The Sunbaked King

Ha Ha Hee Hee Ha Ha Ho

Love me, hate me, say what you want about me.

– Britney Spears, If You Seek Amy

Got this idea from one of MakMak’s posts. The idea here is simple: listed below are ten life events, 9 of which are very, very real. The other one? A blatant lie, an outrageous fabrication. The guessing game is only half the fun; reading through the entries should already take you midway. Needless to say, I enjoyed this exercise immensely.

(The events are listed in chronological order.)

Episode 1 : Jeffrey. We once had neighbors in Zamboanga that were certified crooks and troublemakers. The sister once attempted to steal orchids from our garden; Mama saw her and grabbed her by the hair before she could get away. The brother, a kid named Jeffrey, had a punching bout with me. I lost that particular round because I went home crying. Sometime during the immediate future, I found myself faced with a wonderful opportunity: we were playing darts. With one swift stroke, I deliberately threw the dart at him, and it landed squarely on his disease-infected leg. I fake-apologized and got all fake-concerned, but deep inside, my inner devil was cheering.

Episode 2 : Promil Kid. I graduated Valedictorian soon after that. (Not that the Jeffrey incident had anything to do with it.) I was in Kindergarten then. My parents had to repeatedly stand up to pin my ribbons because there were so goddamn many of them. I was invited to be accelerated to Grade 1 sometime before that, though, but my parents refused, thinking that I wouldn’t be able to handle it. Years later, they would be faced with the same decision with my younger brother, and they agreed this time around. I wonder why they changed gears?

Episode 3 : Showbiz. We moved from Zamboanga to Davao around the early 90’s. During this time, Eat Bulaga ruled the boob tube. Shows like Little Miss Philippines and That’s My Boy catered to the kids, and they became so popular that they started holding auditions nationwide. I joined the Davao auditions of That’s My Boy. Contrary to rumors during college, I didn’t win (I came in 3rd), and I never made it to the finals in Manila. However, months later, we received an invitation from a popular local canned goods company to do a commercial. My parents didn’t allow it because we were new in town, and had yet to adjust. (Damn.)

Episode 4 : Prodigal Son. I wasn’t what you’d call an ideal son. I was pretty much a disappointment to my parents when I was younger (as parents, they would definitely deny that, haha). For instance, I squandered my yearbook money by spending it on Playstation games with my friends (X-Men and Sailor Moon were all the rage). I tried to replenish it by getting some money from our sari-sari store, but my Uncle found me out and blabbed me to my parents. My father, a recent Couples for Christ convert, did not do the usual kneel-on-mongo-seeds or belt-to-ass-spanking punishments of old, but made me place my hand on the Bible, and made me swear that I would never do it again.

Episode 5 : Camp Rock. In exchange for a brand new PC (Windows 95, 4 gigs of hard drive memory, yeah!), my father “asked” if I could join the Youth for Christ camp during the summer break. As a recently converted good child myself, and feeling a sense of immense gratitude for the computer, I agreed. That did not mean that I liked the idea. So for a few days, I had to meet with other kids of other CFC members, and do the religious thing with them. However, my silence during the entire thing got me a reputation I thought I’d never have (hence the silence): I was called “Stranger” and “Bato“, and not necessarily behind my back.

Episode 6 : Pink Sacristan. In continuation of my path to total reverence, I served as a sacristan in the Holy Spirit Adoration Convent near our house. The Convent was home to the Pink Sisters, a group of nuns whose faces we normally never see because they had our backs to us during Mass. But I found out (to my extreme humiliation), that nuns are still human, after all. Once, during an early morning mass, I left the priest’s side too early. The nuns looked up and realized what I had done, and they began to giggle. Silently and reverently, of course. But not one iota less embarrassing.

Episode 7 : Cruel Intentions. I had a psycho phase in high school, which pretty much rendered my religious conversion moot. During this time, I wondered how it would feel shooting people using a sniper (inspired by Stephen King’s character Todd Bowden in Apt Pupil); how it would feel making cocaine and getting tweaked (inspired by Josh Hartnett‘s role in The Faculty); and how it would feel just simply being deliciously evil (inspired by Sebastian Valmont, Cruel Intentions). I got so scared of the book I gave it away; got so into Josh’s character that I researched on homemade cocaine; and got so into Sebastian’s persona that I joined a school play with the same role. Talk about immersion.

Episode 8 : Lovestruck. Everything changed when Senior Year came. In Senior Year, everything is all about love. I once wrote a love letter to a friend that contained the cheesiest lines. The first stanza went this way: There is no Britney Spears / When a girl like you appears / Forget Christina Ricci / When you’re in front of me. Cheezay! I went on to write an essay about the same girl. I kept it to myself. Papa, however, snoopy little dad that he is, found the letter and sent it to Inquirer as an entry for the Youngblood column. We didn’t hear from them.

Episode 9: Lust, Caution. I flirted around by calling/texting my crushes in their cellphones, even if we weren’t close. I had a weekly Top Ten ranking of said crushes which I updated religiously. The criteria? Looks, Personality, Kerwin Bias, and Friend Factor. The Friend Factor is a consolidated ranking my closest friends gave to the people in the list. I think I allotted too much of my time to this nonsensical but exciting exercise that my grades dove alarmingly. Thank goodness graduation came and I did not have to suffer any more academic free fall.

Episode 10: Close Encounters of the First Kind. Years later, I would be going to a strip club for a bachelor’s party, and this is going to be the first time I’m going to see an aquarium full of women, ready to be chosen with the flick of a finger or a glance. This is also the first time I’m going to see a woman dancing around a pole in a see-through mesh shirt. Finally, this is also the first time I’m going to encounter, up close and personal, the female genitalia. Dun dun dun!


Filed under: ...And Others, Domesticated, Fiction, Yes?, Ra, Testimonial, Untamed

18 Responses

  1. N says:

    I had a weekly Top Ten ranking of said crushes which I updated religiously.

    Sounds eerily familiar.

    4 is a fabrication.

  2. M says:

    Why do I feel like there’s a twist on each episode?

  3. M says:

    #4 is real. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Dun dun dun…

  4. kerwinray says:

    Nes, does this call to mind a certain controversial Excel sheet? Hahaha. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. kerwinray says:

    Mak! ๐Ÿ™‚ There’s no twist, that would be cheating! Haha. Everything, save for that one, is real. ๐Ÿ™‚ What is the not?

  6. Tsikee says:

    this is so easy!!!! hahahahaha shall i tell everyone which one is not real?

  7. kerwinray says:

    Eeek! Tsik, huwag! Hahaha. ๐Ÿ˜›

  8. ryce says:

    nyahaha hmmm parang lahat nito di totoo?? o baka naman… hmmm

  9. kerwinray says:

    Hahaha! Tigas ng ulo! ๐Ÿ™‚ 9 truths, 1 lie! One lang! Hehe.

  10. N says:

    Controversial is an understatement.

    I know certain truths about you that are not here. Maybe I should just post them to compensate for what I do not know? ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. kerwinray says:

    No more revelations! ๐Ÿ˜›

  12. tristan says:

    i feel bad… i have no clue. haha

  13. toj says:

    bakit mo ba dine-deny na nanalo ka sa That’s My Boy?!

  14. kerwinray says:

    Hahaha, there’s a way of doing this, Tris.

    Toj, yun ba ang hula mong not factual? ๐Ÿ˜›

  15. M says:

    After 10 days… (hahaha)

    Dun dun dun. Final answer: #10(?)

    Not really sure but like I said, I know #4-9 are true. #1-3, not quite but logic tells me that they are factual (dart on disease-infected leg? bad).

    Ayan, demanding ka. Haha.

  16. kerwinray says:

    Sorry demanding. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hahaha! But I wanted to know! ๐Ÿ˜›

  17. M says:

    Wanted to know what? If we listen to your kwentos? Hahaha. We do, we do!

    What’s the answer?

  18. kerwinray says:

    I can’t say it here. ๐Ÿ˜›

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