Sunday, August 28, 2005

down memory lane

Got this tag again from Jennie a couple of days ago. I had to take some time to think about the answers. It was nice going down memory lane just to answer this:


What I was like...


20 Years Ago...


28th of August 1985. I was 5 years old. It was my third month as a Kinder I student in Tay Tung High School (Chinese school) in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental. I can't remember that much but I knew I got this huge crush on Ricky Martin that I egged my Ma on buying the Menudo album for me. Locally, I admire Raymund Lauchengco (don't know if I got the spelling correct) that I have his poster in my study table in my room. *gag*


A few months before that I accidentally stabbed my left thigh with a pencil (Mongol) and the lead got stuck beneath my skin but it did not bleed. Right now, it's like a really pale mole on my left thigh.


Oh and I won a P500 from a drawing contest from Unicef (of course there was an age bracket/category). I remember drawing a man carrying a basketball and a woman carrying a flower and some bushes with roses on it. The winners from that was featured in the local paper that my Pa even cut it out and framed it. I don't know where that is right now but I got a small piano player from that win. I learned how to play "Twinkle, Twinkle", "The Birthday Song" and my fave of them all "Do-Re-Mi".


15 Years Ago...


28th of August 1990. I was 10 and a new transferee from the Chinese school (Tay Tung) to Univerity of Negros Occidental - Recoletos (a Catholic school also in Bacolod City) where my father worked as a college teacher at that time. My previous school was a bit advanced that I ended up always raising my hand to recite during classes coz I was in grade 4 then but the lessons they were taking, I already learned in grade 3. This made the teachers and this one cute guy notice me too! He was my crush then and I learned he had a crush on me too. But later on, I learned he kissed another girl so I was turned-off and decided to look for "more mature" men instead.


This was also my first time to learn Religion as a subject and I was even a part of the Glee Club of our Elementary. I sang during mass every Wednesdays (Immaculate Conception). I wonder why I'm not that "holy" now? Probably because all the innocence was gone. Hehe!


10 Years Ago...


28th of August 1995. I was 15 and my family had been living in Manila for about 3 years at this time. I was in third year high school in San Sebastian College - Recoletos (another Catholic school in Recto, Manila), where my father worked as a high school teacher. Due to being naughty and for not meeting what my mother expected of me when I graduated Elementary, I became a really serious student and have been the top one in the whole batch for 3 consecutive years (at this time ha). I tapped my geekiness during this stage.


I wasn't in the choir anymore but I started writing and became a Features Editor in the school paper, and eventually became the Associate Editor after turning down the Editor-in-Chief post (Naks!). I got some silly crushes, but at that time I thought I was really serious that I ended up embarrassing myself by having this love poem I wrote published in the school paper dedicated to my crush! (Nakakahiya talaga!)


I got a crush on this guy two years my senior and when I learned he'll be going to college in another university, I gave him this graduation card (through my friend coz I haven't had the guts to do it) and I think he knew who I was. It was sent anonymously. Now I realized how pathetic I was when it came to infatuation. *sheesh*


I've got my own group of friends/barkada and we even had a name for it. Each of us had our own "love interests" then. I also loved watching NCAA at this time since our school had been the champions for three consecutive years (we also became champs on the fourth year) and these were the times when PBA big leaguers like Rodney Santos, Rommel Adducul (who became a close friend), Banjo Calpito and Mark Macapagal (who was my batchmate and who played in the juniors' team) were still playing for our school.


5 Years Ago...


28th of August 2000. I was 20 and going through a rough time in CAMP (College of Allied Medical Professions) in University of the Philippines - Manila (P. Faura St.) as a B.S. Physical Therapy undergrad student. This was the internship time and I was worrying about getting my first and only 4.0 grade during my rotation in PGH. I knew then that my graduation would be delayed a year because I got an "Incomplete" grade. It turned out, I passed all the clinics and hospitals (and a special school) I went through. But I'd be doing an extra 4 weeks in PGH and my diploma will show I graduated in June 2001 (instead of May 2001) but I will march up the stage May 2002. It sucked but I was glad coz my parents didn't show me that it mattered. They didn't make a big deal out of it. I did. There was no more pressure from my parents but at that time, I pressured myself. I cried as I passed by the hospital chapel when I learned that I'd be delayed.


This was the time when the "chasing dreams" started. I've always dreamt about being chased by a stranger or an individual (I never got to discover who) but thankfully, the chase always got cut coz I wake up really tired and sweaty. I think the dreams just reflected the psychological situation that I'm in at this time.


This was also the time when I fell in love with Westlife's Mark Feehily! I already watched a Westlife concert and got the chance of seeing them up close and personal when they stayed at the Westin Philippine Plaza. Yeah, my sister and I were stalking them when we "forced" ourselves to have breakfast there. I never had a boyfriend at this time and I got this crush on a batchmate who was taking B.S. Speech Pathology but since I was so focused on graduating, I never had the time.


3 Years Ago...


28th of August 2002. I passed the PRC (Professional Regulations Commission) PT Board Exams! Eight months ago, I started working as a research assistant in a medical study in Manila Doctor's Hospital (U.N. Avenue). A couple of months before, I worked in the mornings and attended boards review class in the afternoon. It was where I met some good friends and (until this day) the only guy friend who shared a birthday with me (Hi Wes!). The "holiness" I lost in UP came back when I started attending the weekly mass in St. Jude (patron saint of hopeless cases) in Mendiola.


A week before the boards, I didn't go to work and sort-of locked myself in my room pressuring myself by placing stacks of reviewers and books on my bed and giving a time limit to each topic I review. It was harsh so the time limit was not followed. Hehe!


Last Year...


28th of August 2004. I was working in ICT, a callcenter in Makati. It was the second callcenter company I worked in and my third job. At that time, I don't have any plans of moving to another company yet and I was happy spending work days with friends and trying my best in doing the job. At this time, Lisse and I were officially together for over a year. I can't remember exactly what I did then but I bet it was just one of the routinary days in my boring existence.


Last Night...


27th of August 2005. I was asleep. I was supposed to attend Rommel's birthday party and since it was raining and I was not feeling well and I haven't had sleep, my Ma told me to rest. I woke up at about 9PM and watched the end part of Miss Teen USA and cleaned up and went back to sleep.


Today...


28th of August 2005. I'm just at home. It's a Sunday. I've been sneezing often today and I hope it's not a flu or something. I plan to go to mass later this afternoon.


Next Year...


Probably still working in a callcenter until my sister graduates from college. I hope it breezes through coz I want to live my life. I'm not getting younger...


Five Years From Now...


I would be 30 then. I hope at this time I'm working in a job that I like. Probably here or abroad it doesn't matter. I'd probably go back to school and study more (Masterals?) while working. Hopefully at this time, I have bought a house and lot already for my parents in the province where they can settle down and enjoy life. =)


Ten Years From Now...


I'd be 35 and I hope I'm settled down at this time. "Settled" meaning I have a husband and probably a kid. I hope that at this time, I've already gone out of the country coz I really want to tour, if not the world, then hopefully just the nice and beautiful places out there that I only get to read in books and watch on TV.


Now, I tag Laurice, Ava Sharra, Krys, Ian and Meanne.

4 comments:

loryces said...

asar naman to eh. yoko pa naman pumunta sa memory lane. :D

~*galenlondeien*~ said...

ok lang yan. sometimes looking back at the past is one of the ways we can prepare for the future. :)

loryces said...

it'll take a while though (read: weeks) hehe

~*galenlondeien*~ said...

that's ok. no rush. take your time... hehe.