day One: Saigon

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*To Cu Chi tunnels:

C: Omygosh, ano yung mga lugar, ano kaya tawag dyan? Parang lugawan.
A+D: Pho hoa-han

Goodbye, Saigon. I'm already in love with you, which is why I have to leave. :)

project C: day Zero

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I'm not going to blog right now. I'm nawt that industrious. :)

But I would like to document some of our mahadera moments.

Soooooo.

*Luggage check:

A: Wow, C. Ang laki ah.
D: Haha.
C: Okay, guys wag kayo makilagay ah! Walang makikilagay.*


*At the airport, while our flight/plane is boarding:

A: Should we line up?
D: Di pa. Madami pang naka-pila.
C: Oo nga, di ko yan naiintindihan! May reserved seats kaya lahat!
A: Uh....okay.

*After a few moments, line still the same (to me, anyways. :D ):

C+D: Tara na.
A: Pero...marami pa rin naman ah!
C: Di kaya.
D: Sakto na yan, gusto mo ba maiwananan?
A: follows along

*She currently has all of Dheng's bags. :)

Onwards to Phnom Penh in a bit.


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Hi Vacation,

It is so ON.

Love, A.

Realization for the Day: I admit I'm Spoiled but I'm working on It/That/Me.

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"Papa, spoiled po ba ako?
Ofcourse not, Princess! Sino nagsasabi nyan sayo?"

- My father to me, August 2012


My dad was on his way home from Pampanga today, so he stopped by my office to take me to home (sadly, only to the dorm boo my job) and get my other things in preparation for Project C. When I was at PSRC and he was still working in Makati, my dad and I would go home everyday, having dinner and talking about our jobs. Well, I would talk about my job, and I would nod at his job. :) I've missed that, those moments of just us, in the car and Papa Jack (My father finds the problems on that show hilarious. He says it makes him realize how much easier life was when he was young and he found the One immediately.)

Anyways, today was such a stressful day that I was extra extra whiny to certain friends about it, and someone called me a spoiled brat. Which isn't exactly a new insult. That's everyone's favorite label for me, and it never really bothers me because, well, I'm nawt really spoiled at all. Not in the bad sense, anyway.

I think.

But it bothered me enough to ask my father about it anyway, resulting in the conversation above.* And I guess, it is semi-true. I am slightly spoiled. I've always been. I'm blessed with extremely loving parents who have given me everything I ever needed, wanted, thought of, within reason. 

I have an awesome life, period.

And that's why tonight, with this ride home from work with my daddy, all I wanted was to whine and cry and beg to resign from these stupid ideas and life plans and career goals that truthfully make no sense at all at this moment, what with everyone leaving and trying out new things, and me stuck here with nowhere to move.

But I didn't. Partly because I know it would earn me a lecture, mostly because the term 'Princess' is a gentle reminder, nudging me that when it comes right down to it, my parents are always on my side, which sometimes means not being on my literal side in any of my fights with life.

All I'm saying is, I know I'm spoiled and I have a lot of growing up to do, in all aspects of life. And growing up means sticking it out, relying on my inner cheerleader and not being so reactive to everything around me.

I have to do my best because my parents gave me an awesome childhood. I need to give them back an awesome adulthood.

*I can assure you, reader, my father was quite sincere when he said that. My father is one of three men who call me Princess, and it's always been one of my favorite ways to be addressed. Because when done right, it makes me feel happy. hahahahah labooooo.

I keep saying it but really

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I have the absolute best friends in the world, as seen below:

*Project C meeting, talking about plane seats:

A: Early check in tayo, para may seats!
D: Okay, ako na bahala.
C: Gusto ko itabi nyo ako sa gwapo.
A & D (seryosong concerned): Pano namin gagawin yun?

I adore that our first thought whenever one of us says something mildly implausible is to think of a way around it, to make it come true. We don't snicker at the person, or make a joke immediately, we support. 

I was a bit leery about going on this trip with the two of them--what if we fight? More likely, what if I pick a fight? But I know now, that won't happen, because we won't let it. We've taken 'walang basagan ng trip' to heart, and it's going to be like that, forever. 

***Just a little mushiness to get me through weekend work and this week of intense work before our trip, guys. BIG HUG, Coeli+Dheng!

SALTIMBANCYAY!

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I just got back from watching Cirque du Soleil: Saltimbanco.There are no words, honestly. Except maybe WOW. Or, as we used to say, WOW with a capital W.  I have no ways to describe it except happy happy joy joy.* :)
 *See, ALL my words sound so lame.

My parents took us to the circus in Bacolod once, and I remember being awed by all they did there. This was like that, only times infinity. The fact that it was French added quite a bit to my enjoyment, as I realized I could sort of make out/understand some of the words! (This whole break from French lessons has been quite difficult. I miss AFM Saturdays a lot, so I'm glad I still get exposed.)

Most of all, I was so happy cause I got to share the fun with my family!

mama. :)

(feeling) babies


 This coming week is shaping up to be extremely tiring, so I'm really happy to have had this time out.

Thank goodness for the media plannering blessings! :D

Monsoon Rains Relief

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I'm stuck in my room (floods and parent promises) as the monsoon rains rage on, and can't go anywhere, so I can only donate and re-share all I can for the relief efforts:

Rappler has a page for the ongoing relief operations:

Manila
  • UST disaster relief drive now open. Needed: drinking water, instant noodles, canned goods, rice, clothes, footwear, pillows, blankets, sleeping mats, toiletries, and medicine. Drop-off points are the CSC office, Tan Yan Kee Student Center Lobby, or the Local Student Council Office. You may contact Agree Gonzales (09178460671).
  • The Mu Sigma Phi of the UP College Medicine (UP Manila) is now collecting relief goods (clothes and undergarments, drinking water, blankets, canned goods, noodles, rice, sleeping mats, toiletries, sanitary napkins, and diapers). Donations may be dropped off at the Mu Sigma Phi Hut, UP College of Medicine, 547 Pedro Gil. St. Malate Manila. Contact Miguel Berba at 0917 823 02 09 for more info.
Makati
  • Mats, old tarps, food, clothes for forwarding to DSWD are being accepted at The Commissary at Whitespace.
  • The P&P Tattoo branch in Makati will be accepting donations for forwarding to the GMA Kapuso Foundation. Address: Unit G8 45 Polaris St. Bel Air Soho Condominium Brgy. Poblacion Makati City.
  • Santuario de San Antonio Parish now accepting relief goods at parish center rooms 1-4. Volunteers are also welcome. You may call or text 09205085396 if you need someone to pick up relief goods. This is part of the San Antonio Parish Church relief efforts. You may also drop off your donations yourself.
  • Welovepost accepting donations and relief goods at 6F Coherco Corporate Center 116 VA Rufino St., Legaspi Village, Makati.
  • Assumption College in San Lorenzo Village relief operations begin tomorrow (August 8). Needed: cash donations, canned goods, bottled water, rice, and blankets.
  • The Angel Brigade is now accepting relief goods at the Frank Provost Bldg, 120 Jupiter St., BelAir Makati. Tel: 8970383 / 8970307.
  • Colegio San Agustin Makati will start accepting donations tomorrow (August 8) starting 8:30am.
  • Philippine Red Cross Rizal Chapter- Makati City branch needs blankets, mats, canned goods, rice and drinking water. Contact details: 393-4685, 384-3092 / 0917-5093056 / 0917-8124062. Address: PCPI Compound, Sacred Heart St. cor. Sacred Heart Ext., San Antonio Village, Makati City.
  • There's a food drive at The Ritz. People are preparing ready-made food to send to displaced families suffering because of the floods. They need plastic ice bags, rice, and hotdogs. Other donations are welcome as well. Full address: 2302B The Ritz Towers, Ayala Avenue, Makati City.
  • The Ateneo Law Student Council has also began collecting relief goods (clothes, medicine, food items, drinking water, and purification tablets). Donations may be brought to the Law School Activity Center (LSAC), G/F Ateneo Professional Schools Building, Rockwell Center, Makati. Contact Person is ALS-SC EVP Bang Dizon 09274515169.

Marikina
  • Donations are needed at the Concepcion Integrated School. Roughly 582 families have been accomodated there, no food the whole day according to a DepEd representative.
  • St. Scholastica's Academy in Marikina is offering to shelter evacuees.
Mandaluyong
  • La Salle Greenhills has started relief operations inside campus. Donations are being accepted at Gate 2 of the campus along Ortigas Avenue, according to a Facebook post. As of posting, only the following donations will be accepted: ready-to-eat food, water, and clothes.
  • People may seek center in Greenhills Christian Fellowship. You can also contact their Crisis Reponse team (0917-5327525).
  • The lower ground floor of Mega Mall A is a drop off point for donations, as spearheaded by Divine Lee.
  • Donations for flood victims may be dropped off at the main gate of the Poveda campus.
  • Donations may be dropped off at UA&P Pearl Drive, SM Megamall, CCF (Christ's Commission Fellowship) 5/F St Francis Sq. Bldg.
  • Don Bosco Technical College has opened its doors to Mandaluyong residents who have no place to stay. You may enter through Gate 3 along AT Reyes Street. Donations may also be brought to the Convent Building or the open gates of the school.
  • Those in the Mandaluyong area may send relief goods, medicines, and other donations to the Solar TV office at the Worldwide Corporate Center along Shaw Blvd cor EDSA.
  • Donations are being accepted at the RFM Corp. Center, Pioneer corner Sheridan Street, Mandaluyong City.
Muntinlupa
  • De La Salle Zobel has started relief goods collection and distribution for Muntinlupa flood victims. Bring donations of rice, bottled water, canned goods, noodles, blankets, mats, and clothes. Donations may be dropped off at Gate 7. For more details contact Jayjay Jacinto at 09178597602.
  • St. James the Great Children of the Poor Apostolate (COPA) is a relief center in Muntinlupa. Needed: canned goods, bottled water, rice, noodles, and cash. Go directly to St. James the Great Parish Church on Cuenca Street of Ayala Alabang Village.
  • Southridge is accepting donations for Muntinlupa flood victims. Drop donations off in the SR Lobby.
Navotas
  • Philippine Christian Foundation Inc is helping families living in the Navotas cemetary. They need water.
For cash donations: HSBC. Account name: The Philippine Christian Foundation Inc. (PCFI) Account No 000075697040. Swift code: HSBCPHMM
For water donations: PCF School, Smokey Mountain Reclamation Area, Paradise Heights, Manila. Road 10.
For bulk donations: PCFI can arrange pick up. Contact Ms Elma Tulio at +63920-262-6998 or Ms Tess Sarmiento +0910-2805396
Pasay
  • People in the SM Mall of Asia may seek shelter inside the complex. The mall is open until further notice, according to a tweet.
Pasig
  • Relief goods (canned food, rice, blankets, clothes, medicine, etc.) may be dropped off at the Tanjuatco Law Office at the 11th floor of Taipan Place, Emerald Avenue, Ortigas Center in Pasig. Look for Jessie or Jossette, call 6370200.
  • UA&P also accepting relief goods. Both Pearl Drive and Escriva drive entrances are open.
  • The retreat house of Saint Paul College Pasig is now open for students and their families affected by heavy rains and flood.
  • One Meralco Foundation is accepting donations in cash or in kind at the Meralco Center in Ortigas.
  • The Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health will be taking in donations beginning Wednesday (August 8).
ParaƱaque
  • Merville residents may donate clothes, blankets, toiletries, rice, grains, canned goods, noodles, and the like starting Wednesday (August 8) from 10am-5pm. Collection point is at OLBL Parish, San Lorenzo Ruiz Hall.
Quezon City
  • Philippine Christian Foundation Inc is helping nearly 6000 individuals (mostly from Smokey Mountain). They need water.
For cash donations: HSBC. Account name: The Philippine Christian Foundation Inc. (PCFI) Account No 000075697040. Swift code: HSBCPHMM
For water donations: PCF School, Smokey Mountain Reclamation Area, Paradise Heights, Manila. Road 10.
For bulk donations: PCFI can arrange pick up. Contact Ms Elma Tulio at +63920-262-6998 or Ms Tess Sarmiento +0910-2805396
  • In the Ateneo de Manila University Loyola Schools campus, some classrooms may be used by those in need of temporary shelter from the rain. Those with gate passes to the campus may park their cars at the P-1 parking area of the campus, according to an announcement from the university. (UPDATED note: No final word yet if the classrooms are open to the public.)
  • Relief operations at Ateneo have also began. Food, water, blankets, and clothes may be dropped off at the lobby of Cervini Hall inside the Loyola Schools campus.
  • Akbayanihan Relief Center now accepting donations. Food, water, clothes, and the like being accepted at the Akbayan headquarters in 36B Madasalin Street, Sikatuna Village. You may contact (02)4336933 / 09175381816 / 09064304315 if you want to volunteer.
  • Relief goods are being accepted at the Mt. Carmel Parish in New Manila, where 500 evacuees are staying.
  • The Mother of Divine Providence Parish in Payatas needs uncooked rice, canned goods, noodles, and clothes. Donations may be dropped off at San Juan, Evangelista Street, Campsite, Payatas.
  • IskoOperation in UP Diliman will now accept donations. They're also on the look-out for volunteers. Contact the USC-UPD or the college councils (09277571005 or 09065701029), according to USC-UPC Chairperson Heart Dino.
  • Those living in the vicinity of Sto. Domingo Church in Quezon City are being asked to help provide food and drinks to 400-500 evacuees staying in the Church. Food, water, dry clothes deeded.
  • The P&P Tattoo branch in Eastwood will be accepting donations for forwarding to the GMA Kapuso Foundation. Address: Unit G1-C Eastwood Citywalk 1 Eastwood City, Bagumbayan, QC.
  • The GK Command center for relief operations is at the HRD Training Center, Department of Agrarian Reform Compound in Quezon City. They will be accepting relief goods (rice, instant noodles, canned goods, bread, coffee, and sugar.)
  • TulongKabataan is accepting flood relief aid at 89 K-7th Street, West Kamias, Quezon City.
  • Lourdes Church on D. Tuazon, Quezon City now offering space and snacks for evacuees.
  • Relief operations for the PALEA campsite and APECO farmers have begun at the Corinthian Hills clubhouse.
  • Those stranded in or around UP Diliman can take shelter at the Yakal Dorm lobby, Magsaysay St. cor. Apacible.
  • Donations needed at Miriam College High School. Needed: canned goods, bottled water.
  • Donations may be dropped off at the Oracle Hotel in Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City.
  • San Jose Seminary inside the Ateneo Loyola Schools campus now open for those affected by the rain and flood.
  • Over 2,000 families being housed at Rosa L. Susano-Novalishes Elementary School. They're in need of food and water, donate if you can.
  • Beginning tomorrow, donations may be delivered to Moonleaf Maginhawa in Teacher's Village.
  • Bridget School in Quezon City is open to those who are stranded because of the rain and flood.
  • Rock Ed now accepting rice, canned goods, noodles, biscuits, and water at Camp Aguinaldo. Text Roy at 09178017693. Pick-ups begin tomorrow.
  • The UP College of Mass Communication invites people to bring relief goods and donations to Plaridel Hall for UP-wide operations.
  • Christ the King Parish along Greenmeadows Ave is now accepting relief goods.
  • FEU-NRMF will be open for donations starting Wednesday (August 8). You may drop your donations at UG 8.
  • Our Lady of Pentecost parish in Katipunan, Quezon city accepts evacuees. They also need mats, blankets, and bottled water.
  • Dakila Artist Collective will be collecting relief goods. You may drop them at Unit 3A VS1 Building #34 Kalayaan Ave. Quezon City. (Near Kalayaan corner V. Luna, white building in front of Metro Oil).
  • Relief operations also ongoing at the Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino office. Address: 76 K-7th St., East Kamias, Quezon City.
  • The Lean Alejandro Foundation also conducting relief operations at 34 Matiyaga St., Pinyahan, Quezon City. Contact Gem at 434-2025 or 0923-826-3198.
  • The Partido Lakas ng Masa office has began relief operations at 13 Rigor Street, Barangay Masagana, Project 4, Quezon City. Contact Ate Tina or Lara at 439-5811.
  • As of 4:45pm Tuesday, 1464 families are seeking refuge in San Isidro Parish, 250 families in San Antonio de Padua Parish, 182 families in Old Balara. Donations may be sent to St. Peter parish in Commonwealth, Quezon City.
San Juan
  • Xavier Schools will accept donations from August 9 to 15, 2012. Bring relief bags containing: 8 canned goods, 12 packs of instant noodles, 2 liters of water, and 2 kilos of rice.
Taguig
  • Those living in the Fort Bonifacio area may drop off their donations at the Enderun college. Those who want to help may contact Luz Cleofas of the Taguig DSWD (5423693, 09175637314), says director Lino Cayetano 
As of posting, all Ayala and SM Malls continue to be open to the public for temporary shelter.

If you are like me and stuck somewhere, you can opt to donate.

***Details lifted from Rappler.com

Stay safe, everyone!


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"So what? If I want to be with you, 
I'm supposed to just throw 
all of my previous life experience out 
the window? 
I'm supposed to just stop
being who I am?" 

(Joey Potter, Dawson's Creek / Season Six, Episode 23)