On the Lamb: Pre-Flight
The Bloggist Is Away

The weirdest part in coming back to Manila after a trip abroad is the familiarity. However comforting this always is, it has a tendency to seem like partial amnesia. I remember the sixteen days of my recent European jaunt, and it feels indeed as if it’s all that’s happened in the past month. Strangely, it only seems as if I just returned from a night out on the town. It would be as if I merely imagined it, if not for my untended-to luggage and gigabytes of photos. This amnesia – or denial – is mainly due to the volume of activity that my honored girl-beard, Joanne, and myself undertook. As we only enjoyed brief visits for each place, we did our best to take in as much of the surroundings as we could, thus overloading our senses (‘mind-blowing’ would be an apt term). Our little trip also proved quite taxing – it would have better suited our stupid twenty-five-year-old selves.

Hello, scrappy youngsters with no hindsight!

It’s been a month to the day since I flew out.

I would note, first of all, that this trip was unexpected. KLM Philippines sponsored a contest on Facebook last year, and I joined because: 1.) it was a trivia contest (I like those), 2.) it didn’t demand of me to click ‘share’ or ‘like’, or to spam fifty friends about it, and 3.) it was free, so why not? After I completed my entries, the results showed that I was seventeenth – not promising. I didn’t really care at all, because who wins these things, anyway? My chances of contracting a yeast infection through inappropriate bacon cheeseburgers were better. Apparently, though, my having not cared at all helped my case – some of the leading contenders seemed to have ‘cared too much’ to the point of getting disqualified. Disregarding them, and the others who simply had incorrect or incomplete submissions, this idiot bloggist suddenly got promoted to first. Lucky ducky! Whoddathunk?

The science of probability now states that I should start being careful with bacon cheeseburgers.

At this point, I want to extend my gratitude to KLM for awarding me those two plane tickets. I would never have thought of flying out to Europe on my own dime (not yet, anyway). It was quite a privilege to see those wonderful places, and I am very much thankful. One stipulation in my shining victory, albeit unwritten, was that I needed to bring along a mini version of the huge placard that I’m holding here:

That thing would count as excess baggage, like my face.

The mini placard I brought to Europe would result in photos like these:

“One of the best things I’ve done in my life.” [quote] *

I apologize for posting that pic of me (taken at Amsterdam’s famous red light district). Just seeing my mug on that pic is bothersome enough, I know, so I replaced the original caption with something more palatable (as explained below *).

The same thing shall apply to the succeeding pictures, starting with this photo of me, atop the Notre Dame Cathedral bell tower in Paris…

“Rather, it brought me some peace of mind.” [quote] *

And here’s me in Prague, with the Castle and Charles Bridge in the background…

“See you in Disneyland!” [quote] *

We then went to Munich and took this at the Ruhmeshalle

“I had a lot of fun. It was a funny experience.” [quote] *

Then to Venice (via Padua), to this spot that overlooked the Bridge of Sighs (with my semi-appropriate face)…

“I carried it too far, that’s for sure.” [quote] *

And finally, to Rome, in front of some old crumbling structure…

“It’s a rather mellow trip to lay back and remember.” [quote] *

* In the spirit of being boring, these captions have been de-sexified for the sensitive reader. You may note that our favorite bloggers love to use similarly unsexy captions. We are now antiseptic. However, please realize that these quotes have been borrowed from serial killers. Draw your own conclusion, but BEWARE: bloggers will detach your face to keep under their beds.


You have thereby been forewarned, gracious reader, to expect further displays of poor taste in the coming days. It’s going to be a long haul, especially for me. Unlike the excellent KLM flight, though, I cannot promise appropriate, nor for that matter, entertaining, entertainment.

See you again in a painful bit! Let me fix my face first.

In the meantime, here is a carryover from last year: my first attempt at a travel piece.

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