“You’re not easy-going, but you’re passionate, and that’s good. And when you get upset about the little things, I think that I’m pretty good about making you feel better about that. And that’s good too. So, they can say that you’re high maintenance, but it’s okay, because I like…maintaining you.”—Chandler to Monica, 6x12 TOW The Joke (via fffriends)
All I wanted to do for my 21st birthday was to eat cake. The only problem was I had recently discovered that what used to be my favorite cake didn’t impress my palate anymore. So it was time to look for a new one. After our unlimited cake and coffee adventure last February, I knew exactly whom to call to join me in this delicious hunt.
Pete came up with the title “Cake Me Maybe” inspired by this song. Haha. Of course it wouldn’t be a cake hunt without a map, a score card, and a water tumbler to get us through the day. The mechanics were simple: we would visit the cake shops in the list, order one to three flavors, and rate each cake on a scale of “m” to “mmmmm”.
With our props ready and our tummies hungry, we headed for our first stop: SinfullybyMakati Shangri-La. We got three cakes since it seemed to be the finest place in the list. They only serve takeouts, though, so we got a table in Seattle’s Best where Tet, who was celebrating her birthday the next day, and I blew out our first batch of candles.
Words can’t possibly do these cakes justice with my limited vocabulary. Hopefully, these photos and ratings would take care of that for me.
We gave ourselves enough time to indulge in these pricey treats (but hey, they were worth our money) before moving on to our second stop: Classic Confections. Restaurant-hopping was easy because all seven shops were in Greenbelt.
Given our tight budget (which we hoped would buy us at least seven cakes), we ordered only one cake from this lovely, little place. But I must say, we picked well. Under that thick wall of icing was the tastiest lemon filling I’ve ever had. The only break we took from chowing this piece down was to open the first of our three gifts from Pete. Haha.
We refilled our tumblers and walked to our next destination: Bizu Patisserie & Bistro. If only the day hadn’t been devoted to eating cakes, I would have tried their French cuisine. I guess I’ll just save that for another day.
By that time, we already had mousse and nutty cakes, so, for a change, we ordered their prettiest cheesecake and tiramisu. The mango petals fell as soon as the plate hit the table and they wouldn’t let us get a new piece :( hahaha. Oh well. Pete also gave us gift number two!
We passed by Timezone on the way to our fourth stop which apparently did not exist. So we went back and played at Timezone instead. After six sugar-loaded treats, we needed to get rid of all that excess energy. We also hogged the photo booth like teenagers (nooo it’s finally sinking in that we can’t call ourselves ‘teens’ anymore! not even ‘twenteen’, but eww who calls himself/herself that HAHA).
Unknowingly, we saved the best for last. Cafe Mary Grace will always feel like home. Their branch in Greenbelt has this little corner where kids can play and, as expected, the three of us went straight to occupy the whole place (okay, Tet and Pete had to force me a little because I was shy HAHA).
Our cake money was running low; thankfully it bought us two more slices. One of them was this sad-looking piece of Rum Butter Cake which we got for only P35. Haha. It was my first time to visit the previous three cafes, but it was in this quaint, familiar place that I found my new favorite cake. It did not have the lavishness of the other cakes, but it definitely hit the spot. Before calling it a day, we opened Pete’s final gift and left Mary Grace a thank-you note.
Like all our other attempts at finishing challenges/bucket lists, we didn’t get to complete all seven stops. But that never puts us down. After spending this wonderful day catching up over cakes, how could it? Thank you, Three of Life, for the best birthday yet. Until our next adventure! :D
“Remember, you cannot be both young and wise. Young people who pretend to be wise to the ways of the world are mostly just cynics. Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us. Cynics always say no. But saying “yes” begins things. Saying ‘yes’ is how things grow. Saying ‘yes’ leads to knowledge. ‘Yes’ is for young people. So for as long as you have the strength to, say ‘yes.’”—Stephen Colbert’s Address to the Graduates (via standinginthewings)
Tomorrow is graduation, so a little drama seems reasonable, right? Haha.
When I tried to recall how we became friends, what came to mind are our OrSem days, our classes together, the long breaks, and the umpteen college events. It scared me for a second how friendships based on mere circumstances might not last after college. Then again I realized what truly kept us together: our shared introversion, our thirst for new experiences, our ambitiousness to dream big, and our untiring acceptance of each other. Despite the looming change, these things about ourselves—may they be only traces in the future—will still hold us together. That’s all the assurance I need.
I can not stress enough how fortunate I feel to have you as my friends. Now since this is a graduation speech, let’s squeeze in a quote, shall we?
"Life is partly what we make it, and partly what is made by the friends we choose." - Tennessee Williams
With the countless mistakes I’ve made that could have caused me to sink, it makes me wonder why I am this happy and fulfilled. The reason this ship continues to sail is you, A2. It was you all along.
On January 5, 2008, a few months before you officially entered Ateneo, you told yourself that it was the best day of your life. You are so sure that from the moment you stepped into the blue halls, nothing can ever go wrong—that you will come out of the school as one of the best with all your dreams at hand. But you won’t be able to hold on to that certainty for long.
You will feel most insecure and lost in college. Do not hate yourself for it. It will change you, yes. But more importantly, it will help you grow.
Friends will come and go. You’ll find out that you don’t need lots to get through college. The true ones are enough to make it a blast.
Not everything will go according to plan. It will disappoint you at times, but you will learn to stop expecting and let things go His way. And once you do, I swear, you’re in for a great surprise.
You thought that fair Saturday was the best day of your life? Well, the best is still ahead. :)
There have been a lot of instances where I’ve regretted saying/doing something stupid. Though I’ve mostly regretted not saying things. The list is too long and they all seem pointless now to qualify for this post.
I have a feeling, however, that that one regret is yet to come. Hahaha.
Except for my Fr. Nick class, I did not like my Comm classes. I was forced to take my other Comm elective because it was a prerequisite to Events Management. PR’s not my thing so I did not enjoy the class at all. The same goes for my major class. Having block mates around made it bearable, though.
As much as I liked my Histo165 professor, I could not bring myself to get to class early. Or get a high grade in any of her exams. I guess the best thing that happened that semester was Philosophy 101, but even that didn’t help make my academic life easier.
Not sure if this is still included, but my semestral break wasn’t the best either.
Favorite Semester: Fourth Year, First Sem
I had a lot of great professors during this semester: Bobby Guevara, Marc Pasco, Mark Escaler, and Katherine Lacson. It was quite stressful because of thesis and org work, but I loved the company I was with so I didn’t mind all the extra load.
It was the most active I’ve been in and closest I’ve been to LFC. I became comfortable hanging out in the org room and I had the chance to meet people from the film industry like Ricky Lee.
Oh it was UAAP season too and I was able to watch the games live again after three years. We had our last bonfire which made up for the worst one ever last year hahaha.
Truth is, I loved my senior year. My last semester in college was as wonderful (sem break included). And I can say that my best memories in Ateneo come from this year and I have a whole collage to prove it. :D
Day 22 - Murphy's Law Moment or a Sad Day in College
December 2, 2010. It was the day before Under the Stars and as the promos head, I was under a lot of stress. The mood in the doghouse was so gloomy. The gimmicks for the day did not go as planned.
Before my only class ended that day, our professor gave bonus points to those who had visited the class FB page. I had done so on the day she told us about it, but I did not ‘like’ it right away so I ended up not getting the points.
I was also supposed to meet a friend, but I had to cancel because of all the work. Then I lost my ID, I broke a bottle of water, and I needed to cram a lot of things.
The whole day I felt like such a failure. Even the pettiest thing brought me down.
Day 21 - Habits that You've Lost or Gained throughout College
This one’s such a toughie, I had to go down to the kitchen, and make myself a sandwich and a cup of hot milo so my brain could function. But there was the answer, staring me in the face.
Ever since I’ve had the luxury of staying up late on a school night (no more 7am classes!), I’ve gained this habit of watching a TV show/movie while munching on whatever snack I could whip up from the contents of our fridge. And even if I had to spend the night doing schoolwork, my midnight snack was a must.
This has got Mom worrying I’d be obese by the time I turn thirty because I eat so little during the day and so much before going to bed. Well, it’s something I must get rid of soon.
As for a habit that I’ve lost… I stopped conversing with friends through text in college. I mean, I still do sometimes, but I much prefer chatting with them now. It’s cheaper plus you can end it with a ‘haha’ without wasting a peso of your load. You can’t expect more than thirty SMS responses from me nowadays.
My final oral exam with Jope Guevara (Philo 102) became such a bummer when he didn’t ask me what I hoped he would. I heard that he asked others to relate our Philo topics to their personal lives. I was so eager to let him know how life-changing our lesson on Scheler’s Hierarchy of Values was.
My mind was almost set on going to law school after college, earning money as a lawyer, and then pursuing a career in production when I’m financially stable. But then I realized how I wouldn’t find contentment in the utility level and how it’s possible to achieve even a hint of bliss (and of communion) where my passion is.
In connection to this is our lesson on fate and destiny. That although we cannot change our fate (kapalaran, palad, given), our destiny (tadhana) is in our hands and in those of the persons around us.
The song was used in the finale of my ultimate favorite series, Greek, which happens to be about college. There are no sororities or fraternities in my college story, but the themes are quite similar: self-discovery, friendship, and the battle with the fear of growing up and moving on.
College seems to be the final leg of our youth where adventurousness is rewarded with priceless memories while cushioned from weighty consequences. Having enjoyed every bit of it and knowing that it won’t be the same years from now, I can’t help but want to hold on to this youth.
But all children grow up. I just hope I do not forget what it feels like to be young, always wanting to make the best of life.
So many adventures couldn’t happen today So many songs that we forgot to play So many dreams swinging out of the blue We let them come true
Day 16 - In an alternate universe, describe your college life if you were in a different course.
Believe it or not, Information Design was my second course choice. I was relying on the brochure with the course descriptions while answering my application form, and back then I was into web design. If I were in ID, I would probably be more introverted than I am now in Comm haha. I would still join LFC, but it would be impossible for me to get in the Creatives team. I don’t think I’d become active in the organization if my friends weren’t with me. I would still meet wonderful people, though I doubt I’d have many adventures or dream big with them. It was also because of my course and block mates that I took Jope Guevara, Albert Lagliva and Katherine Lacson so chances are little that I would meet them if I were in a different course.
In a nutshell, in an alternate universe where I am not in Comm, my college life would be org-less, adventure-less, and I won’t be as happy as I am today.