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Monthsary, Evening Commute, and Roxas Boulevard

So every 21st of the month my girlfriend and I commemorate the day of the month we decided to become a couple. We were officially together June 21st, 2007 -- and now seven months later we're still going strong. Is it just in the Philippines where monthsaries are important to couples just starting out? Or are monthsaries generally still being celebrated by couples?

To date, this relationship has been the longest I've been in -- and my current job is the longest I've been at. I started work with Friendster on the 5th of February 2007 and that's just a few days away. The February 5 would be my 'Empoyment Anniversary' at Friendster -- not that it would make a lot of difference, I'm betting it's bound to just be another day at the office for me.

For the first time tonight though I've tried to commute from my girlfriend's place in Manila to the condo at Makati at night. There I was in one of the usually busy thoroughfares and spots in Manila 10 PM in the evening trying to catch a bus that would pass by the avenue the condo building is located at. But tough luck, buses on that route don't have any more trips after 10 PM. So I had to settle for a cab ride 10x the bus fare.

It wasn't all put to waste though, I got the chance to go through Roxas Boulevard -- and I must admit it's the first time I've been on the right side of the boulevard (the side near the Manila Bay). I've seen pictures and video clips of the time when the boulevard was lined with bars and restaurants that blocked the view of the bay, but I've never been on that side even then. I couldn't miss it because I never saw it there (the bars and night life) but I do appreciate the breeze and calm the bay provides at night. The lights were bright and the traffic flowing -- the cab had its air conditioning on full blast so I can't say anything about the air outside, but the mild wind blowing the branches and leaves of the trees that line the boulevard suggested a very nice evening indeed.

Even if the commemoration of the monthsary was (compared to the past six monthsaries) not so eventful -- chinese delivered to the doorstep and Grey's Anatomy on the tube -- it's the thought that counts. Quality time is always better when you're together in love even if the fast chinese and stale episodes could have been any other week night. The fact that there are firsts, seconds, nth times and the reality that we remember is worth celebrating indeed.

Chill.

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