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January 22, 2008



somebody poses as gigi? you're really becoming popular (joke)

in connection, i had a friend who emailed me asking me for $1000. so i called him up and told me that his email was hacked. scary.


You know Gigi Go? She's an editor for Newsbreak Maagazine in the Philippines. Well, not gaga yet but if she comes out with a blog and copies you: Gigi Go Goes Gaga?


gigi go?!? gosh gg, editor ka din pala ng Newsbreak mag! (*wink, wink)


Gigi of My Life
(ABBA Rhyme)

Gigi, you are the only one who keeps me alive
The years may come and the years may go,
The world may change, and tears may flow
But what we shared will forever survive

I was wise enough not to follow my heart
If only I met you one day, just one day
Sooner, then I’ll be kissing your lips today
Holding you, feeling the beat of your heart

Instead I find my fingers scribbling your name
On the sand, on the steamy glass of my car
Wishing up there in the heavens afar
That life will again someday be the same

But when will your love ever set me free?
When will the songs I hear not be about you
When will the verses I write not be for you
Must I suffer through all eternity?

How did we go on all of these years?
How could I bear not seeing your face full of love?
The gleam in your eyes in the afterglow of love
How can I forget the last sparkle of tears

How do you look now? The way I remember you?
Did we experience heaven for just a moment,
Only to suffer a lifetime of torment
Do you remember the things we used to do?

Do you remember our breakfasts at Macy’s,
The pancakes, baked apples, eggs and steak?
Our long roadtrips that started at day break
Our lovemaking that left us so breathless

Do you remember how we made love in the pool,
And inside our tent at Ausable Chasm
While enjoying the colors of autumn
And at the parking lot of a certain school?

The roadside lake where you shamelessly took a dip
How we stopped by the woods coz we could not wait
We were simply slaves to our hearts’ dictate
Wasn’t that such a memorable trip?

Gigi, if you read this you know I’ve suffered
Just as much as you if not even more
When I said goodbye and walked out your door
I knew my future would be altered

On that Valentine’s Day, my heart was breaking
Into thousand pieces when I said goodbye
I never wanted to see you cry
But for me, someone else was waiting

Is this God’s fate for us, was this unplanned?
If you read this I beg you to find me
So your heart can finally set me free
And on my deathbed, hold my hand


The namen of my bandmate's mom is Gigi as well. =)


Narissa - I have no idea why anyone would ever want to pretend to be me. Seriously.

Frankie - Gigi Go, eh? Maybe I should look her up and she and I can go gaga together. :)

Cathy - Ikaw ha -- pilya!!! (And, yes, but because during "those days" friends would teasingly call me that name, I smiled when I read Frankie's comment.)

ArtDax - Naku, who is this Gigi who tormented you so? Pero ang suwerte naman niya, she managed to get written about in such a passionate poem. Thanks for sharing! :)

Pao - Hay, not only is "Gigi" possibly one of the most common Pinay names ever (wonder why?) but I personally know three women who also go by my name (including surname ha!).


gigi (full name deleted), the love of my life. unfortunately I had to marry someone else that is why we said goodbye.


Naku, I just hope your wife doesn't read this (or know who you are if she does!) , LOL! But for Gigi T. Salvador -- man, nakakakilig naman...


By ArtDax
Dedicated to Gigi (full name deleted)

It was your first time
and you told me so
but I did not even care
cause I love you so much
that by just looking at you
I feel a joy beyond compare

and last week in New England
with the strenght of our love
you touched and took me in
and I knew there was pain
though you tried not to show
the quiver in your skin

In your office yesterday
when everyone was gone
I performed the joy you've known so far
when I was down on you
your face turned rosy red
and your heart beat reached the star

Today we gave each other
the most precious gift
stealing time that is not mine
I let my life slide in you
and led you with me
towards endless time

and you felt it in you
the living that gives such joy
a joy you've never felt before
and I thougth it would end
but the love on your face
gave me strength to offer more

I looked at your face
as I lingered in you
asking how you feel
and you brushed back my hair
and kissed me and told me
you love me and always will

never relinquishing
your steady hold of me
we kissed ever so deep
I've never gone this far
and I knew of no such joy
but in my dream when I'm asleep

and now your eyes loll back
as your body trembles
for the third time again
you utter broken words
I cannot comprehend
as you experience joy and pain

you became so fragile
as I caressed you
and I let my mind float free
and the whole world became
but a tiny part of us
as the life exploded from me

now after three hours
we lay here lost, still in love
never murmuring a sound
this time is not ours
but I hope it never ends
and that we will never be found


Art - I just googled her name and true enough, most of all references to her are via you and your poetry. I kinda feel bad for her -- she might get in trouble with those in her life now. So, I hope you understand, no offense to you and your love and passion for her, but I'm deleting all mention of her full name on this blog, OK? I know you don't mean her any harm, but it's just that I would want the same if I happened to be her.

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