Have you ever been drunk? Well I have, and I’m proud of it! haha It was my first time to get drunk and I was 24 years old that’s why I’m pretty proud of it. I really didn’t drink any liquor ever since I tasted it back in high school, tastes like medicine! In college I wasn’t a party goer, I was more of the computer geek and sporty kind of guy. Every time my friends invite me to late night parties sometimes I decline, sometimes I go because I want, oh nope not want, I need to accompany some of my friends whom I know behave badly when they’re drunk. Yup, I’m the security guard of the gang. But you know what, It’s more fun just watching your friends get drunk haha. You see them doing things they don’t normally do, crazy fun stuffs, and you’re right there, watching, capturing the moment. But also, I always keep watch if some things get overboard, that’s when I step in.
I’ve always seen my friends getting so drunk, puking all over the place, and I was like, “I would never, ever want to get drunk”. And for 24 years I never did, but it was really my destiny to get drunk. After I graduated college, I started travelling. Met travel-minded people, and you know what they always do at night? Drink beer. Yup, they say it’s the national language of travelers – beer. So that got me started. And it went up a notch on my first solo travel and it was outside Philippines. Before my solo travel I told myself, “Live for the experience John”, and so I did. In Phuket I was with Russians, and in Cambodia I was these crazy Turkish dudes and dudettes like we were partying every night, drinking all kind of stuff but luckily I never got wasted, that’s why I loved it because I remember everything haha.
Anyways, last June 5, 2016 we were in Jomalig with my friend Lally and her cousin Kielle. It was my first time to hang out with them and we were with 4 crazy dudes who brought crazy loads of hard drinks. It was never really my plan to drink a lot but I don’t know, my crazy traveler spirit owned me, hanging out with them was so fun. So there I was, drinking with people I just met, we were singing songs of UP Dharma Down, and I still remember the last song we sang before I blacked out, it was “Sana”. After that song, I remember just waking up feeling so bad like I wanna puke. After breakfast I puked and yup, I felt better but the “hangover” feeling, god, it sucks so bad. Now I know what my friends felt when they say hangover is just the worst feeling. Like you don’t wanna do anything, you just want to sit there, stare at some blank space and do nothing. Just a feeling I never, ever want to feel ever again haha.
I was however amazed on how the human body works. Because when I blacked out, Kielle said I just sat there, still grabbed some drinks, and smiled – a lot, like I always do. It was like I was on autopilot! See that picture above? I have no memory of that being taken and so was the other guys haha Lally didn’t even had any idea why she’s wearing that flashlight. Kielle however saw everything and let’s just say we didn’t do anything crazy when we got drunk 😉