18 August 2006

The Prince and the Pauper

"Uy, punta kami sa inyo this weekend!" (Hey, we'll be dropping by your place this weekend!)
"Dyahe naman, ang liit at magulo sa bahay namin."
(That would be embarrasing; our house is small and disorganized.)
"Ok lang yun! Hindi naman yung bahay ang dadalawin namin eh. Ikaw!"
(That's ok! It's not the house we're visiting. It's you!")

I've heard this lots of times we would like to spend more time together and end up in a house so parents won't get worried. Yup, that's the way we sometimes had fun in Baguio. We stay in a friend's house, bring food to cook and help in cooking it, play cards or whatever game's available, and chat on and on. Ah, the simple, fun student life!

At times it's me saying how cramped our house is. Because, compared to the real nice houses they have, ours could be ... well, it simply was incomparable. But those words, of them saying it's me they're visiting and not the house, makes me say "sure!". Many of my memorable, happy moments are with these hanging-out at home weekends.

It's just increadible how some people who are obviously affluent can be so down-to-earth! They don't mind getting their hands dirty doing the dishes and cooking. It's ok for them to commute. They don't talk about their riches in a bragging sort of way. When it's time to go home would you get the reality check that they live an exclusive village, that they own this big clothing shop in Session Road, or that he is actually a pilot and goes to other countries like it's just next door, and this other friend has a condo unit right smack in Makati, and another goes to the Sates regularly for vacation.

But best of all, they accept you for who you are. It doesn't matter if you don't own a car or a house with a garage. You're friends, and that's all that matters.

Happy long weekend everyone!

PS This richness post was inspired by Mama Jenn. Her article reminded me of my friends through the years who looked beyond what I did not have and saw that we have things in common. Thank you!


  1. Hi Mama Jenn! Syempre naman. Wala na nga laman bulsa natin, magbibihis pa tayo na walang pera. hehehe. happy weekend!

  2. parang bahay namin...parating walang pagkain...buti nalang may caltex sa labas ng village...my friends would often buy food and siopao pag pupunta ng bahay...hahaha...

    at apart sa walang pagkain, wala akong pera pambili ng pagkain. :P

    yun pala yun!!!! hehehehe

  3. People are people, eh Wat? We all want the same things. We come into the world wearing the same suit and we all end up in the same worm eaten condition...

  4. Sounds like you have the best kind of friends Wats0n.

  5. You're so lucky to have friends like them and them in you! One who doesnt brag what they have and look down at people.

  6. Follen, tantanan ang shopping. ahuhuhuhu.

    True, true, Phil.

    I have friends who I've had clashes with, and some are mere acquaintances, but for the select affluent few who I consider real friends, I dedicate this post to.

    Oh yes Mommy Lei. When someby makes snide remarks about where you live and how it looks like, it's a direct hit on you. And there were times this happened to me. Come think of it, they were even the average ones!

  7. hey Watson,

    Naaalala ko din mga hous parties namin noon especially nun school days. Lutuan-lutuan saka board games! hehehe....

    Its great to have friends talaga who like you for you. They are the friends really worth keeping. :)

  8. Ngayon Nick ang tanong: kelan mo kami yayayain sa bahay nyo? Nagluluto din kami at naghuhugas. Pero di kami mayaman. :D

  9. Anonymous12:14 am

    nice to hear about this kind of tropa. they won't mind the place at all and it's fun being with them. as abaniko's remarks, kelan mo kami aayain? hehehe. paglalaba pa kita! :P

  10. Lucky that you have humble friends.

    Pwede ba kami pasyal sa bahay nyo sa bakasyon...hehehe.

  11. thank God for true friends who look past the material things. it makes you feel warm to know that in this very superficial world, you have friends who care a lot about the REAL YOU.

    ... kasama ako dun, ha...

  12. Alternati, house party rin ang gimmick nyo? hehehe. Madalas namin gawin yun!

    Abaniko, nakakahiya naman. Magulo at maliit bahay namin!

    Ann, medyo malayo eh. Kami na lang papasyal sa inyo!

    Thanks Ate Sienna!


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