John Hay Day

Cool breeze welcomed my weary body as I opened our vehicle’s door and walked my way through the steps of Camp John Hay in Baguio City. I gasped. It was relaxing to breath in the invigorating aroma of pine trees surrounding the wooden halls of the open-air Golf Clubhouse. Surprisingly, banners of two rival schools were everywhere: One Big Fight and Animo (Ateneo and La Salle). Do you have a room for Thomasians like me?

Why not? A Golf Tournament between those two schools coincided with the day I was there. No big deal! Anyway, this was NOT another ordinary stay in this cold city, and Camp John Hay made it different. Aside from the tasty dinner combined with a refreshing climate, John Hay’s ambience and classic hospitality made my stay memorable. In fact, I made a new friend, Raul, whose talks made my boring two hours quite entertaining.

I brought the usual – Choco Flakes, Strawberry Jams, etc. – and it’s back to the normal heat-stroke causing temperature of my hometown. And for Camp John Hay Manor, here’s what I have for you: “I shall return!”

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Codes

Dan Brown has levitated me to heights of excitement.

Right after closing the book “Angels and Demons,” I saw myself sitting alongside volumes of Encyclopedia Britannica. I was taking down notes… on Michaelangelo, Raphael, Bernini… immersing myself into Art. I observed that my taste for fiction has shifted from imaginary, funny and unbelievable stories to real, serious and factual forms of literary bestsellers; I blame Dan Brown (Author – Deception Point, Digital Fortress, Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons) for that! Code after code, I ran with Robert Langdon as he cracked the mystery of the Illuminati. Personally, this is far better than ‘The Da Vinci Code’ but for critics, Brown’s works are not as good as one book I recently bought – “The Rule of Four” – ‘A Da Vinci Code for people with brains’ as London Independent describes it.

Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason, authors of ‘The Rule of Four’ were successful in sharing the revealing issues about the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (I couldn’t pronounce it well). Though again, fictional, the Hypnerotomacia is real (an ancient Renaissance text unsolved for centuries). After tagging along with the characters’ adventures at Princeton University, the ending is actually a self-discovery. It is not a puzzle that was solved after finishing over 400 pages of bits and pieces. After unraveling clues per chapter, things became clearer not just for the story, but for yourself as well.

Later on, I’ll leave these headache-causing books. But wait, somebody (Dr. Carlos) suggested that I should try reading Tom Clancy’s works, and I can’t wait to grab one. O-oh, too many books for just two eyes!

Bowling

As of this moment my right arm still aches.

Ending the semester with one fun-filled game of bowling with my fellow biologists was not quite what I have expected. Days before our final exams, a so-called “Class Dinner” was the much-awaited get-together plan. After everyone finished the Ethics test, almost all went straight to the bulletin board to see the posted grades in Invert Zoo lab… What the… Aren’t we supposed to go to the mall? Plan the anticipated ‘class dinner’ or something? After triple-checking my grades (I hope it was the right student number I was looking at), I smiled. Duh! I passed.

Then, after finishing two slices of that 18″ Manhattan Meatlovers and a slice of Ham and Cheese Calzone courtesy of Yellow Cab, we went to the Bowling alley, rented some of those nice pair of bowling shoes (Oh, I want to take ’em home! heheh) and we (me and 7 others) were ready to rock and bowl.

Canalla! At first I wasn’t able to hit any of the pins. Besides, I can feel that the weight of the bowling ball is heavier than my own body. After several trials, a STRIKE! Then, another one, and another… Que hombre este! Eventhough I wasn’t able to play with the proper form (you know, the proper pose, etc.) I enjoyed the whole game… And who didn’t? Each of us were laughing the whole time we were bowling.

I still don’t have any idea what happened about that ‘Class Dinner.’

Special Notes:
* We did it! Hurray for the September Issue of Momentum, the UST Science Journal.
* Cheers for Dan Brown. I just finished Angels and Demons. I can’t wait to see Rome!
* I was carried away by homosexuals! I cried over one episode of Queer As Folk.