Monday, December 3, 2012

Take A Bow

Wendy a.k.a. Smash used to blog and she was pretty good at it. 

She's both funny and quick-witted. Traits very few humans possess. 

I wish she returns to blogging. I know many feel the same way.

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Raft3r and I became friends when I sat next to him in a class in our second year law school. I was bored out of my wits prior to that class. When he and I became seatmates, my boredom instantly disappeared. I just loved his wit and sarcasm. I also marveled at how he could be genuinely pleasant during early Saturday mornings, when most of us were grumpy at the thought of spending the whole day studying and reciting. When Raft3r told me his story of how he cut classes in college in Manila to look for an action figure toy all the way at SM Southmall in Las Piñas, I knew I was smitten.

Raft3r and I briefly lost touch after I graduated from law school and when he focused on becoming richer. One night though, I found myself out of place among lovers at the breakwater of SM-MOA when I received a text from Raft3r informing me that he had just started a blog called Malibay, named after his notorious birthplace in Pasay. Raft3 is as unpretentious and as fun as Malibay, both the place and the blog.

My favorite of Raft3r’s blog entries, in fact, is Wouldn’t It Nice To Be Proud, in which Raft3r extolled the virtues of his much maligned barangay. It was a riot and held a punch of delightful trivias about Malibay – or Mali Bay as Raft3r fondly calls it. To my mind, that blog entry was an insight into Raft3r’s psyche: positive, non-conformist and real.

Raft3r’s blog is also my go-to repository of relationship advice from a sometimes twisted but very honest male perspective. My favorites are Single Me Out, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, and I Can’t Make You Love Me.

I know no other person who loves movies and music as much as Raft3r does. Although I never understood his fixation with Marian Rivera, I appreciate that he’s no snob when it comes to watching Filipino movies. And despite his obsession with Janet Jackson – which I also do not get – I love that he never scrimps when he’s at the CD store or when buying concert tickets to see his favorite musicians. Raft3r’s passion for fun is both amazing and contagious. 

Raft3r, thank you for generously sharing yourself with us through your blog. Malibay is the place I go to when I needed cheering up, and you never failed me in that regard. It was a great four years. Although it pains me to let your blog go, I take comfort in the knowledge that the person behind the blog lives through. 

Wendy

40 comments:

Anonymous said...

Like! Super nice.

Raft3r said...

anonymous, Yes. Wendy rocks!

Wendy said...

Thanks for the kind words sa intro:) And thank u kay Anonymous. I think may mali lang ako. It's been a great five years, not four.

Raft3r said...

wendy, Hindi. Ako dapat ang mag thank you sayo. Salamat!

Turista Trails said...

Sumasabay ka sa Mayan calendar raft3r ha...

Raft3r said...

turista trails, Sila ang sumabay ke Raft3r! Nyahaha

gillboard said...

feel ko like ka niya talaga. hehehe

not in a romantic way of course. :)

Raft3r said...

gillboard, Everyone likes me! Nyahaha

Wendy said...

Natawa ko sa comment ni gillboard. Friends lang po kami so tama yung not in a romantic way. LOL

Raft3r said...

wendy, Don't mind him. KSP yan. Nyahaha

atticus said...

ikaw, ikaw ang younger brother na hindi pinagpalang maging ate ako. ang swerte mo dahil doon.

Raft3r said...

atticus, Nyahaha. Kaya loves kita dahil don! Hehe

gillboard said...

wendy: tama yung friends lang... la ka mapapala dyan. hahaha

denoy: di ako ksp no! :P

Raft3r said...

gillboard, Nyahaha. Sige na nga. Retract kona. Hehe

Wendy said...

Haha gillboard, ang alam ko mapera si Raft3r e. Mabuti na lang never sumagi sa isip ko na perahan sya. LOLz

Raft3r said...

wendy, Nyahaha. Hwag kang ganyan. Gullible yan si Gillboard! Hehe

pete said...

halatang hindi ikaw ang sumulat ang haba e

Raft3r said...

pete, Nyahaha. Tama!

saM said...

Kainis ka raft3r :( hate u na. Wendy pabasa blog moha!

Raft3r said...

sam, Nyahaha. Bakit naman?

Wendy said...

Sam, sorry pero deleted na e. I blogged several years ago pa kasi.

Raft3r said...

wendy, Kaya nga dead link ka sa post mo. Hehe

Anonymous said...

Wonderful!! Can she be my friend? Denoy, introduce me! hahahahaha!...without your blog, waht will distract Ms. Butuan and I in the mornings?..even if it is just a few minutes???....babe

Raft3r said...

babe, Nyahaha. Sige. Introductions are in order. Hehe

Gorgeous said...

Are you seriously shutting down Mali Bay operations??

Why???

Don’t you know it gives light to people who are stressed, overworked and underpaid?

Tanong mo pa ke babe.
Hahahaha!!!!

Raft3r said...

gorgeous, Wow naman. Pero hindi ako nagdadala sa bola. Nyahaha

Wendy said...

babe, thank u. I feel as if we're now friends even if we haven't met. Hehehe. Hey, we have something in common. Favorite nating pang-aliw ang blog ni Raft3r.

Raft3r said...

wendy, Nyahaha. Magkakasundo talaga kayo nyan! Hehe

Archieviner VersionX said...

Whahaha. Mas mahaba nga eto. di ko kasi to nabasa.

Raft3r said...

archieviner, Nyahaha. Lagot ka ke Wendy! Hehe

len said...

I'm still in denial. YOu're not closing your blog.

Raft3r said...

len, Acceptance na dapat! Nyahaha

pete said...

mukhang tuloy ang pagsasara mo ha

Raft3r said...

pete, Walang makakapigil! Nyahaha

Anonymous said...

ang pogi talaga ng ating kaibigan denoy nyahaha

Raft3r said...

prinsesamusang, Wendy never even said I'm pogi! Hehe

Anonymous said...

You a lawyer?

Raft3r said...

anonymous, No. Hell no! Hehe

eden said...

Ma mimiss ka namin..sana huwag nalang isara

Raft3r said...

eden, Thanks. Ang sweet.