April

The initial plan was to write something with a little arte, like maybe start with a scene description from Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha, maybe include a dialog or two, and then fluidly transition into a persuasive thesis statement on adulthood, credit scores, and being “undateable.” Too bad I’m too lazy to pull that off, so I’m just gonna go ahead and say,

Hey, guys — it’s gonna be May! (N*SYNC, anyone?)

Anyway, April was a good ride for me. I went through job interviews, secured a job in a new industry, and I also took on a second job, a writing raket that keeps me busy every night. I still had to deal with some not-so-major hiccups every now and then but, considering how shitty the last couple months had been, I’d say I had a pretty decent April. Good stuff.

So, what else do I tell you about? Oh, yes, the move!

My new job is in another city a three-hour drive away from where I live. I had to look for a place to stay, so two weeks ago I went on a solo road trip. The best deal I found was for this small basement bedroom that isn’t as pricey (and not as fancy) as the other places I visited. Pwede na.

The room isn’t as dark as this photo makes it appear.

I packed my shit Sunday night, drove Monday morning (another three-hour solo trip) and now I am all settled. I don’t own a lot of stuff by the way, just clothes and books and toiletries, etc. All the other things I need I just bought when I went out for groceries this afternoon.

Now let’s rewind a little and talk about my previous job. Last week on my last day my boss told me to keep his contact info. “You can use me as your reference,” he said. “And let us know if you ever want to come back.” I couldn’t tell if he was just being nice but, hey, isn’t that dope? I must’ve done something right, ‘no?

Anyway, back to the recap.

I watched eight movies in April (favourites are Peter Chan’s Comrades: Almost a Love Story and The Russo Brothers’ Avengers: Endgame), read three or four books (including Carmina Mones’ Adulting and Winning Winging It), crunched 10 or so JSTOR articles (most recent read was Fredric Jameson’s On Magic Realism in Film, #feelingera), and saved new songs on Spotify (including Morisette’s “Mahal Naman Kita”, the Jamie Rivera original that goes pangaraaaaap ka na lang baaa…).

I haven’t read any of the books in the picture. I’m particularly looking forward to reading Merlinda Bobis’ Dream Stories and Dean Francis Alfar’s The Kite of Stars.

Fun fact: I started listening to “Mahal Naman Kita” on repeat after reading Pinoy Transplant’s Abangers: Endgame, a post in which he philosophizes (choz) the abanger phenomenon, that which when people long for a love that will never be. Funner fact: I am currently sailing on that boat huehuehue.

But nope, I will not let my pangarap-ka-na-lang-ba kaartehan undo all the good shit that happened last month. April was good, let’s just end it at that, bow.

22 thoughts on “April”

  1. Congrats on your new job, Jolens! πŸ™‚

    And thank you for mentioning that song. Haha. Lakas maka-throwback. I’m kinda sailing on the same boat. πŸ˜€

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    1. Miiitch! Tenkyu. πŸ™‚

      Do you still watch CL matches now that the Italian teams are out? Barça won 3-0 (!!) over Liverpool, kaloka haha.

      And, haaay. This boat sucks, ‘no? Huuugs! 😦

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      1. I did not. Huhu. It’s early morning in the Philippines and I work at 7am so I can’t really stay up late. Did you watch? Congrats to you and Barca! Haha. That must make you so happy. Saya siguro mag-watch nung finals especially kung sila ng Ajax. Argh.

        I knoooow. *hugs back* We can always get off once it reaches the shore. 😊

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        1. I watched the replay after work! Haha. The match was at around lunch time here in Canada so I had to wait until I got off work. Liverpool was soooo unlucky! 😦 Now I’m kinda hoping that Man City slips so Liverpool can take the league trophy. And yea, sana Barca-Ajax nga sa finals! Weeeee. πŸ™‚

          Let’s pray that we get to the shore soon, Mitch! Kaya natin ‘to! Haha. πŸ˜€

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        2. Awwww. I bet that game was awesome. Wish I can watch it! Barca must be really good. Was the game at Camp Nou? I’d love to see Liverpool winning once again. It’s been so long but it seems they always slip up in the last few weeks of the season. Ugh. Such rotten luck. I’d definitely watch the finals if it’s between Barca and Ajax! πŸ˜€

          Let’s do this! Haha. πŸ˜€

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        3. GUUURRRRLLLL!!! Liverpool came back!!! My gahd anuna????!!! Hahahahuhuuhuhu. 😦

          Are you still going to watch the finals now that it’s between Liverpool and Spurs? Man just typing that out feels ridiculous. Liverpool and Spurs?? In the CL finals?? Mitchy walang imposible! Maybe we can have a happy ending with our crushes too hahaha. πŸ˜€

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        4. Jolens, omg! I was floored when I woke up to the news, too. Football is crazy. I can’t say it’s really surprising though, given Liverpool’s history of epic comebacks. Milan experienced it in 2005 in Istanbul. They led 3-0 at halftime and the next half, naging tabla. They went on to penalties and Liverpool won the Champions League. It scarred the Milan players for life. 😭

          I really wanted Ajax to be there sana. Argh. Haha. I’m not into English clubs eh pero Liverpool is fine. Pati Europa League kay England clubs pa rin. Haha. Nothing is impossible talaga sa football. Never say die until the final whistle. Omg. Ang hirap i-reach talaga ng mga crushes ko. Kapit lang tayo. πŸ˜‚

          Are you going to watch the finals?

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        5. Oh yeeeeesssss I know that match! Kakalokaaa! And I think that’s worse kasi it was only one game. Huhuhu. 😭

          I also felt bad for Ajax big time huhuhu! 😦 It’s Premier League’s time to shine na daw, haha. La Liga teams used to dominate for, like, ever. πŸ˜‚Ako rin ‘yung mga crush ko ang lalayo, hahaha.

          I will watch the finals fo shooo!!! Gising ka maaga Mitch! πŸ˜€

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        6. It was a nightmare. Finals yun eh. Pirlo talked about it in the later years. Na-depress daw siya. But good thing Milan took the title sa rematch nila in 2007. πŸ˜„

          As in! Ang Ajax talaga. Whatda. Sige na nga lang. Let’s give it to them. Bumawi sa ilang years na walang English club every finals. I was surprised na kahit sa Europa League, na-eliminate pa rin ang La Liga clubs. Give chance to others na rin ang peg. πŸ˜‚

          Haha! I think I will din. Kailan nga siya? I hope di siya weekday pero if ever, di na ako matutulog niyan. πŸ˜„

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        7. Aw man, ang harsh nga na sa finals nangyari. Pero yay they won the rematch! At least they were able to redeem themselves, haha. πŸ™‚

          Next season La Liga na ulit! Claiming it! Hahahaha. Okay na rin ‘tong may variety. A few months ago people were wary about a Clasico finals in the CL; at least now we get a different match-up. Haha.

          Sa June 2, Sunday, 3am Philippine time! Sakto weekend! Guguluhin kita kung manonood ka! Wala ako kasama manood dito e, hahaha. πŸ˜‚

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        8. Haha! Ang bilis ng time. I think Barca can easily win it. Kaya nga. I welcome variety. Sana may Italian clubs lang talaga next year.

          Hala, ba’t ang tagal? May yan usually, di ba? Hahaha. I will watch talaga kasi weekend. Omg. Excited na ako! πŸ˜€

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  2. I loved Frances Ha. But I can’t get myself to watch it again, afraid that it might lose its charm on a second, more critical viewing. Fingers crossed you do use it as a reference/introduction soon.
    And congrats on your big changes! To me they’d be anxiety-inducing [gulp], but I hope you find them exciting and liberating. Here’s to an awesome May!

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    1. Oh my, I know what you mean! I feel the same way about most romcoms that I watch — all fun and good until you start viewing them through a critical lens, haha. πŸ™‚

      I’ve watched Frances Ha multiple times though and thankfully it hasn’t lost its charm yet, at least to my eyes. The film just speaks to my taste, I guess — the humor and the quirks and the emotional core still appeal to my broke-ass millennial heart. πŸ˜€

      Thanks, Gabriela! I hope you have an awesome (and liberating) May as well! ❀

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  3. Yaaaay! You’re back! With a blogpost I mean. Congratulations on the new job and move! Kahit nasa abangers boat ka, may new exciting chapter in life ka naman. haha. besides puede naman mag-enjoy habang nag-aabang. Lol.

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  4. Gaaah. Same boat. I just rewatched the latest GoT episode (s8ep4) at ang tanong ko talaga ay, “bakit ba hindi tayo gusto ng mga taong gusto natin tapos yung mga gusto tayo wala, hindi click e.” Gusto ko na pilitin sarili ko sa taong ‘to because a.) pagod na ko mang-ghost (I know I’m such a shitty person), and b.) hello, miss ko na may kayakap? Hahaha! Kaso haha iba talaga yung crush ko shet shet shet. Anyway yun lang naman. Tangina sobrang unfair ng buhay.

    and hey! natapos mo na! hahaha! shelemet memsh! ❀

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    1. MINAGUUUURL!!! πŸ˜€

      Dahil ba ‘to kay Brienne?? Huhuhu. Naku teh I feel you d’yan sa pagka-miss ng kayakap. Pero ‘wag mong pilitin teh, please! I’ve been on the other end of that deal, hindi siya masaya choz not choz huhuhu.

      Sino ‘tong crush mo?? May jowa ba? May asawa na? Close ba kayo? Malay mo naman crush ka rin niyaaa!!! Yiiiiieeeee. ❀

      Hay nako teh dahil sa 'yo nagliligpit na ako ng kama pagkagising. Marami ako natutunan! Hahaha. Teka kapag nagkaoras magsusulat ako tungkol sa book mo, tas post ko dito okay lang? Ang bongga mo na talaga! ❀

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      1. Oo naiinis na ko dyan kay Jaime punyeta siya hahaha! Sige hindi ko na gagawin kahit pwede kong gawin ngayon lol kasi ayoko rin mangyari sa akin huhu.

        Walang jowa, nakakainis lang minsan feeling ko crush niya ko tas minsan hindi. Kaya nagdadagdag na ko ng mga bagong crush hahaha para hindi ako masyadong naiinis.

        Very good nagliligpit ka na! HAHAHAHA! OO naman please para dumami tayong nagliligpit ng kama! At mabentahan pa natin yang mga yan. HAHAHA! ❀ Namiss kita!

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  5. Tandaan mo na kanta ko kay Kyx yang Mahal Naman Kita mga ilang years ago tapos naging kami din hahaha also, nagpunta sa pinagtatrabahuhan ko si Jolina pero nakabreak ako tapos pag-baba ko wala na siya 😦 Ang lungkot. Oh well hayyy miss u mamsh!

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