"a caterpillar doesn't just grow into a butterfly. a caterpillar must undergo metamorphosis, and a cocoon is where a caterpillar risks it all: enters total chaos, undergoes total rebuilding, and is born to a new way of living. only in taking the risk of entering that inert cocoon can the caterpillar go from dormancy to potency, from ugliness to beauty."

Sunday, April 27, 2008

balay-balay talk

"Every individual has a place to fill in the world
and is important in some respect
whether he chooses to be so or not."

--Nathaniel Hawthorne

next saturday, i will be living under a different roof. an apartment in batangas is already waiting for me and my officemate slash roadtrip-buddy slash would-be housemate, joyce.

yesterday, we found it -- the new place to live in. it's a one-bedroom apartment with a spacious sala, a kitchen with a number of cabinets, a cute CR (i can't think of a better adjective; rest assured it's a neat-looking CR with a shower and a bowl), and a terrace -- all tiled and with a gate that can be trusted to keep the unwanted a safe distance away. i made the downpayment today and got the keys.

there are no pictures of the apartment to share for now but i can say that it's pretty. in the next few weeks (or in the next few days, i should say), my spending will be geared towards acquiring stuff for the place since it's not furnished unlike my place in sta. rosa.

bed, pillows, aparador, racks, rugs... then, a small table and chairs, and a divider -- maybe.

hiking distance ra siya from the church, the barangay hall, the municipal hall, the water district, hospital, dental clinic, beauty salon (lol!), the fire station, the police station, jollibee -- yey, chickenjoy!, sakayan, palengke, and mga palitanan ug mga grocery items. what's more, if we're out walking towards the highway, we get to see a beautiful view of mt. makiling. so far, all the dogs we encountered in the area are tied and are inside their respective cages -- hihi.

our would-be next-door neighbors are 4 working girls who are about our age -- we have yet to meet them but the owner of the building told me they speak bisaya. i am hoping that this means bisaya as in cebuano.

the move is all part of a preparation. this may will sure be hell month (yes, forget hell week. it's hell month, baby) -- this despite may being my second fave month of the year next to december. work will be very, very demanding (hence, the need to live in batangas area since the bulk of my work is no longer in sta. rosa) and there's that very, very big possibility that so little of me will get to my friends.

'tis may soon and i've prepared myself for "the long, hard pull". hopefully, i will be proven wrong about this may being hell month. who knows? may 2008 might just usher in more great things for me and those dear to me. praying. believing. affirming. yeah!


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