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25 Random Things, Bongkito Version

December 28, 2009

I already read the one that my wife Kaye made on her Facebook account and reposted here at her blogsite. So as a challenge, I’ll try to come up with my own. I’ll see if I can come up with one similar to hers. Here goes…

1. I used to cook back home in Manila, as in not just heating water or boiling an egg. But not too major though ‘cuz most of the cooking I did were sautee-based dishes. And the only major dish I cooked with flying colors was my favorite… TINOLA! Now, I couldn’t even remember how to prepare it. Good thing Kaye is such an amazing chef for me and the kids.

2. Who’s not to love kissing all the time? Especially with the kids and of course, with Kaye, it’s one of the best ways I do express my love for them. So i don’t think I would give that up for a million bucks! (teka million bucks? hmmm… heheh just kidding!) btw, did you knowing that kissing helps you lose weight? They say each well-placed (and received) lip lock burns an average of 9 calories. With three kisses a day, every day, that amounts to burning 9,855 calories a year — totaling about 3 pounds of weight loss.

3. I’m not usually a cry-baby. I think the last time I did cry was when Jemy was being inserted with an IV when he was confined for high fever. It’s really different when a loved one is involved. Other things I get to cry about secretly are on movies, especially if it involves something about Dads. Hehehe 😀

4. I thought of also pursuing Medicine right after I graduated from MassComm. I kinda envied my siblings who were both in the medical field — Ate Ayette as an ER doctor, and my late bro Jon as an Occupational Therapist. *sound of a stuck turntable* Wait a minute! MassComm? Medicine? No correlation! (Bakit ba gusto ko e! hahahah!)

5. I use to oil paint back then. Had a stint with National Museum before with their summer art workshop which helped me honed my skills. My last year as an advanced student won me a Gold Medal for the Intramuros waterfalls painting I made. Ironically, that painting was sold to my HS teacher for P500 only. Come to think of it, I still have a pending painting job at home. Just have to find time for it.

6. I am not usually confrontational with situations. But if needed be, especially for my family and those of my loved ones, watch out YOU! You don’t like me when am angry… (sans the green color hehehe!)

7. I have been a copywriter for more than 7 years now. I guess the challenge and the fun of coming up with something witty and creative for whatever product or service there is need to copywrite is something I have enjoyed all these years. Maybe I’ll expound more like into… PR? Hmmm… why not?

8. I used to work with UNICEF, first with Greeting Cards and then into the Private Sector Fund Raising Dept. Such a privilege to be there. Hope I could go back and work there again in the future.

9. I enjoy drinking coffee, usually in the afternoon. That keeps me awake actually. But also, when I drink coffee at that time, that means office dismissal is just an hour way. Yeah!!!

10. The best thing that came also from marrying my Kaye is that I now have a new and permanent duet partner especially with songs that requires one. Hope you can hear her sing beautifully with me. We do make such harmonious music together.

11. I used to have a crush on a couple of celebrities when I was growing up. As in not just crush ha? HD pa if you wanna put it. Locally it was Angelu de Leon (this was pre-Joko days) and foreign, it was Drew Barrymore in her Firestarter and Babes in Toyland movies.

11. I was once a member of the CCP Children’s Choir, which was under the National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) Foundation. We had couple of concerts at various venues like the CCP, Folk Arts Theatre, PICC and even abroad. Though we couldn’t join the trips abroad because we couldn’t afford the fares during that time.

12. Before I ended up in UP Diliman, I used to study in UP Los Banos as a Chem Eng’g student. I stayed at Men’s Dorm for half the year. The 2nd sem was uwian. Tiring? Nah! It was just a 2-hour trip one-way from Home to UPLB and vice-versa. Besides traffic then was very easy, compared these days.

13. I graduated from Manila Science High School with no honors compared to my siblings. But I was happy still since I finished high school having a good average (don’t know exactly but I know it’s 90+) and the pride of finishing in such recognized special science school.

14. I used to participate in competitive swimming in my hey days. Yup as in the whole shebang — crawl (freestyle), backstroke, breaststroke (my forte) and butterfly. Been in the loop for more than 10 years since Grade 4. Me and my late bro Jon almost made it to the National Team but we opted not to because of our studies.

15. I was turned down by Kaye a couple of times during and after college. But the funny thing, I still couldn’t get rid of her in my thoughts. Parang there’s always something left to be done. And then, after 9 years in the making, finally I had my chance and eventually we became a couple. Afterwards, I made a promise to myself of never ever letting her go forever!

16. I think I’m a good actor. I don’t know if this is true but in my college years, I used to be the “most sought” talent for a TV production in MassComm among other batches (I was still in Theater major in 1993 before I eventually shifted to MassComm).

17. I once came out in a TV series entitled Pira-pirasong Pangarap when I was 8 years old. My mom, who used to play a nun in Flordeluna starring Janice de Belen and was once a member of PETA (the theater group ha!), got the stint for me. I had that first chance to stardom but my acting then was consciously bad (I often look at the camera during takes. ngek!) So that was the end of my budding acting career. Sayang…!

18. I used to collect a couple of stuff back then. From stamps, bracelets, rings, even sugar sachets (which I still collect until now). The only thing I never collected were girls. Hehehe di tlaga! That’s bad. Wait! Does a number of crushes count as collecting girls din? Sana hindi. 😀

19. I’ve seen 3 oblation runs in 3 different UP campuses — Los Banos, Manila and Diliman. Wanted to see sana the one in Baguio, but I don’t know to commute going there back then.

20. I used to be a mallrat prior to finally marrying Kaye. I guess I have a knack to window-shop all the time, or simply walk the corridors of Glorietta or Greenbelt for no reason. Maybe it was a way for me to relax myself after a long day’s work. Sayang I love doing this before with my late bro at the newly renovated Robinsons Manila circa 1998.

21. I was in a rush when finally I had my first front seat view of my son Jemy being taken out from Kaye’s womb. It was so unexplainable to witness such a fine child being born and was later tended by nurses. There were actually slight tears but I guess the excitement stop it from flowing. Ironically, I never had my digicam then so I have to make use of Kaye’s Nokia 6300 for the coverage. Suprisingly, the recording was superb. What’s more weird, though, was that Kaye was very conscious and awake and even had our first pic together with the pogi boy. Good thing the nurse took the pic well, not showing the red-colored bag that was outside Kaye’s abdomen (aka Kaye’s uterus! ngek!)

22. I am truly lucky because Kaye and I share the same faith. And because of that, our bond as husband and wife is always strengthened by the Lord every passing day. No wonder waking up with her everyday is such a blessing!

23. Upon learning about Kara and met her when she was still 5 years old, I’ve been telling my friends before that she was my daughter, or been wanting to be her dad. I even used the pics of Kara which Kaye sent me vial email as my screensaver in my computer. So when I got to finally marry Kaye, I realized not just one dream but two — to be Kaye’s forever and to be Kara’s dad! Sarap ng feeling!

24. I used to compose songs. These were mostly love songs, typically of a Martin/Gary V. type of genre. Sad, inspiring and even with depth. I don’t know how it started I just kept on writing and composing the music for them. I even had one song (composed in just 2 hours) arranged which I sang during my bro’s interment. To date I have around 9 -10 songs. And am still hoping to finish 4 more. I won’t reveal the latest 4 until am done with it. Stay tune!

25. Lastly, same as Kaye’s, I always wish of seeing my brother Jon again, even just for a short while. Maybe he could even meet my wonderful family. I just miss him a lot, not because our closeness was very short-lived, but because being his twin, I long for the part of me that was lost 10 years ago. If God would permit that, then maybe I could tell him “thanks for everything” and embrace him for one last time, just to let him know how much I love him dearly.

So that’s my version! If in case I couldn’t get to write another blog before the year ends, just want to say Happy New Year to everyone and may you be continuously blessed with God’s infinite riches as I have been everyday!

And Be, it’s been a wonderful year! Looking forward for more years with you and the kids! Love you so much!

‘Til then! Ciao!

49 Comments leave one →
  1. iluzionada permalink
    December 28, 2009 12:50p12

    base ba ako? hehe. anyway, reading your 25 random things inspires me to revisit my own list. maybe sometime i will re-post it (and maybe with a bit of copy-editing to include some other snippets i’ve thought of belatedly). it’s interesting to read these things about people you think you know well 🙂

    pero, ito ha: sa #1, sige alam ko na lulutuin ko pag dumalaw kayo dito sa SG…naloka ako at may math sa #2…may HD ka kay DB sa “Firestarter”? eh bata pa yun dun eh! pero ako may HD din sa kanya, actually, hehehe…#18, curious lang ako, hindi ba nilalanggam yung koleksyon mo?…at sa #19, hmmm, sabi ko na nga ba nagdududa ako sayo eh (lalo na siguro kung kinarir mo ang UP baguio), bwahaha!

    • December 28, 2009 12:50p12

      Hi Luz! Tenks for visiting! Pasalamatan mo ang kumare mo at eto natapos ko yung version ko. Maganda rin kasi diba to share what you think you know of yourself and see how it fares with others.

      So ano lulutuin mo hmmm… (isip-isip…)? May math ba? di naman research lang yan. Si DB? Oo sobrang crush ko sya nun besides I was in HS pa ata nun nung napanood ko ulit yung Firestarter and Babes in Toyland. Regarding the sugar collection, surprisingly hindi. Tightly sealed yung latang nabili ng late bro ko sa Starbucks e kaya lahat ng asukal dun di maamoy ng langgam. Maamoy man, di sila makapasok. At hekskuysmi noh, di ko trip yung mga (TOOT TOOT!) nila. just so happens marami ang nagaabang nun. e di ba kayo rin ni Kaye inaabangan nyo rin yun? Wla bang sumagi sa nyo nung dumaan sa harap nyo? Hehehe! Buti na lang diba walang “nakatayo” among the neophytes. hahahah!

  2. iluzionada permalink
    December 28, 2009 12:50p12

    hmph, kaya nga disappointed kami, eh…ni wala man lang kumalabit sa amin, wahaha!!! pero natatandaan ko pa yung una naming reaction ni kaye, nagkatinginan pa kami tapos, “that’s it?! yun na ba yun?!” hahahaha!!!!!

    • December 28, 2009 12:50p12

      hay naku emshure! not satisfied on what you see. hehehe ganun talaga e. mga bagito pa e wala pang alam sa pagpapakalalaki… nyahahaha! in all those that i saw, ni isa wala talagang haba puro nakaurong nyahahahahha!

    • kaye permalink
      December 31, 2009 12:50p12

      yeah, I vividly remember that. yun na ba talaga yun? so why is it such a major issue? hahahaha! charing!

      Dad, talagang bagito ha? malay mo naman noh. tsaka di raw mga neophytes ang mga tumatakbo, sabi nila. mga old timers na daw. at sa panahon ngayon, i doubt if they can still be called bagito on matters concerning as you termed it, pagpapakalalaki. I seriously doubt that…

      • lababo permalink
        January 4, 2010 12:50p01

        bat nga kaya ganun? natawa ako sa mga oblation comments. Freshies kami nun, nasa isang university kainan, eh malay ba naman naming pumapasok rin pala yung mga amuyong dun sa loob. Kami nung mga kasama ko tawa lang ng tawa, pero nagulat ako sa reaksiyon nung mga kasama kong babae. Yung mga conservative eh nagtakip ng mata at namumula pa. Yung mga medyo bihasa na, sabi nila, “Yun na yun? Ang liliit!” Wahaha

        May Random things din ata ko na note sa fb, teka mahagilap nga, tingnan ko kung pwede kong irepost dito. innggitero ako eh.

      • January 4, 2010 12:50p01

        as far as I know, neophytes talaga ang mga nag-o-Oblation run. not unless they have changed the rules and tradition of it…

  3. December 28, 2009 12:50p12

    wish ko lang sana may youtube video kayo ng duet nyo ni kaye…para marinig naman namin. hehehe.

    • December 29, 2009 12:50p12

      Hi Fads! sige irerequest ko ‘yan sa aking butihing maybahay. Sana lang pumayag s’ya. Kumusta po dyan? Marami na ba putukan? 😀 salamat po ulit yung Bible Diary po! hintay ko lang mag-New Year para ma-start ko nang basahin.

  4. December 28, 2009 12:50p12

    Hm, Number 7.

    Copywriter and Headline Ek Ek po ako. Haha, dati po way back elementary years on my Journalism Club. Kaso mukhang iba po yung ginagawa niyo sa ginagawa namin. Mga joke na grammar editing lang po yung ginagawa namin dati. Hehe.

    Yung number 7 lang po muna yung binasa ko.

    Ax is drifting to slumber right now. Aw.

    I’ll be back.. tomorrow, nah, probably later. time check 2:41 a.m.

    Have a great day ahead!

    • December 29, 2009 12:50p12

      Hi Ax! Tenks sa pagbisita kahit alam kong in slumber mode ka lagi. Hehehe!

      What’s striking about #7 for you? Hmmm… bigla ako naintriga. Don’t worry 7 years palang mahigit ako working as copywriter pero more than 10 years na ko working kaya medyo matanda na rin ako. hehehe! Ay sorry natutulog ka na nga pala! O sya mamaya ulit katukin mo ko pag gising ka na… Meme na ulit… 😀

      • January 1, 2010 12:50p01

        Haha.. Aw, sorry po di ako nakabalik as what I first stated. Hehe.

        Yun po yung binigay na role sa akin nung elementary years. Hehe, nagkaka copyread. Pero wala naman talaga kaming ginagawa kase yung teacher namin yung nag e edit pa rin. Hoho.

        Naku, 10 years of working, mukhang di pa naman matanda yun.. kase ako i started working at 8 years old. Nagbubuhat ng mga bakal.. wahaha. joke lang.

        Happy new year kuya Bong!

  5. December 28, 2009 12:50p12

    Wow…salamat Bong for sharing this…25 things…salamat sa pagpapakilala..sana makasulat din ako ng ganito. Artist ka talaga Bong, sa music & may acting pa & painting pa….and pang sports pa…swimming.

    Ang gusto ko yung number 15….talagang hulog kayo ng langit sa isat-isa.

    Yung prayer ninyo na sana…kahit sandali with your brother Jon…yap feel ko ito…God will grant our prayers…in His time.

    Happy New Year para sa Happy Family ninyo!

    • December 29, 2009 12:50p12

      Hi Tay! Tenks sa pagdalaw. sige ill look forward to your version of 25 things. baka more interesting and exciting yung sa inyo. Heheh!

      I guess artist nga ako in so many ways. And i have to thank my parents for that. dati kasi parang gusto lang nila kami maging open sa mga ganitong bagay yun pala marami din akong kahihinatnan sa mga sacrifices and hardships nila with all these talents and capabilities that I have honed since I was a kid. And am grateful to them dahil they didn’t give up on me and my siblings to become a better Bong everyday. It’s also because of this that I guess Kaye fall in love with moi. I relate to her as much as she relates to me.

      yung 15? sinabi nyo pa! no wonder all these time waiting ako dahil si Kaye talaga ang bigay ni Lord sa kin. Wipee!!! As for my late bro, yup in time magkikita ulit naman kami.

      Tenks ulit Tay! and Happy New Year din sa ‘yo! So any plans for New Year’s eve?

      • kaye permalink
        December 31, 2009 12:50p12

        naku dad… ok lang magkita kayo ni Jon pero wag muna in the near future ha…pag matatanda na tayo, pwede na. 🙂

        • January 4, 2010 12:50p01

          ay oo naman. gusto ko pa tumanda tayo together at magka-apo. and I think Jon knows that…

      • December 31, 2009 12:50p12

        Dun kami sa kapatid ko sa New Year’s eve Bong…salo-salo till midnight…pagsapit ng unang minuto ng January 1…my mother will lead the rosary…ginagawa na namin ito simula pa nung bata pa kami…dahil wala namang putukan dito….ummm tahimik lang baka…mag-ingay na lang kami sa rock band kasama yung mga pamangkin ko…pero yung mga beatles songs lang…hehe.

        I hope na magaling na or bumubuti na pakiramdam ni Kaye.

        Muli Happy New Year sa Inyong Lahat.

        Salamat for the friendship.

  6. December 29, 2009 12:50p12

    wow may ganto rin si kuya bongkito. hehehe


    gagawin ko nga ang kissing marathon
    para malose weight haahahha

    • December 29, 2009 12:50p12

      Hi Jason! heheheh! o sya gawin ang dapat mong gawin basta with just one person lang ha! baka marathon na maramihang girls wag naman. Heheheh! Tska dapat aprub namin ni Ate Kaye mo… nyahahah! joke lang!

      salamat sa pagdalaw! 😀

  7. December 29, 2009 12:50p12

    Nako, parang lalo akong nahahalinang gumawa rin ng 25 random things about me. Haha. Kaya lang ang hirap po mag-isip eh. Kamukha nyo pong dalawa si Kara, btw. 🙂 You look really good together, Kuya Bong, Ate Kaye. Tapos related pa po ang jobs nyo. Kyaaaa. Natutuwa na naman po ako. *fangirls*

    • December 30, 2009 12:50p12

      Hi Aina! anuvha! no pressure ‘yan noh! basta whatever you feel and think that applies with you yun ang isulat mo. Kamukha ko na rin ba? Hmmm… good! hehehe!

      Tenks Aina! Hope to really meet you one of these days! Ingat lagi and Happy New Year!

    • January 6, 2010 12:50p01

      hehehe ganun din ako….

  8. December 29, 2009 12:50p12

    ayan, nagsisimula nakong mangarap ng sa katulad ng pamilya mo hehe!
    bright boy kapala! laking science highschool! huwaws! tapos na TV na din!

    about sa twin brother mo.. sana nga lang no pwdeng ibalik kahit saglit lang dun sa kahapon… hays! isa na nga lang siguru sa lesson yun na i enjoy natin kung anong meron tayo at kung sino ang mga taong nasa buhay natin…

    HAPPY NEW YEAR na! pakape naman! hahah! i love coffee!!!! yihaaa!

    • December 30, 2009 12:50p12

      Hey Bons! Buti di ka duty? Masarap tlaga ang feeling pag na-accomplish mo yung pamilyang pangarap mo! Di bale darating ka rin dun. Bright boy ba? Di noh! Mapalad lang dahil todo support ang parents ko and they really knew what’s best for me nung pa-HS na ko.

      As for my bro, kung posible nga at least malaman ko lang how he’s doing ok na ko. Sige papakape ako kasama ang ibang dabloggerkads natin. hehehe pero first uwi muna kayo noh! Hehehehe

      Happy New Year din sa inyo dyan!

  9. Mr. Nonsense permalink
    December 30, 2009 12:50p12

    wow naman..talented talaga si bongkito. kaye does not deserve you! (sabihin mo para awayin ako :). wait wag mong pagtanggol dahil mas malaki ka sa akin…

    • December 30, 2009 12:50p12

      Hala na! Hehe hintayin ko na lang dumalaw sya rito para mabasa nya comment mo hehehe! Pero sa totoo lang talagang deserve ko si kaye noh!

      talented ba kamo? talentado talaga raw ako! nyahahah!

    • kaye permalink
      December 31, 2009 12:50p12

      Fafa jesse naman eh… siya na ang may sabi…swerte siya saken. nyahahaha! kapal ko.

      ano na ngang talents mo, dad? LOL!

      • Mr. Nonsense permalink
        January 6, 2010 12:50p01

        para pala kayong sonny ang cher…at si ax yung transgender nyong anak.
        ewan ko. napagtripan ko lang.

    • January 1, 2010 12:50p01

      Haha, laglagan na’to.

      Ano bang talent ni Kuya Jesse?

      • Mr. Nonsense permalink
        January 2, 2010 12:50p01

        expert ako sa catherization at enemas….
        …om special occassions 🙂

  10. December 31, 2009 12:50p12

    15. 9 years??? whoaaa hahaha grabe toh grabe.

    sana pala tinuloy tuloy mo yung itong careen na pagka versatile actor,ako din nakuhang extra nung araw sa skul klasmeyt ko kasi si lenny santos sa analiza sya diba, klasmeyt din nya ko sa palabas tapos ang dialogue ko lang e “oo nga” tapos nung maedit pating yung papel ko na iisa naman e natanggal pa ahahahahahahahaha, wala, inalat,di raw aartistahin hahahahaha.
    Happy new year Bhong, pati na rin sa family, wishing you an prosperous new year together with your family!

    • kaye permalink
      December 31, 2009 12:50p12

      yep, 9 years… 🙂

      uy, at namuntikan ka pala, lee. namuntikang maging artista. hahahah! Happy new year!

    • January 4, 2010 12:50p01

      ganon tlaga lee e! malay ko bang yung pagka-HD ko (hidden determination nyahahah!) ay magkakabunga di ba? nag-give up na ‘ko before kasi nga parang di tlaga magtatagpo. tapos, in a flicker of faith, boom bam! eto at happily married kami in the end! totally worth it! di ba Be?

  11. January 2, 2010 12:50p01

    nyakk, hahaha di nga e kaisa isang eksena at dialogue tinanggal pa hahahahahahahaha

  12. lababo permalink
    January 4, 2010 12:50p01

    Totoo ba yung sa kissing? wahehe. Kaya pala lumolobo ako. Hindi ako smooch person eh, at wala akong gerlps ng mga panahong ito. LOL
    Masci-an ka pala. Tumotropa ko dati sa kanila nung freshie, haha para magmukang matalino rin ako.
    Mendorms? Apir!
    Pakiramdam ko talaga mahal na mahal mo yung kakambal mo. =)
    Yung lola ko may kakambal din. Nung namatay yung kakambal niya, hindi ako makatulog. Natatakot ako para sa lola ko. Pakiramdam ko kasi baka sumunod siya (knock on wood)… Basta yung mga ganung pakiramdam.

    Happy Nu Year!

    • January 4, 2010 12:50p01

      naks! Men’s dorm ka rin pala! ano ginawa nyo open for open house no’n? kami kasi Miss Saigon e! at ang mga choreo op cors mga kabadingers na kadorm! ako sundalo ako no’n heheheh!

      yup sobrang mahal ko yung twin ko! sana lang nasasabi ko sa kanya yun nung buhay pa sya.

      at teka! sino mga katropa mong MaScians before? hmmm…

      • lababo permalink
        January 4, 2010 12:50p01

        ngak! wala na atang ganun nung panahon namin. friday kasi yun eh, umuwi na ako samin. Haha. Nag iwan lang ata kami ng food para sa mga may gustong dumalaw.

        Naririnig naman nya yun hanggang ngayon. Ayus yun. Sarap siguro ng may kakambal!

        Ahhhm, yung tropa ko na taga masci, tatlo lang pero eventually nakilala ko na rin yung ibang mga batchmates nila kasi nga palagi kaming magkakasama dati. Brainy kids, grabe. Haha

  13. January 8, 2010 12:50p01

    Whaw i lab this post…

    • January 8, 2010 12:50p01

      hey donster! first time visit? nice for you to have dropped by sa aking tambayan. tenks ha!

      masarap gumawa ng mga ganito kasi it helps you rekindle yung pinagdaanan mo sa buhay and make you smile about it. my wife actually started it kaya i did for myself. try mo rin at least thru it mas makilala ka namin ng bahagya. good luck if ever. 🙂

  14. January 25, 2010 12:50p01

    I cannot believe this will work!

  15. January 25, 2010 12:50p01

    Sometimes it’s really that simple, isn’t it? I feel a little stupid for not thinking of this myself/earlier, though.

  16. January 30, 2010 12:50p01

    Isa kang malinamnam na tao sa buhay ni Kaye, masustansyang nilalang ng bansang Pilipinas.


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