Monday, September 01, 2014

Overdrive Italia 2014- Second Day Pahabol: Himasin ang matigas na bird sa Verona

Gusto mong himasin ang matigas na bird na ito sa Verona?






Hahahahaha! 

Overdrive Italia 2014- Second Day: Loveless in the City of Love

Verona is the official city of love. This is where the legendary teenage love of Romeo and Juliet came to life, and ended, not tragically, but in the most stupid manner possible. For opera enthusiasts, the city is known for its Roman arena where most operas and classical music concerts are held. But still, Verona is the city of love, stupid love.



The Roman Arena and my two talikogenic friends

We went to the super-vandalised House of Juliet, where we saw the over-crowded atrium where one can see Juliet’s famous balcony. According to my friend’s travel book, this is PRESUMABLY the Capuleti House, but no one has ever confirmed it. The tragedy must’ve been that alarming, that nobody ever attempted to tell the exact location of the the disgraced family's house. Nevertheless, couples and love-birds still pay a visit to this house.








The traditional vandalism of sworn statements of eternal love is still rampant. I stood before those walls and those lockets and cast a bitter curse on them all. Bitter talaga eh. Hahaha!

The walls of the corridor leading to the atrium of the Capuleti House.
Lockets galore! A curse upon those promises! Bwahaha!

I did write my ex’s name and mine on those walls the first time I made a quick visit in the city some years ago. We ended our relationship, also in the most stupid manner possible. At least not with suicide.

Meet Giulietta Capuleti.  
The balcony of Juliet's room....
Not even grabbing Juliet’s right breast could cheer me up. I wanted to grab something else. Hahaha! By the way, aside from vandalising world heritage sites for the sake of freakin love and tradition, another tradition that was said to bring good vibes to your love-life is to grab Juliet’s breast. 

The face is more obscene than the deed.

So there I was in the city of love. Single and loveless. Shet.

I was actually in such a sour mood that day. Siguro nga bitter lang. 

I wasn’t also in the mood because I was kind of tired and I was wearing contact lens. Hindi naman ako sanay. Buti na lang lumipas din. I can be quite moody sometimes especially when I’m tired and anxious; like a bitch during her period and in heat.

That evening, after eating a sumptuous meal at a pizzeria, we just hang out in the piazza near the arena and listened to our photographer friend’s MMK-esque story about his life.

All three- sharing each other’s stories under the silver moon and under the blanket of a starry night. It’s like when we were younger, in our ultimate pursuit of life; our pursuit of truth, freedom, beauty, and above all, the pursuit of love eternal.

Bachelors club or some sort of a Dead Poets Society? I don’t know. I don’t care. I was loveless in Verona, but I had incredible friends.

A word from Shakespeare


Sunday, August 31, 2014

Overdrive Italia 2014- Lesson of the First Day: go with the flow!

Kapag napapagtripan ka ng kapalaran talaga, parang gusto mong pasabugin ang buong mundo.

Napagkasunduan ng trio naming na puntahan ang sikat na sikat na Cinque Terre. Ayon sa mga reviews at mga travel tips, mahirap ang mag-drive papunta sa lugar na iyon at mahirap din maghanap ng parking lot. So the best way was to book a hotel in the city of La Spezia at maghanap ng parking space sa area na yon.

Buena mano! First day pa lang na multahan na agad ako!

I programmed the first day like this: pagdating sa La Spezia, sugod agad sa train station to get the first train going to one of the villages of the Cinque Terre. Pero hindi! Nagyaya ang dalawa ko pang kasama na pumetiks muna sa La Spezia dahil gutom.

I saw this fountain in La Spezia. Wala lang. Natigilan ako eh. It reminds me of a hard, smooth and wet vagina. hahaha!

Medyo nanggigil na noon ako because for me, we were wasting a lot of time! Pero naisip ko din, first day ito, shet. Alangan naman mag-away-away agad kami eh may 7 days pang natitira. So sinakyan ko ang trip nung dalawa at naglakad kami ng ilang meters para maghanap ng pinakamalapit na fast-food resto. Note: THIS IS ITALY. THERE ARE MORE SLOW-FOOD RESTO THAN FAST-FOOD CHAINS.


Finally we decided to go to Cinque Terre. This is not actually a town, but let’s say a land made up of five, presumably, marvellous villages and, according to some travel reviews, fantastic beaches. I was expecting paradise. When we got there, well, the beaches were.... whatever.

Ewan. Medyo na-disappoint ako. Siguro nga kapag sa mga ganitong pagkakataon eh wag nga daw dapat mag expect. Narating naming ang Riomaggiore at Monterosso al Mare. Nothing really special.

Ang masaklap pa dito eh nag book ako ng boat tour, dahil gusto ko din sana mag sight-seeing mula sa dagat. Bad trip nga lang kasi sabi nung isa kong kasama mahal daw, hindi na daw kasama sa budget. Pina-cancel ko. Balak ko pa man din pagpiyestahan yung tour guide. Bwahaha! Para maging masaya ang mga kasama ko, pumayag na rin ako. Kaso nga lang, bigla naman itinanong sa akin kung may shopping centre ba kami madadaanan. Gusto ko sanang sakalin siya pero friendship outlasts and overcomes many things, and that includes the urge to kill a human being, hehehe! Bestfriend ko naman, so hindi ko rin magagawa yun sa kanya.

Sa beach, siksikan lahat ang tao. Parang naisipan ng buong bansa na sabayan kami sa paglusob sa dagat sa lugar na ito. I am not really fond of the sea, dahil hindi ako marunong lumangoy. Pero lumusob na rin ako. Go with the flow eh. Yun nga lang, I was wearing my eye-glasses. So ayun, sinunggaban ako ng malakas na alon. As of now, may isang sirena sa dagat ang nakikinabang sa salamin ko.



I had no choice kundi mag sun-bathing na lang, as if mestizong hilaw ako. Alangan sirain ko ang araw ko. Walang salamin. May multa pa. Walang boat tour at eye-candy-tour-guide.

Ginawa ko ang isang bagay na hindi ko madalas gawin- mag pray. Yes, I prayed. Perhaps I was too ungrateful to God for making my dream true. I prayed earnestly. Told God, yes, I’m freakin sick and tired of work and fines, puede po bang just for this week eh makahagilap ako ng biyaya, the way ang mga hinayupak na mga senador na yan eh nabibiyayaan niya.

Sa pagtatapos ng araw, everything went smoothly again. Nakahanap nako ng maayos na parking space, malayo sa hotel at malayo sa mga pulis. At least walang multa.

A pleasant walk from where I parked my car up to the hotel where we stayed. 15 minutes ko din nilakad, but at least ganito ang nilakaran ko.

At may ganyan pa!

Kung dati naka salamin ako, ngayon hindi na. I was blind, now I have contact lens. Artistahin na po ako tingnan! Hehehe! At kahit walang boat tour, eh nakabawi naman sa isang boat ng sushi sa Sakura Restaurant sa La Spezia.



Puede na. Just go with the flow!



Thursday, August 28, 2014

Overdrive Italia 2014- Prologue

Once there were three friends. One from the north who pleased the gods. One from the south who made beauty out of lights. And one who was lost in love and in his words. All three had beginnings and an end.

They met somewhere in a forest in Rome. In those days they were in search of God. In their pursuit of holiness, they saw each other. And their lives were woven together by divine grace and by God’s choice. In the following days, they shared bread, wine, and their lives. The rest was history.

They planned a trip together in the future. Nobody knew when. Nobody knew how. Nobody knew where. A decade passed, and the Renaissance Man found the way to make it happen.


They visited the northern cities. And they saw, they traveled, and they ate a lot. Buhay baboy na naman. Shet. 


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sa Lahat Ng Mga Nagduda....

Sa lahat ng mga nagsabing puro drawing lang ako. Sa lahat ng mga nagduda sa planong ito.

I'm sorry. Tuloy na tuloy na ang Overdrive Italia 2014, kasama ang mga best travelling companions ko!


I still can't believe this. BAKASYON NA AKO!!!!