Social Spark

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Halloween Spirits

Back then, in our country, October 31 wasn't really a day to look forward to.  In fact, it was just another ordinary day in the calender, followed by two consecutive holidays... November 1 and 2, All Saints and All Souls Day, respectively.  But as time passed by, television started showing other cultures and ideas which suggested that kids wear scary and fantasy costumes and roam around malls and stores... asking for a "trick or treat"... well, most would be treat I guess... lol.  It's Halloween...

Halloween wasn't really one of our practices, but when I was invited by a friend a few years ago and asked me to bring my kids to go for "trick or treat" in their leased commercial area... I saw my kids enjoy themselves... loving their costumes and most of all... getting goodies and candies... and it was a fun event...since then, my kids have been looking forward to have it again...


In fact, we just came from a nearby mall with our kids... roamed the place and been to every single shop inside... just for some candies... it was tiring that I even thought of buying them candies myself, but then again I thought, where's the fun with that... sometimes I just ask myself silly questions when I get tired... and I just answer it when I start having fun... or having this fulfillment to see a twinkle in the eyes of my children and a smile in their faces... and that's all that matters. 

So well, after a tiring activity with our children, we went straight to... no, not home... it's my  nephew's Ben 10 birthday party.  I definitely needed my power pack then... How I wished I can turn into one of those aliens... "Humungousaur or Spidermonkey" would do, since they seem  to be very energetic to me... haha.  I think parents should sometimes scare off and boo those tiring thoughts away... have a fun-filled Halloween everyone... Yahweh bless.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Part IX – To Love And To Hate (In Filipino "Tagalog" dialect)

Then she froze.... Reality came back to her... She covered her mouth with her two hands in disbelief for what she had done.  Guilt crept into her system.  She just gave herself to a happily married man.  How selfish... how stupid... how could she let this happen.

She immediately gathered her clothes, put them on and looked at Damon trying to hold her tears back... Then she ran as fast as she could to her room and tried to compose herself in front of a mirror.

Calm down Steph... You were in your most vulnerable state and he seduced you... Be Strong! Sooner or later, you will have to face him and tell it straight to his face that what happened between the two of you was nothing... Just sex between two consenting adults... Period.  She tried hard convincing herself.

Then she remembered Miggs... She was ready to move on... Try to start a life with someone other than Damon.  It was Miggs who had always been there for her.  Miggs is waiting for her at “The Patio”, the resort’s restaurant.  Maybe the only way to convince Damon that she’s not that affected is to let him see that she has moved on.  Besides yun naman talaga ang plano nya, and tanggapin na ang pag-ibig ni Miggs.

She took a warm shower, put on her pink floral sun dress, and tied her hair into a ponytail.  She applied a little blush on and light lipstick.

“Hello beautiful!” Tawag ni Miggs

“Hi, kanina ka pa ba?”

“Hindi naman, you look so fresh today, am I missing something?”

Pinamulahan ng pisngi si Stephanie.  Mabuti nalang at nakapagblush on sya.  Di niya maiwasang makaramdam ng guilt.

“Thank you”, yun nalang ang naisagot nya.

“What do you want for lunch?” Tanong ni Miggs.

“Nagpahanda na ako Miggs, I know you like deep fried hito”

“Wow, I’m flattered you remembered my favourite.

Ngumiti lamang si Steph.

“How are you, I missed you?” Malambing na tanong ni Miggs.

“Ahm, Miggs, I’ve been thinking about what you said before I left for the States.”

“Yes, and I’m still offering it until now... Steph, you know I love you so much... If you would just open your heart and give me a chance.”

“Miggs, before I answer that, you need to know something.  The reason why I went to the States was that I went looking for someone from my past.  He was my first love but he met an accident kaya kami nagkalayo.  His name is Damon Samuel.  I found out that Damon is already happily married.  Finally, I got a closure from my unfinished past.  I already let him go but he showed up early this morning which got me all confused all over again.”

“Are you saying that Damon is here right now?

“Yes, why, do you know him?”

“Yes, I provide bodyguards for his family.”

“He is here at nagkita kami kanina.” Hindi na sya nag elaborate about what else happened.

“Steph, you know how I feel about you.  I am deeply in love with you.  I will always be here for you and ready to marry you anytime.  Just say yes please.” Tila nagmamakaawa ang tono ni Miggs.

“I don’t know Miggs, maybe I need some time to think, to tell you honestly, I’m not sure about how I feel anymore.  I’m sorry Miggs but as of now, I think I still have a feeling for him.  But I also know that it’s too late for me now.  Damon is already married and I am not gonna ruin a happy marriage.” Naluluhang pagpapaliwanag ni Steph.

Hinaplos ni Miggs ang likod nya at nilapit nito ang balikat ni Steph sa kanya.
“Shhhh... It’s ok Steph... I’m just here.  I’ll wait for you until you are ready.  Give yourself time.  Just remember that I am not giving up on you.” Magkadikit ang balikat nila, nakatingin si Miggs kay Steph habang nakayuko naman ito.

Ito ang inabutan ni Damon na sitwasyon pagdating nya sa Patio.  The last person that he was expecting to be sitting so close beside Stephanie was his friend Miguel.

“Did you tell her about the job I gave you before you met her Miguel?” It was the most ice cold voice she ever heard.

“Damon.” Gulat na napatayo si Steph.

“Hello sweetheart...” Sinagot nya si Steph without looking at her.  Matalim ang tingin nito kay Miggs.  Gigil na gigil si Damon at halos hindi nya kayang kontrolin ang kanyang sarili na sugurin si Miggs ng suntok.

“Damon pare, I wasn’t expecting you to come here.”

“Wasn’t expecting you either.” Sagot ni Damon

“Why don’t we all sit together and talk pare.” Miggs offered Damon a seat.

“No!... I mean I need to go back to my office, I have lots of work to do.” Nagpanic na si Steph. Abot langit ang kabog ng kanyang dibdib. She was about to leave when Damon interrupted.

“Tatakasan at pagtataguan mo nanaman ba akong muli Stephanie?” He looked at her this time.

She melted like thin ice under the sun. But she kept her composure.

“No, Damon, and I never did that before.  It was you who never came back and happily moved on.”

“Is he your boyfriend?”
“Yes, and I think it’s none of your business.” Sa galit ni Steph ay ito ang kanyang naisagot.  Naintindihan naman ito ni Miggs.

“So Miggs, Does she know everything about our arrangement before... Did you tell her pare?”

“What arrangement?... Miggs?” Now she was puzzled.

“I’ll explain it to you later Steph, please calm down”

“Why not explain it to her now?” Pag hamon naman ni Damon.

“Pare, what is the point of all this? You clearly said from the last time we talked that you have no business with her anymore, diba pare? Why are you doing this now?” Sagot ni Miggs.

“Miggs, I demand that you tell me what is this all about, wag mo akong gawing tanga please.  Is there something you’re not telling me?” Stephanie interrupted.

Napatahimik si Miggs... Yumuko.

“I’m so sorry Steph, believe me. I’ve been planning to tell you this kaya lang natakot ako na baka lumayo ka sa akin.  Remember the first time we met at the hospital when you were still an intern?  It wasn’t an accident... I was discreetly watching you.  Damon hired me to look for you Steph.  During that time I wasn’t sure yet that it was you... Then I fell for you, I couldn’t keep myself from seeing you since then.  Because of what I felt for you, I forgot all my reason for being in Davao.  It was all because I fell in love with Queen Stephanie already.  I did not investigate further about Stephanie Martinez whom I was looking for.  Forgive me for not being honest with you Steph, wag mo sana akong layuan please.” Miggs was pleading.

Steph couldn’t believe what she just heard.  It was all a lie, their friendship was all a lie.  Miggs was a private investigator hired to look for her and she was totally clueless about it.  Nag mukha syang tanga.  Tumingin sya kay Damon.

Damon was looking at her too with emotions she can’t read.  Was it anger, pity or lust she was seeing in those eyes.  Uminit ang kanyang pakiramdam.

Why didn't you tell me earlier?Tanong ni Steph kay Miggs.   Things could have been different...We could have had a chance together.  Now it’s too late!

“How could you not tell me earlier Miggs!”

“I’m so sorry Steph, I didn’t want to lose you.” Lumapit si Miggs sa kanya.

“Stay away, don’t touch me please.” She was trying to keep herself from crying.

She couldn’t look at Damon... He looked for her ... She felt happy and sad at the same time.  Happy because Damon looked for her, sad because he easily gave up and married somebody else.  She had to stop all these once and for all.  She gathered herself and looked straight at the two men in front of her.

“Listen, you two, because this, I will only say once... You have done so much pain already... I do not want to see any of you ever again... Please spare me some respect and stay the hell away from me.” Tumalikod sya at naglakad palayo—she made it sure that not a single tear would fall from her eyes habang nasa harap nya ang dalawang lalaki.

“Stephanie!... Don’t you dare leave me again!” Tawag ni Damon.

Tumigil sya sa paglalakad at lumapit pabalik kay Damon.  She was only a feet away from him.  Sinadya nya ito upang silang dalawa lang ang makakarinig.

“Damon, I think you are not in the position to say that to me anymore, you very well know it’s too late... If you think that what happened this morning was something, you are mistaken.  What happened between us was nothing to me... It was just sex and nothing but sex.  So don’t call me like you own me because you have no right.  Go back to your wife and daughter Damon, and don’t bother me anymore please.”  At muli itong nag lakad palayo without waiting for his reply... This time her tears fell.  She was so hurt by her words because she knows that they were all lies... But it was what she thought was the right thing to do.

Natulala si Damon sa mga sinabi ni Stephanie sa kanya.  Ni hindi nya nakuhang sumagot man lang.  Nothing but sex?  But she gave herself to him for the first time for Pete’s sake!... He knew it was her first.  What kind of a woman would do that?  Then her last words echoed in his mind...”Go back to your wife and daughter Damon”... What was that supposed to mean?  Did she think that he was married?  How could she think that?  Humarap sya kay Miggs.

“Pare?... Don’t tell me that you told her that I was already married because I will forget that our friendship ever existed and bust your head off!”

“Shut up know I wouldn’t do that” Galit ngunit malumanay na sagot ni Miggs.

“Then why does she think that I have a wife and a daughter?” Napaisip si Damon... Then she remembered the lady in red... Of course it was her!  She actually went looking for him too.  Stephanie was that lady in red watching him with Megan and Abbie.  Kaya pala bigla itong tumalikod at patakbong pumasok ng elevator.

But Stephanie hates him so much right now.  He wasn’t sure how she really feels about him after this morning.  He knows that talking to her isn’t gonna help in this present state that she is in.  So he decided to go back to his cabin and formulate a plan.:.” Operation: bring her back by all means.

“She is mine Pare! You must damn well know that!” Banta nito kay Miggs.

“Just let her choose man.”

“Ok, but don’t waste time because she is gonna choose me.”

“Di ka parin talaga nag bago Damon... Sigurista ka parin.” 

“I’m glad you remember.” Saka na ito naglakad pabalik sa kanyang cabin.

Habang naglalakad si Damon pabalik ay naalala nya ang namagitan sa kanilang dalawa kaninang umaga.  It was a night he couldn’t forget.  Stephanie and Ms. Lady in red became his.  Habang natutulog si Steph kanina ay halos isang oras din syang pinagmasdan ni Damon.  Hinalikan ang halos lahat ng parte ng kanyang katawan.  This morning, he vowed to never ever let this woman go.  She was his and his alone.

Pumasok si Damon sa kanyang kwarto at humarap sa salamin ng walk in closet.  He washed his face and hands.  When he placed his hands on the drier, it didn’t start.  It was then that he remembered about the black book... Now where was it. He found the book underneath the sink, it must have accidentally fallen from where he placed it.  He picked it up and slowly opened the pages... To his surprise, it was a journal... Stephanie’s journal. The first page read:

Dear Damon,

My dad, couldn’t recognize me anymore, it’s very painful to see him slowly waste away.  What makes it more painful is that you are not here with me.  If that accident didn’t happen, would you get mad if I told you that I’m Queen Stephanie Tuason and not Stephanie Martinez?... I wanted to tell you about my secret that night just after I have told you that I love you.  Yes, that was my plan... But unfortunately I never got the chance to do so... I wanted to take care of you in the hospital but they airlifted you to the US.
Damon, how are you right now?  Not a single day that I don’t pray for your fast recovery.  I will wait for your return Damon.  I miss you...I love you.


Every page of the book started with his name... His heart almost couldn’t contain the flattery.  All this time he suppressed his feelings and camouflaged it with hatred just so he can go on with his daily routines at work.  He even surrounded himself with beautiful women just to forget about her... But his subconscious would tell him otherwise and remind him in his dreams that only Stephanie can own his heart.  He may look happy and successful but deep inside he felt empty...void...nobody.  All these years, Stephanie never forgot a thing about him, from day1 till present.  He had to talk to her right now.  He went out again and headed straight to the reception area.

“Yes sir?  What can I do for you.?”

“Hi, have you seen Stephanie?” Nginitian nya ng matamis ang receptionist.

“Oh, I’m so sorry sir but Ms Stephanie already left.” Pacute na sagot ng babae.

“Where did she go?” Di nagpahalata si Damon na nagulat ito.

“Dr. Stephanie is having her residency at the Tuason Medical Center in Davao city... Sir, are you a friend of hers?” Di napigilang magtanong ng receptionist.

“I’m her fiancé... She just doesn’t know it yet.” Kinindatan nya ang dalaga.

He couldn’t believe that for the third time, Stephanie left him again.  He can’t blame her... If Stephanie felt something for him too, finding out that he was already married could have devastated her.  Maybe that was the reason why she was crying early this morning.  She must have given up on him because she already got rid of the book.

Now it’s his turn to show her the love that he had been hiding for so long.  It felt good to finally break free of his feelings.  He would follow her in Davao and pursue her like a gentleman.  He will not give up until she says yes.

To be continued...

Next: Part X - Facing The Odds

Previous: Part VIII - Sweet Sunrise

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A Techy World

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Straight Talk for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Technology is today's fashion.  Just not long ago, never had I thought  it would be a part of one's wardrobe.  Back then, it was even thought to be geeky... but now, you're cool if you carry the latest gadget with you, like DSLR, high end laptops, tablet computers and mobile phones with Android as its operating system.
With my post for Straight Talk a few months ago, a friend from the US told me how glad she was to have read my post and switched to Straight Talk because not only did she had no contract, no surprise bills and no credit checks... her cell phone bill was also cut in half.  And with the money she saved, it's a great help to pay off other bills... like light and water and additional budget for other necessities...

The Straight Talk Image... by LittleBard95

And now, she told me that she and her friends who switched to Straight Talk  Feel Richer with Android.  I just found out  from her that Straight Talk is now offering The power of Android at only $45/ month for unlimited use... with apps and the games you need... having a smart phone with a smart plan, what else do you need.  Yahweh bless.

Written below are information about Smart Talk amazing offers:

Monthly Plans Offer:
• The “All You Need Plan” meets even heavy phone users with 1,000 minutes, 1,000 texts and 30 MB of web data.
• Unlimited Monthly service is only $45, and includes calls, text, picture messaging, and web.
• Imagine unlimited calls, text, picture messaging and web for a whole year, for only $499.00!
• 411 calls are included at no extra charge.
• Free from activation, reactivation, or termination fees

International Long Distance:
• Straight Talk International Long Distance Service is a flexible prepaid calling service that enables you to make international calls from your home, cell or office phone at low rates.

Phone Selection:
• Reconditioned phones are available from $10.00 with camera, mp3 player, mobile web access, and blue-tooth capability. Great for young users!
• Amazing smart phones; touch screen phones, and app capable phones with features like voice navigation, camera, video recorder, music player, instant messaging, and Bluetooth®.
• Straight Talk only uses trusted phone manufacturers like LG, MotorolaKyocera, Nokia and Samsung.

For more information on what these phones can offer, check out these videos:
Visit Sponsor's Site

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Stage Confidence

Many of us are not comfortable speaking in front of an audience or a group of people... and I'm not an exception.  There might be a lot of reasons but for me, I just can't explain it.  I was once a best man of a friend in his wedding, and I fumbled with some of my words and I tend to repeat what I said... I just thank God everything went out fine and that I was able to deliver my message to the couple and raised the glass of wine and finally ended my part with "cheers" (lol).

And so, me and my wife were just so proud of our daughter for developing her confidence in speaking onstage.  She was able to do her part in reading the "Responsorial Psalm" of the mass with no problem at all.  I'm just thankful to her school, which played an important role in developing her confidence  to speak in front of an audience, since they always give all of their students a part in every school presentation whenever there's a school activity or an important event.  Whether it may be dancing, singing and simply  giving a role for an act, it'll greatly help a child not only in building up her confidence in performing in front but also improves her interaction and relationship with other people.

But above all... I thank Yahweh for all the blessings received and for all these great traits He has given... for  I know that everything is from Him and we only get what He provides.  Yahweh bless.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Having A Touching Moment

Last Sunday, I had to wake up early to attend a parents' recollection as a requisite since my daughter will about to have her "First Communion".  Honestly, I was hesitant to attend it at first thinking it would just be reminding us parents as to the concerns of our child's activity... but I was wrong, the program was really intended for the parents.

The speaker stressed that seldom does the husband attend such activity, so a parent and I became the focus of attention for awhile... and I'm not really comfortable with that.  Then what I feared happened, I was called in front to share my concerns and personal experiences with my family... Now guys, I may express myself quite good in writing, but impromptu speaking... the worst.  But having not brought my escape shuttle nor perfected my disappearing magic (lol), I had to force myself to stand and I went in front.  Then I just shared the topic we parents were discussing before the start of the program (am I glad I was listening and having that conversation with them).  I told them, how concerned I am hearing about this kidnapping incidents in our place and worse, they take away the organs of their victims and sell them (though not confirmed but still very alarming)...  so, I asked them, to be extra cautious of their children.  If, this is really true, I personally condemn this soulless act and may Yahweh have mercy not only to the soul of these kidnappers but also to people who directly or indirectly participate in this malpractice.  And this does not exclude the family of the recipient of the organ... your family member might live, but to the expense of taking away somebody's life especially that of a beloved child... is but awful and unthinkable.  My only request, please verify the organ donor... There is NOTHING valuable than a child's life... even if what stature in life they are living... may they be street vendors, garbage collectors, beggars... YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO TAKE AWAY THEIR LIVES... AND WHAT MADE YOU THINK YOU CAN PAY FOR IT.

My apologies, sometimes I just get carried away... I just can't help thinking that people would come up to such unthinkable ideas... I just hope and pray that this is just a pure hearsay.

To continue, there were a lot of significant learning and shared information during the duration of the half day activity.  But, what touched me the most, was the sharing of 2 grandmothers.  It was a parent recollection, then why were they there?  The first shared that she was the one already taking care of her 4 grandchildren, their parents were separated and already have their own lives.  She was teary when she told us, that though they (when her husband was still living) may give their children their love and care... still nothing can compare the shine they see in their grandchildren eyes seeing their parents together... so, she advised us to take good care of our marriages and told us how important having a complete and united family.

The second grandmother shared her disappointment to her daughter and the son of their family friend, when they broke her trust for an untimely pregnancy.  To her anger, she explicitly told her family, that they better get a babysitter, for never would she take care of the child.  But never did she expect, that as the child grow, the child would show her love and care... and even showed her concern like asking her if she was tired and volunteering to apply ointment an massage her back to relieve the pain.  She finally cried when she shared to us that she was told by her grandchild that if her mother would ever marry another man, the child would stay with her.  Never did she expect that her hatred for her grandchild would be vanished by the child's unconditional love for her.  And so, she told us in forgiving, you must also learn to forget and let go.

Then, as Christian Catholics, we were reminded of our faith and our obligation, to Yahweh... to our church... to our family... and to our fellowmen.  To become priests and communicate with Him regularly... To become kings and give help to our fellowmen especially those in need... And to become prophets and spread His words, teachings and good news.  They also told us the importance of the upcoming important event in our child's life... that is receiving Jesus as the bread of life for the first time... with them knowing the importance and significance of this holy sacrament to our faith.

A day I thought to be ordinary turned to be a fruitful and lesson-filled one.  Truly, He gives purpose to everything and He finds way to make us all spread His teachings... directly or indirectly... knowingly or unknowingly.  Then again, He reminds me that He has purpose to everything...  though we may sometimes do not understand, but only the Father knows what is BEST and Thy will be done.  That is my faith... Yahweh bless.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Security Blanket

The "baby" and the "dulo"
I just wondered how amazing it is for children to find their own security blanket in the most unlikely things.  Every time my daughter goes somewhere, seldom does she forget to bring this specific stuffed toy that she calls her baby.  Even when she was still small, I see comfort and she rests well when she has her "baby"  beside her.

Now guess what my son has for his... the tip of a particular old pillow.  He calls it as his "dulo"(means "tip" in English) .What he does is  rub the tip of the pillow with his palm until he falls asleep.  However, if he can't find his favorite pillow, especially when we are visiting their grandparents, he suits himself with any pillow with tip but with a bottle of milk... after a while he would already be asleep.

Showing with pride his fav tip... lol.

Each one of us might have something that makes us feel safe and comfortable when we were young or until now... I encountered a girl who brought a basketball in the hospital, I asked her mother what it's for, she told me its her security blanket.  Then, I asked the girl, what if you get married and your man don't want the ball, she told me, she'd rather lose the man... (lol).

I guess we  all had or still have our security blankets with us.  It can be of any form and it can change... when I was young (much younger than my age today... hahaha) ... I should have a blanket when I sleep and I want someone to be at my back... I felt secure that way.  But now, my security blanket are my children and my wife...  I feel comfortable and fulfilled being with them... maybe because I felt the love of our Almighty Father for giving me them.  Have a wonderful and safe day everyone.  Yahweh bless.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Happy Rainy Birthday

My mother's birthday was a rainy one... since the time I got out from work until I arrived home, it was pouring... it's more likely the effect of the typhoon who currently entered the Philippine vicinity... thanks to His graces, I arrived home safe and sound.

Upon arrival though, a variety of mouthwatering food were already prepared... maybe I was just that hungry from my motorcycle travel of more or less 40 kilometers from work and... wet (lol).  Couldn't wait for the visitors to arrive, I discreetly picked some food (meow)... blame it on Garfield within me... haha.

It was really nice having occasions like this, since this also serves as a reunion to us... especially to our immediate family and nearby relatives.  It's really nice to exchange "how are you's" and "whats up's"... it keeps us updated with the lives of our loved ones... we really value the moments where we get in touch with each other.

As practiced in our country, we value our guests so much. My mom invited some friends from her club. Since the rain was still pouring in the evening and caused most of the main streets flooded, heavy traffic was inevitable, enough reason for some of our visitors to arrive late thus, we had a quite delayed dinner celebration... or was it just that I was so hungry and dying to eat? hehe.

The birthday girl...
Anyway, it ended well... as the rain poured that day, so as I wished that the blessings poured as much to my mom on her day.  Yahweh bless. 

Saturday, October 8, 2011

My PMA Cadet Years (Fourth Class) - Incorporation Day... To Alfa Company

May 27, 1995 Incorporation Day!  The most awaited... we will again see our families... we were very busy for  some finishing touches in the morning... then the open house... it was the only time our families were allowed to go inside our rooms... I heard my mom asking for me, when I was already standing in-front of her... she didn't recognized me (lol)... I was so thin then and darker than I used to be.  Seeing my parents, brothers and even my lola Paña again, made my eyes watery, but being afraid to be indorsed helped me to manage my thoughts and emotions.

Then, we marched towards the Borromeo Field for the Incorporation Day parade.  This was the first time that we joined the whole Corps in the “pass in review” parade... where we were in formation separately from them... executing every command they execute prior to us, just to show them that we can perform the command as well as they do.  The significance of this event was after almost 2 months of training and indoctrination in the “Beast Barracks”, we were already accepted by the Cadet Corps of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, as their regular members... taking our places to our designated companies, wearing the same uniforms and joining the Corps in all their usual activities.

After the parade, we changed to our picnic uniforms and had a chance to spend time with our family and tour them to the place where even myself haven’t got a good look of. We had a great time exchanging warm conversations with our family while we ate at the picnic area.  We also had the privilege to be with our families outside PMA... our first time since we entered the academy.  My family stayed at Venus Hotel in Baguio City, after taking some rest, I immediately requested that we eat in Jollibee... you just don’t know how I missed eating their burger and French fries.  Then BTB... along with some boodles of course... haha.

As Alfa plebes, we were known for our
hair style... center cut (LOL)  
May 28 – Re-barracks to whichever of the 8 companies we were designated.  As for me, I belong to the “Alfa Company”.  We carried our things to the 4th floor of the Florendo Hall building... our company location... “rotting as hell”.  We finally met our first classmen, the PMA class of ’96... known being the last all men class... and we can see their eagerness in seeing us... new environment, new pressure.  But what really bugged me that day was seeing a lot of my “mistah” still entertaining their family... while my family was already on their way back to Manila as not to miss their flight.  Well that’s life, most families that were staying were only from Luzon or nearby area... still can’t help to wish being human as I am.
Company seal... Alfa Indians.

However, it was also a good thing, since we were so busy in preparing for our jump off to Fort Magsaysay on the next day... where we will be having our first Field Training Exercise (FTX)... and the details will be in my next post.  Yahweh bless. 

Previous Related Post: Beast Barracks (2nd Plebe Detail)

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Part VIII – Sweet Sunrise (In Filipino "Tagalog" dialect)

Ninoy International Airport, Manila, Philippines

It was 6 pm in the evening when Damon arrived in Manila. Six years din syang hindi nakauwi dito. From the airport, he went straight to his house. He was so tired but his excitement made him awake.

Pagdating ni Damon sa kanyang bahay ay sinalubong sya ni Ate Belen.

“Damon anak!!! Ako’y nagagalak at nakarating ka na! kumusta kana hijo, kumain ka na ba?” hindi pa rin nagbago sa pagiging maaalahanin si Ate Belen.

“Ate Belen! Kumusta napo, aba hindi ka tumanda ah….hindi pa nga po ako kumakain eh, anu bang meron dyan?” pagbati ni Damon.

“Naku, nagluto ako ng marami!! Magbihis kana at ng makakain.”

“Sige, salamat po.” Umakyat na si Damon sa kanyang kwarto.

Bago nagbihis si Damon ay tumawag sya sa kanilang security house.

“Good evening sir!” Tila alam na ng guard kung sino ang tumatawag.

“Kuya Jun, pwede bang pakipahatid dito ung surveillance CD bago ako naaksedente?”

“Yes sir, ihahatid po dyan ni Danny.”

“Ok, thank you.”

After five minutes ay inihatid na sa kanya ni ate Belen ang CD. He turned the video on using his 103 inches flat screen on the wall.

Habang nagbibihis sya ay pinapanood nya ang kanilang video ni Steph 6 years ago.

He watched the video and his feelings toward her came rushing back. It was like deja vu… The video of her brought him back to the day prior to his accident. It was a promising day alright, but unfortunately ended up sadly. He was smiling until it came to that part on the pool where he saw a lady in red two piece swimsuit..

“Well, I’ll be damned……” He moved closer to the screen.

He couldn’t contain his feelings from coming back like wildfire. All consuming excitement and longingness for this girl.  He knew 100% that that girl on the video was Stephanie, only a different Steph... One he vows to meet by all means possible. Kahit umabot sya sa impyerno ay hahanapin nya ang babaing ito at babawiin sa kahit kaninong lalaki, kung meron man.

Steph...where the hell are you sweetheart... He looked closely at the woman on screen. She was a picture of a Goddess... Confident and oh so sexy... Her aura is so much different from the way he knew her before... He zoomed in to her face. Impossible, it can’t be her... His lady in red. Was he just trying to convince himself or just wishing hard that that lady in the hotel was Steph... Yes, he had to admit it to himself that he was wishing it was her alright, because no one ever affected him like Stephanie did and that lady in red gave him the same feeling.


He dialled Sally’s number.

“Boss?” sa kabilang linya.

“Sally, give me that lady’s address now.”

“Lady who?” Sagot ni Sally na tila bagong gising.

Sally, you know who.”

“Oh… yes sir... check your email boss, nandun lahat ng posibleng lugar na kinaroroonan nya.”

“Thank you Sally, goodnight.” Agad nyang binuksan ang kanyang laptop.

Tatlong address and nandoon, with phone number of each. Agad nyang  dinial ang Davao City address.

“Tuason’s residence, how may I help you?” Sagot ng isang babae.

“Yes, I would like to speak with Ms. Queen Stephanie Tuason please.”

“Sandali lang po.”

“Hello, this is Stephanie’s mom, may I know who is on the line please?” Pormal na salita ni Senora Carmella.

“Yes, this is Mr. Samuel of S&S Motors, good afternoon ma’m”

“Oh, I’m so sorry sir, but my daughter is currently out of town, do you want to leave a message sir?” Magalang na tanong nito.

“May I know where she is or can I ask for her number ma’am?”

“If it’s ok with you, let me just give her your  number and she will be the one to call you.”

“Yes,…….yes of course……Please tell her that I need to discuss some things with her… I need to arrange a permanent partnership with your daughter, Ma’am.”

“Certainly Mr. Samuel, I’ll see to it that she calls you asap.”

“Thank you Ma’am, it’s nice talking to you.” Magalang ring pagpapaalam ni Damon.

Gigil na binaba ni Damon ang telepono ngunit hindi nya makuhang magalit sa Senora dahil halatang pinoprotektahan lamang nya ang kanyang anak at propesyonal itong kausap.

Then he dialled the next number…

“You are calling Queen Island Resort, this is Patty, how may I help you?”

“Yes, this is S&S Motors, may I speak to Ms. Stephanie Tuason please?”

“I’m sorry sir but she isn’t here right now, she’s arranging a wedding at the beach front, would you like to leave a message sir?”


“It’s okay Miss, I’ll just call back later, thank you.”

Queen Island Resort is located in an island owned by the Tuason.  Obviously, it was named after her. My, that woman is really something.  May naramdamang kirot si Damon. If his Steph and Queen Stephanie are one and the same person, and ibig bang sabihin noon ay nagsinungaling si Steph tungkol sa kanyang pagkatao.. Could she have done that to him, ang magbalat kayong ordinaryong tao? Why would she do that? Well, there’s only one way to find out.

He is flying to Queen Island tonight and he’s gonna see for himself and find out the mystery and truth about Ms Queen Stephanie Tuason. He wanted to see her so bad; he just took a shower, packed some clothes and headed straight   to the hangar at the far back of their estate.

It took 40 minutes to land at Cebu International Airport sakay ng kanyang private jet. Sinundo sya ng isang kotse at bumiyahe sila deretso sa resort. It was another 2 hours travel by land.  When they reached the reception area for Queen Island, he had to ride on a boat provided by the resort for tourists. It was a 20 minute boat ride to Queen Island.

He was already so beat when he arrived at the resort. Magkahalong jetlag at gutom ang naramdaman nya. He didn’t want her to see him so haggard so he went straight to his suite, ate dinner and took a nap. He was indeed so tired, it was already dawn when he woke up.
Naligo at nagbihis si Damon, lumabas sa kanyang suite facing the beach. He couldn’t help himself from being impressed. He had seen a lot of private five star beach resorts but Queen Island is an enchantment. Everything looked so natural and the beach was like crystals with sparkling diamonds on it. No wonder she was staying here. It was a place for a goddess like her.

Speaking of his purpose of being there, she is probably still asleep right now so he decided to go for a walk. Damon is a keen observer and very particular with details. While he was walking along the beach, he noticed an area which looked off limits but he imagined it to have a perfect view of the island kase nasa taas ito ng bato behind trees and shrubs. He was almost at the top when he heard someone sobbing. Nagdahan-dahan sya at sinilip kung saan nya ito narinig. His heart stopped….There she was sitting on a hammock, looking at the beach... crying. She looked so magnificent still. Napakaganda nya. He found her at last, his lady in red. He was so sure it was that lady in the hotel that was sitting just a few meters from him. He wanted to run to her but his feet wouldn’t let him. Para syang paralyzed na hindi makapaglakad. Maybe because she was sobbing and looked so lonely, wala syang lakas ng loob na lapitan ito. Why was she crying in the first place?

She was hugging this black book... He wanted to hug her and kiss her, he felt in love. He decided to just watch her from a far. He would surely meet her but not in this situation. She wouldn’t want to talk to someone or would be embarrassed to know that someone was watching her in this state. He had mixed feelings. He felt his feelings for Steph and his admiration for that lady at the hotel.  Could they really be one and the same?

He decided to linger. Maya-maya ay napansin nyang tinapon ni Steph ang itim na libro sa dagat. She threw the book at the cliff.  Sinalo ng dagat ang libro at hinampas sa bato ng paulit-ulit. He got so curious with the book kaya’t dali-dali syang bumaba at nagbaka-sakaling kaya nyang languyin ang libro. Pagdating ni Damon sa ilalim ng cliff ay napansin nyang nasa may dalampasigan pa ang libro, dinala ng alon sa may batuhan. He picked it up but it was so wet, the pages would be torn if he would open it. He had to let it dry first.  He went back to his cabin and placed it under a hand dryer, then he left again para silipin muli kung nandoon pa si Steph. She was still there alright but this time she was already lying still on the hammock. He went a little bit closer. She wasn’t moving. Then he had a perfect view of her angelic face, her eyes were closed, lips slightly parted. She looked asleep. He went a little bit closer…some more steps closer. He almost couldn’t stop himself from touching her. He sat near her, inhaled her scent... He was ready to face her in case she wakes up, but she was in deep sleep and looks like she was having a dream.

His heart stopped… He touched her face slightly, she leaned her face towards his fingers, he didn’t withdraw his hands.

“Steph?” Mahinang bulong nito.

“Hhhmmm..” It was the most seductive sigh he ever heard in his entire life.

“Sweetheart?... It’s me, Damon.”

She smiled…

“Damon? What took you so long, you said you’ll come back for me” she was sobbing but still, her eyes were closed… She was dreaming.

He slowly leaned forward to kiss her inviting lips... It was like heaven here on earth. She tasted like strawberries and honey. Then she parted her lips and his tongue touched hers. He couldn’t and isn’t gonna hold back this time. He let his hands caress her back.

“Damon?” She slowly opened her eyes but she didn’t protest. Instead, she held his face between her small hands and kissed him back this time.

Cold and heat collided. Damon pulled the shawl off her shoulders and touched her smooth skin.

“Sweetheart... I want you, will you trust me?”

Steph just nodded and hanged on to him while he carried her from the hammock and slowly walked her to his cabin. He was kissing her hair and forehead while he was walking, Steph leaned her face on his neck.

Oh God... please don’t wake me up, I want to feel like this forever.

Damon kicked the cabin door and went straight to his bed. Hindi nya inihiga si Steph sa halip, pinatayo nya ito without letting go of her waist. He cupped her face with his hands.

“Sweetheart, you are not dreaming anymore, If I’m getting the wrong impression that you also want me, please say no right now before I lose myself.

Hindi umimik si Steph.. nakatingin lang ito sa  kanya with teary eyes.

“I waited for you” Yun lang ang nasabi ni Steph, then her tears fell.

“I’m so sorry sweetheart... I looked for you but you were gone.”

“Just kiss me please...” Steph pleaded.

Then he lost control. He kissed her deeply. He pulled her tube sundress down exposing her silky soft skin. She was wearing a two piece red swimsuit.

“Steph, I want you sweetheart, right now... right here.”

“I’m all yours Damon.”                               

It was a night made in heaven... They made love for the first time... She couldn’t understand how she really felt... It felt so right and perfect in his arms. He felt so warm and gentle. She never knew an overflowing emotion could exist like how she’s experiencing right now... She never knew that offering yourself to someone for the first time could bring her  so much joy, contentment and peace.

They slept clad in each other’s arms, it was Steph who woke up first and had the chance to look at the man beside her... It was like a dream. Her body aches because of their passionate lovemaking but it was nothing compared to the overwhelming love she is feeling right now for this man.

To be continued...

Next: Part IX - To Love Or To Hate

Previous: Part VII - False Impressions