the letter that never saw print
On April 12, I wrote to FHM magazine in preparation for our very first anniversary, but 2 issues after, I've resigned to the fact that my letter just didn't make it through. Honestly, I don't have hard feelings, but I was just too glad I still have somewhere to give my letter a chance to be published. Here goes:
My girlfriend and I are celebrating our first anniversary this coming May 28. I would very much appreciate it if you could publish this letter along with the picture I attached with it. I would take it as one of my surprises for her for this once-in-a-lifetime event in our lives.
I think FHM Magazine have been sort of instrumental in our relationship. Two months into it, I got involved with a girl in the office who claims to have posed as an FHM Babe. I got into serious trouble with my girlfriend when she found out that I was flirting with this girl, that I almost lost her. Thankfully she gave me another chance and the funny thing is, we've been collecting the magazine together since then.
Timmy, I'd like you to know that you have proven your worth more than enough. I'm sorry for all the bad things I've done and tell you what, you make me want to become a better man each day. Thank you for coming into my life, and no matter how many FHM Babes I meet along the way, you will always be the most beautiful and gorgeous woman for me. I love you baby!! Happy 1st Anniversary!!
Thank you FHM!!
Thanks to you, too Blogger!!
Eleven years (and counting) in Mapua (HS and College), I have been able to encounter different types of Mapuans with different personalities. And if there is one common denominator, that would be the use of OT's or old testaments. These testaments are the quizzes, assignments or even projects of previous students for a certain subject. In time, these OT's have been transferred from one generation to another and the advent of newer technologies have only made it easier.
These OT's are being used as a reference material by the students and if luck has it, quizzes can be exactly the same as those with the OT's. Some professors get too busy to change the questions that come out of the examinations. Though this exclusively Mapuan tradition has been contradicted many times because the students tend to depend too much on these documents - whether we care to admit it or not - that we spend more time looking for them than actually studying the subject matter, it may be considered an already accepted practice, whether the professors care to disagree or not. It is an accepted practice that depriving someone of these OT's can be considered an unbailable offense.
Being an overstaying student for quite sometime, I am having classes now with students from lower batches most of the time. If there are any difference from the students before and the students now, that would be the current students' unfriendliness in sharing OT's as if these coveted documents have evolved especially for them. These kids have also grown to being truly disrespectful to those students of higher batches such as me. And so, I was compelled to go back to the old but more effective tradition - study.
More than half of my classmates in all the subjects I am taking right now are from the lower batches which makes this term doubly hard and challenging for me. I feel being deprived of these OT's and Im getting sick looking for them so I am trying to do everything on my own.
Last week, I was utterly problematic about my upcoming quiz in my Pumps class. The fact that my classmates in that class were very unfriendly made it more depressing, there were no one to study with me so I had to do it all by myself while not being even sure if I actually understand the subject. I spent the whole night before the exam reviewing my notes and even did mock exams alone, refusing a night-out treat from my friends.
On the day the results went out, I came to class late and the quiz papers of those who came in late were on the teacher's table but mine was nowhere to be found. Turned out that my paper was being reviewed by my classmates. I was the only one who got 100.
kids' day out
As promised, Timmy and I have finally been able to take her children out to swimming. For once again, we have relied to the ever-dependable Sea Breeze resort in Taguig City and it was a good thing that our friends Anette and Ian, with her current girlfriend, Jhamce, decided to come with us. We took turns in manning the cottage, assisting the kids and preparing the food.
Little Chlzy with Tita Anette and Mommy
I must say it was totally a kids' day out. More than anyone else, Chzny, Chlzy and their mischievous cousin, Rein were the ones who truly enjoyed the whole trip. I'm beginning to get a glimpse of how's it like to have my very own family day, especially when Chzny asked me again, rather more candidly this time, if I could be their new 'Dad' while we were playing at the children's pool. More interestingly, Ian and I played the cook while grilling hotdogs and barbecues for them as Little Chlzy playfully looked on, emphasizing more the duties of a father on occasions as such which I was unconsciously providing.
What is more, I am truly delighted that Chlzy and I share the love for water. To the amazement of everyone looking, she had no qualms in coming with me to the adult pool. I was half-believing that she would cry as we get to the deepest part, but she never did and we were only holding each other's hands! As a matter of fact, she seemed to be really enjoying her time while being occasionally distracted by the colorful floaters that some adults even brought to the pool and the airplanes that from time to time pass by the skies and I could swear she was probably the only 2-year old that ever reached that part that even her own mother never dared to. I was glad that she was being brought up to the world not fearing the things that kids like her should not be scared about but more than that, I am glad and truly overwhelmed to get the feeling that she trusted me to take her there.
Chlzy with Mommy and 'Adoo'