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Went off the grid for a few days to reflect.

Last week, was the Holy Week. It’s that time of the year when Catholics living in the metropolis either go back to their respective provinces or stay within the metropolis to not get into the traffic rush with the massive exodus involved. In our part, we went out of the metro on Holy Thursday and went back to our home province and went to my mother’s hometown of Ibaan, Batangas. We left on a Thursday since it wasn’t a holiday from Monday to Wednesday so our parents were working. It‘s been awhile since we came back in town and we stayed in for the first time in a very long time in the Ol’ Blue House which was the home of my grandparents on the mother’s sideand have not been used for a long time since no one permanently resides in the house, unlike the home of my grandparents on my father’s side. It was the time for me to “get off the grid” for awhile and make a Lent sacrifice. Yes, since the house is not inhabited for most of the year. It was like a time capsule with some of the things left untouched with both old and modern features in it from old television sets to a new dining table as well as air conditioners.

On Holy Thursday, as soon as we arrived in Ibaan at the Ol’ Blue House late in the morning. The whole family went into clean-up mode as we cleaned the entire house to prepare for the coming of our other relatives the following day. By around 6pm. We were all down for the night and closed the house for we spent the entire resting.

Then came Good Friday, our other relatives arrived in Ibaan for an overnight on town. We continued with a little bit of cleaning-up and spend time together. I eventually ended up resting the whole afternoon cause the effects of cleaning duty we did was being felt during that time. When I woke up, it was almost night time, in time for the processionheld around town as we witnessed a couple of figures as well as a glass coffin with Jesus Christ in it signifying that Christ has died. Then along the nightime, we were all outside of home reflecting as the townspeople were singing throughout the night until around 11pm. Afterwards, we all went in for one final night.

On Black Saturday, we packed our things, fixed some of the things inside the house, and we left the Ol’ Blue House and the town of Ibaan back to the metropolis and celebrate Easter Sundayback in Manila.

It was indeed a great time to reflect over the past year as well as get close to God during the Holy Week. It was also good to “get off the grid” for a couple of days, where I didn’t go online and surf the internet. I hope we’ll get back to the Ol’ Blue House very soon.

Getting off the grid for once in a while is worth the sacrifice.

Who said it’s the END? I say, it’s just the BEGINNING of something BIG!

Photo ©Karl Carandang
Yesterday was December 21, 2012 and the date rings a bell, as some people believe on that day, the WORLD will come to an END as predicted by the Mayans (which they categorically denied) and popularized by the movie “2012” which was released in 2009. Yet, today is December 22, nothing bad happened, no doomsday scenarios happened, and we‘re all alive and well, and I’m here to share what happened on that day.
Well,before Thomasians head for the Christmas break. One special event happens here, a time for celebration and joy, that is the annual Paskuhan where thousands of Thomasians as well as our friends studying elsewhere and families converge in UST for a day filled with the spirit of Christmas.
The day began with our class Christmas party in the morning, where we had games like Eat Bulaga’s Pinoy Henyowhere unfortunately, me and my partner lost causing us to do a  dance, and I get to show them my version of PSY’s record-breaking hitGangnam Style. Other games include the newspaper dance and stop dance, as well as our traditional singing contest among the ladies. Then we had lunch, as well as a rafflewhere the grand prize was a Jansport bag. Unfortunately for me, I never won in the raffle, even the minor prizes I did not won at least one of them. Then came the exchange gifts. For me, I gave a book to my blockmate who I drew up with in the lottery. Then on my end, I also received a book from my blockmate. The book is entitled “Win Like Lin, a story about Jeremy Lin, the “Linsanity” story in New York, and the keys to his success. Of course, I always appreciate an underdog story since I can relate with it on my own life. As for most of my life, I have been the underdogand I always have to win my way to the top.
 Photo ©Karl Carandang
After the Christmas party, I took a rest drinking a cupof Coffee Jelly Frapuccino in a nice place around campus. Then I went along with one of my former mentors in UST for dinner and went around campus to see people aroundand settledby the field for the Paskuhan concert with some of my friends from another section. The highlight of each Paskuhan is the fireworks display, of course UST has a distinction as the Pyromusical Capital of the Philippines”. The fireworks lasted for around 6 minutes, it wasshorter than previous years, but it was still a sight to see. Then after, we went our own ways. Before I went out of campus, I got to see my high school friends (some of which I haven’t seen for a very long time) and got time to catch up with them for a bit. Afterwards, I went out of campus, for home. Despite having a great timeat this year’s Paskuhan, one regret I had is that I never got to spend a time of the night with my blockmates. But, I’ll make it all up to them as soon as we come back next year.
Now the Christmas break has begun, a break from schoolwork and a time to spend the holidays with my family and friends. For now, I can rest, sit back and enjoy this festive time of the year. To my blockmates, until then, see you next year!
The holiday season has arrived.