Empty Cabinets, Uncovered Bed and the Remnants of My Corner

Empty Cabinets, Uncovered Bed and the Remnants of My Corner

There comes a point in our lives when we have to leave places that have become our comfort zones. Graduating from college entails the inevitable process of moving out of the place that has been my home for the past five years. It took me a bit longer to move out than expected. There were too many things (clutter) to transfer and I just finished procuring the first set of furniture for the place I’m moving into. But perhaps a part of me just wanted to hang on for a bit longer.

Earlier today, I peeped out the window from S207 and gazed at how beautiful the sunrise was; how the rays extended and brightened the room. That would probably be the last time I’d get to do that. I did not take a photo just to keep the image in my mind. 🙂

After my review classes, I rushed back to the dorm to finish packing the things I still had in the dorm. As I was packing I realized that some of the post-its on my cork board have been there for more than a year. There were even posts from my former roommates (Noreen, Gem and Joey). I segregated things for the last time and pushed myself to let go of unnecessary clutter.

I wanted to bequeath some of my things to some people who have made my dorm life memorable. 😉 But due to the rush packing I did these past few days, I only managed to give out three items earlier today. I have some stuff in the condo that I intended to give to other DMC members and foster siblings. It was hard to let go of the things that I gave because they had some sentimental value. But giving away that box from Paris, that Panda nanoblock toy and the “No One Messes with the Family” ARSA lanyard was a part of the process of moving on. To whoever got these items, please take care of them. :>

As I leave the room, I took a last look and took a snapshot of my little corner in UDS 207. I would miss being woken up by the sunlight. I would miss hearing recurring alarms from roommates’ alarm clocks and phones. I would miss seeing familiar places along the hallways. I would miss the random tambay session at the lobby. I would miss the late night walks and milk tea time in Katipunan. I would miss the place I have called my home.

But my corner now is empty — just like how it was when I moved in during my sophomore year. What’s left are empty cabinets, uncovered beds and I take with me all the memories, experiences, “life lessons,” and friendships that were built within the premises for these residence halls.

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Filling the Bare Space

Filling the Bare Space

Today marks the finality of the need for me to move on with life after college. I had to finish packing all my clothes and books. When I arrived in Manila in 2009, all my things could fit in the Samsonite luggage I brought along. But earlier today, I saw that it took 2 luggages, 3 boxes and 2 bags to contain the most of the things I have in the dorm. I can’t believe the number of books I have accumulated during my stay in the Ateneo (both text books and fiction). As I was putting my clothes in the luggage, each piece told a story. I remember occasions when I wore them. I saw the org shirts I was able to collect over the years, especially ARSA shirts (OrSem, ARSAFest, IAC, etc.). I still have a few things here in the dorm with me but I was already able to bring most of my stuff to Ninang Bevs’ condo with the help of Manong Pete. (Thanks, France and Kurt for helping me load my stuff to the car!)

I also explored the area in Paco, Manila (near Paco Market) to procure some necessary furniture (i.e. bed, table, chair, etc.). For the first time, I get to decide on what furniture to get and create my personal space. I am not good in interior design but I did try to picture out in my mind how I wanted my new “home” to feel and look. After consulting my mom regarding which furniture to procure first (and a tiring walk to canvass), I was able to decide to get a sofa bed, a study table, a swivel chair and a couch. The couch is set to be delivered tomorrow.

P.S. Since the walls are painted white, I am considered a black and red ensemble for the furniture. But since the store only had a chocolate colored study table, that would have to do. Budget constrains, too. Practicality over aesthetics.