The Parekoys Online – 2 (Ang Unang Sabado)

Pagkatapos ng isang linggong pagtatrabaho, dumating na naman ang araw ng bakasyon. Sabado nang umaga at tanghali na nagising si Ian. Dahil nga wala namang pasok hinayaan na lang nito ang sarili na magtagal sa higaan. Bandang alas-10 na ito bumangon at kumain nang almusal. Pupungas-pungas pa ito nang lumabas ng kanilang boarding house upang bumili nang almusal sa paborito niyang karinderia. As usual tapsilog ang binili nya dahil isa ito sa mga paborito niyang kainin sa umaga. Pagkatapos magtake-out nang tapsilog ay bumalik na sya uli ng bahay at duon nag-agahan. Habang kumakain sya ay biglang tumunog ang kanyang celphone. Sa pag-angat nito ay nabasa nya sa screen ang pangalang Loriz. Dali dali nyang binuksan ang text upang malaman ang laman nito na isa palang forwarded morning greetings. Si Loriz ay officemate ni Ian na crush na crush nya, subalit hindi nya magawang pormahan dahil may boyfriend na ito.

Pagkatapos nya kumain at mailigpit ang pinagkainan ay bumalik na ulit sya sa kanyang kwarto. Nahiga ulit ito at sinalpak sa tenga ang earphone ng kayang iPod.

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Samantala si Puroy naman ay abala sa paglalaba, Sabado kasi ang araw ng kanyang paglalaba. Nangangalahati na ang kanyang nilalabhan nang biglang tumunog ang kanyang celphone, at nang basahin ay si Chris pala, nag-aaya na maglaro daw dun sa computer shop na malapit sa kanila. Tuwing sabado din kasi, kapag natapos na ang mga gawaing bahay ni Puroy ay pinapayagan sya nang kanyang amo na lumabas. At ang isa sa mga pinagkakaabalahan nya ay ang online gaming. Dahil nga may malapit naman na computer shop sa kanila ay madali lang itong nakakapunta duon at nakakabalik ng bahay kung kinakailangan.

Dahil sa nabasang text ay pinagpatuloy na nito ang paglalaba upang makatapos agad at nang makapaglaro na sya.

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Sa Dubai nman, normal na araw lang din ang sabado para kay Eman, dahil walang pasok, kundi pasyal sa mall, or bisita sa mga kakilalang pinoy duon, ay nagstay lang din sya sa bahay para maginternet at makipagkumustahan sa kanyang pamilya dito sa Pilipinas. Sa tulong ng Skype, pakiramdam nya ay malapit lang sya sa kanyang mga magulang , kapatid at lalo na sa mahal nyang si Angela. At kasama na rin sa kanyang pinagkakaabalahan ay ang paglalaro ng Evony, isang online game.

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Bandang alas-4 ng hapon dahil wala naman syang magawa sa boarding house ay naligo at nagbihis si Ian upang pumunta sa computer shop na malapit sa kanila. Isa rin kasi sa hilig nya ang paglalaro ng computer games kaya agad itong tumungo duon upang balikan ang kanyang naumpisahang laro.

Samantala, si Puroy ay nakatapos na rin magligpit sa bahay at tumulak na papunta sa kapitbahay nilang computer shop upang maglaro.

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Pagpasok ni Ian sa pinto ay nakita nyang maraming mga naglalaro at tila walang bakante kaya tinanong nya ang taga bantay kung may pwesto pa.

“Brad, pa rent ng isang computer may available pa ba?”

“Sige sir sa number 8 nalang matatapos na yung nakaupo dun”

Mga 2 minuto siguro naghintay si Ian, at nang makitang tumayo na ang nasa #8 ay agad na sya pumunta at umupo. Syempre una muna nyang binuksan ang FB at yahoo upang magcheck nang mga messages at notifications at matapos magcheck ay naglog-in na sya sa Evony.com

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“Uy pareng Chris kanina ka pa ba dito?”

“Mga kalahating oras palang dre, bat natagalan ka”

“Dami kasing labahin sa bahay eh, alam mo naman isa lang akong houseboy, tsaka may inutos pa si ate bago ako nakaalis, ano may pwesto pa ba”

“Oo dre, meron pa yan, sabihin mo na dun sa bantay”

Matapos makakuha nang pwesto ay agad na naglog-in si Puroy sa Evony upang maglaro. Pagbukas nya ay nakita nya na sinalakay yung city nya at konting resources at mga tauhan nalang ang natira. Dahil sa nangyari naisipan nyan maghanap ng ibang alliance na masasamahan upang may mga kakampi sya sa pakikigyera sa ibang mga manlalaro. Yung kasalukuyang alliance kasi nya, kalimitan ay puro foreigner kaya hindi sya masyado nakkikipagusap.

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Si Ian naman palibhasa’y panibagong umpisa muli sa paglalaro dahil medyo matagal din syang nagpahinga sa Evony ay wala pang alliance na kinaaaniban. Kumbaga back to zero sya kaya nagpaparami muna sya nang structures at mga tauhan.

Habang naglalaro si Ian ay biglang may nabasa sya sa chat section na ganito

“racer19 : Anak ng teteng, nilusob ang city ko, ubos. Makapagpalit nga nang alliance”. (racer19 ang codename ni Puroy sa Evony)

Pagkatapos nun, may isang player naman ang nagreply kay racer19

“astroboy12 : uy pare kelan ka nalusob? dun ka nalang sa alliance namen, puro pinoy kame dun. KKK ung alliance namen, send ka nalang ng request, sabihin ko narin sa leader na accept ka” (si astroboy12 naman ay si Eman)

Pagkatapos nang ilang palitan ng chat, nakisali na rin sa usapan si Ian, at gamit ang kanyang codename na otso8 kinausap nya ang 2.

“otso8 : Mga parekoy, kakaumpisa ko lang ulit dito eh,tagal kong nagbakasyon,pede rin ba ko sumali sa alliance nyo”

“astroboy12 : sige sige tol, request ka na lang mas marami tayo mas ok, para tayo maging top alliance”

“racer19 : oo nga pare, sali ka na rin sa kanila, para sama-sama tayo dun. ako parang back to zero nga din eh, nalusob kasi ako kagabi”

“otso8 : ayus pre salamat, san ka ba kayo dito sa pinas, Laguna ako eh, pero dito ko Sampaloc nagboboard”

“astroboy12 : ah dubai ako now pards, dito ko nagtatrabaho pero taga Batangas talaga kame”

“racer19 : ako naman Quezon city tsong, houseboy, pero taga Pangasinan talaga ko”

“otso8 : ah OFW ka pala astroboy12, astig ah, sige pards hintayin ko nalang ma-accept sa alliance nyo. salamat ulit. salamat din pareng racer19″

Pagkatapos ng usapan ay nagpatuloy sa paglalaro ang 3. Pagkatapos nang isang oras ay tumayo na si Puroy at nagbayad at pagdaka’y umuwi na sa bahay na kanyang pinamamasukan. Si Ian naman ay inabot nang 2 oras sa paglalaro dahil nga naguumpisa muli siya. Samantalang si Eman naman dahil may sariling internet ito sa bahay ay tuloy tuloy lang ang laro.

…Itutuloy…

<<The Parekoys Online – Ang Simula

The Parekoys Online – Ang Simula

You can count on me like 1-2-3, I’ll be there and I know when I need it, I can count on you like 4-3-2, and you’ll be there ’cause that’s what friends are supposed to do…..yan ang kantang pumailanglang sa kapaligiran habang magkakaakbay at nakaupo ang 3 sa gilid ng isang puntod sa sementeryo.

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Alas sais ng lunes nang umaga, kasunod nang pagtunog ng alarm clock ay ang pag-gising ni Ian sabay pindot sa alarm clock at naginat-inat.

“Ahhhh, lunes na naman, hayy kelangan na naman pumasok”

Bumangon ito sa kama at kinuha ang tuwalya sabay diretso sa banyo para maligo. Pagkatapos magbihis ay dumiretso na sya patungo sa kanilang opisina.

Yan ang normal na buhay ni Ian sa araw-araw. Isa syang probinsyanong napadpad sa Maynila upang maghanap buhay. Isang tipikal na binata na hindi naman kagwapuhan pero may appeal din naman sa mga kababaihan dahil sa kwela niyang pagkatao.

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“Puroy pagkatapos mo magluto pakibili nga itong nasa listahan dun sa grocery ah”

“Opo ate sige po iwan nyo nalang po dyan yung listahan”

Ito naman ang pang-araw araw na buhay ni Puroy. Nagtatrabaho siya bilang isang houseboy sa isang may kayang pamilya sa Maynila. Taga probinsya din si Puroy ngunit dahil sa mahirap lamang ang kanilang pamilya, naisipan niyang sumama sa kanyang tiyahin na namamasukan bilang kasambahay upang makaipon sya at balang araw ay maipagpatuloy ang pangarap na makapagkolehiyo. Isang tipikal na kabataan si Puroy, mabarkada at masayahin kaya kinagiliwan na rin sya ng kanyang mga amo.

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Samantala, sa kabilang panig ng mundo…

“Hello hon, eto papasok na ko sa office musta na dyan sa Pinas, ako ok naman dito, miss na miss na kita. Love you hon. Ingat ka lagi dyan ah, Sige na sige na bye hon, love you.”

Pagkababa nang celphone ay sumakay na sa bus si Eman para pumasok sa kanilang opisina. Isang architect si Eman sa isang construction firm sa Dubai. Isang mapagmahal na anak at kapatid at isang sweet at responsableng kasintahan sa kanyang babes na si Angela.

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Sa kabila nang pagkakaiba sa buhay nang tatlo, isang bagay naman ang nag-uugnay sa kanila at yun ay ang hilig sa online gaming. Katulad ng ibang mga kabataan ngayon, pare-pareho nilang kinahihiligan ang paglalaro ng mga online games kung saan nahahasa ang kanilang thinking skills at pagiging team player.

…Itutuloy…

                                                                                               >>The Parekoys Online – 2

Result of an Overloaded Mind

This is a result of all that’s happening in our society, the stress in workplace, plus personal matters. I don’t know if it’s part of ageing, maybe depression and or frustrations, but here’s what’s inside my mind and heart right now.

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But don’t be scared, am not yet insane, maybe just going to be (lol). It’s just that there are days when you want to shout it all out but you cannot verbalize what you’re feeling. Tomorrow’s another day hope everything will be put into place and everything will be alright.

Travel Denied

It was an intense day yesterday; full of drama peaked in it’s highest temperature. Late in the afternoon the Supreme Court granted the request for TRO by the camp of former President Gloria Macapaga-Arroyo, giving them the right to travel abroad. On an 8-5 decision the Supreme Court en banc restrained the Watch List Order being issued by DOJ against the former First Couple but with conditions. After complying to the conditions set by SC, the Arroyos then prepared for their flight to Singapore.

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Majority? Decision

After 12 rounds of boxing the judges decided 114-114, 116-112, and 115-113 in favor of the reigning champion Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquio. Of course it was another proud moment for the Filipinos, which on the early rounds of the bout seemed a disappointment. With the greatness of Marquez I myself expected an upset for Pacman. But when Michael Buffer annouced it was Pacquiao can’t help myself but clap in elation and jubilation.

But celebration felt incomplete as there are questions on the result. I know I should be proud of the honor Pacman has given again to our country but it didn’t felt so much right, because seeing the fight early on until the end, I already conceded to Marquez and admitted that Pacman may not always win.

This sentiments was shared by many others on social networking sites. Some of my twitter friends also expected a win for Marquez. While others are affirmative of the judges decision. Over at Las Vegas the audience went booing the Pinoy Champ after the announcement of the decision. And some of the boxing analyst also commented it should have been Marquez. Although at the later time after the bout coach Freddie Roach showed the CompuBox result that indeed Manny thrown and landed more punches, it didn’t erased the questions and controversies.

Evidently, what we saw was not the quality of the fight Pacquiao showed in the past. It seemed it was a different Pacman inside the ring. The speed and the foot works are not so Pacman, while Marquez showed a valiant fighter really worth of, if not a win but at least a draw.

But in all fairness to Pacquiao, it was all the judges call. Although he too may not expect a win evident on his gesture after the bout, the judges already decide and retained his title. As for me, not being totally proud of his win doesn’t follow I am not proud of the fighter and not proud as a Filipino. Of course I’m still proud of all the accomplishments in sport being offered by Pacman to our nation, but all I can say is I cannot ultimately be proud of the result of this particular match, and I don’t think it will make me less of a Filipino to honor Marquez stance on this fight.

May it be boxing mafia that have something to do with it, or the boxing business which is worth multi-million dollars that dictated it (since a loss for Manny will loose the chance for Pacquiao-Mayweather fight), what’s more important is that Manny should learn from this experience and carefully study his options. As what one analyst said, his extra curricular activities have taken its toll on him. From this time on he should really choose which career path he really want; Boxing, Showbiz or Politics. As what the saying goes, “You can never serve 2 masters at the same time”.

Indeed it was another controversial fight for Manny but Pinoy Pride still lives on. He is still the most successful fighter the Philippines ever produced and we will all be grateful and proud of all the honor and pride he has given our country. Congratulations to Pacquiao and congratulations also to Juan Manuel Marquez, he earned from me more respect with the quality of fight he has shown.

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“It may not be a convincing win, so what we should do is to convince ourselves that indeed it was a win”

Hold Departure

Last Tuesday in a press conference at Malacanang Palace, President Aquino declared his approval of DOJ Sec. Leila de Lima’s decision to ban the travel of former President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. On his statement, he said he considered public interest over the request of the former leader, since she has cases filed and are under preliminary investigation. Should the government grant the request and CGMA decided not to come back, it will derail the proceedings of her cases which is not a good sign for the government’s efforts to correct the past mistakes of the previous administration. As a consolation PNoy offered the Arroyo camp to submit the names of the specialists needed and they will be invited and brought over to the country. He even offered to shoulder the medical expenses of the former president (which caught the ire of many).

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MGB Halloween Special : The Return

After years of absence in Philippine Television, the most awaited TV event every Halloween season came back last Sunday via the ABS-CBN Sunday’s Best TV Special “Kababalaghan”. Hosted by seasoned broadcaster and former MGB (Magandang Gabi Bayan) host Kabayan Noli de Castro, the show brought back memories of the defunct magazine program aired during the 90′s.

Known for it’s scary stories, last Sunday’s TV special lived up to the tradition of MGB’s Undas Specials way back years. As one of the most anticipated episodes of the former magazine show, this year’s Halloween special proved that Pinoy’s still love to be frightened in-front of their television during this time of the year, as evident by the the show being a trending topic on Twitter.

The show opened by the signature intro of Kabayan, it then laid down different stories of scary places and images and the classic exorcism experiences. What I liked about this special is the way it evolved in terms of videography. The video quality is nice compared to the previous halloween episodes of MGB. It’s digital quality suits best to dramatize the featured horror stories and experiences. Camera shots also are great and the editing on how the story flows is also commendable. Of all the stories, what I liked most were the first and the last stories.

The first story tells about a a haunted house where 3 sets of paranormal experts investigated and discovered that the ghost was actually the former owner of the it. What amazed me and made me believe was when they (paranormal experts) described the image they saw on the house to a cartographer. Then after finishing the drawing, the 2 drawings are very identical with little difference on the hair and after showing it to the residents of the house they compared it to the picture of the former owner who passed away and it matched.

The other story that captured my attention was the last story of the child who is being haunted by his ‘kid ghost friend’. That segment also featured the exorcism power of a priest who helped the family get rid of the spirit. At the end they were able to triumph over the haunted spirit and start to live peacefully without the burden of being haunted again. As the cliche goes, it’s a triumph of ‘Good versus Evil’.

What I don’t like was the concentration of exorcism stories. If I’m not mistaken there are 3 or 4 stories about students and people being possessed by bad spirits. Compared to previous MGB halloween specials which showed different stories and angles of paranormal activities and horror experiences, last Sunday’s evolved more on exorcism stories and failed to showcase other sides of paranormal and haunted stories.

But all in all it was still a good special, they pull it off since many really missed how MGB scared the viewers during every halloween season. It may not be as scary as the past episodes or it may not be as convincing as the previous ones, it still gave us some idea on what others can see that we can’t. And teached us that evil will always be defeated by good, we just need to be strong with our faith and belief with our God.

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“Fear feeds the bad spirits, so counter your fears to counter those bad elements”