Metaphorically Speaking, Trippin on a Tripster and July Birthdays on a Throwback Thursday

I kind of having a busy tough week tending to personal documentations which means that for days now I have been spending lots of time dealing with government offices.  Pardon me but I am very vocal about me feeling uneasy when transacting with government employees.  I don’t think I need to explain further on why.

And today when I decided to take a break from documentation my day started to be frustrating again when my internet and phone started acting up again!  Ok ok breath in and breath out… let me focus and think of the happy things that I can share with you.  Let’s start with -

Metaphorically Speaking with Jonathan

Metaphorically Speaking is one of the blogs that I am following which I consider as a very well-written one.  This blog is written in the English language and obviously the blogger knows the language very well.  The grammar is immaculately-flawless and the blog’s content speaks for its title and vice-versa.  I don’t know much about the blogger (then) but I know that his name is Jonathan.  Later as we started following each other’s blogs I started to know more about Jonathan.  I learned that he’s a teacher based in Thailand and that he’s been blogging since 2007 – wow!  The more I read about his entries the more I perceive him not only a blogger but a quality writer.  He really writes good that’s why I was so surprised (and flattered of course) when he complimented my narratives.

I was more surprised when after commenting on one of his posts he mentioned that I won a prize which he will hand to me when he comes home. 

Jonathan asked me to tell him what I want as a “present” but I really can’t think of anything in particular.  And I don’t want to bother him by looking for something particular for me while preparing for his home coming. So I told him anything will do but he keeps thoughtfully asking.   So to stop Jonathan from stressing himself I told him to bring me an elephant from Thailand ha ha.  A real smart this guy is, he really brought me an elephant. A very cute elephant that I can use as soap dish (smart eh?). If you want to know what’s the other present in the photo you can ask Jonathan about that.  He handed it to me with  complete demo on how to use that.  I understood Jonathan’s demo but I can’t explain it here (lol).

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To cut the story short Jonathan and I met at the Mall of Asia last July 21, a Sunday afternoon . It was very kind of him to meet me at a place that is very accessible (and comfortable) for me.  I apologize to drag him to MOA on a Sunday.  I forgot how crowded the place is during Sundays.  He waited near the bowling alley fronting Bo’s Coffee and very politely asked me if I have some time to chit chat.  (Btw, Deja vu!  Bos Coffee is where I met with two blogger friends Arvin of Chateau de Archieviner and Jay of About Jay’s Journey blogs.)

The short chit chat did not happen. What could you expect when two bloggers meet for the first time? We talked about our blogs, your blogs and of course bloggers (grinning)! We had coffee at a (little) less crowded Country Style coffee shop and we talked for more than an hour.  It’s kind of impossible to cut short a talk when you are talking to a fellow blogger who happens to be a very intelligent person and can speak fluent Tagalog, Mandarin and English (with a very nice twang). If it wasn’t that my family is waiting from a nearby church and the coffee shop starting to be (over) filled with people also, maybe we would talk longer.

Thanks again Jonathan for the meet up and for the wonderful presents.  The elephant is too cute to be in the bathroom so it is temporarily occupying a space in my home desk.  I’m sure we will be meeting again and talking more in the future.

Trippin’ on a Tripster

Now let’s go on trippin’ with somebody-who’s-famous-for-his-epic-comments-and-writes-using-high-
fallutin’–words-that-will-make-your-nose-bleed-and-leave-you-flabbergasted-and-who-sometimes-calls-himself-echoserong-froglet-and-knows-so-much-about-the-Philippine-government-and-its-politicians-while-living-in-stylish-Italy.  (I hope I did it as effective as he does LOL).

Hubby was leaving for work when the mailman arrived.  He handed me something that seemed to look like a prescription. I was about to ask hubby “Who’s prescription is this?” when he volunteered “It’s a postcard!”. It says "from your number 1 paparazzi”

I excitedly grabbed the card and read the message.  My forehead automatically frowned.  I tried to read again what seems to be a message scrambled err scribbled on the card. I was in the verge of calling a “decoder” when I flip the card. What I saw brings an instant smile on my face. A beautiful post card from Italy!

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After I enjoyed looking at the awesome photograph/post card. I realized I need to sit down and read intently and patiently… then more intently and more patiently… and after I reached the superlative degree for both intent and patience I am now laughing and smiling at the funny message written by the famous “epic commentator” in the blogosphere – Tripster Guy!

If you can’t understand the message written on this card it’s because I posted it as inverted and blurry, not because of the handwriting. LOL
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If I’m going to write a reply to TG now, this will be my message:
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Dear TG,
I never really thought that you’re the kind of person who will be sending post card.  Well that is basing my perception of you according to your blog’s content.  You are absolutely sweet (translation: worried) for asking me if I was able to decipher your hand writing.  Just a thought - if you happen to be writing your epic comments by hand I bet nobody will care to read them ha ha ha.
Rest assured that I will keep my mouth shut about the “paparazzi/hit man” thing (wink*).
Sincerely,
Balut aka AJ of Manila
P.S.
What kind of threat did you say to the postal people?  The card is delivered to me from Italy within 7 days?  That's kind of a record breaker!
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And this is the thanks you got from me TG for sending me a post card. ha ha ha!

Seriously, thank you very much for the thoughts of “sending me Italy”. I love it!  It is one place I fancied about and as you know how I’m curious about Genoa. Thanks again and  I am now waiting for Genoa postcard with your face on it (grinning).

July Birthday Greetings on a Throwback Thursday

And talking about bloggers interaction, I would like to especially mention three more awesome blogger friends.

Way back March of this year during my birthday I requested from blogger friends for a picture greetings.  These three friends are among the thoughtful bloggers who granted my request.  Now it’s my turn to thank them through these special greetings here on my blog!

A HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Genskie of Genskie's Written Voices who celebrated her birthday on July 21st.

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A HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Bagotilyo of Bagotilyo who is celebrating his birthday today July 25th.

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And a HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to blogosphere's sweetest and most supportive boy MEcoy of I am MEcoy and Ako si Mecoy who is also celebrating his birthday today July 25th.

Since today is Thursday and MEcoy is a self-confessed cam-whore (lol).  I am posting something related to Throwback Thursday for you MEcoy instead of a screen shot of your blog. I hope you don’t mind me digging from your precious “cam-whore treasures” (lol).

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There it is!  The blogger friends that made my day and week a brighter one! I’m so blessed to know you all dear friends in the blogosphere!

50 comments:

  1. Wow and wow Balut. So nice naman na na meet mo si Jonathan. If ever na mabigyan ako ng chance ma meet sya ay baka ma speechless ako sa kaba:) baka makinig na lang ako. He has so much wisdom to share you know;)
    Anyway Congratulation sa cards ang greetings you receive. Di ako naka sent ng greetings coz I was so busy in Philippines that time. Hope one day we can meet too:)

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    1. Yes it was fun Joy :) Don't worry Joy Jonathan is a kind person and ang sarap nya kausap.

      I really hope that we could meet the next time that you come home. It was thoughtful of for sending me a second card when the first one was not delivered.

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  2. Thank you so much Ms. B . This made me reallly feel special, you made me miss blogging even more. I'm still on haitus n not sure when ill be writing and buggin bloggers again. I just cant miss not to say how thankful I am for this... super saya lang...God bless you and God bless your heart.

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  3. Thank you so much Ms. B . This made me reallly feel special, you made me miss blogging even more. I'm still on haitus n not sure when ill be writing and buggin bloggers again. I just cant miss telling you how thankful I am for this... super s lang...God bless you and God bless your heart.

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    1. It's my pleasure girl :)

      Take your time and come back to blogging when you feel that you really have the heart again. The said that "a blogger is always a blogger" :) God bless us all...

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  4. Yehey... Nag-meet na rin kayo ni Mr. Jonathan Yu! Sana may isa pang post about the bloggers you talked about.

    Tapos, 'yung kay Tripster, natuwa ako sa dami ng hyphens...hehehe... It's very Tripster... hahaha

    Dami niang nag-bday ah... Di ko na-greet c Genskie...

    Daya ka naman... Lagi kang mabilis makipag-meet... hehehe

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    1. Senyor I already posted about my meet with Archieviner and Jay. I didn't post about the bloggers I met from bazaar because I did not stay long and almost every blogger present from that bazaar posted something about it :) I feel that my post would be incomplete and redundant :) What I'm continuously doing is that to make an individual post about the bloggers I met and that I will be meeting as I go along the blogging way. I want to relate them in a well-written related stories not just a general meet and half-hearted written posts because you are all special to me :)

      Si Tripster? Tingnan mo hindi dya nag comment dito. Kasi ayaw nyang i-hypenate yung sarili nya at magsulat ng epic comment about him LOL. Peace TG!

      You know how my life is... God and family above all. Apart from blogging I'm a mother and wife, trying to earn money by doing regular work and some hyper-active passion to balance my hyper-active life. But I'm really trying to find time to accommodate invites. Forgive my chaotic but beautiful and exciting life. I'm just glad that the exciting "you" is a part of it.

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    2. Ahh ganun pala, sige miss B mag meet tayo para may space akong manakaw sa blog ng sikat na blogger runner! haha :)

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    3. Kelan Pao?
      Tara now na habang mainit-init pa yung stress ko dun sa "solo pic" na ikaw ang may gawa! ha ha ha :P

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  5. Nanjan na si Pinkline!!!! Eto na cya...hehehe

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  6. Nag meet na pala kayo ni Jonathan at sa Bos Coffee pa ah. Haha. Namiss ko tuloy bigla ang kwentuhan natin.

    I received post cards din from Sir Trips. Napathoughful nya diba. Sarap makatanggap ng galing Italy. hehe

    Happy birthday to my blogger friends Genskie, Bagotilyo at Parecoy Mecoy. Pati narin si SOB :)

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    1. Skip reader!
      LOL kidding I know we already talked in FB about the location ha ha.

      Thoughtful ba talaga? I was so surprised when he was asking for my address. The post card is just a front though... If I know he will just send somebody to harass me hmp! Ha ha ha just kidding!

      "TG" actually stands for "Thoughtful Guy" di ba TG? Peace! ha ha ha

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  7. Ano kaya pakiramdam na mahaba habang kwentuhan kayo with your fellow bloggers. Haisst bago pa lang ako sa kalakaran na ganito so i need to earn more years. Best of luck po to fellow Filipino bloggers. :)

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    1. Ay naku ang saya Kiddo! Good luck sa iyong blog and HAPPY BIRTHDAY din sa yo! I just saw it from your post :)

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  8. Andaming may burpdays! Happy Happy Burpdays!At nakakatuwa talaga ang mundong ito.. Salamat kay Senyor for introducing me to this happy world of blogging :) Feeling ko, mamimit ko din si Sir Jonathan in person! Yahooo!!!

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    1. Hello girl hayan na-meet mo na syah! and so special pa may "teacher bonding" pa kayo ang saya-saya!

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    2. Nagbalik para magsabing nag comment na po ako kay yccos na mala tripster sa haba. Balita ko hinahanap ninyo raw ang comment ko. Hehehe.

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    3. Yes Jonathan nakita ko na pati lahat ng comment thread from your posts as well as the thread from all the posts of the bloggers you met and wrote about it. Nakaka-aliw :)

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  9. kakasimula pa lang pero buo na agad ang araw ko. maraming thank you dito Ms. B :)

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    1. It's my pleasure Mr. Number a.k.a Mr. Mustache! :)

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  10. I was thinking of something to write how I met one of blogosphere's stars and then your post. Anyway wait for mine as I am writing a series of meets. Thank you so much for the kind words and I am very fortunate to have met you.

    Belated happy birthday peeps. God bless!

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    1. Nothing compares to your series of posts about us that you met Jonathan... I'm really speechless.

      Pleasure is mine in meeting you...

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  11. Ang cute ni mecoy sa bata niyang pics , daming bday celebrant

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    1. Hanggang ngayon naman cute pa rin si MEcoy :)

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  12. ayun oh .. happy bday naman po sa inyo Genskie, bagotilyo and... hehe .. ang kulit ng picture ni mecoy. .

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    1. Hello sis hayan nakahabol tayo ng greet sa ating mga kapatid :)

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  13. Whoa, this is quite a bit to celebrate with one post!

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    1. Yes DWei! and so much to be thankful for as well :)

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  14. happy birthday sa mga nagbirthday :)
    ate balut, nung nameet ko din po si kuya jonathan, sobrang nerbiyos ko! hehehe. pero naovercome naman po eh :) salamat po sa pagsabi imeet niya ako sa pagpunta niya sa baguio..and then... tada! i met him together with kuya asiong :)

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    1. You're welcome Jessica! Talagang when he said that he's going to Baguio I automatically blurted out "Jessica the artist is from Baguio!" and Jonathan automatically responded "I'll meet her. I'll email her when I get back home" ha ha excited lungs.

      At sobrang saya nyang si Jonathan while you people were having fun at the karaoke - nag tex ba naman nainggit tuloy ako hmp.

      I'm really happy knowing that you all had fun.

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  15. ahaha natawa naman ako sa pics ko parang want ko tuloy
    mag halungkat ng pics para sa throw back haha!
    anyway salamat sa greetings mo balut
    at belated happy bday kay genskie at sa kabday kong si bagotilyo!
    sayng di ko pa nameet si sir jonathan

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    1. You're welcome MEcoy I hope you liked it :)
      Naku gusto ka ring ma-meet ni Jonathan. Nanghihinayang sya na hindi kayo nag-abot. May next time pa naman...

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  16. Huwaw! At andito pala ang meet up nyo ni Ser Jonathan!

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    1. Oo nandito nga!
      Ikaw kelan kita ima-masaker ng solo sa blog na eto? ha ha ha kidding! :P

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  17. daming kaganapan!!!! happy kaarawan ulit kay bagotilyo at mecoy and congrats ms balut :)

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    1. Ang dami nga nakaka-aligaga lungs ha ha

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  18. Naks, na meet na pala ni Ate B si sir Jonathan :)) nice, nice!

    and belated Happy Birthday for Mj and Mecoy!

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  19. Busy beautiful bee ka Balut! :)

    Really nice to meet bloggers, I remember the first time I met you, you were so nice (and beautiful ang sexy - pero di pa din ako natomboy syempre hehe) I'm sure Jonathan has the same words to describe you :)

    Daming blogger birthday celebrants! Sana hangang maging lolo at lolas na tayo blogger friends pa rin tayo :)

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    1. THANK YOU Zai!

      Umangat ako sa upuan sa description mo sakin. Now I know na sinungaling kah! ha ha ha

      Kahit maputi na ang buhok natin? :)

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  20. Ang saya namang nakakameet ng bloggers sa totoong buhay. Hehe. :) Sana makameet din ako. Hihi.

    Have a great day!

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    1. Yes ang saya nga. Of course you can join the fun. I'll visit your blog soon and check your FB page para maka-updates ka sa mga activities and you may want to be a member of PBO as well.

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  21. Hello Ms. Balut! You are absolutely right about Sir Jonathan. And would you balieve that he even helped me with my dissertation abstract? Ang suwerte ko lng na pinuntahan niya ako sa Tarlac, sobra.

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  22. Hello Ambot I'm soo happy to see you here in my home. There's a lot of good things to say about Jonathan's personality. I don't think what I had written is enough.

    Ha ha that's one unique way of meet up and bonding time - working on a dissertation abstract. I wish I was with the two of you. I would've learned a lot from both of you. Oh well we can never tell, maybe sometime that chance will come and I'm sure that would be an exciting meet up.

    His post on meeting you in Tarlac is now one of my favorites among his entries.

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    1. Uy salamat naman at isa sa mga paborito mo yon haha. Nanliliit ako sa kababaang-loob ni Sir Jonathan. Sana nga magkikita-kita tayo balang araw.

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    2. Ikaw naman dissertation lang naman yun. Mas masarap naman yung mga bagong pitas na gulay for dinner so habang naghihintay, mag check muna.

      Maybe next time we meet Ms. Balut, mega cheer leader ninyo ko sa runs ninyo. I see Pao and Unplog running away from you, hahaha!

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    3. @Ambot
      Yes we're fortunate to have met him. Lakas ng feeling kong magmi-meet tayo in the future :)

      @Jonathan
      Hayan parang nalalasahan ko yung mga manamis-namis na gulay.

      Ha ha may atraso sakin yang partners in crime na sina Pao at Super M lagot sila sakin!

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  23. Napaka-thoughtful mo talaga Balut ever, laging may "Space" ang mga taong malalapit sayo dito kapag big day nila hehe at isa nako dyan na nabigyan ng "Space".

    Wow may bagong ka eb, masilip nga ang tahanan ni sir Jonathan ng makilala hehe

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    1. Nasisiyahan din naman kasi akong banggitin kayo dito sa bahay ko :)

      Ay go Gracie! Maaliw ka sa kanyang mga posts :)

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