Thursday, February 23, 2012

When a Month Already Feels Like a Lifetime

Well, it's official. Tobie, Prince and I have been together as a little Sietch Family for a full month now. But dang, it feels like we've been together for years. Tobie said it's probably because we've been living every moment together to the fullest, or something along those lines. And I can totally see how that makes sense. Time flies when you're having fun after all, and thus we've managed to compress years of experiences (both happy and sad) into a scant 30 days.

And we've only just begun.

To be fair, I know we have a long way to go. We're still learning more and more about one another. We're still creating new routines to incorporate our shared lives together. And we're working through those occasional wrinkles and hiccups along this new journey we've embarked upon together. And such challenges once overcome only make us stronger and reaffirm our love for one another.

We still haven't figured out a term that best describes us and what we have. From a pet name perspective we call one another love, love love and baby. That evolved into using the abbreviations B1, B2 and B3 in order to make group chats and text messages easier to understand. (And in case you're wondering, I'm B1, Tobie is B2 and Prince is B3). And that evolved even further to refer to us as B-Vitamins since we all certainly feel a boost in energy and happiness when we're all together. But still, I feel we need a better term for this unique relationship.

The word threesome has too many sexual connotations. Ménage à trois lacks that sense of permanence and stability. A friend recommended the Filipino term Maharlika in reference to the old class structures and taking on multiple spouses, which is fun although it'll probably sound a tad pretentious in some circles.

But that's just a minor point to consider, when you get down to it. But it does make for fun thinking and conversation.

So here's to technically one month of happiness together my babies! Thank you for being a part of my life. Thank you for making me feel loved in a way so unique it defies description. And thank you for allowing me to take care of you and show you just how much you both mean to me.

The future can only get better and brighter. And we have so many lives to life at the rate we're going - and I'm excite to explore every new horizon with both of you by my side.


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

One month soon... And that's just the beginning!

Some of the readers of Baduy Pride might have been wondering why I haven't been posting updates.  To be honest, a large part of is has simply been because I've been way too busy with all these other things on my plate (new job, old job with more work, gaming, etc).  Heck, I haven't really been updating Blame it on the Rain, Bro or The Garapata Can Speak!  But just in case there are those who are reading my lack of updates as a negative thing, allow me then to post this.

Once upon a time, I discovered that there is a wonderful thing about holding close to your heart an Egg.  An Egg, you see is a world of potential waiting to be unleashed.  An Egg is something fragile, yet made to be so tough it can be impossible to break unless you attack it the right way.  An Egg is about beginnings.  An Egg is about the future waiting to be born.

I was blessed in my life to find an Egg I can call my own.  And while it may have taken an epic quest in its own way to win the right and pride to say, "This is my Egg" it was a quest I had no qualms of undertaking.  After all, when you see someone you believe you deserve to be with, and deserves to be with you too, then no force in the world, or the next one, should be able to stop you.  And so, back then, against the good-meaning-but-mislaid advice of friends, against expectations, and against fallen dragons and broken gods, I rose to the challenge and extended a hand that held my heart.    "Take it," I was saying, "And keep it if you want to.  I won't be asking for it back.  But if you ever decide you don't want to keep it anymore, just let me know and I'll leave, pieces and all."  (No, those weren't the exact words.  Forgive me, I'm feeling a tad melodramatically narrative today.)

To my joy, to my surprise, fate smiled and destiny, he chose me.

Rocky and I have been together for nearly three years now.  Regardless of how rough the waters get, or how strange the weather shifts, if there is anything I can say with absolute certainty, it is this:  Rocky is happy.  I am happy.  And we are happy because our love inspires us to make each other happy.

This year, Rocky and I found ourselves rediscovering the boundaries of love.  And we are learning that what others deemed as perfection was, in truth, just the beginning of even grander and more beautiful things.  In a place where hearts and sometimes beer bottles might often find themselves broken, we found a lonely planet zipping through the world fueled by the passion to flow past all odds.  We found a quiet world which believed the universe was by nature chaotic.  And lonely.  And cruel.  We found a little Prince sitting in his quiet world, wondering why the rose he cares for never truly bloomed.

And before either of us could really grasp what was happening, we realized we had so much more love to share.  And what we thought was a unique wavelength, we discovered did not believe in being limited to just two charges.  I admit, there was fear.  There was uncertainty.  There was caution.  We're still wondering through the woods at times, but in these woods we find ourselves growing stronger.  Braver.  Bolder.  And in many ways better.  But undeniably there as well were the signs that showed us where two stood, three could flourish.  The Prince.  The Egg.  And me, a lonely dog who never knew he was a dog.   Suddenly the world was larger than we had thought.  Suddenly preconceived notions were tested.  And suddenly, we realized while Rocky and I may have created a world of love, we now stood at the opportunity to share that world... and to be enriched as well.

In a few days, we hit our first month together.  And by together I mean us three.  Old existing (and often abused) terminologies seem inappropriate or insufficient to define the outpouring of love that now contains us three.  And admittedly, while things are still young - while there are still moments of fear, still opportunities to relearn things, and still regressive days where self-doubt or insecurities awaken - we have learned that this new life we share is such a tsunami of happiness that we feel... nay, we know we can survive anything so long as we remember to hold on to each other.

As impossible as it may sound to search for an image of what looks like the Little Prince, an Egg and a dog, guess what... I found one.  I know, that's really supposed to be a planet.  And the dog is probably a wolf.  But considering that really ain't a Prince, I feel it is a good reflection of how one views life.  Does one allow himself to be hindered by all the negativity and needs to conform... or does one say, "My happiness is more important than your anal need to be right and me wrong" and instead live a life celebrating joy?   True, it ain't perfect, but it I ultimately believe it is worth it.  Because with us, love does reign on top.  And just like the many hues and colors that the rainbows show, there's a broader spectrum out there that is just as real as everything else.

We found love.
And we deserve this.

Here's to our one month very soon, Prince and Rocky.
Thank you for choosing me to be in your life.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Best Day to Celebrate Big Love

From the crazy kids here at Baduy Pride...


Today's the day we celebrate love...

In all of its diverse forms...

And infinite possibilities...

The bigger the LOVE, the better! =D

Monday, February 13, 2012

First Virtual Date

Tobie's new job has him working in Makati in the daytime for some days of the week, leaving me as the sole night shift worker between us. So today Prince and Tobie managed to squeeze in some time for a quick lunch meet-up at Hen Lin, so I opted to "join them" by having a Hen Lin lunch of my own over at Ali Mall.

Welcome to our first virtual date!

Prince: Tobie, focus on your food!

Tobie: Yum yum.
But where's Rocky?

Meanwhile in Cubao...
A not really lonely Rocky
Thinking of you

It doesn't matter where we are in the city or even in the world - the three of us always find ways to feel together. Love really helps in that regard given how it can traverse distances, oceans and maybe even multiverses. 

I love you Tobie and Prince. Thanks for the great virtual date!

Last Video From Our Clark Adventure

Tobie, Prince and I had an amazing time at Clark, Pampanga for the 17th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta. It was a weekend of many new memories plus new home videos for our Baduy Pride memories!

Remind me to write a more formal post to discuss the different terms we use to call ourselves. Baduy Pride is still the name of the blog and that's just the tip of the iceberg, hehe.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Baduy Pride at the Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

Our time at the 17th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta was AMAZING! So, so, so glad that Prince helped put this whole trip together.

And to get a taste of what happened this morning, here's our little "home video".


Baduy Pride at Clark, Pampanga

Here's a quick video consisting of highlights from our first day at Clark, Pampanga for the 17th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta! Our thanks to the Maharaja Hotel for great accommodations and very good service as well!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

First February 2012 Photo Update

Ack! Things have been rather crazy ever since we got back from Singapore. Between dealing with our respective work backlog queues and getting the Sietch back in order, we haven't had much time to update this blog. Plus there have been a lot of developments related to Prince and maximizing every moment with him has taken priority over just writing about stuff.

To get better caught up, you can always check out my personal blog, since I religiously post daily updates there. Or you can just skim through the following images:

A doggy homecoming welcome with roses!

Reunited after Singapore!
And even more images after the cut!

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