Saturday, July 05, 2008

Kobe plays Golf for the First Time

I enrolled Kobe in golf lessons under Mang Ofring of Valley Golf.  This is after a photographer/golfer  buddy Ariel S. recommended Mang Ofring as a good golf mentor for kids.  Kobe will undergo 14 Saturdays of golfing lessons.  Mid into his lessons, Kobe was able to drive the ball up to 40 yards! With perfect stance and posture, he drives balls farther.  I look forward to see Kobe play with me on the green.  Maybe in some exotic golf course abroad.  Ahhh..the makings of a future golfing buddy!

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Monday, June 09, 2008

Kobe's Boracay Escapade

Fortunately, Kobe and I are beach people.  We love the beach.  Soon Kobe will be a submariner and beach sports champion.  These are the things I missed because of school and my being away from the beach.  I promised Kobe that he will learn every water sports there is.  

Friday, June 06, 2008

Kobe Surfs the Net (and Milo closely watches!)

(Above) I taught Kobetoy to surf the internet and find websites that will tickle his fancy (and that of his brother Milo).
(above) And guess what site he greatly enjoys....Youtube showing the Mr. Bean Dance clip.


Tuesday, June 03, 2008

My old post from Multiply site:

UAAP Dilemna

A few days ago, I found myself in the company of half crazy yuppies rooting their guts out for the UST Growling Tigers. We were watching the deciding Game 3 of the UAAP Men's Basketball Championship in a sports grill at Greenbelt 3.   The Growling Tigers were pitted against the Ateneo Blue Eagles.

As I was merely a guest, I sat quietly in a corner just minding my beer. My hosts who are all from UST - shouted in unison every time a basket is counted their way. Dr. Bam who squeezed me in- made the mistake of introducing me as an Atenean. I looked around and noticed that it was only my brother Macky who was cheering for the Ateneo Blue Eagles. This is actually ironic as he is a true yellow tomasino (if there is such a word) having studied at UST from college until finishing his extended medical studies (well, thats my bro).

Macky may have chosen to go the Ateneo way because we have two other siblings who are true blue Ateneans or maybe to piss off his buddies. The venue was neutral ground but packed with mostly Ateneo and UST crowd which skipped work to watch the game. The Ateneans chanted blue babble cheers while the Tomasinos mustered sporadic cheering counter-attacks. 

As the game progressed, I realized that sitting in enemy territory is not wisest thing to do. I could be easily mauled by these guys if Ateneo trips their team via a controversial game. But what the heck, they bought me beer so I think its just okay to hang out with them. 

Actually, I felt wrongly labelled as an Atenean as I only went to its law school. This does not earn me the "Ar-new" label. I am more of a Iskolar ng Bayan as I endured the UP system in college. Yet, I could not root for the UP Maroons (or Parrots) as I was never enrolled at UP Diliman which the Maroons call home. Even if UP has this "University System" set up, we 'yanos find it hard to relate with the UAAP. What the heck, I cannot even sing  UP kong Mahal theme song in its entirety so as to join the victory chant.   I am really a good for nothing to my alma mater! That should not be the case  if I only enrolled in the Business Administration Accountancy Course being offered at the Diliman campus (a quota course at that!). I chose Visayas instead as it is closer to home. Crazy choice huh...At UPV we have no basketball competition to watch and no basketball heroes to cheer.

So its really hard to watch the UAAP as I really dont feel related to the teams competing for the championship. I cannot help but envy my kid brothers who are either true blood Tomasinos or Ateneans. I dont know in the case of AK though. Well, he is one kid brother who is surely torn between UST and Ateneo. AK studied at the Ateneo Loyola as a full scholar but when he pursued  medicine, he inevitably enrolled at UST Med School.  So just like me, he may have thea same dilemna. Oh well...

Thank God the Growling Tigers won. While the Tomasinos are basking in success, I continued drinking my beer like coffee. I saw them giving high fives to the orphaned DLSU fans who were there maybe just to see their rival Ateneo bleed to death (one Lasallite gamely told the Tomasinos - "pare...buti na lang natalo ang blue eagles!!! year tayo na magkalaban.."). 

So I may be pseudo UP and pseudo Ateneo. I realized that I am no different from those puzzled  kibitzers outside the sports bar wondering why a basketball game can generate a lot of fuzz.


Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Bonding with Kobe in Boracay

Kobetoy went with me diving in Boracay.  For a 6 year old boy, I was amazed at Kobe's energy especially when we travel to the province.  I call him the Marco Polo child being an inborn traveller - at age 3 he went with his Mom to San Francisco, U.S.A.   His Mom was equally surprised to observe that the little boy seems not bothered by long travels aboard airplanes, buses and ships.  

In Boracay,  we went diving to feed the beautiful reef fishes...Kobe had no hesitation jumping into the water and diving with the big boys.  

Kobe...if this is a sign of the things to come...then you will be off to an adventurous future.


Friday, February 22, 2008

A Father's Dream

If only my father Alois can see us now. He will be surely proud of his Calumpang kids. We are nearly fulfilling his grand dream - children of lawyers and doctors. This was his dream and it was the reason why he worked hard and aimed high.

I think any parent will wonder how my parents have managed to tailor made us into become an exclusively lawyer-doctor brood. It is indeed a great feat - sometimes hard to believe. Actually, we just tried to emulate our parents and forefather's examples. Like them we did not let our limitations get in the way.

We are proudly children of Aloysius Pacelli Icamina dela Cruz.....

Alois' lawyers : Atty. Beato Alessandro and Atty. Aloysius II (both members of Ateneo Law Batch 96 and passed the Bar Exams at the same time) and Atty. Buenas Aires (USA Law)

Alois' Doctors: Dr. Makarius Tel Aviv (UST Medicine 2005), Dr. Arik Paolo Isaiah (WSVU Medicine 2006, Board Topnotcher Rank No. 3), and Dr. Alistair Kashmir (UST Medicine 2008 graduating cum laude).


Thursday, February 21, 2008

When Brother No. 5 becomes No. 3

I always believe that Arik is the real genius in our family. He is a natural smart guy who proves that smart men are born, not bred. 

Arik having been born on the same month as I am - inevitably became my partner. As such, he got to inherit my stuff and bedroom when I left for law school. One thing we have in common is our passion for the visual design and photography. During his college years at the Ateneo, Arik has excelled as digital art designer. That is over and above his being an honor student. Being a Pisay graduate and Ateneo College scholar, Arik seemed to have the whole world at his fingertips.

With the early passing of our father, Arik went back to Iloilo for his medical studies. He studied at the West Visayas State University College of Medicine where our family legacy in education is long known. Our Lolo, Beato Aguirre Dela Cruz was once a Dean of Graduate Studies and Tita Cynthia Cerrada-Dela Cruz is an honored alumna of the WVSU med school. During those times, I saw the great potential in Arik has never changed. I am also a witness to his sacrifices - he rides the jeepney to school everyday and wears hand me down clothes from his older brothers. Yet, he has somehow enjoyed his schooling and won admiration from his classmates and professors. I heard he was known as the "Atenean Kid who went home."

Arik took the Board Exams two weeks ago armed to the teeth and with high morale. I never had any doubt that he will make it. A day before the results came out, I took him to a traditional Marian Pilgrimage in Lipa City. There I told him that I have petitioned the Almighty through the intercession of St. Therese that He makes him an instrument of love just like how our other siblings have been manifestations of his immense love and power. On the way back, we did not miss the must treat of Crispy Pata and Bulalo at Grace Restaurant in Sto. Tomas, Batangas. Now, I am revealing our secret formula of our success with the Medical Board and Bar Exams- solid preparation, strong trust in God 's grace and a tasty bite of Grace's Crispa Pata and Bulalo.

Arik my no. 5 brother is a Pisay scholar, Atenean Honor Student, WVSU trained doctor and Medical Board Exam Topnotcher (no. 3)!