I am not sure how the title sounds, but it seemed apt to what we exactly did one Saturday evening. We have been seeing beautiful photos of the City of Manila at night making the rounds in social media. This crawl had been long overdue, but, despite the quarantine and working from home, we did not have much time.
Well, we finally did it with our trusted 25kph max e-scooters. Our first stop, chase the sunset at Manila Bay.
Manila Bay does not look that filthy from here
From our place it took only around 15 minutes to go there. We haven’t been this close to the sea for more than a year. While Manila Bay is not exactly a beach resort, seeing see birds, a floating restaurant, boulders, and seawater was a welcome respite.
Disclaimer: I had to remove my face mask ONLY for this photo. Yes, I wore the same thing as my last post!
There were a couple of families who were there. I thought 16 year old kids are not allowed to be outside because of the quarantine protocols. But I don’t blame them. It has been a very long movement restriction in the Philippines and kids may not be handling this very well. We even allowed Brie to drop us off back to the apartment last New Year — the farthest she had been since being at home since March 2020.
This was my first time to see Manila Bay’s famous sunset
On the other hand, I was most excited to see the sunset. I realized that I have never seen the Manila Bay sunset, despite growing up in Metro Manila. Shocking.
It’s Sunday and we had to visit my family where we had to be picked up in Cubao after a 30-minute scooter ride from Makati. We used to get “lost” navigating the streets of Metro Manila, but within those times we had to use our e-scooter from from work to Makati, or home in Marikina to Makati post the November 2020 disaster, we fairly know the streets we have to traverse to get from point A to B.
I usually use a nondescript/non-logo bag for these “long distance” rides, but I haven’t used this Mulberry Trout since I learned how to move around the city in our scooter. And speaking of Mulberry, I never got the chance to put here these big-ass Mulberry bags.
Going around with our electric scooter
In June 20, 2016, I wrote about how I have long since wanted a Mulberry Piccadilly, which I had originally expressed in a Tumblr post from May 2012. But it has been actually since 2018 when I got my first Piccadilly! I also bought this from a trusted eBay seller here in Manila, from whom I previously got a Balenciaga Men’s Day. I even brought this Piccadilly to Taiwan in 2018.
On the other hand, I got the black Piccadilly from another local seller in 2019, where I had to haggle hard in person just to get it. Despite this, I could say that Mulberry has fallen off the fashion radar, and it has not been that noisy in the last few years since Emma Hill left in 2013.
A pair of Mulberry Piccadilly bags
A KPop post! The last time I wrote something on this topic was in 2014 for 2NE1’s concert here in Manila.
I was supposed to re-read an intro to International Relations, but the pull of YouTube was just too much. One thing led to another and, poof, it became Koko Krunch! Not to mention I was really enjoying this 2-week old bluetooth headphones that Mon gave me last Christmas.
Seriously speaking, somehow YouTube’s algorithm knows I am to open something KPop again. Here’s the thing, I’ve been MIA in the KPop scene as of late. I was still as bitter as mid-2014 when Bom’s drug scandal was overblown by the netizens and I knew that it would entail a lot of damage control for YG to address that issue. But despite best efforts (or not!), it was an inevitable outcome they would disband.
Me, randomly watching 2NE1’s 2015 MAMA performance at 2 am. Look at what was also posted on the wall. 🙂
When Bom eventually released new material in, well, the spring of 2019, I bought the whole thing from iTunes. No illegal downloading whatsoever. That was how excited I was.
Before New Year, I had to kick myself off from holiday mode and start working on some of my school deliverables. Graduate school is a challenge, I mentioned this in the previous post. Granted that I am a crammer by default (good grief, I even took ginkgo biloba before during my MIS review lol), still, studying during the pandemic takes the cake.
I am again questioning why I went back to school exactly 4 years ago. Was it really an atonement for past mistakes while studying (yet I am still cramming)? Vanity of getting another graduate degree (but the course does really open up a new perspective on what I previously learned in International Studies)? Or the previous boredom I felt when I was working at my former organization (which was true as I was a bit bored out of my wits)?
Nevertheless, the pandemic is no laughing matter.
Finishing off the semester. Pandemic is not good.
Aside from school, I suddenly had a nagging feeling that things may be moving too fast. I started working as a support role for the country operations of an INGO, then by some twist of fate, ended up heading it. A year into these two roles, I found myself moving into the region-wide operations. It makes me wonder, then, if I just talked myself a bit too much into these, or do I even deserve these at all? What if eventually they realized they should have waited it out?