this has been an interesting week so far, for me, because of the slew of good vibes and memories -- about college, lgbt, high school, rakets, NGO -- that flashbacked to me while i was talking or hanging out with people who are just precious, true and most of all, people who could be honest with me, and who i can also be honest to. honest with? ah basta yun na yun!
i mark my week's beginning with monday, but that was uneventful for me, except for the fact that my Film 131 narrative class decided to be collectively mature this time, after a series of reprimands from me (duh), for being such a lackluster bunch. ewan ko ba kung bakit ang mga mas matatandang estudyante pa minsan ang mas iresponsable sa mga bagay-bagay, e. oh well. bahala na sila.
we actually have class tuesday dapat pero monday was a make-up class from a missed session due to lack of quorum on their part. and tuesday was really a free day for them to shoot and research. and so i scheduled my DFA trip on that day then, where my superfriend x accompanied me as i renewed my passport, and he also ended up renewing his as well. turns out we didn't really have to go there in person because the new passports being issued by the DFA were of two kinds, and you could choose: the epassport one where they need to scan your face etc and put your biometrics in a microchip embedded in your passport, or the ordinary machine-readable passport where they merely encode your data in a barcode that a machine could automatically read like a, well, barcode. hindi na pala kelangan ng personal appearance kapag machine readable lang ang kukunin mo (which is mura, 750 pesos) pero sa epassport oo (which didn't interest us because it was like 1300 pesos). and this fact wasn't made clear to us until we asked. hay luz. gubyerno talaga...
but the trip was okay just the same. my superfriend x then accompanied me to gma7 to get my bimonthly moolah so then i accompanied him to trinoma where he met this straight guy who will be giving him more moolah with a raket. yes, kelangang i-mention ang hetero-ness ng guy, because we both think the guy kinda fancied me and even went so far as asking me if i already have a husband. to which i retorted "ay wala ho ang asa-asawa na yan sa budget ko!" which i think endeared me more to him hahaha which resulted in my superfriend finalizing the raket deal hahaha. kaya sabi ko nga, next time ne kailangan ng superpowers ko like that sa pag-seal ng deal sa raket clients, 2000 pesos na ang appearance fee ko lagi hahahahahaha. so ayun, we just hung out there to muni-muni over the situation hahaha. at natutuwa ako dahil sana nga ay maayos na ang karaketang ito dahil sasagot ito ng ilang pangangailangan sa buhay naming lahat...
kaya last friday, superfriend x's best friend naman accompanied us to meet my former landlord, si doc, sa proj. 2 where i used to live, to show us a rental apartment that just got vacated para sa aming raket na itey. kasama rin of course si best friend sa raket, along with other friends of ours from film school college days pa, and some trusted former students to boot. naaliw lang ako sa apartment-hunting stint naming iyon dahil nag-flashback lang ako galore sa mga panahon kong naghahahanap din ng apartments. and it made me appreciate my current situation more, seeing na i didn't need to house-hunt anymore since 2007. i so love this homing sanctuary thing.
wednesday naman, i was able to chika again with our good friend colleague, na kelangan ko talagang makausap to give fair warnings regarding unfair workmates and fair traitors in our midst. i'm glad she told me that she also sensed some things already, and that she wants to take extra precautions just the same. this saddens me a lot, but it's true: we all have to protect our own hide, and each other's hides as much as we could.
and then there's this hideous activity that made us flashback to more hideous times in our history of work where we are now, and i just found it funny how ironic this looks, seeing that the hideous creature that caused this thing is now facing the effect years later. hahahahahahah. sorry for being cryptic, ayoko lang kasing palawigin pa ito dahil it's a waste of space. wala lang, mental note lang hahahaha. hay naku karma. pinapang-abot din pala kayo niyan. o shah!
midweek pa rin, i hung out with an old friend from the original lgbt movements of yore, mga panahong kinalimutan at tinalikuran na ng mga matataas na ihing "young activists" today. nag-touchbase ako sa kanya dahil kinailangan niya ang tulong ko sa isang aspeto ng kanyang buhay kaya i'm willing to lend my talents and expertise on that factor. masaya ito, hangout kami at update-an sa mga katomboyang buhay na di na namin nakikita ngayon o kaya'y mga dati pang nakita and all that. hindi na aktibo ang grupo nila at pati na rin ang karamihan--if not all-- sa kanilang members, dahil mas busy na sila sa kani-kanilang buhay trabaho, sining, at of course lovelife. i congratulated her on their 20 years of being a couple, silang mga sinaunang nanay-nanayan ko sa kabyaningan heheh pero young at heart and fez pa naman. kasi naman, ako ang baby dyke noong mga panahong sila ang rumaragasa sa maraming rough roads ng homophobia noon, na sadly nga, kinalimutan na ng mga upstarts ngayon ang pag-pave ng way nila/namin noon.
pero ayus lang. we weren't really interested much in talking about lgbt politics then, only talks about our personal lives and love lives of people we know who are/were in the movements, too. because in the end, that's what really matters lang naman talaga e -- true friendships, camaraderie within the banner of being women-loving-women. kebs sa [skewed] advocacy talaga, and these women know that by heart. they know what really matters, and i so miss that a lot in the current scenarios. kaya ayun, nilunod namin ang chikahan kasama ang lafangan sa ROC hehe. sarap naman ang lamb adobo. di ko lang napiktyuran sayang.
in the middle of all these flashbacks, a former workmate emailed me out of the blue, informing me of certain updates about a super-past engagement na nalimutan ko na nga actually, na akala kong di na tuloy. but we both had to warn each other of other people wanting to be in the engagement. poisons abound in the air, i said, and my workmate actually smelled the scents but didn't know how to make of it. liliwanagan ko na lang siya soon, kapag tumawag siya daw. okay! iba na ang kwidaw noh.
and then heto pa ang thursday na meeting ko sa network, which kinda reminded me of past meetings there, too, but i am pleased and surprised that these latter day meetings are actually more pleasant than the previous ones, the origins of which i was able to pinpoint to a few factors. ayus naman. masaya pa rin ito.
and i capped the work week last night by fulfilling a promise to my high school friend about our sweldo day food tripping dinner, na sana sa isang eatery malapit dito sa aming magbabarkada sa marikina, which ended up in katipunan, in the new banapple place near white plains, dahil may qc-staying barkada kaming nag-request... na inindyan kami!!!!!!!!! hay naku... but still, i had tons of fun hanging out with my high school barkada, mostly girls, one the same sexuality persuasion as mine, and a couple of young, supportive husbands of theirs plus a couple of whiz kids of one of them. aliw ito hehe. sumulit naman ang gabi kahit papaano dahil sa maraming updates at kuwentuhan galore namin, mga old issues, recurring issues at lalo na mga developing issues hehe. hay, masaya talaga ang reconnections.
di ko pa nasama diyan ang isang gabing evacuation camp moda na naman kami ng jowa ko isang gabi ngayong linggo sa bahay ng paryentes ko dahil sa ang condo ay nag-sked ng meralco maintenance from 11pm to 5am! gudlak naman sa lamok ano, kahit sandamukal nang off lotion ang ilagay namin, iba pa rin! kaya we ended up having dinner with the parents and sleeping over there. masaya naman. syempre lutong bahay ni mommy rocks, tortang giniling sans talongang nilafang namin hehe. sulit!
jampacked pala ang linggong ito. pero masaya ako kapag ganito. kasi ang sentro ng interactions ko ay kabilang ang mga totoong tao. kaya as much as possible, i try to keep it this way always, especially this year.
masaya. mukhang magiging ganun naman so... ayus!