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I can’t remember the last time I went to Cantada Sports Complex. Stepping into the place reminded me of the days when I was so fit and tanned. Yes, it has been that long. Six months may not seem that long, but it does feel like it. Although it was my last-minute decision to not play because of my unusual work schedule, I decided to watch anyway. I didn’t think that it was going to take much energy from me to watch a one-day tournament. Did I have fun? Let’s just say that I made the right decision spending the entire day with these girls instead of sleeping at home
Most of the games were fun to watch. I’m just not sure if it was because players were good or because I missed the game itself. I missed seeing the sun up high. Because of work, the only time I see sun is when it’s about to set. In fact, my nose got sunburned despite not playing. I’m that sensitive to sun now.
At the end of the tournament, Dzi and Alyssa placed 4th, while Fille and Bea bagged the championship! Ate Karla and Sharah were able to join the quarter finals but failed to win for the semis. For both girls who haven’t trained for a long time, they were pretty good.
After the championship, we decided to have dinner at BCG. Unfortunately, the moment we left Cantada, the rain started pouring HARD. When we arrived Fort to find a place to eat, my flats, made of cloth, were soaked wet. I had to buy slippers from Ipanema (Ateneo Open’s sponsor, by the way) because I was having a hard time walking with those wet flats. While walking around, trying to find a restaurant with a free table, I bumped into a couple of old St. Scho classmates. I’ve been trying to see Heidi for the longest time, and there we were.
Oh, yes. I’m definitely having a hard time letting go of this place. It’s just too good to be true. Sometimes I even feel like everything was just a dream from a very long sleep. Don’t you think that college is one of the best experiences in life? Well, I do. I think it’s going to take a long time before I get over Ateneo–and honestly, I think that it’s a good thing.
As usual, I found myself visiting a couple of old friends in school. If you’re wondering what’s the real reason I was there, the Ateneo Open core team and I had to talk about some important things, which will be released to the public soon enough. After the meeting, I took a picture of some core members plus Chu, who decided to join us for lunch. For my batchmates who haven’t seen the new JSEC, I hope you get an idea of how it looks like now.
Since I had more time to spare, I was also able to attend the IAC General Assembly. IAC is the council that organizes the college intramurals in Ateneo. This year, the Volleyball event is spearheaded by Kim Alcantara, who is also the AVC president. I used to play in IAC with Balibolista for the my first two years and with Akash for my last year. Since Balibolista team was dissolved, I’m hoping that Akash wins their second championship this year.
As usual, AVC people were playing around–not volleyball, just so you know. This is one of the many things I miss in college. Makulit people who will make you laugh a lot. It’s just not the same at work (although a lot of funny people are there too). After the IAC GA, I played for a couple of minutes. In those few minutes of Volleyball, I almost forgot that I wasn’t a student anymore. Upon starting working, I felt like I lost a big part of me, and it is only now that I find out that it is Volleyball. Damn. I really miss playing.
After my very short visit (yes, three hours is SHORT), I had to go back to reality. Surprisingly, the day didn’t turn out so bad after all. As usual, I wasn’t much of a use to the team since I’m still on training, but it wasn’t as bad as the normal, boring days too. Usually, it kills me to get by the eight working hours. Most of the time, I wish I was piled with work than not doing anything at all. But today, eight hours didn’t seem long at all.
We had fun taking pictures of each other and doodling random things. Oh, maybe that’s why I didn’t feel that bored today. By the way, doodles were made by Raina–not me.
P.S. Guess who went shopping? : )
The Ateneo Open Tournament’s women’s division is still open! Win as much as P10,000 CASH plus gift certificates from our sponsors!
Entrance fee per team: P3,750
Here’s something to keep you interested with our upcoming promos!
ATENEO OPEN 2012
Ateneo Blue Eagle Gym
August 11-12, 2012
1st Place: P10,000
2nd Place: P7,500
3rd Place: P5,000
Entrance Fee for spectators: P40
Just this morning, I woke up having a headache with the uncertainty of why I had it in the first place. Friends and I had a few beers last night from playing Beer Pong, but I don’t remember drinking that much to give me hangover the next day. Despite getting drunk a few times, I never get hangovers–ever. It’s really confusing how I got it this morning when I wasn’t even close to drunk last night. Must have been the Antonov (the ultimate backstabber) at Josh’s house.
Even if I wanted to stay in bed for the rest of the day, Jj and I had to prepare for our job interview at Accenture as an Operations Excellence Analyst. According to the job description, it’s a pretty stressful job. It has something to do with making sure that Accenture delivers the highest quality possible. I came to the interview not because I like the job, but because my mom keeps on nagging me to send out my résumé and it just happens that Jj referred me to the Human Resources representative for the event. Honestly, I don’t know what she’s up to since I just finished school a week ago, but, in any case, I took the opportunity because it was a win-win situation for everyone. I go to the interview; my mom will think that I’m starting to take the work thing seriously. If I get the job, then great; if I don’t, so what? I wasn’t interested in the first place. I don’t even get the OpEx thing yet, anyway.
The event was held in the Crown Plaza Manila Galleria Hotel at around 3 to 7 PM. I’d have to say, they do know how to pamper their applicants. Free food, free notebooks, free coffee; too much for those who are just about to apply, don’t you think?
In our batch, there were almost twenty of us, half were Ateneans. After filling up the necessary forms, everyone was given a short orientation of what Operations Excellence really means. Thirty minutes after, we were segregated into two groups to brainstorm and were asked to talk about a certain topic in front of everyone. The moment I was holding the microphone, I knew I was going to mess up because I didn’t know a single thing about the Justice Corona case. We were asked to talk about our reaction or our opinion about the case. Guess who worked her way in circles.
After a few minutes, they have decided to cut us down to eight. Apparently, after the first cut, three and four remained from the first and third batches, respectively. All in all, there were fifteen of us left from the original forty applicants. After the first and second interview, only six of us were left. I found it funny because all of us were from Ateneo. They made us go to the other room where our food was waiting for us. Ahh. Hotel food, I miss. Although the food looked really delicious, none of us could eat properly because of the butterflies inside our tummies. But when the bosses decided to tell us that the dinner was the last step to our job offer, everyone felt lighter and started to make funny conversations with everyone else.
I’m confused if I should accept the offer. I wasn’t expecting this-at all. I was supposed to go with a friend–that’s it. The benefits and compensation are great and exceeded my expectations. I’m actually pretty lucky for someone who’s just about to start working, but it’s just the start of many interviews and job offers. I mean, it’s just my second time having an official interview and I think there are still a lot of opportunities out there that I haven’t seen yet. Like what I said, it’s been a week since my last day of school. Accepting this offer would mean I’m in a hurry. I’m expected to explore my options, but what if I regret not getting this offer? Confused. Puzzled. Confuzzled. Now I have to look at this folder and its contents once in a while just to figure out what I really want.
Although I was so sure back in January that I was going to Boracay this summer, it was a last-minute decision to book our flight and reserve our rooms. Good thing there were still a lot of seats available despite the peak season and Sharah already had a spare room for us, making the preparations a lot easier.
When Rye and I landed in Boracay, it was almost dinner time. The moment we arrived in our hotel, the only thing we were able to do was look around and leave big bags. After that, we were brought to the beach front where we met up with Josh for dinner. I was so shocked to see so many Ateneans despite knowing that a lot of us were going. It was literally Ateneo de Boracay. NO JOKE. I always saw someone I know wherever I looked. Grabe. I’m guessing half of my batchmates were able to make it, after all.
After dinner, we spent some time in the hotel to rest, and then met up with KC and RC at Club Paraw for a drink. I’m not sure if it’s because we drank alcohol or we were just being the usual us, but we ended up swimming despite the coldness of the water and the darkness of the sea. As far as I remember, when I’m sober, I get scared of the sea at nighttime. Bucket list: ✔ Night sea swimming.
Sharah, Robis, Rye, and I woke up early for the long day ahead. For today, we were scheduled to teach the local kids beach volleyball at 1o AM to 2 PM and hold the open beach volleyball tournament that Sharah organized back in Manila from 3:30 PM onward. Talk about sunburn. The sun was up and hot people were covered with sand. Boo ya! When I washed up for dinner, I realized how burned I was for staying all day under the sun. Sunblock would have been helpful, after all–only I didn’t apply any. Oh my. I’m so dark already.
After the afternoon activities, we ended up eating at Smoke Restaurant, where food is really cheap and good. I got so tired from playing beach volleyball the whole day, I just had to rest first before our night plans. When I was able to recharge myself for a bit, we headed to Guilly’s to check if our other friends were there. Since it was still early, we decided to eat isaw and try the longga-burger Sharah has claimed to be one of the best burgers she has ever tasted. After eating (again), Sharah and Robis went back to the hotel because they were too tired to do anything else (party poopers–BOO!), while Rye and I parted to have a drink with our friends.
Since it was the second and last day of the tournament, we still had to wake up early. After the tournament finished, JJ and Rye decided to bet on something. They bet that they’d win over Sharah and I in a beach volleyball game. Losers treat the winners to a free flying fish ride. Of course, Sharah and I won in two straight sets. HAHA! Since we finished early with our afternoon activities, everyone decided to go back to their respective hotels and just meet in the late afternoon for the party. As what I expected, Rye and I ended up sleeping the whole afternoon, trying to regain our energy for the batch party. When we woke up, there were texts and missed calls from friends who have tried to tell us that there was a pre-party party at the White House from 3-7 PM. I heard it was epic But, yeah. We missed it because we were sleeping during the party. GREAT.
Here are some of the best diving, receiving, or digging pictures I got from Robis! The rest of the pictures are some of the outtakes from the tournament and the bet we had.
I scheduled our return flight at 10 AM because I was hoping that I could make it to the second day of summer class. I just made a big mistake in booking the flight in Kalibo instead of Caticlan. The two-hour ride from Caticlan to Kalibo was really tiring and we could have used the time for more sleep instead. It was like being part of Amazing Race. I SWEAR. Since we waited for the hotel breakfast, we ended arriving to the airport really late–as in 10 minutes before our flight. Good thing airport in Kalibo’s pretty lenient with their rules. As I expected, flight was a bit delayed so I didn’t make it to my class. Oh, well. Home, sweet home.
*Will be posting a different blog about Nuevo Sol [Ateneo Batch 2012 Boracay Party]
**Thank you Robis and Rye for the pictures <3
April 3, 2012
3:00 – 5:00 PM
Ate merienda at Bubble Tea in Tomas Morato with Jj, Chu, Kyle, Dzi, and Ty. Ordered the usual: Honey Dew Milk tea and Takoyaki!
5:00 – 5:45 PM
Went to the court beside Regis to play volleyball, but the net was just so bad that it was impossible to play there. It was too wide for the court and stretched badly.
5:45 – 6:30 PM
Attempted to look if College Covered Courts was open; CLOSED.
6:30 – 7:00 PM
Went to the Blue Eagle Gym to see if no one was playing, but when we got there, there was a small basketball league.
7:00 – 7:30 PM
Three of us went to different places in Quezon City to check if there were courts open. Finally, JJ was able to find a court, but it wasn’t free ’til 10 PM.
7:30 – 8:00 PM
Kyle, Chuck, and I went to Chuck’s house to get badminton rackets. Chuck’s room IS SO NICE O_O
8:00 – 9:00 PM
Half of us played badminton at Moro Lorenzo Complex to buy time. We still had two hours and we didn’t know what to do anymore.
9:00 – 10:00 PM
Ate dinner at Mc Donald’s.
10:00 – 1:30 AM
FINALLY. Played Volleyball.
Would do anything just to play volleyball–even if it’s almost 2 in the morning.
MARCH 26, 2012
I woke up in the morning not knowing that something special was going to happen. My plan for today was:
11:30 AM – 3:00 PM Meet Ange in Makati for her break
4:30 PM Leave Makati and go to Club 650
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM Play volleyball if I still can
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Dinner with AVC in Katipunan
Overnight at Ange’s house because tomorrow’s AVC year-end party!
Ange and I left Makati a little later than we planned so, when we got to Club 650, we weren’t able to play with the others anymore. I saw Pau had a camera on her hand and asked her to take photos
The plan was followed until 7 PM. Everything started to change when I decided to stall some of my time at Josh’s house while waiting for everyone to finish washing up. During this time, Mike, Rye, and I were texting each other to finalize where to eat dinner. Since the three of us missed the food at Jack’s Loft, we decided to tell everyone to meet there at 7:30. Just when the plan was settled, Ava starts calling AVC people to tell them that her grandmother is celebrating her birthday today at her house and she was inviting us for free food. WHO, IN THEIR RIGHT MIND, WILL DECLINE FREE FOOD?
Josh, Kashka, and I got to Ava’s place a little early, yet there were so many people already. To my surprise, there were more than fifteen of us waiting in the open-air dining area, something that never happened before in AVC dinners. I couldn’t help myself but joke, “Eto na ba yung year-end party?” Everyone laughed except for the other seniors who looked puzzled as well. Then, I heard clapping and footsteps, inside the house, on their way to the dining area. When I turned to see what was happening, I saw ten more people lined up, going down the stairs. Now there were at least twenty-five of us in the dining room. When I looked around, I noticed one common thing with all the seniors: we were all confused. After a few minutes, about five more people came with big bags and coolers, then that’s when Kim started talking. “Guys, eto na nga pala yung year-end party!” I looked around the area and saw no food, no drinks, no anything. I effin’ didn’t want to believe him! They said the party was going to be tomorrow! So, I stood up and asked each one of them if they were serious. I mean, WHAT? HOW? WHO? WHERE? WHEN? WHAT? How are they going to make the other seniors go? Where’s the food? Who else were coming? I was so hungry They all just laughed at me. Okay, fine. I was kind of hysterical.
So, yes. It was officially the start of AVC’s Year-End Party. They fooled the seniors by giving them the wrong date because they wanted it to be a surprise. SWEET, eh? But, it was really confusing!! Honestly, I found it amazing that almost everyone went to the party. At the end of the party, there were more than forty of us filling our stomachs, getting drunk, and laughing our night away. If there’s one thing that’s really hard to make AVC members do, it’s being complete for an event. I don’t want to put much details in what happened in the party, but I hope the pictures will suffice
Thank God a lot of people brought food–even the men’s team contributed to the table (YEHESS NAMAN!) Well, it was eating part most of the time since people kept on getting food during the program, but this was the part when it was just eating-time-and-nothing-else
Awarding for Year-End Tournament
Every year, the AVC holds a year-end tournament open for AVC members only. The core makes 4-5 teams inside the club that will compete against each other. Awarding ceremony for the winning team and the individual awards are given out during the year-end party. For this year, the new core team also awarded the AVC Basketballers who made an effort to play and represent the club in the IAC Basketball League. [I missed this part because JJ, Josh, Kashka and I picked up Carlo in Katipunan.]
Main Program / Awarding for Seniors
In this part of the party, AVC prepared videos and tributes for the seniors. GREAT JOB LOUISE AND JEGGY! I loved your version of California Girls! HAHA! Josh, thank you for the very touching video.
Then to make things a lot more interesting, they had a “pageant” theme for the awarding where they asked every senior a controversial question [F*ck you hosts for asking so many questions ] This was the order of how we were called:
I WAS SO SHOCKED AND HAPPY, OKAY. Mababaw kung mababaw, but it was what I really wanted! They gave each senior a lantern to light. It has always been my dream to light my own lantern. I know it’s quite common now, but I never had the chance to actually hold it and light it myself. The experience was sooooo amazing :”> Gah. Never-ending surprises.
P.S. Thank you to Tomie and Carlo for the very fun after party These boys would know why they’re being “special mentions”! HAHAHAHAHA!
This is one hell of a night to remember. I can’t remember the last time I had THIS MUCH fun with AVC. Yeah, we laughed a lot during trainings, but it was never like this. Despite the cliques and issues, everyone was able to get along with each other tonight. Hay. I’m really glad I decided to join AVC in spite of not knowing anyone back then. Who would’ve thought that these are the people who were going to change my life? I can’t thank AVC enough for everything it did to me and made me do. Kahit nagtatrabaho na ko, maaalala ko parin kayo. EMO? Haha. But really, these kids of mine are awesome to the highest level
Gah. These people are even making it harder for me to let go of them. HAHA! My babies are all grown up and I’m so proud of what they have become. I know AVC will do well next year with the new core. If they can pull off something like this, then they’ll do fine in the future
Thanks, Pau-pau and Rica for the pictures
It has always been part of the Ateneo tradition to send off their seniors through a gathering called the Blue Roast. Booths, booze, concert, freebies, and blue roses are just some of the things that you can expect in this awesome event. Normally I don’t attend school activities, but I promised myself during my freshman year that I was going to attend this one and will be with people whom I have been friends since first year college. So, I spent the afternoon with AVC friends and the rest of the night with Jem, Dzi, A, Sharah, Gretch, and Fille. Since I have been spending most of my time with AVC, I found my blue roast experience nostalgic. Definitely missed these girls! SHOCKS. It’s been FOUR, fast years.
To a certain extent, this year’s Blue Roast was just what I expected. As much as I didn’t want to spoil myself with any Blue Roast details, I have been to one before this. Although this was the case, the feeling of the event being dedicated to the batch you’re part of was very different from the feeling of just attending it for a friend. For the record, I wasn’t expecting that it was going to be this fun!
In the middle of the event, all seniors were given one free blue rose. It is part of the tradition for the seniors to give their blue rose to the person: a) who made an impact in their college life; b) they want to confess their feelings to, or; c) they really love. I’m not sure if these are the right descriptions, but to make things simple, blue rose is meant to be given to a person who’s very special to you.
When the roses were starting to be distributed to the students, PANIC MODE: ON. Honestly, I don’t like-like anyone right now–and even if I did decide to give it to a friend who have made an impact in my college life, THERE ARE JUST SO MANY OF THEM. Gah. Blue rose, y u make things so complicated?! I actually wanted to buy extra roses and just shuffle the free [special] rose with everything else, but it just felt wrong. So, I decided to give my blue rose to JJ [eh, wala kaming picture together ] because he was the one who made most impact in me. Before anything else, JJ’s a really good friend, alright? He’s been there through ups and downs, which not everyone would do. I really appreciate his efforts in always trying to stand by my side–in good times and bad times. For that, he deserves my blue rose
Sadly, Dzi loses her blue rose before she was able to give it to someone else
Four years would not have been the same without the four of you. Lam niyo na yun kung bakit. We might have drifted apart, but we always find a way to catch up and act like we still talk each and every day. We stuck with each other no matter how bad things went and you girls always made me feel that I will always have you by my side. Thank you. Sorry. I LOVE YOU <3 106 forever and ever, AMENThe person I can dance with anywhere even without music,
The person who’s willing to stay up all night with you while eating cup noodles,
The person who treated me like I was part of her family, and;
The person who I’ve known forever and made beach volleyball fun:
You girls are awesome I should definitely remember to thank the organizers someday Thanks to Gretch for the awesome pictures!