Filed under: love, personal | Tags: chicas, friends, secret island, summer, summer diary
It’s 5am and we are stuck in a parking lot. Well, not really a parking lot… More like NLEX. I never thought that leaving at 5am would be a really bad decision especially since I thought everyone would be leaving the day before Maunday Thursday! I was wrong and I was heartbroken (hahaha big deal!). But seriously, I was semi-torn into pieces because instead of the usual two hour drive, it took us almost four hours to get from Manila to Subic! It was cray cray on NLEX because not only were people all going to the province, but we encountered 2 accidents and 2 stalled trucks. WHUT. It would’ve been cool if I had been asleep like everyone else, but I was the designated driver. I felt like my butt had gone flat during the whole trip! I figured that the exit going to SCTEX would take forever, so I inched my way to the far most right and exited at Angeles. From there, it was a breeze! There’s an exit to SCTEX from there plus there weren’t any long lines at the toll. Oh yeah.
We have been calling our summer getaway the “Secret Island” because aside from the fact that it was Holy Week and that no matter what vacation spot you went to would be full during this time of the year, our “Secret Island” was always just for us. We don’t claim the area but the fact that most of the time it was just us and another group there, it made the island feel special. It felt like we had our own place to relax and it was our time away from reality. It always feels like a dream going there because you can have fun and actually enjoy your stay.
When we go to the island, we usually bring 3 cars and travel to the port of the boats. One small boat is usually for the stuff and the bigger boat is for the barkada. You have to bring the essentials when you go to the island because the only things there are huts for sleeping/chilling, bathrooms (tabo style) and electricity from 6-10 (if I’m not mistaken). So you have to bring all your food, drinks, plates etc. We even bring tents sometimes for extra room to sleep in. What I love about the island most are the nip a huts. They’re so big and you can even put up a hammock to rest in (which we all fight over haha).
Before going to the island, we make sure that we prepare one dish so that we don’t have to cook. Kain na lang agad just like a PG! Tats made some yummy adobo for the barkada. I love meal times on the island because it’s one of those moments where we’re all bonding. Some of us even share plates just for fun! When we run out of forks and spoons, we don’t eat like dogs. Oh, no. We eat with our hands! Hahaha! Ang sarap kaya mag kamay! Lalo na noong dinner na namin kasi liempo at grilled chicken yung ulam namin. Konting sawsaw dun sa toyo at kalamansi na may konting sili. We had planned on using banana leaves but we couldn’t find any so we just used these really big leaves we found on the island.
Aside from the mini-olympics we had this year, we decided to have a little friendly volleyball game. This wasn’t planned at all but it seemed like fun and I wanted to join in even though I’m not really the sporty kind of girl. Things I learned from this game:
1. I apparently know how to serve.
2. I’m afraid of the ball.
3. Move out of the way so you don’t get hit smack in the head by the ball.
4. Don’t just stand there.
6. Try not to get hit in the head again.
It was pretty fun! We lost the game though! It was girls/island residents versus the bekis/papables hahaha! How could they not win?! It was a close fight though. As you probably guessed, the ball did hit me. It fell on my head. BAM. HAHAHAHA. I was in total shock! Victor was laughing his head off and he didn’t know what to do because he felt bad for me but according to him it was just so freaking funny. MEH.
Let me just put it out there: the chicas are VAIN. We love photoshoots. We knew that the island would be a great opportunity for that especially since we had a really cool theme. After taking swim, I went into the hut and was shocked to see some of the chicas in full make up! Where you going girl? Haha! I decided to put on some eyeliner and mascara for the heck of it. Then I used a little bit of colored sunblock so that I could go along with the theme. I was too lazy to do the actual photoshoot so I just re-created my picture from my first trip to the island.
Another year of memories. Another year with the chicas. I love these guys and girls. I’m happy that we crossed paths during high school. Having a solid support group like my barkada is important. I know that no matter what, we’ll be there for each other. Madami mang issue, kapit kamay pa rin. They may not be my blood brothers and sisters, but we’re family from the heart. Always.
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