So this is just so late but I’m still going to make an entry, this year-end breakaway was one of the most annoying & a memorable one.
The first plan was going to “bantayan island” in Cebu City. Due to bagyong “RUBY” nasira daw yong island so like I said hmmm kasi hindi pa naging 26 ang katawan ko kaya hindi kami matutuloy!! A big charot!!! Hahaha so instead, we shifted going to Nasipit, Agusan del Norte where Imyang’s (one of my closest friends) provincial hometown.
The plan was the three of us (ako, bonjing, juan) will leave Cagayan de Oro City 6pm, December 26, 2014 para sure na darating kami ng before bonjing’s birthday (27th of December) but there are a lot of changes, Juan cannot join us, I had personal reasons also before December 26, I decided not to go. Only bonjing was eager to travel and stayed there for at least a night, he said.
Just prior to all of that, I already talked to bonjing that “let’s surprise imyang, what do you think?!” he agreed on that. He lied and he is learning. Hahaha shhh. Imyang knew all along that I was in Bukidnon that day, I was very consistent of my tantrums that I won’t be going anymore. Still we stick to the plan, bonjing left 6pm that day on December 26 and I left earlier (around 3pm I think). Imyang thought that bonjing left 3pm in Cagayan de Oro because yon talaga pinalabas namin. The moment I told bonjing na umalis na yong bus ko, that message was forwarded to imyang, assuming na he was the one who was on that bus. BUWIS BUHAY pa kasi I have mobile issues pa, yong battery ko ayaw makisama so on and off lang peg ko sa bus. 4 hours pa naman na byahe! Pakshets talaga! Hahaha I survived! Para-paraan lang yan! Hahaha
I arrived sa usapan around 8 na siguro yon, nagpanic ako kasi 2% nalang yong batt ko at hindi ko Makita si imyang yong sundo ko so like “wtf ang bilis ng karma! Hahaha” pagbaba ko kasi, mga 5 mins pa natigil yong bus kasi may umihi, at nakaharang ng bonnga yong bus, so nong umalis yong bus, diretso at agad kong nakita ang sundo ko! Hahaha fuck the magic dragon sa kaba ko that moment! Imyang was sitting on a motor vehicle across pala haaha she’s expecting na yong kuya bonjing niya ang dumating but yon ang surprise, I can still recall her face like “syet! Really?!” mga reaksyon na ganyan lang hahaha she paused for a minute and couldn’t explain how all those things happened like she thought nasa bukidnon na ako. Oh diba, sarap mangsurprise but I don’t like to be surprised! Hahaha
Sumakay na kami sa motor going sa kanila at huwaw ang layo! Hahaha totoo nga sabi niyang isla! Ang saya ng buhay! Malapit sa dagat kasi sila so abah, super rest house! Hahaha literally, nakaharap talaga sila sa dagat at may malaking cottage at yon sa ilalim yon na may tubig dagat na hahaha tuwang tuwang ako kasi hindi ka na makakakita ng ganon sa city kasi, life is so different in the province, one word “PAWIR!” hahaha So bonjing arrived just before his birthday, around 10 siguro, bitbit ang totoong cake I baked for his birthday para real happy birthday din hahaha
Midnight of December 27, 2014, we asked bonjing to pray instead of his wishes. Right after that I and imyang wished for him and we started to feel like a kid “lightning of candle, blowing of candle” hahaha on the other hand, video call ang peg ni juan para sabay-sabay pa rin kami sa birthday, (para-paraan nga yan! Hahaha) si juan sinindihan niya yong sparklers habang magbblow ng candle si bonjing, para lang ewan haha feeling nasa ibang bansa hahaha eh ano pa! right after pagblow syempre slicing of cake na meaning kainan na! hahaha and shhh… sleep mode na kami around 3am lol
We woke up late in the morning of December 27th, the plan of going to the farm para kumuha ng buko at pupunta ng next municipality to visit ada, pumunta ng market para mamili, waley, walang nangyari ni isa. Hahaha kasi Imyang’s father arrived from work and invited us for a coffee sa cottage nila, yes coffee pero red horse yong nakaserve. Seryoso yan. Hahahaha that one was of the best breakfast I ever had sa buhay ko hahaha simpol but elegant nga yong motto non! Syet! Hahaha Prior to that pala, we went to buy some fresh bangus, sa kapitbahay lang nila, walking distance and relatives din. Yon ang nice sa province ano! Lol mas namangha ako nong nalaman kong 100 pesos lang yong kilo ng bangus at fresh na fresh pa, dahil kakaharvest lang. Doon din ako nakakakita ng perfect na inihaw na bangus – galling umihaw ng tatay ni imyang, super perfect, hindi sunog, golden brown talaga at super luto yong loob. The best din yong kinilaw, super tamis ng fish. If given the chance, babalik ako don hindi lang 2 days pero 1 week na talaga hahaha
The whole day of bonjing’s birthday, nasa cottage lang kami, kwentohan sa papang ni imyang at mamang niya. (ang tanda na namin ni bonjing pakinggan sa bagay na ito hahahaha) Bagets na bagets lang parents ni imyang! haha may isang case ng red horse at masarap pala walang ice or sadyang masarap lang uminom don kasi super mahangin at presko pa, may bangus, may teka hindi ko alam if talaba ba yong kinain nila (di ako pede don, allergy galore!) buong araw all we did was to eat and drink, perfect na perfect ang birthday ni bonjing hahaha hanggang nakatulog na tatay ni imyang, kami ni bonjing parang nagkakape lang ng red horse hahaha hindi pa kami tapos, ayaw na kami kausapin ni imyang dahil syempre iba kami kapag nasa city, biglang transform kami don eh lol so the term im gonna used is “shocked!” kebs, she needs to deal with that hahaha
That night of 27th, we went to Carmen, Agusan del Norte, Municipality before Nasipit, don yong famous municipal hall na puro may lights, I think na-featured na rin yon sa national news. Kahit ulan, go! Pagbalik namin hindi pa kami natapos, tinuloy namin yong natira na red horse. Syet ano! Hahaha mas masarap kasi super lamig dahil parating na rin si “seniang” non. Just until imyang fell asleep, gising pa rin kami ni bonjing, inom ng inom pa rin sabay coffee so ginawa lang ang kape na chaser at pulutan na chocolate cake! Hahaha taeh! Then we decided to sleep so late again.
Kinabukasan, again and again, we woke up late. Hahaha bonjing reminded me of a promised na ipagluluto ko siya ng “lauya” or pork stew/soup sa english kapag nasa Nasipit kami, all I though he forgot that, so naremember niya eh so napilitan! Charot! Hahaha so kind of mamang (mother of imyang) na she offered to go to the market instead of us para mamili. Ng makabalik si mamang, we prepared the ingredients, tadtad here and there, here’s bonjing again, naglabas ulit ng natira na red horse. So alam na! hahaha so bilis ng karma ko sa surprise-surprise dahil habang nagluluto na kami, I accidentally open the pressure cookerna akala ko pede na kasi hindi na cia maingay I even turned off the stove para mabilis yong pagbaba ng tubig sa loob, so?! Boom! Natapon sa kamay ko, so mukhang karne lang! hahaha thanks to the sensodyne toothpaste for the first aid and yong nakababad kamay ko sa basin na may ice. Honglamig na masakit di ko maintindihan! Syet! Hahaha (ang dami talaga mamamatay sa akala na yan! Hahaha)
Year 2014, I can’t remember any travel I had dahil super busy ang taon na yan for me, final requirements sa school, graduation by march, review by summer and board exam. Even though isa lang ang naging travel ko that year, parang I had more than enough because the most exciting and memorable sa year end break away ko was I have come to know a family na hindi ko na masyado nakikita, I admit it, even my own family was never the same since mom left so like sobrang na-appreciate ko yong nakilala ko ang family ni imyang with her siblings. Traditional family who live with modernity, kasi iba na mga teenagers ngayon and the family deals it rightly, ang maganda kasi din is the communication within. Mas na-aappreciate ko ang isang travel kapag may nakikilala akong tao who will give me an opportunity na Makita ang kagandahan ng buhay hindi lang yong lugar just like my travel nong sa isang kaibigan ko sa Santiago, Agusan del Norte pa rin year 2013 na nakilala ko rin yong family nila and it feels so different knowing a family during your travel.
I sincerely would like to thank you Sollano Family from Talisay, Nasipit, Agusan del Norte, to mamang and papang with the siblings, thank you for your hospitality, for allowing us to stay for couple of days in your rest house. Hehehe I enjoyed it so much! It is indeed a memorable one for me! The next lauya, dili na jud mubuto ang pressure cooker mang hahaha nakulang diay to ug saging ug mais mao tong feeling nako something nay kulang hehehe limot ko gyud haha Hope we will have more days in the next months to come. Imyang, Thank you too! You just made my year 2014 a great & memorable one!