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Puckering Time

It's now or never.


I'm taking up Geography as my general education (GE) subject this semester. Funny, I don't even see the connection of me being a Communication major, and “the study of the location and distribution of living things and the earth features among which they live.” (World Book Encyclopedia) For those who can’t relate, in UP, due to the advocacy of academic freedom, a student can choose his own course subjects as long as they will satisfy the curriculum that which a student follows. My friend Anne and I chose to take up Geog1 because a) we still lack one GE subject under the Social Sciences domain, and b) we desperately need to have a subject that we enlisted in Geog1 in order for us to compress the century-long enrolment process in one day. We know it was a spur-of-the-moment decision, but it was worth the haste. We got one of the great instructors in Geog1 who reportedly showers students with lovely 1.0s – as long as the student deserves it.

As always the subject isn’t really about Geography or the professor. It’s about me. Last Tuesday the professor engaged everyone in a very exhilarating game called Backstabbing. The mechanics of the game are as follows. You get a piece of paper (one-half crosswise!), masking tape, and a pen. Tape the paper at your back. The rationale of the game being, your classmates will write something on this paper, and this something would be their impressions the first time they saw you smirk on their faces. Then start hunting down people, try to figure out what you think of them, and write it down on the paper at their backs. In return of a favor, you let them write on your paper. It’s hard to carry out such a task, especially if you’re the type of person who doesn’t give a fart to strangers, much less give first impressions. There is also the problem of running out of the appropriate adjectives, and you end up copying other people’s description for that person, and the problem of puncturing the paper while you’re scribbling notes and your pen’s ink oozing and blotting on the shirt.

After 10 minutes or so, we were asked to settle down and rip the paper off from its most strategic place so as one will not see what other people have written on it. I got 23 people to describe me, and majority of them wrote seemingly positive expressions. Anne called me “suplado (snobbish), ha ha. She told me beforehand that she thought I was the most snobbish person on Earth that she dared not to talk to me during the first few days of our stay in UP; now we’re partners in crime. Others wrote deluding stuff like “cool,” “nice,” quiet,” “mabait,” and “friendly.” There are some who are a bit advanced: “smart,” “intelligent,” “matalino,” “masayahin (fun-loving),” and “gentleman.” Ha ha ha!

And of course there were some chosen ones because they prompted me to think. One wrote “mukhang walang sakit (looks healthy).” I wonder why s/he referred to me as “mukhang walang sakit,” although in the interest of fairness there must be a profound look that pompously says that one appears unhealthy. Judging from my physical attributes I am indeed healthy because I weigh 123 pounds which is relatively proportional to my height, 5’8”, and I don’t feel any bad vibes invading my insides and distorting the internal processes of my organs. There is also the phrase “everybody’s guy.” Someone must have mistaken me for Mr. Congeniality because I was laughing so hard with everyone else including our professor whom I jokingly asked if I could also write something about her. Then again I believe in the adage, Looks deceive; I probably seem to be misleading. Or as Anne so cleverly puts it, “Bugaw ka raw, Mike.” And of course my list wouldn’t be complete without the omnipresent adjective to properly describe me, “sunget (grouchy).” It doesn’t take much of a keen discerning mind to say that I’m a cranky person. In fact, majority of all acquaintances I’ve met had the same idea as to describe me as such. I feel no consternation, skepticism, or whatever; more likely I feel elated than totally annoyed.

Do first impressions really last, or do they just settle in your subconscious, collecting cobwebs and whatnot and waiting for the end user to make use of them? Though you haven’t actually met (except for those who know him personally), what do you think of the author the first time you’ve read his blog? Does he resemble a blood-sucking sharp-fanged salivating beast that divides into two, or the boy-next-door type, respectful to all humanity, and who can inadvertently bring hordes of the female species to kiss his (un)virgin bleep!?

Does the author really exist, or is he just a figment of one’s imagination brought to life by a human being?

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At Sat Jun 23, 09:43:00 PM, Anonymous liz retorts...

my dear, it is disturbing to refer to your penis as a virgin bleep. funnies aside, i like the way you write.

oh. i love Coke Light too.    

At Sat Jun 23, 09:57:00 PM, Blogger Mike retorts...

liz: i'm just keeping the wholesome-ish image intact. though i would've preferred to say cock, dick, or whatever, a bleep! might suffice at this moment. probably next time i would be more transparent. haha. thanks.    

At Sun Jun 24, 05:13:00 PM, Anonymous juice retorts...

I should try to implement that game. Saves us so much time from the real backstabbing.

The first time I read this blog, when I read it, my first impression of you was literate. You're one of the people who really writes well (unlike some others who are so confident with their grammar but I won't name names here ;p) and puts amazing word / phrase choices to describe how you feel and it works you know.


At Mon Jun 25, 01:56:00 PM, Blogger Billycoy retorts...

first impression ko... masyado kang matalinghagang nilalang. ang lalim ng english... madugo masyado... but great!    

At Mon Jun 25, 07:07:00 PM, Blogger Mike retorts...

juice: would you believe i got a 3.0 in College English (Eng10) and a grade of INC which turned out to be a 2.0 in a higher English subject (Eng11)? or maybe it was just purely out of the professor's discretion. kind of makes me think they ahve roulettes and stuff which they wind up and wherever the pointer stops, that would be your final grade. haha. thanks.


At Mon Jun 25, 07:44:00 PM, Blogger Mike retorts...

ayun billcoy. may kleenex ako dito, gusto mo? bilis. eto.    

At Tue Jun 26, 04:10:00 AM, Blogger Jhed retorts...

The first time I read your blog, I was hesitant if I should leave a comment or not. To tell you the truth, your choice of words and the way you write intimidated me. I feel so small compared to your writing prowess.

When I first saw you in iBlog3.. yeah, mukha ka ngang suplado. Tapos, when I learned na ikaw si "puckingoff" I kept my distance. Halimaw ka sa paningin ko. Haha!

Pero, I later found out na.. although you were silent (which is surprising by the way) you still made an effort to socialize and join our silly antics. Haha! Oh, and ang generous pa. Haha! Thanks ulit sa GCs! *parinig kay Yna. LOL*


Ikaw? Mukhang healthy? Do they even know kung gaano ka kalakas manigarilyo?! Haha! Oh, instead of su-nget... I read it as sun-get. D'oh! Nasanay kasi ako na pure English ang blog mo. Napa-isip tuloy ako kung ano yung sun-get. Haha!    

At Tue Jun 26, 08:24:00 AM, Blogger Mike retorts...

jhed: i'm not intimidating. more likely i get intimidated with you guys. really, i'm not kidding.

during the iBlog3, i just kept silent because i want to hear you guys talk. probably the next time i get to go out with you people, i vow to be noisy. and oh, i didn't make an effort to socialize. that's the way i socialize. weird, but it's true. haha.

The GCs. Maybe when my hit counter reaches 5,000 i'd be giving out something for the viewing public again. keep yourself posted.

oy, kahit malakas ako magyosi, kaya kong mabuhay ng mahigit isang taon nang wala nun. haha.    

At Tue Jun 26, 10:12:00 AM, Blogger bulitas retorts...

oi yosi boi. hahaha. mukhang healthy! yeah! we did that backstabbing activity in our psych1 class way back in my freshie years. haha. it was fun!    

At Tue Jun 26, 11:22:00 AM, Anonymous juice retorts...

oy, kahit malakas ako magyosi, kaya kong mabuhay ng mahigit isang taon nang wala nun. haha.

AMEN. Same goes for me :) Finally somebody shares the same sentiments as me.    

At Tue Jun 26, 06:45:00 PM, Blogger The King retorts...

I won't say what my student number is, but let's just say na hindi ko na nadatnan ang RGEP, hehe.

Umuulan nga ng 1.0 Geog 1. Sino prof mo? Si Kristian Saguin daw ang pinakasikat..    

At Tue Jun 26, 09:35:00 PM, Blogger Mike retorts...

bulitas: psych1? i took psych101, but i never heard of psych1 in diliman.. haha. mga ilang dekada na ba ang nakaraan?

juice: cheers! haha.

the king: Iona Lacson prof ko. so far okay siya bilang prof.    

At Fri Jun 29, 12:19:00 PM, Blogger bulitas retorts...

yes, it's psych 1. theupd and uplb curriculum varies in a lot of ways. =) wala yun sa edad! haha    

At Fri Jun 29, 08:36:00 PM, Blogger Mike retorts...

bulitas: yeah, just like math 26. my friend from lb who shifted to diliman took up math26 and it wasn't credited. so she has to take up math10++ series which are the very definition of death.    

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