This is how you lose her / Díaz

images This must be the first book I’ve managed to finish in quite a long time. I picked it up early May, intending to read it on the plane to and from Butuan during the three-day furlough I managed to secure for myself using the elections as my cover. I managed to read about 10% of it by the time I got back to Manila. The next 80%, I sped through in bed last night, and the final tenth, in Starbucks this afternoon.

Such rapid writing. Yunior, the narrator, is so frantic and lost and longing for somewhere in this world to settle. He’s hopeful, then jaded, then looking for another start; looking, looking, always looking. One can’t help but relate. In some sense, we all wander.

Na-engkanto.

So Katz, some of our org friends and I went to Enchanted Kingdom.

It was my first time!

Katz speaks to the funny-sounding people at the entrance about our tickets: free access to all rides plus a free pass to either EKstreme, the 4D theater, Laser Mission or the Haunted House.

Katz puts me in first-timer mode the minute we get past the turnstiles at the entrance. “Go sit over there!”

Waiting to get on the Rio Grande Rapids ride. All in all we got on it thrice!

A trip to the gift shop was in order. Katz and I got one of these cute WillKate wedding hats for her niece.

Katz and I were starving by the time we got off the Rio Grande Rapids for the first time, so we snuck away from our group to grab hotdogs. By the time we met up with the pack, they had tried the Space Shuttle and were starving, too. Above, photos of us waiting for our pizza.

Kitkat Blizzard, upon Katz’s orders.

We tried the Haunted House. Katz very excitedly told me about it weeks before the trip, so I anticipated a lot. It turned out to be kind of boring, though. Only three people all in all made an attempt at scaring us, and they weren’t very good!

Checking my phone in the queue for Rialto. It’s a cinema with moving seats.

Katz having fun.

She made me do a couple of jumps afterwards. I’m a sucker for cobblestone streets! See my Intramuros post.

Sunsets = easy “pa-art” photographs.

Taking advantage of the soft light.

Bump cars! This was only my second time on one of these. The last time I’d ridden one was when I was five or so.

This here’s the badly named but nonetheless terrifying EKstreme. You sit on a circular floorless carriage that pulls you all the way up to the top, then releases you and lets gravity do its thing. The fall feels like your soul is carving a hole in your head and trying to get out.

Waiting for the fireworks display.

Around this time last year, Katz and I were watching fireworks, too.

The magic stays with you! Life’s fantastic.

Penoy

So let’s see, what has Aquino managed to do so far? Chase after his predecessor using slipshod, ill-advised legal tactics, check. Throw a hissy fit after a co-equal branch of government catches his mistake, check. Throw another hissy fit after the same co-equal branch of government decides to finally give the land that his family has claimed for decades to the people who actually own it, check. Throw a massive tantrum and pick an unbelievably childish fight with same co-equal branch of government, check. Send his spin doctors all over the media to widen his bullying efforts, check.

Promise to gradually disavow public tertiary education and focus instead on creating a workforce of merely employable sub-professionals—and thereby giving up on national development efforts—check.

This whole Corona impeachment issue has revealed Aquino for whom he truly is: an inexperienced, whiny, inconsolable brat with more hubris than hair. Even this early on, we know that Aquino is a forgettable President.