A newfound freedom...
by missP on Sat Oct 07, 2006 9:05 am
It all started when I was invited by my classmates in college to go to Tia Maria's along Katipunan Road. Hell, that seems like a very long time ago already. I don’t even know if the old place still exists. Judging from all the road expansions and City beautificationof the current Mayor Feliciano Belmonte Jr., perhaps that once very popular place amongst the students from the schools within the vicinity has long been moved.

But it isn’t. Until now, it stands there like a monumental landmark. This restaurant/bar that serves authentic Tex-Mex cuisine has definitely gone along way. A lot of special events, I bet were celebrated here. Especially from the students who attend the schools in the area. I for one, have some memorable experiences in the place. I was baptized in smoking there. It’s the place where I first inhaled my very first stick of Marlboro Lights Menthol. It felt so cool, literally speaking of course. It’s also the joint where I first sipped my Zombie, actually, almost the first for everything else as well, including, well never mind that!

Anyway, Yes, I started smoking in 1991. Like any other old story, it all started with just a puff. Then it became one stick and two sticks, till I started buying my own pack of Marlboro Menthol lights.… and before I knew it, I was hooked. When I started working at Duty Free Philippines (DFP), it got worse. I became a chain smoker. I could finish like 1 ? pack per day. But hey, it was also shared between me and my dad. Don’t get me wrong though. He didn’t bring me into this. As a matter of fact, he didn’t approve of my smoking habits then. But, as my Uncle Boy would say it: he also believed that it was “my money I was burning and my life that I was wasting away”. I guess, he just thought I should know what I was doing. And probably even thought I am responsible enough to know that consequences that I would suffer in the end. To me, it was like I can decide what I want to do in my life. At my age, it was like FREEDOM!!!

I was wrong. A few months ago, I had terrible breast pains and a cough that never went away. Neither the many bottles of cough syrup I took, till I was feeling “high” nor the number of cough tablets that I took helped. It was then that I got afraid again. From one day to the next, I QUIT smoking. I am happily counting my newfound FREEDOM.

My name is missP and I have been clean for 3 months. Yeheyyy! It's time to celebrate. bananas bananas bananas I'm gonna go and smoke one! blackteeth bash (just kidin') *wink*