Wednesday, February 23, 2005

A Past Revisited...

Time to get mushy…

Even I cannot believe it myself. Until now, the thought of us together still overwhelms me. But I have to admit, life has its own way of bringing things into the right direction. Let me take this opportunity to narrate the history of the Jervin-Bubbles love affair in commemoration for it’s first year... I know it is quite overdue but I will write it anyway.

I met her around six years ago, June 1998. It was the freshmen orientation hosted by the University Student Council of our college alma mater, UP. We met during the block orientation, and no, it wasn’t love at first sight. Not even at second, nor third, nor fourth… Honestly, my first impression of her was quite snobbish. And bossy… har har har...

After a few classes and some more orientation, I realized that she wasn’t that bad at all. I even realized that this lady is approachable and friendly. Eventually, we became friends. And for some reason, we became phone buddies.

We would talk on the phone for hours about school, and some other stuff that normal boys and girls our age talk about. We sometimes share homework like most classmates do during free time. We talked almost every other day during our first year. But as I recall, there was not even a bit of physical attraction involved. We just talked… As friends… That’s all.

During second and third year, we took two different paths in student life. She took the political life, became student council leader and went active in various student organizations. Me, I took the simpler life. I joined organizations, and often I just hanged out with block buddies and played cards during free time. Thus, the lengthy heart-to-heart talks were suddenly cut short to more important sessions. At that time, I realized that we were different. We still see each other often, but that is simply because we’re classmates.

We graduated college together, along with the rest of the block. We even had a picture together. But there was nothing more. I really thought our communication would end after graduation.

Fortunately, by the workings of some forces of nature, our paths have crossed once again. In January of 2003, I got employed in my current agency and heard that she is also being considered in the other office, a floor lower than my office. For some reason, I got uber-excited. In February, she was employed in that office.

During the first few months together in the workplace, we seldom see each other, most of it only during 6 o’clock, when we’re about to hit the bundyclock and go home. I didn’t know what actually went in my mind, but I just realized that we needed to rekindle the old friendship.

I recalled that on gimmick evening, I realized that I had this duty to take good care of her because I was the person who knows her very well among our officemates. This self-imposed duty eventually became a norm. Everytime we’d go out with office buddies, It became my responsibility to take her home. This norm gradually became a feeling. A feeling that at first, I couldn’t really understand. All I knew before that stage of confusion was that I liked this lady and I want to be not just her office guardian, but her best friend. I even compared myself with the rest of her guy friends and I sometimes jokingly say that I will be the closest guy friend she’ll ever have.

I needed to explain and contest myself before finally realizing one thing: I like this fine, sweet young lady, not just as my best friend but something more. For months, I hid this feeling inside because I didn’t want to destroy our smooth-sailing friendship.

After months of repression, contemplation and introspection, consultations from several jedi councils of love, evening prayers and lamentations, and various external factors (e.g. jealousy over dates with other men), I finally decided to confide in her about how I truly feel. And I wrote them all down on her birthday card. Yes, her birthday card. I know I somehow destroyed that joyous occasion by giving her the gift of confusion and disorientation. Well, I had no other chances and opportunities to write her a letter, and I felt the timing was perfect.

After weeks of lengthy discussions on the terms of reference (this is a military and bureaucratic term for courtship), on the 15th of February, I became the happiest man alive. During our date in Antipolo overlooking Metro Manila, she finally answered all my prayers. And since then, my life was finally complete. And the rest was history…

Happy Anniversary to my Lady (Feb. 15)… Here’s to many more years of blissful life together.


Friday, February 11, 2005

I act my age...

A friend from an e-group sent me this link... I just tried it out to see if I am acting my age... And this was the result:

You Are 23 Years Old


Under 12: You are a kid at heart. You still have an optimistic life view - and you look at the world with awe.

13-19: You are a teenager at heart. You question authority and are still trying to find your place in this world.

20-29: You are a twentysomething at heart. You feel excited about what's to come... love, work, and new experiences.

30-39: You are a thirtysomething at heart. You've had a taste of success and true love, but you want more!

40+: You are a mature adult. You've been through most of the ups and downs of life already. Now you get to sit back and relax.

In my first test, I originally got the age 25. My lady also got the same score. However, just for the sake of putting it in my blog, I took the test again. The resukts posted a 2-year difference from my original score. This just showed that I am quite on the right mindset. Believe it or not, I am acting my age!!!


Trivia trivia

Did you know: PNP Chief General Edgar Aglipay is not just a Police Officer. He also took up law at the Ateneo de Manila University, and took up Masters in Business Administration at the University of the Philippines Diliman. How's that for credentials?

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Fearless Forecast 2005

Kung Hei Fat Choi!!!

Our Chinese brothers and sisters are once again celebrating the new year. This year marks the year of the Rooster. They mentioned that the year of the rooster is a much better year for us than last year, the year of the monkey. Well, all we can do is wait and see… Hoping is also a good action…

I have read several predictions for the coming year, those general predictions to predictions per year of birth. I was born on the year of the dog and based on the predictions I have read, it is not a very good year for us dogs. My lady was also born on the year of the dog and with us together, it is more likely to be a “not-so-good-year” for us.

Well, I have also made my own predictions for the coming year:

Rooster – success, success and more success in the coming year since it’s your year. Try to wake up a little earlier this year to make your boss proud. Join competitions to win big bucks for your boss. Be careful, because I’ve heard, Danding Cojuangco’s breed is the strongest rooster in town.

Dog – Try not to stay up late because it’ll wake the others. Wag your tail if you’re happy and try not to bite if you still haven’t taken necessary medications. It might cost your boss big bucks for medication of your victims. Try to look beautiful. You might want to join fashion shows or beauty contests.

Pig – Stay away from Batangas and La Loma, place where people not only kill you, but cook you. Afterwards, they parade you in the streets, then devour what’s left of you. Also, be careful for your boss might develop high blood pressure over you. Avoid extremely hot areas. You wouldn’t want to call it the year of the pork, do you?

Rat – Stay away from bacon-bit-looking food. They might be poison. Never name your daughter Dora. You are unlucky in the food business. People might perceive your food chains as untidy and Stay in the sewerage and cleaning industry.

Ox – Rich people like you better over the pig because they say, you are leaner and contain lesser cholesterol. You will be lucky if El Matadero won’t kill you after a battle. Try not to climb trees because you can’t.

Tiger – Some might want to try to please you by giving food or taking photographs. Don’t be fooled or you might end up with a circus or zoo job. Some friends like the Lion might get jealous because you are in the Chinese calendar and they are not.

Rabbit – This is a very good year for you. If you run fast, you shall overtake the turtle. But if your get too confident, you might be overrun. Stop the humping and get down to business, you maniac!

Dragon – you are the luckiest this year. In fact, you are lucky every year. However, you are a mythic creature. You are non-existent. Try not to enter into conversations because they might not realize you’re there.

Snake – Since when did the snake become good? They bite, they inflict poison, and they scare. Try entering into onerous transactions. You might get away with it like you got away from persuading Eve to eat the forbidden fruit. Better not mess up this time.

Horse – Agile, and competitive. You are to be loved by thousands of old and middle aged males… That is, if you try to compete and win over Windblown. I almost forgot! Windblown has already retired. Stay away from faraway rural areas. I’ve heard tapang kabayo is starting to become a delicacy in some provinces.

Ram – Try venturing into the textile industry. You’re lucky to have the raw materials for it. Stay away from trees. Some Rams just die of starvation because they get stuck in branches of trees for weeks.

Monkey – Try to outsmart the turtle but you will always emerge the loser. Luckily, the turtle is not part of the Chinese calendar. So you only have to compete with either the rabbit or the dragon. It is good for you to do business, but never engage in monkey business.

These are only my personal predictions for the coming year. So they might not have a direct impact on the person born on that year.

No matter how many forecasts, predictions and analyses we read or hear, all that matters is the way we handle life. In the end, we are the ones who shall decide whether we make the predictions true or not.

Happy Chinese/ Lunar New Year to all my Chinese brethren.


Trivia trivia

Did you know: Singers Eric Clapton and Rod Stewart are born in the year of the Rooster.

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Three-game losing streak...

I am on the verge of surrendering to the fact that we are not a competitive team. Last Sunday, we suffered a 19-point loss to Team Ateneo YFC. It was our third straight loss, and at present we have yet to bag a win in the ABL.

Our team has always played well, however, we always tend to lose the touch come the second half. And it has always been our problem. It’s not really the lack of air, but it’s the lack of teammates to substitute our mainstream players. Take, for example, last Sunday’s game. We almost lost by default due to lack of players. Fortunately, ten minutes before the start of the game, our lineup was augmented from two players to exactly five players. So we played forty minutes of basketball without substitutions. At the last minute of play, only four players were standing because our leading scorer and three-point shooter, Jayvee, suffered from cramps and couldn’t continue playing.

We lost the game, 80-61. The only saving grace in that game was that it augmented individual statistical points. All but one scored in double figures. I scored 19 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal, with 6-for-7 free throw shooting. MVP stats, eh?

We have to work out on our manpower deficit soon in order to win at least once. I don’t want a winless ABL season 5 record…Medyo nakakahiya… hehehe