Episode 247 – Sunday, October 14th, 2018 (7957)
In all 7 days of the week, only Sunday is my free day. And because today is Sunday, I can go out from the house and attend (or serve) the Sunday Feast at SM City Santa Rosa every week. And after attending The Feast, I spend myself for some free time such as taking a lunch and renting in an internet café to download videos and to upload this episode on my blog. However, while Sunday is the only day that I have “freedom”, all other days – Monday to Saturday have been boring to me because, first of all, I still don’t have a permanent job, and lastly, there are lots of distractions at home, so that I don’t have time to spend my own privacy (my elder brother is also jobless, so he stays at home for the whole day).
I only think that Sunday is a family day for most people around because it is where they stay together and bond each other in one family after a whole week of work and stress. However, for me, it has been an opposite. While my other friends spend their free time with (happy) families every Sunday, I don’t spend too much with my family because I have already done this for 6 days while I’m jobless, staying at home at all times. That’s why my freedom has always reflected on Sundays. However, 4 or 5 years ago, Sunday was my usual time to have a full rest from work and to spend with my family at home. Continue reading “Sunday is My Only Free Day”
Episode 245 – Monday, October 1st, 2018 (7944)
Every time when I talk with someone thru Facebook, they’re asking me to have some bonding with our friends from Feast SM Santa Rosa. I know that I’m too much introvert because I don’t really have any close connections to my friends particularly in Singles Ministry where a bunch of singles (and pretend to be “singles”) are gathering. Some happenings that they gather are the Light Groups where they share their personal stories on their coffee dates (particularly right after Feast session), Love Someone Today (LST), Intercessory Ministry, Love Life Retreat occurred annually in February, and lately the Singles gathering or Singles Night Out. Oh well, I already attend these kind of occasions (although I didn’t complete LST course due of personal reasons) except the last one.
This gathering for Singles are held monthly where single (and pretend to be “single”) people meet for fun and with blessings from God. I don’t have any idea about this, but it was actually started early this year after one of my Feast friends named Bethz encouraged me thru Facebook chat to attend the event. However, due of being tired from work during the time (thanks to the frequent overtimes at my old job in Pasay and long travel with traffic going home), I was unable to attend Singles Night Out where most of my beloved friends from Feast SM Santa Rosa were there including the one who have been chatting with me for a long time. I didn’t have any regrets for not participate in this social event. But in later months, my beloved friend, who had first invited me, again let me to attend another Singles Night Out. Continue reading “Singles Night Out: Why Haven’t I Attended?”
Episode 242 – Sunday, September 16th, 2018 (7929)
When I was in the United States back in 2004, I met a nice deaf friend named Abby. She became my crush though, but I didn’t take any feelings to her because of having her relationship during the time. But during Christmas season almost 14 years ago, she gave me an inspiration when we talked each other with pleasure. That was one of the most memorable moments that I ever had during my [exile] life in the U.S. But 12 years later, another “Abby” came into my life.
Her name is Abegail Maldo, a pretty, charmed lady from San Pedro, Laguna. Calling her as Avhie (as per her usage) or just simple Abby, she became my nice friend from the Feast who gave me happiness from being heartbroken and sadness two years ago. So, she was the reason why my life was restored to be alive from being dull back in 2016 – the time when it was some sort of mediocrity in the Post-LDR era. But I didn’t know why I befriended her after I found her Facebook in March 2016, and I added her to become friends. Although she accepted me as her new friend, however, we didn’t have any communication until August 2016 when I first greeted her a simple “Hello”. In the following months, we started to have our Facebook chat conversation sharing our personal stories. But despite of friendship thru chat, we had never met personally. Even though I had already spotted her in the Singles Ministry with her friends while attending The Feast in SM City Santa Rosa, we couldn’t even meet in a small world inside the cinema. I didn’t know why, but it wasn’t until on January 15, 2017. While I was sitting and waiting for the start of the first session, she approached me as I was so surprised that finally she met me in person. Continue reading “What If… My Friendship With Abby Never Exists?”
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”
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.
Continue reading “Trilogy: 3 Different Periods in Post-LDR Era”
Episode 224 – Thursday, April 12th, 2018 (7772)
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”
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”