Monthly Archives: December 2005

Happy New Year to all!

We used to light firecrackers and other pyrotechnics come New Year’s Eve.

The operative term there is “used.”

In New Year’s Eve, 1987, at an outdoor street party in our village, my mother was a foot away from being hit by a stray bullet. From that time on, we don’t buy firecrackers anymore.

In 1995, the year I was to take the bar exams, I was a New Year’s injury statistic.

Right after the revelry and after eating, I just went out to retrieve something outside. Then I felt a very fast object hit me in the head. After a second, I was still alive so it was definitely not a stray bullet (because I was still alive).

But after another second, my eyeglasses curtained blood red. And I was bleeding profusely.

So I was rushed to the hospital. Some photographer wanted to take my picture as a “casualty of the New Year.” But I declined.

Gave me a tetanus shot but I didn’t need stitches.

Turns out a firecracker exploded nearby cause a small rock to hurl towards my head at great speed. Hey, at least it was not a bullet.

Now, I never go out this time of the year.

So folks be careful out there. Happy New Year!



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Don’t ask me why…

Set my alarm clock (read: celphone) for 2:45 a.m. and my TV to turn on at the same time early this morning because I wanted to watch I’ll be there, the debut movie of Charlotte Church, then showing on HBO.

I don’t know what is it about this movie that I love. Is it the story that is about a rock star father coming to grips with his 16-year-old daughter he just met? Or is it the 16-year-old Charlotte Church and her angelic voice that peppered the movie?

Whatever it is (or was), it must be compelling because I rarely make efforts to wake up that early on my vacation time just to watch a particular movie. What surprises me even more is I even bought the DVD this afternoon, which I rarely do anymore. For sure, there is something about this movie that I want to watch it over and over again.

Try catching it. It’s a good yultide movie. Or am I just such a Charlotte Church fan?

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Your loss, our gain

For those of you who had missed the PinoyBlog Christmas party last night, there was really nothing to miss, if your goal was to meet other Philippine bloggers. Some mix up caused this one to fizzle out, attendance-wise. Attended only by four bloggers: Yuga, La Vida Lawyer and myself, with Jeff Vergara making a brief appearance. Borcee was missing in action for unknown reasons.

First, I finally met the man who breathed new life into my blog template, Jeff. Again, Jeff I can’t thank you enough for what you have done to this blog.

Now, for your loss:

1. You missed the chance to stuff yourself silly with Dads/Saisaki/Kamayan’s Ultimate Buffet.

2. You missed the chance to see if we’re real people and not just bots (heheheheheheh!)

Our gain:

1. We got to spend quality time with THE future multi-billionaire Philippine blogging mogul. The tips and tricks we got are PRICELESS.

2. We’re now considering an entire and separate career in blogging because of this… But of course, we will not give up our day jobs. We’ll leave that to the proper night persons.

You (yes you) should have been there. Jeff has the photographic evidence.


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The after-birthday entry

To those who greeted me on my birthday, be it by a text message or through a post in this blog, thanks. The small party went well, the food and non-alcoholic drinks were enough and I think there are still some leftovers…

Just fifteen years away before my warranty expires. You see, with my lifestyle and diet, I figured I’m good to last to 50 years. Anything beyond that will be a blessing…

That’s long enough to put my kids through school; seeing them married and with kids is a bonus…

Anyway, those who offered me advise for my dilemma, thanks also. It’s time to put in more details:

1. Yes, I was invited, by both the bride and groom. Both of them are college batchmates and still my friends and we (as in me and my kids and the couple) do meet sometimes.

2. Not only was I invited, I was likewise asked to play the flute at their wedding mass (the mass songs and the filler songs during the “picture-taken” event and thingies).

On the one hand, I don’t know if I have the heart to attend, much less play. Then again, I’m saying to myself, “What is this couple thinking, inviting an old flame of the bride (mutual firsts, if I may add) to their wedding, much less giving a significant role therein?” Or more specifically, “What is this girl thinking?!?!?!?”

On the other hand, I’m through with the “Jedi Mind games” and over-interpretations of actions with this girl and I should take this for what it is: an invite of a friend to attend the most important part of her life/their lives. Plus, it’s a chance to jam with the likes of Lionel Valdellon, a very rare opportunity.

What to do, what to do? Well it’s still in June and I really don’t like to be pressured into deciding at the spur of the moment.

I’ll keep you posted. But if you still have some advise for me, I would still welcome and appreciate it.


In another front, I just waited until after my birthday to have my digicam repaired today. But let me tell you first about my trip to Makati. It was fantastic! Just a few minor buildups along EDSA and the whole “OPLAN: DigiCam repair” took less than two hours (i.e., I left the house at 9:30 a.m. in QC, got to the shop in Pasay Road, Makati and got home before 11:00 a.m.).

My camera model was subject of this defect advisory. I thought my camera was not affected (I’ve been using it for two years) until I used it extensively this month. So I had to bring it in.

If you have an affected camera, I think you should bring it in already. Parts and service are free. It’s not everyday that traffic was this light.

That’s about it. Now get back to work!

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A Birthday Dilemma

Today I celebrate my 35th birthday. Planned nothing much today. Some relatives are coming over this afternoon and we’ll have some spagetti and barbecue (and probably some cake and ice cream). It will be a real children’s party, to awaken the inner child in me, as they say…

Reunion went well yesterday but I feel some sorrow because a lot of my relatives already migrated, with some more leaving next year. Anyway, this one was still fun and I will post some pictures over at my Flickr account.

Anyway, back to the point of this birthday post. Let me ask you some hypothetical questions.

Would you attend the wedding of your first love, invited or not?

Even assuming you would, would you even consider playing at his/her wedding?

Me? I don’t know. Still in this dilemma.


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The Work of Christmas

(by Howard Thurman)

When the song of angels is stilled
When the star in the sky is gone
When the kings and princes are home
When the shepherds are back with their flock
The work of Christmas begins

To find the lost, to heal the broken
To feed the hingry, free the prisoners
To rebuild nations, to bring peace among brothers
To make music in the heart.

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A proper holiday greeting!

As you may notice, I chose the safe greeting “Happy Holidays!” as I made my rounds through the blogosphere. I was concerned as I wanted to be politically correct, gender-sensitive, religiously tolerant in my greeting. And this is the best I could find:
Bea and Nico with cousins Merphi and Milka

Insert non-offensive, gender sensitive,
politically-correct, religiously-tolerant

holiday announcement message here
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