Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay… It was really an unforgettable birthday for me yesterday. I think I will be in this overwhelmed mode for the next week or more, because really, yesterday was beyond me! Mula pag-gising hanggang pagtulog, talagang wala kang itatapon na moment na masasabi mong dapat kalimutan. Every second of March 31, 2009 will go into the books as unforgettable.
Bago pa nga lang magpalit ng araw, super saya na. Cess called up just to make sure she’s first to greet me as I turned 26. Pero parang matamlay na siya, which is awkward dahil supposedly masaya siya dapat for me. Pero hindi ko na lang pinansin (later on malalaman niyo why this part of the story is important).
Then inulan nako ng mga texts from friends, relatives, loved ones, church members, fellow Morning Rushers and so many others.
The Morning Rush was soon on-air! And of all days, one of my suggested topics became the topic of the top ten–on my birthday! “The top ten fight quotes or dialogues” Right before the 1st batch, Chico remarked that he just realized that it was my birthday! Tapos umulan na ng greets sa RX for me! Thank you, thank you.
I soon logged in sa forum, just to see the posts! Tapos ayun na nga, binati na ko ng mga ka-forum ko. Pati si Ms. PurpleRose at Maam Cherry nag-send din ng message! I particularly liked the marquee greeting me! Favorite color ko pa!
Lunch time came. Sabi ni Cess sagot na daw niya, pero yung mura lang (suspicious remark again). Nagbigay ng pampizza si mama. Si Cess naman, ice cream tsaka half roll ng brazo de mercedes. So me, Cess, my sister Kish and kid bro Tim had lunch together sa bahay lang. Afterwards hinatid ko na si Cess sa school kasi “madami na raw siyang gagawin.”
The congregation in Imus advised me not to go to the church so early kasi may plano sila. I didn’t know what it was, pero sumakay na rin ako sa pakulo nila. Bumiyahe na ko. I called up Cess to tell her I was driving on my way to Cavite. From the background I heard she was on a jeep. So I asked where she was going. “Magbabayad lang ng bill sa Philam Life.” Huh? Akala ko ba busy siya? Pero, I dismissed the thought immediately–I was already happy na nakasama ko na siya for lunch.
But, deep inside my heart, I was asking for more of her…
Pagdating sa Cavite, I went to a wi-fi area and logged in. Two hours ako dun. I then began writing my much-awaited Love Letters sa Rushers’ Forum. In that letter, nag-emote na ko na sana kasama ko si Cess tonight dito sa Cavite. I began imagining things. Pero I dismissed the thought din agad because I knew I was asking for the impossible.
By 7:30 nasa church nako. The place looked ordinary, na parang wala naman talagang mangyayari. After the meeting they asked me to sit in the middle of the hall.
ETO NA YUNG PINAKAMALUPIT!
They blindfolded me para di ko daw makita ang “surprise” nila for me. As I was blindfolded, I heard commotions in the place. Voices that sounded familiar, but I never saw during the meeting, were clearly audible. I was palpitating because I never knew that they cooked it THIS way!
After 10 minutes, they took off the blindfolds. And I saw the members all clad in kiddie birthday costumes. I myself was wearing a kiddie birthday hat! They were all staring at me, as if saying it wasn’t the surprise yet…
…when I looked over to my left…
…Cess was there…
I really freaked out because I never expected that my wish earlier that night had come true! And she was smiling at me as if saying “wala kang clue, no?” Yun pala, lahat ng mga suspicious actions niya were all meant to veer me away from thinking na something was up. And all of my wishful thinking and longing for her presence just melted away when I finally saw her face.
The members of the MBBC Imus then gave their special presentations. All of it were really nice, funny, and of course, well appreciated. They really went out of their way just to show their love and appreciation for their preacher. Thank you guys!
Uwian na, siyempre. I got to thank the brethren for all the love and support they’ve shown me. Nagpaalam din ako kung pwede bang ihatid ko muna si Cess back to Manila. I promised to be back in the afternoon. They all said yes unanimously.
On the drive back home, Cess was sweetly sleeping sa passenger seat, with my jacket as her blanket. As I turned my player on, sakto yung kanta “I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing.”
Finally, we were home. Hinatid ko na siya sa gate, said our sweet endearments, then bid each other goodnight.
As for me, I’m still overwhelmed by everything that transpired yesterday.
Nasa cloud 9 pa rin ako!
(note: more clearer pictures are on the way, courtesy of Bro. Julius Valeroso)
Kasama ko ngayon hanggang bukas ang tunay na Timothy!
Wala kasi kaming katulong, and so every Friday afternoon, after our regular meetings sa Manila with my fellow staff, I pick up my kid brother sa school, then we go to Cavite.
Andito kami ngayon sa aking Corner Window. As I am doing this blog, my brother is socializing with the cashiers at the counter.
The one thing you’d love about Tim is that he’s a very sociable kid. Pakiramdam mo matagal na kayong magkakilala. Kagabi nga lang I was reprimanding him, kasi bigla na lang daw niyang nilapitan yung isang ka-churchmate namin nung linggo, tapos nagpalibre ng ice cream. Haha, feeling close? Ang matindi pa, nagpalibre siya ng ice cream na mas mahal pa dun sa binili nung nanlibre sa kanya.
Anyway, hi daw sa lahat ng mga babasa nitong blog, lalo na kay Ate Cess niya, Kuya Itant, Ate Kish, at kila KC at Joe ng TMRT10.