My Gang

In life, when things don’t go as planned or people fail us, we seek someone to hear us out—either our parents, friends, siblings or special one that knows us more than anyone else.

These are the people we run to when the world seems so unfair, or the world has cut us deep inside.

As for me, I have this set of friends who had stick with me through my most trying times and has been there during my happy moments.

I’m just glad that though we now have gone our separate ways and work on different companies and chasing our own dreams, we gather every now and then, look back, share our stories and experiences, laugh or cry about it, hear their thoughts on things and then go again on our own ways.

These are the friends I run to whenever I feel so low, or whenever I am the happiest. The barkada I am so thankful of having. The buddies I will forever cherish.

Meet my “Colleagues Having Ultimate Chance Hurdling Individualism”—the CHUCHI gang.

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Real Virtual Friends.

Kuya, please come to the hospital. I met an accident.”

My heart beat suddenly rose from its usual 52 count to nearly a hundred when I heard my sibling’s voice on the other line trembling.

I rushed to her not knowing what really happened and was only guided by the fact that she is in ER alone.

I arrived half an hour later leaving significant amount of uncompleted task at work to attend to my sister.

I was relieved seeing my cousins already there. They came to the rescue when my uncle called them upon hearing the news from me. My cousins related that my sister has a crucial fall in Buendia-Taft while trying to catch a bus going to Makati CBD. And that, this fall might result to a dislocated elbow or worst, a fracture.

An hour in the waiting area seemed like eternity. When I finally heard the doctor’s assessment, I became uneasy–he will do a manual reduction to bring back the humerus (the upper arm bone), the ulna (the larger bone of the forearm) to its original position.

Seeing my sister cringe every time feels like a dagger is being buried deeper into  my heart. 
I wanted to just doze off and wish that this is all a dream. But reality bit me hard and I can’t do anything but  to hold on to Faith and let Him do His miracles.

Six hours in the ER, 3 re-aligning and x-ray sessions were carried out. After finally settling the bill, we were discharged and sent home.

During this ordeal, a few people reached out.  And I realized most of these who got my phone ringing in the waiting area are people I have met online. I have shared my life through this past year that I made virtual relationships turn into real ones.
I might not be able to discuss this personally but through this post, I wish to share this story to all of you in its entirety. 

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Pagtataksil.

Hindi inaasahan na sa iyo’y malalayo ng ganito katagal, 
Sa aking pinuntahan ikaw lagi ang hinahanap, aking Mahal. 
Sa layo ko sa iyo, sa mga mata niya ako’y nakatitig, 
ngunit ang naaalala’y mapupungay mong mata, Pag-ibig.

Sa labi niyang mapula ako’y tila nahahalina
pero ang iyong mga labi, ang nais talagang madama. 
Nais ko sanang haplusin ang kutis niyang porselana
ngunit ako’y mas nananabik na mapalapit sa ‘yo, Sinta 

Ang kanyang kamay na giniginaw, hahawakan ko sana,
ngunit ang iyong kamay ang nais kong damhin sa tuwina.
Hindi mahirap na siya na lamang ang yakapin at hagkan ko, 
ngunit ikaw, tanging ikaw, ang sigaw nitong aking puso.
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Pangarap Ko.

Inasam 
kong kumuha ng litrato
ng magagandang tanawin,


ngunit hindi
 yung ako lang ang nandun.






Ninais
kong maranasan ang kultura
ng ibang mga bansa,


subalit hindi
yung maranasan yun na solo lang.

Pinangarap 

kong sumakay ng eroplano 
at barko
para libutin ang buong mundo,


pero hindi
yung gagawin iyon na nag-iisa.




Ang tanging inaasam, ninanais at pinapangarap ko ngayon?

Maipakilala ka na Niya sa akin. 
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Compare and Contrast.

Gaya mo,
unang pakilala pa lang,
hindi ko na maialis ang mga mata ko sa expressive eyes  niya.  


Pero di gaya mo,
hindi pa niya ako napapaiyak,
ni hindi pa napapatawa.

Gaya mo,
kakikitaan din siya
ng magagandang mga ngipin at ngiting nagpapakilig sa akin.


Pero di gaya mo,
ang mga usapan naming dalawa,
sa ngiti nag uumpisa at doon natatapos na rin.
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Gaya mo,
kung magwork siya pukpukan talaga,
“never say never” yata ang motto niya!


Pero di gaya mo,
nauunahan niya akong pumasok,
may matamis na ngiti pa kapag ako’y nasilayan na.

Gaya mo,
yung mga katangian
kung bakit na-fall ako dati, sa kanya ay nakikita ko…


Pero di gaya mo,
ang kwentong “Siya at Ako”
nagsisimula pa lang, malayo pa sa kwentong ‘Ikaw at Ako’




Gaya mo, 
may nabubuong kwento
na araw-araw ay aabangan, pagdadaanan.


 Pero di gaya mo,
ang bagong kwentong ito,
hahayaang Tadhana na ang gumuhit at bumuo.  

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Eyeball.

Crossing fingers and crossing the bridge.”


That’s what your status read.


What started as a simple, “Hello there!”  two weeks ago became a frequent exchange of messages in PingChat.  


The touch pad didn’t become a hindrance to keep our communication open. Not long after, we resorted to Skype and Viber  because the chat application never sufficed anymore.

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And then just this weekend, we both agreed to meet and get to know each other more.


I don’t know what made you so interesting in my eyes and so pleasant to hear in my ears. But whatever it is, it sure made me do one thing crazy—travel more than 120 miles just to see you and be with you.




So here I am, about to take the bus to Baguio… crossing my fingers and crossing the bridge. 

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Untouchables.

No, these are not the people that belongs to India’s caste system. These are not the people who are required to perform tasks that are considered so impure.


I have my own set of untouchables.


These are the people I always talk to. These are the friends to whom I share my thoughts and dreams. These are the persons that I show concern and love.


Yet I cannot even hold their hands during the moments that it is mostly needed. Nor give them a tap on the back during times that a push is needed. Nor hug them tightly because words do not suffice.

Why?


Because I only see these people online and I can only be with them on cyberspace. Aside from LOL, ROFL, WB, TC, XOXO and the expressive smileys, I have nothing but archived messages and status updates showing how much I care and how it was reciprocated —it may be written using my cold keypads  but I am hoping it reaches them with warm feelings. 

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Sa mundong ginagalawan natin ngayon,

nawawala na sa uso, hindi na napapanahon

ang  ’notes’ writing na mode of communication.

Pero sa akin, “in” pa rin ito—defying the convention.

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framEd: Awesome notes

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The Dare.

A picture paints a thousand words” they say,

So for this year, I will have one photo per day.

I know its a challenge doing this Herculean dare,

But my life and story “framed” is worth the share. 

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Dude.

Tunog retro, ngunit para sa akin, mas malalim pa ang ibig sabihin niyan.



Dude ang tawag ko sa mga kaibigan kong naging sandalan ko nitong nakaraang taon:

  • Kasalo sa tanghalian, kakwentuhan, at sa buong araw  ay kahalakhakan.
  • Kasabay sa pagpunta sa gym, katabi sa pagtakbo sa treadmill, pati sa locker di nag iiwanan.
  • Kasama mag window shopping, o kaya sa Banchetto, pati nga sa mga travels out-of-town.
  • Kapatid sa kaadikan sa “kodakan” –mapabeach man or kahit san pa yan!
My Lunch Dudes and me.
  • Kapusong totoo, mapa “café mocha” man yan or sa trip na sine or gimikan!
  • Kapamilya ko sa pagdadamayan — sa problema, sa inuman at sa gastusan!
  • Kaibigan ko silang di malilimutan, di ipagpapalit kanino man!

Dude ang tawag ko sa mga kaibigang hindi ko man kadugo,  ngunit parang kapuso, kapatid at kapamilya kung ako’y pahalagahan.

Dudes enjoying Boracay



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-Ed’s Note:

Dudes, this isn’t goodbye. This is just “until we meet again“.

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