Sunday, September 28, 2014

i get by with a little help

Ahh, I've missed this feeling. Being newly showered after the sweat, grime, and heat of a day well spent with great friends.

me before leaving home today!

It's not something I thought I'd miss.. To be honest I never really paid attention to it. But my body recognized the feeling. I guess it enjoyed it a lot before even though my mind never took notice until now.

My friends and I scheduled a McDonald's get-together today; I'm sure you've heard that Twister Fries are back, and I really wanted some. And I also missed my friends quite a bit, so I thought... why not just go there and eat twister fries together rather than ordering for delivery and eating alone, since two of them lived near where McDonald's is anyway!

I wanted to sing to my McSpicy and Twister Fries. Oh how I've missed them so.

(and i felt the exact same way about my friends, to be honest. Even Carmen who I just hung out with a week ago.)

It was super fantastic. Afterwards, Pia finally got to bring us to the Café she's been wanting to show us for such a long time. You Got Baked. It was better than expected.

Nice atmosphere, nice books, and it was kinda cute to me that the girly cafe had boys behind the counter. They were nice and smiley and actually fit the ambiance very well XD Then, of course, ISAW! Duh. Haha. I guess it's unconventional to eat streetfood after a meal and dessert, but, where would you put streetfood in the sequence anyway? it's its own thing. just kidding. logically it probably should have been first.

We talked about everything from personal stuff, what's to come soon in our lives, to stuff that made us cry/choke in laughter to great big world issues that little ol us feel too small in the world to change, but we still felt inspired and empowered by each other to try. It sure does help that I have such inspiring friends ~ for example, Aizel just got a design approved for the electronic shuttle buses in Makati! I feel so freakin proud and happy for her :) the whole concept of electronic shuttle buses is so important and revolutionary in my opinion, so the fact that she can take part in it is such a huge thing.

it was bitin -we certainly felt supercharged and still yearnin for more brainstormin', but since we've all agreed to regularly meet for collaborative activities, projects, short side ventures (that Pia had wittily coined OJT - "own job training" XD)  and self-managed skill classes (we're gonna teach each other stuff! how cool!!) then we'll all surely be together again for more of these electric, productive, empowering moments.

I might manage to take more pictures next time.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

in the flowery flux

our lives are in a constant state of comings and goings. potential transformations start as a single pioneering bud in the landscapes of our being; some die out but some just spread like wildfire, forever changing the landscape with the bright colors of their opening buds: changing who we are, or how we see everything, or both. but even these things are subject to change. 

Yesterday i had the privilege of bonding with Carmen. We talked about general life stuff over homemade pudding milk iced tea. We even got to use the tarot cards and they were entertaining as usual.

We almost did our default activity of watching something on the laptop, but instead we just sat there, talking, and we were glad we did. We talked about how different we were, and how different our conversations sounded, the way we handled things and our emotions was different, apart from the unavoidable change in the content of our conversations, as we're graduates now, trying to establish what we'll do in our lives, instead of hormonal teenagers.
just leavin this here as a reminder of the nice cool bedweather the day we hung out and also because flower sheets are pretty (.. and goes with the theme haha)

There were a couple of moments while I was making the tea where Carmen said she was mesmerised by watching, and it brought my attention to how peaceful life is lately. Maybe it's our efforts at living in the present more, or the fact that we're in steady places in our lives, or a combination of both. But it was nice to be around someone who wants the same things and desires to interact with the world the same way as I do. I'm very thankful to have managed to keep a nice handful of friends with me from childhood. Those who I've managed to link arms with admist the waves of change. If there's one thing I would have wanted my younger self to know when I was in my troubled years, it's that I don't need much to be happy. I don't need dozens of friends, just a few that are honest, kind, loving and open to knowledge. I don't need to be perfect, I just have to be doing things I love regularly, and get better at them as a result. I don't need to the best at anything, I just need to keep trying. And all I need to have a good time is good company.
carmen left her hairtie so i let miaumiau hold it. carmen gave her to be as a xmas gift ^^

our lives are in a constant state of comings and goings. pieces of us will thrive and pieces of us will die. it's all about favoring the pieces we prefer through establishing the idyllic environment that will enable these pieces to thrive.