Sunday, 8 February 2009
12:53:19 AM (GMT)
The First Few Years
I was born on August 3rd, 1997, in Tamuning, Guam. At least, I THINK it's Tamuning.
I'm too lazy to check my birth certificate. For all those of you who don't know what
Guam is, it's a tiny little island, part of the Micronesia Islands. It has a healthy
relationship with typhoons.
Ten days later, literally, was the first airing of the first episode of South Park,
Cartman Gets An Anal Probe. It was also International Left-Handers Day. You may be
asking, what does South Park have to do with anything? What does left-handedness have
to do with anything?
A) Seven years later, I discovered that show.
B) I'm left-handed.
Okay, my family is all Filipino. Yes, that makes me 100% Pinay, thank you very much.
My father is from Manila and my mother is from Bacolod. Manila is the capital of the
Philippines, and it is nicknamed Perla del Oriente, The City of our Affections, City
by the Bay, La Insigne y Siempre Leal Ciudad...Whatever you call it, it remains the
same, great city that really lives up to the Philippines' expectations. One of its
sister cities is San Francisco, California, which, as you will see, relates to my
current situation. The main language of Manila is Tagalog, a language that I am
familiar with. However, most of Manila's inhabitants also speak English.
Bacolod City is a city in the province Negros Occidental. It's nicknames are The City
of Smiles and Football City of the Philippines. They speak Bisaya there, and I
understand it more than Tagalog. I don't know the exact difference between Tagalog
and Bisaya, but I know that Bisaya uses more Spanish words.
Anyways, I have twelve or more cousins that live in Bacolod, along with my aunts,
uncles, and grandma. I went there a few times some time ago- the last time I went was
in...2004, I believe it was? Anyways, I'm getting too far ahead.
At my school in Guam, Santa Barbara, I was at the top of my class, no bragging
intended. I was gold medal in all the grades I was there, and the principal commented
that I would be valedictorian. My mom was attending a meeting nearby and she needed
to use the phone, so she went to the office at Santa Barbara. The secretary inquired
about my going to school, and sooner or later I was enrolled.
I had several best friends at that school, and many friends. However, I was shy with
people in other grades. I was bossy and usually the leader of the girls. I was
super-mean back then, trust me. My ultimate best friend was Khenda. I went over her
house many times, but we don't communicate anymore- we haven't in so many years.
The leader of the boys' group was Kevin. God how I hated him. Though one time I
lifted him by the collar. Haha, I love reminiscing. He used to spit at us girls, and
we used to form our hands into kissy-faces and chase the boys with it. Girls are
sensitive to gross stuff, and boys are sensitive to lovey-dovey shit. Who knew?
When I was seven I was told that my mother and I were going to the USA for a
vacation. I was plenty excited- I'd heard many good things about this country at
The airplane ride took over half a day, but I enjoyed it. I had my GBA SP and some
tracing mini-overhead thing, so I was happy.
Once I stepped outside I was freezing. I had jeans and a tank top on. If you're in
Guam the only clothing you need is a tank top and shorts. Yep, you guessed it- it was
hot there. And if it wasn't hot, it was raining heavily. But rain makes the weather
My dad (who I didn't know was my dad yet) picked us up and we stayed in a hotel for a
day. My dad showed my this Barbie site and I was hooked. We used to talk all the time
on the phone when I was in Guam; I called him 'Bayani', which means 'hero'.
The next day we moved to our new home. We were actually just renting some rooms in a
house. The house had a major bug problem, however, which is why I stayed in the
bedroom most of the time, where there were no bugs.
We had to find my school, so my dad looked up some school online and we found a
school. We drove there, and they accepted me. The teacher said I was very good at
The class, like all the other classes at the other schools I've attended, was girls
And this is where The School Life starts.