True to the weather bureau's announcement re: the official end of the summer season on Friday, it was rainy over the weekend with the exit of typhoon "Chedeng" but then not even that could have stopped this outing--have I mentioned it was nearly a couple of months in the making?--from happening.
Also: Can you believe I've known these guys for more than 10 years? (Think I was crazy in college? Blame these guys LOL)
|Wet and wild, from L-R: Day, Danica, Me, Gino, Carlo, Eiven, Mary.|
Under cut: Epic outing that capped this epic summer. And, as with all crazy events, I have no pictures of the portions that really mattered. Haha. Next time I go to a high school reunion with these folks, remind me to bring a tape recorder instead.
Left Makati quarter to seven on Saturday morning to meet Carlo and Gino, who picked me up from that fastfood complex near Madrigal in Alabang around 8:30 a.m. Started convoy at Petron near Alabang Town Center when Mary arrived around 9:30 a.m. with Danica and Day and little boss Eiven.
Made a stopover at Robinson's in Tagaytay, where the gang bought necessities (like alcohol and chips LOL at nga pala, tubig) then Gino took over driving duties from Mary. Back in our car, Day, Carlo and I discussed the refined rules of convoy, among other things.
We arrived in our rented house in Calatagan around lunch time, after more or less three hours on the road. It was a charming old house with two floors, a third-floor loft, three rooms and three bathrooms in all. It also had a pool and was a three-minute walk away from a nearby beach, but then due to the weather, it was generally just nice to lounge in the pool and sit around the dining table, eating chips and drinking beer and listening to music from the 90s and laughing every fifteen seconds.
|Yes, it's an old house. Yes, it got a bit creepy at times. Especially at night. And while you're showering. Haha. Whatever, we had an awesome time nevertheless. Check out those HUGE WINDOWS, man.|
|The pool. Deepest point? 8 feet. WHAT. Also: Loved the small cave detail right there. Para nga naman di mabasa ng ulan hahaha.|
|Absolutely cozy interiors.|
|The sea in the middle of the downpour. Obviously, it's not a commercial beach. Needs a cleanup.|
|Mandatory beach photo with Mary, Day, Danica and Eiven.|
|Party in the kitchen! Check out the boys getting their Iron Chef on.|
After washing dishes post-dinner we ended up around the pool drinking and laughing at the boys' giant grilled sausages (it's not as dirty as it sounds -- but yeah, maybe it is LOL) and then we went in when it got too cold. Sitting ourselves around the dining table we proceeded to drink until all the beers were gone. We bought a case and then there were only three of us -- the two boys and me -- who were drinking. LOL. We finished sometime around 3 a.m.
We talked about, predictably, girls and sex and other unfortunate events, and of course, that staple replaying of hilarious high school scenarios, from girls once courted (LOL giant teddy bears and never talking to the girl again) to crazy teachers. That inuman in five keywords: Octopus, Toll gate, Duty Free, Sean Connery, Flores*. Hahaha.
I woke around 8 and found Mary cooking breakfast. Woke the others, who ate their breakfast before going back to sleep haha. Took another dip in the pool, then showered, then had lunch, then left the place around 2 p.m., still in Carlo's car with Day. Then the switch again at Robinson's, then the boys drove me to Metropolis in record speed. I was back in Makati by 7 p.m. Good job, you guys.
|Pool with the girls! Danica, me, Day, Mary.|
|The breakfast table. L-R: Carlo, Gino, Danica, Day, Mary.|
* My apologies for being cryptic. It's for your own good. Haha.