Last Saturday, August 11, 2012, it was a very long day for me and my friends from Villamor. Our day started pretty early to get ready for a trip to visit our friend, John, at the Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific for visitation day. Everyone’s a bit excited ‘cause after 2 months we’ll get to see him again.
Together with Mariel, Tina, Lou and John’s family, we left Villamor Air Base and headed to Mariveles, Bataan. We arrived a bitlate for the open house but then it was ok, at least we get to be with John for a while.
Since we were late, the “orientation” for the parents had already started and it was in this hall (ground floor of John’s Barracks).
This is the 2nd floor of their Barracks, though no one’s occupying this floor.
View of the Grandstand from John’s Barracks
Before bonding with our cadet, me and the girls had our “blogger” moments and went around MAAP to takes some shots. And I have to say, MAAP kinda reminds me of PMA. How I wish I could go there again soon.
Here are some of our “blogger” pose :)
near the “simulator”
and of course we have our solo “blogger” shots so here’s mine :)
We went around MAAP for more than an hour. Afterwards, the orientation was finished, so we had to help out set up our picnic behind the grandstand. We had 3 mats laid over the grass where we could sit, eat and rest. There we waited for John as we played with his guitar that we brought with us from Villamor.
[As you all know John’s one of the best guitar players I’ve known. We used to go to his house and listen as he played different songs with his instrument and Sungha Jung is one of his idol]
After a few minutes, John finally arrived at our picnic area.
Of course Tita Jel baked his favorite BLUEBERRY CHEESECAKE so we all grabbed our own spoons/forks and ate the cake all together, while we make John play his guitar.
John toured us around their campus even though we already went around earlier. We walked and walked and took photos together as our remembrance. Actually we went our MAAP four times, the third time was the time I finally shared something important with him.
[Just a short description of what it was about, last time John went home from MAAP he had some questions about happenings within our group of friends that I wasn’t able to answer. And during the visitation day, I thought that may be it was a good time to tell him. And I’m glad that I did, even though I felt that he didn’t take it in a good way]
At that time too, we met his “squadmate” Joaquin and his girlfriend. John introduces us four (me, Mariel, Tina and Lou) as his girlfriend”S” but then Joaquin insisted that they’re better since they are already on their 5TH YEAR as a couple. Now that made me jealous.
At our picnic area, we bonded big time like we were at Villamor again. We sang songs that we all used to sing together like “Terrified” “Go” “She will be loved” and more. All, of course, were played by John with his guitar. We also played PINOY Henyo, where I seriously had fail moments. Played Truth or Dare too. The highlight of that game is when we dared Tina to call Tam and say “I’m a midship woman of Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific” (I’m not so sure with that tho). However, that time Tam’s phone wasn’t available so we had to wait ‘til we could call him again.
One of the things I’ll never forget that day is the scenes of John and Ysha (his younger sister). Ysha’s just too cute for me to handle. Seeing them together will just make you jealous and wish you have a younger sibling too (that goes for me, since I’m the youngest :| )
So many things happened within that day in MAAP. A lot of realizations occurred on me. We really have this thing among us that will never be taken away. And that is our friendship. No matter how far one is, we will always be here to support and cheer for each other. To think we just started being all close last year, it’s like we’ve been like this all our lives (well after for them, they were together since birth).
Also seeing John’s family with him again is so heartwarming. Eliana (John’s sister) got teary-eyed when she hugged John but then denies that she misses him. (and I find that cute)
I’m pretty sure John was happy to see us (kapal moment) And we all miss our bonding times together back in Villamor.
Looking forward for October 20 now, since John will be coming home for sembreak :) another adventure will surely come for us.
Credits to whisperconscience.tumblr.com for the photos :)