Pasko na talaga

December 15, 2006

Pasko na nga. Makikita mong ang dami nang parol sa paligid, kahit na mumunti’t simple lang na palamuting makulay sa mga poste ng ilaw. Maririnig mo ang iilan ngunit paparaming mga grupo ng batang magkakaroling sa harap ng inyong kabahayan. Maririnig mo na rin ang mga pamaskong awitin sa radyo, maging live sa mga malls. Makikita mo unti-unti na makukulayan ng pinaghalong berde at pula ang paligid, lalu na sa loob ng mga bahay. Sa labas naman, malalanghap at mararamdaman mo talaga ang malamig na simoy ng hangin na di mo mahahanap sa kahit anong parte ng taon. Maaamoy mo na rin ang samyo ng pandesal na mahahaluan na ng puto bumbong at bibingka tuwing umaga.

Iba kasi pag Pasko. Oo nga’t dapat talaga, ang diwa ng Pasko ay sinasabuhay sa buong taon, pero tuwing Disyembre lang kasi talaga nagkakaroon ng excuse ang mga tao na mag-relax ng konti, mamili ng regalo sa lahat ng mga kakilala nila’t batiin ang isa’t isa na para bang walang nangyaring away o gulo sa buong taon. Parang may magic ang Disyembre na di mo makikita sa kahit anong panahon, pero sa tuwing darati’y mararamdaman mo sa kahit saan ka magpunta.

Late ang pasko ngayon. Dati kasi, pagpatak pa lang ng Setyembre, excited na ang mga tao’t naghahanda na. December 15 na ng gabi, at ngayon ko lang nakita ang mga tao na humahangos sa traffic patungong shopping malls at tiangge, humahabol sa pinakahuling araw ng pagkakataon para makapamili ng mga regalo. Naalala ko, nung bata pa ako, Oktubre pa lang, nakikita ko na ang mga bagong laruan, sapatos at damit na nakabalot na’t nakahanda na sa ilalim ng Christmas Tree sa sala. Ang tatay ko, abala na rin sa pag-iisip kung anong magandang disenyo para sa Belen sa taong iyon. Nakaka-miss din pag bata ka, mas mataas ang antas ng excitement kaysa papatanda ka na. Pero iba ngayong taong ito. Nandyan kasi si Luke para maging excited para sa amin ni Ethel. Ang sarap talaga pag mayroong miyembro ng pamilya na di pa masyadong nadudungisan ng panahon at pagod sa buhay ang kanyang payak na konsepto ng Pasko.

Kasabay ng opisyal na pagpasok ng diwa ng Pasko ngayong gabing ito ang aking pagkamangha sa ilang mga bagay na taun-taon namang nangyayari. Taun-taon naman kasing mayroong napakalaking Christmas Tree sa loob ng Shangrila Mall sa Shaw. Taun-taon din namang may kumakantang choir sa malaking hall ng nasabing lugar. Pero iba talaga ang Pasko. Kahit taun-taon mo nararamdamang darating sa ‘yo, hindi mo talaga maiiwasan ang maantig. Siguro dahil sa wakas,  matapos ang isang napakahaba at napakahirap sigurong taon, dumating na rin ang panahon na ito kung saan mas ramdam mo ang puso ng mga tao. Habang kinakanta ng UP Singing Ambassadors ang ilan sa mga paboritong pamaskong kanta ng mga Pilipino, di ko maiwasan ang mapangiti kahit ako’y nag-iisa. Masaya ako’t napadaan ako ngayong gabi para makapakinig sa kanila. Matagal-tagal na rin kasi akong di nakakapanood ng ganitong pagtatanghal. At gayundin, naaalala ko ang mga kasama ko sa choir noong nakaraang Christmas Party namin sa opisina.

Second place lang ang nakuha namin sa patimpalak ng gabing yun, pero hindi namin alintana at pakiramdam namin ay nanalo pa rin kami. Ang aming napanalunan? Ang di malilimutang mga oras ng nakakapagod ngunit nakatutuwang praktis sa Davenport at sa Funroom. Ang hadalian ngunit masayang paghahanda mula sa pagpili ng kanta hanggang sa kung anong tono ba ang kukuhanin upang makuha lang ang pinakamagandang timpla ng aming mga boses. Syempre pa, di rin malilimutan ang mga bagong pagkakaibigan at mga dati pang lalong naging mas matibay matapos ang araw na iyon. Ramdam namin na walang border sa gitna ng departments ng aming opisina noong mga panahong iyon. Masarap ding isipin na sa tinagal-tagal na hindi ako nakakanta sa isang choir, naroon pa rin ang kakaibang pakiramdam ng pagbahagi mo ng iyong talento para sa kasiyahan ng lahat. Matapos nito at sa gitna ng palakpakan bilang masayang pagtugon at pagbati sa aming minsanang pagtatanghal, hindi nga kami nag-uwi ng pangunahing premyo, pero masaya pa rin at kuntento.

Inaasahan kong magmula sa gabing ito, dadami na ang mga ilaw na kumukutitap sa paligid. Dadami na rin ang mga carolers na mamamasyal sa mga kabahayan ng kahit anong lugar. Magsisimula na ring magbakasyon ang mga tao sa iba’t-ibang lugar upang makasama ang kanilang pamilya’t pinakamalalapit na kaibigan sa panahong ito. Patapos na rin ang taong 2006, at wala akong masabi kundi “Salamat.” Salamat sa lahat ng  mga natutunan ko ngayong taong ito. Maraming nagbago, maraming naranasang sarap at pasakit, ngunit ang mahalaga, nakikita pa nating maganda ang mga araw na darating para sa 2007, datapwa’t mas pagagandahin pa ito ng mga alaala ng nakalipas na taon.

Maligayang Pasko at Masaganang Bagong Taon! 🙂

Last Days of My Nokia 6610i

December 15, 2006

     

Actually, it was last year that I’ve decided to quit using Nokia phones, since almost everyone in the Philippines already has one. A Sony Ericsson phone has always been my choice for a next phone, but I never really had a chance to get one because of a number of reasons- lack of budget being the primary one.

As soon as I got this year’s Christmas bonus, I went straight to a cellphone store to get me a new phone. The original plan was to get a Sony Ericsson W700i. However, the store didn’t have supply when I got there. After doing a crash interview on me to know what ideal type of cellphone a guy like me would likely have, the saleslady, whose sales skills work as effective as her irresistable charm, said I’d be better off getting a W810i instead. It’s a slick walkman phone that boasts it’s very cool music features just by adding a few more thousand bucks off my pockets. Heck! I can’t spend a couple of days more in waiting since I already sold and got rid of both my T230 and 6610i, so without second thoughts, I got the W810i already. And I’m proud that I did!

I specifically like the built-in camera. It’s 2.0 megapixels that result to very crisp images when transferred to my PC. Of course, for a street paparazzi that I am, I could see myself taking my pictures on the road without minding what people would think about how a guy could use a VGA camera anymore. Too bad, though, my W810i comes with only an excess 128MB Pro Duo memory stick, half of which I’ve already allotted for my MP3 files. I’d have to buy a 1GB stick later, maybe in late January when the aftermath of the Christmas spending spree is already over.

Anyway, these pictures tell the story of the last days of my Nokia 6610i…

My mom’s cellphone… and the stones from Ethel’s gall bladder that we got rid a few months ago. It was tough for my wifey during the recovery stage, but I think it’s worth enduring everything. She can eat anything she likes now. Of course, I’m always there to remind her not to overdo it. Heheh…

My Sleeping Lionheart. Remember Final Fantasy VIII? My favorite RPG Game. I’m no Squall and I don’t have a Gunblade, but I sure would love to meet and dance with Rinoa someday. Yihee!

We are big Superman fans! Recently, Ethel and I have been doing big Smallville marathons almost everyday. We’d spend the whole morning watching 6 episodes at most. This picture- one day I went to the office and found one of my TLs wearing the same Superman shirt. It was fun, actually, until I found another guy wearing the same shirt in the elevator. Haay…

This, I think, was taken by Ethel. I always thought what I look like while sleeping. I guess my question’s answered now. I look… tired.

Luke’s eyes, taken by her mom. It’s amazing how you can see so much innocence and possibilities at the same time in the eyes of a happy child.

Camille on the side of the road. I think it was around 7:00am when I took this picture in the North Luzon Expressway. I was alone, coming from work. I pulled on the side and took a quick shot. Good thing the patrol guys weren’t around, or else I would have gotten to quick questioning as well. Heheh…

No, I wasn’t in a Counterstrike Cosplay gig… this was taken on that day when my boss decided to treat us to a paintball game in Libis. T’was a hot afternoon, but it did not matter because, as my colleague John Say always says: It was so much fun!!!

“Luke, kunyari umaandar tayo nang sobrang bilis ha! Tapos kukunan kita ng picture, ha!… Sige…. One… Two… Three… AAAHHHHH!!!” The father becomes the son, the son becomes the father. Says Jor-El.

This is one of those rare moments picture. A rare moment- since it’s quite rare that either of us would look really nice and cuddly on pic. But when it happens, the result is always for keeps. I love you, honey! 🙂

  

Remembering UP Diliman

November 13, 2006

.:. ANO’NG STUDENT NUMBER MO?
95-07867

.:. NAKAPASA KA BA OR WAITLISTED?
Yes, of course! Nakapasa.
.:. PAANO MO NALAMAN ANG ENTRANCE EXAM RESULT?
I two letters… the other one was from Ateneo. Arrived on the same day.

.:. FIRST CHOICE MO BA ANG UP?
Nope. Harvard ang first choice ko ehh.

.:. ALAM MO BA ANG UPG SCORE MO?
Hindi ko nalaman ever.

.:. ANO ANG FIRST CHOICE MO NA COURSE?|
BS Computer Engineering. SAYAAANG!!!!

.:. SECOND CHOICE?
AB Philosophy

.:. ANO NAGING COURSE MO?
AB Philosophy… labs ko na first day pa lang.

.:. NAGPLANO KA BANG MAG-SHIFT?
Nope. I wouldn’t leave my friends back then… atsaka enjoy na eh.

.:. NAKAPAG-DORM KA NA BA?
Boarding house lang. Sa old Balara… province in the city.

.:. NAKA UNO KA NA BA?
A couple of times, yes.
.:. NAGKA-3?
Hindi ah.

:. HIGHEST GRADE:
Uno!

.:. LOWEST:
2.75

.:. WORST EXPERIENCE SA UP:
First taste ko ng tequila, nasamid ako at nabugahan ang chick na nasa harap ko lang nun.

.:. LAGI KA BANG PUMAPASOK SA KLASE?
Oo…. yata.

.:. ANO’NG ORG MO?
Wala… barbarian forever… unless you consider THE KAMP as an org.

.:. MAY SCHOLARSHIP KA BA?
Yup. Sumitomo scholar. From 2nd year up.

.:. PINANGARAP MO BANG MAG-CUM LAUDE?
Oo naman… born for academic excellence ata to… until 1st year college. hahaha!

.:. KELAN KA NAGTAPOS?
1999
.:. FAVE PROF (s):
Si Professor Zosimo Lee… dami kong natutunan about Metaphysics! And Prof. Co rin of PI 100… Rizal was dehumanized that year.

.:. WORST TEACHER (s):
Di ko na maalala.. kinalimutan ko na kasi sya.

.:. FAVE SUBJECT (s):
Philosophy of Religion.

.:. WORST SUBJECT (s):
That subject that we took in the BA building. So many unfamiliar stuff. BA 101 ata yun. Shyet.
.:. FAVE LANDMARK:
Sunken Garden and the CSSP Computer Lab

.:. BUILDING:
Palma Hall, syempre!

.:. PABORITONG KAINAN:
CASAA & Beachhouse

.:. NOONG ESTUDYANTE KA PA MAGKANO BA ANG BINABAYAD MO SA JEEP?
P 1.25

.:. LAGI KA BA SA LIB?
Lib? Anuyun? hehehe… I was the one who pioneered internet researching sa block namin.
.:. NAGPUNTA KA BA SA CLINIC NUNG MINSANG NAGKASAKIT KA?
Nope… went there a couple of times just to visit a friend.

.:. MAY CRUSH KA BA SA CAMPUS?
Madami… one per year. hehehe… Pero merong major na isa… Miss ko na yun.

.:. BF/GF?
WALA. WALA. WALA…

.:. MAY BALAK KA BA MAG-MASTERS O MAG-PHD?
Balak, yes…. pero di natuloy.
.:. ANU-ANO ANG MGA NAGING PE MO?
Volleyball, Taekwondo, Judo and Arnis…

.:. KAMUSTA NAMAN ANG BLOCK NYO?
Still friends after so many years!

.:. NAKAPANOOD KA NA BA NG GRADUATION SA UP?
Once… yung Graduation ko.

.:. MEMORIZE MO BA ANG ALMA MATER SONG?
Medyo na lang.

.:. MEMBER KA BA NG UP VARSITY TEAM?
Nope. Kinukuha nila ako eh… pero ala akong time.

.:. NAKA-PERFECT KA NA BA NG EXAM?
Yes, many times. Nerd ng bayan. Atsaka inspired kasi ang ganda ng prof namin sa Speculative Philo hehehe…

.:. ANO’NG AYAW MO SA FINALS WEEK?
Yung mahabang bakasyon pagkatapos.

.:. DITO KA BA NATUTONG UMINOM NG BEER?
Nope. Hard drinks ang natutunan kong inumin.

.:. ANO’NG GUSTO MO SA UP?
Freedom.

.:. ANO’NG AYAW MO?
Coño people na pilit mag-Inggles.

.:. MAGANDA BA ID PIC MO?
Hindi. Gwapo lang.

.:. MAY GINAWA KA NA BANG ILLEGAL SA LOOB NG CAMPUS?
Marami. Naging opisyal na hacker by 1997.

Early Morning Rush

November 12, 2006

Argh!!!! I’m scheduled to take a Dreamweaver Developer Certification exam today, and I didn’t know it!!!

Actually, I called up the testing site last Friday,  and specifically told them to reschedule or cancel my exam if in case they are not able to move it to Thanksgiving Day, which is November 24. Certain that they will do their job, I never checked until last night. Lo and behold! No changes have been made- I’m supposed to be in the exam site at 9:30am today.

Seven chapters away from completing the reviewer! And I’ve already forgotten some details from previous chapters. Things will definitely get crazy this wonderful Monday morning.

Geez… Forget about getting a perfect score, I gotta get a passing grade on this one. Oh God, usually I pray to Thee just to thank you, but this time, I really gotta make this appeal: Please, Lord, help me on this one!

Cramming at it’s finest! Feels like the good old Finals even mayhem during UP days! Yeehaw!

Survey forever

November 1, 2006

1. What is your full name now?

Adelino “John Lloyd” S. Ramos Jr.

2. What color pants are you wearing now?

brown… cargo pants ehh

3. What are you listening to right now?

oh sh*t… Marimar by Thalia. Who da hell played that on my Mac?!!!

4. What was the last thing you ate?

longganisa hamonado and rice. Ethel and I were in a hurry to go to woyk.

5. Do you wish on stars?

Sometimes… pag nakasakay sa FX papuntang work, i look up sa stars and wish they stay there… if they’re not there, it means it’s going to rain. shucks.

6. If you were a crayon, what color would you be?

Neon red. Meron ba?

7. How is the weather right now?

just right. not so cold, not so hot. Xmas is near!

8. Who is the last person you spoke to on the phone?

a customer named vicki. she’s calling for something that a software can do. good thing she didn’t get irate. it’s always a drag whenever a customer calls for something that they’d expect from a software, but in reality, can’t be done.

9. Do you like the person who sent this to you?

I love Nats. She knows that.

10. How old are you today?

waaah…. 28.

11. Favorite drink?

Frapuccino from Starbucks. Keeps me awake.

12. Favorite sport?

Is playing street car racing (Need for Speed: Most Wanted) on PS2 counted?

13. Hair color?

black. though i’d like to color it blue.

14. Siblings?

Archie and Jerome.

15. Favorite food?

Japanese and Italian

16. What was the last movie you watched?

World Trade Center

17. Favorite day of the year?

My birthday and Christmas.

18. What was your favorite toy as a child?

My old Atari console. Used to enjoy playing Berzerk and Pacman on that black-and-white TV we had.

19. Summer or winter?

Winter. I hate summer.

20. Hugs or kisses?

Both, at the same time.

21. Chocolate or Vanilla?

Chocolate

22. Do you want your friends to email you back?

I always expect a reply whenever I sent out an email. I find it rude if they do not reply. Hah.

23. Who is most likely to respond?

Natalie. Heheh…

24. Who is least likely to respond?

Oh I know her so well, I won’t tell it here or away na naman ‘to.

25. Living arrangements?

Our little house, of course.

26. When was the last time you cried?

July 1.

27. What is under your bed?

In her arms.

28. Who is the friend you have known the longest?

Natalie pa rin! hahaha! My first friend in college.

29. What did you do tonight?

uhhhhh… work?

30. Favorite smell?

Victoria’s Secret skin lotion on my wife

31. Favorite TV show?

A lot. For now, Smallville.

32. Happy in life?

Yes…. just recently.

33. What are you afraid of?

being alone. so many horrible things come to mind when I’m alone.

34. Plain, buttered or salted popcorn?

hot buttered popcorn! but I like em sweet. Onli in da Philippines.

35. Favorite car?

My Camille… a 97 GLXi Lancer.

36. Favorite Flower?

what the hell?! uh… daisies? I dunno…

37. Number of keys on your key ring?

Just one each. I have 3 key rings.

38. How many years at your current job?

2 looooong years.

39. Favorite day of the week?

Sunday.

40. What did you do on your last birthday?

watched a movie with Ethel and roamed around The Block.

41. How many cities have you lived in?

Two. Malolos City counts.

42. Do you make friends easily?

Yep. People find me “harmless” since highschool. I dunno why. hehe…

43. How many people will you be sending this to?

None. I’m posting this in my blog.

Random Pics Ulit

October 28, 2006

This is just one lazy Saturday morning in my In-Laws’ house (Masile Island, Malolos City). We were watching V for Vendetta, and, if I remember it correctly, we followed it up with Moments of Love. Yupyup! We were kinda bored that day. Relaxed, though, after a very tiring week.
Lovin’ the SYKES logo hanging on the elevator hall of OSMA’s 19th floor. It wasn’t there last year, though. Might have been added there when they renovated HR’s receiving area for Sykes Manila applicants.

Me and my honey in SM City’s The Block. We were going up on an escalator. I pulled out my phonecam and took a quick snapshot.

Turned out to be one of the cutest pics we’ve ever had in years. Look at that sweet sweet smile. And look at me… no chubby cheeks! Yihee!

Still in SM City’s The Block. This was taken inside one of the mall’s newest cinema places. T’was my birthday, by the way. Weird, I was the one who insisted on watching "Till I Met You". Even more odd, I liked the movie. (Although I specifically hated Robin Padilla’s acting in this movie.)

Me and Jameela in OSMA’s Ministop. This was taken weeks before Halloween 2006. We were surprised to see that they are actually selling Halloween stuff, so we said we might as well play around with it.

We liked the witch hats, obviously.

MRT Shaw Station, Southbound rail.

I hear voices whenever I stay in this place: "Ingat!" "Next train na lang, puno na kasi…" "I’m so tired and sleepy." "Ang layo pa ng pupuntahan mo ah…" "Naikwento ko na ba sa ‘yo…" Sigh. Such sweet memories.

This is King. A colleague, a friend and one of my most favorite buddies at work. No matter how low you are feeling on a given day, he can surely make you laugh. Such a jolly person.

We made a caption for this pic: "Good morning! I’m so happy today! F**k you!" HAHAHA!

Thank You

October 13, 2006

The nicest things in the world come in simple packages. Today, October 13, is my 28th birthday, and I thought it’d be like any other since my day always start at night while the rest of the world is sleeping. I’m no special guy, and I’m not really expecting gifts and big greetings, as those things come while you are young and just go as you grow older. Sadly, a kid’s magical sense of Christmas and birthdays wither away as years go by. But, as the day unravels, I’m beginning to receive lots of things and signs that really makes me a bit happier than I already am. And I’m most grateful everytime it happens.

This time here, though, I’m thanking who I consider my “greatest pal in the office”- Jenyfer. Today, in the middle of a training class, she brought here a little cake with a lit candle on it and led everyone in class to sing “Happy Birthday”. Although a little embarrassed with probably my face turning red all over, I felt really really special. A little-kid-kinda-special feeling… something that I’ve never had for a very long time.

Friend, it’s a little cake, but I know there’s a big chubby kind sincere heart in it. You know, for someone with whom I’ve been spending a few days like cats and dogs do, you have a knack for making my day brighter. I may not be able to express it more deeply whenever we’re around, but here is where I really mean it: “Thank you so very much.”

Yup, some things do never change. 🙂

Dull Moments

October 11, 2006

Nakabato. Naiinip na ako. Buggy ang sistemang ginagamit namin sa opisina. Lagi na lang may problema. Lagi na lang kailangang may kompromiso. Nakakainis na. Sana mabalik na lang sa dati, nang wala na lang problema. Oo, ito ang gusto ko: Ibalik ang dating sistema.

Inaantok na ako. Kung bakit kasi pinanganak ang tao na kailangang matulog ng halos walong oras, eh hindi naman pwede talaga kung nightshifter ka. Sana me exempted. Sana pag pinanganak kang destined maging call center agent, pwede mo na lang i-turn off yung feature na “needs at least 8 hours of sleep everyday”. Feature mo bang matatawag yun? O kaya naman sana may turn-off switch ang araw. Hindi naman talaga kasi built ang tao para matulog sa araw. Kahit kurtinahan mo pa ang kwarto mo ng galvanized na yero, malalaman pa rin ng utak mo na me araw pa rin sa labas. Di pwedeng dayain. Walang cheat mode kahit na puyat na puyat. Oo, kasalanan ko: Hindi kasi ako natulog nang maaga.

Birthday kasi ng isa sa mga kaibigan kong matalik. Happy Birthday, Katie! Hanggang ngayon, naaalala ko pa ang pagpapalipas oras natin dyan sa may Baywalk habang pinagmamasdan ang paglubog ng araw kanina. Masaya kahit na napuyat ako ngayon. Salamat sa iyo, hanggang ngayon, naaamoy ko pa rin ang dagat. Masaya ba ako, tanong mo sa akin. Oo naman. Bukod sa yo na nagpapasaya sa akin, lubhang kumpleto na yata ang buhay ko. Nandiyan ka parati upang sagutin ang mga katanungan ko tungkol sa buhay, kahit limitado lang ang scope ng ating mga pananaw. Paminsan, mas gumugulo nga pag kausap kita, pero okay lang- mahalaga’y kasama kita sa oras na magulo ang isip ko. Oo, masaya na ako ngunit kailangan na lang ayusin ang ilang maliliit na detalye. Oo, inaamin ko: hindi ako perpekto, at ayos lang sa akin yun.

Gusto ko nang umuwi. Gusto ko nang maglaro ng Kingdom Hearts II kasama si Lukas bago matulog. Bakit ba naman kasi di ko tinapos yung isang boss. ‘Yan tuloy, nakasabit sa diwa ko ang mga tactics na gagawin ko para lang matalo yung kalaban. Hindi ko pa alam kung gagana yung estratehiyang naisip kow. Oo, tama ka: Adik ako sa larong pambata.

Ano kaya kung sumakay na lamang ako sa aking maliit na model ng DeLorean time machine at subukang ibahin ang pagtahak ng landas ng tadhana? Kaya ko kayang baguhin ang ilang mga bagay na parati ko na lamang pinanghihinayangan? Ano kaya ang idudulot nito sa aking pagbabalik sa kasalukuyan? Mas maganda kaya ang kalabasan? Mas maaayon ba ito sa aking kagustuhan? Papayagan kaya ako ng Bosing ng lahat na nasa Itaas? Oo, tama ka: Ang dami-dami kong tanong.

Sadyang ang daming pwedeng hayaang dumaan sa kaisipan para sa isang taong nakatunganga lang sa monitor habang naghihintay ng trabaho. Wala kasing bagong kantang dapat kantahin. Wala ring makausap dahil lahat ay abala rin- sa pagmumunimuni din. Marahil.

Birthday Mood

October 11, 2006

Hindi ko alam kung bakit, pero napansin ba ninyo na pag buwan ng Oktubre, ang daming nagdiriwang ng kanilang kaarawan? Sadya bang ang sipag gumawa ng sanggol ng mga nakatatanda sa tuwing sasapit ang buwan ng (… uh…. magbilang muna tayo ng siyam na buwan pabalik… ) … Pebrero? Pebrero… hmm… tinatanong pa ba yun? Buwan nga pala yun ng mga puso. Puno halos lahat ng mga motel. Teka, balik tayo sa Oktubre.

Halos lahat ng fastfood chains sa Bulacan ay may nakatokang birthday party sa kahit anong araw ng buwang ito. Noong Martes, ika-10 ng Oktubre 2006, matapos ang pamamasyal at window shopping sa mall na paratian naman naming ginagawa, naisipan lang (kunyari) ng aking mahal na maybahay na kumain sa pinakamalapit na fastfood chain sa may amin sa Malolos bago tuluyang umuwi. Tuwa naman si Lukas. Saan pa kung di sa Jollibee, syempre, since lahat yata ng bayan sa Luzon ngayon ay mayroong isa o dalawang branch nito. Anyway, hindi na surpresa sa amin na isang bahagi ng lugar ay nakalaan para sa isang birthday party. Mga lobo, tables na nakaayos, mga regalo, masasayang mga bata, maiingay na palaro at syempre pa, hindi mawawala ang pinakahihintay ng lahat: ang paglabas ng mascot na si Jollibee bilang panghuling parte ng selebrasyon. Sa mesa namin, simpleng dinner lang. Nothing special, kumbaga.

Bago matapos ang aming simpleng hapunang Chickenjoy, Jolli Spaghetti, Coke at Fudge Brownie Sundae, nag-request si Ethel na maghintay muna ako sandali. Tinanong ko sya kung bakit, ang tugon nya’y “Teka lang, magpatunaw ka muna ng kinain mo dyan.” Matapos ang malambing na kurot sa pisngi, dali-dali syang tumayo at pawang nagpunta sa kung saan may party. Hindi ko naman inalintana dahil ang akala ko’y pumunta lamang sya sa pinakamalapit na restroom.

Laking gulat ko nang maya-maya’y may kumakalabit na isang malaking kamay na naka-gloves na puti sa aking balikat. Napatayo ako bigla, at muntik nang atakihin sa puso nang aking natagpuan na nakatayo sa tabi ko’t nakangiti (as usual) ang isang malaking nilalang na kulay pula, may malaking bilugang puwet, nakasuot ng toque, may matambok na pisngi at plastic na mukha. Kinamayan nya ako’t nakipag-high five sa akin habang tawa nang tawa si Ethel sa kanyang likuran. Oo, starstruck ako kasi binati ako ni Jollibee!

Iyon pala’y may usapan na pala ang magaling kong misis at ng manager ng branch na iyon (na kaibigan din nya) na sa paglabas ni Jollibee ay dadalaw siya sa aming mesa upang batiin ako ng “Happy Birthday!” kahit sandali lang. Nakakahiya sa una, ngunit heartwarming dahil kahit kailan naman nung ako’y bata, hindi pa naman ako nababati ng isang mascot. Para bagang tuwang-tuwa ang batang-isip sa kaibuturan ng aking puso sa mga sandaling iyon. Heto pa’t datapwa’t nakakahiya’t marami din namang tao sa lugar na iyon, nakapag-picturetaking pa kami ng konti kasama ang masayang mascot. Tuwang-tuwa din, syempre, si Luke dahil di naman madalas na makita nya nang malapitan ang higanteng tutubi. Of course, dahil may isang batang tunay na pinaghandaan para sa araw na iyon, dali-dali ding inakay ng manager si Jollibee pabalik sa kung saan may tunay na party. Kahit sandali lang, feeling ko’y tuwang-tuwa ako’t abot pisngi ang ngiti. Nakaka-inggit nga si Luke, sya lang ang may karapatang matuwa nang higit pa sa inaasahan sa ganitong sitwasyon: tumatalon, tuwang-tuwa at papisil-pisil kay Jollibee na parang ito’y pinanggigigilan.

Oo, ‘sang-ayon ako kung sasabihin mong ang sweet-sweet naman. Sa totoo lang, tuwing ipagdiriwang ko ang kaarawan ko’y parang Valentine’s Day na rin ang pakiramdam ko. Ang sarap-sarap kasi pag feeling mo, special ka, kahit sa pinaka-simpleng paraan lang.

Next year, honey, fireworks display naman, ha! Hehehe… Salamat. Mwah. 🙂

Some things about moi.

October 10, 2006

These are some things that I hope you’d find interesting about yours truly…

1. I graduated in highschool as class valedictorian and I owe it all to one great teacher of mine whom I had a big crush on. Somehow, being inspired to go to class everyday and have her impressed by aiming high on every aspect of acads helped. We were such good friends, I miss hours of chatting with her about lots of stuff. Last time I saw her was a year ago, in a mall. She seemed to be a lot happier than the last time we met. I’m glad she’s alright.

2. I remember someone telling me that the most sensitive part of me is my heart, and it’s true. If you really want to make me sad, ignore me. I get to question my worth so easily whenever it is compromised. However, if you want to get me really pissed off, you can’t. Somehow, I have this skill of easily shaking off whatever is bugging me for the moment.

3. I’m a big fan of RPG games, but I only play them on Playstation 2. This started with Final Fantasy VIII. I play console games not only for the sake of the game itself, but for the story, too. I think RPGs Japan-made are much more artistic and surreal than those from the US. Currently, I’m juggling playtime between Final Fantasy XII and Kingdom Hearts II. Imagine someone reading two novels of entirely different plots at the same time!

4. There are only three days I always really look forward to every year: Christmas, Valentine’s Day and my birthday. Christmas always remind me of my Dad and how a child stays in us even as we get older every year. The happiest day of my life was October 13, 2001. My wifey, then my girlfriend, gave me a surprise birthday party on a nearby resort. I shed tears of joy for the first time and felt like the king of the world that night.

5. This may sound so sissy, but it’s true: The first time I heard The Little Mermaid’s “Part of Your World”, I cried. Hahaha!

6. I only say thanks whenever I pray. I rarely ask for something. I believe that whatever happens is what God has willed it to be. We can’t really ask for anything, since God has provided everything that we need in this world. We may see things as good or bad for us, but really, there is no good or bad for anyone- every person receives what God really knows is necessary. This is why whenever I say my prayer, it’s always is about being grateful for what I have in life. If I do ask for something, I don’t pray as if God has to comply to it. It’s just to tell God that this is what I would like to have, but if it isn’t part of His grand plan, then it’s okay. I think I began adapting this concept of prayers after reading “Conversations with God” by Neale Donald Walsch. Too bad I wasn’t able to finish the book because of some reason I can’t remember. (Can anyone tell me where to get the Book 1?)

7. Although I have a few of them, friends are who I treasure more than anything else in the world. Their sincerity gives color to my life. I’d give everything that I have whenever needed. I’m the happiest whenever they are by my side in the most cruel of times. My sincerity towards them, though, are sometimes misinterpreted. But I don’t mind as long as they understand who and what they are to me in the end. Although I consider a lot of people as my friends- my brothers, my close friends at work, my friends from highschool and college and many others- my bestest of best friends is my beloved, Ethel. She knows me more than anyone else in the world, and knows how to deal with every aspect of it.

8. I’ve had my share of crime and illegal stuff in my early teen years. Dared by peers, I once shoplifted in one of those big malls in QC. I was also a professional hacker during my early college days. Those were the days when unlimited dialup internet access was made available to the public for the first time. We went searching for unlimited access using users’ accounts using our online tools and we make sure we don’t get caught by using them when we know they’re not in the office or at home. Oh we were bad then, but it felt good… until we felt guilty one day, of course, and decided to just quit it.

9. I love to travel, may it be with friends or just alone with a bag filled with things that I need. Somehow, riding my car, a train, or a speeding bus on it’s way to a very far place brings calmness to my soul. The first time I did a serious meditation and soul-searching was in Baguio- I was looking at the horizon on top of a very high place during sunrise. It felt like God was greeting me “Good morning, son!” that moment.

10. I finished AB Philosophy in college, but I’m more into IT. I should have taken BS Computer Engineering, although this does not qualify as a big regret for me. I thought Rizal and most Social Sciences subjects in Bulacan State University, where I realized I have a passion to teaching. I have always looked forward to a chance to teach again someday after my BSU days. Being a teacher is the most rewarding profession of all- the benefits go beyond the financial, indeed.

11. I may have already mentioned this- I dream of living in New York City. Although I have not been there yet, to me, NYC is the greatest city in the world. However, if I do get passed 60, I’d like to spend my dying days with Ethel either in any of the following places: New Zealand, Canada or just at home with my closest friends and relatives.

12. They say I’m a man of many talents, and I find many are amazed by what I can do but most are not aware of. Actually, those talents I learned not by necessity, but because I love to make the world know whatever it is on my mind and in my soul. You can take a look at my deviantart site and you’ll see that most of what I’ve drawn are actually things and persons closest to me. Hear the songs I play on the piano, and all of them are songs sang by my heart. I write about things that only cover much about my life. I’m blessed with many means of expressing myself, and I’m always thankful to God for these rare gifts.

With these in mind, I greet myself HAPPY BIRTHDAY (on Friday, that is.)