February 4, 2009 – RevSiopao had a contest in his blog challenging his readers to guess which of the ten things about him were real and which one was a hoax. I’ve seen this post from the different bloggers and I even did it myself. But RevSiopao’s entry had a twist. He said and I quote ‘Hulaan lang ang tamang sagot mula sa mga sumusunod at i-post ang napili as a COMMENT:
a. Kuwentong Barbero lahat
b. Totoo lahat
c. Kalahati totoo, kalahati kuwentong barbero
d. ___ ang totoo, ___ ang kuwentong barbero (paki-lagay na lang ang sagot sa comment at paki-indicate kung aling item/s ang totoo at aling item/s ang japeyks.’
And the best thing was…he promised to give a prize to whoever guessed it correctly.
Assorted souvenir items mula sa Roma na ime-mail sa inyong bahay ni Siopaoness.
Being a sucker for freebies that I am, I wrote my answer ‘ang dali naman nito rev.. syempre B.. totoo lahat.. pag mali ako, hindi ako makakapaniwalang nagsisinungaling ka na ngayon. haha. basta B.. (walang kagatul-gatol) nasan prays ko? hehe.’
It was really a no-brainer. C’mon I knew that RevSiopao would not lie.
February 16, 2009 – The winners were announced and luckily, I was one of them (applause).
February 17, 2009 – I received an email from RevSiopao.
Did you get my e-mail today?
It’s entitled “It’s your luck day today! — revsiopao”.
Please check your SPAM folder.
My e-mail regarding my “pa-contest” in my blog has a lot of links.
Usually if that’s the case, napupunta sa spam folder e.
Ciao. God bless!
March 16, 2009 – A follow-up email was sent by RevSiopao to me.
Ciao Mark! I hope you’re keeping well.
I just want to inform you that, finally, your little token from Rome was posted via registered mail today, 16 March (Monday). I hope you’ll receive it after 10-14 working days.
Pardon me for the delay. My schedule in the last few weeks has been so tight. It’s only now that I had the chance to go to Vatican City as it is my mid-term break until Friday.
I hope you’ll like my humble gift.
Rest assured of my constant prayers for you and your loved ones.
P.S. I have not been able to blog hop lately. I’ll try my best catch up in the next few days. Cheers!
March 25, 2009 – I received a letter from the post office.
March 27, 2009 – I went to the post office and claimed the gift from Rome.
True to his words, I received the souvenir items from RevSiopao. -grins-
Many thanks Revsiopao!!!!!
March 27, 2009 – a good friend from the blogosphere who works in Genting, Malaysia visited me. I have proven that Pareng Jorge is really a palaboy. Imagine, travelling for around two hours just to have a drinking session.Crazy.haha
It is indeed true that there are no strangers in this world,only friends you haven’t met yet. I’ve never expected that I will be a lucky, if not the luckiest blogger because I met new friends for keeps.
Tehyi Hsieh once said ‘Life is partly what we make it, and partly what is made by the friends whom we choose.’
RevSiopao and Jorge, a million thanks!