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Moving On: Day #1

There was this particular conversation that I could never forget. When my long-time ex and I met for the last time, I poured my heart out and begged him to stay in my life…to love me again. He was my first in everything. Almost nine years after, I think, “why did I do that?” everytime I remember. I swallowed my pride and almost got on my knees in front of so many people just to convince one person to love me.

Things were never easy moving on. Everyday felt like hell on earth that I could not get up in the morning to fix myself and it’s torture to sleep at night. My work suffered and I was crying everywhere. What I felt was a combination of guilt, self-pity, loss, lack of self-worth, stupidity, and God knows what else. You will find me mostly at the church, just sitting there and hoping a miracle would happen. That time, I wanted to wake up realizing all the feelings were gone.

He was my first, remember. I thought he was the best there is and I did not want another. Just him. He is a wonderful person but it turns out he’s not that great after all.

Such horrible feeling led me to decide it was not gonna happen again. I will keep myself from falling for the wrong person and carefully choose the one that would give myself to. But, it did about three years later. I fell in love with a man who turned out to be gay. That was perhaps the reason why he knew exactly what to say everytime. Maybe I was an experiment. But we were inseparable buddies back in the office. When I realized I was falling already, I started to distance myself. He asked why and came even closer until we were kind of dating (in my mind at least). We would stroll amusement parks holding hands, and stuff that bf/gfs do…hang out I mean. We didn’t go beyond holding hands and eating out together and feeding each other in public. I was like: “What the heck! I don’t want to regret it.”

Of course it did not last for long. I gave him hints that I liked him and started to move away. I always seem to find love at work, so I decided to quit work to protect my feelings. I know it is a very immature way of dealing with things but I couldn’t think of any other way than run and hide. That was less painful and I recovered faster. It did not take me five years to finally forget…maybe just a few months. I enrolled in a caregiving class and it made things better. There’s a new plan inside my head.

My relatives in Canada told me they were gonna help me process my papers for faster entry. A new environment was waiting. I did my part only to find out they haven’t been doing theirs so I had no choice but to stay home and work instead. I did attempted to work on it on my own but the laws keep changing. I don’t want to go back to the office.

So I lived my life contented, free to do what I wanted to do, free to work, and just save for my future just in case I grow old alone. I was kind of in the process of accepting I was put on Earth to provide and just love people. I believed that home is the safest place I can be.

And then something happened. It was beautiful during the first few months. I met someone online and our professional relationship progressed to flirting. I didn’t see it coming. My first line: “God, what is this?” No answer of course. I planned to just enjoy it and never go so deep. But things went out of control. Now I just got off Skype to say farewell after almost one and a half years of semi-non-stop chatting.

It hurts now. I wanted to stay and see it through the end but the other party is clearly not intent on taking it to the next level. It’s all about the body and not the soul. I wanted to cover all elements and I have fallen in love. I know it’s not just with an idea but the whole thing. I talked to a wonderful person everyday during the first few months, he gave me a peek into his world, I gave him a peek into mine. Things were good but we had to face reality I guess and consider it’s just not meant to be. His fire has stopped burning while I keep my torch well-fueled with hopes and prayers.

I am in love. Of course I was hoping he would feel the same way. Maybe not now but in the future when we finally meet. I didn’t get to explore that possibility because we put an end to it. It’s the fear. I hate to blindside him as well. He migh feel kind of betrayed if I gave hime the impression that casual relationship is ok with me when it is really not.

Would you do what I did or take a chance and see how it works out? I am stupid, I know. But if this guy really likes me, he would have asked me to wait until we meet. Just that tiny inkling of hope would have convinced me to revoke my resignation; that willingness to see how everything works out. But he is decided to stay just for a few weeks, maybe two, and leave again without even considering. Pure flirting. Do I really want that?

Well, honestly, I am a very sensual person who would not reject two weeks of great sex? I just want to do it with someone I am hoping to be with for the rest of my life. With the way things are going, with his kind of mentality, I am not sure he would want the same. This is me protecting myself.

I expected too much and it’s all on me. He led me on in a way but perhaps that was normal where he comes from. I don’t know. Right now, I just want to be happy. So happy that I would forget that I had been so lonely once; so happy that I would forget about all the pain. I just want to forget…

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Posted by on July 15, 2015 in Life, Matters Of The Heart

 

Reminscing

A friend of mine pulled out a disc and waved it in my face. “Our pictures….!” of course in her usual flirty fashion. Finally! I have been looking for those old photos and files to add to my collection of memorable events in my life. That was last month and it’s just now that I remembered to take a look. At the old files I mean. Typhoon Ondoy took away everything I had including my collection of music magazines with my column in it. I had forgotten all the words I said in those write-ups but I am happy some of it were saved in this disc.

Here’s a sample:

A FIREWORK OF ROCKERS

While we indulge in heaven’s sporadic tantrums, let us relish summer’s best explosives, at least in Luzon – from the bands, to the venues, to the minuscule details that some of you might think are worth missing.

ROCKISTA

Putting on the amateur airs every time we go to rock concerts and special performances serves as our pass to getting along with the nicest people we can pick in the ‘backstage environment’. While the show was busy annihilating the dangerous minds, we sat in one corner surveying the bands, bands’ friends, band managers, sponsors, representatives, and groupies of the bands while they indulged in Psychedelia. As “The Enemies,” we were settled on delivering the highlights of the game. Some of the people offstage were quite aware about it as our kind came in numbers.

The up-and-coming and underground bands were the first ones to rouse the afternoon, joined by a couple of popular names like Indio I, Juan Pablo Dream, and Jeepney Joyride. Among the new artists to really watch for, we would rank Saydie as the biggest surprise. Beneath the pretty face and demure bearing were collective angst of the young and the old that found a way through vocalist, Kat whose unmarred cries were like that of a weeping goddess, violent enough to hurt a man, or awaken a sleeping mind, let alone the brittle melody.

Kamikazee was another attraction with their quite quirky behaviors and no-holds-barred lingo. Frontman, Jay Botox, whose character can pass for Peanuts series, tactlessly stripped down to his shorts, daring enough to go all the way if not for the censure, while the audience watched in thrill. His contagious energy was one helluva kick that left the toughie taguros on the edge. The intoxication intensified Botox’s innate humor granting everyone his fair share of unreserved fun.

The Late Isabel was one of the last bands to show off, only to prove that the contemporary crowd is not yet ready for goth music in pop culture. If they’re making waves in more intimate sessions, the big stage wasn’t theirs. Wawi, that petite femme fatale frontwoman, felt the rush inside her and finished a three-song deadlock turn. During the band’s feat were hisses and mockery and stoic reception from the Lilliputian sons and daughters of whatever.

But then again, the whole show could have been one of those if not for these newbies and wacky old-timers. So far, we have found a reason to ignore the monotony of other turns.

Sharing tall-tales in between tipples is the best closing scenario for anyone to see. It’s when your favorite personalities show hard-core camaraderie after the pressure and tension that live performances brought along the show.

THE HORSE KICKS SOME BUTTS AT SUMMER SLAM (I think the word ‘ass’ before was not allowed but I would have preferred it)

There was no exact plan about attending the recent Pulp Summer Slam, but alas, two free tickets courtesy of Red Horse Beer landed our hands two days before the event. “What a luck,” we thought and whatever action awaited us that time, we didn’t know. We were half-excited-half-over with joining the crowd and rubbing elbows with bands but hey, like the cliché, “no two persons are alike”, no hundred events are the same. Besides, what’s the worth of being ‘rakista’ without a raket?

So off we went to another till-dawn gimmick-cum-money-making-coverage with my comrade’s unwilling camera and my shrinking pen and paper. The volume of people was still surprising, mainly due to Pinoy rock’s soaring fame nowadays, and we wonder how long it will last. Add to it the popularity of Red Horse among those that consider it can’t-do-without in concerts like that. Literally everyone was carrying cups or cans, boys and girls, to prove that grand party chooses no age.

Familiar names in the scene consisted the line-up, some of them still giving us fever; some can be copped-out when showmanship becomes the issue. Among the performers were Kamikazee, Kapatid, rising alternative act, Mayonnaise, Imago, and the rest, I don’t remember. We missed a lot in much-awaited performances that even the townsmen-turned-penny-pinching-concert-cranks came against their parents’ will for. What really made most of our night were topless, stinking earthlings partying in dust-ridden turfs with cups of Red Horse Beer, one after another. Watching good boys and bad boys, uncaring punk and Goth fashionistas, and those crossover babes, was our main business let alone thinking of other ways to describe how the rush of dust makes that event special. Thanks to the beer, we felt cool with it.

Of course, the hot-blooded taguros were present, those stoical men in black you can never dare unless you have a whole battalion in khakis with you, and tanks, and machine guns. These merciless sentinels of right conduct have pledged honest reinforcement of the bouncers’ golden rule: fend off violence; prevent gate-crashing, and stop pushing.

The loud banners curling over the air were another eye-catching piece. Held up by the seemingly arrogant fanatics in black shirts, hip hairdos and piercing and tattoos, these symbols of brotherhood work for all of them especially when they get acknowledgement from the performing bands on stage; like narcotic eulogies that give the crowd a shot of freedom in the land hiding behind the name Amoranto Stadium.

Wang Bu’s flag was the most conspicuous among the packs. Theirs was woven out of high-quality fabric, much more fastidious compared to the ‘whatever’ gonfalons we were chasing around. The 8-year-old group from Taytay Rizal is headed by Rodel Angeles. It began in 1996 with only a few male members always in for fun. Now, with the explosion of Pinoy rock into fame, the body grew to 300, 250 of them are boys and 50 of them are girls. And as we can see, Angeles has no plans yet of disbanding, so long as Quezo screams its lungs out.

The soft-core-hard-core experience eventually led us to finding out some common yet exciting reasons, this time, why young ladies enjoy the riots as well. Apple Shier, 14, said she was gravely inspired by Avril Lavigne, the famous ‘rock chick’ who also commercialized skateboard, studs, and jackasses (excuse me). Her rocker brother and friends were the ones who dragged her to concerts like the Summer Slam, where she caught her idol, Kamikazee.

Meanwhile, Sonia was a strait-laced gal from CCM, who started attending gigs last year. In this whole shebang she has rediscovered, with a little help from her cousin, the value of what her parents told her noise in her life, especially if the ones making it are from her favorite, the Typecast.

After those separate, very brief pep talks with the offspring, we stayed a little and had fun watching the horde that have fallen to the lure of the mighty horse – Red Horse it is.

This was the time some kid approached me for an autograph, to whom I quipped: “Kid, I am just a bystander with a pen and paper.” He said: “Even so! You might become famous someday!” So my ego gave in to this gung-ho’s ‘trip.’ By the way, this was the first autograph request i got. I got another last 2012 (and my humble ego can still remember) LOL!

Anyways, reading this, I thought “Man, I was young, creative, and not boring!” 😀 There are times when I find myself wishing I still have the same knack and panache. And if I didn’t write this article, I would think it was too pretentious and wordy. But since the feeling while writing this stuff is still fresh in my memory, I thought it was well-done and very honest. It made me miss the mob now although whenever my age pops up in my head, I go nuts! This is not my idea of a Friday or Saturday night anymore. I would still love occasional visits at acoustic bars and rock concerts though they do not appeal to me as much as it did when I was 22 or 25 (although I still feel 25).

My friend told me if I had not relinquished my passion, I could have gone a long way. I answered: “I did not. I just grew up.” That said, we can assume that my next pieces would be about issues that really matter. There is a social responsibility that I want to take on in order for me to find this life’s meaning. For sure I was not born to just exist. If I wait for signs, it is possible that I would die a loser. I would hate that.

Based on how I lived my life, it is reasonable to say I am not a good person like everybody else thinks. I have made a lot of mistakes in the past that I still feel guilty about. Until now, I treat every single day as another chance to do good and love more. Apparently, these chances will be pointless if I do not go out there and let everyone know that chances are free of charge. They are all for the taking if you are willing to reach out. It is a Divine gift, unless you will be dead tomorrow.

And again, I went off topic. I just came here to brag about my awesome column. Sorry, I get to emotional when I am unhappy. 😀  Here is another:

ANOTHER ROUND FOR THE RED HORSE MUZIKLABAN ROCK CHALLENGE 2005

Subtitle:

They made a rock star out of Fuseboxx and Mayonnaise, produced promising acts like 18th Issue, Join The Club, and Mom’s Cake. Now they create a five-star groove in Sunflower Day Camp.

According to some bitter rock concert frequenters, the recent Muziklaban has been a bit stale compared to the previous Red Horse fests. As for me, it’s an overstatement. Although this time, there were limited bands in the showdown, the line-up did not fail to equal the hysteria that used to stir the mosh pit.

One impressive thing about the event was the consistency in the show’s time chart. The audience was so lucky to not have to bear the painful reinforcement of Filipino time as it started at 6 pm sharp when the former winners of the Muziklaban Challenge rolled out their stage smarts once again, one by one – 18th Issue, Fuseboxx, Mayonnaise.

Following were the competitors from all across the country vying for the much-coveted title. Some of them tried their luck for the second time around like Sunflower Day Camp, who eventually emerged as champion despite Mom’s Cake’s winning charisma. As a friend mentioned, Mom’s Cake’s stage antics would strongly remind one of Kamikazee or Jeepney Joyride, talk about entertainment and showmanship.

In his hilarious Tinker Bell costume, wild maneuvers, and Mr. T haircut, the vocalist proved to be a total blast, while the other contenders kept theirs neat and simple. Sunflower Day Camp sauntered off with the privilege package – a year contract with Station 1, Php 50, 000, and the Red Horse Muziklaban Champion title.

The end of the show was just the beginning of the mania. Offered were steaming hot feats from the country’s most popular rock icons today. The dusty grounds and blinding stage lights set Greyhoundz, Kapatid, Quezo, Imago, Kamikazee on fire as they performed their hits. The Houndz men broke in with Hole, and some stuff from their new, soon-to-be-released album. Karl Roy impatiently signaled, “Go, go, go!” to his band mates right after a song, while Jay Botox’s resolution that night was to stay sober. Thus, Kamikazee’s performance had been calmer yet astig.

Security was more intense, perhaps due to an early tragedy. Shit happens, but what misfortune ensued prior to the party proper served as a warning both to the defense and offense. There will always be the men we call “kill joy” and those we consider “victims of the hype.”

It was only past midnight. Everyone seemed only half-sober. That’s what we thought. There were commotions beyond the rails, fuelled by indulgence in the hard-kicking, nevertheless, sweet sensation of Red Horse beer, widely distributed in the audience area.

An audience of over 4,000 is not easy to please, given that they have diverse preferences. For the Muziklaban finals, 860-1300 cases of Red Horse beer were provided, just enough for the non-stop arrival of spectators. Strolling along, we witnessed how the hard-core community pressed (sellers) for a cup or two. And we wondered what runs the hoopla. Ralph, a 22-year old fanatic answered, “Lakas ng tama eh!”

But didn’t he ever want another brand? “Ok lang, pwede rin kaso iba kasi ‘yung Red Horse eh.” One also commented, “Ok ‘to! Doesn’t give you beerbelly, kasi lakas ng tama. Solve ka na in a few bottles. Saka malambing sa panlasa.” These are teenagers by the way. MINORS.

Thus, the craze. Red Horse and rock make a good tandem, don’t they?

FYI, I have also written articles about a skateboarding event and a cycling event. This was the time when emo music was on the rise and I felt really embarrassed talking to those hunky skaters and cyclists. This was also the time when all we had was a film camera with which we had to wait a week before we could see the pictures. What have I gotten ourselves into? Nothing, my friend. Nothing.

I would have been really happy if WHO hired me as a janitress now but they just turned me down and it’s really excruciating. My life anyway is still unfolding before me. Who knows what or where I will be a year or two from now?

Take note, I am still on topic. This is about reminiscing.

 

 
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Posted by on October 15, 2014 in Matters Of The Heart

 

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How To Overcome Heartbreak

Love is blind. Love conquers all. Love is a drug…blah…blah…blah…. Love has been earning too much flattery and blasphemy since time immemorial. Problem is, we all tend to fall for it. Another problem is, you cannot escape it. How many women have sworn to not fall again after being dumped by their fiancé just as the wedding bells were ringing? How many men have evaded commitment and ended up with Ms Rights eventually? It sucks to feel in love because you have to be happy for, say two years, and be miserable for the next five years but it happens anyway.

Many personal development coaches insist on keeping your faith, loving yourself more, and trusting the world again. For some reason, what they tell you are true even if they do not know anything about pain. But who needs a personal coach? Stop wasting money to pay for a psychologist! There are ways to overcome heartbreak without shelling out a penny. Here are some suggestions:

  • Stay with the light. You are not dead yet. Mourning in darkness though would feel like hell so give yourself some sunshine. Studies show that light helps keep depression hormones at bay. Even if you have to drag yourself out of the room, do so and take a stroll at the park, malls, or eat at a nearest diner.
  • Talk to people, even to strangers. If you have not been in contact with your friends lately, visit your phone book and have a little chat. Even the most nonsense topics could save you from the agonizing memories of your ex.
  • Exercise. Well, it’s natural for people caught in the fangs of depression to lose the energy and enthusiasm. Like them, you may be at your lowest point and moving your fingers is already a toll. However, there is nothing you cannot do with a little help from yourself. Push that button hard. Even the minor movements can generate healthy blood flow and get you back in action.
  • Pray…hard. We do not want to be preachy but prayer will bind you. Heartbreak is one of the worst chapters of the human life. Even when you are at a party, you still feel alone and suicidal, thinking there is no tomorrow and your purpose is gone. Talking to the Divine Being changes this. There is always a mysterious comfort alighting upon you when you express your hatred, fears, sentiments, and nostalgia.

You are not expected or demanded to make improvements overnight or after a week of practicing these small activities. Healing takes about a hundred, maybe thousands of baby steps to complete. You might say you have heard them before but why do they always come up that they have become generic. Exactly. The above-mentioned healing techniques are screaming and there is only one thing lacking…you. Help yourself move on and be okay because no one can.

On a personal note, I believe in what they say, ‘the only way over it is through it.’ Translation: you have no choice. Well, you do but don’t trust your judgment too much when the skies are still cloudy. You and the people who love you hate to find your unconscious body next to your bed. Being suicidal is normal when you are so sad or angry because you think no one cares. You will ask questions, mostly ‘whys,’ but who doesn’t. People who love have been there, done that. If they were able to survive one or two heartbreaks, why can’t you?

 

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2012 in Matters Of The Heart

 

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