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Every year, my barkada (we call ourselves Chicas) goes out of town for some R&R. It’s pretty funny how everything started. Last 2010, my friend Tiffany was telling me that her mom wanted to go to Anawangin for the holiday. I went ahead and invited myself hahaha! It was a pretty chill trip because there was only about 10 of us. Six of the Chicas were there namely Denise, Brenda, Tiffany, Erin, Tats and I. Tiffany’s mom took care of everything from food to water and a place to rest AKA tents. It was pretty fun but once we got to Anawangin, it felt like a refugee camp!
The place was so crowded and there was a helluva of a line to the bathroom and I did not want to know what was going on up in there. We had brunch there and decided to go around but my friends were getting bothered that I was becoming more of a tourist attraction rather than all of us enjoying our supposed vacation. One of the guys that was maneuvering the bangkas told us that there was another island that we could go to that barely had any people.
We decided to go for it so that we could actually have some fun. Low and behold, we had the island all to ourselves. We took a bunch of pictures and lasted on one bottle of cheap red wine. Year after year, the summer getaway started getting bigger and bigger. The second year was pretty chill but once the third year came around, we started having a mini olympics. Pabongga ng pabongga ika nga.
The barkada was divided into two teams consisting of the black and yellow team. I was part of the black team and our first challenge was to make a costume out of feathers with your designated team color and crayons! We all got creative and started writing on our teammates faces and arms. While doing that, we had to make up a cheer. Barahan to the highest level ang nangyari noong cheering portion! Ours was short and simple and that’s probably why we won (and because all the guys were on our team na bet ng mga beki *wink* *wink*).
The real challenge though was the games. Aside from the physical games, the beki-council decided to have games with beki lingo. Ooooopsieeee! We were screwed. Not only did we have a bunch of guys on our team that didn’t know anything beki, we had a foreigner on our team. We had a Pinoy Henyo Beki version which was hilaaaaarious! Our team had words like tegi, merlat, jilaw, shintuan. Guess what was even funnier? The guys were the ones that guessed most of our correct answers (alam na hahaha)! Well I guess it’s a good thing we were stuck in traffic on the way to Subic and one of our friends decided to review us. Apparently, there are so many rules for speaking in gay lingo. Using “j” and “sh” have their own rules. One of our guy friends was practicing beki language and said “majal” so proudly. We were laughing so hard because we only realized later on that he meant “mahal”! We of course taught him the different beki terms for “mahal” like “mahalia” or “taj mahal” or “mahorlika”. Kahit nga gawa-gawa lang eh pwedeng pwede na daw haha!
Our team had an advantage with the physical games because we had a bunch of guys with us. There was one game where we had a relay challenge and we had to run from one point to another. I wanted to be fast but the sand was just so hot and slippers weren’t an option! I went to my bag to get socks to protect me from the “witchikelly bambini cologne summer fresh” sun. By the way, that means “hot”! Running in a bikini while wearing socks? I wonder how I looked. Hahaha!
Another fun beki game was charades. This was probably my most favorite game of the day because it was the tie breaker. We were all so nervous because it was DO or COOK ALL THE FOOD AND CLEAN UP. Losing meant being the cook for all the meals and nobody wanted to do so. To play the game, you had to pick out a piece of paper and on it would be the movie you would have to interpret. The catch? The movie was written in beki term and you had to describe it charades style. The good thing was, you could answer in english. Kawawa ka nga lang kung hindi mo naiintindihan yung movie. It was my turn and this was the round to see it we would win. The yellow team had one miss and we had none. If I won this round, we would win the game and the whole tournament, meaning, we wouldn’t have to cook. I pull out that piece of paper and stare at it. NYORLENT HILL. Two words! English! First word! *puts hand to mouth as it silencing people*. SILENT HILL!!!! Buzzer goes off and we win!!!!!
Ok now time to swim because it’s so freaking hottah hottah!
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