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Friday, February 29, 2008

When Bloggers Meet

Blogging opens up one’s life (or at least the wholesome side of it, he he) to total strangers. It may, at some point, result to some unwanted repercussions (e.g. suddenly gaining “celebrity” status, like some persons I know), but for the most part, it only breeds advantages. For regular, unknown residents of the net like this islander, exposing ourselves to some people simply promotes faster friendships, as it definitely shortens the getting-to-know-you stage. When you finally get to see the face matching the writings, the awkward pauses are easily dispensed with and conversations flow naturally like they were between long-time friends.

That’s what happened when I met two bloggers the past two evenings.

First was
Tami. She is in Tokyo for a conference, being the Regional Events Coordinator for Asia Pacific of one the biggest law firms in the world – my dream employer actually. She came with a friend, in a flaming red winter suit that starkly contrasted with the sea of blacks that characterize Japanese winter fashion.

They wanted to go to Shibuya after dinner, but unfortunately, it was one rainy night. Add to that the extreme cold that bites into the depths of one’s skin, that surely wasn’t a night meant for some gallivanting.

Second was
Rey Ian Corpuz. He’s a relative newbie in Tokyo (six months?) but obviously no longer a stranger to the Japanese ways. It helped that he works in an all-Japanese company, a situation that forced him to adopt to the Japanese language and culture fast. And I could see he’s doing quite well. Truth is, he even looks like Japanese now (anime persona and all).

So there. Two fascinating persons easily known and befriended. Thanks to blogging.

15 comments:

Gina said...

I read somewhere before of the saying: Strangers are friends you haven't met yet.

Not sure kung dito ba sa blog mo or somebody else's. So true ano?

It's nice to meet interesting and nice people through blogging.

Sounds like your in Japan for the long haul ,ha.

U working there Reo? or vacationing? (and you don't have to answer that if you choose =))

Keep us posted!

aajao said...

attorney. dapat po nagi-sponsor kayo ng Bloggers EB dito sa Manila. hehe :P

Keitaro Hanazawa said...

So true! I've met great people that have become my great friends through blogging...

carlotta1924 said...

it's always nice to meet blogger friends in person. i've met some of them already and i can't say that i didn't enjoy their company, coz i did alot. :D there's nothing like getting to know each other more over great food too =)

Abad said...

I still find it weird that I have "blog friends" who knows me better than some people I know outside the net.

KRIS JASPER said...

Hope to EB u in the near future as well. are u based in Japan na?

Abaniko said...

At may bago ka na bang drinking buddy?

R-yo said...

Gina: Working, actually. But am not sure about the "long haul" part. Depende pa sa mga magaganap.

Aajao: di ba pwedeng yung company mo ang mag sponsor? ang ganda yata pakinggan ng "EB brought to you by ____". :-)

Keitaro: alam ko. ang sisikat nga ng blogger friends mo e. big tym! he hehe

R-yo said...

Carlotta: Tama ka. Dapat nga kasama ang great food. Or drinks na rin. :-)

Abad: Damihan mo kasi kwento sa mga close friends mo.O baka naman di rin nila alam ang blog mo.

R-yo said...

Kris: would love to see you here in Japan. just keep me posted. :-)

Abaniko: Kaya nga punta ka na rin dito para makilala mo ang bagong drinking buddies.

Gypsy said...

...and because pinoy bloggers are almost everywhere in the world, it means you have friends everywhere you go :)

Pancit Nation said...

Hi, I wouldn't mind being another blog friend. I am new to blogging but not to writing. I enjoyed your posts and will continue to read them.

Tami said...

aryo!!!!! Plan ko rin to write about this, naunahan mo ako hehe nagextend ako in Tokyo, will be going home tomorrow morning. Hindi na nga lang kita nacontact kasi I'm shuttling between cousins... *i have 5 here!!! btw, yung Phil number mo e nasave ko sa Jap phone na sinoli ko sa supplier. Pwede pasend uli ng number? pa-add na rin YM tami_a00 if you have. tc and see you in Manila!

shiera (bisdakbabbles) said...

ok ah.. so you've met Rey Ian!
When you have the chance to drop by Osaka... let me know! :)

R-yo said...

Ay sayang! I was at Osaka last March 5-6. Would have loved meeting you.