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Growing Old

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My parents

When I was 5, I wanted to grow up. So many rides, too many height requirements. I  was impatient about growing old.

When I was 10, I wanted to be 15 because I had a crush who was 18.

When I turned 18, I felt like an adult, but  not yet capable of paying my bills.

When I turned 22, someone broke my heart and I wished I was 18 again.

When I turned 29, I fell in love again, only to have my heart broken again and again and again.

When I reached 35,  I worried about the additional pounds gained.

When I reached 40, worried some more about getting old or dying young.

Talked to my father who is 82 years old, who never thought he would reach 80.

He drank too many beers and smoked too much cigars, survived Vietnam war and crashed on a post when he was 53.

He said,”You see, too many familiar names in the obituary. I don’t think I would be happy to live a few more years until I reach a point that you have to wipe me with a tissue.”

“Life is short Anak, let go of the hurt and remember only the love and good times.”

He said his life is filled with regret that he did not meet up with his friends only to find out that they already died.

He always said that if only he could apologize for the wrong things said or wrong things done to his kids when they were young he would do so. He was also busy growing up during that time.

Nobody could have said it better than a man who drank a lot of beers, smoked a lot and crashed on a post.

So enjoy the little things with your kids, because when you grow up, the little things turn out to be the big things.

Weird and Scary Stuff You Can Experience For Your Self by Rg Guinolbay

This is Rg Guinolbay. Today I will write about the top 5 scariest places.From creepy trees to scary craters,we count down all these things. Let us start with  the top 5.

5. The Balete Tree of Aurora

This tree has an opening in which you can go inside. But a creepy fact is that you can see strange outlines.On my three day visit there,I saw an outline of a hanged man,a face, and a woman. I experienced this on my 3 day trip to Baler.I will write about it later. Anyway, this picture was taken by Ate Rona during our trip.


4.  The Door to Hell

This is  number 4 on my list because I’ve seen much creepier stuff in my travels.  Really, literally this  crater is called  “Hell on Earth” Okay, this so called crater is actually the fault of miners. In 1971,miners were searching for gas reserves. Then,a big hole collapsed where they were mining. There were poisonous gases in the hole so the miners started a fire to burn off the gas. But,the hole kept burning ever since. And since it was a large hole,it kept being fed with oxygen.Rumor has it,that 4 scientists saw a demon saying in Russian ‘I will conquer the Earth’. Scary or what!?!?

3.The Tragic Theater

No,this theater does not look as it seems. This theater has a tragic story. I put this in my list because this theater is next to my mom’s (Marianne Guinolbay) office,  the GSIS.  At around 12:20 midnight of August 10, 2015, my Uncle Dino, a DILG NCR employee and the members of the Quezon City and San Juan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Offices, recently inspected this area during the APEC. He mentioned that it was one of the “staging areas” – where DRRM resources are located for immediate response. Uncle took pictures of the theater and the DRRM equipment and facilities. When he viewed the pictures, one picture showed pure blackness. Although he said he never took a picture of anything black. But he felt a strange presence like someone was watching him as he was taking the pictures. He later confirmed from his companions that there was some kind of accident which killed around a thousand workers. This building is really creepy even if viewed from afar. With that, he deleted all the pictures from that place and asked apology from the spirits there.

2. Balete Drive

We’ve passed this place twice when we were trying to avoid the traffic. According to my lola, Atty. Julita Aningat,  she was informed  that the white lady appearing in this street is her relative. The white lady’s name is Maria Garchitorena. She was to supposed to get married but she was allegedly kidnapped and raped by a taxi driver. And she was haunting the place ever since.

  1. Ozone Disco, Quezon City

This was a disco house before. My mom  said that it was during 1990s that a technical malfunction/failure that  lighted a fire that burned the whole building down.There was no fire exit so the people were trapped inside while they were racing to the door.If you go there,you might still hear faint disco music or screams.The last time my mom,  and I passed by the place it was now converted into a parking lot..

There you have it, my top five scariest places.

Look out for more of my stories.

The Army Navy Club

This is a picture of what the drop off at the Army Navy Club looks like in the 1990s. Photo courtesy of Daphne.ph

In 2011, three years after the typhoon Ondoy, I was determined to make my boys powerful swimmers like me. Considering that my first born Ruben Guinolbay II (RG), was already a good swimmer who could out swim any average 6 year old, I decided to go back to the place where I learned how to swim, for the benefit of my second son, Miguel Guinolbay (MM).

Long before the fast food chain, there was a historical place called the Army Navy Club. The Army Navy Club was built between 1900 and 1911 and was a glamorous place until around the 1930s.

In the 1980s, my siblings and I became members of the Army Navy Club swimming team under Coach Liwanag “Wawag” Gonzales. My dad was a member of the Club.  A lot of people visit the Manila Bay to view its famous sunset but my family and I always enjoyed an unobstructed view of Manila Bay daily.

My dad, Col. NItoy Aningat witha colleague.
My dad, Col. Nitoy Aningat (wearing dark blue) with a colleague.
mom at anc
My mom. Atty. Julita  Aningat, (wearing pink), Uncle Benjie, Auntie Aurora , Mario and Lola Puring enjoying an afternoon merienda at ANC bayside.
Siblings and fellow teamates Kuya Luis, Ate Bubot, with Uncle Benjie, Lola Puring , Auntie Aurora and my mom, enjoying a late afternoon merienda at the ANC bayside.

However, when I brought the boys (RG and MM Guinolbay)  to my old home-ANC, instead of an average public pool, I was saddened by the Club’s appearance which is in its highly dilapidated state. The lifeguard even prevented me and the boys from entering  the pool and to quote what he said: Ma’am di po pwede kutis ng mga anak niyo dito! 

I cannot help but wish that  had I been a lawyer already at the height of the Club’s controversy in 1997, I would have volunteered to defend its case pro bono.  It was practically my second home, the place where I first learned how to swim, played tennis, hunted my first Easter egg and belted Smokey Mountain songs in its piano bar.

After entrance
After the main entrance, one will be met by this nostalgic lobby. Photo courtesy of  Daphne.ph

It is noteworthy that this Club had a piano bar and a grand ballroom which looks like a smaller version of the  Manila Hotel’s ballroom. This is not a surprise considering  both are American colonial structures. My memories of the Club’s ballroom is incomplete without mentioning  the wooden signs which hung on the ballroom’s posts stating: To All Ye Ghosts of this Room…. Little did I know that my particular interest in this wooden sign addressed to the ghosts of dead soldiers would haunt me and inspire me to make Halloween a tradition in my workplace and in the street where I live.

In closing, its just welcoming that there are developments being undertaken in the area to restore the club to its old glory. I am so excited and could hardly wait for it to finish considering that Army Navy Club is a national treasure and definitely part of the Filipino Cultural Heritage.

Me and Atty. May Bella, likewise a member of the ANC swimming team. This picture was taken at the ANC piano bar, during my 18th birthday .
Me and Atty. May Bella, likewise a member of the ANC swimming team. This picture was taken at the ANC piano bar, during my 18th birthday .