This was the Dumaguete boulevard at 5:46 am today, viewed from the pier where we took Karen to her boat back to war torn Mindanao. We are fearful for her and her family, what with the recurrent news of brutal battles between rebels and government troops in her neighboring towns. She, on the other hand, says that they have gotten used to such turmoil.
Last night's farewell and thanksgiving party, graciously hosted by Rummel in his palacial home, was lively and well attended and lasted until the wee hours of dawn, as usual. At around 11 pm, Manila group called to connect and let us know that they were having a fun party as well and to ask if Tata was with us. I almost panicked as Tata had left for Manila earlier and was supposed to attend the Manila version of the farewell party. I berated the Manila people for not coordinating properly with Tata, how could they let this happen when Tata was so looking forward to meeting them? They cowered in (mock) fear and said Ok, ok, we'll go and find Tata. I couldn't believe the craziness of it all, as it was almost midnight. In disgust I said Ok, ba-bye and Tata is staying at this hotel in Makati.
Suddenly a voice comes on the phone. Hello, hello, why are you telling them to go to my hotel when I'm right here! This is Tata! Bwahahahah. -_- They got me there.
As Karen's boat trip was at 6 am she cajoled me not to go home and instead spend the last few hours before her trip for more "bonding." And so we spent the rest of the dawn talking and laughing ourselves hoarse. "A licensed civil engineer" (as she always introduces herself), Karen has an incredible memory and she can quote verbatim our favorite poems in high school. Also a word lover like me, we had a riotous time thinking up possible "mottos" for our next reunion from random phrases that we heard during this 30th reunion. One of our favorite quotes is from K.K., a classmate who is now a military officer. He said, "Freedom is in the mind." I don't know how apt that would be for a reunion theme but Karen and I loved it if only because it sounds so deep and profound amidst all the inane things we've been indulging in this past week.
"a licensed civil engineer" cavorting amidst the red balloons of the S in SU during the Tipon Sillimaniana 2008