Today my father turns 58. And today I would like to honor him by sharing 5 Things About JJ!:)
5. MY DAD LOVES CARS
We finally convinced my dad to upgrade his car last year and I couldn’t be happier. My dad is one of the most kuripot persons alive so it was good to see him get his “prize”.
4. MY DAD IS THE KING OF ACTIONS, GESTURES and SOUND EFFECTS
Patrick always mocks me for talking and joking exactly like my dad..and I can’t deny this. If my dad goes “I was waiting for 30 minutes” he would have his arms folded over his chest and his one foot tapping on the floor to show “waiting”. Or when he says “Where do you wanna eat?” he’ll motion with his hands with an imaginary spoon and fork digging through an imaginary meal. Just like my dad, I like to be extra animated with my jokes and storytelling–it just makes the whole experience of delivery much more interactive and fun! If you’re going to be corny, might as well go all OUT!
3.MY DAD HATES SEEING US HURT
2. MY DAD IS THOUGHTFUL BUT KURIPOT
A few years back just a few weeks before my mom’s birthday, my dad and I were discussing what gift he should buy. Since my dad is not exactly the “fashionably sensible” type, I’ve always taken the gift buying responsibility on his behalf. But this time he wanted to GO BIG. He told me “Kawawa naman mommy mo, I only get her cheap things every year. I think she deserves something expensive this time.” So I told him about the IPAD (which just debuted at that time) and suggested it to him.
Patty: “Yehey! I know what you should get her! Get an IPAD!!!”
Dad: “A what? iPAD? Parang barok na iPod! Baka fake yan! Hahaha! What’s that??”
Patty:” No Im serious! It’s like a giant iPod, more like a tablet. She can read books, take notes, surf the internet, it’s like a small computer!”
Dad: “Oh, that’s perfect! She’ll love that! Sige, SOLD! Buy it today then I’ll pay you!”
Patty: “Wow dad! I’m so happy! Big time ka na!!!!”
Dad: “Yes, your mom deserves something expensive this year! Sige I will give you 5,000, that’s my budget for the iPad”
Patty: “Dad, it’s more than 20,000++!”
Dad: “ANOOOOOOOO?!?!!?!?!?! 20,000 WAG NAAAAA! sapatos nalang ulit!”
But of course he still got it for her (even with a very heavy heart).
1. MY DAD LOVES GOD MORE THAN ANYTHING
My dad is a one woman man because he is a one God man. He knows he’s not perfect, he doesn’t claim to know it all, he acknowledges his weaknesses—-and that’s why my dad depends solely on God. My dad doesn’t believe in all this modern self help hulabaloo. He’s old school. He doesn’t subscribe to the ways of the world, the quick fixes, the easy remedies—he believes that it is only through God’s grace that he’s able to live his life to the fullest. And I’m just happy that my dad just gets it.
I love you Dad, my confidante, my lunch date, my joking mentor, my best friend, my protector.