I miss my bed.

I didn't have any Internet access for the past 4 days. Although I survived those staggering days, it felt okay because I realized that Internet is such a huge destruction or... hmmm... barrier(?) to my studies. Hahaha...

My first day in my new turf was kind of awkward but also exciting. Since Monday classes were canceled due to the unapparent typhoon, I got the chance to go to the LTO and get a new driver's license. It took me about 2 hours there in a queue and voila! A temporary license with my misspelled address. I just noticed it when I was already home so, I don't care anymore. As long as I have it and can drive again, I really don't care.

The new license got me the chance to move my things to my new apartment on that very same day without the help of my Granny. He actually offered to drive me there when I am already ready to move my things.

So far, so good. It's a convenience for real! I have enough time to rest and extra hours to sleep and study. However food choices are limited because I don't have the time to cook or have someone else cook the food that I want. And since my roommate is also a classmate, it's an advantage in a sense that we can actually debate or talk about the cases that we need to solve. Isn't it that two heads are better than one?

Okay, since Camille tagged me twice in a row, I will be doing it now for I might not be able to do it since I am a procrastinator. I am not going to do the last tag though (sorry cams) for I already checked my blog into that test. My blog's reading level is High School. Hahaha...

Here's the tag!

1. What was I doing 10 years ago?
1998? I was a very fresh freshman in High School. I was too lanky way back then. If you can see my pictures, gawd! You wouldn't probably recognize me. Hahaha.

2. Five things on my to-do list today:
Today? It's already 10PM so I guess I only have to list 5 things that I will do for the next 2 hours. But since that would be very boring because after this I will probably be sleeping, I'll just enumerate the top 5 things I'll be doing tomorrow.

  • Finish the Opinion for my column.
  • Print important notes for next week because I don't have a printer in the apartment.
  • Start doing the feature that was just recently assigned to me.
  • Write a letter to the Vice Rector for Finance of UST.
  • Go back to the apartment and start the readings.

3. Snacks I enjoy:
I actually enjoy eating.
Who doesn't anyway? I am a self-confessed oral person. Very oral in a sense that I love to eat as well as talk. Hehehe. So what snacks? Hmmm... It's going to be a long list but literally, I almost eat anything. I can't think of my top favorites right now probably because I just ate my dinner and/or there's really no top faves, I just eat what's there; I eat what's available. Hahaha.

4. Places where I've lived:
Live? I lived in Pangasinan since I was 1 year old (?). I was born in Quezon City but was raised in Pangasinan. I was back to Quezon City when I was 17 for college. Now, I am 22 and currently living in Manila. Moved there just recently. 4 days ago to be exact.


5. Things I'd do if I were a billionaire:
I will buy an island and live there luxuriously.
The island would be located somewhere near the Mariana's area. Do you know that area? Hehehe... It would be like a small country and I'll make a petition to replace the Vatican City as the smallest country. A visa is a requirement if you want to visit my island. It would be the most independent island in the world. Owell... No name for my island yet, any recommendations?


6. People I want to know more about:
Hmmm... I am tagging everyone especially those who are in my blogroll!

If you will be doing the tag, I'll be glad if you'll inform me so that I can check out your answers. Thanks!

Until next time earthlings!

Moving out, moving in...

moving-out Moving out of the house and moving in to an apartment is a huge step for me. It would be my first time staying somewhere outside the premises of my turf that will be for a very long time. I am not very familiar with the situation so I am a little scared.

I am used to a life where everything's available and accessible so I am a little anxious in moving into a place where I am not sure if I will be safe and secured. What I mean is that in our house, everything that I need is in here; food, water, helpers and of course supportive family members. Moving into an apartment will therefore mean that I have to take care of myself; no helpers, I should provide on my own food and water, and get a support system from a familiar roommate.

I really don't want to move out. But since my current schedule this semester is crazier than jumping off a bridge, then I should do something before it's too late; before I literally jump off a bridge due to an everyday 7AM start of my classes. This week I even had symptoms of hypersomnia and easy fatigability which entail the possibility of over exhaustion and even depression. Pft!

If before, I can afford to be late in my 7AM classes, this time it's a no-no. Dermatology and Medicine departments give their quizzes first thing in the morning and Gynecology facilitators are early risers and check the attendance meticulously.

Not to mention the fact that I am now stacked with chapterssss to read in all subjects for I don't have enough time to finish reading what I am supposed to. If I move closer to the campus, I can eliminate my travel time to and from school everyday which will then serve as an additional time for me to read or rest.

I've asked some classmates who resorted into moving in to an apartment last year, some of them were also first timers. A lot of them though have positive stories and reactions, sharing their thoughts about the hassle-free advantage of living away from home and staying somewhere near. Some said that I will realize soon or feel immediately the advantages of staying near the campus. Many were even happy when they found out that I am moving closer. I am glad they're happy. Hehehe...

Still, I cannot erase the fact that doing something unfamiliar for the very first time haunts me about the possibility that things might go wrong.

If something can go wrong, it can go wrong.

Of course I still have to adjust into a new routine but I think this moving-closer-thingie will really help me a lot and will make my med-life easier; so I am taking the risk!

Taking risks is as important as gaining profit in business. So if I want a profitable outcome from my insane med life, then I should take the risk!

Okay, enough about the risk! Besides, why am I thinking about risks and something that might go wrong?! hahaha... Freak!

Feel the rain on your skin, no one else can feel it for you, only you can let it in.

No one else can speak the words on your lips, drench yourself in words unspoken.

Live your life with arms wide open

Today is where your book begins, the rest is still unwritten.

I know I am a little scared but how would I know what's behind the "moving closer" curtain if I am not going to go though it? Did you get the point? The quoted line above was taken from Natasha's song Unwritten which is so damn true. How can I experience something if I am not going to face and try it?! Right?

We have our own fears but it only limits our horizon, hinder us from experiencing many awesome experiences in life and it also makes our life boring. So, okay I am moving closer... Hahaha...

Anyway, like what I have said before, there are no right or wrong decisions. I can stay or can go somewhere but here; there's no right or wrong, I just have to choose between the two and face the consequences.

Luckily, the apartment where I will be staying is owned by my classmate and it's brand new so I will be one of the first occupants.

So I guess this is it! Final, I am moving out and moving in... I know it's garble but yeah...

Wish me luck!

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Above picture was taken from HERE!

In love with Retro

I know it's been a while since my last music entry so instead of sharing only a single song, I am featuring 2 songs for today.

My ipod is usually updated regularly with new and interesting songs but since my ipod's only a shuffle, what I do is that I first remove the old and overrated songs so that I can sync the new ones. But these 2 songs I am going to feature are old songs from the 80s that I just can't delete from my playlist because they're just so nice to hear over and over again!

Not to mention singing these songs when I am alone and euphoric...

After listening to these songs, they sometimes make me feel somewhat emotionally unstable brought about by some sort of transfer of emotions from the singers. The emotions are very apparent in these songs which will technically make everyone sing. Hahaha.

Okay so these songs are... Tada!

Alone by Heart and Total Eclipse of the Heart by Bonnie Tyler

"Alone" is a song by an American rock band Heart in 1987 composed in 1983 by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly. "Total Eclipse of the Heart" is a power ballad written and produced by Jim Steinman. It was originally performed by Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler in 1983.

A lot of artists has already covered these songs but nothing beats the original! Yey!

I love these songs but I can't really decipher their true meanings (If they actually have). I tried Googling these songs and searched for their meanings but I just found out more garble explanations.

Although people have different interpretations to these some kinda vague songs, personally I think they're literally just about a love found and love lost story. Period. End of story; no highfaluting and out of this world second meanings.

Okay, I am allowing you to sing out loudly after clicking the play buttons. Just don't play them both at the same time because that's a really stupid thing to do. Hehehe...

Okay another thing, I think it would be better if you'll look for "a back-up singer" to sing with you... My brother do the second voice for me. Hahaha... It's really cool! You need a second voice partner because I know you cannot do it all at the same time. Hehehe. Enjoy!

Turn around....

TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART (Bonnie Tyler )

Turn around, every now and then I get a
little bit lonely and you're never coming around
Turn around, Every now and then I get a
little bit tired of listening to the sound of my tears
Turn around, Every now and then I get a
little bit nervous that the best of all the years have gone by
Turn around, Every now and then I get a
little bit terrified and then I see the look in your eyes
Turn around bright eyes, Every now and
then I fall apart
Turn around bright eyes, Every now and
then I fall apart

Turn around, Every now and then I get a
little bit restless and I dream of something wild
Turn around, Every now and then I get a
little bit helpless and I'm lying like a child in your arms
Turn around, Every now and then I get a
little bit angry and I know I've got to get out and cry
Turn around, Every now and then I get a
little bit terrified but then I see the look in your eyes
Turn around bright eyes, Every now and
then I fall apart
Turn around bright eyes, Every now and
then I fall apart

And I need you now tonight
And I need you more than ever
And if you'll only hold me tight
We'll be holding on forever
And we'll only be making it right
Cause we'll never be wrong together
We can take it to the end of the line
Your love is like a shadow on me all of the time
I don't know what to do and I'm always in the dark
We're living in a powder keg and giving off sparks
I really need you tonight
Forever's gonna start tonight
Forever's gonna start tonight

Once upon a time I was falling in love
But now I'm only falling apart
There's nothing I can do
A total eclipse of the heart
Once upon a time there was light in my life
But now there's only love in the dark
Nothing I can say
A total eclipse of the heart

Turn around bright eyes, Every now and
then I fall apart
Turn around bright eyes, Every now and
then I fall apart

And I need you now tonight
And I need you more than ever
And if you'll only hold me tight
We'll be holding on forever
And we'll only be making it right
Cause we'll never be wrong together
We can take it to the end of the line
Your love is like a shadow on me all of the time
I don't know what to do and I'm always in the dark
We're living in a powder keg and giving off sparks
I really need you tonight
Forever's gonna start tonight
Forever's gonna start tonight

Once upon a time I was falling in love
But now I'm only falling apart
There's nothing I can do
A total eclipse of the heart
Once upon a time there was light in my life
But now there's only love in the dark
Nothing I can say
A total eclipse of the heart

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Next!

Till now.... Always got by on my own...

ALONE (Heart)

I hear the ticking of the clock
I'm lying here the room's pitch dark
I wonder where you are tonight
No answer on the telephone
And the night goes by so very slow
Oh I hope that it won't end though

Alone
Till now I always got by on my own
I never really cared until I met you
And now it chills me to the bone
How do I get you alone
How do I get you alone

You don't know how long i have wanted
To touch your lips and hold you tight
You don't know how long I have waited
And I was going to tell you tonight
But the secret is still my own
And my love for you is still unknown
Alone

Till now I always got by on my own
I never really cared until I met you
And now it chills me to the bone
How do I get you alone
How do I get you alone
How do I get you alone
How do I get you alone
Alone, alone

Aryt! Done! Don't drink something cold yet, I know you just stressed out your voice box. I am just concerned, you might lose your voice. Hehehe...

This is dedicated!

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I am going to eat you alive! Wahahaha!

My sister's actually not a psycho or otherwise something related. Apparently via this picture, my dad is a passive dad, but in a good way. I think it's a good thing though that he's a passive dad because I was never spanked by him during my childhood years. Hahaha.

Anyway,

He's obviously balding,
And never smiles during Kodak moments.
He's aging physically,
that's the proof of his great concern to our family.
He's very supportive yet very tight.
He loves God over his family and I salute him for that.

He holds my mom's hand when they walk,
He waits for me when I am not yet home.
He taught me to be practical and dependent,
He brought me back into His arms.
I love you dad.

Okay, mom might get jealous because I didn't make her a poem last Mother's day. Yikes!

I was in the US at that time, I greeted her via text...

I know right?!

Just text?!

Roaming is expensive noh! Hehehe...

I love you too mom. But it's dad's day so... Hehehe...

Okay, I didn't intend to write a poem about and for my dad. It just happened. I think it's not even a valid poem so... Still...

The picture above was taken at David's Tea House in Baguio City. My siblings and I were fooling around hence the birth of this funny-cute-scary picture.

Happy Father's Day to you dad and to all the dads in the world!

It's pay back time

So true... Remember my previous post about me wondering why I am in a constant state of enjoying life?

I think I am beginning to experience the opposite. How?

  1. First, I thought that my responsibility as the team captain of the UST medicine table tennis team's over, BUT NO! Since we haven't elected yet the next team captain for this school year, all the responsibilities are still on me. Like for example, I attended the Tour 'd Med a while ago to recruit new members of the team. Only one member of the team is allowed and excused from the class so I went alone to represent the team. Talking to 20 groups of first year students for 2 hours is a no joke. Some weren't even listening to what I was saying which also irritates me. I can't blame them though because touring the entire medicine building is also tiring, add to that the humidity... Grrr...
  2. We currently have no helper. She went back to the province and said she'll take care of a sick relative. She was supposed to be back here yesterday, BUT NO! She wasn't even answering her phone. When my mom called her, she then confessed she's not coming back. The heck?! But I think a new one will be here by 7PM. Oh please... So who's the cook for tonight? Me!
  3. First rain poured today! The sign of the start of the rainy season? Probably! I was already on my way home when it started to rain. I thought that I was lucky enough that I wasn't stranded along Espana road but almost every road's on detour accompanied with heavy traffic. A jeepney's even stuck in a flooded area along the Kamias road. Owell, flood's everywhere. I can even hear jeepneys passing by our street now finding a faster and easier way out of the traffic brought about by scattered floods throughout the metro. What a mess!
  4. Lastly, I was depressed when I lost my wallet yesterday. I was sure I dropped it somewhere I can't remember but my guess was in the cab. I went in UST yesterday for a meeting about the Tour 'd Med. It started very late so it also ended very late. I was still on jet lag so I was a little groggy and out of my mind that time in the afternoon. I dropped by the Araneta Center to buy some school supplies and a new pair of school shoes. I was so tired already so I took a cab after shopping to go home. I am sure I still have my wallet by the time I got in to the taxi. When I was already home, it took me an hour before I finally realized that my wallet's missing in action. I was in panic. I think I still have 4 thousand bucks inside my wallet. I wasn't sure though because I already spent some to buy school supplies. I am not anymore interested with the wallet and the money. All I want are my IDs (Driver's license and PRC ID), ATM card and some important cards. Do you know how hard it is to get new IDs?! Well, I already went to the police station last night to report the incident AKA jot it down the blotter. And by the way, the wallet's made by Kenneth Cole. Wah!

I just need to vent out.

Bye.

V-neck

3rd year and 4th year students are the only medical students (probably just in UST, not sure with other schools) who wear V-neck uniforms roaming around the medicine building. 1st year and 2nd year students wear the I-dunno-what-it's-called uniform. All I know is that our previous uniform's not V-neck and the buttons are in the middle compared to the V-neck which is on the (R) side.

When you get used to the I-dunno-what-it's-called uniform, which is likely during the end of the 1st year, you can't wait to reach 3rd year so that you can wear the V-neck.

When you passed the Pharmacology course in 2nd year (which everyone believes is the most difficult 2nd year subject), you get too excited to wear the V-neck uniform.

And since only 3rd year students wear those V-necks inside the building because 4th year students or clerks are all wandering around the hospital, wearing something awesomely different from the rest makes you feel like some kind of a higher life form than the rest even if the basis is just in uniforms. Hehehe.

I'll be wearing my V-neck on Wednesday but I received a message just now that a team member should attend the Tour 'd Med meeting later. I don't think we are required to wear it today though because it's just a meeting for the following day's event. Ahahaha, I am just too excited.

Tour 'd Med is a yearly UST-med tradition which events the reception of incoming 1st year medical students to make them feel special and welcome. They are toured around the medicine building, meet different organizations, sports teams, frats and sors and oriented by poor second year students. First years are by the way considered spoiled. During that year, they have all the special privileges like the Tour 'd Med, the Medicine Night which is apparently considered only as 1st year Medicine Night, and other benefits that the higher years desire but cannot actually acquire.

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A group of first year students meeting the org AMSA-UST inside the LRU (UST Medicine computer laboratory).

Wish us luck! I hope we can recruit good players this year!

Go for the Gold!

Woot! Woot!

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Thanks to Jan Tyrone for the picture.

Picture was taken from his multiply, you can access it via HERE.

Back to Reality, but I am not yet ready!

I think I am not yet ready to face my real life! Shut up, it's not what you're thinking; what I am talking about is school!

I love going to school, that's why at my age I am still in school. Don't get me wrong, it's not all about the allowances and benefits that I am still getting from my parents. It's all about the whole schooling experience.

I bet those who also share the same interest got my point, right?

Loving school doesn't necessarily mean it's easy. School life has it's own screwing mechanism. Exactly! Screwing mechanism! Professors may screw on you, school officials and even schoolmates! Am I right or am I right?

It's not pure fun in school... A lot of people will not agree on your virtues, they love to hate you, they want to kick your ass, they want to make your life very difficult, rushing, cramming, love-hate relationships, et cetera. Hehehe...

But those factors that might pull you down and make schooling very difficult are sometimes good things, they can be your inspirations...

I'm going to prove that you're wrong! Biatch!

Hehehe...

It's 3:30AM now, I woke up at around 12:30AM. I don't know what triggered me from waking up and walking out of my bed.

Last night, I thought my sleep-wake cycle will go back to it's original state like the one I had before going to the opposite side of the world. I felt the need to sleep last night but no! Why did I wake up in the middle of the night? Crap! I don't know!

And this summer...

I think I wasn't really that productive! Don't get me wrong ok? I know summer break is meant for resting and having a great time but I think it's not normal that you're always having fun.

Did you experience the feeling of missing anxiety and stress during continuous state of having a great time? I felt that. It seems like something is wrong with my body. It made me wonder why God's giving me all the blessings in the world. It's like it's not worth it for me.

This summer break is all pure fun for me. I had a great time; every moment of it. This summer, I conquered Mount Pinatubo, slept with friends in Baguio City, had a great time with my family, and an unexpected trip to the US of A. I am not complaining because I really had a great time but there are a lot of people who aren't having a great (or even good) time in their life.

Why me? Do you think it's unfair? I mean, I think I deserve some of them... Oh God is really good! Ok, stop... I will not complain anymore!

Today, I realized that there are a lot of things I should be buying for school! Hopefully tomorrow, everything's prepared... that should include me! Hehehe...

And another thing, I hope I can get through this year in med school! Let's cross our fingers first ---- tightly... and pray... Woot woot!

Wish me luck!

BeerPong

Beer pong which is also called beirut and lob pong is a drinking game in which players throw a ping pong ball across a table with the intent of landing the ball in one of several cups of beer on the other end.

Since I miss my cousins in the US I'll feature this game that they introduced to me which is Beer Pong and I hope more Pinoys will use this game during drinking sessions. My cousins used to play this game when we drink in the house (like house parties or a garage party). It's really a fun and a cool game because it is not the usual boring just sit, drink and talk session that we Filipinos usually know.

I miss my cousins because they aren't boring; in other words, they're cool cousins; they have numerous games in mind like riddles, card games, magics, etc and a lot of them are really competitive. Hehehe, in all sort of stuff.

We even played "Guess who sang this song" during every car ride. Of course they always win because they're too familiar with the songs played in their radio stations. I also miss my cousin Karla who shares the same interests like coffee shops and shopping. She drives me from mall to mall during our free time.

And since I mentioned BeerPong in my previos posts and in my Multiply, a lot of people were asking what's it all about and so I decided to share the whole game thing through this post.

So, anyway, the picture below shows the type of shots you can do.

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A flying ball shot is considered as a point therefore you drink the cup where the ball landed in. A bounce shot is considered 2 points so the opponent should drink 2 cups of beer; but after the ball bounces during a shot, you are allowed to block or slap the ball as a defense.


This is a video shot of one of our BeerPong games in Jojo's Garage during our visit in Chicago! My teammate's kuya CJ and the opponent team includes Brian and ate Rachelle. Jojo was taking the video and Valerie's just watching the game. Some of our cousins (not in the vid) were out of the garage playing basketball.
***People involved in this video are not drunkards. This particular drinking session was done only for recreational purpose and for pure fun and is not done religiously by the poeple in the video.

There are actually a lot of rules, it differs depending on the location in the United States but the rules I am imposing below are the rules we followed during my visit in Cleveland, Ohio. Enjoy!

  • Each team begins with 10 or 6 cups arranged in a triangle. (4 in the back, 3 in the next row, 2, then 1 at the top) Filled up 1/3 of the way with either beer or liquor.

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  • Typically, the two teams will shoot to see who goes first.
  • Once a cup is made, it’s content’s must be drank by the opposing team (Whether it be beer or occasionally hard liquor) and then removed from the table.
  • Players continue to shoot at each other’s cups until none remain. The losing team must drink the remaining cups from the winning team.
  • At any time during the game, a team may request to have the opposing team’s cups rearranged in any formation they choose. This is only allowed once.
  • If a ball is bounced, it counts as 2 cups. However, the opposing team may knock the ball away after it bounces off the table once.
  • If a ball hits off of a player and falls into a cup, it counts.
  • If two members of an opposing team make both of they’re shots, the balls are returned to that team. There is no limit how many times balls may be returned to them.
  • After the last cup is made, the opposing team has two shots to keep the game going. This is called a “rebuttal”. If that team makes one cup, both balls are returned to the original team and the game continues.
  • Sometimes a ball will ring around a cup and if blown on, will bounce out. Only girls may do this.
  • Talking shit (as always) is strongly encouraged
  • Any cup knocked over counts. However, players may not deliberately knock over a cup.
  • During a shot, elbow should not cross the edge of the table.

Back to Reality

We touched down at NAIA last night at around 10:30 PM, the landing was terrible. I immediately felt the oldness of the airport.

I checked in my stuff, 1 big luggage and 1 big box at Cleveland-Hopkins airport. Yes, I have to carry with me a box so that I could bring all my stuff back home. When they weighed my luggage, it exceeded the limit of 70 lbs by half a pound.

"What the heck!" I told myself.

They weren't considerate... actually...

So I removed some socks from my luggage and put them in my carry on bag. Tada! 69.5 pounds. I never thought that a few socks would weigh a pound.

From Cleveland airport to Detroit airport, we took the smallest plane Northwest Airline could provide for us. It's a 3-seater per row plane so it was totally scary. Luckily, the weather was nice so it lessened a bit of my anxiety of possibly evacuating from the plane any time during the flight. Hehehe. But then it's just a 20 minute flight.

It took me 4 hours waiting in Detroit for my flight back home to Manila. I ate my lunch there and wandered around their huge and very modern airport while waiting for Gate 38 to open. It didn't bore me though since there were a lot of things that can be done in their airport, not to mention the huge variety of food establishments inside.

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Tunnel at Detroit airport where passengers can walk through connecting them from concourse to concourse. Side walls have dancing light displays. Cool huh? I ran through this tunnel during my arrival to the US so that I can board in to my re-booked connecting flight to Cleveland because my flight was delayed for 4 hours!

During my flight from Detroit to Nagoya (stop-over), I noticed a familiar passenger. I was sure I never met him before but I kept wondering why I think I know him. He was seated near the exit door. I must have seen him somewhere. Then I remembered! He's a blogger! He's Kevin of Kuya Kevin's Blog! When we arrived in Nagoya, we were instructed to go out of the plane first before we head to our final trip to Manila (same flight). We had the chance to talk to each other the entire time we were in Nagoya.

Excuse me sir!? Is your name Kevin?

Yes. (???? look on his face)

Oh! So... Are you the author of Kuya Kevin's Blog?

Oh yeah! Hi!

...then the conversation went on until we were back to the plane.

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Kevin of Kuya Kevin's Blog while we were in Nagoya, Japan airport. I never met him before but I regularly visit his blog. His blog's about love and relationship. He's been here in the Philippines for 6 years already so he can speak Tagalog.

There were a lot of balikbayans last night! Carousels were full of boxes and bags! I came out of the airport at midnight already.

Now, I am soooo exhausted and the exaggeration is real. But I really had fun and I miss my cousins already!

Owell, that's how it should be...

A few days from now, I'll be back to reality; my world; my sanctuary! I love it!

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

I became a kid for a day. I thought that the zoo visit yesterday would be just a happy day and not the usual tiring day. But no! Their zoo is a lot larger than Manila Zoo. Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is the home to one of the largest collection of primate species in Northern America, so well it's a big piece of land and we saw a lot of gorillas, baboons, orangutans and of course common monkeys!

I think it's not appropriate for me to label now that zoo is only for the little ones because I wasn't the only one who became a kid that day if that's the case. I actually had fun but I was so tired after the trip that I immediately went to bed and slept. So now here I am awake so early in the morning, not in my usual wake up time.

Upon entering the zoo, the first animals that we saw were the elephants. Is it a zoo rule to always put the elephants near the entrance gates? I am just wondering...

There were a lot of animals that I have never seen before like the antelopes, camels, koalas, lemurs, kangaroos, polar bears, and flamingos!

There are more animals that I think I just saw yesterday, I am not so sure about it though. Hahaha, I'm terrible with remembering stuff especially people's names.

Not just that, I just can't remember all the names of many weird looking creatures, some I don't know where they got them and some are even unimaginable.

I also had the chance to touch stingrays! Yes you read it right, stingrays! The creature that attacked and killed Steve Irwin! Remember? They're so soft and gentle. Of course the ones we touched aren't the ones that can dangerously attack people. They're not that stupid to let us touch the kind who killed him of course!

Another wonderful experience is when we were allowed to touch colorful Australian birds. I forgot what their species is called (I told you I am terrible with names) but anyway, upon entering the netted pavilion, they'll come near to you ASAP. You can touch them but they expect you to feed them too. Hehehe. So if you don't have any nectars to give, expect a not so painful bite.

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The bird on top of my tito's hand. Since he doesn't have any food to give to the bird, the bird's trying to eat his watch. Look! Hehehe.

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Even kids aren't afraid to go near to them. See how the bird loves nectars! Yum!

In the Aquatics Area, I really enjoyed their sea creatures and aquarium displays. I saw many deadly piranhas and sharks in their beautiful big scale aquariums. And these animals know how to perform. They know people are watching them! Hehehe.

I really had fun especially in The Rainforest where you can really feel the actual atmosphere in the rainforest. It even rains inside. Walls full of exotic plants, birds flying in front of you while you walk, waterfalls and it's splashing sound, mists, and howling animals. It's really wonderful inside.

What really caught my attention though is the zoo's massive concern for their animals. Unlike in our Manila Zoo where you can find them in old, adulterated, unconditioned, dirty, "you name it" cages, in Cleveland Metroparks Zoo they are spoiled and well kept. You cannot even smell animal poops and the familiar ammoniacal odor while viewing the animals. I can eat right then and there while having a tour and never feel disgusted, but of course I cannot do that because it's against the zoo policies. There were even zoo people in almost every animals or corner of the zoo wherein they tell you informations about the animals.

However, pollens now are flying and floating everywhere. I first noticed them when we were in Cedar Point last Saturday wherein they hit you in the face while enjoying the roller coaster ride. I am not having an allergy attack though but I noticed that I began having runny nose every night and early mornings. Pft! Well, I am probably not going anywhere for this week so no need to worry more about probable allergy attack, hopefully. I need to rest and prepare for my trip back to the Philippines. Excited!

Anyway for an unrelated topic, I had another round of Chipotle! This time, I tried ones in the taco shells and not in the bowl, and I didn't let them put cream on them because I think it caused my a-month-ago bowel burden. I told my cousin Karla that we should eat dinner in Mr. Hero's because I so much love their burgers but she insisted we should have Chipotle.

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This is what I ate. 3 taco shells with carnitas as the meat + medium salsa + Cheese + lettuce. Yummme!

The very first time I tried Chipotle which for me is an excellent Mexican fastfood (better than Taco Bell), I experienced extensive but not massive diarrhea for 5 days. I don't recommend you to imagine that. Hehehe. I was purged!

I am not blaming Chipotle though about my dreadful experience because I am not really sure if it really caused my diarrhea.

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This is the bowl or bol. It has rice, meat (carnitas for this meal), cream, cheese, lettuce, medium salsa and an avocado paste (I forgot what it's called). Karla loves it! For me? no! Hehehe...

Chipotle's not bad it's just that I don't want to have a diarrhea again if ever it was really Chipotle that caused it. I will be leaving this coming week which means I will be in the airplane for 16 hours again and I don't want to be consistently visiting the restroom or lavatories. That wouldn't be nice, e?

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After dinner, of course coffee! Starbucks would have been nice but we instead resorted to Arabica! It's cheap but good coffee! This was my hazelnut mocha. Arabica's costumers are mostly Europeans, the place is cozy, cool music, free wi-fi access and lots of hot people. It's crazy inside!

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Cedar Point!

It was "supposed to" rain today in Ohio but it didn't. "Supposed to" means it was forecasted. They were wrong!

Although we knew that it "will" rain today (but it didn't) since last week, it never stopped us from going to Sandusky, Ohio to visit the Roller Coaster Capital of the World which is Cedar Point. Yohoo!

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Me and my cousin Christine at the entrance gate!

Cedar Point has 17 roller coasters and we rode about 11 of them. The rest I didn't try because it's either they were too old already to ride and the ride's very bumpy or it's a kiddy coaster. But I have my favorites too.

The scariest I have to say is the Millennium Force. Its tallest hill stands 310 feet above the ground and reaches a top speed of 93 mph. It doesn't have any loops or twists but it's fast and high. I consider it to be the scariest because the safety belts seems like it's not going to support you for the whole ride. It's so damn fast and steep, the force during the fall feels like you'll be detached from your seat. It's scary but I love it! The scarier the roller coaster, the better!

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I consider the Top Thrill Dragster to be my second favorite. It only has a single but the tallest hill among all the roller coasters. It reaches a stratospheric 420 feet tall hill and topping out speed of 120 mph. Awesome huh? The train moves into a "starting line" position, where it is launched forward, reaching 120 mph in approximately four seconds. The train then zooms straight up the 420-foot-tall hill, rotates 90 degrees, and then free falls back to Earth. Also, as the train goes down 400 feet to the ground, the track twists at approximately 270 degrees! Really cool! But what I don't like about it is that it's so fast the thrill ends after 30 seconds. It's like it's so fast you cannot process the whole thing until the ride's over which is not really okay. Plus, you cannot raise your hands during the ride because it's too fast that it hurts.

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Mantis is my 3rd favorite! This is very unique because you have to stand during the entire ride. Some guys don't like it because it's painful in the crotch but I guess you just have to adjust your seat well to have a comfortable and excellent ride. It has a 145-foot-tall first hill at an outrageous top speed of 60 mph with lots of loops and twists! Just imagine that!

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Wicked Twister is the tallest and fastest "double-twisting" impulse roller coaster ever created. It is comprised of a U-shaped track with the ends reaching 215 feet into the air. Riders sit in seats suspended from the track above. Then, without warning, it launches riders forward and up a 90-degree, twisting steel track. Once the train slows to a stop, it goes back down the structure and launched backward up another twisting track. The train races up and down the track a total of five times at an amazing top speed of 72 mph! And! Each tower twists 450 degrees, and I can say it is one of the most unique ride experiences ever.

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Maverick is a steam-era-styled coaster trains that carried us along the 4,450-foot-long course. It has a 105-foot-tall first hill. From there, it's not straight down but it's more than straight down! It took us down to Earth at an astonishing 95-degree angle at speeds of up to 57 mph to within five feet above the ground! The train then twists and slides around hairpin turns. The 2-minute, 30-second ride, also consist of "airtime-filled hills," three inversions and a second launch through a dark tunnel that left me in awe as we reached speeds of 70 mph! Amazing. I think this is their newest among their roller coaster families.

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Raptor is one of the tallest and fastest inverted roller coasters in the world. Raptor let us ride in cars that are suspended from the track above. Our legs were dangling during the whole ride, providing the sensation of flight. We went upside down six amazing times! It's crazy, I know and we were seated in the front! It has the what they call "Cobra roll" which flipped us over, spiraled upside down into a 180-degree roll and repeated the twisting motion in reverse. It's tallest hill reaching 137 feet and reaching a top speed of 57 mph. Another cool thing about this ride is that you can actually buy a video of your whole ride.

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My last favorite is the Magnum XL-200! It is a traditional "out and back" coaster that features 5,106 feet of track that winds its way over Soak City and along the Lake Erie shoreline, which gave us an unparalleled view of the lake and the Cedar Point skyline. My favorite part in this ride are the tunnels which are dark inside so it makes you think "What's going on? I can't see!"

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We were actually lucky because the park was almost empty since they thought that it would rain today, but it didn't! So the expected long lines were unapparent that's why we had the chance to ride almost all the rides! We were there until 10PM which is the closing time of the park.

I so love roller coasters! It's just sad we only have Enchanted Kingdom in the Philippines. Pft!

I am so happy that the weather now here in Ohio's a lot hotter than the usual. Well, I think this is supposed to be the real weather now. I'll be leaving next week and the weather seems to agree that I should already leave. Hehehe.

I remember when I arrived in the airport, rain poured so badly. I don't know if it was a blessing or the weather actually didn't like me.

Since it's hot, I started wearing sleeveless shirts now but only inside the house. It is still cold outside but tolerably cold like the coldest weather you can experience in Baguio. Thanks to my aunt's house which was built to make the household comfortable, even if it's already 10 years old or more, but it's still modern and beautiful.

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Roller coaster photos were taken from Cedar Point.