5 Years Ago: I Attended The Feast for the First Time

Episode 233 – Wednesday, July 18th, 2018 (7869)

Entering this July, I attended Sunday Feast at SM City Santa Rosa for the first time after missing for several weeks due of personal reasons. And it was also my first time to attend The Feast since the tragedy happened in my family last May. It meant that I hadn’t attended Feast for almost two months, and in the whole month of June, I didn’t attend any single Sunday Feast including their third anniversary last June 10th entitled Gra3tude. But two Sundays ago, after my long absences, I finally attended Feast, led by Bro. Dreus Cosio, with a brand new talk series.

If this month signifies my comeback to The Feast after having a long absence, three years ago was a different story. Entering July 2015, I attended Sunday Feast in its new location at SM City Santa Rosa after being relocated from Central Mall Biñan. It was my first time to attend The Feast inside SM Cinema although it was not yet jam-packed, having only one session, and no holy mass that was held back then. But after attending one time, I hadn’t attended The Feast for two months because I was heartbroken due of recent break-up. July 2015 might be probably my worst feeling during the time because of loneliness.

But anyway, despite of having inconsistencies in life (because everybody doesn’t make perfect), I really don’t realize that I’ve been still attending (and serving) at The Feast for the longest time! Yeah, and this month I’m so glad that I’ve been part of The Feast since 2013. It has been five years since the Feast came into my life. That’s even longer than my long distance love life which only lasted for three years, or my longest longevity working for one company (in San Pedro, within less than 38 months), or my entire college life (four years)! Continue reading “5 Years Ago: I Attended The Feast for the First Time”

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Trilogy: 3 Different Periods in Post-LDR Era

Episode 230 – Sunday, June 24th, 2018 (7845)

Some Hollywood movies have divided into three parts or sequels which are called trilogy – a set of three works related in theme. My favorite trilogy movie that I ever watched was the Back To The Future series. Released in 1985, 1989, and 1990, I only watched these three parts of that movie for the first time when I was in the United States back in 2005. And speaking though, back then during my high school days, I had studied three different schools – PSD, ASD (both are deaf schools) and IMS (a non-deaf school) in a span of only one year from July 2004 to July 2005. Also, I had attended fourth year high school thrice and had participated in the Junior-Senior (JS) Prom thrice in these three different schools. I think I had a “trilogy” in my school life back then.

Last June 10, the Feast SM Santa Rosa celebrated its third anniversary (after relocating from Central Mall Biñan), and the theme of that celebration was called “Gra3tude”. Unfortunately, I didn’t attend the special event of the Feast SMSR due of grief from the death of my eldest sister (thus, I haven’t attended Feast since May 6). But today, I really don’t mind that it has been three years since My Tent Journal was launched. Yeah, three years had so many incidents happened in my life including the break-up of my long distance relationship (LDR) with my textmate. Obviously, it has been also three years when I became loveless and single after having a LDR which also lasted three years.

From publishing my first ever episode of my journal (blog) and eventually the break-up until the darkest times, I just want to share my experiences in the past three years. Within three years, my era has been called the Post-LDR Era with a series of heartbroken and loveless moments, boredom, slight happiness, and grief. In that era, I divide it into three different periods that I ever encountered during the three-year span.
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Happy Moments at the Feast

Episode 224 – Thursday, April 12th, 2018 (7772)

happy moments at the feast

Last Sunday, the second Sunday after Easter, I went to SM City Santa Rosa to attend my favorite Sunday habit – the Feast. Despite of having lack of sleep after I worked overtime and went home almost midnight, I was still able to energize myself attending Feast with my fellow friends. Before I went up, I decided to go at the appliance store to look something that I might buy for my family at home. I only looked up there for some 10 minutes before I went to the Feast while the holy mass was on-going. I immediately went to the media booth of Visual Ministry where my friend, Lou Layacan and Earl Pascua were there. But while attending the mass, I had still something looking for. I was looking for Abby Maldo who was there as she said on our Facebook chat before I went to the Feast. I didn’t see her on the lower side of the cinema, but I was sure that she was sitting on the upper side with her friend. Right after the mass, I went there looking for her, and she spotted me. She accompanied me with her long-time friend (whom I once had a chat with her before) downstairs where we would sit near the stage. Suddenly, she told me that my “special someone”, who’s also her long-time friend, would attend the Feast, and I was so surprised yet so excited because I would be with her again attending together with Abby and her friends at the Feast, just like last KLR. Minutes later, my “special someone”, accompanied by Abby, came wearing with her pretty outfit which made me so glad to see and to be with her again. We talked gently especially about the new talk series of the Feast called OFW: Overcome Family Worries. Continue reading “Happy Moments at the Feast”

So Loved to Attend KLR

Episode 222 – Monday, April 2nd, 2018 (7762)

Happy Easter! And it’s not just an April Fool’s Day (although it was yesterday) but also the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Even though I have been so tired from the holy week activities just like Kerygma Lenten Recollection (KLR), I’m still so blessed and so loved.

And speaking though, last week, I had an enough load at work where I came there for my job for two and a half working days (without having overtime due of low volume of production). But wait… why was two and a half? Just last Wednesday, I just decided to render my undertime at work because of the preparation of KLR where the worship night was held a day before the Day 1 of the KLR event. Well, it was my first time to render my time at work in Pasay for just a half working day (1/6 of a whole day to be exact), and I was only permitted because I and my other colleagues were nothing to do at the workplace (due of holy week season). And I was thinking about rushing passengers at the bus terminal due of long vacation. However, around 1 o’clock in the afternoon, there were only few passengers coming to ride a bus going to their provinces so that I didn’t have to be worried for that. Continue reading “So Loved to Attend KLR”

5 Years of KLR

Episode 221 – Tuesday, March 27th, 2018 (7756)

It’s holy week once again. And it’s time to have a break from the daily activities like work, leisure, and problems. We want, not to have relax (like those who are now hopping at the beach), but also to relieve and stay calm or pagnilay-nilay. Some others are planning to have Visita Iglesia (or visiting historical and sacred churches) or traveling to the pilgrimages around the country. Or some elderly people are too busy to read religious readings such as passion where they read so slowly with some rhymes.

But for the fellow Feasters, like me, it’s the time to take slow and to reflect thru recollection. Since 2013, the Kerygma Lenten Recollection (KLR) has been traditional every holy week with sharing stories from the guest speakers and the fascinating moments that we always forgive ourselves especially the death of our Christ. For me, it has been 5 years that I’ve been attending this Lenten recollection with lots of learnings, reflections, sacrifices, and enjoyment to serve.

Before this year’s upcoming event called “So Loved”, I just share, in this episode, my great experiences in the past 5 editions of KLR. Continue reading “5 Years of KLR”

#1000Days

Episode 220 – Wednesday, March 21st, 2018 (7750)

Until now, I’m still (and desperately) looking for the “right one” that will love me truly as my future partner forever. However, there are some distractions that I can’t be able to find someone because of the instances that she’s not the right one for me. Someone tells me that I can’t be able to have a formal courtship to some single ladies out there because I’m “weak”, shy or whatever they’re telling me that I don’t really like to hear their reactions or suggestions which makes me so distracting and disappoint. While I’m writing (or typing) on my laptop, I don’t realize that I’ve been still single for the last 1,000 days! Woah! I can’t believe that I have still no girlfriend for thousand days (about almost 33 months or 2.75 years). That’s really a milestone for me as a single young man.

Reaching a milestone makes me happy but sad because I’m still single, having no girlfriend or love life until now. In this episode, I’m now sharing my past experiences happened within 1,000 days after the break of long distance relationship (LDR) and the beginning of Post-LDR Era. I just made my timeline from Day 1 of becoming single and no love relationship at all until this day. Continue reading “#1000Days”

Fake Singles (?)

Episode 218 – Saturday, March 10th, 2018 (7739)

Social media has a full of positive and negative things. While some post their positive and nice messages and photos, it’s really sad that most of the people post and comment their negative things affecting our society. One of these negative things on social media is the spreading of “fake news” that really brainwash our people who are really unaware on the happenings in this world. Gosh! I really hate those who create “fake news” on social media. But how about for those who are “fake”? Hmmm…

I still remember back in 2004, just weeks before I left for the United States to become an exchange student, my adviser told me, with my close classmate, that my own world (of course, my TENT world) was fake after I was accused by a female deaf student who allegedly had a “scandal” that I was the one who spread that “fake news”. “Yan Tent, Tent na yan ha ay fake!” my strict teacher-adviser told me directly which hurt me so much about my own “world”, but I thought it was my final time that I was scolded before I shifted to the new “world” a year later. Well, I was fault during the time, but it was unfair because most teachers of that school were so biased to her (who became my long time enemy after this). But anyways, let’s forget this story because I don’t want to dig up my bad history from the past, and let’s moving on to the present. There are lots of “fakes” in this world. Aside of fake news, there are lots of fake money, fake jewelries, fake medicine, fake people (?), fake friends (are they plastic?), and even fake singles… what? Really? These are the people who are still considered as “single” but having in a relationship or girlfriend/boyfriend and pretending to be “single”, literally called themselves as “fake singles”. Singles daw sila pero may gf/bf pala! Mga pekeng “singles” pala sila! Hahaha! Continue reading “Fake Singles (?)”