Wednesday, June 27, 2007

So Different

Excuse me as I get nostalgic again...

I just got back from a week long trip to Manila last weekend. I friend of mine was getting married and Hubby also needed to visit the Manila branch of his company, so we thought it was a trip worth taking. Hubby only stayed for 2 days then he left for Australia with Boy Wonder, giving me the chance to do some catching up with my friends and any pampering I wanted with Nachos in tow.

Of course not long after Hubby left, I realized it would be impossible to get any pampering done with a baby still semi-attached to my boobs. The only time I could utilize her "off" button was after 8pm. So one evening after I came home early enough, I scheduled a home massage service and boy was it good! But other than that, I didn't have the time nor the opportunity to get my eye brows threaded, have a facial, manicure, pedicure, foot scrub, etc. Everything I would love to get done whenever I'm in Manila. Good thing the bride was a hair stylist, so at least I was able to get my hair cut a few days after the wedding. Oh, but she said it was the first time she cut anybody's hair who was breastfeeding at the same time.

One of the things I was able to do though was go back to my old apartment in Pasig and pack up a few things. After looking through all the closets, I thought the only thing worth taking were all the pictures I took from grade school up until I met Chris. I think I started the trend amongst my friends in having a camera in my bag wherever I went. Others have their kikay kits with them, I have my camera. I never left home without it. And because of that, I took hundreds of pictures.

It was great looking through some of the albums while dumping them into a box. There were quite a few pictures I didn't even remember where it was taken. Then there were the few albums I felt it was better left behind... but not forgotten. Gosh, parts of my life I'm so happy I've moved on from, and people I've moved away from. And of course there were also pictures taken with my ex boyfriends which I think would be best left behind as well.

I showed some of my pictures when I got to my friend Ding's house where I was staying. We both said how great we looked during her wedding. I always tell her I felt I was much prettier during her wedding than my own wedding. And we are both always amazed at how skinny she was during her wedding! We also looked through some of our college pictures. There was one which was taken the evening of a formal dance we went too. It was funny looking at the couples and thinking about the musical chairs we have played in terms of who started out with whom and who actually ended up with whom in the end. People are always amazed at the fact that Ding, who is one of my closest friends, ended up marrying my first boyfriend. Some people might think that's totally weird, but I feel they are perfect for each other. Why get in the way of 2 people's happiness for something so childish or narrow minded?

It was also quite interesting how I bumped into/met 4 of my colleagues from my last job in Manila. I bumped into my former boss the first night I was there, then I met up with Penny whom I haven't seen in 6 years, then John who was our sales guru who is now dating an actress. The most interesting was Rick, whom I bumped into while waiting for our table at Abe. He said he is engaged now and introduced me to his fiance. I almost cracked a joke and had to totally control myself. Rick once told me he didn't want to get married because then he'd have to start making his own money and not depend on his parents. Boy did I have to bite my tongue and not make a side comment about that. haha!

So anyways, though it was not as relaxing a trip as I hoped it would be, it was great catching up with my friends, attend a wedding and think back at those good ol' days.

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