‘Tis the season for hangovers, and as I write this, I am nursing the mother of them all. At the office! Of all places.

I blame my sorry-ass state to those last-minute, late-night beer-and-wine sessions I had with office-mates and college friends. With liquor flowing virtually nonstop from midnight of December 23 to dawn of December 27, no wonder I celebrated Christ’s day in a coma.

The last clear memory I have for December 25, 2009, was jumping off a bus in Nueva Ecija, squinting at the morning sun and dust, and walking toward my second family’s ancestral home where a reunion was raging. Everything after that were like bits n’ pieces of a half-remembered hashish dream. My engine finally conked out noontime.

It was already early evening when I regained consciousness, with my head screaming grand opera and the reunion long over. So much for Christmas 2009.

Multiply friend Isa Pilapil once shared her secret anti-hangover recipe to me, but I lost it somewhere. All I remember is that it includes honey and apple cider vinegar.

The best anti-hangover advice that came my way, though, was from a shot glass given to me by my sister-in-law, Nikki, many Christmases ago. It says: Avoid hangovers, stay drunk.

Why not? I can almost see Jack Kerouac raising his wine jug to that.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. tinkerbelleinblack
    Jan 03, 2010 @ 18:15:39


    3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
    3 tablespoons of freshly squeezed calamansi or lemon juice
    2 tablespoons honey
    1/4 teaspoon crushed ginger
    1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper or chili powder πŸ™‚

    dont mention it, karl. hava nice 2010

  2. Karl
    Jan 05, 2010 @ 00:27:17

    You rule, Belle! The perfect beer buddy next to my wife πŸ˜‰

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