For comedienne Eugene Domingo, the year 2010 has been full of blessings.
She did three shows on GMA-7—the teen series First Time, the game show Wachamakulit, and the comic show Comedy Bar.
She starred in two movies—Star Cinema's Here Comes the Bride and GMA Films' Working Girls.
And she's also set to star in the sequel of Kimmy Dora, 2009's surprise box-office hit.
Because of her full schedule, vacations take months to plan. "Iyon ang una kong inaayos," says Eugene, who's nicknamed Uge.
"Hindi ka na tatanggap ng work ahead of time. Siguro, mga January pa lang, naka-block na... Kailangan planuhin mo rin ang bakasyon mo. Importante 'yon. It's very necessary, it's very healthy, and you deserve it. At hindi kailangang ibang bansa, hindi kailangang magarbo. Basta kailangan mong huminga, kailangan mo ng time para sa sarili mo."
During the long Holy Week vacation, Uge and her long-time friend, TV director Andoy Ranay, traveled to Beijing, China.
Uge took charge of booking the flight and the hotel. Direk Andoy was in charge of the tours they would be taking.
"Ang gusto ko sana, 'yong maisa-isa ko 'yong Wonders of the World," says Uge. "Mas maganda kung habang nagbabakasyon ka, may nakikita kang bago. Hindi naman siguro 'yan gagawing Seven Wonders of the World kung hindi 'yan wonderful! So, gusto kong makita talaga 'yon."
Uge and Andoy have been friends since their college days at the University of the Philippines in the '90s. In fact, they were once an item.
"Sobrang past na 'yon," laughs Uge. "Pabulok na! Marami na kaming relationship nito—mag-ina, mag-amo, magkapatid, talent manager-artista, artista-director... Sobrang komportable na... Kasi kung pupunta ka sa mga Wonders of the World, importante din na wonderful ang travel buddy mo, di ba? So komportable ako na kasama siya kasi kabisado na namin 'yong ugali ng isa't isa. Kumbaga, wala na akong itatago. Iyong ugali niya 'tsaka ugali ko, swak na."
Direk Andoy, hearing all this, teases Uge: "Wow! Talaga? Nakaka-touch! Di mo sinasabi 'yan pag tayong dalawa lang."
Uge retaliates with a smile and a light nudge.