Mondays and Uphills

The just concluded long weekend due to the holy week was worth it. Didn’t get us far from home but it gave me a chance to just bond with wifey and Marcus. This video of the goats playing around and showing off to Marcus was captured on a Good Friday at the first stopover on our attempt to get closer to Mount Makiling. We live nearby so no big deal but take note that Marcus is in a wheelchair.

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Mount Makiling is one of the regular Holy Week destinations for those who want to make their own sacrifices or for mountaineers who want to climb something challenging but not far from the city. The last time I was up there was about 20 years ago before I got married and when a good stretch of the road to the mountain wasn’t paved yet. Now it’s a bit wheelchair-friendly.

That’s Mt. Makiling in the background taken after we made a bad turn finding a relative’s farm.

Who needs 4×4?
We reached the farm. Technically, these kids are Marcus’ cuz.
On our way back down. This is the steepest we’ve reached so letting Marcus’ wheelchair roll freely was impossible.

Next time we will try farther. And yes, next time we’ll wear something warmer.

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Mood: 2/10 Honks! (Just a day at work then another off for me.)

Goodbye Old Pal

After several attempts to sell the bike and ditching online hagglers, I found one whom I finally sold my bike to. It wasn’t the price I wanted to but to learn it’s going to be used by an excited young boy seems worth the wait. So there goes a significant piece from my young, free, and reckless days. BMX bike no more.

Shined it for the last time today.

Colorful Weekend

Summer is here indeed and my in-laws held the annual outing courtesy of a birthday celebrator. This time the venue is barely half a kilometer away so pool exposure was longer than usual.

Pink is embarrassing.
Green is cool.
Red looks better.
Blue is best.
Tan is unwanted. See who hated it the most.

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After changing from one floater to another, Marcus gathered confidence to once again try his vest. ┬áHere’s a clip.

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Wait. Let me correct myself. The most hated color would be gold. Got Marcus an Xbox Live Gold prepaid card a day before the outing and as of this writing, Monday, we can’t still make it work. We suspect it has something to do with our internet service. I suspect it was because I bought it the same day that freaky earthquake struck. We thought it’s my Xbox live account being suspended due to bad credit. My paranoia. Anyway, we had someone try activating it from the US but same error is encountered. My apologies for making your dogs’ late noon run getting delayed. I hope this gets resolved soon or that’s P2K from Marcus’ coin back going down the drain.

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Mood: 3/10 Honks! (Looking forward to a long weekend.)

Heavy

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Any break is routine is always welcome. Like Saturday’s. More than a month ago I seem to have injured my left leg having started running cold. I had it massaged once but the pain seems to linger although not as much. My wife suspects it’s something to do with uric acidicity, I think it’s about my 10 pounds excess weight. So yesterday I had it massaged again this time in a place that reminds me of no spa but of my old bed space days. Surprisingly, my co-worker who moonlights as a massage therapist can do better service than most I’ve had. Hope to get back to running again in a few weeks.

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Mood: 3/10 Honks! (Today we’ll try to send Marcus’ blood abroad.)

Car Crash

My wife couldn’t help but still prepare a simple celebration for being a year here in our new house. She had spaghetti. And Marcus had his cousin as our one and only visitor–the same kid who stayed with us for days a couple of years ago back in Cavite. It’s one of the rare days Marcus would be with someone his age at home. They played video games and they got bored and they drew. Right there is Marcus’ car crash. Close enough, right?

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Mood: 2/10 Honks! (Got new Bluetooth speaker for work via Lazada. Made me miss the old PO process.)