That Thing Called Garda

life, photography, travel

It’s immigration day! We had to wake up early to see the bureau. I set the alarm 3:30am but I woke up about 13mins late. Good thing Agatha woke up early (as she always does), and she right away prepared our breakfast and lunch packs for the day.

At 4:58am, we reached Burgh Quay /ˈbʌrə kiː/ by a taxi, which our lovely host Una prebooked that night. I was 11th in the queue. That’s good a news, I thought. What disturbed us a lot, however, was the very cold dawn weather. I have three layers on for my top and two layers for my bottoms, equipped with gloves and scarf and bonnet but that was not enough. The icy cold wind was penetrating. Sitting on the equally ice cold pavement made me feel more freezing. So, after just a few minutes of sitting, I was standing and swinging in place while waiting for the office to open.


10:04 am, I’m done and I have my registration complete. And we’re off to run some errands and roam around the city.

Flying Abroad Sentiments


I’m leaving for Dublin very soon. From today, i have only 41 days left to stay here in the Philippines. This will be the very first for me to be living alone away from home.

Why do I have to leave? Why do i have to leave my comfort? my loved ones? It really hurts me thinking I will be miles away. I will no longer be able to sleep in my bed, stay in my messy room, talk for hours with my family, spend time with Michael, get lazy all day, play with Lala. And I am that one person who hate change yet I am here now faced with this challenge.

You are a bully, Philippines. When will it come a time when Filipino daughters, sons, or parents no longer be aiming to work abroad because just by working in your homeland can already provide enough for a better living for their family?

My Silver Birthday

leisure, life

It’s my 25th birthday!!  Another year older, hoping to be a much more wiser person to deal with life ahead.

So what was my first day of my 25th year living on earth was like?

I was off-duty but i had to go to HD unit for some lunch treat with my colleagues. I share the same birthdate with Sir Mic so I didn’t have to pay that much for our treat. (It’s Sir Mic’s 28th yearSorry i have to spill that out. Teehee.)

Sir Mic and I dropped by Shopwise to buy leche flan, soft drinks, and rice. We also went around Englis and V. Rama Ave for the viands: Kusina ni Nasing’s liempo and Sr. Pedro’s lechon manok. With the help of Sir Pugz, we also had CNT’s lechon baboy. All the while, our folks were preparing something for us.

Eric getting busy with the centerpiece.

Tissue paper as a decor material is indeed a brilliant idea.

Eric, Nova, and Bembem getting busy.

Gladys, Eric, Rey, and Nikki minding their own stuff.

Gotcha! The very camera-elusive Sir Pugz.

From the looks of his work, he must have worked in a catering services before.

Pump the staple gun hard, Rey.

Eric, Gladys and Mam Tin

And so, what’s this?

Eric and Bembem

The HD ladies minus me.

The Celebrities. Oh, apologies. The Celebrants. 😉

The HD gang.
(standing) Mam Tin, Nova, Nikki, Gladys, Bembem, Kame, Eric
(sitting) me, Sir Mic

It was a memorable birthday because I got share it with this bunch of people dear to my heart. Spending moments like this with them is a real treasure. Our start may have been rough but our journey together has polished us to shine together and unite happily.