To My Next One

My Symphony: Amsterdam by Coldplay 

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There you are. Wiping the sweat off your forehead after another long and torturous day of wondering where I am.

There you are, just sitting there with your signature poker face. You are holding that Humans of New York book that you’ve read from cover to cover for about seven times now. In front of you is a wine glass full of orange juice. You’re not gonna be getting drunk tonight. You’re not gonna be in the club dancing with sixty other strangers and contemplating each soul that’s potentially breathing inside every person in that room whom you find cute. Because tonight, you’re staying in and cooking your own dinner. Tonight, only for tonight, there is no time for any interaction aside from that which you are having with yourself. You’ve decided to just sit there, in front of your overcooked salmon and lukewarm orange juice, and think.

So there you are. Thinking. Not the kind of thinking that you normally do when you answer your major exams, or the thinking that’s required in planning those summer vacations you go to with your friends in spring; it is rather the thinking that you do when you think about love.

There you are. Beautiful as the sunrise. I don’t even understand how someone can be as stunning as you are. I mean I didn’t even know it was possible, but there you are – a breathing, shining proof that somewhere out there lives a higher power. Something that is way larger than any of us earthlings can imagine; something that’s ethereal, superhuman.

There you are. You have said you’ve been single your whole life because none of your past relationships seemed right. There are days when you wonder what love feels like, looks like, smells like. Does it feel the same way the palm trees feel the ocean-catapulted breeze? Does it look like the view of the city from the rooftop of your apartment building? Does it smell anything like green tea and vanilla extract? You do not know. But you wish you did.

There you are. You have gone to at least eight different countries by the age of twenty-four. What are you looking for out there? Nothing, maybe. Maybe you’re just sort of walking around this entire time, subconsciously hoping to finally bump into me. You have spent a significant amount of time with your friends. And they’ve been really good friends to you. They’ve laughed at your jokes, smiled at your happiness and waved at your moments of randomness. They’ve been with you on all those long walks, all those food trips, concerts, live theater performances and sometimes even on Valentine’s Day. And tonight is no different. They’re still the ones that fill your phone inbox. They’re still the ones that flood your Facebook timeline. They’re still the ones that witness your life as it unfolds dramatically. The only difference is that tonight, the unsatisfied longing for the presence of that one person – that one person whom you will love with all your heart – has definitely hit the deadline. You want love, just as much as I do. But the universe has had a funny way of creating two like-minded individuals who are a perfect match, and then putting them so far away from each other.

There you are. Where have you been? It’s actually quite funny. I’m impatiently asking you this when you have every right to ask me the same question. So where have been?

I’ve been here. Not sitting like you are right now, but floating. I’ve been dreaming a lot and sleeping a lot. I’ve been here and there, and I’ve looked for you too many times in too many places. I’ve been in this dozy tourist village that is my bedroom just writing about you, reading about you and thinking about you.

And now here I am. Jaded after all the rollercoaster rides in my life so far. I am bruised and scarred but smiling. Just like you, I had spent the whole day somehow hoping that our paths would finally cross.

Here I am, visualizing the numerous awesome moments we will be making.

Inside my head, here we are. I’ve never felt this special with anyone in my life. I adore the dimples that form on your cheeks each time I smile at you. I adore that. I adore the fact that I can be certain you will always smile back. Because when you smile, your eyes somehow disappear but your joy doesn’t. And I adore that. I adore that we can be foolish and intelligent with each other without having to apologize for anything. I adore that we are so the same yet so different. I adore that you like dogs, Katy Perry and dim lighting. I adore that everytime the wind brushes through your hair, it dances just enough to create the illusion of us hovering above the ground. And everytime I hold your hand, I adore that it fits perfectly. When you’re far away and I see you, it doesn’t take you long to see me; we don’t yell or wave, and sometimes we don’t even smile – we just look at each other as we approach the center point. There’s all this percolating love and passion underneath the calmness. I adore that. I adore that because all those years of trials and errors have led the two of us to this point. And there’s so much inside of us that we can just explode at any given second. But I adore that. I adore the idea that we are now standing face to face like two active volcanoes ready to erupt. And I adore that the eruption would be an eruption of love.

But here I am. And there you are. No amount of thinking and visualizing can realistically put us right next to each other any time soon.

I like to believe that you are out there, Next One. And if you are, I hope that at the very right moment, you will finish that orange juice of yours and take a walk along the beach.

I will be there. And I swear, you will be the Last One.

Alpha Apocrypha–the threshold of words yet to flood.

My Tune: Learning to Breathe by Switchfoot

“If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” ~Toni Morrison

Sigh(I’m starting this blog with a sigh because of several reasons- one, is that I truly know that this will be an outlet of my passion. Another, I myself have no idea why I aborted my former blog. Finally, I’m just excited to write on).

I assume that majority of the people that will dig this column already knows me by name and by appearance. So for those who do not belong to this so-called “majority” of mine, here is an overview of me: I’m Kenn Edward B. Tenorio… and that’s it! That would already be an overview of me, I insist, since we are in a world of mysteries that are yet to be known, locked up in different circumstances wherein clues are scattered to unlock them. This blog will be a place of clues and codes that would help you people to know me. This is exactly why I only gave you my full name as an overview. I believe it would be enough… for now.

I decided to make this blog not only because I feel like I have nothing good to do, but also because I am a member of the human race and as a part of it, It is my duty to inform, share and spread my sentiments as a way of showing my reactions to stimuli. So here I go…

The first thing I would like to talk to you about is the University Week celebration in my school, the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos, which just ended up yesterday with an ornamental concert and a pure nothingness. I used “ornamental” and “nothingness”, words which are very much likely to be used in negative remarks. But that was during the ending of the celebration. Before the end, it was one hell of a week(positive note)!

It was a not-so-sunny Monday when the celebration started. As usual during non-schooldays, I woke up at 8:00 o’clock in the morning, even though the checking of attendance was at 7:30. Nothing really happened that day, except maybe for the Cheerdance Competition held in the amphitheater- the one I didn’t put any efforts and interest at. Before the entire competition started was when that day became significant to me(It’s a clandestine thing). Tuesday came quickly with a concert at the high school park which was absolutely plain. Wednesday came and it was perhaps the best part of the celebration. There was this Mr. and Miss UNO-R contest which was a great show for all of us who spared time to witness a crucial event in history. The night was followed with great conversations with significant people. I stayed late that night not only because I still chatted with my brother, who won the said contest, but because I still had to research about everything under the sun in preparation for the annual Literary Musical, where I was a contestant for the Impromptu Speaking contest[Category B]. It was already 3:00am when I finally was able to go to bed and dream of ways to live life even more effectively. As expected, I wasn’t able to wake up at the proper time for the contest, so I ended up late. Moments later, the contest I was in started. It started off with Mitchell(a senior student). He did very well. At that moment I already knew he will own the category. Ashraf(also a senior student) and John Re(a junior student) followed . Both of them did well too. And then it was my turn. I wasn’t at all nervous after having able to speak publicly countless times. All that was in my mind when I was walking my way to the microphone was what my English teacher planted into my mind- Your goal is not to win, dear. It is to answer the question and deliver well that you should consider as your main priority in the contest. – so true… and so, I said everything that was in my mind even those things which I’m not sure really exist like “Rice Programs” ;p. I ended up third of us four contestants. It wasn’t that bad afterall, I insist. Anyway, I completed my mission- to answer and deliver well. Friday was one of those normal days… only modified a bit. There was this Kasadyahan Dance and after that, my camaraderie and I bonded as we always do. We played child stuffs and it was fun…really fun!^~^ Saturday was the last day of the whole-week celebration. It started with me and my groupmates for our English Ballad Presentation practicing at my place. It was, I guess, a successful one. ( See Keith’s blog to know more about what happened last Saturday:P.) This day was also one of the best, so far. New expressions were unleashed. Fresh discoveries were scattered. Bonding with people worth being with was made even more stronger.

This would be a summary of the University Week Celebration.

~Post Script~

My U-week was actually an enjoyable one because of the people who I was with and what I was when I was with them. Perhaps, they made bitter taste bittersweet afterall.

My nocturnal ego was once again unveiled during the entire week of celebration.

I fell in love with this girl during the week. ( and I’m still until now. I guess it’ll be this way for forever. ^^)

Before the u-week, I was torn between two pretty faces, which eventually made me temporarily a paranoid.

While I was typing the entry proper(namely “Alpha Apocrypha–the threshold of words yet to flood”, I was consuming milk tea. I took a sip for like every minuite.

After I have published this entry, I’ll make myself another cup of milk tea(soooo British!).

Adios.