Two Shots of Espresso!

So it’s been 13 months since the last time I’ve updated this blog! Got carried away with work and travel. I’m away almost every last week of the month since I got back from Maldives. Guess the travelling dude inside was fully awakened after that awesome trip! 

But here I am, back again to writing. Lots have happened since the last time I am here. But I still don’t have that story I’ve been wanting to write. 😦

What brought me back? Let me tell you…

A year ago… About a month ago after I’m back from my first out-of town trip, I’ve been awfully busy with work. Lots of changes! Lots of developments! I think it was a Thursday night, on my way home after a long day in thr office, I glanced at my favorite Starbucks and saw this guy. I was in the car and my driver was just around the intersection, about to turn left away from the shop. But I caught a good glimpse of his face. He’s tan with a shaved head and a set of two deep eyes. From where he’s standing I know he’s way taller than me. He was wearing a black apron. A coffee master…

TGIF! I forgot about this new barista I saw the other night until I logged off. Was planning on going home but then again, thought I’d drop by Starbucks. It’s Friday anyways! A frappuccino won’t hurt to pat my own back after a full week.

The familiar faces behind the counter know my drink so I didn’t have to order up. One of my closest has introduced me to the newbie. John. He was too shy for a barista. And actually for a guy who’s six foot tall. I grabbed my drink and stayed at my favorite spot for about an hour with my book. I can’t even understand what I was reading as I kept on stealing glances to John. I stopped myself before he caught me. So I said goodbye to my barista friends. But I was too shy to say bye to him. Can’t even look at him!

I was almost always in my spot after work after that night.  Been that way before I even realized his existence so people around didn’t suspect anything. I grew comfortable on him. No stealing glances anymore. 😉

I particularly like the table which became my “spot” in that coffee shop because it’s the one closest to the bar. Whenever he’s stationed there, I’d look up from my book and watch him call out the drink. He’d look at me and smile before I go back to reading. 

Weeks had past. It’s the middle of summer. My work friends and I planned on traveling north to surf! I brought my stuff to the office. Finished work early so I went down to get me a daily dose of coffee (and John, lol) while waiting for our departure. I was lucky because he was at break. He sat on the vacant seat opposite me. I’m no conversation-starter. So was he! I threw questions which he answered with no return question. No fillers in between so awkward silence it was! But when I mentioned about surfing. He was all fired-up!

Apparently, he and his barista friends went to the same beach we’re going to just a few weeks ago. He repeatedly told me to take extra care as waves are really violent. I was floating at that moment!

After four hours of driving, we finally arrived at our destination. I was in Facebook during the whole trip and stumbled upon his page. I’m Facebook friends with the othrr baristas so he appeared on the suggested people. I was reluctant to add him up because we’ve only had one conversation since we met. But I know myself too well I guess so I was not surprised when I clicked on the add button. In less than ten minutes he accepted my request.

We didn’t have a stellar conversation. He’s a man of few words. But it ended up with phone numbers exchanged. I slept for half a day on our first day of tour. When I awoke, we exchanged a few texts from time to time. 

Those little pockets of communication via Facebook and texts and my constant coffee orders led to a movie date. Actually we went out twice. Both times I wished it ended with a kiss.

The second time we went out, we saw a movie. Godzilla. We then ate at a nearby Mexican place and hopped to Friday’s for drinks. I drink occassionally but I think this was one of the nights when I drank one too many.

He had 13 glasses of mojitos! While I, trying to keep up, had 10! He kept on checking up on me if I’m still fine or what. We had a better conversation then as we got to know each other deeper. But his guard was still up so high despite intoxication.

Night ended with him meeting another friend. He walked me to the taxi bay but I told him to go ahead and not wait for me to hail a cab. He went and I was left to my thoughts.

After a while, a cab has finally arrived. When I was safely seated at the back, I pulled up my phone from my pocket and sent him a text message. Thanked him for a great night then spoiled everything… I told him I liked him! As soon as I hit send, I felt it was too soon. 

He responded with thanks. But without any regard to the other thing I mentioned. I pushed it and asked him about it.

Turned out he’s straight. Got me all confused because I thought he was gay. Not that he acted that way but the way we connected and how he treated me, I thought there was something more in there. Also, the fact that he went out with me twice came across as a signal of what could be brewing. 

I seriously felt bad while the cab hit the main road as if it were the only vehicle in there. I initially regret my impulse of telling him that I like him but it turned out to be a good thing somehow. At the least, I won’t have to linger to the hope that there might be something between us.

Earlier today, I was back in my usual spot in Starbucks. He’s not there anymore. He’s still a barista but in a Starbucks two blocks away. I was busy feeding my eyes with Game of Thrones when somebody tickled me. I was too engrossed with the book but I looked up and saw John. Totally unexpected! His head is still shaved and his body is as bulky as before.

“What are you doing here?!!” I asked with utmost surpise in my tone. 

Since it’s summer again, he’ll be joining the group’s trip to a nearby beach. I remember another barista friend mentioning it to me just the other but I totally forgot when it was. I pulled my bag from the chair opposite me so he can sit. I saw him think twice but he sat. He asked me how I am and told him I’m doing great. He looks better than the last time I saw him. He’s not donning his black apron but a grey shirt, shorts and Sperry shoes. All ready for the beach.

As what he always do whenever he smoke, he’ll leave the table and go outside for a few minutes. He knows I don’t like cigarettes. The first time he did this was when we were in Friday’s torturing our livers with mojitos. I always feel excited when I watch him walking back towards me. 

But this time, after he told me he’ll smoke, he didn’t come back. I didn’t expect him to, too. I finished up the Bran chapter I’m reading, tucked the book in my bag and left. 

Maldives!

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No words can describe how beautiful this place is! These are little paradises scattered in the Indian Ocean! I feel blessed and lucky to have been visited six islands in the south atoll.

This vacation, though expensive, worth every dollar! Wish I could stay longer (have been island hopping for 5 days!)

Tomorrow, will be leaving for Kuala Lumpur before going back to Manila.

Will be posting photos soon from my camera when I’m back home 🙂

Pre-Adventure Excitement!

I got so busy the past week and I haven’t got a chance to write anything. 😦 Had a few meetings and trainings before I leave the office. I didn’t even had time to check my phone. But all’s good. Everything has to be perfect before I go.

It’s almost midnight here in Manila, another weekday is about to start. But not for me! I’m officially on vacation. My flight to Malaysia is on Tuesday morning. It’s going to be my first time to leave my beloved country. I’ve been to key cities in the three major islands of the Philippines but haven’t got a chance to see other countries. I’m so stoked to be finally be experiencing a new culture. Though they don’t differ much (after learning the Philippine heritage history), I’m sure I’m gonna find some pleasant differences.

So I’ll be gone for 9 days — a trip to Malaysia and Maldives. Maldives!!! That’s on the top of my bucket list! Thank God, we found a cheap flight from Kuala Lumpur to Male, Maldives’s capital. I am so looking forward to see their international airport which, from what I’ve read, is only six feet above sea level! And of course, the numerous atolls and islands! I think we’ll be able to visit a few, around five or something.

So, after hibernating like a bear, I am almost done with my luggage. I only need to hit the mall tomorrow to get a few board shorts, boxer briefs, body spray and socks. Yeah, I need to list ’em down so I won’t forget. 😀

I also have a new camera. Can’t wait to share with you guys the things I’m gonna see!

Anyone here have visited/or from Malaysia and/or Maldives? Thoughts?

Please pray for my safe flight!:)

EUREKA!

It finally dawned me, the story I’d like to write!

It hit me while I’m walking in an alley towards my friend’s car under the afternoon sun yesterday. Last time we saw each other was almost half a year ago. He knows I’m pissed at him (verified by my angry and mean Facebook messages). A bit shallow, but I got mad just because he doesn’t show up whenever I invite him for coffee. I was afraid we’re growing apart. 😦

A few steps away, I realized that, for the first time, I’d be sitting in his backseat. He’s got a new girl I’ve only met yesterday. So it’s time for me to give her the space I once occupied. Not that we had that kind of relationship before. But, you see, whenever we hang out, there’s this unwritten rule with our little circle that the passenger seat is mine. But not anymore.

I will be getting inspiration from this. Maybe I’ll write some scenes based on what happened that night. But taking the backseat is gonna be center of my work.

Can you think of any instance in your life when you need to do the same? Comment below!

Articles to Help You Start Your Novel

Happy Chinese New Year!

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I am keeping myself busy at this moment by reading these articles. Thought of sharing it with you! Might help 😉

1) Snowflake Method – This article is very informative. It would definitely help you organize your thoughts before writing. Personally, I find it too structured that I’m afraid I become too hooked into tying-up loose ends up front and leave my thoughts while doing the actual writing limited.

2) 5 Tips from Writer’s Digest – Write what you feel. I’m totally digging this!

3) 7 Tips Everyone Can Use from Writer’s Digest – If a character isn’t flawed, why write? Right?

Oh, I’m getting excited already. Thank God it’s almost the weekend, I’m gonna camp in one corner of my favorite coffee shop and start daydreaming. 😀

Write away! 🙂

Hope this helps. If you have articles to share, drop it in the comment box! Cheers!

Photo from Discover Cook Islands.

Making My Boring Work Day Productive

In preparation for my most awaited vacation leave a few weeks from now, I am training somebody to do my work while I’m away. But I’ve already provided her the step-by-step guide on how to survive as ‘me’ on a daily basis. So halfway through day, what have I accomplished? A new blog design!

How do you like it? Would like to read your comments. 😉

Also, I have wept throughout the 2.5 minutes of The Fault in Our Stars trailer. This short clip shattered me, I wonder what the whole film would do to me. Who’s not excited?!

Cheers!