7 working days + 2 weekends = 11 days away from my work. This has been the longest break I’ve had since I graduated from college. I missed slacking. 🙂 I missed being carefree. But it was different this time. My being ‘carefree’ entailed a lot of expenses that surely hurt my income and savings. But hey, it was all worth it.
My checklist of things have changed as I shifted to a new environment. I earn my own money now which means I have control over it. There were a lot of things going in my head when this vacation was approaching. I should go see the American Idol Live! Tour 2012. I did last year so I thought of continuing what I started. But something I don’t know kept holding me back. And I thought it was a bit overpriced. Let’s go to Vigan! No time to plan it. Besides Mama doesn’t like long trips. I swore to myself that the first trip I’m gonna have with my earnings would be with my family.:) Why not try the beaches in Batangas? I was so dying to go to Acuatico! But it was too expensive for me. Plus my sister just got back from her Asian tour. I have to shoulder all the expenses. Every idea of going out of town did not materialize. I don’t wanna shock myself financially plus my body was screaming to just relax and spend more time sleeping.
I did stay in, most of the time. But it did not involve much of snoozing. I spent my days catching up with TV shows, reading books and going out with friends. At the first night of my vacation, I watched a few episodes of True Blood 5. But I was drawn in to finishing the first season of Touch. I was simply in awe with how intelligently this series is written! And I found myself literally in tears in its penultimate episode.
Photo from Seriable
Also, I bought my own original DVD copy of Supernatural 1! My sister and I are so hooked with the storyline the Winchester brothers got themselves tangled into so we decided to start collecting the series (just like with The Vampire Diaries) 🙂
And since it was 11 days dedicated to relaxation, I did start with a new show to watch! It’s a legal drama entitled Suits which follows the story of the best closer in New York, Harvey Specter and the lawyer who didn’t go to law school, Mike Ross.
Photo from IMP Awards
And I’m proud to say that I’m already done watching its 22 episodes! Couch potato-ing at its best!:D Now, I have to wait til January for the continuation of Season 2.
Aside from filling up my mind of different plots, I also had time to hang out with my friends. Given my not-so-normal work schedule, it was a bit hard for me to see them so I grabbed this chance to spend time with ’em. I went out with college/OJT mates and celebrated a pre- and post- birthday at Johnny Rockets in Burgos Circle! Then I went to see The Perks of Being a Wallflower with a co-GIP trainee last Friday. That movie was awesome! It may have strayed a bit from the book but it’s forgivable (for the screening time’s sake). And last, I got to spend late lunch with the longest college friends I have just days before my vacay ends. Nothing beats the company of old people who knows you inside out.
But the core of this vacation was really the time spent with myself and with my family. I found this very exclusive place where I spent most of my afternoons looking at the Makati skyline. It was the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf branch at the Two E-com Prism Plaza.
Photo from SM Land
CBTL is situated on the right of the fountain if you’re standing from the viewpoint of the picture above. Opposite the view you can see in the coffee shop is the vast waters of the Manila Bay. What completes the experience here is the strong wind that really takes away the stress!
Plans may have not materialized, yet I can say that I enjoyed this vacation. As short as it was, I had enough time for myself, my family and friends. Til next year since I only had this privilege once in twelve months.:)