Saturday, September 26, 2009


A few weeks ago, I ran into an old trainee. She looked alarmed and asked me if I was okay.

“Oo naman!” I defensively replied, my voice seventeen decibels higher than normal.

“Wala lang. Mukha ka kasing sad. Or na-tipus.”

I dismissed that last comment and went on my way. I suppose the transition from being on leave to working nights again was not as easy as I had hoped. I overdosed on ascorbic acid, focused on getting a lot of sleep and apparently it paid off.

I was speaking to a friend earlier today and she said my aura looked a little different. I don’t really believe in auras and whatnot but it’s nice to receive a compliment every now and then. She said I looked healthier and I didn’t seem as emo as before. I thought the day couldn’t get any better when…

I was looking at some of my blog statistics when I noticed that I got a lot of hits last Wednesday and Thursday. Being slightly vain and curious, I wanted to know what caused it. I totally freaked out when I saw that I got a lot of traffic from a particular website- The Philippine Blog Awards.

Two years ago, I learned that I was nominated for a PBA*. I didn’t know who nominated me or how I even made it to that list but truly, I was ecstatic. It didn’t matter that I found out about it four months after the contest ended. The mere fact that I was nominated was enough. I’ve always seen this page as my own fortress of solitude and the fact that someone thought I had a shot at an award made me feel really nice.

Hemingways… Back in July, I submitted my blog for this year’s awards. To be honest, I just wanted to display the nice shiny badge. They sent me an email early this month to confirm that I was an official nominee and today (drum roll please) I learned that they’ve chosen this page as a finalist for the Best Personal Blog category. So happy! :D I didn’t think that lighting could strike the same place twice but apparently, it can and it has.

Back in ’07, I wasn’t very sociable in the blogging world so I didn’t know any of my co-nominees. This year, I’m proud to say I know, err read a couple of these blogs. Koji from Excuse My French and RZ from Room For Squares are also finalists for Best Personal Blog. My favorite movie reviewer Francis from Lessons From The School of Inattention is a finalist for Best Entertainment Blog.

Whatever happens, I’m just glad to be a part of all this. Everyone is so talented. I’m in such awe. Looking through the entire list of finalists (see it here!), all I can say is the judges are soooo going to have their hands full. Best of luck to everyone!

Black Eyed Peas
I Gotta Feeling
The E.N.D.