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My Nanay and the Eraserheads

It’s the time of the year when we salute the women whose womb brought us and whose breasts, we nursed. We have different and unique yabang stories about how great, cool, and loving our mothers are. I have already shared this to my old readers last year but let me share this again to you, my own yabang anecdote about my beloved Nanay:

The year was 2010. After months of being a bum after quitting my work as a researcher in UP Manila, I landed a job as an editor in a publishing company. And since I learned about the Eraserheads: The Head Set earlier that year (when rumors began to spread like wildfire on the internet), I made a vow to myself to allot a portion of my paycheck for the box set - no matter how expensive it would cost me.

The Box Set was released on September 9, 2010 - and I still haven’t received my paycheck. I was in panic. Since the box set is limited, I feared that I will not be able to buy myself a copy. I also feared that the box set will not be available here in the Southern Luzon area (you know, some music materials are just too Metro Manila-centered).

I received my paycheck by mid-September and the first thing that I did was to go to the nearest (and only) Greenwich here in Los Baños. I asked the crew if they have the Heads Set. And the rest was months of nostalgia, rockin’ with the Eraserheads.

As most of you who have the Heads Set, the box includes a coffee table book/ lyric sheet/ photo album (I don’t know how to exactly call it), complete albums, EPs, and a DVD, and the Heads Set Shirt.

Now, the Heads Shirt came in free-size-one-size-fits-all-that’s-a-fuckin’-fashion-discrimination!  And if you who know me personally, you know that that shirt will not fit me - and I rarely wear body fits (bakat ang man-boobs pare!). So I decided to just hang it in my room for art’s sake, for bragging, and for future self-centered consumption (I just love to use that word).

Months went by and the shirt still hangs in my room. One day, my Nanay entered the room and asked me: "Aanhin mo yan kung hindi mo isusuot? Sayang lang ang Pho 2, 500 mo."

Jokingly, I replied "Kapag pumayat ako, maisusuot ko na yan".

"Ipahiram mo na lang muna sa akin. Ako ang magsusuot.", she replied.

At first, I was taken aback. My Nanay will wear an Eraserheads shirt? Is she trying to be bagets or what? I can accept it if my father wears this shirt (because he is jeprox and young at heart) but my conservative Nanay? She got to be kidding.

I asked her, "Seryoso kayo?".

"Oo nga!", she replied.

And she removed the shirt from the hanger, went to the other room, and wore my shirt. And it fits her perfectly. Panalo!


This is the modern world where being fit and sexy is in and being fat with man-boobs is a big no. It’s just so unfair for us fatties. Come on self-proclaimed fashion experts! There are more of us who are not sexy, fit, and macho. The world is full of non-sexy and non-fit individuals. You should consider us whenever you make these shirts.

Okay, enough of the ranting. Alam ko namang olats ako diyan at kailangan ko na talagang magpapayat. Hindi na din kasi healthy.

I have cool parents. It’s good to see them having the same trip and vibes as ours. They borrow and listen to my CDs. They watch the same TV series as mine. And they both love the Eraserheads.

Nanay, you can wear that shirt forever if you want to. It’s all yours. I can buy you more Eraserheads shirt if you want to. Keep your cool. I love you po! :’)

__________

I don’t have a perfect mother - we all are. And sometimes, whenever I lose my temper or just under the weather, I treat my mother’s imperfections as a curse. It has always been my temptation (and I am struggling to fight it day after day) to look at my Nanay’s imperfection as something that the universe has conspired to punish me. And I hate myself for that.

But whenever I hear her story, I understand her. It’s inspiring to hear the stories of her youth. I almost cried when I heard that she has to stop going to school for a year because of her health conditions and how she struggled to be a working student and pay for her own school fees. I laugh whenever I hear her stories of youth, crazy office tales, and day-to-day experiences. Hearing her story made me understand my Nanay more. I guess I have to hear from her more in order for me to view her imperfections as a blessing. How about you? When was the last time that you had a heart-to-heart to your Nanay?

When I was young, I hated my mother for not letting me listen to the music of the Eraserheads. She always treat it as a noise and not a real music.

But now things have changed. She sings with me whenever I play Eraserheads (and Beatles) songs in the guitar and the piano. She even borrowed some of my CDs to listen in her computer in the office. And the last time I heard, she’s singing Super Bass, Bad Romance, and Pumped Up Kicks by Foster the People. Yes, you have read that right.

I guess music, being the universal language, helped us to understand each other.

And the last time I checked, my Eraserheads shirt is still in her closet.

__________

Thank you, Nanay, for all the things that you have done for us. Thank you for being a good mother, a good wife, and a good friend. I am sorry for being a pain in the ass sometimes (or most of the time). that is how I show my tough love (Nuks!).

May the Good Lord bless you with good health and a happier life. Madaming rounds pa ng Scrabble ang lalaruin natin at madami pang bote ng alak ang patutumbahin natin.

To the womb that bore me, and the breasts at which I nursed, I love you. Happy Mother’s Day po, Nanay!

Rakenrol!

Source: juanrepublic

"Inay"

Sa mahinahong paalam ng araw Sa pag-ihip ng hanging kahapunan Balabal ko’y init ng ‘yong pag-ibig Sa dapit-hapong kay lamig 

Mga bituin kay agang magsigising Umaandap, mapaglaro man din Iyong ngiti hatid nila sa akin Sa diwa ko’t panalangin 

Puso ko’y pahimlayin Inay Upang yaring hamog Ng gabing tiwasay Ay madama ko bilang damping Halik ng ‘yong Anak Ay! Irog kong inay 

Sa palad niyo itago aking palad Aking bakas sa inyong bakas ilapat At iuwi sa tahanan kong dapat Sa piling ng inyong Anak 

Puso ko’y pahimlayin Inay Upang yaring hamog Ng gabing tiwasay Ay madama ko bilang damping Halik ng ‘yong anak Ay! Irog ko, O Ina kong mahal! Irog kong Inay

This is one of my favorite songs. It is written by a Jesuit and this is actually intended as a Liturgical song attributed to our Blessed Mother Mary.

And I am sharing this beautiful song to you in this special occasion dedicated for the woman that we all love the most - our mother.

Happy Mother’s Day to our Nanay, Inay, Ina, Mama, Mamu, Mom, Mommy, and Lola. Let us treat this day as a day to show our love and to thank them for all the things that she has done for us.

And let us also pray for those mothers who are abandoned by their children and those who are suffering and treating motherhood as a curse and not a blessing.

Salamat at mahal na mahal kita, Inay.

Source: juanrepublic

Guess Who’s Wearing my Eraserheads Shirt?

This Mother’s Day, let me share you this beautiful anecdote/ experience with my Nanay. I know that all of us have different and unique yabang stories about how great, cool, and loving our mothers are. Let me share you this one:

Last September, I got my first paycheck from the Publishing Company where I work as an editor. And since I learned about the Eraserheads: The Head Set last March (when rumors began to spread like wildfire on the internet), I made a vow to myself to allot a portion of my paycheck for the box set - no matter how expensive it would cost me.

The Box Set was released on September 9 - and I still haven’t received my paycheck. I was in panic. Since the set is limited, I feared that I will not be able to buy myself a copy. I also feared that the box set will not be available here in the Southern Luzon area (you know, some music materials are just too Metro Manila-centered).

I received my paycheck by mid-September and the first thing that I did was to go to the nearest (and only) Greenwich here in Los Baños. I asked the crew if they have the Heads Set. And the rest was months of nostalgia, rockin’ with the Eraserheads.

As most of you who have the Heads Set, the box includes a coffee table book/ lyric sheet/ photo album (I don’t know how to exactly call it), complete albums, EPs, and a DVD, and the Heads Set Shirt.

Now, the Heads Shirt came in free-size-one-size-fits-all-that’s-a-fuckin’-fashion-discrimination!  And if you who know me personally, you know that that shirt will not fit me - and I rarely wear body fits (bakat ang man-boobs pare!). So I decided to just hang it in my room for art’s sake, for bragging, and for future self-centered consumption (I just love to use that word).

Months went by and the shirt still hangs in my room. One day, my Nanay entered the room and asked me: “Aanhin mo yan kung hindi mo isusuot? Sayang lang ang Pho 2, 500 mo.”

Jokingly, I replied “Kapag pumayat ako, maisusuot ko na yan”.

"Ipahiram mo na lang muna sa akin. Ako ang magsusuot.", she replied.

At first, I was taken aback. My Nanay will wear an Eraserheads shirt? Is she trying to be bagets or what? I can accept it if my father wears this shirt (because he is jeprox and young at heart) but my conservative Nanay? She got to be kidding.

I asked her, “Seryoso kayo?”.

"Oo nga!", she replied.

And she removed the shirt from the hanger, went to the other room, and wore my shirt. And it fits her perfectly. Panalo!


This is the modern world where being fit and sexy is in and being fat with man-boobs is a big no. It’s just so unfair for us fatties. Come on self-proclaimed fashion experts! There are more of us who are not sexy, fit, and macho. The world is full of non-sexy and non-fit individuals. You should consider us whenever you make these shirts.

Okay, enough of the ranting. Alam ko namang olats ako diyan at kailangan ko na talagang magpapayat. Hindi na din kasi healthy.

I have cool parents. It’s good to see them having the same trip and vibes as ours. They borrow and listen to my CDs. They watch the same TV series as mine. And they both love the Eraserheads.

Nanay, you can wear that shirt forever if you want to. It’s all yours. I can buy you more Eraserheads shirt if you want to. Keep your cool. I love you po! :’)

Happy Mother’s Day Nanay!

Source: juanrepublic

Happy 22nd Anniversary Nanay and Tatay!
Today marks the 22nd wedding anniversary of my parents. 22 years of being a husband and wife, 22 years of being good parents, 22 years of ups and downs, 22 years of blessings and misfortunes, and 22 years of being together.
You have gone a long way in your marriage. You have been a good example to us, your sons and daughter. You have thought us to be God-fearing individuals and to be just to our neighbor. You are our idols.
In three years, you will be celebrating your Silver Anniversary. But let’s aim for fifty years just like Lolo and Lola. And when that day comes, I want both of you to sing Adam Sandler’s Grow Old With You.
I love you Nanay and Tatay from the bottom of my heart and from the wholeness of my substantial, corporeal, living, and rational soul. Nuks!
Photo taken at Kamay ni Hesus Healing Center, Lucban Quezon. I asked them to pose on ‘The Temptation’ statue of Adam and Eve for art’s sake - and for them to be reminded that whatever temptations may come along the way, they should still be together as one.

Happy 22nd Anniversary Nanay and Tatay!

Today marks the 22nd wedding anniversary of my parents. 22 years of being a husband and wife, 22 years of being good parents, 22 years of ups and downs, 22 years of blessings and misfortunes, and 22 years of being together.

You have gone a long way in your marriage. You have been a good example to us, your sons and daughter. You have thought us to be God-fearing individuals and to be just to our neighbor. You are our idols.

In three years, you will be celebrating your Silver Anniversary. But let’s aim for fifty years just like Lolo and Lola. And when that day comes, I want both of you to sing Adam Sandler’s Grow Old With You.

I love you Nanay and Tatay from the bottom of my heart and from the wholeness of my substantial, corporeal, living, and rational soul. Nuks!

Photo taken at Kamay ni Hesus Healing Center, Lucban Quezon. I asked them to pose on ‘The Temptation’ statue of Adam and Eve for art’s sake - and for them to be reminded that whatever temptations may come along the way, they should still be together as one.

Source: juanrepublic

Happy Birthday Nanay!
Ngayong araw na ito, Nobyembre 18, ay ang ika- (Teka, bawal daw sabihin ang tunay niyang edad.) na kaarawan ng aking Nanay.
Maraming-maraming salamat po sa Nanay sa pagmamahal, pag-aaruga, at sa mga materyal at di-materyal na bagay na ibinigay niyo sa amin sa loob ng maraming taon. Pasensya na sa mga kawalanghiyaan ko. Na kung minsan (o madalas) ay napapainit ko ang inyong ulo. Alam niyo namang yun ang paraan ko ng “tough love”. Yeah!
Wish ko pa sa inyo ang pagkalooban pa kayo ni Lord ng madaming biyaya, good health, masaya at kontentong buhay, at mas marami pang birthdays na dadating. Hindi ko na po muna hihilingin kay Lord na magkaroon kayo ng apo dahil alam kong ayaw niyo pa nun (yun ngang idea pa lang na magkaka-apo kayo, ayaw niyo na, yung tunay pa kaya? Haha!).
Sana naman po, balang araw, isa sa aming magkapatid ang mamanuhan niyo sa altar. Kung hindi man kaming dalawa, puwede na siguro ang isa. 
Happy birthday po ulit Nanay. I love you!

Happy Birthday Nanay!

Ngayong araw na ito, Nobyembre 18, ay ang ika- (Teka, bawal daw sabihin ang tunay niyang edad.) na kaarawan ng aking Nanay.

Maraming-maraming salamat po sa Nanay sa pagmamahal, pag-aaruga, at sa mga materyal at di-materyal na bagay na ibinigay niyo sa amin sa loob ng maraming taon. Pasensya na sa mga kawalanghiyaan ko. Na kung minsan (o madalas) ay napapainit ko ang inyong ulo. Alam niyo namang yun ang paraan ko ng “tough love”. Yeah!

Wish ko pa sa inyo ang pagkalooban pa kayo ni Lord ng madaming biyaya, good health, masaya at kontentong buhay, at mas marami pang birthdays na dadating. Hindi ko na po muna hihilingin kay Lord na magkaroon kayo ng apo dahil alam kong ayaw niyo pa nun (yun ngang idea pa lang na magkaka-apo kayo, ayaw niyo na, yung tunay pa kaya? Haha!).

Sana naman po, balang araw, isa sa aming magkapatid ang mamanuhan niyo sa altar. Kung hindi man kaming dalawa, puwede na siguro ang isa. 

Happy birthday po ulit Nanay. I love you!

Source: juanrepublic

Vice Ganda-Flavored Siomai

Since it is already late and we do not have an ample time to cook something for our dinner, my Nanay decided to buy siomai at the siomai haus somewhere in Junction.

Dinner came. I put some chili paste on my siomai for an extra kick. Minutes later, I was sweating like a pig. And my mother asked me:

Nanay: Maanghang ba yang siomai?
Juan: Hindi po! Pinapawisan na ako sa sobrang tamis ng siomai at hindi pa umuusok ang bibig ko. Hindi po. Hindi maanghang. Nanay naman! (laughs)
Nanay: (Boisterous laughter)

Simple moments. Simple happy moments with my family at the dinner table. This is the special bond and magic of the hapag kainan that Cardinal Rosales and the late Joey Velasco is trying to teach us on Hapag ng Pag-asa.

Ikaw? Kailan ka huling kumain at tumawa kasama ang iyong Pamilya?

Life is beautiful. Good evening everyone!

Happy Mother’s Day!
That’s me and my ever loving mother. Happy Mother’s day. Thank you for all the love, care, and financial support (dapat ba talagang isama ko yun?). Siyempre, alam konbg malaki na ang gastos niyo sa akin. 
Pasensya na sa mga kawalanghiyaan ko. Na kung minsan ay napapainit ko ang inyong ulo. Alam niyo namang yun ang paraan ko ng “tough love”. Yeah!
Happy Mother’s Day! I love you Nanay! :)

Happy Mother’s Day!

That’s me and my ever loving mother. Happy Mother’s day. Thank you for all the love, care, and financial support (dapat ba talagang isama ko yun?). Siyempre, alam konbg malaki na ang gastos niyo sa akin. 

Pasensya na sa mga kawalanghiyaan ko. Na kung minsan ay napapainit ko ang inyong ulo. Alam niyo namang yun ang paraan ko ng “tough love”. Yeah!

Happy Mother’s Day! I love you Nanay! :)

"The Temptation"
No. This is not the reenactment of the Temptation at the Garden of Eden. These are my Parents. I asked them to pose there for art’s sake and for Tumblr’s sake.
I am proud to say that though their marriage underwent many temptations, they did not give up. And now, they are still happily married after 21 years. Great.
Disclaimer: Hindi po nila anniversary ngayon. Napapaisip lang kasi ako na kapag ipinagpatuloy ko ang Theological studies ko sa isang taon, hindi na ako makakapag-asawa. At hindi magkakaroon ng sariling pamilya. Kaya kailangan kong pagdasalan ng mabuti ang magiging desisyon ko. :)
Photo taken at Kamay ni Hesus Healing Center, Lucban Quezon.

"The Temptation"

No. This is not the reenactment of the Temptation at the Garden of Eden. These are my Parents. I asked them to pose there for art’s sake and for Tumblr’s sake.

I am proud to say that though their marriage underwent many temptations, they did not give up. And now, they are still happily married after 21 years. Great.

Disclaimer: Hindi po nila anniversary ngayon. Napapaisip lang kasi ako na kapag ipinagpatuloy ko ang Theological studies ko sa isang taon, hindi na ako makakapag-asawa. At hindi magkakaroon ng sariling pamilya. Kaya kailangan kong pagdasalan ng mabuti ang magiging desisyon ko. :)

Photo taken at Kamay ni Hesus Healing Center, Lucban Quezon.

B.I. What?

  • Juan: (Listening to his parents' work-related conversation).
  • Nanay: Hay naku! Napaka-B.I. talaga nun sa mga kasama niya.
  • Tatay: Anong B.I.?
  • Nanay: Bad Influence. Hay naku Tatay, hindi ka "in" sa mga salita ngayon.
  • Tatay: Ah, yun pala. Malay ko ba naman diyan.
  • Juan: (Smirks. Trying not to laugh out loud).

"Anak, Please, Magbawas ka na ng Timbang"

  • Juan: (Inabutan ng nanay na nagme-merienda ng Pancit Canton, Bahaw, at Kapeng Barako)
  • Nanay: Ano yan? Hapunan mo?
  • Juan: Hindi po. Merienda lang po. May meeting kasi ako ng 7PM. Di ko alam kung anong oras matatapos.
  • Nanay: E bakit kanin ang kinakain mo?
  • Juan: Kahit pa po kamote, tinapay, o kanin ang kinakain ko, basta hindi hapunan, merienda pa rin yun. Tama?
  • Nanay: Namilosopo ka na naman! Magbawas-bawas ka sa pagkain! Baka mapilay ka na naman!
  • Juan: Sige po. Subukan ko. (Wink!)
  • (Believe it or not, I suffered from osteoarthritis back in the day. Wasak!)
COOL NANAY. Yes, that is my fifty-ish mother. And yes, she uses Twitter. She uses it to relay a message to me whenever she is too busy to text on her cellphone. She uses it whenever I am such a lazy bastard to reply on her text messages (“Sayang ang load ko. Smart kayo, Globe ako”).
My mother keeps up with the latest trend. She is not a technophobic. And that is her way of “bonding” with her children. How cool was that! Is your mother as cool as may Nanay? I will always love you Nanay. And keep on tweeting.

COOL NANAY. Yes, that is my fifty-ish mother. And yes, she uses Twitter. She uses it to relay a message to me whenever she is too busy to text on her cellphone. She uses it whenever I am such a lazy bastard to reply on her text messages (“Sayang ang load ko. Smart kayo, Globe ako”).

My mother keeps up with the latest trend. She is not a technophobic. And that is her way of “bonding” with her children. How cool was that! Is your mother as cool as may Nanay? I will always love you Nanay. And keep on tweeting.

My Mother Uses Twitter

  • Juan: Nanay aalis na po ako.
  • Nanay: Mag-text ka na lang kapag nakarating ka doon.
  • Juan: Wala po akong extra load. Naka-unli ako. Smart kayo. Mababawasan ang load ko.
  • Nanay: Ganun ba? O siya, mag-tweet ka na lang.
  • Juan: Sige po! Love you!
  • And my mother has numerous social networking sites than any of us here in our house. Who needs a Lola Techie if I have a Nanay Techie? Wasak!


This is a personal blog where rants, raves, and everything in between is written and posted.

About the Blogger: His name is Juan, a frustrated writer who hails from a sauna town at the foot of Mount Makiling. He spends his being an overworked and underpaid High School teacher and being a self-proclaimed superhero who is dreaming and trying to make a difference, one post at a time.

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