Phone’s been ringing off the hook this morning probably because it’s my dad’s birthday. My and Izzy’s stay here in Los Banos is winding down — we hop on a plane for SF on Saturday night already — and it’s sad. Izzy is already missing her cousin Issa (my sister Joy’s daughter).
The family went to Enchanted Kingdom in Santa Rosa. This was my first time to this Disneyland-styled amusement park, with different themed areas (an “Amazon Jungle,” an incongruous “Main Street” tucked away in the back), an incredibly loud performing stage (the live band was actually quite good), a rinky-dink roller coaster (with two loops!), a brief fireworks display at 9 pm, a very cool carousel with all the trimmings, a giant Ferris wheel, and lots of other rides.
(Enchanted Kingdom received a bit of notoriety when it first opened about 15 years ago when — let me see if I remember this correctly — a band wanted to perform a Tagalog song upon request of the audience, and was told by management that (I paraphrase) “This is the Enchanted Kingdom, we’re not in the Philippines, so we don’t speak Tagalog here” or words to that effect. Not true anymore.)
In any case, we had loads of fun: Izzy could only really ride the carousel and the Teacups-like ride, but it was still great wandering around at night and seeing all the bright lights.
And there is nothing like riding one of these on a summer night. Is there one in the Bay Area?
My head is also bursting with information from my last couple of interviews — one lasted for almost four hours and now I’m itching to write a paper as soon as I get back to SF.
Plus there were all the high school classmates I ran into. I’m taking the liberty to post a letter I sent to our uprhs86 e-mail list:
Kanina ang mini-reunion #2 ko — nag-lunch kami nina Waldo, Noel G, Eric (da boyz — este, Sherica pala ‘yung isa), Ruby, Heidi, Jay at Sandy (da girlz). Unang gimik namin, minus two people, sa Congga Island two weeks ago, na alumni steering committee meeting daw — “daw” dahil ang daming boteng nainom noong gabi na iyon (and I have the pictures to prove it).
Ngayong lunch naman, sa Kamayan sa Palaisdaan. Sarap ang kain, puro tawanan, at siyempre matamis ang lunch break na dalawa’t-kalahating oras, lalo na kapag nakakaapat na San Mig Lite.
Ang menu: pinakbet, sinugno, kare-kareng baboy, sisig, inihaw na liempo…
Bukod sa kuwentuhan tungkol sa interbyu ni Henedina kinabukasan sa US Embassy (at siya’y mag-pPhD sa Kansas State sa Agosto), at sa mga kalokohan ni GMA, at tsismis tungkol sa isang kaklase (is he or isn’t he?), mukhang iisa ang takbo nang utak nang mga ka-batch…
Keywords: matigas, malambot, maalat, matamis, sabik, sexual peak, scandal VCDs, pagod, “matagal na akong hindi kumakain nang ulo… nang tilapia,” adventures with webcams, “the blue pill,” mga motel sa Pasig, premature, “over,” “ten percent,” “twenty-five percent,” laman nang maliit na bag, short time, “unang bola, bingo kaagad”…
p.s. Pinatatanong ni Heidi sa mga lalaking ka-batch: kayo ba’y HH*?
*HH = “halik-hugot.” Sobrang dumi nang kahulugan, nahihiya ako tuloy na ikuwento kung anong ibig sabihin…