Monthly Archives: September 2012

One of the Memorable Nights of My Life

Just when you think your day is gonna end with a bang, it goes BOOM!!!

When I left home, it’s as if there’s a bowling tournament going on in the skies but I didn’t mind. I was happy and excited to attend a school gig. My series of unfortunate events started after my mom dropped me off at the train station. I bought the wrong ticket but I just went along with it.

When I arrived near the school, it was raining cats and dogs plus a lot of heart-stopping thunder and lightning. It’s a good thing that I always bring an umbrella with me whenever I leave the house. However, the strong winds made it worse because I still got wet. When I arrived at the school grounds, it was already flooded and still rising. I had to walk through one-foot deep waters to reach the building. My limited edition one-year old shoes which I bought in Hong Kong was ruined. I was cursing from the moment I entered the school grounds until I reached the building where the auditorium was located.

I arrived looking like a mess. It was useless to wash my feet with alcohol so imagine how I felt the entire time I was there. I took a seat at the back of the auditorium to dry myself. I tried to forget what I went through and just enjoyed the show. Being with my friends made me feel a little better. One of them even offered his extra shirt when he noticed the one I was wearing was wet and I also got a free meal. But the best part of the night was seeing them perform and I was standing amongst the crowd. Their manager noticed the screaming fan girls who ran past us as the band was starting to perform and she asked me if I was like that before. When I became a fan and started going to their gigs, I honestly don’t remember acting crazy like that. I guess it’s because I’ve known them for a long time and we became close friends that I’ve gotten used to them. But no matter how many gigs I’ve been to, each time I see them perform on stage, I remember how I felt when I first saw them. Starstruck and amazed.

After the show, they told us that everyone present in the auditorium were the only ones in the school grounds. Because of the heavy rains and deep floods, we were stranded. I thought we were gonna stay there with the students until morning but thankfully it was only a couple of hours. We just had to wait for the water to recede a bit to get the car out of the school grounds. There were three of us in the car and I could sense that we were all holding our breaths as the car was driving through the flooded road. There was even a moment of applause after we passed. It was an exhausting but memorable night that I never want to experience again.


25

I am now half a century old. Gosh.

Remember in high school, when the guidance counselor, homeroom teacher or even just amongst your friends, you’d ask yourselves “where do you see yourself 10 years from now?” Well, let me tell you that my answer back then is so far from the reality I am in right now.

But never mind that cause it’s all in the past. What matters is the present and I am thankful for each day that I am given. In my opinion, a birthday celebration is bittersweet. We may say goodbye to our youth but yesterday is kept in our memories. Every year, we make a wish, may it be material things or something abstract, still we remain hopeful for the years ahead.

This is me trying to sound wiser since I’ve aged a year older. Actually, I don’t even know if this makes any sense. Hopefully, you’ve been enlightened by this post. 🙂