I used to actively chat via mIRC when I started out in college. I guess it was around the time when the now extremely popular IRC client took its babysteps too. Then came ICQ (an oronym for I seek you) but I never really liked it for some reason. It was around that time when I first created my Yahoomail and Eudoramail accounts. Looking back, I can never really believe how far everything has gone. During that time, sending SMS was limited to the rich kids. But later on, mobile phones have become almost an extention to our body parts. Even the families who could barely eat three square meals have at least one.
When my father’s aide asked permission to buy a cellphone, I had a long talk with him. I told him that while I don’t have anything to do with whatever he does with his life and his money, we definitely hope that buying a gadget that would test his priorities, would not affect his priorities. He came here from a far-flung barrio where his father would beat him up if he couldn’t hand over a few coins to buy booze. He came here because we need him as much as he needs us. My father is paralyzed and because old men are the most hard-headed patients in the world, he has never recovered from his stroke. He has become totally dependent to the not-so-young boy for even the simplest of things—from scratching his back to feeding him—to the messiest of them all, like wiping him clean after defecating, sponge-bathing him, and doing covert ops just so he could eat ice cream in the middle of the night when my mom specifically told him not to and so many other things. My dad, even when he was in tiptop shape, has always been a handful. That’s where I got most of my traits, I guess—his gene pool. So anyway, we all know how it felt like when we first had our first ever mobile phone with SMS capabilities. I kinda expected the changing of ringing tones, message alert tones, the horrendous volume, the non-stop-I’ll-trip-over-but-I-dont-care-just-so-long-as-i-can-finish-this-message thing, etc. Because I am nocturnal, I get really hot-headed in the morning a few minutes before I sleep or when my sleep is interrupted during the day. And because he had his message alert tone changed to some pop tune, the darn phone pumps up the volume non stop after lunch when everybody in the house is asleep for siesta, including him. And because I’m a light sleeper–that depends actually on the kind of noise–I always get to be the one who hears the alert. After three consecutive messages, I rush downstairs and try to find the darn phone and lo! and behold! it’s right near the landline phone in the living room. So I looked for the owner of the loud phone. And my, oh, my, the good boy is in deep slumber, with his mouth wide open as if waiting for manna from heaven to fall. So there I was, fully awake after around just 3 hours of sleep after almost 36 hours of working. In a very bad mood. I make it a point never to do anything when I’m all angry and pissed. And so I tried desperately to go back to sleep. So sleep I did until around 7PM which made my head hurt real bad. I don’t like sleeping till around that time because it always makes my head hurt like hell. I went back to work and downed a whole pint of vanilla ice cream. God, that was heavenly.
And so one day, I called him and asked him to sit down for another one of my attempts at diplomacy. So I said…I understand how it is to have a new phone and to be new in the SMS arena but if could just put his phone in silent mode when he’s in Papa’s room, that would really be great. Or he could leave his cellphone in his room so it won’t disturb anyone if he doesn’t want to change the alert tone.
A few hours later, I heard the phone screaming mercilessly. So I called him and asked him what’s going on. He had the volume set to 5 so he could hear it even from Papa’s room. Now, isn’t he wise!
So anyway, our houseboy has expanded his vocabulary, thanks to text education, to a few more English words. He has also acted like a male dog in heat. He has since become (and became) the boyfriend of almost all the housemaids in the subdivision and in the nearby bakery.
Much to my mom’s utter disgust, of course. But I try to tell her that I understand. It’s so easy to flirt over the phone, online and even over the good old snail mail—pen pals anyone? We all have different worlds and for people who do not have to think of anything else other than waking up and serving his bosses, I think he deserves whatever surge of lust or something like it that he’s been indulging to these days. SO LONG AS IT DOES NOT AFFECT HIS WORK. Well, there have been lapses but I think things have been addressed pretty clearly and I am keeping my fingers crossed that nothing bad will happen. What is a little concession like that for days of peace and order! If it makes him happy, then it causes a chain reaction. Happy employees are more effectively productive and that means happier employer.
So, now, let’s go back to moi. I once had a two-year relationship with a guy I met online way back in college. Well, make that three. The other two were merely sinfully wonderful and memorable flings so they don’t really count as relationships but just for the sake of statistics, let’s count them in. There’s something about exchanging naughty and teasing comments with someone who’s not physically near you that makes things a whole lot more, er, tingly.
When the cameras were integrated into mobile phones, my then boyfriend asked me to send him “sexy” pix and he returned the favor. Since I was in a semi-long distance relationships, the ooohs and aaaahs over texts and later phone calls sufficed. Then with the advent of more modern tech, um, simultaneous indulgence of self-help developed cult-like support online. Sad to say, it has degenerated the nature of flirting and harmless chatting with strangers.
I traverse the long and winding information superhighway every day and because of that people constantly ask me what cybersex is, or if I’ve met someone online who will whisk me off poverty in the Philippines to some sugar-coated gingerbread house in the land of milk and honey or somewhere far from this Pearl of the Orient. Well, I can explain in a very clinical and academic way what cybersex is and how it is done but in terms of chatting with someone who will eventually become a special part of my life, the answer is a resounding, eeeeeenkkkkk!
NO. As a single (Asian) female, I do get into those moods when I feel like I really want to be with someone. My former landlady tells me I’m on NPO for now—medical practitioners, go figure—and for someone who had been not on NPO for a collective and straight seven or so years, it’s quite hard. They say you don’t crave for something that you haven’t really tried. Well, I have and so I crave. But despite being a cosmo girl who understood Carrie’s consternation at the prospect of losing her Manolos to a “shoe-napper”, I think my quick tumble in the hay days are over. I am not into that anymore. Well, if the opportunity presents itself, why not? But I have made my circle so small that even I could not turn around that easily. So what opportunity are we talking about? I’m not complaining, mind you. But the thing is, I meet people online. From work, through blogs, through wherever. And while I am a natural tease and flirt, being asked for a cam view and for something to start a few minutes after you even say hi, is a tad too weird for me. After a long hiatus from chatting, I tried getting into one of those chatrooms in Yahoo and jeeez, people seem to talk in one language and all they ask and talk about is sex, cams and cums! Whatever happened to friendship and getting to know you while we flirt occasionally without really meaning anything much? It’s just me getting all cheeky and clenched butt.
I remember one masseuse who’s a friend of my mom. She’s quite talkative—a trait that I really do not appreciate while getting a massage. But when conversations turn green, even in my half-awake, half-asleep state, my ears still perk up. So anyway, she just got widowed and so she’s been the brunt of jokes about looking for an “American” (the word is enclosed in quotation marks because sometimes we have this penchant of calling all foreigners American) husband. She said she tried chatting but she gets uncomfy when the guy that she chats up with shows his dick right out and asks her to show her boobs or slit in return. So she makes up excuses about not having a cam and all that jazz while she and her relatives watch while the “American” on the other side of the internet touches himself till everything limps down and the guy excused himself so he can “dry off” and “clean up” that usually means going to the bathroom or grabbing a roll of toilet paper for some.
While I do not want to sound prissy, this simply does not turn me on. I don’t know. I get turned on by witty conversations that are peppered with flirtations and naughty innuendos but being other than that, I can always get into the part and just type some “motivational” lines for the other party.
Needless to say, I’m not on a serious quest to find someone who’ll treat me like a princess and not for anything else. When I’m 30 and I’m still not “in a relationship” as Friendster puts it, I will panic. But only for a moment. I think I have a healthy enough self-esteem to know that it’s not being in a relationship that matters—it’s in having fun while we can in a way that we will have fun indeed. Perhaps, I still have unresolved personal issues to take care of and I think I will not make a good partner until I iron out whatever ugly wrinkles there are in my shirt.
I have recently been getting proofs how big a liar my ex-boyfriend is and his audacity of continuously denying so many things even when I know what the real score is have been such huge downers lately. Well, there’s work. It gets me down but not emotionally so occasional online flirtations with people that I don’t really know, help big time. Well, I’m choosy. I don’t like wimps and younger guys. And I have very little time. So when I do get into that kind of mood, I’ll go for knights (or badass chicks!) in rusty armors while I wear my French maid’s costume. Don’t get me started on how to use the feather duster! LOL.
But well, I miss blogging and even if I’m not making any sense, I am quite happy that I have blabbered a thought too many somehow.
Oh, and I’m not in THAT mood right now, with over 70 web pages to revise, I don’t think I can afford to let out even a lusty sigh. So, a piu tardi! Molto grazie! Ciao!