25 August 2011

No Impossible Things


These are moments I totally regret not bringing my camera. Photos from the iPhone.

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We talked about politics, the spratlys, and about recent events. But I felt like I didn't say anything close to intelligent because I was too starstruck. Haha. We also talked about his art and his work as a Canon Lawyer. I asked him how his interest in politics started. He asked me about my photography. We talked like we were old friends.

The Bishop was certainly one of the most intelligent people I've ever spoken with. Quite funny, too. Or maybe, I was just surprised seeing him smiling and laughing because he always looked serious on TV.

One topic stuck to me -- his hobby. He told me: "I have a hobby that has now become a vice." We both laughed. He asked me to guess and after three two guesses, I gave up. I usually don't give up that easily, but hey, I'm curious what Bishops have for hobbies.

"I collect coins," his eyes sparkled behind his thick eyeglasses. So we spent a few more minutes talking about his coins and his plans for them. He talked about the history of our coins and how precious our old 1906 one peso coin is. "If you know someone who has it, give him a big kiss and then get the coin!" We laughed out loud.

He wants to own one, I thought. So I told him, "When I find one, I'll give it to you." He laughed. "Thank you. But that coin is very rare. It's impossible to find one," he said. "I believe that there's no such thing as impossible." I countered. "Me, too. Except that." Another laughter broke. And then he said: "Contact me when you find one although I know it is really impossible. I give you all my prayers and blessings and luck."

I told him again, with much conviction: "There is no such thing as impossible."

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PS 1. Now, I'm on a mission to find a genuine 1906 one peso coin. Operative word: genuine. There are many counterfeits out there.

PS 2. Before he left, I shook his hand. And then I was told I should've kissed his ring. Oh well. :P


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Chelo August 26, 2011 at 12:44 AM  

I wish i was a fly on the wall..by the way, you told the story so well u didnt need pictures..i must say, those pics from ur iphone are lovely,too;-)

mura mo'g related,ai;-) brilliant, admirable, people;-)

Patricia August 26, 2011 at 10:21 AM  

oh, i agree with chelo --- to be a fly on the wall! i hope you find that coin!

Badeth August 26, 2011 at 12:56 PM  

Yes, I agree, Ai. Nothing is impossible. Why? Because impossible is actually 1M+possible :-)

Aileen Siroy August 26, 2011 at 5:39 PM  

Chelo said...
I wish i was a fly on the wall..by the way, you told the story so well u didnt need pictures..i must say, those pics from ur iphone are lovely,too;-)

mura mo'g related,ai;-) brilliant, admirable, people;-)

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Thanks, Chel! If you were with us, we'd be laughing out loud. He's like you, so witty and funny! :)

I still regret not bringing my camera! :D

Aileen Siroy August 26, 2011 at 5:40 PM  

Patricia said...
oh, i agree with chelo --- to be a fly on the wall! i hope you find that coin!

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Thanks, Pat! I hope so, too! :)

Aileen Siroy August 26, 2011 at 5:42 PM  

Badeth said...
Yes, I agree, Ai. Nothing is impossible. Why? Because impossible is actually 1M+possible :-)

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I like that! Im+possible! :D

julai August 28, 2011 at 7:25 AM  

Hello Ate Ai, nalingaw ko nagbasa ani te ky at first abi ko ug you went to see him coz of the photography manual that you are currently making, so since you are a canon user, so you approched a canon lawyer,hahaha. perte ka konek ate. then sa kadugayan nayong basa natinga nako ky nganong bishop man cja, so naka ingon ko nga ka bongga ba ani nga bishop nga lawyer paman sa canon,hahaha. then i just realized nga it´s the canon law of the Church diay, suss ko pagka nlng! naka remember ko sa among amgo na pari nga tga leyte na bag o lng ni graduate sa ijang canon law studies diri.hehehe

JoPiE August 29, 2011 at 6:52 PM  

i can totally feel the happy banter you got going with the Bishop leaping off this entry, AI! you are so lucky to be able to hobnob with such amazing people! i think you have chemistry with everyone! :D

Aileen Siroy August 29, 2011 at 7:16 PM  

julai said...
Hello Ate Ai, nalingaw ko nagbasa ani te ky at first abi ko ug you went to see him coz of the photography manual that you are currently making, so since you are a canon user, so you approched a canon lawyer,hahaha. perte ka konek ate. then sa kadugayan nayong basa natinga nako ky nganong bishop man cja, so naka ingon ko nga ka bongga ba ani nga bishop nga lawyer paman sa canon,hahaha. then i just realized nga it´s the canon law of the Church diay, suss ko pagka nlng! naka remember ko sa among amgo na pari nga tga leyte na bag o lng ni graduate sa ijang canon law studies diri.hehehe

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Hahaha! Funny!

Aileen Siroy August 29, 2011 at 7:22 PM  

JoPiE said...
i can totally feel the happy banter you got going with the Bishop leaping off this entry, AI! you are so lucky to be able to hobnob with such amazing people! i think you have chemistry with everyone! :D

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He's so witty, Jops! It was one of those conversations where I left happy and enriched. :) About having chemistry with everyone, I think I just give out this 'it's-ok-i-won't-bite-you' vibe. LOL.

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