TROPAdventure | 04

TROPAdventure | 04

Finally! After months of not having a legit ganap (except birthday celebs), the squad is finally reunited to celebrate the Christmas season together. Our different and conflicting semestral scheds got in the way of get togethers and day outs but now that the semester is over, we say hello to the term break–which means walwal is real. We’ve been complete during the recent b’day parties but (admit it or not) nothing compares to authentic gatherings–especially those that are for no apparent reasons. Perhaps, this is the best way to end the year and to celebrate the Tropa Day (which is on the 28th).

Tagaytay is probably the best place to celebrate holidays–bet nobody will argue with that. Coffee and Bulalo are both extra special in the city (plus, the fog, cold weather and hoodies). And so, for the crew’s reunion, I suggested for the day out to be in Tags (short or Tagaytay). Plus, Tags weather is made better when you’re with the best people in town and (not to mention) it’s been a while since the Tropa last went to Tags–talk about perfect timing. Things went as planned and it couldn’t get any better. With that being said, I’m recounting everything that happened during our Year Ender. Happy scrolling!

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Gelay at 18

Gelay at 18

The latter half of the year saw the light for me and my friends to turn 18 one by one each month from August all the way to December. Finally, the entire squad enters legality with Gelay turning 18 this month (welcome to the club, Gelskie!). This happening meant more to me than just growing old and adding a year to your age but somehow, I suddenly felt that we have grown up together and experienced life’s ups and downs beside each other (which is, kinda sweet, right?) On a serious note, it’s pleasant to have people who have seen you mature–people that encouraged you to keep growing.

Gelay is one of my high school friends. She is 1/6 of the Tropa (the squad that I constantly feature here on my blog). I knew her back in 3rd Grade–she was a returnee to our school. She attended preschool in our alma mater and attended 1st and 2nd grades in another school. We were seatmates in 3rd Grade and we happened to be seated in the farthest row. She was insanely quiet back in elementary but still, we became good friends–a solid proof to her kindness. Since we became close, I started teasing her to her ‘alleged’ crushes (some of them are her real crushes while I invented the rest) and the teasing hasn’t stopped to this time. On her special day, she embodied the benevolence that she has always contained. #HBDGelskie

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