in which i commemorate being thisclose…

…to ending the first half of the year 2009 with pictures i have long promised to share with you guys but never have. until now. sorry gyud na bahaw na ning uban. pero kaon lang gihapon, or tan-aw, or basa, or whatever because this metaphor is not working anymore. 🙂

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JUNE 10: The Lion King with Ate and Mama


Saw The Lion King musical in Sacramento with Mama and Ate Freya. Three words: Pretty darn entertaining. We weren't allowed to take pictures inside the theater, so you'll have to make do with this shot instead.

JUNE 6: Lunch with my Lapalala Friends
My friend Manu, who's a game designer for EA, just finished his latest project (Sims 3, which was launched last June 2) and we wanted to celebrate. So Alnie, Arman, and I headed over to Manu's pad for some good ol' conversation, a little bit of gaming, and of course, lunch: Manu prepared an entire Indian menu, I brought sparkling cider, and Alnie and Arman got ice cream from Mitchell's (p.s. Nalingaw ko sa Mitchell's kay they also had flavors like langka, ube, macapuno, and even halo-halo; later found out from their website that they get most of their fresh ingredients from the Pinas; since I wanted to try something new, I got myself a cone of Thai Tea and Lucuma–omigod, ice cream heaven).

MAY 22-23: Boating with Mackie and Lieza
Before his weekend of debauchery on a houseboat, Mackie stopped by Davis to spend some time with his boring non-alcohol consuming friend (me). In return, I had him drive me to the welcome dinner for the Sison Family Reunion at Tita Mitzi's house. After eating our fill, Mackie, my cousin Chris, and I left the party to watch the new Star Trek, which is so good I'm going to resist making fun of the Trekkies in this post. Or not. The next day, Mackie and I went boating (paddle boating and canoeing) at the country club where I have a membership (apil na sa akong room rental). My friend, Lieza, joined us. Because exercise is pointless if you don't follow it up by eating something fatty, we ended up having a quick snack at a taqueria (I had a horchata, which was pretty good) and eating some ice cream I made earlier in the day (watch out Mitchell's!).

Mirror ImageMackie's Fields of Gold MomentPaddle Boating 1Paddle Boating 2Canoeing in the Lake

MAY 22-25: Sison Family Reunion
Dancing, drinking, drama. They should just get those trashy Kardashians off the air and film the Sisons instead. Ayayay. Pics and videos are up on Multiply.

APRIL 18: Picnic Day
UC Davis students' annual excuse to start drinking at 9 in the morning. Oh, and parade the farm animals and bikes of course. Spent this day with the Chapmans: Ate Freya, Adam's sister, Angie, and the kids, Eric Anthony, Nathan and Alyssa. Highlights of the day include seeing some of the biggest dogs ever and eating deep-fried snickers. Pictures are here and I also posted videos of the parade, the Mondavi Symphony and ice cream (of course!) made from liquid nitrogen  (here and here).

APRIL 4: Dinner with my Comm. grad friends
After Mackie's objections and Andrew's protests, finally, nakakaon na gyud ko sa Hooters, a place where grown men bring their 12-year old sons to eat (I kid you not—we must've seen at least 3 father-son diners in that place). The food was okay, but a little underwhelming, the view even more so (I guess orange shorts and hooters just don't do it for me). The fried pickles were good, though, which is something I never thought I'd say in my life, me not being overly fond of pickles (strange that each of my posts so far always seem to include some mention of food).

Heewon, Tae, & PomMarko, Kelly, & AndrewMarko & KellyMichelle, Me, & CandiceGroup Shot

APRIL 3-4: SMS Mini Reunion
Among laag-laag uban ni Isra na nalagpot sa Bay Area adtong April. Hung out with Isra, Joanna, Sho-sho, Sho's husband, Jake, fellow St. Marian's, Sean Thommes and Jedi, Joanna's brother, and some of Sho's friends. We toured Isra around San Francisco, had dinner at Gerry's Grill, and then hung out at Sho's house till 6 in the morning (feeling high school lang gihapon bisag tigulang na). In the morning, we were joined by Brian Cagadas, Mabelle, and Mabelle's daughter, Yvanna. I had to split at 8 a.m. to meet my mom and join my Comm. friends (see above) but despite the 2 hours of sleep and hangover, it was the most fun I've had in ages. I know they're never going to read this blog but thanks everyone! Gi mingaw gyud ko sa high school. You guys are the best (and this includes, of course, the people reading this blog). Pics with Isra are over here.

MARCH 3: Hanging out with Lesley
Lesley Docdocil visited me in Davis and we went out for Thai food at Sophia's and caught a movie, Confession of a Shopaholic, which is an okay movie (thanks to Isla Fisher) based on a really crappy book (sorry Sophie Kinsella but "Confessions.." was one of the worst books I read last summer, along with the four equally horrendous books in the Twilight series).

JANUARY 3-4: Tahoe Trip

The Docdocils were kind enough to let me tag along on their trip to Tahoe, post-New Year. I am not a big fan of the cold but the snow-covered slopes of Tahoe sure were pretty. Highlights of this trip include 1) having my picture taken with Elvis (wahahaha), 2) Mackie getting caught spying on a drag queen, 3) learning how to photoshop this and this, and 4) sledding down part of a hill (or something equally puny). Pictures are also up on my Multiply page.

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