Seven years ago, I have met so many interesting and lovable personalities in the world of blogs and bloggers. I was a neophyte then and it felt so surreal to have virtually met some of them and later on was able to put faces into their names. The few eyeballs I have had with bloggers had always been anticipated with excitement and joy. The gaiety and fun is something inexplicable. I am sure bloggers like me can relate to the euphoria but it would be hard for some people who do not blog or who do not read blogs to fathom this one special aspect of virtual relationships. If there is one thing striking about blogging, it is about how much we reveal a great deal of ourselves, our passions, values, motivations, interests, humor, etc to the world wide web. If for reasons of privacy issues, a blogger never discloses personal inclinations at the blogs, it is somehow manifested on the way he imparts his thoughts in the commentary section. In fact, I believe we come to know more about one another through regular interaction with our blogs than we would with new in-person friends we probably wouldn’t see every once in a while.
I consider it an excellent blessing to have known heaps of beautiful people virtually. It truly made my blogging journey colorful and even more meaningful. I had the opportunity of knowing a lovely, charming and an intelligent blogger from Manila. She is very dear to me and I have come to love her from day one. It was easy because her blogs particularly Marriage and Beyond is very inspiring. She is so articulate in publishing relevant articles pertaining to her beautiful family and marriage in general. Her no-nonsense thoughts about things are well applauded. I was so drawn at her unassuming personality, eloquence and at her conspicuous command of the language. I used to frequent her blogs. In fact, I have openly expressed, I am her biggest fan. It was not hard for online friendship to develop by virtue of countless comment interactions. In the past, blogging was of different dimension. It was not bound by any rules. We were never obliged to visit each others’ blogs but we somehow took time to come by and sincerely made our presence felt by commenting. The online friendship thrived despite so many odds at my end.
Even when I have intermittently blogged in the span of seven years, she has indelibly made a mark in my heart. I personally admire her for being a steadfast servant of God. Their family is always a force to reckon with in everything. She’s one of the few bloggers I so adore and wished I could meet in the flesh if given the chance.
I never thought this could have been possible because time had always been scarce each time I travel to Manila. As you know, I hail from down South. But she had initially expressed that she wanted for us to meet prior my departure to Australia. And so the assembly date, time and place was arranged.
The Aspacio couple offered to pick me up at my friend’s place in Pasig. That glorious feeling when you’re seated at their car, finally seeing them in the flesh, having animated conversation with them, and not just reading through what’s on their heads… ahhhh! I was so thrilled to my bones! I still could not believe the meet-up materialized! I was a happy soul when they took time to see me and spent some precious moments with me. I felt so special!
They brought me to The Fort at Global City. It was my first time to set foot at the place. We saw ex- showbiz personality Rica Peralejo queuing up in one of the shops clad in ordinary pair of thongs, T-shirt and jeans. In all honesty, I got more fascinated by Sis Jen than with Rica. She is ageless and flawless! Believe me when I say I got so starstruck! She’s so smart, young looking, calm and soft-spoken. I would have never believed she got a 9 year old son! The husband and wife in tandem is such a sight to behold! My solid impression of her was reinforced when I finally got to talk to her. I am amazed at the comfort level- it’s like we’ve known each other for so long even when it’s only our first time to meet!
We covered various territories as we chatted away the night at Jamba Juice.
I find the relation between expectations and reality rather fascinating. It does add some dimension. I had the entire night to adapt to their live physical appearances in contrast to the static avatar in my head. In the end, they are the same amazing people that I came to love virtually. I expected them to be awesome but they absolutely exceeded my expectations in the tiny bits of time spent with each other.
It was close to midnight when they finally took me home. But the night did not simply fade away in oblivion. The most poignant moment of our meet-up happened when Sis Jen’s husband, Jeff prayed over me. Every words that came out of his mouth was uttered with utmost sincerity. Uncontrollably, I felt the tears streaming down my face. I just can’t help it! He prayed for God’s guidance and protection over me and for Him to help me hasten my steps as He ushers me to the loveliest chapter of my life. The mighty, powerful and soulful prayer shook the very core of my being! I don’t think I will ever forget that moment.
I consider the pleasure of meeting the Aspacio couple as one of the most amazing and precious moments in my life. It was such a great honor for they have truly inspired me not only from a blog reader’s perspective but as an online pal who look up to their family with such high regard and esteem.
I pray that they continue to touch many people’s lives as they had similarly done to me over the years. May your tribe multiply and until we meet again!