Ok… So I haven’t blogged in a while.
Those who have followed my blog would have probably noticed. Much has to do with work (my day job, that is… but we’ll get to that later)… and also thanks to Twitter!
Twitter has pretty much preoccupied the little gaps and openings in-between the usual humdrums of my life. Can you blame me? As the lot of you, I myself was consumed by the ever-addicting, all-engrossing activity that is – TWITTER.
But, I have put my foot down and decided to return to blogging.
I have finally quit my day job. I have decided to return to my first love… acting! Considering how much of my childhood and teenage years were spent in the entertainment industry, I guess it’s just but fitting that I return to it after a good 15 years (Boy, has it been THAT long?!).
So, let’s see… what changes have happened since my last blog post? A whole lot.
I’ve quit my day job (as earlier mentioned), I’ve lost an astonishing 40 pounds and 6” inches from my waistline in 3 months (I’m down to 145 lbs. / 30” waistline) through weight training and a strict diet, and I’ve plotted out concrete steps towards a serious showbiz comeback. I also currently co-host a wonderful radio program called, “Hashtag”, which delves on everything about the internet, social media and technology in the Philippines.
Exciting days ahead, indeed.
I’d like to believe that I’m friendly… Haha! I guess I am… :) I try to respond to each and every tweet I receive. I genuinely enjoy engaging in all sorts of conversations and good banter. So throw me a line, will ya! I don’t bite… (unless you want me too!) LOL! :P
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He commented on my blog entry: “SentiSabado encourages people (especially kids) to go and make new memories, today!”
Make new memories…
That phrase stuck in my mind… Why do kids nowadays have to be encouraged to go and make new memories today?
It is in pondering this that I ultimately realized the reason why we, the so called “Gen X/Y” babies, have so much memories and nostalgia compared to those who were born in the 90s. We actually had more interaction with the world… the people around us… the things we did… the places we’ve been to… the experiences we’ve gone through…
Not because we are (obviously) older than them. No.
Kids nowadays are holed up in their own imaginary world playing PSPs, iPhones, Farmville, and all those other time-consuming-and-attention-grabbing devices.
Heck! I see a good number of kids and teens playing with PSPs at the mall even while walking!
Whatever happened to engaging conversations or laughing at simple jokes… or the friendly banter every now and then… or even simply looking at your surroundings while walking? Does it ever exist anymore… with the younger ones for that matter?
Back then, our idea of recreation and fun was climbing a tree, hanging out in the park with friends, playing “tumbang preso” till it became too dark to play outside. Even our toys back in the day would encourage us to interact with others (Can you imagine playing tex by yourself? Or play “touchball” without a friend”?). Going to the mall was an exciting experience for us every single time… just to walk around and see the new places… we’d take everything in and love every minute of it.
What will these new generation of kids look back at when they grow older? What kind of memories will they have? If they had their own form of #SentiSabado, what sort of nostalgia will they reminisce on?
Moments such as “hanging out from dusk till dawn playing counterstrike in the internet cafe”, maybe? Or “how Farmville changed Facebook gaming”? Or perhaps, “watching all sorts of trailers on YouTube” and “reaching the high score of “Need for Speed” on the PSP while ascending the escalator”…?
But anything in excess is unhealthy.
So, going back to my first question… “Encouragement?”
Of course. No doubt!
If for no other reason, let #SentiSabado be the means to help encourage kids… to limit video games… to lessen cable TV watching… to set restrictions on certain activities…
…to get out more… to interact physically… to engage… to feel the breeze, smell the air… to live… love… laugh… to make mistakes… and learn from them…
…to make memories.
Lots of them.
A lot of people have already blogged about last week’s overwhelmingly successful #SentiSabado movement on Twitter. This is just my simple retrospective on what has transpired.
First, I want to thank each and every Pinoy tweep who participated in last week’s momentous event. At its peak, #SentiSabado reached No.4 on Twitter’s top trending topics. What can I say…? I am at a loss for words.
I’ve been receiving news from other tweeps that even their friends who don’t tweet already know about SentiSabado.
I remember how, back in September 4, Tonyo Cruz (@tonyocruz) started this simple series of nostalgic tweets and added the hashtag, “#sentisabado” on each one of them. I reciprocated with some of my own… well… not some… more like a truckload of 80s recollections:
Tetorns… USED jeans… Drakkar… Choo-Choo Junction restaurant… playing tumbang preso and climbing the aratilis tree during my childhood… biking at PICC… recalling my 6-digit phone number…
T’was only a handful of us back then (together with the #bumsquad) going at it with passion and gusto!
Before we knew it, more and more tweeps started joining in.
The first SentiSabado (Sept. 4) actually peaked towards the end of Saturday… and eventually spilled over to the early morning of Sunday! It was so fun that people were still contributing #sentisabado tweets till Monday!
Because of this, we pretty much figured that if #SentiSabado could be started way earlier the following week (last Saturday), it would gain more momentum and more tweeps could join in on the fun.
So, we eventually announced that the next #SentiSabado would start at 12:00AM. Saturday came… and the rest, as you know, is history!
Last Saturday, the #SentiSabado stream column on my Tweetdeck app was scrolling uncontrollably like a manic clicker, unable to keep up with the tweets coming in. It was that massive!
For those who didn’t have the chance to join us last week but wanted to… don’t fret. Our next SentiSabado will be in 2 days (a day and a half to be exact). Our next theme will be announced very very soon, so stay tuned and dedicate a #SentiSabado stream on your Twitter app.
By the way… in case you didn’t know, #SentiSabado has an official Facebook page already! So, come on over and join us by visiting: http://www.facebook.com/sentisabado
And lest you forget… It’s #SentiSabado again this September 11, 2010. The fun (and frenzy) starts at exactly 12:00 AM!
So, warm up those fingers… rack your brain… recall those cool, nostalgic memories… and get your tweet on!