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Thank you…

Posted: September 17, 2015 in Uncategorized

…for all the blessings 😄


Olympic Dreams

Posted: February 14, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Tonight, the very first Filipino representative to the Winter Olympics skates for the first time. Michael Martinez is the country’s lone representative to the Winter Olympics happening in Sochi, Russia.  No matter the results after this competition, the Philippines should be proud of what he has achieved!

A long time ago, it was also my dream to represent the country in a competition abroad.  I used to dream of being on the first place podium with USA or China on either side!  And I did it, in my day dreams anyway, in every kind of sport. I used to say that I’d be the very first Filipino to ever win an Olympic gold medal in table tennis. Then in badminton. Or in swimming (even though I barely knew how to swim). And in all other sport you can think of.  I even remember the feeling of pride and nationalism whenever I imagine standing on the first place podium with my right hand over my left chest, the Philippine flag being raised and Lupang Hinirang playing loudly.  I think I even used to sing it out loud and proud.

But that was years ago. I know that nothing is impossible but let’s face it.  My body has already undergone irreversible changes. Changes that don’t exactly support my Olympic dream.  But who knows, right?  There are several other kinds of sport that don’t  require a young, athletic body.  I just hope I find the enthusiasm and inspiration to at least continue on dreaming.  So for now, I will live vicariously through Michael, who at a very young age has achieved what only millions of us dream of.


Posted: April 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

It was July 2010…

Dust and cobwebs have already accumulated on my racket when I opened it. The grip, tattered to pieces from a game a long time ago, was gathering molds.

It has been a year, maybe more, since I last held a racket and smashed a shuttlecock. I tried holding the racket (Of course it’s already been dusted and I had already changed the moldy grip.) The racket feels almost foreign to me now. Just almost. Somehow, thankfully, my hands still remember the all too familiar feel of the handshake grip. I swing it in the air, poised to smash. Swish. The familiar sound of the racket slicing through the air fills my ear. Aaahhh. I haven’t forgotten.

But after a few more swings comes the reminder of a year of not playing. Although the mind has already made the connections and familiarized itself with the sport once again, the body is none too willing. The shoulder especially is much too eager to warn the rest of the body of the lack of training. Stiff and inflexible, it sends a not so gentle reminder that practice and a lot of warm up and stretching are much needed, and pain, a lot of pain is expected for sure.

I prepared my stuff. Today is going to be a long day. Queen T made sure I wasn’t late so she woke me up around 630 in the morning, calling 6 or 7 times to make sure I made a move to prepare my things.  I packed my racket, shoes and a few shirts along with some toiletries.  I was as ready as I could be.

I took the taxi going to Powersmash, where we agreed to meet.  I was there early, 10 minutes to 8.  The commute took shorter than anticipated as there wasn’t much traffic yet.  However, to my surprise, the parking lot was already full of cars.  Bad sign.  And none of us thought of getting a reservation!  I went inside and inquired at the counter.  Indeed, the place was full and calling ahead wouldn’t have mattered as they had 3 tournaments scheduled for that day.  I called Queen T and gave the bad news.  We had no back up plan!  But it’s not the end of the world.  We resolved to try other courts.  I had one in mind – Blu Racket, also along Pasong Tamo.

They were still 10 minutes away so I waited.  Walked around and jogged a bit hoping to warm the muscles up.  When nearly 10 minutes had passed, I went outside to wait for them.  I was watching car after car go by when I noticed the General’s car.  But they were going a little fast.  They didn’t see me.  And apparently, no one among them knew where Powersmash was.  I called Queen T again.

“Hey!  You just passed by Powersmash!”

“Of course not.  We haven’t reached Walter Mart yet.”

“Walter mart is after Powersmash, stupid!”

“Hahahaha…Sorry, sorry.  I thought it was AFTER Walter Mart.  We’ll stop in front of Don Bosco.  Is it okay if you walk?  We don’t wanna U turn anymore.”

“Fine.  Wait for me.”

When we got to Blu Racket, we noticed a ‘for lease’ sign.  Aarggh.  Second bad sign.  We wanted to make sure so I got down and asked.  As expected, they were already closed.

On the way to Blu Racket, we were already trying to remember other courts in Makati that we know.  I also texted friends and tried googling, too.  But my friends were probably still asleep.  3G wasn’t cooperating either.  Good thing Queen T remembers a court in Malugay St.  She doesn’t remember the name though or the exact location.  But that was our best bet at the time.  So off we went to Malugay.

Initially, we headed to the wrong side of Buendia but we found The Zone in the end.  Unfortunately, there weren’t any free courts there, too.  But the person-in-charge assured us of a court by 10 am plus there was a possibility of a 9 am court should the person who reserved not show up.  We decided to wait.

Geologs was really eager to play.  He scouted around and found an Indian doing shadow play in one of the courts.  He asked if he wanted a partner.  He consented to a doubles game.  Unfortunately, the Indian was too good for us. We couldn’t keep up. Only Geologs was ready for that kind of play.  After two sets, we quit, rested for a bit.  And finally, a court opened for us.

With our worn out shoes, we played – Queen T, Geologs, the General and I.  But we were no match for the practiced Geologs. He was just too good.  No matter who his partner was, they won.  So we switched and switched and switched partners until everybody experienced a win. Haha…  And when everyone had won, we played some more until we could no longer feel our legs. Oh what a fun day it turned out to be in the end despite the lackluster start. But every day is a great day when you’re with friends. =)


Posted: May 1, 2012 in Uncategorized

Look at us. Running around. Always rushed. Always late. I guess that’s why they call it the Human Race. What we crave most in this world is connection. And for some people that happens at first sight. It’s “When you know, you know”. It’s fate working its magic. And that’s great for them. They get to live in a pop song, ride the express train. But that’s not the way it really works. For the rest of us it’s a bit less romantic. It’s complicated and it’s messy. It’s about horrible timing and fumbled opportunities and not being able to say what you need to say when you need to say it. At least that’s the way it was for me.

This is the opening monologue to ‘the switch.’ I was looking for something to watch to night and absentmindedly clicked on the first movie that I saw.  It’s a bit close to home. It hit a spot.

I am feeling a bit down today. i probably woke up on the wrong side of the bed.  But hey, there are good days and there are better days.  Today, is just one of those good days.  But I’ll feel better soon. I know I will. I’ve already had my dose of adrenaline and endorphins for the day and there’s more to come this week so everything will really be better. Switching the frown face to a smiley face.  The better days always start with a big, wide smile. =)

Hot hot hot!

Posted: May 12, 2010 in Uncategorized

Nope.  I am not talking about Megan Fox

or Scarlett Johansson! (more…)

Hello world

Posted: April 11, 2010 in Uncategorized

This is my first try, my first step into the blogging world. Really, I am no writer. In fact, some of my friends would laugh at the idea and wonder what prompted me to do this because I share very little with anyone. But maybe in writing, thru this blog, I’d be able to give more of myself? Hmmm.. We’ll see about that. But for now, as Toni Gonzaga would say, “hello philippines and hello world!”