"Hey 23! Call me." - Hayley James Scott
"A faithful friend is the medicine of life." - Apocrypha
As I sit here in the early hours of the morning, reminiscing about the night that has just gone by, I am in such a state of euphoria and inspiration and the only thing I can articulate is: Today is the first day of the rest of my life.
I had the pleasure of catching up with two of my favourite boys, Kuya Ken and Brian (Yan) Riopirio last night. I picked up Kenneth after I finished work and we drove around town trying to meet up with Yan. This journey alone had us in stitches. Our communication methods and the manner in which the three of us converse is enough to show the complete ease we are with each other
Me: where are you?
Yan: Ksubi, do you know where that is?
Me: Pft, no! why would I know where Ksubi is?
Ken: where are you Yan?
Yan: Why would I tell you? Its not like you would know where it was anyway
My driving skills (or lack thereof) seemed to be a source of complete and utter amusement for the boys. Truth be told, I did park illegally in an alleyway (and completely froze when a van full of police drove by) and was beeped at a green light, which shocked me into speeding up (nearly running over a pedestrian). Not to mention, the fact that I tended to drift aimlessly along the streets without any clear sense of direction as I was too distracted with catching up on the latest developments in the boys’ lives. Clearly a life behind the wheel was not my calling.
I figured, they both needed to be fed well, so we went to Tony Romas for ribs. The ambience alone at this restaurant was to die for. They had Celine, Streisand and Whitney blaring form the speakers, we didn’t know weather to wait for Diva Yan to start an impromptu performance or Ashton Kutcher to jump out screaming “You got punk’ed!”.
After forcing the boys to order baby back ribs (I mean who orders a burger at a rib house?), we managed to scoff down our meals in between catching up on each other’s lives. There’s something so poignant about adding value to a gathering by delving deeper into people’s lives. It was as if, the frivolous and superficial details weren’t sufficient for our friendship, we all had a hunger to share our secrets, our dreams, our struggles, our joys and our sorrows. I was so excited to hear all the great things these two were doing. Family, work, and ministry – they’re both taking the world by storm. I had a moment of clarity when the boys told me how proud they were of me, where I realized that I gravitated towards these two growing up, because there was an innate sense of protection I was surrounded by, like they were there to look after me. My two Kuyas (even though technically, Yan is younger in age). I can now also turn to them for advice on boys, which was extremely refreshing, as they no longer treat me like one of the boys!
Not wanting the night to end, I dragged the guys out to get dessert with me, and we made our way to cockle bay wharf for some hot chocolate. We had an in-depth discussion about temperaments (I’m possibly a choleric, from what Yan assumes) and also discovered our mutual OCD habits.
Refusing to let the boys public transport it home, I decided I wanted the extra 2 hours of quality time with my besties and decided to drive out west and travel the Bermuda triangle we lived in (we’re situated at 3 opposite ends of Sydney). Yan introduced my new favorite game “Name 3 things you ♥ about each other” which had me in tears.
I ♥ Yan because:
- He’s such good value. He is constantly making me laugh and brings such joy to any situation
- He shares so many personal in-jokes with me, and we are so comfortable in our own private world neither of us need any explanation
- He has such a great sense of adventure! Always inspiring me to dream bigger, always encouraging me to push further and take on fun adventures weather it be setting life goals, tweeting pics to each other or setting up a camping tent in the living room
I ♥ Kenneth because:
- He possesses such emotional strength. I look at Kuya and I see a boy who has graciously turned into a man. He takes on life’s challenges with such dignity and calmness and is consistent, responsible and reliable like no other
- He is constantly striving to reach new goals. Weather it be training for a marathon, setting up a business, undertaking honors study, or taking on a new teaching job – he is always pushing his limits, reaching further, dreaming bigger
- He is the kindness boy I’ll ever know. Being a pastor, he never lets his humor be at another’s expense, he is constantly trying to be more generous, more understanding, more thoughtful and more appreciative of people. He always (so humbly) wants to better himself.
They both made me message them as soon as I was home because Yan says he “didn’t want to sleep until we’re all safe and sound”, and now I look forward to tomorrow, more energized, inspired, encouraged and motivated to love life and be thankful for the many blessings I have
"True happiness consists not in the multitude of friends, but in their worth and choice." -
In an effort to stoke passions, director Sam Mendes, Winslet’s real-life husband, has been cranking up the volume on a Dean Martin ballad each time they launch into the scene. After 13 takes, with patience running on fumes, someone cues up the music again - only this time a practical joker has replaced Dino with Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On,” the syrupy but strangely stirring anthem from Titanic. Suddenly, it’s as if someone pressed the pause button. Everyone freezes for a good five seconds. And then, without saying a word, DiCaprio wraps Winslet in his arms, she spreads hers, and they re-create the iconic hood-ornament image that was wallpapered all over the planet 11 years ago. The 300 or so extras and onlookers explode into applause juicing the stars enough to nail the scene on the next take. - EW December 2008
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