Almost Missed.

Posted in the midst of Unraveled Thoughts by Tinay on November 5, 2009

For this year and for some clearly irrational reasons, I initially planned to skip the All Souls’ Day holiday and stay in the city.  Normally, the family would spend it down at Dalaguete and such decades-old tradition has not been broken so far. So when my sister chose to turn down the call of the ritual to prepare for her upcoming exams, I thought that was my chance to do so as well. But really, I was still quite unsure at the thought of it since I personally didn’t know how I would be spending the weekend. 

The morning before taking off, my dad somehow sweet-talked me into going since he said I wouldn’t be able to do much here while they’re out. Fine, he caught me right there. I hate it when he makes some sense. So I hurriedly packed a weekend’s worth of clothing, in the hopes that the anticipated change of atmosphere would do me some good. 


Here are some of the highlights on how I spent the last leg of the break in Dalaguete.

1. I got a good glimpse of the vacation spot they’ve been developing up the mountains, and the view from the top was breathtaking!



2. We scoured through my grandparent’s old cabinet to find out some of their children’s (thus, my mom and her siblings) medals, letters, black and white photos and old Philippine bills! Haha. Of course, we didn’t tell my grandmother because it would get her even crankier. =p


I tried rotating it for better viewing, but it changes back once it's posted. Sorry. =p


 3. To commemorate All Souls’ Day, we went to the cemetery where my cousin was laid and I got to appreciate the place even more. His remains were about 10 feet away from a ravine so you could get to see some thriving greens and a few houses down below. The sun was scorching, but the gush of wind was soothing.



4. I tried my reckless hands on flower arrangement and I feel I have gotten myself a new skill! Though I pricked my fingers a couple of times, it couldn’t replace my newly discovered inner green thumb!


5. Sunday afternoon, I helped prepare for the children’s Halloween party to be held the following day, which my cousin had organized for about 200 kids. Trying to complete one pabitin is a million times harder than its snagging and pulling fate. And how could I forget? The site of my niece and nephews sweating out to help in the arrangements were even too sweet for words! The next generation seems promising. Haha=)


 6. I woke up at 6.30AM that Monday to continue helping with the preparations. EVERYONE from my parents to the staff all joined forces to make this event a sure winner! We got to the place, which was the Obong Elementary School at around 8.40 and were greeted by about 150 or so seated kids with their guardians.


 7. Another wave of artistry has gotten to me again. I tried my luck at face painting some of the kids and they love my SPIDERS! Haha. I remember one short conversation I had with a kid: 

Kid: Spiderman ako-a.

Tinay: Ha? Di man ko kahibaw mu draw ug spiderman. Spider nalang pud. Pareha sa iya (points to the previous kid)

Kid Nods.

Tinay: Kung ganahan ka akong dak-on. Para murag scorpion!

Dun dun dun dunnnnnnn.



8. My art-infested self was dominating that day. I grabbed my cousin’s camera while she was busy and snapped some photos trying to catch some “picture-perfect” moments. Perhaps it’s high time I consider this a probable hobby.




9. Seeing hundreds of kids as well as their moms forget whatever troubles they were dealing with at the expense of half a day of your vacation and shortened sleeping hours? Priceless. 



I am certainly not regretting my change of mind! The 3-day stay in the province indeed has done a lot for me and I can’t believe I was about to miss all of it! Can’t wait for the next one.


How did you end your sembreak?


Laughs. Loves. And Last Minute Hurrah. 


Credits to Dr. Jemela Anne Osorio-Sanchez for most of the photos. 


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  1. reina said, on November 6, 2009 at 8:11 PM

    love it tin 🙂

    • Tinay said, on November 10, 2009 at 11:21 AM

      Thanks Rei! By the way, the Phoebo told me about what happened to you. Hope you’re okay na!! =)

  2. ate anne said, on November 7, 2009 at 7:54 PM

    beautiful tinay, beautiful

    • Tinay said, on November 10, 2009 at 11:27 AM

      Weeee! Nagmana ra sa imo Ate Anne!! Thanks for letting me play with your cam all the time! Haha.

  3. Noelle Dotillos said, on November 8, 2009 at 12:17 PM

    Ka fun oi. 🙂 Lingaw kau ang mga kids!
    Naaaaks Tin. Pwede na!
    I like the tsinelas photo! Also the photo after the kid eating spag. Haahaaa!

    • Tinay said, on November 10, 2009 at 11:24 AM

      Haha, thanks Noe! I saw some of your photos pud! And pro na jud ka! =)

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