#14 of 1001 Awesome Things: Girl Best Friends

September 2, 2017
Disclaimer: At this point, I am surrendering to the fact that I cannot do this writing challenge every day, but I will finish this 1001 Awesome Things project (trust me!). I am already lagging 6 posts since the “Free Starbucks Drink” post so it would be difficult for me to catch up)

Girl Best Friends
 
She was wearing a red cap, a black shirt, a brown skirt and a pair of brown shoes. Then I realized I was wearing the same colors. It’s either we looked like we were a couple or we were twins. Rica and I craved for Thai food and we decided to meet and eat at a local Thai restaurant today.  
 
Rica is my officemate. I was intimidated by her during her first day at work. She was quiet but strong. But when I had the chance to know her more, she was a nice girl. We even pretended to be in a relationship to make fun of our older office mates or to protect her from a creepy stalker
 
I have had girl best friends since God knows when. I remember my first girl best friend back in 2nd Grade and her name was Anne. We started out as enemies. I borrowed her notebook to write an important note (or to doodle a stick figure of a boy). I tore out the page and I got terrified that all the pages were removed from the bind. I wasn’t able to reason out because she saw what happened. Her favorite pink Barbie doll notebook was ruined. She was angry. After a couple of days and constant peace offerings, we became best friends. Today, she’s my personal doctor. I usually call her for everything that is happening in my body. Her favorite color now is purple and no longer pink. 
 
Anne and I went to the same highschool, but because she was a smartass, she was sorted to a higher section. Though we were still friends and she was irreplaceable, I had this bond with a weird girl in high school. Her name was Jess. We developed this friendship after a scary incident in school where she suddenly screamed and passed out during a Social Studies class about exorcism and the paranormal. Some of her friends claimed that during our freshmen year, they tried to play the spirit of the coin. Curious, I asked Jess what happened. “I don’t know what happened. I just passed out.” We became friends after that incident. The scary event did not happen again though I had to blame her for the sleepless nights I had because of it. 
 
Jessica and I did some pretty cool things together. While people were either reading science books or playing basketball, we were collecting dead insects and secretly investigating some school issues as if we were Nancy Drew and Joe/Frank Hardy. I remember the voice tape she took when I failed to attend our school’s stargazing activity. She asked our other friends to talk to the recorder as if I was there. After the event, she visited our house and gave the tape to me.  
 
But of course, college happened. Jessica and I went to different schools. We grew apart. We changed. But I have to admit that I was glad I had a friend like Jess who challenged me to be myself and to be weird. 
 
I have had girl best friends after that. Danielle, who I started to call Big Sister became my comfort zone during my first year in college. She was three years older than me so I usually come to her for wisdom and advice. When Danielle chose the night class over our usual morning class, Vanity became my constant companion. She was bubbly, pretty, wild and a party girl. She usually tells me to have fun while I am young. We were opposites but we had fun together. When I shifted a course and tried to audition for our university’s theatre organization,  I met Jogs. She was there to encourage me to show my talents. She was also adventurous so we traveled together, even after college. 
 
Hope you will not find this a sexist post, but every guy should at least have a girl best friend in his lifetime.  
Do you have a girl best friend? Share your stories below!
Featured Photo: Doctor Who and Rose Tyler of the longest running British TV Series Doctor Who. This is the best best friendship goals ever.
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You will understand the face of confusion when you have a girl best friend. They’re the wisest and the most strategic beings ever.
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#9 of 1001 Awesome Things: 90s Technology Conversations with Fellow 90s Kids

August 27, 2017

90s kids around the world cannot stop talking about the 90s. Being proud of ones era is probably a common (ego) thing just like how my Dad brags about the music and disco of the 80s and how my grandpa talks about the pre-war of the 40s

Earlier this night, my friends and I talked about technology in the 90s. We all experienced the same things but we just love to hear each other’s stories about growing up during the pre-Facebook,  pre-Youtube and pre-Wikipedia era.Here are 10 of my favorite topics/stories:
  1. My friend told us that his mom would reprimand him each time the computer lags as if it was all his fault. She would tell him to value his father’s sacrifices abroad as a seaman just to buy a computer for the family. In the 90s, a computer set costs a fortune.
  2. Can you still remember the first time you saw porn online in the 90s?
  3. My grandma would always ask me to turn off the internet so that she can call her friends. In the 90s, you cannot use the net and the phone at the same time.
  4. I also remember when Yahoo Messenger was your Facebook Messenger, Tinder, Email and Omegle wrapped into one. I wonder if people still use YM nowadays? I also remember Yahoo Chatrooms, Yahoo Groups and Yahooligans. A month ago, I already moved my work email from Yahoo to Gmail because the latter was faster. I am still a fan of Flickr though. Is Yahoo gonna die soon?
  5. My friend shared to us that during high school, they have typing classes…using a typewriter.
  6. I was the IT Club president in High School because I was way ahead of my classmates…in using MS Powerpoint. Back then, Microsoft Office was a complex subject and was part of the curriculum.
  7. Prank Calls using a real phone and a random number from the White Pages is a real 90s pastime. I usually do this with my cousins almost every week. We stopped when the caller ID was invented.
  8. During the early 2000s, which was still considered as 90s by 90s kids, Imesh and burning CDs became a thing. During my sophomore year in High School, I had a summer job at this sole Dial Up Internet provider in the city. My job was to burn music CDs for the employees. My salary was an unlimited internet password for our dial up connection at home.
  9. The rolling ball of the mouse, the huge and heavy monitor with an extra Anti-UV screen and the lack of USB port in the CPU.
  10. Encarta Encyclopedia!

 

What’s your favorite 90s story about technology? Comment below. 

Featured Photo: Pedestrian Lane at Shell Gas Station, Marisol, Pampanga, Philippines.

#7 of 1001 Awesome Things: When a Friend Survives a Tragic Accident

August 25, 2017

“I was asleep for five days. People around me thought I was in a coma”, he said. John, a former trainee at our office, shared what happened to him after his motorcycle accident last January

 

“Wow. Five days! How does it feel?”, I asked. I remembered how it felt when I had an endoscopy. I was asleep for 3 hours but it only felt like I just closed my eyes for a minute. 

 

“It seemed like I only slept for a day”, he said. 

 

“Cool. Have you seen a dead loved one?”

 

“No I didn’t. But I saw my ex-girlfriend.” I laughed. It seemed like he already killed her in his mind. John was a joker without him realizing it. He was too innocent to notice or he was charmingly tactless. 

 

“Then what happened?”

 

“I am not sure if I was awake or if I was asleep. When I woke up, the pretty ICU nurse told me that I was courting her and according to her, I even asked for her number.” 

 

We were all laughing. He added that the nurse was still texting him and he thinks that she likes him. 

 

It’s nice to hear from him again despite his dislocated joints and a foot long scar on his stomach area. It was awesome that he survived death and that was undoubtedly something to be thankful for. 

 

Before he left the office, he said to us, “I told my doctor that God gave me a second life because I still have a mission. My mission in life now is to finally look for a wife. With that, I promised God that I will go to church every Sunday.”

 

Oh my God. He’s really back.

Featured Photo: DJ’s Motorcycle, Jogjakarta, Indonesia, October 2014. 

#5 of 1001 Awesome Things: Convenience Stores

August 23, 2017

 

I had a very tiring but productive day today. Because I felt the need to reward myself, I invited my office mates to eat our stress away and to do some after work gossips over Mcdonald’s BFF Fries

 

After our dinner at Mcdonalds, we went to this convenience store at a nearby gas station. The place was cozy like other convenience stores at gas stations, except those you find in expressways. They serve cheap pizza and 20 peso coffee where you can drink at a very comfortable sofa. They even have a free wifi! People don’t stay at gas stations longer than  20 minutes so the human count will always be minimal. I started to think that this will be a better alternative to Starbucks.    

 

I have a thing with convenience stores. Maybe this was brought by accumulated fun convenience store stories in the past. 

 

I remembered that sole 711 franchise at North Luzon Expressway when I was a kid. My cousin Gino had an upset stomach so we went to this gas station nearby with a 711. That was my first convenience store experience. It actually felt “first world” during that era. 

 

I also had this phase of staying at a 711 branch near a University in Angeles City to observe people as they enter and exit the store. Like any other convenience stores, most of the people are in a hurry. I wonder where they will go after buying a bag of ice or a box of condoms or a pack of gummy bears? I usually do this fun activity while drinking a cup of cheap hazelnut coffee. 

 

I also had fun convenience store experiences outside the country. I remembered when I was in Japan that I waited for 10 pm to buy a bento box in 711 because it’s cheaper than the 9 pm box. In Indonesia, I bought a very cold energy drink at Indo Maret and told a person I just met that the drink was BTS (Better than Sex). We ended up talking about sex after that. During our last night in Korea, my ex-GF and I counted our last coins and almost begged for money just to buy a Samgak and an instant Ramyun for dinner at CU Mart

 

I have waited a lot of people in convenience stores, too. Waiting for friends, families, and lovers. Convenience stores became the most common rendezvous for Filipinos aside from a Jollibee branch. It’s cold, comfortable and clean.

 

We all have plenty of convenience store stories. What’s your favorite? Please share below. I want to hear from you! 

Featured Photo: Bonjour Convenience Store, Maimpis, City of San Fernando, Philippines, August 23, 2017