My Weekend in Moving Photos

It was quite a long weekend for my family as one of our beloved lolas died last week. She was one of the coolest lolas I’ve known, literally, as she doesn’t seem to ever lose her cool, evidenced by her permanent and ever radiant and beaming smile.

We could only make it to the last night of her funeral, which was on a Saturday before she was laid to rest today. Unfortunately, apart from it being a manic weekend, a storm was about to enter the country too, so we were stuck in the rain, wet and cold…

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After being stuck in traffic for quite a while, some of us had to go on a pee break and grab a quick bite before going back on the road, so off we went to, ‘their’ favorite happy place…

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C5 was tolerable and SLEX was very much in our favor, so it didn’t take long before we got to the place and saw everyone all huddled up in a corner…

Some were…

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and others were…

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while this one couldn’t resist picking up something to chew on… again…

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Of course, we couldn’t call it a day unless there were selfies and groupfies taken, some even with one of the coolest lolos on earth!

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I had to fix everyone’s eyebrows before going home at midnight, so were all like…

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The next day, we were up at around 4:45-ish to 5 in the morning and before I know it, we were back on the road by 6 in the morning…

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The night before, a car flew over and hit a concrete barrier perhaps ‘mid-flight’ and smashed his hood, while another one hit another barrier this morning, both along Ortigas extension. Typhoon Lando really hit us big time!

Thank God, we made it back to the funeral by 7-ish, safe and sound.

We were told that the mass will be at 7:30, so everyone was…

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taking selfies again…JK!

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They were all chillin’ like lola here…

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After the mass, everyone had time to freshen up and to do some catching-up with everyone else…

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The mood in the room lightened up a bit, but then again, everyone knew what was coming to them next and that nothing else could be any more painful than finally saying goodbye…

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I hate funerals, but I love the fact that everyone comes together not only to pay tribute to the departed, but also to set everything aside to comfort and catch up with everyone else.

But like what the priest said, nothing’s more pathetic than talking to a corpse that wouldn’t be able to appreciate all the tears, apologies and gratitude one extends in funerals or in cemeteries. It wouldn’t be right, so yes, we all have to make amends and thank people while they’re still alive and not only when they’re on their death beds or worse, when they’re gone forever.

On a lighter note…

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Hope everyone else stays safe and dry while we wait this one out! Do I really have to go back to work tomorrow? I mean look at the trees out my window!

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Btw, I’m really loving this app, Gif Me! so I’m thinking of posting more stuff here and putting everything in a new series on my blog (My Life in Moving Photos) just for these photos that are too cool, they look like those magical paintings on Harry Potter!! I’m pathetic, I know! XD

On The Off Chance / Zombie Apocalypse

My body is feeling sore fighting off zombies…….in my dream. It all felt real to me though, manning a machine gun with both hands, fingers pressed hard on both triggers, heart rate surpassing the normal 100bpm, screaming like a girl, but trying so hard to take the pitch a few notches down to give off a bad-ass vibe, arduously taking aim at the flesh-eating undead, specifically for their heads….Oooops! That wasn’t a dream, was it? We really did fight off zombies in 3D, Joey and I, but it wasn’t why my body hurts so bad.

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looks like Joey’s having so much fun here!

I’m feeling all sore from all those FITNESS MARSHALL dance workouts I’ve been currently hooked to. I’ve been a big fan of these easily-choreographed exercises since I discovered Lauren Fitz of CLUB FITzso working out wasn’t as hard as I used to think it was, with all the fun, contemporary music they incorporated these exercises into. The end product isn’t as exciting…yet, but I’ll get by knowing my body benefits little by little, and soon all the pain won’t matter when I get the toned body I’m aiming for.

I’ve been working out from time to time to shake off all the junk I can never rid myself of. Another thing I cannot brush off is the possibility of a zombie apocalypse. (See what I did there and how it all comes together now? :P) – please don’t judge me yet!

Yesterday, I went out with my friend Joey and we saw the second installment in the Maze Runner Saga, The Scorch Trials. I might spoil this a bit but you should’ve known that by know, hence the title. Anyway I did see about 80% of the Maze Runner while waiting for my turn at the doctor’s office, so I did have my own thoughts of what the “flare” might be (I had no idea what the movie was about before watching it), so I had an inkling that it must be a zombie apocalypse of some sort.

That inkling was justified by the first scene on the 2nd movie, where you can see the kids being rescued from a bunch of shadowy figures running with that characteristic, awkward posture often associated with the undead.

Anyhow, it did turn out to be another zombie movie, which made it a hell lot of fun (for me, it was more exciting than the first movie was). I often caught myself sinking slowly into my seat and blurting out cuss words, like I always do in such situations. I also enjoyed all the action sequences because I always liked imagining myself a part of these fictitious, gut-wrenching, apocalyptic films.

I remember I had a chance to try how to shoot a gun (well a gun with pea-sized bullets) in a slightly challenging shooting range and I’m proud to say I managed to shoot everything effortlessly, missing only one or two targets during the whole game. The manager did let me go on to the “next level” since I did have a few more bullets left in my gun. So yes, I do enjoy shooting games a lot (as much as I love racing games) and it wouldn’t hurt to know how to load, aim, shoot and fire just in case a “virus” does breaks out.

Before I go off topic again, I came up with this “On the Off Chance” series (which btw is one of my goals for #blogging201) accidentally because I just couldn’t get my mind off the thought that there might a possibility of a real zombie apocalypse (because who really knows what might happen in the future, except for God, right?), so what better way to prepare for this than working out, maybe learning a thing or two on how to shoot and getting a few tips from these “grotesque” (yes Joey, if you’re reading this, I borrowed it from the zombie 3D game yesterday) and gory movies.

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photo links back to the source

Apart from working out and doing a lot of cardio exercises (as mentioned in the Zombieland Rules), here are a few more things I realized I really need to invest on, on the off chance that a “flare” does erupt in the future:

  1. Really good and tough pair of shoes. I’m thinking, army boots of some sort or that ever reliable pair of Dr. Martens or any of their rivals in the market. You have to assume that you’ll be walking, running, jumping and climbing through all sorts of building debris, holes and walls and there might be few instances that you may need to kick some of these monsters in the head so better invest on something really good!
  2. Less bold and colorful clothing. I rarely really see apocalypse survivors clad in Katy Perry-ish or Miley Cyrus-y clothing so I better get rid of half of my closet and invest more on clothes with earthy colors. This should really be helpful when you’re on the run and you don’t want to draw too much attention to yourself. So yes, being low-profile is a key to survival!
  3. Guns, crossbow, baseball bats, pans, knives, preferably those that are handy and won’t let you fall behind your pack.
  4. I’ll probably still bring a camera or two. Perhaps my toy cameras would really come in handy as I won’t really have time to do all the manual focusing as I do with my other cameras.
  5. Water jug. Duh?

Yay! I finally did it (Goal #2 for Blogging201)!! I came up with a new blog series and it’s something that just popped up accidentally. Plus, I don’t think someone else has thought of doing a similar blog series (or so I think) so yay!

So just a little more introduction about the new blog series, I often have thoughts (I’m not sure if that’s normal though) on what might be the case for me if ever I do get caught in a situation that may only arise through the creative minds of film and literary geniuses. I have so much interest in movies revolving around natural calamities and zombie apocalypse (if you haven’t figured it out yet), so I almost always think of what I’m going to do, should I be put in a position where I have to run away from tornadoes, tsunamis or zombies when I watch these movies. So, I’m thinking, why not put that into writing? That’s it!