Reboot

In a few days I’ll be shutting down this personal blog of mine. I’ve built, destroyed and rebuilt Toxicity and Beyond since the summer of 2004 when I was still a naive Intarkid, barely an adult (18 years old baby!), and of course, full of angst. T&B was my avenue to vent the rants and celebrate the rages of college and med school life. Blogging was a huge hit back then, long before facebook was invented, haha.

This closure, however, is something that doesn’t happen overnight. I’ve barely added some posts in past months, most of my new posts are either re-posts from others, while some are re-posts from my multiply site. Neglect and indifference were definitely involved, along with lack of time and energy to write.

I knew that T&B needs a re-boot, a fresh start to finally realize my dream of documenting memories of special moments in my life. T&B needs a good parent, someone that would take care of it like his/her own child.

That’s when I realized: T&B needs a mother! I asked my fiance Maan to join me in this blogging affair!

So with the closure of this personal blog of mine, Maan and I are launching our own joint blog with same title: Ge & Maan’s Toxicity and Beyond!

It’s still on the works and we’re still finalizing some posts to be included when we officially launch the site. It’s going to be our own space on the web, especially now that we’re preparing for our wedding on December 2013. Since we practically go to the same places and do the same things together, starting a joint blog is a no-brainer and hopefully we get to update it often, and treat it as our own child. :-)

Road Trip to Palaui (January 2010)

A crosspost from my old repository of memories of the past, a.k.a. my Multiply site. For those who are unfamiliar, Multiply was THE thing during our med school years — everyone was on multiply, posting albums and albums of pictures, notes/blogs. This was our home, our network away from our books and transes. Of course these all happened before everyone jumped-ship to FB, and before multiply became the E-STORE that it is now.

But even now that multiply’s hayday is over, I still maintain my multiply site from time to time. I uploaded almost all of the pictures I took from years 2004-2009, making my site my virtual hard drive, a back-up system.

Hence this post. A glimpse of a memory made last January 2010, when my high school friends and I made a tireless journey up north (all 600 KM of it!) and returned in just 2 1/2 days!

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January 1-3, 2010

Palaui Island & Anguib Beach in Sta Ana, Cagayan
Callao Caves in Penablanca, Cagayan
Magat Dam in Isabela

Moviefriends’ Roadtrip to the North! This is actually our second long-haul drive to the north, the first one was our Ilocos adventure last 2005 (grabe, 5 years ago?). But since Meiling, who now secretly does research for a super secret IT company in Japan, came home, of course we needed to travel! By hook or by crook, kahit san man, kailangan matuloy!

Pero sa totoo lang, muntik nang di matuloy. Just 2 days before our departure date of JANUARY 1 (of all days, kailangan New Year talaga, haha) we still didn’t have a place to go to. On the top of our list was Baler, Aurora to do surfing and whatnot. But I soon found out that we needed a 4×4 to go there dahil nasira daw yung daan dahil sa Ondoy. Ok, so Aurora was crossed-out from our list. I suggested we drive to Banaue Rice Terraces instead and do spelunking in Sagada after. Well, gusto pa rin ata nilang magbeach so kailangan may beach.

We still did not have any destination until 1 day before leaving, I browsed my handy Travel Map of the Philippines (thanks Maan! <3) and saw that in the Northeastern most tip of Luzon is where Palaui island is located, the game fishing capital of the Philippines, and it also has a lot of tourist activities like snorkeling and a nearby whitesand-like-Bora beach. I researched the place in the net and saw this:

We’re definitely going there!

We left QC around 10PM on the first day of 2010, armed with a CD of 17 of JA’s latest mixes (including Party in the USA of Miley Cyrus, haha) and of course the Glee soundtrack (unending “Just a small town girl…”), and much of Eheads and other 90’s music, we traversed the NLEX-SCTEX-Tarlac-Nueva Ecija-Nueva Viscaya-Isabela-Cagayan route eventually arriving at San Vicente, Cagayan (the jump off point to our destination – Palaui Island) at around 11AM of January 2! Not bad. 642km in 12 hours = ~50kph, ang bagal pala namin, hahaha.

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Dinner Date

Dinner cooked and prepared by my personal chef named Maan :)

Fried eggplant + salted egg with tomatoes + smoked boneless milkfish + slices of oranges

(pritong talong + itlog na maalat at kamatis + tinapang bangus + sunkist oranges)

Definitely beats being stuck in traffic on a busy and rainy Friday night! TV series marathon to follow! :-)