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Lazy Sunday

day twenty.

I think I missed the arrival of summer.

Ah summer. I don’t know if I missed you.

You know what’s funny about me and summer? I hardly get to go to the beach during actual summer time. Summer plans always fall through somehow. Most of the people I know take the opportunity to go some beach during the Holy Week, but family and beliefs make me stay at home and celebrate the week in a different way.

I can’t imagine going to the beach during Holy Week.

But I digress.

I wish it’s that easy to go to the beach anytime I want to, especially during summer. I wish the beaches are just one to two hours away, so I can always enjoy the salty air and stop complaining about the heat because who complains of the heat when you’re at a beach? Hearing the waves, feeling the sand between your toes and seeing everyone frolic by the shore in swimsuits (that may or may not fit better because of diet aids) and summer outfits just reduces the annoyance with the heat, don’t you think?


We’ve got a couple of beach plans and I really hope they push through, even just one trip for this summer. Just so I can actually enjoy the beach during summertime. I don’t care if it’s just some place near — bring me to the beach!!! We can reserve the higher, more expensive resorts sometime at the latter part of the year, when airfare and accommodation is cheaper. :P

So friendships! We are going, right? Let’s make it happen, please? :)

But right now I’d have to content myself with looking at beach pictures and hoping that I’d get there sometime soon. Sigh.



And so tomorrow’s my second weekend at the beach. Thank you dear company, for giving us funds and thank you Ynna for inviting me to join the club that organizes these activities. It’s super stressful and all, but it has its perks. Like last Saturday, I was with the advance party and I got a massage at night. Woooh. And there’s bonding with new friends and all, which pretty much makes up for a lot of the stress.

Oh, but the best part? Hitting the beach. Finally! Hearing the waves hit the beach, smelling the saltwater, feeling the sand in between my toes. Suddenly the heat of the summer isn’t so bad, yes? Wohoo. FINALLY, after more than a year!

Yes, it’s a sad fact. I didn’t get to go to the beach last year (let’s not get into why I didn’t get to).

Anyway. Like I mentioned, tomorrow’s our second batch for the company outing. I’ll be going, of course,but this time I won’t be sleeping over there. I don’t mind, since I want to feel how to ride the buses. :D Later I’ll be buying some clothes (yes, they’re my April clothes shopping thing, since I realized I haven’t bought new clothes this month yet :D) — shorts, swimsuit and all. It’s a pain buying some stuff though, because some of them are so small, they could be considered as baby clothes…or maybe I’m just really big. Heh.

I’m not sure if our team outing pushes through next week…but I do hope so! I just realized that I can never get enough of beaches, even if I’m not the bikini-wearing type or the beach sports type…I just love it because the beach is synonymous to relaxation to me. :D Just like how I see summer — even if it’s really hot, I like it because everyone seems more relaxed. :)

How about you? What are your other summer plans?

Summer Escapades

I have one confession to make: I love summer. I know summer in the Philippines is VERY HOT, and there would be no use for tankless water heaters (who wants hot bathing water during the summer?) but I love the entire feeling of summer. :)

Last weekend, I was capturing some videos for a friend to be burned in a DVD. Two of those video tapes contained footages from two of their summer outings, which made me realize how summer really is here. I suddenly had that feeling I always get during summer — the one where I realize I have tons of free time on my hands (which is not really true now because of work), the one where I feel all excited about whatever I will be doing this summer, the one that makes me think of plans to go somewhere and just enjoy the sun (no matter how hot it really is).

Ah yes. My summer used to be composed of the following:

  • YFC International Leaders Conference at the start of summer
  • Everyday fellowship at a YFC friend’s house
  • Planning for a youth camp
  • Attending other chapter’s youth camps
  • Sometimes a Kids for Christ conference
  • Beach trip with the family

When I got into college, my summer became relatively short, but still full of activities:

  • YFC International Leader’s Conference before school really ends
  • Gawad Kalinga summer build
  • GK meetings
  • Movie gimmicks with college friends
  • Batch Assembly stuff (when I was still a part of the BA)
  • CCS LPEP (Orientation) volunteers
  • Enrollment, adjusting, etc.

Things obviously changed when I started working, as I stopped having a real “summer vacation” where all I do all day is wake up at 10, watch TV (preferably cartoons :p), eat, go online, go out and sleep really late. I bum around a lot because I have no money. Plus I stopped attending ILCs (well just this year) because…well, I can hardly relate to them anymore. I also had less time for YFC fellowship and summer builds because I don’t have leaves.

Last year’s summer is very different. The only time I went out was during the YFC ILC in Bicol, and there were planned beach trips which unfortunately fell through. I went out only to go to job interviews, and there was no outing at my old work. Talk about boring.

This year…is unknown. Seriously. We have beach trips planned, and although some are not confirmed yet, there’s this anticipation in the air for things about to happen. Something trying to urge me to have “the best summer yet”. Or at least, something close. :D

Things to look forward to:

And more to come I hope?

Happy Summer! Don’t let the heat get you down! :)


I spent some time before going to work yesterday spiffying up Aslan‘s desktop. :D I’m not really much of a “change wallpaper every now and then” person — in fact, there would be times I hardly notice my wallpaper. Or I’d have no wallpaper at all because of my computer’s slowing down. ^^; Hee. But since I know Aslan can take it…okay, let’s just go to the desktop screenshot already:

Summer Desktop!

Don’t you just love how cheerful it looks? :D It’s no secret that I love sunflowers, and a few days before I fixed Aslan’s, Guilo’s (my office computer) is already on sunflower mode. I decided to look for one for Aslan, and found this amazingly HUGE and bright sunflower wallpaper somewhere online. :D Whee. Looking at it always makes me smile. :)

Icons on my desktop are only two: my hard drive and my torrents folder, which is currently empty. Heh. See I made the hard drive icon into a sun, so it’s really summer?

Stuff on my dock: Finder, iCal, Mail (I sometimes use this ^^;), iTunes, iPhoto, PhotoBooth, System Preferences, Firefox, Adium, MS Word, MS Excel, Photoshop, Transmission, TextWrangler, MAMP, VLC, Keyboard Cleaner, Heroes of Might and Magic 5 and Grab, which I used to take the screenshot. And of course, the trash bin. :D That may seem a lot, but believe me, I’ve seen other people’s Macs with a FULL and tiny dock. :P

Oh, and finally, I installed ShapeShifter, this program that changes the themes for Mac OS X, and my theme right now is called Fantastic. Like I said, it makes everything look so cheerful. :D

This definitely makes me excited for summer. Which reminds me, maybe I should change my office desktop from the plain sunflower on white background into something similar like this — all blue and yellow? Hm, why not?

Summer’s hereeee! I can feel that this summer is definitely going to be better than the last — I have two beach trips to look forward to. :P And probably more to come! Good thing I have good travel insurance. ;)

Have a great day ahead, everyone. :D