MULA SA INIT NG AKING ULO

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Panahon na naman ng tag-init.

Kung babae ka panigurado inggit ka na naman sa mga kaibigan mong nagpupuntahan sa ibang bansa o probinsya at nakakapag island hopping sa kung saan-saan at pinagyayabang yong mga beach bodies nila para makahakot ng sankaterbang likes tapos ikaw hindi mo mapag yabang yong pinag hirapan mong beach body sa kabila ng pagiging member mo ng Gold’s Gym o kaya’y Fitness First. Malas mo na lang kung may stalker ka na kinu kunan na ng screen shot ang mga bikini photos mo. Malas niyo din kasi kung may siyota ka na macho, wala kayong mapakiusapan sa mga kaibigan niyo kung sino sa kanila ang pwedeng maging third wheel kahit sinabe niyo pa na sagot niyo ang ticket sa eroplano hanggang sa accommodation niya. Higit sa lahat, hindi ka rin makapag post nang  ‘SORRY ANG INIT’ kasi wala ka nga sa beach.

Kung lalaki ka malamang kasing tigang mo na yong palayan ng mga kamag anak mo sa probinsya dahil matagal ka nang hindi nakakainom ng beer. Dumi ng isip niyo ha.

Panahon din para pigilan ang sarili sa pag post ng comment at pagtawanan sila nang wala kang tina type sa device mo.

Huwag ka mainggit sa mga kaibigan o kakilala mo na nagpa pagala-gala o nagbabakasyon na ngayong panahon ng tag-init kasi hindi rin naman sila ang mismong gumagastos ng mga out-of-town na yon. Lalu na kung nabibilang sila sa isang pamilya na nakaka angat sa buhay. Magdalawang isip at maalarma ka kung nakasakay siya sa yacht tapos naka bikini pa.

At kung hampas lupa ka na nakatunganga lang sa bahay o kaya naman ay napilitan mag summer class dahil bumagsak ka sa ganitong subject, matutong makontento sa buhay at huwag mainggit dahil lang nandun sa lugar na ‘yon. Kasalanan mo din kasi kung bakit ka bumagsak at nagpalit ng course.

 

Sa kasalukuyan panahon na kung saan paunti-unti na nagbabago ang mga akademikong kalendaryo at sistema ng mga paaralan sa Pilipinas wala na rin talaga tayong karapatan mag reklamo at mag post sa mga social media account natin na kailangan niyong magbakasyon dahil silang mga pumapasok sa pamantasan na nagbago ng sistema tinitiis yong init dahil nagbayad sila ng malaking tuition sa pamantasan na ‘yon. At sa mga eskuwelahan na nagpalit ng mga akademikong kalendaryo nila, awang-awa ako sa mga mag-aaral ng Unibersidad ng Pilipinas sa Diliman dahil may mga estudyante sila na malayo pa ang mga pinang gagalingan na lugar at kailangan tiisin at bunoin ang pang araw-araw na trapiko kung galing sila south sa area o parteng Paranaque, Las Pinas, Muntinlupa, at kung saan pa dahil na rin wala na silang mapag lagyan sa mga dormitoryo sa loob ng UP at may kamahalan din ang upa. Mala slang din nila dahil wala silang mga kamag anak na naka tira malapit lamang sa Diliman at ganon din walang maupahan na dorm dahil nga mahal.

Awang-awa din ako sa mga mag-aaral ng De La Salle University pati sa mga mag-aaral ng College of St. Benilde lalu sa mga estudyante na nagmumula pa sa hilagang bahagi ng Metro Manila tulad ng Sampaloc sa Maynila partikular sa kapatid ko. Pati na rin sa mga estudyante nilang umuuwi pa ng Quezon City dahil ayaw nila mag aral sa Ateneo, UP kahit UST dahil sa kaartehan na hindi maipaliwanag. Naaawa rin ako sa mga magulang na hindi afford o mag bayad ng umupa sa dorm upang mapadali ang pagpunta at pagpasok sa mga nasabing paaralan ngunit napag aral ang mga anak sa nasabing paaralan at naiinis ako sa mga estudyante at mga propesor na may lakas pa ng loob magmaneho at magparada ng mga sasakyan sa kahabaan ng Taft. LECHE!

Para sa mga mag-aaral ng Ateneo de Manila na nagmamaneho, SIGE DRIVE LANG. Akala niyo nabibigyan niyo nang solusyon yong mga pang sariling problem niyo sa trapik, HINDE. Tumingin nga kayo sa salamin at sabihin at mag-isip ng mabuti. MAHAL PA NAMAN DIN ANG MATRIKULA SA INYO.

Para naman sa mga mag-aaral ng University of Santo Tomas sa first sem niyo problema niyo baha tas pagdating ng second sem init ng panahon pero tiis lang din sa mga summer uniforms niyo. Mabuti hindi sapilitan ang pagsuot ng mga regular college uniform niyo.

Sa sobrang init din naman ng panahon kasalanan din natin kasi taga lang tayo ng taga, sibak lang ng sibak ng mga punong kahoy, wala nang mga puno na nagpapahina ng singaw ng hangin ika nga ng professor ko sa Environmental Science at yong mga pabrika sige lang sa pagpapakawala ng mga usok at mga kemikal sa Ilog Pasig. Mas nakakabadtrip pa nga ngayon ang summer kung tutuusin dahil sumabay pa ang panahon ng kampanya at may mga kalsadang napipilitan ipasara upang makapag pasagawa ng mga campaign rally ang mga kandidato sa local level at gumagawa ng paraan upang makapang uto ng mga taong hindi pa nakakapag desisyon kung sino ang kanilang iboboto sa araw ng halalan.

Mayor Erap at dating mayor Lim na kumakandidato ulit sa pagka mayor, salamat nga pala ng marami sa trapik noong Marso pati na rin ay Grace Poe.

 

May nauso pala na hashtag na #LaBoracay na pagdating ng May 1 lahat ng mga taong trip lang magbikini, magpakita ng abs at kung ano pa ay pumaparty na parang mga loko-loko sa Boracay tapos magiging sobrang kalat pagkatapos.

Grabe lang.

Kaya yong isa kong professor na lumaki sa Boracay dahil probinsya niya yon, nababadtrip nang umuwi dahil wala na yong Boracay na kinalakihan niya. Nakakalungkot lang. Ang saklap rin para sa akin dahil ang una at huling bisita ko ng Boracay kasama ng pamilya ko, Pasko pa tapos yon na din ang mga panahon na ang sama na nang dating ng Boracay. Nakakainis lang din na may kapal sila nang mukha at lakas nang loob para makapag post ng mga itsura nilang mga walwal at kung sino na ang kaakbay at kung ano na rin ang nahahawakan.

Pinagsi siksikan ang mga sarili sa Boracay para lang sa hashtag na #LaBoracay samantalang pwede naman sila pumunta sa ibang mga beach tulad ng Coron sa Palawan, Canigao sa Leyte, Pagudpod sa may bandang Ilocos, Nasugbu sa may Batangas at marami pang iba na pwedeng puntahan.

 

Yong mga tao naman dito sa Metro Manila, yong mga hindi nakatira sa mga subdivision makapag set up lang nang mga inflatable na swimming pool masaya na at kontento na para sa mga bata. Yong mga matatanda o kaya magulang, beer at yelo lang sapat na. Yong pulutan inihaw na bangus may kasama pang inihaw na baboy. NAKAKAGUTOM DI BA?

Para naman sa katulad ko, nakakaasar lang din dahil lahat ng mga magagandang superhero movies naglalabasan kung kailan wala akong sapat na ipon. PUSANG GALA NAMAN OH! Swerte ko lang din talaga noong kainitan pa ng Star Wars: The Force Awakens dahil nakapag ipon talaga ako nang pang nood.

Sobrang dami din ng mga superhero movie, nawawalan na rin ang iba ng interes sa mga contemporary films kahit mga biographic films gaya ko na kinain na din ng sistema. Ang sistema ng mga superhero movies. Pero di ko naman minamasama ang mga superhero movies na naglalabasan ngayon dahil karamihan naman talaga sa mga pelikulang ito ay inilaan sa mga panatiko ng mga comic books at mismong mga bata.

 

INIT LANG TO NG ULO KO. MAKALIGO NA NGA LANG PARA LUMALIG ANG ULO. PERO MAS MASARAP ANG PAKIRAMDAM KUNG SA BAGUIO AKO MALILIGO TAPOS HINDI AKO UUWI NANG MAYNILA at kung may pera lang din ako, boboto muna ako dito dahil rehistrado ako dito tsaka ako aakyat ng Baguio. Miss ko na rin ang scenery ng Camp John Hay pati yong Strawberry Fields nila.

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For Name’s Sake!

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Courtesy of TV5’s YouTube channel, tv5theeveningnews.

Don’t you just hate it when the professor does not pronounce your name right on the first day of school? Or don’t you just hate it when your name is long that one part of your name only gets called by anyone you know? More important, don’t you just wish that you would have a common Filipino last name with a Hispanic touch like Blanco, Castillo, Castro, Chavez, Gonzales (sometimes with a letter Z), Guevara, Guerrero, Gutierrez, Flores, Fuentes, de la Cruz, Cruz, Reyes, Rivera, de los Reyes, Vergara or whatever last name that can be pronounced easily with a Hispanic descent.

 

Most of the time we just let people like teachers like professors go on with pronouncing our name LIKE THAT because we’re too tired of correcting and telling them how it is really pronounced since the beginning of our lifetime. Sometimes I want to write the phonetic spelling of my last name for people to really understand but again I’m too tired. These are moments in school where you just want to call upon the spirit of your ancestors just to spook the living daylights out of the person mispronouncing or misspelling your name. You’re just lucky to have professors who would have the courtesy to momentarily pause and ask if they are pronouncing your name correctly. This is why some females can’t wait to get married so that their maiden names would be replaced by their future husband’s name. Can you just imagine Miss Universe Philippines 2011, Shamcey Supsup’s thoughts at the back of her head when she got married?

When I was in third grade, I felt so low when my last name was cussed by some guy named Mendoza and I would always get his crap at the school bus regardless whether if we were going to school or going home from school. It really sucks to look back to those moments. I just hope he’s not in a relationship to a woman with a name that screeches when someone scratches a blackboard and when they get married I hope they don’t name their children with names that give an emphasis to the letter H like Dhaniel or Khatryn.

During the latter years of my high school, I’m just lucky to have friends and teachers who really know how to pronounce my last name. When I got into college I’m more than lucky to have professors who really know how to nail it on the first day of class giving you that empowering moment.

Sometimes if you have a friend with a foreign last name like a Filipino-American or Filipino-German friend. You would have a hard time pronouncing their last name that you would just call them by their nickname or first name.

 

When it comes to my first name Enrique, I really don’t know if I’m lucky to be named after businessman Enrique Zobel de Ayala because it sounds good but as my parents would tell me, I am not named after the patriarch of the Ayala group but according to my father. The name Enrique means man of the house in which I have yet to live by since I’m not yet a family man.

As for my last name Agcaoili, my ancestry is Ilocano but I barely visit Ilocos Norte and barely speak the dialect of my ancestors. One of the people I know who had a hard time with our last name is my father’s cousin and my uncle overseas because on the day of his son’s moving up day, the school’s photographer misspelled our family name by spelling AGIAOLI instead of AGCAOILI and as I type this, I begin to think how my uncle struggled to correct some of the people when he was growing up.

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Couresy of Glen Agcaoili

 

As for me, lucky for me back to the day of my high school graduation as I got my high school diploma I immediately checked if the school misspelled my last name and lucky for me they did not misspell my last name! I was ready to sue the school. My batch mate was also ready to sue the school if they misspelled his family name.

 

I have attended baptisms in which I have seen and heard of names that are amusing and cringe worthy.

In one baptism that I attended, I have seen a baby baptized by the name of CHRISTOPHER REEVE and I kid you not because I overheard the priest who blessed the kid joke to the parents saying, “Is this kid Superman?” In another baptism I have seen a baby baptized by the name of RIHANNA AVRIL. The mother must have been a fan of both Avril Lavigne and Rihanna.

I can’t remember the most bizarre name that any parent could give to their child. But if there’s one name, it’s from what I read in Lourd de Veyra’s book one of “This Is A Crazy Planets” in which he mentioned that he has a friend who named their child Axl in honor of the Guns N’ Roses vocalist, Axl Rose who is born by the name of William Bailey. Another that he mentioned in his book was a friend who named their child STALIN which is deemed unacceptable for a first name by the Catholic Church because even before the start of World War II, Joseph Stalin of the USSR (present day Russia) has killed more people than Hitler. A moment in their history that historians called, The Great Purge.

 

I have met and known people who have the most unconventional names that their nicknames are a far cry from their given name. I have also met someone with a name so colorful that you just have to control yourself from asking ‘why is your name like that?’

I know someone with a name so long that we just call her Nikki and her mom with a name so traditional we just call her Tita Mamu. Another person that I know with a nickname that is a far cry from his birth name is my uncle we call Tito Toti and his birth name is really Gonzalo and my cousin his son nicknamed Ian is also a far cry from his birth name Lemuel.

I have met people with names so traditional that you just keep your mouth shut because it might just be a family tradition to pass on someone the elder’s name. Like in our family, the elders passed on the name Oscar beginning with my late great grandfather to his youngest son then passed on the Oscar that ended with my father.

I have met someone with a name so old that I don’t know if his parents named him after Castro the revolutionary and Ernesto “Che” Guevara’s best friend or that other revolutionary who also donned a tobacco who jumped on EDSA then became president of the Philippines in 1992.

The funniest story that I know with regard to first names being passed on is a family in the Visayas or Mindanao region with a last name that goes by the family name of Nueve which they pass on the name Enrique from Enrique I to VIII and by the time another masculine child was about to be born, again they named it Enrique. So the child goes by the name Enrique Nueve IX which is redundant by having the Spanish translation of the number nine next to the Roman numeral namesake.

Some of those names are bound by tradition or fanaticism. I almost forgot about Eddie Gutierrez’s son named Elvis who keeps a low profile despite being the son of Monster Manager Annabelle Rama and brother of Ruffa, Richard and Raymond. It’s no secret in Philippine Entertainment and pop culture that Eddie Gutierrez is a big fan of Elvis Presley which is truly visible in his hairstyle from his younger days to portraying kingpin roles in the late ‘80s to the ‘90s and matapobre roles in soap operas.

The funny thing about names for me is keeping a pattern for the children that they name. One example is a letter pattern where one couple will only name their child with one letter from the alphabet like the letter A like Arthur then the next child will be named Arnold. Another example is the letter R like the Santiago brothers namely Rowell, Randy and Raymart Santiago. Another thing that I find funny in names is children’s name that is a combination of their parents’ names. I wish I could give an example but that would mean expulsion if she gets to read this.

 

Years from now, I don’t know if I will get married or not. I don’t even know who will be the lucky girl that’s going to marry me but if I do get married, I’m just going to invite a few friends and relatives. When it’s time for my wife to give birth, I would name my masculine child Rafael then if she gives birth to a baby girl, I would beg my wife to name that child Rafaella naming them after my favorite Ninja Turtle and the closest priest that I know that truly makes me feel at home in Letran.

 

So for the women who are madly in love right now with the man they fell for, I hope you are not just going to marry the man in the future because you love them and you don’t care if he’s rich or not. Think of what will be your last name and yourwould be child or children. As for parents who are about to have their children, make sure their name is worth writing in their birth certificate and please don’t make it hard for the nurse, city registrar or NSO officer to spell your child’s name. Help them out and don’t make them assume the spelling of the child’s name.

When Infatuation Takes the Wheel

 

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Cariño Brutal by Rainbow Gutierrez

When I wrote something about libido it was only the beginning and now, why do we get infatuated? What made a person get so infatuated with someone? How does one person differentiate this feeling from love?

These are questions are we cannot simply answer in one sitting.

When infatuation gets a hold of you, you better pray that it won’t last long because if it lasts longer than a week you could be obsessed or in lust. Best case scenario is you could just be in love and luckily your love expressed is reciprocated.

 

Infatuation is defined as the intense but short-lived passion, feeling even admiration for someone or something. From what I know, most people are infatuated for someone than something. One example is when someone gets invited by his or her friend to a party and your friend introduced you to someone you have never met before (of course) and that person is truly fond of music, sports and art like you.

After you were introduced to that person you were left tongue-tied, stunned and speechless for what the person looked like or the way the person was dressed then you ask your friend if the person is in a relationship and when your friend says that the person is not in a relationship you go wild in your head but since you have only met the person the first time you would keep a low profile and keep it cool then go crazy when you get home. In the succeeding days you would definitely look for the person on any social media outlet known to man.

I do not really believe in love-at-first-sight because our world is not a recycled soap opera or a chick lit that gets a movie adaptation every time. Giving someone the ideal look of the person they want to be in love is a form of infatuation for me and the places you see in these adaptations or even TV ads also leads someone to infatuation because of the feeling that they want to feel it too so desperately.

I’ve been infatuated more than once and luckily I did not get infatuated with someone within the four corners of our school well I really did. I got infatuated with one of my co-majors when I was still donning the old psychology uniform. I did not get infatuated with her that much because we belong in different social classes. She was also this girl who’s always after a guy to keep her sane but not really get hooked with the guys in our classes. That really sets us apart.

One person that really got me infatuated in our school was someone who was being paired with one of my friends during our freshman year but he didn’t care about it because she was not my friend’s type so instead of him getting interested, I got interested with the person.

According to my friends, I was so infatuated with the person that one time we were in my friend’s place for an overnight stay to finish our experiment and paper for biology, I was screaming her name out loud that I woke up everyone in their household.

I did not held on to my feelings because she was not studying within the realm of my previous major and she’s very outgoing while I’m this introvert still conscious about my grades. What kept me hooked was that she had fair skin and I thought she was that tall but she was only wearing heels.

Like libido or any terminal disease in my previous posts, it does not choose its victims and it takes place simultaneously.

Infatuation could take place even at a entrance exam of a big university because I remember getting infatuated in this university after picking up this person’s folder which for many would consider as sparks if they did get to see it but if they were not so busy thinking of the exam everyone would go crazy about it.

Luckily I didn’t get to pass the entrance exam because if I did, I would definitely go crazy to look for the person. Lucky for me the infatuation only lasted an hour after I took the entrance exam.

Another important reason on why I’m happy that I did not pass that entrance exam is that I can’t swim the big waters there when it rains hard and I do not have the proper boots to conquer those waters even if my house is just a couple of blocks away from that school.

Another is someone feeling inspired because they are seated to someone who could really turn everyone’s head making everyone motivated to pass that entrance exam is infatuation. Even if you did not take those review classes for those entrance exams you would really feel smart because you are driven by someone. You could not wait to pass the exam, have yourself enrolled and wear their uniform so you can look the person in that university.

The worst occasion to be infatuated I must say is prom night. Prom night for me is that one event in a school year where you suddenly get noticed because on a ordinary school day you’re girl or boy who looks like Jon Heder in Napoleon Dynamite or Rachael Leigh Cook in She’s All That. Of course if you’re a girl you’re not yet Rachael Leigh Cook who got the makeover before Freddie Prinze, Jr. came to your house to pick you up.

Getting infatuated on prom night gives you the feels and when you get back to reality, you would be lucky if you don’t go crazy after prom night towards the person and you guys just met on prom night.

Neither of you guys asked each other out.

Another occasion that you should not get infatuated are culminating events when you’re in college because I remember dressing up like the great Dolphy since we were required to wear white and it was the only get up I know to look good with a rented white coat and white pants just from my psychology uniforms. The infatuation part came when someone asked me for a photo op. I didn’t get to see the photo circulate online but she sure was looking good with that blue gown. I didn’t push through with my feelings because for one thing I don’t really know how I’m going to approach her since she is a year ahead of our batch.

The worst part of infatuation is ASSUMING THAT LOVE but the person is not really into you.

Just imagine a guy who thinks too much of himself and he sees himself as a heartthrob after three semesters of college. What’s even worse is that this person is studying a program in which he is surrounded by douche bags and girls full of themselves before he shifted to a program that does not have so much practical exams.

I really feel sorry for this guy because he thought he can court then date two girls at the same time and he is blinded by the infatuation that he feels.

So much pity on this person a couple of months back because he is so infatuated that he conspired with some of our friends and one professor so he could throw this surprise party and look romantic before her classmates. It was so pathetic that he wasted money for the cake, the pizza and flowers that day just to make her feel special when he could have just treat our gang a huge pizza. Too bad for him because the girl that he likes prefers a guy that looks bad-ass like Jason Statham or Ed Skrein, the actor who played Ajax/Francis in Deadpool.

DON’T GET ME STARTED ON WHAT HE DID ON VALENTINE’S DAY AND THEY WILL SAY THAT I’M THIS DELUSIONAL S-O-B WITH MY HEAD UP HIGH.

 

Infatuation is not always bad because some of the people that I know still get infatuated and they do not go head over feet or head over heels towards someone.

Some people even call it happy crush in which you get to like someone and you are just happy that the person completes your day. You’re just more than happy to see the person even if you are not really expressing the feelings that you really have because you are content with just seeing her and also be part of their company.

In getting infatuated, a good place to get infatuated for me are book stores or books shops because you would only glance at the person buying a book trying to look hipster and be done with it because after buying a book you won’t see the person after that. Then you read the book that you just bought for yourself.

I’m truly amazed with the people who can be infatuated but do not fall for the person because they are so occupied with a lot of things regardless whether it is school or work keeping them occupied. I wish I could be more occupied so I can keep myself away infatuation.

 

As for good-looking clerks it’s only in movies that you get to see a clerk looking like Meg Ryan before the Botox and be in love after exchanging of emails and chatting under your user names or looking each other up on Facebook and it rarely happens. Not to mention Hugh Grant in Notting Hill.

As for buying books, you should not be buying one of those books teaching you how to hook up because those kinds of books just keeps you fixated in getting that girl or boy that you know is light years away and making you look so desperate to other people. But if you’re just buying it to at least step up your game then it’s fine. Just make sure you have a condom with you if you’re about to get it on. The worst are those books saying why are you still that single and hopeless romantic person among your friends which does not really help making someone feel so bad about themselves and I wish I could name some of those authors but man I can’t because I follow them on Twitter and they also provide a little inspiration with my writing.

 

Getting infatuated is easy because your unconscious makes it easy for you to get infatuated. Getting yourself out of that feeling is hard because you are trying your best to get rid of the person in your head. It’s harder when you get to see each other every day in school or work because urges can really make someone crazy. I’m saying getting out because letting go are for those people who really got themselves in a relationship.

In getting out, there are things that you must be sure about. First is burning that bridge. You must be sure that you will no longer text each other, tag them in any social media outlet and even stalk each other because you are burning that bridge. As for blocking the person, it’s optional. You can block the person but make sure you do it in the dead of night. More important is lessen the hours spent on social media because it’s not in social media that you can really find someone new.

Second is make yourself busy at something, find a hobby or join a fun run or triathlon sponsored by some energy drink or any product out there. Who knows you could find a marathon buddy or someone to keep you running after that.

If you’re in college and you’re studying a professional course, bombard yourself with a lot of reading not only the ones your professor provided.

Third is don’t watch or read love stories when you’re infatuated because watching romantic comedies and reading chick literature for girls are like taking drugs of a very high dose then you drink the strongest whiskey in your father’s mini bar at home.

It’s basically killing yourself if you ask me.

This is just when you’re infatuated. Single people who are not easily infatuated can still read chick lit or watch romantic comedies or just plain romantic movies and leave their feelings in the cinema or at home then play the next downloaded movie or DVD.

 

Now how do we differentiate infatuation from love?

ALL I CAN SAY IS RECIPROCATION SETS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN INFATUATION AND LOVE.

Everything should be two-way. Don’t give so much of your time, money and effort if a person does not return the favor because in the end, you will only end up feeling sorry for yourself like they say.

When you’re being reciprocated basically it’s the late night conversations whether you’re texting or chatting, the gifts, and the teasing that you get from friends. More important is mutual understanding and the attraction that comes along with it.

Just imagine a person who may not be the cutest or the hottest person in the room and the person attracted to that someone is a real head-turner. The attraction and the understanding are there for these people, the one thing that makes it love between them more than infatuation is the feelings expressed which like I said are reciprocated in any form. It may not be love to others but to me it is love.

 

Don’t over think. You just met the person. Keep yourself busy, enjoy life and don’t rush yourself in getting into a relationship. As Elvis once said in a song, only fools rush in but if you can’t help falling in love to someone then let her know gently of what you truly feel.

A WHOLE LOT OF HISTORY

 

If you’re a fan of basketball, you would have a hard time deciding on what to watch on this day April 14, 2016 (April 13, 2016 in the US). Two historic moments will take place and that is the last game of the Golden State Warriors in the regular season which could tie or surpass the win-loss record of the 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls and Kobe Bryant’s last game.

If you’re a baseball fan, there’s nothing that much yet as the 2016 season of the Major League Baseball just got started but if you’re a fan of the Boston Red Sox, it’s David Ortiz’s last season. If you’re a fan of volleyball particularly college volleyball, there’s a whole lot of people graduating in the UAAP (Universities Athletic Association of the Philippines) in each team and the most hyped with those graduating or players playing their final UAAP season are Mika Reyes of the De La Salle University and Alyssa Valdez of the Ateneo de Manila University.

For now we will focus on basketball.

I can’t wait for the Golden State Warriors to win it in their home court so I can write 73-9 all over their printed schedule of their regular season games that I have here at home then maybe if there’s still time to switch channels, watch Kobe Bryant’s last game against the Utah Jazz.

Like what I’ve said before in a post that I dedicated to Kobe Bryant, I am not a fan of him or the Lakers because when the final buzzer sounds for Kobe, win or lose basketball will never ever be the same again.

 

In a interview of Derek Jeter on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon that I watched on You Tube, his last game with the New York Yankees for him was like attending his own funeral because fans were either sentimental of Jeter as a Yankee because Jeter is the first player in the long history of the Yankees to reach three thousand hits, surpassing Lou Gehrig as the all-time Yankee leader in career hits. Another issue is fans could not let him go. More important is a five time World Series champion.

I only hope that Kobe Bryant does not feel the same way as Jeterkobe-bryant-triangle-2-e1420697292229.

The one thing amazing about Bryant and Jeter is that they are both praised by His Airness, Michael Jordan. In his last season, Jeter wearing Jordan gear for most of his career was honored with a Jordan ad that fits his exit in the Major League. As for Kobe, Michael not did not just release a set of Jordan shoes from the first pair of Jordans to the latest pair with color ways that fits his mamba personality and Michael Jordan being a big boss in the Charlotte Hornets office, retired the number eight in the Hornets franchise since he was first drafted by Charlotte before getting traded to the Lakers on the day he got drafted in 1996.

With his season coming to a close, we will never know how long it’s going to take for the Lakers become a contender again in the playoffs and with Shaquille O’ Neal getting inducted to the hall of fame soon, I only hope Shaq welcomes Kobe five to ten years from now after this season.1246629_1280x720

 

For the Warriors, win number seventy-three win is within reach and with the last game of their regular season going to be played in their home court, the chances for them to surpass the ’95-’96 are high.golden-state-warriors

121514-NBA-michael-jordan-steve-kerr-LN-PI.vresize.1200.675.high.29The fact that Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was part of the 72-10 lineup is amazing and if the Warriors can get win 73, Steve Kerr is now part of two amazing lineups. If they get win number 73 and do not reach the NBA Finals then become champions their regular season win-loss record will be useless if they don’t put up a fight in the postseason.

As of this writing the number eight spot in the Western Conference has yet to be determined because the Utah Jazz and the Houston Rockets are tied for the last playoff spot at 40-41. If Utah does not win against the Lakers, the Houston Rockets will be number eight to face the Warriors and facing every team in the Western Conference is not a walk in the park if you ask me and in the games Golden State faced other Western Conference, Portland was able to beat the Warriors after the All-Star Weekend. They almost loss to Memphis but none of those matters with the NBA Playoffs fast approaching and the competition in the West will be tougher once the post season starts.

 

So for basketball fans it will be a bittersweet day. Two games for the ages with a bittersweet season to end with.

My 23 Random Thoughts In My 23 Years of Existence

  1. If you’re a psychology major, abnormal psychology could make you interested or crazy. Moreover it is a depressing major with a lot of depressing examples.
  2. Forgiveness is one key to inner peace.
  3. If you get a crush on someone instantly, it’s all infatuation and if Spandau Ballet’s song ‘True’ is the soundtrack in your head or in the establishment you are in the moment you saw that person for the first time in slow motion, it is still infatuation. The soundtrack in the establishment may just be purely coincidentally.
  4. Rizal Avenue (Avenida to some people) will always give you the feeling that you are in an indie film or a Lino Brocka film.12196104_1196647203683829_6837782426873673094_n
  5.  In college, don’t trust a person from the higher batch about what they say that a certain professor guarantees you a passing grade even if you don’t do shit because you belong in a morning class at 8:30AM and you are surrounded by happy-go-lucky blockmates.
  6. Philippine entertainment lives and dies by love teams.
  7. The movie ‘The Exorcist’ is not as scary as it seems.The-Exorcist-1973-movie-poster
  8. Going all white and almost looking like Dolphy or John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever to a culminating event is good.
  9. Don’t suppress your talent. Join your school’s theater guild, glee club or dance troupe.
  10. Sometimes the owner is more of an animal than the pet itself.
  11. If your school’s library is breezy and relaxing, sleep on it.
  12. Break only two promises to yourself for you to have a little freedom. If you break more than three then you are lost with life.
  13. Don’t go to a café that has a Bohemian theme for it plays songs that will hit you like a stray bullet especially on a Friday night.
  14. Shaving your hair is a way of releasing your stress.fmj3
  15. Don’t try too hard to grow a beard if a relative like your grandfather or uncle tried so hard to grow one because genetically your family is not blessed to grow beards.
  16. Don’t just rely on your friend that is a movie buff to get movies. Save enough money to watch the movie itself. Just go to him so you could get a download or copy of movies that didn’t seem to be approved by the MTRCB.
  17. Bear with your friend. You’re not the only one struggling at something. As long as they are near and dear to you, bear with them.
  18. Don’t force yourself at something you know you are not really capable of doing.
  19. Collecting NBA cards is still cool thing. Collecting baseball cards is way cooler so give me one

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  20. If you plan to travel and stay for vacation this summer, Baguio is not the only place breezy enough for you to cool down this summer. There’s always Tagaytay if you’re too lazy to drive or too scared to travel north.
  21. Girls who are full of themselves do not just prey and talk shit about their fellow girls these past few years. They also prey and talk shit on guys too if they look too ugly, skinnier than them and sound too smart for them.
  22. I thought I was high when I saw Pepe Smith but when I approached him, I proved to myself that I was not high because of secondhand marijuana when I went to this rock event in Makati.
  23. I rekindle my liking for baseball by becoming a San Francisco Giants fan because I got tired of watching basketball all year round from the NBA, US NCAA, NCAA in the Philippines, the UAAP and the PBA.