I chose my scheduled return flight in the evening of my last stay, which was the day before termination of leave. For me, it was the most comfortable time to travel to Baguio; arrived late in the evening in Manila, then rode a bus in Victory Liner station, traveled and slept for 6 hours (no traffic yet considering I started traveling more or less at midnight or early dawn), and still had time to have a breakfast in the city before going back to barracks. And in the following day, academics started and my usual cadet life continued...
14 - PMA Commissary - Cadets walk quite a distance from their barracks just to reach this place during their free time, and I was no exception. Why? Simple first answer: boodles. Aside from food (snacks), we also bought our personal stuffs here. The advantage was, if we got short of cash, we could charge it to our account by simply signing in a voucher.
Located beside our station hospital, it was actually composed of small stalls, different businesses but compliment each other. Aside from snack houses, there was a photograph shop, delivery and long distance call shop, eye wear center, gadgets, RTW's and more. I remembered one store in particular, Bilsamera, where the "manang" or old lady in-charge became a friend. I would always buy civilian shirt and jeans there or memorabilia items with Baguio trademarks as gifts for friends given at a good price. Missed the place. If I'll return to PMA, something I won't forget to pass by.
19 and 20 - Just a trivia, the term "privilege" is an opportunity given to upperclassmen cadets to go to places outside the academy but usually just within the vicinity of Baguio City. Provided, however, that the cadet is not deficient in any subject, no existing punishment tours, and generally no duties or incoming duties that require him to be inside PMA. As to duration, it is shorter than vacation and leave, just a day or two. And normally given during Saturdays and Sundays.
Since we had a hectic schedule and confined within the premises of the academy, we used these times to roam around Baguio City and if lucky, being invited by our mistah(s) or squadmates when they visit their family. These days, in particular, we visited a squadmate's aunt and attended a foster-sis' birthday the following day. Might just be simple events, but it helped me a lot in easing the stiff life of being a cadet. Pressure released... again human... hahaha.
26 - Being a cadet, it's always been an honor to be visited by special friends. So when we were then surprised by a visit from our friends in Manila whom I already treat as my family, we really cleared or made the necessary exchanges in our schedules to accompany them and made their stay worthwhile. But I had no worries, they knew a lot of my "mistah", it was not a problem finding someone to entertain them. Being friendly really pays.
31- The month ended in a mass leave for the upcoming holidays. I decided to go with an upperclassman to visit their place in San Fernando, La Union. I thought it was impractical to go home for such a very limited time. And, I've never been to the place, I was actually curious to see it, back then. Yahweh bless.
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