Filipinos always get excited for a town fiesta. Our town, Oton, celebrates every 8th of December. Several days before the said date, tents are put up around the municipal hall and the town plaza for small scale stores selling clothes, toys, and others. Another thing that people look forward to is the small carnival in front of the municipal hall. I guess that ranks second to pigging out.
I have outgrown the excitement and the eagerness to go out to the carnival but I had the chance to go around with my nieces and nephew one night. There weren’t as many stalls as before and some of the more traditional games were already “dissolved”.
My nephew rarely missed his target so he went home with lots of chips and candies.
Bet on the numbers and double your money if you win this rolette.
Some of the rides. We went around earlier than the fiesta so the other rides weren’t set up yet. I heard there was a stunt show too.
I loved going there when I was little but I found myself really paranoid while going around. I kept on observing the bystanders because they might grab my phone or snatch my niece’s wallet. I also couldn’t tolerate the second hand smoke.
Nevertheless, it’s a fun sight as people from the outskirts can experience something like this without traveling too far and spending a lot.
I’m probably too wrapped up in those feelings that I had for him back then. Those good memories are just too good to be true to be buried altogether.
Forgiving was hard but it eventually came. Although one cannot simply jump into forgetting. It can take years or even forever to leave some great moments behind.
All those corny stuff. The flowers that I got just because he felt like giving me some. My mother was probably happier than me for those.
No, we didn’t travel anywhere or had dinner at a fancy restaurant. I was happy because of all the random stuff. The sweet nothings.
Of laying on the rooftop talking about people, politics, religion, and even history. Of sharing one small bag of chips and fighting over the last piece. Of arguing over hairstyles. Of controlling laughter together because we might be reprimanded. Of sneaking kisses and I love yous while doing something. Of happily doing our own thing and pausing at the same time to steal a glance and smile at each other. Of cuddling and tickling until we cry of belly laughs. Of him randomly showing up my doorstep just because. We didn’t even text each other that much, how could we when we were together almost everyday…
No, I’m not holding on to these memories because I want him back. It’s just that I think I wouldn’t have them ever again in my life. Maybe I can’t totally get over the memories because it was then that I was happiest.
When I look back, I remember the hurt, the fear, the pain, and the nightmares but I dont’t feel them anymore. I now look back to cherish. To cherish whatever we had back then. What irony of life. He made me the happiest but he’s not the right one for me.
My sister had been bugging me to eat at this newly opened restaurant in the city – Tavern on the 10th street. Weeks ago, a Facebook friend also posted a picture of their sizzling Brownie ala mode which looked so enticing. I also found out that the owner was a college batchmate. Way to go, Ariel!
I was never a fan of brownies until I tried Dulgies’ brownies. And now this. Oh my gosh, I’m still drooling. It was moist and sticky and gooey. Aaaahhh!
I had to wait until my sister’s lunchbreak. Good thing they have a TV there. So Heat lost to the 76ers.
I had a hard time deciding what to order. This is probably the only menu which had all my favorites. I couldn’t decide what to eat! As you can see, everything is affordable.
Sizzling grilled baby back ribs and sizzling grilled pork chop. These meals include one cup of rice.
Mashed potatoes! Ask my sister, she heard me making sounds while devouring this grub. I can finish three plates of this in one sitting, though I think it’s too buttery.
I was saying “Mapatay na ko. Mapatay na ko” while eating this brownie. That means “I’m gonna die. I’m gonna die.” Lol!
I was very full after, it’s obvious why. I didn’t even munch on anything during our meeting at the hospital because I was so full I could burst. After 10 burps and 15 yawns, I finally got over it.
I will definitely go back to Tavern and try the carbonara and the buffalo wings and the buttered chicken and the ice cream burger and… oh men!
You can visit their Facebook page here.
I missed posting my random snaps here. I actually have lots of them stored in my phone but these days, I always seem to be running out of time, always rushing to do things. It’s stressful and I wish I can just slow down to take some breather.
Anyway, I regret that I didn’t take lots of pictures when I was still in the Surgical Ward where it was action-packed. I recently got a better phone so I always remember to take some pictures at work especially since my contract will end on December 31st! Yipee!
This picture was a needle prick, obviously. I dared to cap the needle improperly and this was my reward. Luckily, it was still unused! I am still stubborn in capping needles until now though. Are you hardheaded in doing that too, fellow nurses?
Platelet concentrates. These 4 bags of platelet were transfused to my patient who had leptospirosis. I will spare you the nosebleed and avoid talking more about thrombocytopenia and all that jazz. This kind of blood transfusion is my favorite because it doesn’t take long!
Meningocele. This is a pediatric patient who had hydrocephalus. I really appreciate parents who fight up to their last cent to save their child. Her meningocele is already healed and the parents are saving up for the shunt for their angel’s operation.
On a Sunday, we watched The Curse of Chuckie at work.
Until my next Snapplets! Probably tomorrow. Lol.
Two hours after my cousin arrived home for a 3-day vacation, we set off to Sheridan Boutique Resort, just a 5-minute ride from our house.
Spot my little sister:
You can rent paddleboats and enjoy the small lake inside.
There are rooms for rent as well at P3500 per night which comes with free paddleboat rides and free passes to the infinity pool. I think it also includes free breakfast.
I love the infinity pool. It is obviously well-maintained.
I’m sure you all have heard of Sheridan. It has branches all over the country. Oton, my hometown is the perfect location for something like this. The place is serene yet it is not that far from the city proper.
You can go there for a swim in their infinity pool just for P250. The fee comes with a welcome drink and a towel.
We went home at around 8pm after we had some yummy batchoy at Bong’s 8.
Visit Sheridan’s official website here.
They also have function halls for weddings and debuts.