Many Firsts

29 May

I am back from my Memorial Day road trip and as expected I am at a loss for posts.  I do have a couple in my draft folder, but they are still waiting for pictures that I have yet to upload.  And the rule of when at a loss for posts, go with the meme applies here, except that the memes I have been reading lately are not applicable to me or simply uninteresting I thought.  So, let me make up my own in line with my recently celebrated first wedding anniversary, I thought I would list some of my “firsts”.

FIRST CRUSH:   Atoy Co, I was in grade school and I thought he was cute.

FIRST ENVY:   I experience the green monster at age 5 or 6 when my mother’s friend’s daughter while visiting us for the day brought her toy doctor kit.  I was jealous a lot.  I never experienced that kind of feeling again, at least not that intense.

FIRST PRESENT FROM A BOY:  In grade I, a boy named Danilo (don’t remember his last name, went away after the first grade) presented me his tooth that fell off his mouth that day in school.  I jumped out of my seat and chased him around the classroom.  I guess he liked me 🙂  Anyway, I never seen him again until I was 17 during my father’s funeral.  I was a mess and I knew I didn’t look all that pleasing, but he remembered me and we just exchanged hi.

FIRST BOY I SLAPPED:   Let me first say, I don’t go around slapping boys.  This would be the first and last time I did it.  It was my cousin Arnel who sat behind me during 4th grade.  Our row used to have a lot of fun and we talked a lot during class, but one day I guess he pushed my button and slapped him in front of our classmates.  I was sorry.

FIRST COCKTAIL:   Screwdriver, Tia Maria’s Greenhills, just us girls chilling after the exams and to celebrate Anne’s birthday.  After a couple of sips, I gave my drink to another girl who wanted to drink some more.  It took me a while to develop a taste in alcohol and cocktail, thank heavens!

FIRST CONCERT:  Yanni, Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA.  I am not a concert goer, but hubby (then bf) wanted to see Yanni, plus tickets were free   🙂  I totally enjoyed the concert; Yanni was a seasoned performer.

FIRST ROADTRIP:  Then bf (now hubby) and I took the first of our many road trips taking a day trip to Half Moon Bay, CA.

FIRST BOY-GIRL PARTY:  I threw a boy-girl party at the end of the summer when the entire community of boys and girls in my block had that wonderful summer vacation spent by playing games and boys and girls did not do a lot of fighting, which was really surprising.  That was the one summer, I believe the summer of my 11th year, where I had the most fun playing shatong, tumbang preso at moonlight, and patintero among other things.  There was music and dancing, but no food.  I sprang the idea to my parents a couple of hours before all my playmates showed up at our house.

FIRST TIME I PLAYED MATCHMAKER:  Gilbert and Jojo.  High school.  I wrote love letters to Jojo from Gilbert who paid my services by buying me snacks, particularly cornick with spicy hot vinegar, dirty ice cream, egg pie and coke at Queen’s and by adding to my collection of stationery.  They have been married for years, two boys.   🙂

FIRST DORM:  Thaddeusian Ladies Dorm, Buencamino Alley, CM Recto Ave.  It was the location for Pop’s first movie.  I thought that was the selling factor for that dorm. 

FIRST ASIAN COUNTRY VISITED:  Singapore, four days.  Great food, clean, orderly, but way too hot and humid for my taste.

FIRST MOVIE SEEN IN USA:   Sleepless in Seattle.  Remains one of my fave chick flicks.

FIRST FENDER BENDER:   A big rig hit me during rush hour, luckily we were in a jam and the traffic was moving about 15 mph, very minor damage.  Driver pulled over,  said he was sorry that he fell asleep!


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7 responses to “Many Firsts

  1. kathychicago

    May 29, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    Hi Ewok1993-

    I read your blog and saw that your first concert was a Yanni concert. Have you heard Yanni’s new music? He is working with some new vocalists.

    Go to and you can watch some of the videos. There is talk of a tour in the works for 2008-2009. Sign up for the fan club and they will notify you when updates come available. It’s free.

    Also check out the DVD Yanni Live. It was filmed at Mandalay Bay in 2004.

    You mentioned in your blog that Yanni was a seasoned performer. I’d say he still is a seasoned performer. 🙂

    Take care-


  2. bw

    May 30, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    Very interesting list of firsts. Atoy Co was a mac – he dated Alona Alegre for a while :)Actually I was in grade 5 when I played matchmaker ( tukso) to my aunt to a family friend and she ended up marrying the guy 🙂

    Your must have maintained a diary to remember these firsts in your life 🙂

  3. Bluey

    May 30, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    Yanni is one of my favourites too for sure!! 🙂

  4. Ewok

    May 30, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    Kathy, pardon my carelessness with the tenses. Anyway, it was a most exhilirating 2.5-3 hours of my life. I came to the concert without expectations, although I loved his music, but he blew me away with his performance. He is a consumate artist. I wont hesitate to see him again.

    Thanks for the visit.

  5. Ewok

    May 30, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    I was too young to know about dating and stuff, but my elders (parents, etc) did warn me that Atoy was taken by Alona and was asked to watch a show featuring all the Salvadors on Sundays and yes I did see Atoy there with Alona.

  6. Rach (Heart of Rachel)

    May 31, 2008 at 4:26 am

    This is a wonderful way of remembering significant firsts. My Mom also likes Atoy Co back in the days.

    My first cocktail was also a screwdriver and I have fond memories going to Tia Maria’s Makati with friends.

  7. Lanette

    June 17, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    Hi! I am also a Yanni fan who was at the same concert if you attended the one November 13, 2004 at the Arco Arena in Sacramento, CA. It was my first time in Sacramento and my first time at the arena. It was also my first Yanni Concert. You are right. It was a spectacular concert full of the energies of love, passion, and joy. It will live in my memory as long as my memory lets it …


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