Nasa Tagaytay ako last Sunday. Irish was not in the country. I visited one of our advertising signages sa Tagaytay City.

Meeting ko sa mga clients inside the conference room. Hindi naman namin napansin agad ang ashfall from Taal kase medyo serious ang usapan. At around 5:00 pm nung sumilip kami sa bintana, that's when we saw that shit, it was already dark and messy.

Nag-adjourn kami agad ng meeting. Since I was alone in the meeting, I brought a small car, a Honda Civic. Naka-park sa basement, so safe naman. I said to myself, I cannot drive out of the mess using such small car. I regret not driving an SUV.

Nagkakagulo sa lobby ng hotel where we were meeting. Immediately I planned to stay na lang in the hotel versus going back to Manila. Irish was on the phone shortly.

"Honey I heard Taal volcano erupted?"

"Yes, and I'm now trapped in Tagaytay."

"Are you ok?"

"Yes, I'm ok. Problem is how to go home."

"Do you need to go home?"

"May meetings ako bukas ako ng umaga honey… pero I will try to reschedule siguro."

"Don't risk driving na, unless you're being evacuated. Book somewhere na lang diyan."

"Yes luv, don't worry. I'll update you from time to time, gawan ko muna ng paraan."

After talking to Irish, I approached the front desk, asking if they still have a room for the night. Negative, they said they're fully booked even before the ashfall. I spoke to the Manager, baka pwede pa kong ma-accommodate. Hindi na raw talaga kaya.

I stepped out and the ashfall was thick. I did not have anything to cover myself with. Nanghiram ako ng payong sa hotel then walked to a nearby Starbucks to relax a bit. I had thick tissue papers to cover my mouth.

Surprisingly kaunti lang tao sa Starbucks. I had some dirt on my legs, naka-shorts lang kase ako, because of the thick ashfall so I did not sit down right away. I wiped myself clean with the tissues then looked for an empty table. My phone rang, it was my secretary. I told her I'm ok. She was asking if I need help, kase alam niya I was in Tagaytay. Sabi ko I will call her if ever.

I stood up to order. There was a young couple ahead of me. They were taking their time. Ok lang naman kase I was checking my FB, ang dami na palang mga post regarding the volcanic ashfall.

I decided to call our company driver.

"Manong, stuck po ako sa Tagaytay…"

"Naku sir nakita ko nga po sa net, grabe na daw ashfall diyan."

"Baka po kailangan niyo kong sunduin, kung makukuha niya Land Cruiser ko sa condo?"

"Sir pwede pa, pero sa Pangasinan po ako manggagaling, dinalaw ko po si amang at inang."

"Naku ang layo niyo pala…"

I checked on Waze, how long will it take from Dagupan City, Pangasinan to Tagatay. Seven hours!

"Sige Manong, no need, ako na po bahala…"

The young guy in front of me spoke, "Ah you're also stuck here in Tagaytay?"

"Yup, I won't risk driving my car in this kind of situation."

"Same with us," he said as he pointed to her female companion.

She spoke, "Yeah, we're just lucky our hotel allowed us to extend our stay for another night so we plan to go home tomorrow."

"Good for the two of you!" I replied.

The guy was chatty. He narrated that he has a friend who was in a seminar at a resort near Taal Lake who has been evacuated by the military. That's when it really dawned on me, shit this is a serious situation.

It was my turn to order. The couple sat at a nearby table.

When I order came, I asked if I can join them.

The dude said, "Sure!"

As I sat down browsing my phone and reading the frantic posts of some friends in the area of Batangas, the girl asked, "Are you also a guest of the hotel?"

"Yes, but we were in their conference room. Hindi kami naka-check in."

"Oh, hindi pala ikaw yung nakita ko sa gym last night," the guy added.

"Can't be me because I arrived early this morning lang."

"But you obviously go to the gym, no? With your build and your strong legs," the girl asked.

"Uy thank you naman. I try to maintain my weight. After the holidays, eto may tiyan na nga."

"I'm Benedict btw."

"Lance," sabay handshake.

"And she's Vernice, my fiancee."

I reached out to shake her hand as well.

My phone rang again, it was our company driver. I stood up to excuse myself.

The couple for sure overheard me telling him he's too far and that it will take him seven hours to get to Tagaytay, and therefore by that time, baka naka-drive na rin ako back to Manila.

I walked to the window and looked outside. It was chaotic. Traffic was on stand still. The ashfall seems getting thicker. The sky was very dark. It was an ugly scene.

I went back to the table.

Benedict smiled at me, "Relax man, it's not the end of the world."

I smiled back and thought oo nga naman. "Yeah, I just did not expect this, I hate not being prepared. I don't even have extra clothes to wear assuming I sleep in my car."

"Sus yun lang pala e. I have spare shirt that I can lend you, dude."

Vernice broke her silence with a joke, "No actually, it's now for sale, 500 pesos lang for you!"

Then we all laughed.

Our chat went on and on, which is good as it moved my mind away from the ashfall and being stuck in Tagaytay. I learned they were young entrepreneurs, that they own three branches of a rather famous Milk Tea franchise. They were in Tagaytay to look at a possible new location for their fourth branch.

It was several minutes later when I started looking at Vernice. Both of them were definitely Chinese. Vernice is a typical kolehiyala appearance, on the slim side, maputi, long hair na naka-pony tail. I was surprised however to see a sizable cleavage on her V-neck shirt. And though seated, I could guess she's probably around 5 feet 2 inches which makes her quite petite.

Benedict is definitely a gym buff. His muscles were pressed on his shirt. He's likely 3 to 4 inches shorter than me kanina when we were standing to take our orders and I'm 5 feet 10.

"Hey, we're going back to the hotel for dinner, you can join us if you want," Benedict invited.

"Well, I have nowhere else to go."

Cut the story short, they were a terrific couple. Dinner and a few drinks, and we were talking like we knew each other for so long. They were happy to know I'm also an entrepreneur. I shared with them some of my mistakes, and how I survived.

Before we knew it, halos 9pm na. Nahiya naman ako so I said, "Hey guys, I really appreciate this but I also don't want to keep you. Medyo late na rin and maybe I can now drive back to Manila."

"Ha, good luck mister!" Vernice said. She continued, "A friend of mine is still stuck near Taal Vista Hotel area, and they left their hotel around 6:00 p.m. Tatlong oras na sila stuck."

I shook my hand and looked at my phone. The news and posts are all the same, people frantically trying to leave Tagaytay.

I saw a message from Irish, I assured her I am ok, that I'm having dinner lang.

Vernice gestured to stand up, "Rest room lang ako." As she stood up, "Babe san ba rest room dito?" talking to Benedict, who pointed to where it is. "Samahan mo na lang ako please, tara."

I found it strange that a woman would ask her boyfriend to go to the rest room with him, but what the heck, whatever floats their boat.

They came back together after around 10 mins.


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Started being explored and exploring early in life; been into erotic situations accidentally and by choice; maraming ng napagdaan, marami ng natututunan. Yung mga ibang nangyari sakin similar sa mga fiction write ups dito. Except that yung stories ko, tutoo.
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January 14, 2020 (5 months ago)

welcome back sir! tagal mo nawala ah.
Salamat sa muling pag susulat sir!

english is a language, not a measure of intelligence or character.

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January 14, 2020 (5 months ago)

welcome back sir, ang tagal namin naghintay. salamat naman at di kana busy, keepsafe :)

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January 14, 2020 (5 months ago)

Welcome back sir author!

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January 14, 2020 (5 months ago)

Life is an adventure in dire situations.Awaiting next post author

Married yet related to many who try to

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January 14, 2020 (5 months ago)

Nakakabitin naman i cant wait sa kasunod ummmm naglalaro imahinasyon ko sa loob ng shower room hahaha

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January 14, 2020 (5 months ago)

Take it easy :)

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January 14, 2020 (5 months ago)

Welcome back Sir! Can't wait for the update

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January 15, 2020 (5 months ago)

Ang galing sir.

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