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Things I’m Thankful For This 2011

The year is almost over. And as we aim for new hopes and dreams in the incoming year, I look back and list down what made 2011 a year to be thankful for.

1) Gadgets : Who wouldn’t want new “toys”? As the mid-year approaches, I got my dream new Macbook Pro through accumulated royalties from my book illustrations. I also got a new mobile phone. It’s not the iPhone that I wanted but a family friend gave my an old model though secondhand Blackberry for FREE.

2) For my parents: Despite the non-talking relationship, individually they were able to survive and surpass health challenges.

3) Financial ups and downs: Still having problems in budgeting and saving up. I still have debts but here I am surviving, and striving ;)

4) Free out of town trips: Unlike the previous years, I usually travel out of the country at least once a year. But due to monetary constraint, no travels for me this year. But I am thankful for out of town trips invitation by close family friends Ü

5) Tita Julie and Tito Johnny: They are the close family friends we have. I’m thankful that their humility and kindness are shared to me, Nanay and the rest of my family.

6) My work, colleagues and friends from old work, old clients and old school: Who are still there despite my breakdowns and sudden burst of singing (with actions) when being carried away from the songs I’m listening to. Meeting up some once at least a year. Texts or BBM exchanges once in a while. Sorry for my sudden appearances and disappearances. Sorry I can’t always be there for all of you. Forgive my shortcomings, like not replying immediately or not meeting you guys. There are reasons why I couldn’t. But rest assured, I may not be there always but you all guys are in my thoughts, heart and prayers.

7) My virtual boyfriend and best friend, Jose: For still being there and not getting mad at me on my stupidest decisions and actions. We both have dramas and moments in life but it’s been tried and tested… beautiful people attract and stick to each other no matter what.  (Love you, Chong! *hugs*)

8) My best friend from far and away, Annie: We seldom talk, chat and email but when we do it’s just like gold old college times. Distance and time don’t matter. It didn’t hinder friendship, that’s for sure. (Miss you, Annie Banani! Love you!)

9) Chico and Delamar’s (and now with Gino!) The Morning Rush, Glee, The Big Bang Theory,  Happy Endings and Adele: The TV series helped me survive my everyday life and get lost from it once and awhile. The Kikay Barkada: Chico, Del and Gino morning antics are my weekday alarm clocks and boosters for sudden laughs and life’s scenarios to think about. And Adele, oh Adele! Your songs spoke of my “moments” specially this last quarter.

10) That guy, who is well, quite special (and he knows it): Who came, then disappeared, then came back once more. A simple text message, a phone call, and a simple meet up in our old university will overpower all the tears and heartaches I’ve gone through. Stupid, crazy love I guess. We’re not together, we can’t. But we know that we’re there for each other as friends, best friends hopefully.

2011 is not my best year, but it wasn’t bad. I’m hoping that 2012 will be better and brighter. Hopefully I’ll be sharing more stories, ideas and experience more frequently in the coming year.

Wishing everyone, a blessed, peaceful and prosperous new year!

Cheers!

 

Ending, Leaving and (Hopefully) Starting Anew

I can finally say that November 2011 was a crazy month for me. Last year’s was recalling my birthday celebration in Bangkok, birthday greets to my friend Gian and Audrey and a few posts of Peanuts comic strips. I guess the similarities of last year’s November with this years aside from the birthday was being busy with work.

 

But this month of this year is really the craziest I can remember.

  • deadlines
  • weekend out of town
  • get togethers
  • meet ups
  • going home in the province
  • going out of town commuting (for the first time)
  • arguments and debates (and giving in despite arguing)
  • emotional roller coaster in a matter of 24 hours

I’m glad in an hour it’s over.

Perfection won’t be as it is without flaws and deficiencies. I was at my happiest at one point this month and also on my lowest and unimaginable state perhaps. I’ve realized something and chose a path beyond expectations of anyone who knows me and still holding to it despite being attacked and judge.

I thank November for making me realize that I’ve never prayed hard enough. It made me figure out that I’ve neglected God that’s why He gave me a nudge or two. November made me talk to God like He’s just across me. I’ve never prayed and talked to Him that way without realizing I was crying already.

I leave it be. I leave those that happened as November ends in a few minutes. I bring with me realizations November brought me. Big, BIG realization… and action that should go with it.

 

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Full 360 Degrees And Back

Ang tagal kong di nagsulat. Tapos ngayon Taglish (Tagalog-English combined) naman. There’s no best way na makwento ko ‘yung nasa isip ko ngayon but in that way.

Na-realize ko lang kanina habang pinipilit kong kumain ng almusal na napapa-English na pala ako kagabi. Oo, lumabas din ang siguro coño side or pagka-kolehiyala ko kagabi habang humahagulgol sa sakit at confusion na nangyari kagabi lang.

Sa title ko, ‘yan ‘yung naramdaman ko in less than 24 hours. Full swing or full round from being happy to sudden pain and sadness. Well, lamang naman nung saya or happy moments kasi nung Linggo pa ‘yun. Pero kahapon, Monday, from high to bottom ako. Never in my life would have I imagined na ganu’n pala kasakit na natakot ako na baka atakihin ako ng hika or biglang magsugod sa ospital ang 2 sobrang lalapit kong mga kaibigan na halos kapatid ko na. Pero may point na wala na akong pakialam habang nanghihina ka na sa kakapigil umiyak pero sumabog ka na. Pinipigilan ko pa dahil ayaw kong ma-witness ng mga bata at their young age na ang Ninang ‘Ba nila, sa tandang ito e humahagulgol sa garden nila.

Ganu’n pala ‘yung sinasabing “breakdown”. Akala ko OA lang ‘yung sa movies. Para ka pala talagang nauubos na kandila. Mangangatog ang tuhod at sobrang kinokontrol mo na ‘wag mag-pass out. Sobrang gulo na nang isip mo kasi wala ka nang magawa sa mga panahon na ‘yun.

Ok, magulo ba? Sorry. Ganito na lang: siguro naman may pagkakataon na sa buhay n’yo na sobrang saya n’yo na halos gusto mong ilibre ang buong mundo sa nararamdaman mong happiness kahit alam mong either ang babaw naman nu’n reason ng kaligayahan mo sa ibang tao or pwedeng isipin nila na gaga or tanga ka because of that PERO wala kang pakialam. Basta masaya ka. PERIOD. Nung Sunday, ganun ako. Nakakangawit pala sa pisngi ‘yung lagi kang napapangiti? Nagka-facial exercise ako ng hindi inaasahan. ‘Yung happiness nubng Sunday was 2-way. And it has transcended until Monday early evening.

Ayan, the down side kicked in the moment na ang reason na kung bakit ka masaya biglang kumontra. ‘Yung naramdaman mo na naman na “it’s me against the world” na naman ba ito? Na pinaglalaruan na naman ba ako ni Fate at ano ba Lord, nagjo-joke ka na naman ba? Grabe! Ang daming tanong. Ang sakit sa ulo na ‘yung skull mo parang binibiyak ng bread knife lang. Na ‘yung puso mo hindi kumakabog nang mabilis kundi parang it stopped tapos hindi ka makahinga. Pero OA di ko naisip na ikakamatay o mamamatay na ako. Adik pa rin ako kasi despite na ang happiness nung Sunday e nag-turn around yata, inaalala ko pa rin ‘yung field work ko mamaya sa MOA at ‘yung i-email kong JPEGs na submission para bukas.

Mabait nga siguro ako. Gaga at tanga na sa sobrang kabaitan. Pero siguro, kahit isa sa inyo dyan na matiyagang makakabasa nito will nod and will say “oo nga” that there’s one person in your life, reasonably but most likely hindi mo maipaliwanag in words na maiintindihan ng lahat na ipagtatanggol mo, naiintindihan mo at kung pwede lang, kung genie ka lang bibigyan mo ng 3 wishes. Hindi counted ang parents o family members ha? Nasa dugo ‘yun e. Pero isang tao, kahit ano pa s’ya noon, kahit alam mong mga nangyari sa kanya, strangely tanggap mo. Etong tao na ito na nawala, bumalik, nawala na naman da’l magulo man ang utak pero pilit na inaayos ang buhay e bumalik nga tapos mawawala na naman, anong gagawin mo?

It ran in my mind last night those lines we usually say to our friends na perhaps in such situation too.

“He’s not meant for you.”

“Niloloko ka lang n’ya.”

“Baka naman psychiatrist lang tingin n’ya sa’yo.”

“Gago/tarantado/ s’ya para ganyanin ka.”

“You’ll be ok.”

Those words, you wanted to defy it. First time in my life, nung tinanong akong “Ok ka lang ba?” sumagot ako na “Honestly, hindi.”

Sa mga breakdowns kailangan talagang merong kahit isang kaibigan kang sensible na magtutuwid ng pag-iisip mo. Alam naman natin ang gagawin e. Nasasabi at napapayo pa nga natin di ba? Pero iba kapag ikaw na ‘yung nasa situation. Gusto mo lang ibalik ‘yung dati, ‘yung pwede bang gamitin ‘yung remote control ng TV to rewind or mag-undo keys ka para mabura at ma-redo mo.

Full 360 comes in now. After the begging, yes, I begged and felt that was my lowest point in my life me trying to be strong despite alone and independently living and attempting to be a woman with balls, begged. Nawala ang pride-pride. Nagagalit ako hindi sa kanya at uulitin ko ulit sa mga nakakaalam na ‘wag kayong magalit sa kanya kasi may kasalanan din ako. Baka may na-imprint sa akin o akong nag-imprint. Basta, sana understand that du’n ako sumaya. Some felt and even witnessed that. A few hours after my head was somehow thinking straight na and thoughts were collected. After a text and an attempted for a couple more times to call and talk to him after the dropping calls and the fact na alam mong ayaw ka n’yang kausapin kasi  alam n’yang umiiyak ka na at di ka papapigil, nagbukas din sya ng phone. He replied from my last text message and without hesitation kahit sabi ng lahat ‘wag kang bibigay, ‘wag kang tatawagan, ‘wag ka muanng makipag-usap, tumawag ako.

Hindi man fully happy ending. Hindi man kami for now. At least he’s not leaving or disappearing again. Parehas lang pala ‘yung mawawala na lang pa parang bula sa mawawala na nagpaalam kapag ayaw mong mawala s’ya sa’yo ulit. Hindi rin n’ya ako natiis na iwan ulit siguro kaya nagbukas s’ya ng phone. Basta ang importante sa amin, lalo sa akin, questions were answers. Blurry lines were cleared. Proven na mali talaga ang mga akala. Bumalik, umikot, full circle.

One has waited for years, won’t you wait for probably a few more days or weeks or years? Ewan ko. Gaga nga siguro talaga ako pero ito ‘yun e. Waiting won’t be of a waste. No doors closed. Dignified pa rin ako. Haba pa nga nang hair ko kasi may mga bagay na lumabas kagabi na nakalimutan ko na at mga salitang even in my dreams never thought I’d be hearing. Sorry, hindi “I love you”… we both have respect on those sacred words lalo na kung hindi handa ‘yung magsasabi or makakarinig.

Lesson ko dito: we are reminded. We have rules, written and unwritten. We know what to do and yet may weight pa rin kung tama ba o mali sa’yo at sa situation. Pero at the end, you’ll decide. Make a choice. Follow the rules. Follow what is said or written pero IKAW pa rin ang makapagsasabi. I took the RISK. Expected the worst (although I was caught off guard) and hoped for the best. It ended not perfect but better. We’re both in a better disposition. Smiling.

May continuation pa ba ito? Meron naman. Sana. Walang anuman na di maayos nang hindi napag-uusapan. Again, expect the worst but still hope for the best.

;)

 

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Look Who’s Had A Facelift?

A little late on my posting, but being an addict on instants last month I noticed that Lucky Me gave one of its product a new design aligning from their pansit canton series I posted almost this time last year here.

Lucky Me's new packaging for Mac n' Cheez

If only I had kept its old packaging I’d be posting a better photo of the old version. I got this photo in the net instead as reference of the old Mac n’ Cheez packaging:

The old packaging of Lucky Me's Mac n' Cheez

It’s a drastic change. I had a little bit of a hard time looking for Lucky Me’s Mac n’ Cheez in the supermarket last time because I still have in mind the color blue and that golden-yellow packaging. Still wondering why the company decided to have the packaging’s color “lighten” when they can still maintain a hint of that same blue so their consumers won’t be mislead or have a hard time looking for the product. Though I haven’t seen their other products having “facelift” but I do get the idea that they’re unifying the look of their instant noodles with the same layout: name on left and product shot on right.

I still find the white color weak for this packaging and will be drowning among all those instant noodles and competitors in the shelves. The blue color could have made the packaging “solid” or bolder and even helped the color yellow to make it look more enticing and “cheesier” since it’s a mac n’ cheese. Well, that’s just me ;)

Hmmm… let’s see who else will be having some changes in their brand and packaging design.

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2011 in Design, FYI (For Your Information)

 

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Me and Steve Jobs

Apple's Homepage on the announcement of Steve Jobs death

I cried (and still having a few burst of tears since yesterday).

The news of Steve Jobs passing away was not a shock to me but more on regret because it was too soon for him to die at 56. But seeing him present his “Stevenotes” with a drastic change of his physique somehow tells me he is really sick and he is fighting and surviving it.

But actually I was in denial. And in fear.

Denial because I don’t want him to go. I’m worried of what will Apple become when he’s not the CEO anymore. I fear for him and for his family and friends that he’ll be leaving behind.

I am affected by Steve Jobs.

He is the only stranger that I shed my tears this much (up till now while I’m writing this) second to but more than the time when Pope John Paul II died. He’s not my father, not my uncle, not even a friend nor a neighbor. He is far from where I live and where I am. I’ve never met him. But he’s one of the famous and remarkable people I dream to meet but for sure I’ll be tongue-tied and star struck if that did happen. I’m not even close to his fans that know his story, his achievements and waiting in the wee hours of the day just to watch him present the new innovations of Apple. But I’ll say it again, I am affected.

I tried to keep the emotion since yesterday. I was trying to keep it to myself. I was late in going to work. A colleague was brave enough to raise that we were strangely quiet almost the whole day in the office. I tried to work normally but it was really tough.

But the show must go on.

Wired.com homepage on the announcement of his passing

While I was on my way home last night, I was pondering why my reaction to his death was like this. It could be because I have lived more than half my life away from my family and lived by myself. There has always at least an Apple device with me after college. My work has always been in the field of arts and design. I’ve set my hands on the “candy” iMac to its present, really powerful and beautifully designed version. I’ve saved up to have my first and own personal Mac which was the TiBook and now I’m writing this with the latest 13-inch MacBook Pro. I bought the very first iPod Mini a couple of years after I had my TiBook and it took years for that iPod to be replaced by a blue 3rd Gen Nano as a Christmas present. I am not well off. I just have enough to support myself and I get by every paycheck. But as a designer, Apple is my Louis Vuitton. (I had to give credit to Mommy Ria, my colleague and friend for saying that yesterday.)

So you see, Apple has always been beside me and with me everyday: from the moment I wake up, I listen to the radio through iRadio attached to Bluwee, the blue 3rd Gen Nano. I read quick news via Twitter and see what’s new with my friends through Facebook with Sparkee, my MBP. I go to work, answer emails, create and submit designs with the assigned iMac to me. Then I go home and again write or read blogs, check if there’s something interesting to pin from Pinterest or watch a movie or TV series online.

Boring to some, but that’s my life. Simple but it has Apple. I know that there are innovators and other geniuses that worked with Steve Jobs as these people are blabbing, that too much credit is being given to him. Well, he just had led a fallen company back up that’s just one. He just innovated personal computers. He just revolutionized portable devices. He just changed how people can listen to music, use their mobile phones, use the net while on the go and document their lives. He just opened up a new industry and new businesses when Apple came out with the MacBooks, iPod, iPhone and iPad. He just eased some of our daily lives and live it in style. I will not deny that owning an Apple device is like a badge of achievement to me. It’s an honor. (And a bragging factor, of course)

Even if I missed my chance of meeting and shaking Steve Jobs hand, I feel everyday he is with me. Each morning I’m listening to him and day after day, I’m working with him. Steve Jobs will not be forgotten. Steve Jobs will be remembered.

Steve Jobs leans against his wife, Laurene Powell Jobs (Image by Lea Suzuki/San Francisco Chronicle/Corbis)

As I write this, like to anyone we love who’ve left us and went ahead, we have to say goodbye or do something as closure. Steve Jobs has contributed a lot and made his point. He fought for what he believed in. He fought his disease and survived the first battle. And I believe he fought hard. He too gets tired like anyone of us. And now it’s time for him to rest.

 

To Steve Jobs…

Sir,

Wherever you are, whether you’re on the (i)Cloud or somewhere else, up until now I don’t know what to say. They’ve said a lot already to you and to honor and remember you. You know what you’ve done because you believed it can be done. You believe that anything can be made great. Thank you for giving and sharing to us what you’ve believed in. Thank you for making our lives now easier and yes, cooler thanks to your Apple devices. I’ll definitely miss the “Stevenotes”, the only presentation that’s exciting to watch and not boring. Thank you for making the child in us laugh and cry with your Pixar movies. There will be no replacement of you, Sir. But it’s time for you to rest.

Farewell, Sir. Thank you for thinking differently. 

Image by weird-science (from Deviantart)

 

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A Visit to Lola Corazon’s

I’ve missed blogging and updating you guys for more than a month. Plus there seemed to be not much interesting to share with you yet. But not doing anything fun in a 4-day long weekend is unforgivable because such long weekend rarely happens and it should never be wasted. So in a swift, Nanay and I plus a few more getaway friends packed up and visited Lola Corazon.

THE PLACE

Wait! Don’t get me wrong. Lola Corazon is a person BUT she’s not our grandmother. It’s a name of a place, a leisure farm that was named after the owner’s wife. Lola Corazon’s Leisure Farm is a couple of hours away from our house in Bulacan and we stayed there for a couple of days.

The Resthouse: where we stayed most of the time to eat or simply hanging out

Waters surrounding the Resthouse houses not Koi fish but RED tilapia!

The bedroom above the dining area/veranda of the Resthouse can hold 4 people max. The room has TV and is air-conditioned

The other room we got is good for 6 persons: air-conditioned, with TV and bathroom with hot & cold shower

The long weekend was not perfect as we hoped for because there’s typhoon Mina hanging around the Pacific Coast area in the northern part but it’s causing some gloomy skies and rains in the afternoon.

But bad weather won’t stop us from having fun…

Up, Up On The Wall

Once the sun was up and shining, we immediately took 3-in-1 package of wall climbing, rappelling and taking zipline ride. Coincidence that the young ones wore pairing shirts having pseudo-teams:

Meet the BLUE Team: My godson, Kenji and his sister Karen

And the WHITE Team: my cousins, Lyn-lyn and Issa

The siblings Karen and Kenji got to climb first

Karen (on left) got to the top first

Lola Trining giving Karen a tight hug. Proud of her doing the climb and reaching the top ^_^

Team White next: Lyn-lyn on the farther left and Issa on the right

Note on doing wall climbing: it’s best to have shoes that light and “hugs” your feet like Chucks or sneakers. Lyn and Issa had a hard time in their first attempt because rubber slippers or sandals tend to slip from their feet. We asked the facilitator if they can just go up the wall with bare feet but it may give the barefoot climber blisters or scratches due to the pseudo-rock textures that are rough. So Team White has to go up one at a time wearing my ever reliable red Chucks ;)

Issa was up first. Nice form ;)

Our "fans" watching and cheering for us ^_^ (They're watching Issa climbing here)

Issa's eyes are not closed because she's scared. Closed because she's laughing!!! :p

I gave Issa a hug when she decided to go down. Elephant hug!!! ^_^

Now it's Lyn-lyn's turn! She made it the first signage which is the midpoint of the wall. Not bad! :)

Issa and I watched Lyn-lyn as she climbed the wall

Too bad I missed my chance to try climbing the wall even though I know I may not pass the fourth or even the third line of rocks because I’m “weight-gifted”. But I promised myself I’ll be back and try it myself even just for a photo op ;)

Going Down 

Rappelling was my first activity for the long weekend and was my first time too. After climbing flights of stairs, I’m catching my breath. Honestly, I don’t know if it was the flight of stairs of I’m really scared that I’m lost of breathe and we are quite lost of words up there in the tower. Too bad we don’t have much photos from the top since I’ve entrusted my camera to our spectators down below.

My turn. Gearing up with the "special" harness. Special because I'm on the "extra" weighted build :p

The top where I'll be rappelling down: That high?!? *gulp*

See that orange blob? That me about to rappel down. I think my sweat were like waterfalls dripping while up there!

And waaaaaayyyyy down I go...

Almost down there...

YEAH!!! I did it. See how the camera caught that moment. Even the personnel (from the A.B. Team that handles the wall climbing, rappelling and zipline) who supported my line while going down is happy for me. (Because my weight didn't break his bones... hahaha!)

Despite that tiny blister I got on my middle finger at my left hand, the feeling after was amazing. I guess it’s always that way every time you accomplish something for the first time. Will I do it again? DEFINITELY! But I won’t be gripping my left hand too tight the next time ;)

Zipping It Down

After going down 50 feet by rappelling, we went up once more to go down 140 meters of length by zipline!

It's the same tower for the wall climb and rappelling, just another side for the zipline. Sky started to become gloomy when we went up for the zipline.

First up (or should be down), Kenji

Next was Karen, Kenji's older sister, who as expected posed for the camera :p

Then my cousin, Issa who in all smiles posed too for the camera :D

Lyn-lyn was next who seemed to be the coolest among all of us since this is her second time to ride a zipline.

My turn! See the orange spot? That's me! It pays to wear a bright-colored shirt to be spotted even from a far distance :p

My thoughts here: "Why are they taking so long? I'll be next... are my hands sweating?"

Me posing scared. I try to look funny here but really I was a bit scared. It's my first time to do the zipline O_o

BOOM! There I went... pulled down by gravity (and weight!) :p See the man in black on the right side? Another personnel from A.B. Team supporting and securing my line (Thank you, Manong!)

Ha! Ha! I made it! (And then I posed as well!) Minus points for the slippers on each of my arm (I know!)

Ha! Again, it was nerve-wracking but it felt good after. And I want to do it again but will make sure I will be doing a majestic pose for the photo op! Ahahaha! :D

Other Facilities and Activities

The Miyasaki Family fishing for our dinner ;)

Aside from the activities mentioned above there are swimming pools as well. Lola Corazon’s Leisure Farm also offers Kayaking, Boating and Fishing. But it seems like we are playing tug-o-war with the rain, we weren’t able to do the first 2.

Besides just thinking of a getaway or a vacation place, Lola Corazon’s Leisure Farm is perfect for team building as well. They also have a Pavillion for events like debuts or birthdays and they can cater as well.

Up for a challenge? The web looks easy to climb but it's not, right Lyn-lyn?

Who's up for a floating raft race? ;)

Nanay enjoyed the rafting with Lyn-lyn ^_^

Hanging out and posing inside a mini-kubo cottage

For more photos (aside from ours you saw above) you can visit their website here or checkout their Facebook page here.

 

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The Faces of My Daily Morning Dose: The Morning Rush

I’m currently a silent rusher. For those who don’t know what a “rusher” mean, this is a term used or called upon those who listens to Monster Radio RX 93.1’s The Morning Rush. It’s the stations morning show hosted by the dynamic duo, Chico and Delamar.

I’ve been their listener since my college days, hmmm… way back in the late 90’s: when they do their random calls live on air (even dialing another radio station), their segment of Kikoy and Kikay (are my names right?) among the other stints they did. I was staying in a dormitory and sharing a room with 2 other ladies. I believed I’ve influenced these roommates of mine to listen to the show since I’m always the earliest to get up and it became a habit to switch on the radio and tune in. Oh did I mentioned I bought their cassette tape where their famous Goodbye Song is included. The statement I just released, that surely dated me and the show :p

I may not be like the rest of the rushers who’s actively text or call in to answer on their TOP 10. I admire those avid listeners even envy them for they’ve raised their relationship to just being a listener to even a personal friend of the jocks. But considering how silent I was before, I’m more active now. I guess that’s an improvement. I text or tweet once in a while. I even won a Greenwich gift certificate when my entry became number 1. I think the topic has to do with gay quotes if I’m not mistaken. That moment gave me a chance to visit the booth and finally meet both Chico and Delamar in person ^_^

My first (March 2010) visit to RX and meeting the jocks at their old station

Photo above was not quite good for bragging. I guess that’s why I wasn’t able to blog that I just posted it on my Facebook account.

So, yesterday my plans of dragging my cousins who I can proudly say I’ve influenced, to go to the 15th Anniversary of The Morning Rush’s EB was a success. The EB was at Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf in Emerald Ave. Ortigas Center. It was jammed pack so we decided to just wait for the crowd to a bit go and “strategize”.

My cousins, Issa and Lyn with Chico Garcia of The Morning Rush

My turn! Thanks Lyn for taking our photo

We caught Chico (actually, intercepted I think was the right term) on his way to join a group of rushers waiting for them. And thanks to my really old and could be considered classic Canon Powershot G5, we’ve had  a few exchanges of words because Chico recognized my trusty but not rusty camera ^_^

Chico, if you can read this thanks for letting us have that photo op. And I have to say, that colored part hair of yours made my cousin see you from a far. Parang senyales na “Hoy! Nandito sa ilalim ng may kulay na buhok na ito si Chico!”

My cousin with Hot Momma Delamar in her maxi dress (very beautiful with her baby bump)

I'm with Hot Momma Delamar! (She was teased that day for sending a "Dora The Explorer" vibes! Crazy!)

We thought we’d miss Delamar but again, I guess fate that day was nice to us that we again had a chance to do some interception. I think she’s about to leave and heading towards the other direction. But she’s really nice and talked to me and my cousins. I think she recognized me (not so sure though).

If you are reading this Del, thanks for talking to us mere mortals ;) Nagalit yata ‘yung “sumundo” sa’yo, di s’ya nagsa-smile kaya we said thank you naman and sorry for interrupting you guys or baka di n’ya ko narinig.

Now, these photos are worth bragging for ^_^

Honestly, I don’t know how to approach Chico or Del. With my age, my work experience and whatever things I’ve encountered in my life, I can honestly say I’m still starstruck I guess. *blushes*

Let me take this chance to say to my morning companions (and friends, kahit hindi nila alam na friend ko na sila :p)

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To Chico and Delamar,

You guys surely have read and heard this over and over again, but I have to save my own thanks to you both. My work day is not the same when I don’t hear you guys in the morning :( You guys have shared my mornings more than my family I guess since I’ve been leaving independently and away from my family from high school days till today. Your voices are like my alarm clocks and time indicators in the morning (kasi ever 15th of the hour ‘yung news then every 30 mins ‘yung Top 10). It tells me if I’m staying too much in bed when I should be pulling myself up already or if I’m staying too long in the shower or CR (sorry too much information). You are like vitamins that I should take in the morning. If I didn’t catch the show, there’s something missing in me that day. Parang kulang kapag di ako nakatawa ng malakas sa umaga :p  Weird as it may sound but you guys are like friends to me that gave advice, shared jokes and laughs, even those moments in just merely playing songs that pushed a certain button in me that sudden there’s waterfalls of tears coming out from me. Without you knowing it, the morning craziness you broadcast fills not just my room but myself as well ^_^

Thanks again to both of you. I’ll try to come back on EBs or visit your booth when it’s possible. But I assure you, if I can’t be there physically like the other rushers, I’m always listening, sharing the laughs and crying those tears too. Thanks for the 15 years and wishing you another 15 more or so together in the show, as morning partners, as best friends and as kumare and kumpare (Del, are you getting Chico as ninong or si Jacky Chanak?).

Thanks guys.

Cheers! (Coffee ‘yun, decaf ‘yung kay Del) ^_^

 

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