SPONTANEOUS WEEK Part Three – ANTIPOLO TRIP

05.05.09 Tuesday

Nagyaya si Lui pumunta ng Antipolo and suggested that we checked out some resorts.  Ayoko sana umalis kse kelangan ko pang antayin ang fax message ng isang supplier for the May 24 dedication.

Kaso mas mabilis si Lui sa supplier na yun. Nasa Buendia na daw siya. Tapos nagtext pa si Omie na nasa kanto na daw siya ng street nila. So ayun, lipad ako sa Buting in less than 20 minutes. Naka-automatic naman pala ang fax machine. Mamaya ko nalang babalikan 🙂 hehehe.. (laboy!)

Actually, what tempted me to go out and join them is to see how Antipolo looks like now, especially at night because of its famous ‘overlooking’.

 

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Ang pasimuno, si Lui. 🙂

She’s from the south pero sanay na sanay sa Rizal. Panu pala kahit highschool pa lang siya nakakapunta na siya Antipolo.

 

 

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Omie, the Videoke King and a new friend, Carla, the Videoke Queen. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We visited the Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage Church. (Antipolo church) which is walking distance away from Mc Do where we ate.

It was already past 10:00pm, as expected churches by that time is closed to public.

Not this church, most doors are closed, the central door  though barred with grills  is open enough to view the altar. 🙂

 

 

 

OUR LADY OF PEACE AND GOOD VOYAGE

 

Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage is the patron saint of travelers, seafarers and drivers. 

Dito nga daw madaming nagpapa-bless ng mga sasakyan nila bago ibyahe. Para daw ligtas sa anumang  aksidente.  Mga seaman naman, nagsisimba muna sa Antipolo bago sumakay ng barko.

Interesting talaga mga paniniwala ng mga pinoy. 🙂 

 

Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage  image courtesy of Zarateman.  Source : Wikipedia

 

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 It started to drizzle when we left the church. 

I noticed the lights hanging by the trees in the church compound is shaped like the delicacies that Antipolo is famous for —  the  suman sa Ibus, kasuy and uraro.  Sayang walang pictures eh. Next akyat nalang ulet. 

 

We took the road to  Hinulugang Taktak where there are lots of resorts lined up. The night was so quiet and dark.  Very relaxing.  For awhile I wished I could spend some nights and sleep in a quiet place like this.

I’ll do that one of this days.  🙂 

 

Our first stop was at  FEMAR GARDEN HOTEL AND RESORT at Taktak Road.  According to Lui, nakapunta na siya dito before during a client’s conference.

 

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Even in a gloomy, dark and drizzling night, you can have a glimpse of beautiful scenery of trees and city lights. 

One can really relax and enjoy swimming in their pools while overlooking the bright city and listen to the sound of birds and wind kissing the tree leaves. Making a very relaxing sound.  ( if not for that videoke machines, its almost perfect. )

 

 

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The place is nice. It may not suit our requirements for our upcoming overnight swimming with our batchmates though. 

Preferrably, its better that we get a private area for us, which FEMAR can’t assure us.  They have an open area with tables and chairs and a videoke machine (can be rented )  good for 20pax for only Php 1,500.00, but the pool nearby cannot be closed for our private use. We have access with the other pools though. Their rooms are mostly good for couples only. Overnight room rate is at Php 900.00/room.

Arnold, the desk attendant who toured us around the place suggested that we check-out also their sister resort, Boso-Boso Highlands.

I tactlessly exclaimed, ” Ang panget naman ng name ng resort”. Miski naman si kuya eh natawa, nagpipigil lang. 🙂  Tapos sabi ni Lui baka may mga “taong labas” pa dun, in which he calmly responded,  ‘Wala na pong mga ganun ma’am”.  Hirit ko, ” Asenso na sila, baka resort owners na din sila ” hehe..

Sa isip-isip siguro ni kuya ” Mag-sialis na nga kau ang kukulit nyo. “ hahhaa..

Obvious ba na di kami dun magsi-swimming. 🙂  But he and the other desk attendant, politely said thank you and good night to us.

Arnold also suggested that we drop by Mountain View Resort owned by Jose Manalo when he showed us the way out.  Since gabi na baka wala na daw mag-eentertain sa amin dun.  But we can get the contact  numbers posted outside the resort naman daw. Which we did on our way to Villa Sampaguita.

 

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Parting shot at FEMAR. 

It was drizzling that night and the moon is shying away from us. Ayan di ko tinigilan hanggat matimingan ko siya.  🙂

 

 

 

 

Our next stop was Villa Sampaguita.

Okey lang din yung place. If not for the additional costs that we may incur if we rent the videoke exclusively at Php 1,000.00. Check-out time is 5am.  I can imagine all of us rushing at 5:00am. 

Rooms for 2-4 pax is at Php 600, 700 and 900.00. Difference vary if the room will has a porch or not and if there will be in excess of 2 pax.

We can rent a private pool at Php 8,500.00 for 12hours.  No rooms yet included. Plus we need to pay the entrance fee of Php 100.00 per head. Open cottages is at Php 300.00 to 800.00 while pavilion is at Php 1,500.00 and can accomodate 20pax. 

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Parting shot at Villa Sampaguita. I don’t remember who made a witty remark as :

” Nakakailang naman mag-inuman dito. ”

I wondered why.

 

Kse daw Mama Mary is everywhere.  Parang nakabantay.  hahaha.. 

 

That’s one thing  I noticed with resorts in Antipolo, ( including the ones I browsed over the internet ) karamihan or lahat ata,  may grotto.   

Take note, bawal magdala ng hard liquors. Even hard beers like REDHORSE and COLT 45, which is  understandably bawal talaga. (particularly at Villa Sampaguita even if we get a private pool for us )

 

Beside Villa Sampaguita is TERRA VILLA RESORT. That night the guards on duty seemed to be on a slumber mode. 🙂 So we just got the numbers and checked out the website for photos.

Rates is close to that of Villa Sampaguita’s.  Except the latter seems to have a friendlier staff. 🙂

 

Just a little trivia about ANTIPOLO.

The city was named after the Tipolo (breadfruit) tree (Artocarpus incisa) which was in abundance in the area. Antipolo was also derived from the Greek words “antirl” meaning “a source of many products”.

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SPONTANEOUS WEEK Part Two – TAGAYTAY TRIP

…cont.

05.03.09 SUNDAY

Past 5:30am when we left During’s  and decided to have breakfast in Tagaytay.  🙂 

We agreed to be back in Manila in time to watch Manny Pacquiao’s  fight with Ricky Hatton to be televised on GMA.  

Our road trip to Tagaytay itself was fun. Kulitan at asaran. Sinong ‘pulutan’? Siyempre, AKO!. Kung nun elementary kami nila ako inasar, malamang sobrang pikon ko nun.

Sabi ko nga kay Omie, “Maru-ruler na naman kita diyan eh” .  Medyo di na niya naalala yung incident na yun nung Grade II pa lang kami. Tamang kulit si Omie nun (or tamang pikon lang ako? :p ). 

Anyway, nalampasan ko yung incident na yun na di ako sinumbong ni Omie kay teacher.. hehehe.. but I learned to be more patient and promised myself na di na ko mananakit, no matter how pikon I will be.

Today, we’re friends na. 🙂 Cute na at di na nakakaasar  yung pagiging ‘alaskador’ niya.  hahaha.. 

 

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It was my first time to go up Tagaytay in the morning.

This arc says  “MALIGAYANG PAGDATING SA LALAWIGAN NG MAGIGITING” .  Interesting. 🙂

 

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It was 7:06 am when we reached this spot and made a left turn going to Caleruega. Since it was my first time in the place. I’m a bit surprised when by the entrance, the friendly guards charged Php30.00/pax. Before I could ever utter a protest, Obet paid Php 150.00.

In my mind, “how come you need to pay to get in a church?. Pagka-mahal namang parking fee at  flyer na ‘to. 🙂 ”

 

 

Lui’s  familiar with the place so she served as our tour guide. Caleruega, according to the flyer the guard handed us,  is a house of prayer and renewal. It has complete facilities to accomodate retreats and seminars. Even wedding receptions. 

Pretty flowers, lush greens and interesting  structural features sorround this peaceful and beautiful place close to nature and yes, closer to God. A perfect place to contemplate. 

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Kung di lang ako malo-lowbatt na, I could have taken more photos of us around the place.  It was just past 7am at kami lang ang tao.  In between supressed laughters and a lot of teasing, sabi nga ni Omie, Picture! Picture! 🙂 

(mabuti walang nananaway ng ‘Silence Please.” )

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Obet and Omie with a backdrop of lush greens and abundant trees of Caleruega. You can hear birds chirping on the background.

 

 

 

 

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Kami naman.

With She and Lui and Omie, again. 🙂

 

 

 

 

Eto lang ang medyo di ko gusto, crossing hanging bridges. 😦  Kaya pinapauna ko sila para di masyadong magalaw yung bridge. hehehe..

The place is just so relaxing and peaceful. I hardly recognized my fear surfacing again.

 

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Pause for pose at the hanging bridge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Finally, wacky class picture..hehe..

 

 

 

 

  

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According to Obet, there could be snakes around. There are holes  in the soil like this  scattered all over the land area. You could imagine who could have done this holes. Maybe Obet is right.  

 

Okey, one more shot and I’m out of here. 🙂  

Next stop : Caleruega Church. 

 

 

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Obet, Lui, Omie and She infront of the TRANSFIGURATION CHAPEL.  According to their website, TRANSFIGURATION CHAPEL is a reproduction of Caleruega Church in Spain.

 

 

 

 

 This is interesting. Let me repost it here.

The Transfiguration Chapel

Rising tall and majestic in the highest point of Caleruega is the Transfiguration Chapel. From here one can behold the expanse of Caleruega and witness the glorious opus of radiant nature – a symphony of sky, trees, and the distant hills of Batulao. Like St. Peter during Jesus’ transfiguration, anyone who experiences such splendor of nature’s poetry will declare: Lord, it is good for us to be here… (Mt.17:4).

The chapel itself is replete with symbolism. Its façade is a reproduction of the original chapel in Caleruega, Spain. Its hut-shaped roof is in remembrance of the temporary sheds that the apostles wanted to build for Jesus, Moses, and Elijah during the transfiguration (Mt 17:1-8). The seal of the Dominican Province of the Philippines is depicted in stained glass in the upper portion of the chapel’s façade. The seven grapevines entwined in the steel doors of the chapel not only portray Jesus as the vine and we as branches (John 15:5), but also symbolize the seven sacraments.

The main altar is a carved tree trunk representing the “stem of Jesse,” mentioned in the Book of the Prophet Isaiah: then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, and a branch from his roots will bear fruit (Is 11:1). The tabernacle is a gentle reminder of the burning bush through which God revealed Himself to Moses in Mt. Sinai (Ex 3:2). The birds carved on the communion table are representations of God’s providence in Matthew 6:26: Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, neither do they reap…and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.

The stained glass depicts the Transfiguration of Jesus witnessed by Peter, John, and Luke. With Jesus are Moses and Elijah, two significant instruments of God in the Old Testament (Mat 17:3).

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This is a sure spot where the bride in her dainty wedding gown, will have her photos taken. There was a wedding that will happen that day. The bride and some members of the entourage are all over the place and having  their sweet time taking their photos.  Like us. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Just a note on the function halls.

TOMASINO HALL : An 80-bed (double deck ) dormitory for MEN with 6-unit common toilet and bathroom.

CATALINA HALL : A 90-bed (double deck) dormitory for WOMEN with 14-bathrooms and 6 toilets.

See the numbers. 6 against 14. 🙂  Pretty obvious, right? Nice.

 

The website indicated in the flyer cannot be viewed. But you may find details of the facilities of Caleruega Philippines in this link.

 

 

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See the bride behind them? Nice.

 I did not see the groom. Was busy taking pictures and appreciating the scene.

According to Lui, there’s still hope for us. 🙂 

( okey, it is an inside joke )

 

 

 

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She and Omie, behind is the TRANSFIGURATION CHAPEL and the grooms men.

 

 

 

 

The TRANSFIGURATION CHAPEL is a 150-seater chapel. It is an ideal venue to hold a solemn wedding ceremony with a small group of guests.  The chapel, that day was simply decorated with mums and roses. The wedding theme, judging from the color of the entourage’s gowns, (and flower arrangements)  was red and apple green.

 

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Obet : Kamusta naman tau (me) naka-shorts papasok sa chapel?

Me : Kamusta naman at nauna pa tau sa kanila (the wedding guests and couple) pumasok dito, parang tau ang wedding coordinators nila. hahaha.

 

 

 

 

More flowers.. love it!

 

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Parting shots. 🙂

Bye, Caleruega. See you again next time. 🙂 

The Php 30.00 entrance fee is understandably for the maintenance of the place.

 

 

 

 

How To Get To CALERUEGA ?

(lifted from the flyer)

PRIVATE VEHICLE :

Via South Superhighway :

  • Take Sta. Rosa exit.
  • Proceed towards Tagaytay Market.
  • Turn right to Rotonda.

Via Coastal Road :

  • From Roxas Blvd. proceed to Aguinaldo Highway all the way up to Tagaytay.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION :

  • Proceed to CROW Bus Terminal along EDSA in Pasay Board Buses going to any of these destinations : Nasugbu, Balayan or Calatagan. Get off at Evercrest, Batulao, Nasugbu, Batangas. Tricycle service is available at Evercrest entrance or it’s a 2 kilometers hike to Caleruega.

CALUEREGA Phils. is located at Brgy. Kaylaway, Batulao, Nasugbu, Batangas

For more info contact :

Ms. Jackie, Ms. Melda and Ms. Cristalle

Call or text      :  0921.270.9890 or 0921.830.4226

Call                  :  (043) 706.0348

Email : caleruega_philippines@yahoo.com

www.caleruega-philippines.ph

 

Our next stop is at Tierra de Maria, some walking distance away to Picnic Groove.  I am a little hesitant to take photos inside the shrine as people are silently praying. After saying my own, we went up and oversees the wide  lawn that leads to Picnic Grove.  

 

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Omie, She and Obet at the Tiera de Maria in Tagaytay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Omie wanted to try the zipline.  I informed  him that a one-way up-there bliss costs Php200.00 and  Php 300 (I forgot. :p ) if it’s two-way.

“Goodluck sa’yo, down there is a cliff pseudo snake pit. ” 🙂

Omie :  Puyat ako.  🙂

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Last few shots before my batteries went dead.

For the record :

It was She’s first time in Tagaytay daw. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

The hanging bridge that never fails to make me feel sick. 😦 

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We ate brunch at Andok’s. Funny thing was, there’s Andok’s actually in San Joaquin, may sinigang pa. 🙂

Pero trip nga eh. Fun trip to Tagaytay with friends.

After ng brunch, uwian na.  May pasok pa sa work si Obet ng 3pm and we also want to catch Pacquiao’s  fight with Hatton.

In less than 1 1/2 hours nasa Pasig na kami.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to watch the fight. Parang napapikit lang ako eh, tapos na ang laban.  In 6 minutes time,  on 2nd round.  

Bagsak si Hatton. 🙂

SPONTANEOUS WEEK Part One – VIDEOKE TRIPS

Since my reunion with elementary classmates last year, my used-to-be-on schedule life with rockers, party peeps and in-between rakets,  suddenly has its little sweet twist. 🙂

Its not just I’m reunited with old friends, but gaining new ones as well and I’m loving it. 🙂

And I must admit, I’m beginning to like .. hhmmm. no, I’m beginning to love videoke because of them. 🙂

Midweek last week at 12mn, while I am having my occassional ‘telebabad’ with my friend Thelma and in between trying my first time with mobile YM chat on SUN, chatting with this interesting young guy (may ganun? hehehe), my friend Lui called and asked me if I can go out cause she’s in C-5 already (about 10-15mins away from home).

Since she’s the kind of friend na bihira lang mangbulabog and I just can’t say no to her, so I said yes and dropped the telebabad and chat sessions. 🙂

We met up in Mc Do and went back to their condo to fetch her housemate Carla and headed to Music 21 Pasay.

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 Kudos to nice and attentive staff of Music 21.

They would turn off the videoke  system by the clock. Kahit may 2 songs ka pa na next in-line.

Ok lang din naman.  4am na kaya nun. 🙂

 

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 Rooms are cool and sweet-smelling (I could almost taste it) :p

 Charge is Php 85.00/head non-consumable. 

Visit their site for their drink package and food package. 

 

The pizza shrimp is just right when hot and turns gummy when cold. :p 

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Both Carla and Lui are good singers. Talent nila yan.  Me? Talent ko dumaldal at tumawa maghapon at magdamag. at umistolen-shots…hahahaha.
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Sing Carla, sing. Kahit anung posisyon, kanta lang. 🙂 (lafftrip kami dito ni Lui)

At kahit di daw niya alam ang BURN, kakantahin niya yan. Just to make us happy.  🙂  It was 5am when I reached home.

8am when I was awaken by a reminder text. I felt somehow strange. hhhmmm. In the evening, a supposed weekend trip didn’t pushed thru.  Sorry,  sometimes ‘unexpected things’ happen. 

SATURDAY, it was Omie’s turn to make an unscheduled gimmick.

Afternoon when Lui texted and told me that she and Omie will meet at 6pm. It was 8:00pm or so when Omie called, wala na kong lusot.. hehe.
Since I’m just a block away from During’s, 8:30pm andun na ‘ko.

During’s used to be a huge ‘playground’ in my elementary years where I used to play agawan-base, shato and baseball with playmates. This is also where I practice to ride a bike in my high school. 🙂 In this lot, natuto naman ako, kahit mag-isa at sawang-sawa sa pang-aasar ng mga friends ko. 🙂

Pagdating ko andun pa lang si Lui at Omie. Then afterwards, She came. We kidded about being single and ‘kaladkarins’. 🙂 Nag-drop lang si Lhai since she’s gotten well from flu.

Napag-usapan na mag-swimming bago tuluyang matapos na ang summer at mag-pasukan.

2008 VIDEOKE KING of Batch '88 on the loose!!! :)

2008 VIDEOKE KING of Batch '88 on the loose!!! 🙂

 

 

 

 Omie sang MAYBE THIS TIME and I’M NEVER GONNA SAY GOODBYE

 

 

  

 

 

 

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Past midnight dumating si Obet from his work at The Fort.  Naki-kanta ng konti with Omie sa  ‘When Will I Hold You Again’.  Medyo nabadtrip sa nagpapalipat sa’min ng table kse past 2am na raw.  Mananalo na sana siya, kaso nag-CR siya eh.  hehehe.  Sa Bethsilog kse di ata ganun. :p

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Tapos humabol pa si Harold bago kami umuwi ng 5:30am at umakyat ng Tagaytay. 🙂

… to be continued

WAITING GAME OVER!!!

Alright, I promised that I won’t TELL this story.

But I did not promised I will not WRITE it here.  hahaha..

Sorry, my friend, I really want to do this. Okey, names and some incidents withheld. Hmmp.  

Just wanna share this story I ‘learned’ yesterday that  made me drop my supposed schedule for the next few days in an instant.

( To a ‘friend’ whom I may have disappointed last night, I will make it up to you as promised. )

 

They met in their early high school years during a summer vacation in their province. Like most summer vacations in our teen years, we expected a few new acquaintances and develop some crushes, right? 🙂

 

To cut the story short, their summer vacation ended and soon after they’re back in their respective hometowns. The boy opted to visit the girl in her school when classes resumed. ( The school was named after a famous Philippine president ).

 

Since, during that time, cellular phones are not yet a valuable tool of communication and even landlines are not for everyone, meet-ups become if not challenging, an exciting thing to do. From planning, mustering the courage to ask and get approval of to the exact day of the scheduled meet-up, it consumes time, effort and the bonus?, maybe a whole lot of ‘pogi points’ on the spot if the object of your ‘pagpapapogi’ will appreciate it. The boy got the support of his cousins in his waiting challenge. They will also serve as an army of back-ups or a cheerleading squad behind him in case he’ll need it.

 

He patiently waited until all students seemed to emptied the huge high school. Then came three bullies (for some reasons went to school that day, awww), armed with a knife and bully-shits, approached them and take the excitement of waiting off  from them.

 

Worse thing, the girl did not ‘showed up’. She is fortunately not in that school that day, neither would she be in other days.

 

Unfortunately, the boy went to the wrong high school branch. Ouch!

 

Even worst? The encounter with the bullies left the boy some scars in his arms and hands. Luck waved a finger at them in that fateful day allowing him to keep his life, suffered some stitches and keep some scars in memory of a ‘young sweet love’ thing. With a hope that one day he’ll see the girl again, he moved on with his life as swelling of the scars heal. Three years later, their paths crossed again and fate interfered, they parted ways — AGAIN.

 

What happened in those years after the last ‘together’ episode are not to be told here. Sorry. 🙂

 

Fast forward 2009, one  Saturday of April, ‘destiny’ ended it all.  As the boy recounts it, after twelve years, they met again. He admitted that he could have just forget the girl and everything about her and move on.

But destiny has its own course, I guess. 🙂

 

Yesterday, over cold choco and sweet cake donuts in a noisy sweet shop inside a busy mall—the girl was introduced to a friend as his WIFE.

 

No, they’re not married yet.

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So here’s to the owners of this story…

 

Some scars are not just scars, nor simply a conversational piece’ to start with. Its a reminder of why things happen and why we should see its reasons. What or who may have hurt you in the past may make you happy one day. Make up for lost time and know each other more.  Love more, wait less.

 

I am not a fan of this ‘destiny’ beliefs. But like what I fortuitously uttered, it must be ‘destiny’.

And the ‘tactless part’ of my brain means it. hahaha.

This song plays in my mind as I write this.

 Somewhere Down The Road

by : Barry Manilow

We had the right love
At the wrong time
Guess I always knew inside
I wouldn’t have you for a long time

Those dreams of yours
Are shining on distant shores
And if they’re calling you away
I have no right to make you stay

But somewhere down the road
Our roads are gonna cross again
It doesn’t really matter when
But somewhere down the road
I know that heart of yours
Will come to see
That you belong with me

Sometimes good-byes are not forever
It doesn’t matter if you’re gone
I still believe in us together
I understand more than you think I can
You have to go out on your own
So you can find your way back home

And somewhere down the road
Our roads are gonna cross again
It doesn’t really matter when
But somewhere down the road
I know that heart of yours
Will come to see
That you belong with me
Letting go is just another way to say
I’ll always love you so

We had the right love
At the wrong time
Maybe we’ve only just begun
Maybe the best is yet to come
‘Cause

Somewhere down the road
Our roads are gonna cross again
It doesn’t really matter when
But somewhere down the road
I know that heart of yours
Will come to see
That you belong
With me

Disclaimer: I’ll be glad to relate the story that would follow yesterday’s. Right here in my blog. When I am permitted to do so. J