng pagod at dalawin ng antok. We went home around 1 AM. The next day, we all went shopping na naman sa Greenhills.
We spent the rest of the afternoon buying some pasalubong for our friends back home. (Ubos na naman ang pera). Shopping mecca talaga ang Greenhills kahit na halos Class A lahat ang products pero okay na rin yon. At least close to the original. LOL. We went back to ADMU just in time for the Mass. Right after, we decided to divide the group and went on for other activities for the night. My group went out for dinner with my former student, Elly Reserva at Conti’s in Katipunan while others went off to Bonifacio Global City for a night shopping. Grabe we never thought we would enjoy the night kay akala ko maiilang yong mga kasama ko kay Elly. Surprisingly, some of them eventually got along well with her before we parted ways. After dinner, umalis na kami papuntang Serendra to meet the other group. Sa kasamaang palad, we were dropped by the taxi driver in the wrong place so we had to walk few miles away from where the stores and our companions were. But we actually made fun of our misfortune that night. Sige lang kami tawa nang tawa habang naglalakad hanggang sa matunton namin ang place. It took us almost an hour before we’re able to find them. Yon, laag-laag then a few hours later, umuwi na rin just in time to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The other group went to Starbucks and had their celebration there while my group decided to stay outside of Cervini and had a little chit-chat before we headed back to our quarters.
The last day of our trip had basically become a rest day for most of us. Richard, Zerrad and I went back to Greenhills just to buy some stuffs and have our post celebration. Grabe ang food trip. Lol. Too bad hindi nakasama yong iba kasi pagod na rin sila. We decided to spend the rest of the day at the MOA before going the airport and went for some last minute shopping for pasalubongs. Funny because my group didn’t notice the time that we’re supposed to be at the airport. Yon, grabe ang cramming. We arrived at the Cebu Pacific counter just a few minutes before it’ll be officially closed. Ending: Nasa last row na kami nakaupo. But before we boarded the plane, we decided to take the last the shuttle to plane. Ang ingay-ingay pa talaga namin and if I’m not mistaken we were the last one to board the plane. Pasaway talaga. LOL.
Haaayy! The trip was indeed a worth-remembering one for all of us. We knew would have fun kasi first time namin magNationals na marami kami at matagal kaming mag-uwi. But more than that is the fact that having this experience somehow made us forget about school and with its overwhelming demands e.g. academics, stress, etc. And most importantly, the friendship that we built among others despite our individual differences.