It was a rainy evening of 22nd of July. All the while I thought it wouldn’t rain because the sky was clear last I checked. I was ready to go on my first event, the Acquaintance Party, with Davao Blogger’s Society. I was running late because I couldn’t get a damn cab. Cabs really are hard to get when it is raining. Seriously, my first event and I am late. Sorry.
I was already outside the room at Garden Oases. I am really hesitant to go inside because I only know a handful of people and most of them couldn’t attend the event. I really don’t have close ties with anybody at the Organization. Glanced through the glass part of the door and saw a big crowd. Well, that didn’t help. Glanced again and looked for familiar faces. There, right there! It’s Ate Tin also known as Mrs. A. I know her because she is a sister of my office mate. One familiar face, that’s good enough for me. I took deep breaths and braved my way inside. I also saw Jazzie of jazzysayings and April of itsaprilgarcia, both I knew back in college and high school respectively. They were currently playing a game; scrambling to complete all of the boxes in their paper. None of it made sense but some were approaching me and I just signed whichever is applicable. Wow, they are really friendly here. After that ice breaker game, I was assigned a group and observed silently.
The cup has started, I mean the game has started. Everybody was suprisingly competitive. Ofcourse, the competitive spirit in me ignited and I really participated and contributed with the group. Desserts were served from Lachi’s, Baked by Joyce and etc. What surprised me even more was that as soon as the desserts landed at the table, everybody took their phones and cameras out and snapped some photos. I mean everybody! They were really bloggers. It’s like their innate nature to take photos. It got me thinking in my head “Damn, Parang ako lang ah”. Unlike my other friends, they were supportive and passionate about it. Some of my friends would even judge and tease about taking a picture of the food but with them it is like a normal thing. I felt both excited and amazed. I believed in that moment that I belong.
Fastforward to the after event, we went to a room at Ritz Hotel. Some were buying drinks and some were in the boys room. Introductions were made and it wasn’t awkward at all. I just sat at the corner and listen to their conversation. They were talking about random stuff like their blogs, jobs and what not. They were really good conversationalists and I was all ears because their topic was really interesting. Hey, I could really learn from these guys. Not only in the blogging aspect but also about life. I was reminded by an article I’ve read that you should widen the age scope of your friends to learn more and I think I would be able to do that with Davao Bloggers Society. I mean we are a mix of different people from different walks of life blogging different niches but united with the same passion. Difference adds spice to the learning curve.
Drinks finally arrived. Shots were rotating. The night just kept rolling. They were picking on me because of course I’m the newbie. I was reminded by their famous DBS quote “We will judge you but we will accept you.” If you actually think about it, it makes sense. Everybody needs judging. Everbody needs mentoring. Nobody is perfect after all and I truly believe I could learn so much from these people. Everybody was having fun. Crazy fun. It got me thinking again, these people are real creative and real crazy with depth. I think I found my place. I think I belong.
-The Wonder Boy