Monday, April 27, 2009

Peterpan Goes North (Created April 13, 2009)

A lot of times, I’ve been hearing the word “Backpackers”. It was a word of mouth of those individual souls that addicted in the sudden action adventure. “Sudden” kase walang plano, spontaneous lang kung baga. Though during the stage of planning, we then started to be excited that we even bought a tent which was on-sale in some of ACE outlets.


We tried to be one of those, after hearing that we’ll have a long vacation due to long Lenten vacation, we then planned for a summer get-away. This time we heeded North, with TEI as our compass. We packed away, set 9pm call time at Five Star Terminal in Cubao. Together with my GF and two officemates Jen and Ailah, we’re the first four who’ve reached the meeting place. EDSA that time is a bumper to bumper carnival place and out of that chaotic and restless road we saw two-makati-condominiumers TL Hamphrey and my very good friend Ronnie. The nearest of us all in Cubao were Lady and Tei, but the most late who’ve arrived in the place. In our initial checking of our general checklist, Butane is missing. Anyway, butane is a sort of GAS spray that is needed for cooking. So Ronnie and I decided to beat the Gateway Mall closing hour, so fortunate that after a long run the item is ready-available in Shopwise Cubao. Upon going back to the meeting place the others were not there and after which we discovered that they’re already battling for us to get an eight set space to one of the busses with route going to Alaminos. I tell you, as if it was the first stage and most difficult among challenges that we experienced.


We reached Alaminos City at about 5am. May I mention that I was once here during my highschool days because of the provincial shows that we did and me being the back-up dancer for some artist of That’s Entertainment, and matatawa ka on the side where Amay Bisaya and Ramon Zamora. I can’t forget that time because it was also the first time that I saw Butch Chrvet who sang “Awit kay Kleyr” during that time. Kinda “Baptist-sposored” show. Though malaki na pinagbago ng lugar.


Then as early as 6am unlike in Manila, most of the stalls in their Market were not yet open. We patiently waited until a li’l later we already bought necessary things and foods that we needed.         


After taking our breakfast in Nepo Mall, we then proceeded to Burgos to get a two-hour ride again going to our final destination “DASOL, Pangasinan” where the “Crocodile Island” can be found. BTW, it was already featured in some of TV shows including Jessica Soho’s Shows in GMA7. From Alaminos you can take a 15 minute ride going to the famous “Hundred Island” but we chose to take the better alternative route going to Burgos because were are expecting for a much number of local tourist in the Hundred Islands.  Personally, I almost run out of patience during the time that we took our final ride going to Burgos. It was a rough and dusty road that heeding up and down. It was like a metaphor, that sometimes as one of the troubled-individual, due to so much pressure we seem to loss our temper but after surpassing the challenges, we found blessings and happiness. Because after that long chaotic way, we then reached the end-road and were surprised by how GOD made this place, BEAUTIFULLY. More than the beauty of nature, the hospitality of the people in that small community got our attention except for the Barangay Chairwoman ( Don’t wanna elaborate more here) My colleague’s will understand what I am saying ‘buti na lang di nya ko nakausap. People are people talaga full of peculiarity and adversity. Kaya minsan di ako naniniwala kay Joey Ayala nung sinabi nyang ang lahat ng bagay ay magkaugnay, kse sa totoo lang ayokong magkaroon ng kaugnayan kay Chairwoman, hehehehe.


Oh, anyway we spent our whole Thursday in that small barrio, until Friday afternoon came at about 6pm we transferred in a Small Island just an adjacent to where we are. The next day, Saturday, we explored finally the next Island which called “Crocodile Island”.


During our stay, I can’t any longer ask for anything more. I was 7 months ago when I decided to transferred to another company after the long 6 years stay ni the former one. Now here I am, enjoying the company of these new friends wherein the exploration of new things through island hopping is a bonus. 2008 and first quarter of 2009 has had so much blessings which enable me to be thankful during this Lenten Season. Whereby, throughout those enjoyments, personally, I took time in each moment to take a pause, ‘abused the opportunity of being close with nature and water as the dominant element:


He took every bruised for my iniquities, He shed His own blood for my transgressions to be cleaned, He didn’t stayed in the grave, after the third day He rose from the dead to said the great commission, which is the ultimate reason shy I am writing this.


 How about you my friend, how did you observe the Lenten?


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TIME I'VE BEEN PASSING TIME (Created April 8, 2009)

Just a looooong deeeep breath… to start this blog. Its been long a time whereby I have waited for this to come. I knew I can make it. Not that I am able to teach my heart. In this moment I appreciated the Giver of one of the element that humanity should appreciate.. TIME. For God is the healer of those who are broken-hearted, wounded, betrayed and rejected. In my case, I’m glad He uses TIME.


The deepness of this wound is the second deepest wound that I’ve ever had next to the event of having a broken family. I remember my Mom saw me for the first time to cry over a relationship. I have eaten my pride, became a stalker, set-aside my so called principle. I have been in the deepest valley of myself. Kala ko noon di na ko makakabangon. It was a nice, pure Christian relationship at the start that ended tragically. But I don’t have any regrets going through in that kind of emotional brutality.


RECAP. I have been enjoying the ministry when suddenly she came in my life. With pure intention, I have then planted my dreams with prayers to the Lord that includes her. We then became close friends then prayer partners. While enjoying my life as a youth minister, it added an excitement every time we were together in the ministry. We had time to pray, to interpret a bible verse, to use both our lives during services and other important spiritual exercises. Aside from God, she was my life, my friend, she even understand me better than my family. She supported me and I supported her. I didn’t mind if I have no money or lack of sleep, I couldn’t bear a moment that we didn’t see each other… each day. Until the day came, it was while we are celebrating the anniversary of our Youth Ministry (Oh mind you! I was the Chairman that time), I was surprised that she came with someone and she made him stayed at some of our church mate’s house. It broke my heart into pieces. To describe it best, it was the beginning of my route going to my own Calvary … My Own Golgotta period. And I wish I did recover after three days, but I didn’t. I counted years and today I rose again. Thank God I am born again.


I APOLOGIZE for those people and ladies who have been a victim of this once-upon-a-time-a-struggling-soul. In one way or another, I’m so sorry. I am glad some of you became my friends. You know who you are. I was fooled and also fooled others. Admittedly, I was an immature individual, feeling lost inside a cave of darkness, completely panicking on how to get out, searching for lights to lead me out. During that time, I wanted to fast forward the events by attending many spiritual camps, services, counseling sessions, and soul-searching activities just to be in this state. I was poor emotionally and financially, even drastically relating myself to every movie and song that I am hearing and watching. And during that time, I just wanted to sleep to pause my agony for a moment.


NOW. In front of God, I can now say eye-to-eye with her that I don’t love her anymore. As my close friends says, It not your lost Tom, It’s hers”. I prolong the feelings because of so much SANA.. DAPAT… SAYANG… and ANO KAYA KUNG?... and today, I cherished those people who have kept me strong and grounded. Those who’ve helped me find my broken pieces.


I am now appreciating the good Book that has a promise,” Those who wait upon the Lord, shall renew their strengths and will eventually soar like an eagle. Eaglets usually break their beaks so that it would be replaced by new one, during the process scientist says that after 40 days of struggling in a small corner of forest they will become re-born with new feathers and beak. This time a much larger… to soar higher. The sign of maturity is in soaring, coz then you will find your self that you’re no longer flying. It means that I am now in the air above not because of my strength and effort to be there and fly, but I just let the air to carry me in soaring…this time.


TODAY, I celebrate victory not because of what I am. Not because I am successful. Not because I have a nice job while others are now a victim of recession. Not because I proved that I am better over that the guy … but because I am a product of a MIRACLE… Yeah call me boastful, but I will be boasting in the name of the Lord.


I remember an official KKB shirt during my time. It was a blue shirt that has a white printed Eagle at the back and under is a text that says “I’M FREE!” I wish I still have it today, so that I can wear it!


Though I am still a work in progress, I hope you were blessed with my story. I feel that I need to write this for you read it today my friend. I f you’re now experiencing what I have been through, just follow my simple formula.. it’s just a five powerful words… LET GO AND LET GOD!


And yeah, tomorrow is another much wonderful day! Dasol, Pangasinan is our destination, we’re scheduled to do an island-hopping, this time, with officemates and a special someone whom I’m enjoying loving her for almost 5 years now! I’m glad I did it.


Enjoy the Lenten Season with your family. Always do good, my friend!


God bless and bless GOD!


I remain forever your friend,




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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

TULA PARA KAY OSALLA (Likha: Emmanuel Tomasa 4/15/09)


Likha: Emmanuel Tomasa 4/15/09


Noon, pagkatapos ng opisina nag-uunahang nagtatawagan

Isa-isang kukulitin ang mga myembro ng samahan

Alin? sa magbelyar, punta sa bahay nina Paul o inum sa likuran

Basta pagnagkasundo kahit ano nagiging espesyal


Kahit di mamahalin ang lugar at iniinum,

Di matutumbasan ang damayang naranasan

Problema sa pamilya, pera, trabaho at power-tripper na katrabaho

Sisiw na sisiw basta nandyan kayo


Sukdulang kalimutan ang kanya-kanyang GF at pamilya

Minsan nga gagawin ang lahat kahit walang pera

Para sumaya sukdulang mangutang kay Ate Emma

Kaya ang resulta, ngayon si Ate Emma nagsara


Kay bilis ng panahon at biglang nagkagulatan

Wala na ang dati kung katabi sa halakhakan

Ang dati kong tagapakinig sa gilid

Taga-bili kahit ng mga jokes kong corney


Bagama't nagpapasalamat dahil nanjan pa ang iba

Para sa akin isang kang malaking kawalan

Ngayon kung ako'y tatanungin kung BAKIT ako naaapektuhan?

Kasi kokonti na lang ang totoong tao sa dating trabaho ang naiwan


Kung ako lang ay may-ari ng malaking istasyon

Gagawan din kita ng tribute higit pa kay Magalona

Kase sa amin sikat ka, sa apat na sulok ng GMS compound

Kahit kelan nag-iisa ka


Kung ang bawat litra ng tulang ito'y iyong tanaw

Nawa'y magdulot ng aral at konting kaisipan

Na Jayson sa 'yong paglisan, itoy paalala

Na nawalan kami ng ...isang harot, minsan tahimik, mapaglaro, mananayaw, palangiti, mabait na kaibigan.


Padayon 'Son! Thanks for the memory! - TOMY


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