Alas, after quite some time of being the best of buddies and critics online,
trading barbs and compliments on our comment forms and twitter messages; we have met last Saturday and saw
the real people behind our favorite blogs at the awards night of the Emerging Influential Blogger at
PAGCOR.Â And all we could actually exclaim after seeing each other is:Â Wow, we all look real
different in person compared to all our pics on our avatars! I don’t exactly know what that
meant, but I would rather take that as a compliment.
An EB Beside the Bay
It was not so obvious that we all were so excited to meet each other and have a longer time for
chit-chat that we set up an EB at the bar owned by
where Doc Z’s
uncle is the chef, at the back of the Mall of
Asia; right in front of the Manila Bay where its raging waves constantly splashed our faces wet.Â After
picked me up in front of the Coastal Mall around 2PM,
one-by-one bloggers arrived and settled in for an exchange of ideas, experiences, blogging concerns and
endless laughters over some nicely-cooked fries, buttered mushrooms and spicy chicken wings.
We could have settled in on that place to have the awarding all-together, as the staff of the bar were
already setting up the stage and musical instruments ready for all of us to raid and become instant live
rockstar bloggers.Â What was most noticeable though was that we were conversing as if we have met each
other for so many times in the past!
Big Bro Jan
even crossed the seas from Mindoro
to be with the
group of Jedibloggers and new friends; alas I met the real Gerard Anderson in the person of Yatot
and told him to ask Kim Chui for heaven’s sake to take some vitamins;Â Lyle
unstoppable with his web designing adventures and misadventures against Indian counterparts; Doc
with his booming voice and Sen. Trillanes looks
(Mabuhay ang Rebolusyon!);
who I discovered is actually a neighbor in Cavite together with
who showed his sincere smile whenever I remind him of
post about Naruto; Novz
who generously offeredÂ his ride
and in between shared with me SEO tips and trades; and Roel
who for the longest time I
have been camping on his blog it was only the day I personally met him (hey, Roel, remembered the
stewardess? LOL).Â Now I am once again blogging under influence. Har har har har har!
By the way, send my thanks to your uncle Doc Z
.Â I thought you
would foot-in the bill.Â Hahaha!Â Hey, where is the Yellow Cab pizza by the way?Â Hmmm…Maybe
L-R: Doc Z, Lyle, Elmot, Boni, Roel, Jan, Yatot and Novz. (photo by Doc
“Are You a Blogger?Â Excuse Me, How Old Are You?”
We thought we had glued already ourselves at MOA, but obviously we needed to ride our way off to PAGCOR
Paranaque in order to meet more bloggers and of course be there for the awarding of Mam Janette’s
writing project.Â Arriving in style for the registration at the 2nd Floor of the Casino, three
beautiful Marias welcomed us; enjoining us to list our names and details at the registration form while
at the same time giving us freebies and stuffs from sponsors.
I enthusiastically approached one of the beautiful ladies on the table for me to be guided but I was
asked, “Are you a blogger?” With the cutest smile I have on my arsenal I answered,
“Yes Mam.” Then she responsed with a beautiful smile too.Â Wow!Â I said to
myself, geeh I still have the hots and that killer charm dude.Â But the lady asked me the killer
question of that day, “Excuse me, how old are you?Â Minors are not allowed inside the casino.”
Poof!Â Darn, she broke my heart!!!Â Hey, I am not a minor anymore, eh!Â But I did not want to spoil
the night so just took it as another compliment from Venus.Â As soon as she heard my age, she ignored
me and instead turned her crystal eyes to the Doctor-Blogger-who-now-has-his-own-domain,
whom she probed so much like a CIA Agent as if wanting him to becomeÂ her OB-Gynecologist. Right Doc
That night I also met the ever beautiful Snow
and asked her for
my “balut”; finance expert Tyrone
; the king of pinoy blogging the ever humbleÂ Jehz
the cute lady Ada
; had a nice conversation with Crisiboy
about Tiger Woods farting on the green lane; the ever
beholding beauty of Earthlingeorgeous
of BS; and my fellow first-timer during that blogging event
who I heard is not anymore that frustrated
on climbing the social ladder after the event.Â LOL!
Some more pics:
L-R: Sir Angel, Lyle, Roel, Jhong, Jan, ReyJr, Elmot, Doc Z (photo by
Jan and Elmot (Ooops, Mom, it’s Jan’s beer on the table)
Photo by Jan
L-R:Â Jhong, Doc Z, Jan, ReyJr, Elmot (photo by Jan)
Elmot and Mam Analyn (Gee ReyJr, you took the shot as if I am already
kissing your high-tech cam! Obviously you want to have a closer look at Pops Fernadez..LOL!) Photo by
Elmot, Mam Janette and ReyJr (Photo by ReyJr)
Lessons Learned by This Minor-aged Blogger
There are lots of things that I learned during that blogging event.Â I think
more than winning or even losing on that writing project, what I cherished most (and I never regretted
to have ever attended the event even virtually being awake for almost 24 hours) is that I met so many
bloggers and have become friends with them.Â From behind our blogs we could easily be so good and
affectionate with other bloggers who visit our sites; or even foil their attempts to connect with us and
so build tall walls detached from the bigger wider world.Â However, meeting other bloggers in person,
and most of those we interact with in the blogosphere is another thing.Â Instantly, I met the most
friendly, generous and welcoming persons in my life that night; from total strangers to friends…and
my blogging will certainly never be the same.
And two more important lessons that all bloggers should learn?Â Hmmm.Â Be ready:
1.Â Thou shall not make yourself a TwitterNoob! and;
2.Â Thou shall not ask your friends to be overzealous on helping you earn money online by clicking
your adsense ads 16 times in less than 1 minute!
Right Lyle! LOL!
After the event?Â Jan, Roy and JhongMed went home already.Â Doc Z, Novz, Sir Angel, Yatot, Lyle, Bloggista and ThirdWorldGeek
continued the fun and party and get-together in Makati till 5 AM!
I did not join them anymore.Â I am a minor remember? LOL.
Till next time guys!Â See yah!Â May the force be with us all!
Main image by Ada
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