20. Volunteer for a cause

After nine years, I came back to Rizal National Science High School (RNSHS) for a medical mission organized by the alumni. Rowie and I arrived early and the venue was already packed. We were briefed on our assignments and off we went.

I was assigned to the Hepatitis Screening. Only people who tested negative on the screening are allowed to receive the vaccine for medical reasons that are beyond me. Together with Frances, another alumni (Batch 6), we went to the screening area to meet the student volunteers.

Hepatitis Screening Team
(From left to right) Faye, Maggy, Tin, Third, Me, Raffy, Frances, Michelle

After the introductions, we reviewed the tasks assigned to each member and started to break the ice before the program starts officially.

Me: Who is the youngest one here?

*Kids point to the boyscout – Third

Me: Batch? Year?

Third: Batch 15, Grade seven.

Wow. I almost forgot. Grade seven. Batch15, huh? Sigh.

Kids: Ate, how about you?

Frances: Batch 6

Me: Batch 2

Kids: *Jaw drops*

God. I feel ooold. I can’t blame them. Batch 15… Batch 2. Yes, time flies so fast, kids. Watch out. Haha.

Kids: How old are you?

Frances: 20

Me: 18

Yeah. That was a bad sign. Changing and hiding your real age is never a good sign. Tsktsktsk.

Volunteer doctors and nurses

The nurses who will be helping us arrived and the show started. But after 30 mins people stopped rushing to our area. They prefer the long lines for the free vitamins and medical consultation with the doctors. So, our team was pretty ‘relaxed’ compared to the other services offered. Frances and I took turns inviting people to come over and get screened. Boy, it was hard to sell the free screening to the people. Majority of them were scared of needles. In the end, the nurses asked us to try it ourselves just to keep them busy. Ha! In the end, even the nurses were trying to pull other customers to get screened.

Too bad I had to leave early because of a previous commitment, so I grabbed an early lunch and said good bye to the rest of the alumni.

I want to this again. Tiring? Yes. But it was fulfilling as well. Good job guys!

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Potted Potter

Pahinga muna sa Bacolod posts (may dalawang araw pa akong hindi nagagawa). Mashadong mahaba ang mga Bacolod posts eh. Kaya ito na lang muna…

Ang agenda ko ng umaga: Medical Mission sa Rizal National Science High School (RNSHS) organized by the alumi. Kaso kelangan ko umalis ng mas maaga para makaabot sa Potted Potter. Plus, nasa akin ang printed tickets namin kaya bawal ako malate.

Official Poster

With my nihon-esque family, we enter the theater. Habang nagaantay na magstart ang play, napansin namin yung isang actor na hawak yung libro. In character agad! Talagang inantay namin kung gagalaw sha o hindi. Gumalaw naman sha… pero hindi niya nililipat ng page yung binabasa nya. Tapos may nag voice over.

Show starts. Potted Potter squeezed all seven Harry Potter books in 70 minutes. Hindi ko ma-imagine kung pano itatawid ng dalawang actors (Jesse Briton and Gary Trainor) ang seven books ng silang dalawa lang.

Jesse & Gary
Photo c/o ClickTheCity.com

Ang dami naming tawa. Ibang level ang energy nila Jesse at Gary. At kahit nasa Balcony kami nakaupo, kitang kita pa din ang mga facial expressions nila. Winner ang mga props, Hogwarts train, fire-breathing dragon and the wands. Shempre may live Quidditch Match pa na favorite part ni Jesse. Kumpleto ba ang Quidditch kung walang Golden Snitch? Shempre hindi. Hahaha. May mga song and dance number pa!

Photo from ClickTheCity.com

Ang galing nung nagsulat ng play. Hindi nakakasawa yung mga jokes. Bilib din ako kila Jesse at Gary kasi ang bilis nila mag-adapt sa culture natin. Pinagaralan talaga bago sila sumabak sa entablado.  Tapos tatlong shows na sunod sunod sa isang araw. 30 mins lang ang pahinga nila sa pagitan ng mga shows na yun. X.X Definitely a must-see for all the Harry Potter fans out there. Yung ibang nanood nga naka-costume pa. Hehehe.

After ng play, pinagisipan namin kung san kakain kasi nagugutom na kami. Habang naglalakad at nagiisip kumain, nagkkwentuhan kami tungkol sa Cam Norte trip ni Mi.

M: Rio, party tayo sa birthday mo.

R: Sige, San?

M: Sa Calaguas.

R: Ikaw na ang madaming pera.

M: 2k plus lang yung nagastos namin.

R: Talaga? Go!

Boom! Sabog nanaman ako neto. Hahaha.

Maya-maya konti, napagkasunduan namin pumunta kami ng Little Tokyo dahil nagccrave kami ni Mi ng Japanese food at naghahanap din sha ng flour na pang gawa ng mochi. Habang nagddrive si Mi papuntang Little Tokyo, napagusapan ang paghahanap ko ng navigator. Kelangan ko ng lalaking navigator. Haaayy… Ang hirap naman… Pansamantagal, si Dha muna. Haha.

Pagdating ng Ltitle Tokyo, nag-grocery na si Mi para sa mochi nya. At dahil maaga pa, sarado pa yung mga kainan. Lungkot… Plan B. Market Market ang bagsak namin para kumain sa Sushi King. Natawa ako kasi napansin kong may tofu ang order naming tatlo. Kay Dha, sizzling fish and tofu. Sakin naman tofu don. Ang order naman ni Mi sushi at spicy noodles na may tofu.

Hindi kumpleto ang isang meal ng walang dessert. Dinayo pa namin ang Slice sa dulo ng Bonifacio High Street para nagdessert at matikman ang pinagmamalaki nilang Choco Yema cupcake.

(From top to bottom) Choco Yema, Rocky Road and Candyland Choco cupcake

Moist yung Choco Yema cupcake kaya masarap. Gagayahin ko ito. Haha. Yung Rocky Road masarap din. May touch of banana. Yung Candyland, medyo dry yung cupcake pero bumawi sa icing. Gawa sa mamahaling butter yung icing kaya masarap.

Choco Stirrer for Mi

Isang block ng bittersweet chocolate at mainit na gatas. Yum…

Citrus Burst for me

Coffee + Orange tapos may bonus na granola. Hindi ko feel yung granola kaya hindi ko ginalaw. Masarap naman yung coffee. Ang unang malalasahan mo yung asim factor ng orange tapos mawawala at mapapalitan ng coffee. Kaso hindi ko na naubos kasi inaantok na ako… Wrong move.

Kay Dha naman Naked Dark Chocolate. Purong cacao tapos may milk at sugar na nakahiwalay. Ikaw na ang bahala magtimpla. Tinikman ni Dha ngunit hindi kinaya ng powers nya. Para sa isang tao na hindi naglalagay ng creamer sa kape nya at uber konting asukal, matindi talaga yung Naked Dark Chocolate kasi binuhos nya lahat ng milk at sugar sa chocolate ng walang alinlangan.

Habang nagdedessert, napagusapan ang pagdating ng pasko at plinano na namin ang Christmas party ng Kuku-core. Overnight stay sa Taytay. May dalawang choices:

1) Tea party sa Picnic Grove, meaning nakadress lahat with matching hat (lakas lang ng trip) or

2) Rent ng bahay tapos party sa garden.

Paguusapan pa sa email kung anong mangyayari. Sana may raffle uli sa party. Haha.

Slice:

G/F Bonifacio High Street Central, West Superblock, 7th Ave cor 29th St Fort Bonifacio, Taguig (02) 565-1998