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That was an intense two weeks.

I got back from Singapore two weeks ago, and although my trip was fantastic and I loved it, I got a very very nasty case of the flu immediately upon returning, and it put me down for the next two weeks. I feel bad for the time I lost, and I feel bad I was unable to enjoy sharing my experience with everybody at the time. By now STGCC may seem like old news if ever I decide to talk about it. But to me it almost seems like yesterday. But it wasn\’t yesterday. It was two weeks ago, and those two weeks were a really bad time for me. In fact, I\’m still recovering right now and my cough hasn\’t really gone away.

I\’ve not visited Facebook and Twitter or even answered emails too much. There really wasn\’t much anything to say that wouldn\’t sound miserable. I\’ve also cancelled two appearances that was supposed to happen today, Saturday, and tomorrow, Sunday. But it can\’t be helped. I would just be pretty useless as I\’ll be just coughing all over the place.

What kind of stressed me out was being unable to work. I tried desperately to work on pages earlier on, and I just had to stop every few minutes so I can lie down. I was just too dizzy. But nevertheless, I was able to produce a couple of pages that looks as good as something I\’ve done when I\’m in tip top shape. I\’m kind of proud of that. But it felt so horrible while I was doing it. I most likely won\’t ever sell those pages because they\’ve now indelibly become part of my memories. They\’re some of the most valuable pages I have. Valuable only to me.

I think I\’m about ready to start work again. I have around 6 days to finish this issue, which really won\’t be a problem.

And when I\’m done with the issue, I\’ll probably start becoming active on Facebook and Twitter again. And I\’ll probably post photos of my Singapore trip here.

It\’s nice to be feeling better again.


10 Responses to “I Lost Time”

  1. Aaron Felizmenio on September 16th, 2012 7:07 am

    Man, It’s really tough being sick in the middle of a deadline but I’m glad to hear you’re doing well again, sir! Can’t wait for more of your art and updates!

  2. Noel Pascual on September 16th, 2012 7:53 am

    Hi, Sir. I remember reading this post John Scalzi had on always getting sick after travel and attending big conventions as invariably, someone among the hundreds or thousands of people one will encounter would have a virus one is particularly susceptible to. A solution he found that brought the incidence of getting sick down was to always have hand sanitizer around. http://whatever.scalzi.com/2011/11/14/the-thanksgiving-advent-calendar-day-fourteen-hand-sanitizer/

  3. Gerry Alanguilan on September 16th, 2012 8:09 am

    I’m getting flu shots annually from now on.

  4. Miko on September 16th, 2012 9:24 am

    Get well soon, Gerry! Take it easy…

    I’ll be waiting for your STGCC, nothing beats a first person view :D

  5. R.E. de Leon on September 16th, 2012 11:55 am

    Sometimes getting sick is our body telling us to pause every now and then? :D But yeah, it can really suck. :s Glad you’re feeling better. :D

  6. Paul Ramos on September 16th, 2012 5:00 pm

    Hope you could be in touch in the upcoming Komikon next month (October 27)! Can’t wait to sign my New X-Men Omnibus with Leinil Yu! Get well soon po, Master Gerry!

  7. Will on September 16th, 2012 6:46 pm

    We missed you at the book fest today Mang Gerry! Countless of fans with Elmer at hand wandering aimlessly throughout the floor. I stop them one by one and hold them by the shoulder as I tell them with all my willpower that you would not arrive. At first they couldn’t believe it. But they knew from looking at my eyes that it was true. I hold them close and gently whisper to them; “Komikon 2012.”

  8. Gerry Alanguilan on September 16th, 2012 8:41 pm

    Yeah, I feel bad I wasn’t able to go to Book Fair. But it couldn’t be helped. Yes, I’ll be at Komikon although I won’t have my own table. I’ll just be hanging around.

  9. Jonas Diego on September 17th, 2012 7:00 am

    Glad you’re feeling better, Ger. :)

  10. Jose Mari Lee on September 20th, 2012 11:54 am

    Guys, I stay away from enclosed areas where lots of people gather for two reasons:

    A) I easily catch the bug
    B) I am someone who may be called in German: “Einfühlungsvermögen”, an empath for short, absorbing other people’s emotions, especially the negative ones.

    “Go ahead, make my day,” as Dirty Harry would say, but don’t snicker, I’m being serious. This curse is draining, disheartening, disillusioning. This planet is full of pain, of longing, of anger, of hatred. And when I perceive love – it gives me the will to believe once more in man’s humanity to man.

    And what has this ITEM B got to do with the topic of Flu? Well, when you’re emphatic, you can also absorb other people’s afflictions. And I’m sure Manong Gerry is an “empath” as well, and I hope he doesn’t freak out when the sees his first Ghost. LOL. So, it’s time to stay away from crowded places. Maybe a plastic bubble will protect you from harm and agony. Get well soon. :)