Wednesday, December 15, 2004

iNtRoducing - Luigi

Praba (M) – Coach
Logan (M) – Chief Adjudicator
Me (Femme) – Jungle
Gin (M) – My debating teammate
Pam (Femme) – MMU 1
Licky (M) – Short for Way To Lick

Location : Philippines , Luigi’s Place

Reason : Debating competition and Promote Worlds MMU

Like in every society there are always the rich and the poor. Yet in Manila I see children running around begging on the streets.

Day 1 - Friday

OMG!!!Beer and death sticks are freaking cheap here. The gang + our host for today, Luigi drank and smoke atthe Shell petrol station. Lets pray hard that the death sticks do not cause an explosion. The Malaysians were pretty surprise that sunset happens at 6pm
Night: Got a fabulous dinner compliments from the De La Salle University (DLSU) people. Noticed that every restaurant that we went to had security guards. Later the gang head up to the pub. We found this really great pub that played 80’s music and the gang got smashed. The night ended with Praba, Logan ,Pam and Me staying over at Luigi’s place where as the rest of them were shipped off to Miguel’s place.

Day 2 – Saturday

I never was much of a morning person. We had breakfast with Luigi’s parents. I always knew I wasn’t into all these prim and proper stuff. I feel so tense. Breakfast was bacon, corned beef, cheese…nevermind I was never much of a breakfast person either and I had cereals without milk and 1 banana. Luigi’s mom is really nice.
Later on its off to debates. Considering the fact that Logan was the CA, well the debates can’t start until he gets there. Today is the day where I noticed what a contrast Manila is.
I didn’t do too well in the debates today mainly because I didn’t keep my head on plus the fact that I didn’t feel too confident about myself. I guess I should read up on current events but at times it does make me frustrated because there are so many things wrong in this world and there isn’t anything that I can do about it.
Night: We went over to Joel’s place to drink some more. Tried Tequila Rose and it taste like strawberry yogurt drink with a dash of alcohol. I like sweet liquor yum. I was a bit grumpy today because Gin and I didn’t make the break. We got 4 points out of 12 and I was really grumpy. That and the fact that I didn’t know where I was going to sleep for the night because Luigi got Pam’s and my bags in the car. I guess I couldn’t really blame him because he was only expecting Logan to stay over with him. We ended up sleeping at the same place again

Day 3 – Sunday

Woa I am pretty dazed most of the time. I think all the alcohol and ciggies is starting to take its toll on me. I seem to be either making up stuff or hearing people’s thoughts. Yea I know it doesn’t make sense but everything is so surreal. Today is the day where there was a certain guy who made remarks to a girl and she ended up getting upset. The thing is she asked for help from me but I didn’t know if what the guy said was true. Anyway there was a point where I felt that it went too far and it was derogatory to women in general and that got me pissed. The girl who is a Pilipino was upset coz the guy implied that they both had sex. Well she didn’t do anything with him and I guess she was in a fix because she couldn’t really defend herself. She said the last time that she “answered back” to the (same) guy she got reprimanded by the head. I guess its hard for me to explain this whole culture thing to a Caucasian guy. The rest of the day just got me in a weird mood. I didn’t really wanted to talk to anyone and I just felt grumpy the whole time.
Night : Yeap you guessed it drank some more. We went back to the same bar that we went to the first night but blardi hell this time they upped the price. We ended up holing in another bar.
Next thing I knew Joel (Luigi’s buddy) was saying that we be sleeping at his place tonight. At that point I didn’t really care anymore and I was irritated and frustrated because I was tired of feeling unsure of where I will be spending the night. Later I found out that Pam told Joel that it would be better if we just stick to the place. After all it would be our last night there. Well anyway we followed Joel back to his house and Luigi met us up. I was just wondering if I could drive his car and I just voiced it out jokingly and he actually let me drive it. Honestly I am touched and honored that he trusted me with his car. Still I got to admit it was pretty fun considering the fact that in Malaysia we drive on the right side of the road and they drive on the left side (or issit the other way round?) Found out that our host is a pretty good piano player too.
Went swim in the pool even though it is super chilly because I needed to de-stress.

Day 4 – Monday

Ahh… It feels like a Sunday morning. I feel so lazy. I was up pretty early because his mom came into the room and used the Internet. I ate breakfast and decided to take a walk around the neighborhood. The area is really nice and lovely though I did feel a little odd because people were looking and I didn’t really know how to react.
Logan had a cut on his knee and Luigi took him to the clinic. Pam followed along. The clinic was within his village (neighborhood) and we were supposed to play basketball but the court was occupied by badminton players and the doctor was out so its back to the house again. On the way back he offered to let me drive around his village and we went to another area where there were all these really huge mansions. I think most of the time I wasn’t really concentrating on the road cause I was looking at the houses. There was a cake house which isn’t much to see actually. I found the houses with Spanish influence pretty fascinating and there was a Californian house with a beach theme to it. I just drove around aimlessly and it was fun though this is the time when I feel I should be seated at the passenger street. I was looking for the ‘White House’ and Luigi directed the way. I think wao is the most overused word uttered by me for the day. It seems like Luigi is in a pretty good mood today until lunch time.

The gang stayed over at Luigi’s place last night. Everyone that is except Licky. Things were pretty tense at this point because it was close to 2:30 and Joel haven’t arrived yet. Logan was suppose to give a seminar or something like that and he was going to be late. When Joel arrived, he mentions something about some case presentation and that was when Luigi got pretty tense.
I don’t know why but I feel sad when I find out that people take weed to relax.

Met Willy who is Praba’s friend/ ex debating mate.
Had dinner and then its off to Greenhill for some shopping. We arrived pretty late and the stalls were starting to close. The interesting bit was when we all met up at the arcade call Time zone. I had a go at air hockey and I sucked but later on I ruled muahhahaha. I didn’t tell them that me and Wei Ling used to spend all our time at Intensity (arcade in 1 Utama) playing air hockey so I practically grew up with this. It really felt like high school again and it is really funny at times especially when the puck flies of the table. Had a go at Bishi Bashi which is another silly game that Wei Ling and I used to play. Other than that there was Daytona, Time Crisis 2 and House of the Dead. Sigh

Had my first taste of Zombie and it is good Slurp!!!

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