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Philippine Connection - July 26, 2002 Friday

Dad's Birthday

Another full body workout jumped me off to a good start. The entire household was busy preparing for tonite's event. Dad's guests were childood friends, TJ's was his former schoolmates (+ girlfriends). I invited a handful of good high school mates whose friendship long endured the past years - Tony, Janu (premiere session guitarist to the country's top vocal divas), Tots (sax/flute alchemist better known as "The Monster from Berkley") and Ferd. Noel also graced the occasion. Tiks unfortunately couldn't be there due to a transportation miscommunication. There was a lot of nostalgia, notably reveries of " SuToJa", a juvenile odyssey into the meditative martial arts arena.

Among TJ's musician guests were Pacoy (guitar) and Jay (keyboards). It's interesting to note that all 3 are accomplished Judo blackbelts - Pacoy being the current national champion and TJ having a reputation for having broken 6 arms in competition matches (as a devout practitioner of the sport in its truest form, he finds no delight in such outcomes). I had high hopes they and my friends would blow the doors off jamming our brains out into the wee hours. There was an attempt to make it happen but the whole thing never took off - one of those great "could have beens". The music lived on with Pacoy and Jay accompanying Dad, Senn and Abi ...and me, much later into the night.

An interesting item was TJ's friend, Ross, who came as close to an adrenalin junkie as can be - dragon boat racing, mountain climbing, mountain biking and judo. Apart from a fitness buff, Ross is also finishing her masters and teaching at the same time, straddling the full range of the sports/academia spectrum. I have to admit to being partial to adrenalin junkies, specially the ones with brains. As much as I craved for saddle time with local riders, Ross couldn't arrange one for me given the remaining time left before I leave.

Gold was down leaving TJ, Pacoy and myself the only 3 left, chatting and singing until the wee hours. I gave up at 4:30AM sensing the 2 had no plans of bidding the day goodbye.

--- TheLoneRider

July 26, 2002

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