We had to say goodbye to Piolo after close to three years bcoz I moved to two of the subsidiaries of my old office. New office = new car. Yes!
Our last trip with Piolo was in Batangas on Mothers’ Day weekend. I took these last pictures of him parked under the majestic (tamarind?) tree right across Malabrigo Lighthouse.
Boots majorly cried when we returned Piolo. He’s so bad at goodbyes – just like me. I felt senti, too, and remembered all the road trips we took with Piolo – several times over to Baguio, Batangas, Tagaytay, Antipolo, Zambales, Tarlac, Pangasinan. Wow. It was an amazing three years. Thank you, Piolo. We will always remember you as our first SUV.
And then came the question of what to have for our next car. I leave all the car issues in our little household to Ches – after all, I’m not in the habit of pretending to know many things about stuff of which I’m actually clueless. He and the boys scouted around and lobbied for a Santa Fe. This was perfectly fine with me bcoz it came in a lovely color called merlot red which I thought was just fabulous. (Yes, color is the whole extent of my value added when it comes to cars and gadgets.) Plus, all the other executives in the office ordered Fortuners. (All in white, too. One of them complained that our office might be mistaken for a car rental company with all the white Fortuners lined up in the parking lot. Hahaha.) So the Santa Fe was totally in line with my lifelong goal To Stand Out and Be Different. Hahaha. I also derive perverse joy out of making life hard for people at Purchasing, Accounting, Admin., etc. Some of them are my friends and all, but I’ve come to be known in the office as The Difficult One, and it’s a reputation I’m only too happy to maintain. Hahaha.
(It’s like when I was due for a new laptop, and the official choices given to me by IT were either a Toshiba Portégé or a Mac Book Pro, and I ordered … a Sony Vaio. Me already! I actually grew a conscience and got the Portege in the end. But only bcoz it was the most expensive of the three, and using my own credit card at the Toshiba store in the mall, not the usual circuitous office process. Hahaha.)
Naming the merlot red Santa Fe was a no-brainer. It had to be Bella, of course. It’s my little tribute to my recently deceased idol, the quintessential villain of Pinoy films, Ms. Bella Flores. Also, my newish boss (who let me have my Santa Fe even when everyone else had Fortuners) calls me Bella Flores (for reasons that are so not hard to understand, right?) So, like I said: no-brainer.
My friend Dr. G asked me a few days back how my new car was doing. My reply: it’s kicking ass and living up to its bloody red color and villainous screen name. Hahaha.
|We went to Antipolo to have Empress and Bella blessed.|
The Our Lady of Good Voyage Church is, for me, one of the prettiest
churches we have. Circular, too.
|Mom remembered it was also drizzling in Antipolo|
when we brought Piolo to blessed three years ago.
|Papa's birthday is also coming up so we had|
one of our usual grand Chinese family meals at
Savory right across the church.
|We have a collection of crazy pix of Pops|
lovingly staring at his favorite pancit. Hahaha.
Happy birthday, Pops!