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My homies for life.

Yesterday, I spent time with the MERALCO PEEPS on the birthday of one of our own, Gelo. Where for the last three years has been the unofficial” reunion party of the entire troupe. However, unlike previous years. Not every one was there as most of the troupe were having jobs during the summer time. It all happened in the afternoon at Dulcinea in Tomas Morato as we joined the other guests from his Thomasian friends (we‘re both in UST, but on different programs), and his family.

We spent time catching up with what‘s happening with our lives. Even to the point, we rant on each other including how I‘m always left out of the picture or the other things we pick on with someone from our troupe. It proves that sometimes, people never change. Even with all that’s been happening in our own lives since we took our own paths in college, the feeling is still the same. I got to admit, I was mostly silent for most of the afternoon. Because, I don’t have much stories to tell I have to say. Still, I’m always thankful to have them as company.

Photo ©Aldrin Dayauon


It was only for a short amount of time though as we never went way further into the night since we went our separate ways into the night. It made me think about next year when I hope to bring them in on my birthday and do something about it. I won’t do it this year though since like I‘ve been saying time and time again. I’m saving up on the ticket for the Rockets-Pacers pre-season game this October.

So once again, I‘ll thank the birthday dude Gelo for having us over again on his birthday this year. As well as to the MERALCO PEEPS who were there: Aldrin (the orginizer” as he created the event page on Facebook), JL, Quinn, Edison, Nur, Josh, Philip, Airam, Jolly and Siops. I hope to see you guys again soon as well as the other MERALCO PEEPS who weren’t with us yesterday.

Thankful for these great men.
K-Smoove

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Hoopin’ with my bros once again.

I always remember and cherish all the basketball games, me and my friends in high school played during PE classes twice a weekand in Intramurals each year. Victories and defeats. Good and bad games. Falling short and rising again. You name everything that may happen in a basketball game. However, with every game played, the brotherhood gets stronger and bonds are made that lasts a lifetime.

We have gone different paths after all was said and done, and today, me and my PEEPS got together once again as we have been doing so since we went our own ways and played hoops once again, it’s been almost three years since we played a game together. It was also time to catch up with things that have been happening with us from the last time we all got together, especially for one of my friends who came back from Cebu for Christmas.

We played our first game on midday at a basketball court inside one of my friends’ village, it was at first a 4 on 4 full court battle, until two of my other friends arrived and it became a 5 on 5 match-up. Our team won the game and I scored a couple of baskets, but the defining moment for me in the game were the TWO BLOCKSI had in the game, the most notable of those blocks was a block on a three point attempt from behind the guy taking the shot, after that block, he struggled with his shooting.The other block was on a short jumper also from behind the guy taking the shot. I had some of Serge Ibaka’s genes on those blocks. It may not be a LeBron James chasedown, but both blocks were specialand the fact that I have not made a block in a game in 5 years.After the game, we took a rest from the action, and then played another 5 on 5 battle with a different set of players, but it was only a halfcourt game. Unfortunately, on the second game, our team lost and the guy who I blocked at the three point line got his groove back, maybe he wanted to exact revenge on me after that block. After the games, we took a long rest at his home, before heading out for lunch where we had more time to catch up and talk about our life stories in college, as well as relieving some memories of our days in high school. After a long discussion, we went our separate ways to our homes.

So once again, I thank JL, Aldrin, Francis, Gelo, Patrick, Nur, Ichi, Miko and Josh for the great time spent and all the hoops. Until our next trip/reunion!

Brothers for a lifetime.
K-Smoove

Back when I was (near) bald.

Me (center) with some of my high school PEEPS at Eastwood City (c. 2009)
Photo ©Karl Carandang

It was the day before my birthday last April 30, I came by and stumble some photos on my Facebook wall featuring some of my classmates in college back in their high school days. Where they like the photos and make jokes out of it. I joined the party by leaving comments on the photos, but later, they stumbled on my photos from back then, and found a picture of me when I was in high school sporting a “near” bald haircut which brought back memories of my fourth year high school which was one of the best years in my high school life.

It was more than 2 years ago when I sported the look, in fact this was the first and only time in my life so far I sported this haircut. Well, there were haircut inspections back in high school and they were very strict on imposing it among the students (even in college there are haircut inspections but these are a little lighter than in high school). For me, I sported the haircut more on my personal choice, rather than complying with the haircut rule. I don’t like to sport longer hair for the fact that I don’t like bangs falling down from my hair (I know most would say What? You can brush that and raise it, and add some gel or wax on.), but that’s my touch on hair, besides.

I had some great memories with that hair starting from a birthday trip of my PEEP I attended together with my high school PEEPS, down at Eastwood City where we dined out at Yellow Cab, watched The Final Destination, went bowling, and chilled out the entire day. As well as the usual happenings down at school. It took about a couple of months for my hair to grow back from the time I sported the “near” bald look.

The fact it was the only time I sported this haircut, I wanted to sport that “near” bald cut again. However, they don’t want me to sport the cut anymore for the reason that it doesn’t fit in with my course in college and the fact I’m a slim man, and every time I talk about having that look, they will say “Wag! Hindi bagay sa ‘yo.” “No! It doesn’t suit you.”

Despite these facts that I can’t sport my cut, I can’t blame them for that. So from then on, I make sure I get the right haircut that I can be contented with. Besides, I have a good barber since the time they first brought me to a barber shop for haircuts and it costs me only P50 per cut (P20 for tips). Yes, he is a very good barber.

Well, it may be odd to say this but sporting a “near” bald look was one of the best moments of my life. It was a time when I freely chose what haircut I will sport. Though it was for only a short time and it made me look like a odd person. It was all worth it.

Photo ©Karl Carandang

“Don’t judge a man by his hair, judge him by his heart.”
K-Smoove

The brotherhood remains. MERALCO is a brotherhood.

Photo ©John Daniel Item

Last night, I went to my friend Gelo’s house (PEEP at the center wearing blue) together with my PEEPS from high school to celebrate his birthday. His birthday has been known somewhat as a annual reunion of the troupe since we graduated 2 years ago since his birthday falls on a time where all of us are on summer break and the fact we have varying school calendars. Some who came I have seen not too long ago like the birthday boy who studies in the same university as I am, while some I hadn’t seen for a long time.

I was very happy to see these guys again. This brotherhood has been around for four years beginning at our 3rd year in Claret until today, though I admit I wasn’t present at all times then, it’s good that we still keep in touch even if we are on different paths right now in our lives.

Well, this was also a time to catch up with what has happened to us since we last met from our college lives to current issues, and reminisce good/funny memories (some of which dark memories) when we were at high school from the PE experiences to the funny jokes/pranks back then. I remember that we have unique laughs. One laugh would trigger laughs from the other. One good joke will trigger the whole troupe laughing. One poor joke would trigger the jeers “Weh!”. I remember when my friend Nur said I was handsome yet it triggered the “Weh!” jeer (Even I myself said it.) But hey, I believe that everyone is handsome no matter what the state a person has in his life. Well on my part I also did a flashback move from back in my 2nd year high school which I call the “You!-Boomshakalaka!-Hamboogle” move. Where I start with a Soulja Boy You!, then I shout Boomshakalaka! up in the sky, and end saying Hamboogle! with my head shaking, and of course I cap with a little dance. It was somehow my birthday gift to Gelo as he and the rest of the troupe had not seen it in a while. It was also a chance to plan our future outings. Yes, we are a happy troupe to say the least.

So once again we thank Gelo for the great party last night
. My PEEP Jadri who lives near my home for the ride back home. To my other MERALCO PEEPS Airam, Francis, JL, Centi, Aldrin, Philip, Nur, JD, Baña, Josh, Edison, Junji, and Agi. Thanks for the great time guys! Until then, enjoy the ride.

“The opportunity for brotherhood presents itself every time you meet a human being.” – Jane Wyman

“Above all things let us never forget that mankind constitutes one great brotherhood; all born to encounter suffering and sorrow, and therefore bound to sympathize with each other.” – Albert Pike

K-Smoove