02 June 2012
Travel Spot: Celebrating 20 Years of Friendship at Timberland Sports and Nature Club
“Let’s catch up some time!,” is my barkada’s* constant phrase of use since we graduated from high school several years ago. (*Note: barkada – a Filipino term for group of close friends.)
It was the morning of June 8th, year 1992. T’was a cool Monday morning. Donning new and crisp below-the-knee-length navy blue jumper skirt, crisp white ruffled blouse, a new pair of pristine white socks, and a new pair of jet-black shoes, I waited for my turn to introduce myself to a classroom-full of girls donning the same outfit as mine. It was my first day in the exclusive school for girls. It was my first day at St. Scholastica’s Academy Marikina. June 8th was also marking my first day in high school.
There were ten girls in my barkada. All came from the second to the last room at the third floor — I-St. Bernadette’s room.
Fast forward to 19 years and 11 months. May 5, 2012. My high school soul sisters celebrated our 20 years of friendship atop the first-rate private membership club — the Timberland Sports and Nature Club. As we celebrate our friendship, we take in the breathtaking panoramic view of the vistas of the Sierra Madre mountain ranges and the city lights below. It was the perfect time to catch up. Perfect time to catch up as the girls were waiting for my yet another heart story to narrate, okay okay narrate is an understatement, make that “to rant about”, tongue in cheek story.