“My Internet pals are all…” My French sucks, but I just want to point out how the French word for “jokers” sounds so much like bloggers. Not that I’m implying anything. Anyway…
I got tagged by a real-life couple, Leap and Pinky… Hey, wait. Pinky tagged me for real. Si Leap, he made it impossible for anyone who watched The Passion of the Christ to refuse his tag without a pinch of guilt. I guess, I’m gullible enough to fall for his ploy. Their tags are rather simple. One has to answer five beauty contest questions and post them on his blog. Buti na lang, I watched K! Videoke Challenge last Sunday so I got my inspiration on answering this tag from Bb. Pilipinas-Miss World 2008 herself, Janina San Miguel! Wow, I feel like a winner already.
Fist question: Recall a period of time in your life when you felt protected. Of course, the answer to this is world peace, but if my opinion matters, eto: I relish being vulnerable. I don’t lock the door of my room when I’m leaving. I leave my bag around public places. My friends hated me for being too trusting, especially with strangers. Why do I do this? Because fun and interesting things happen to those who ignorantly expose themselves to danger. And, corny as it sounds, I got God to protect me.
Second Question: Recall a period of time in your life when you feel unprotected. The word “unprotected” unnerves me. Double meaning kasi… Anyway, my vulnerable moment is when I share personal things about me. Kasi I easily get hurt kapag medyo below the chastity belt ang mga comments, promting me to just quietly withdraw from the scene and nurse my wounds on a corner. And yet, and yet, the “too trusting” trait in me just urge me to go and share my feelings anyway. Engot…
Question Three: When was the first time you discovered power? When, back in my stepfather’s corn farm, I began lifting tractors overhead and leap over the barn on a single bound. Hehehe… Seriously now, I think it all started when I was small. When I began to poke a finger inside electric outlets, I learned that power can shock you to death. Also, as a kid, I poured over anthills some soapy water, Coke, alcohol, piss, kerosene or what ever liquid on hand to reenact disasters, and I discovered that size is power. In my elementary days, I’m a big fan of Ernie Baron and as I listen to him give improbable answers to the many outrageous “scientific” questions thrown to him at his AM Radio show, I learned that knowledge (no matter how trivial) is power, etc.
Question Four: Name a person who’s life affected you most. John Paul II, whose charismatic appeal is rivalled only by the snoobish air of his writings. He might have won beauty contests too because he’s also such a big fan of world peace. But right now, there’s so much to love with Benedict XVI. He may not be that photogenic, but this old kraut can sure write. Compared to JP2’s encyclicals, his are much better read.
Question Five: Give the title of the book that has affected you most. This is easy. The Bible, of course. When I was a kid, my only fairytale book is that illustrated Bible storybook printed by Jehovah’s Witnesses which I borrowed from a kid in my neighborhood. Then in college, I found yet another bible in our house which is full of pictures of biblical archeology. That had me hooked in reading for about a month. But really, how I look at the Good Book now is all because of the genius of one priest from Bulacan who was my teacher on three Scripture subjects. I know Mons. Bart will never approve of how I present the Scriptures in my posts. He might even bar me from ordination, for all I know. Still, I owe my blogging style from him, and I’m grateful for that.
Question Six: A piece of music or song that affected you the most. Madami eh. The songs that affected me most are American Pie by Don McLean (for its very beautiful poetry), Bohemian Rhapsody by the Queens (kasi it’s pure genius), Hotel California by America (another genius!), The Way You Look Tonight (reminds me of past girlfriends, hehehe…), and Inay by Arnel Aquino, SJ (which Bluep so ingeniously chose for my vocation story).
Question Seven: A Movie or a film that affected you the most. While Leap may expect me to write here The Passion of the Christ or at least Al Gore’s IInconvenient Truth, the true life-changing films for me are each and every Pixar animated movie. It’s impossible not to be affected by them. My favorite? Monsters Inc. My favorite movie, on the other hand, has no life-changing element in it: Kill Bill I and II.
Question Eight: Who or what influenced you to start blogging? There’s only one person who tricked me, errhh… rather, influenced me to start blogging. He goes by the name of Army Pogi on his Friendster account but this demigod of Pinoy blogging is more popular to the lesser mortals of blogosphere as Bluepanjeet. I probably caught his attention when I, a complete stranger to him then, shamelessly volunteered my five-kusing-a-piece vocation story, for him to post on his blog. My temerity didn’t stop there. Not exactly computer-savvy, I was dense enough to ask him how to attach a Word document on an e-mail. By some design of God’s fate, he actually responded to my pathetic letter. Since then, we’ve been exchanging e-mails. Then, he sent me this very long e-mail where he flattered me and six other people so we’d help him on something only Bluep can legitimately explain. Im not the type who cops out so I agreed to help. A week later, he told us that he’d rather not ask help from us. Still, his mabolang comment about my capacity to write made such impact that I, one topak night, opened a blog account just for the heck of it. Hayun… nadagdagan tuloy ang mga erehe sa blogosphere. hehehe! Thanks, Bluep, you’ve done so much to help this clueless seminarian find his undeserved niche in blogging world. In my mind, I’m humming “Wind Beneath My Wings” kaya lang baka hikain ka sa ka-jologan. Ika nga nila, mushness. Je te remercie, mon frere. Tu es un vrai ange des weblogs…
I’m not tagging anyone. Just get yourself tagged, if you think Br. Utoy deserves to get well. God bless!