Monday, September 16, 2013

10 Years of M.U.

Nalampasan ko na ang phase na “Bakit hindi ka crush ng crush mo?”. Nasa ibang level na ako ng kahibangan. Alam niyo na rin na ako ay isang secret admirer. Sa buwan na ito ay ipinagdiriwang natin ang isang dekada ng aking “Undeclared Undying Secret Love”.



Sa mga nagsabing inconsistent daw ako (Senyor isa ka na dun, hehehe...), well nagkamali sila. At least sa pagiging martyr sa pag-ibig consistent ako.

Ladies and gentlemen, a cheers para sa isang dekada na M.U. (Mag-isang Umiibig).

Ngayon ko lang naisip mag celebrate. Bagong trip ito. Nag dinner ako sa isang restaurant. Surprised ang maitre d’ dahil nakabihis ako at walang date. “Table for one, please”. Taas ang kilay ni kuya.

Kahit mga waiter at ibang clients nakatingin.

I smiled to say, “No, I wasn’t stood up by someone. I’m perfectly healthy and I have a sound mind so please stop staring!”. Of course, in a polite manner siyempre, hehehe!

Nagkita kami recently lang kaya siguro ganito ang mood ko. Siyempre hindi niya alam na anniversary namin. Hahaha!

Bakit ko nga ba pinatagal pa ng ganito? Kung siguro sinabi ko pa noon eh malalagay lang ako sa “No Zone”. At least sa “Friend Zone” eh matatabihan ko pa siya, makakausap at mahahawakan.

I remember what the Bible said about love (oo, nagbabasa din ako niyan), that love is patient (1 Corinthians 13). The description began by saying Love is patient. In other translations it says “long-suffering”.

Ganun nga siguro ang pag-ibig, kahit anong sakit ang aking naranasa, mananatili ka na magmamahal, kahit sarili ko na ang niloloko ko. Titiisin mo ang kahit anong kalagayan, kahit makita mo silang naghahalikan pa sa harap mo. Wala kang magagawa. Magisa kang umiibig.

Long-suffering. Kaya ko ‘yan. Nakasampung taon nga ako eh. Hindi naman ako duwag. Hindi ako takot na sabihin sa’yo ang totoo. Takot lang ako na kapag sinabi ko na eh mawala ka na ng tuluyan sa buhay ko. Pero di bale na. Siguro para matigil na ang kahibangan na ito ay napapanahon na aminin ko na sa’yo ang lahat. Kaunti pang tiis kasi dapat nasa tamang timing din. Kaya humanda ka. Hehehe!

Matitiis ko siguro kung itatakwil mo ako. Tatanggapin ko iyon kaysa makita mismo ng aking mga mata ikaw na lumalakad patungo sa altar at mapasama sa iba.


Masaya na ako ng ganito- mag-isang umiibig. Sa dinami-dami ng aking nakilala, ikaw lang talaga ang natripan ko. Pasensya na kung ako ay nagmahal. Aalis din naman ako. Malapit na.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Tuscan Escapade- A Trip to the Middle Ages

I’m so fond of the peace and simplicity of Tuscany. I think it’s beautiful and it’s a real luxury to be immersed in history, gastronomic excellence, and the beautiful scenery. Dulot na rin ito ng aking dugong probinsyano.

Natuliro na rin ako sa trabaho kaya naisipan kong tumakas muna sa lahat ng ito at mag road trip papunta sa mga nearby towns. Isang trip sa Tuscan wine trail, o yung mga nearby towns na nagpo-produce ng wines- San Gimignano at Volterra

Late post na nga ito eh. This is the time when I sent postcards to some bloggers.

First stop- San Gimignano.

Ok, don't shoot and drive, unless gagong driver ka tulad ko! Hehehe!

Early traveler, on my way to San Gimignano
The original plan was to go to Cortona, pero nagbago isip ko.

Cypress trees are everywhere in the Tuscan landscape
Parang sa Teletubbies- nasan si Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Lala at Po?


Para sa lahat na mga lasingero na may class (weh!) San Gimignano is famous for its white wine- La Vernaccia di San Gimignano. 

Vineyards

Para sa mga movie buffs, ito ang naging location ng movie “Tea with Mussolini” and Franco Zeffirelli’s film “Brother Sun, Sister Moon”.

Anyway, if you want to have an idea of how the Middle Ages in Europe looked like, this is one of the best towns in Italy to visit. Medieval palaces and streets are well preserved, so as their culinary traditions, art and culture.

Main entrance to the town

During the summer, the streets are full of tourists from all parts of Europe
A wine shop
The town has a wine museum for wine-lovers and for people who want to learn more about wines






Sikat na sikat ito noong unang panahon dahil sa mga towers niya. It was like New York or Dubai of the Middle Ages dahil sa mga matataas na towers niya na parang skyscrapers noong unang panahon.


Here's one of the typical medieval palaces of the town. It's centuries old and located at the Piazza del Duomo, right in front of the cathedral


The Cathedral





Medieval skyscrapers
The Piazza della Cisterna- ang nag-iisang balon ng town



Inside the Comune, ito yung mga coat-of-arms ng mga influential families or guilds noong unang panahon. They were the rulers and principal financial sponsors ng town. Ngayon mga political parties na at mga baboy sa gobyerno
This is the house of St. Fina, the patron saint of San Gimignano. According to legend, dito daw siya tumira. At the age of 10 nagkasakit siya at naging bed-ridden. She refused to lie on a comfortable bed, at pinili pa niya na mahiga sa isang kahoy na kama. Kilala siya sa kanyang devotion kay Mary at sa kanyang humility at kindness sa lahat ng tao. Bago siya mamatay, nagkaroon siya ng isang vision ng isang saint predicting the date of her death, March 12. Matapos mailibing ang katawan niya, may mga tumubo daw na violets sa bahay niya. Hanggang ngayon ay makikita pa rin ang mga violets na ito sa San Gimignano.



If there's something holy, there's also something slutty here, hehehe! In the Middle Ages streets were named after the business trades, activities or historical landmarks you can find in that particular location. Halimbawa, ang street ng via dei Strozzi was named after the powerful Strozzi Family who lived in that area, ang street ng via dei Fabbri ay ang street na kung saan makikita ang workshops ng mga blacksmiths. I found this very particular street. 


This is the Via delle Vergini, Street of the Virgins. Hmmm.... makes you wonder if they were really virgins at all. Hehehe (tawang manyak)!

For me, the best restaurant here is the Mandragola, one of the few Italian restaurants that have superbly preserved the traditional Tuscan cuisine. No photos of the resto though. I was too hungry, and too busy devouring the bountiful lunch before me.

The next stop, Volterra. 



Kung Twilight fan kayo, you will know na Volterra ay isa sa mga location na pinanggalingan ng mga kumukutitap na bampira, although sa movie, ang ginamit nilang town ay Montepulciano yata. Anyway, Volterra is another interesting place to visit.

The town’s street has some sort of a labyrinthine setting kaya nung pauwi na ako eh hindi ko na matandaan kung saan ako nag park ng sasakyan. This is actually my second time to visit the town, and the same thing happened before. Mas nahirapan ako magikot dahil mag-isa ako sa trip na ito, hindi tulad nung una beses na may travelling companion ako.

Maliit na nga ang town eh nawala pa ako, pero ito ang sumalubong sa akin. Ancient ruins ng Roman theatre at ang Porta dell’Arco, ancient entrance during the Etruscan civilization.

The Roman Theatre
The ancient Etruscan gate
Typical Tuscan stone house

At walang vampire sa lugar na ito! 

That's all for now. If you got bored, well, sorry pero ganitong klaseng travelling ang trip ko, yung kind na meron pa akong librong "The Nerd's Guide to...", ganun. Hehehe!

Hay, sarap balikan! Now, balik trabaho muna.



Monday, September 09, 2013

The Talented Mr. Ripley and I

Hindi nako magsusulat pa ng review about the book. Meron na din naming film nito noon. But I would like to share some parts I liked about the book. Especially yung thoughts ni Tom Ripley. We do share the same views. Though I’m not the murderous type. He’s too hedonistic, ambitious and greedy. I’m a little bit hedonistic, a little bit ambitious, and a little bit greedy. And we both love Italy.



“…even if they had enough money for a Madison Avenue bar or a good restaurant now and then, how dull it all was compared to the worst little trattoria in Venice with its tables of green salads, trays of wonderful cheeses, and its friendly waiters bringing you the best wine in the world.”

“He loved possessions, not masses of them, but a select few that he did not part with. They gave a man self-respect. Not ostentation but quality, and the love that cherished the quality. Possessions reminded him that he existed, and made him enjoy his existence. It was as simple as that. And wasn’t that worth something? He existed. Not many people in the world know how to, even if they had the money. It really didn’t take money, masses of money, it took a certain security.”


That’s all for now. Ciao!