It’s a triple celebration today as this blog turn 3 years old and simultaneously, it just hit its 1 million views mark. As you can see, there’s a new look of the layout to give it a fresher vibes.
Here’s the screencaps from my Dashboard taken this 11:15 a.m. showing the 1,000,033 views. . .
As this blog turns 3 today, let’s take a look at some of the popular icons, symbols and other stuff that has 3 or at least signifies this powerful numeral on it. . .
In fictional superhero:
In fairy tale:
In comedy and popular culture:
I guess that’s all for now. Once again. I would like to thank and congratulate everyone who has been there for me since day one. Three years and counting with a million views…and it’s all because of you my loyal readers. I’m speechless and grateful. Cheers to you all!
You may be wondering why and what on earth did I title my former blog and my Twitter account as “Man of the Rose”. Well, if you are resourceful enough or keen with the meaning of names then you would have guessed it by now: Man of the Rose = Carlo dela Rosa. It is the literal translation of my first name and surname.
“Carlo” an Italian name is used chiefly as well as in English “Charles” and in Spanish “Carlos” with its Germanic origin “Karl” which means “man”, “free man” or “strong man”. The origin on my side is that I was named after my late step grandfather Carlos from my mother’s.
“dela Rosa”in Spanish means “of the Rose”. According to my father, his great ancestors’ actual last name was Japa which in Sanskrit means a spiritual discipline involving in the meditative repetition of a mantra or name of a divine power. For whatever reason, perhaps my great, great, great ancestors find it sounding too “awkward”, they’ve changed it to “dela Rosa”…and the rest is history.
So there goes the history behind Carlo dela Rosa aka Man of the Rose, the alter ego. And it is for this reason I’ve decided to take a reboot of my former blog after nearly two years of its loooooooong hiatus.
. . .thus my longest title ever so far after my longest hiatus by far! I guess.
See, that’s what happens when blogging was replaced by Facebooking: you’ll end up prolonging the title of your featured blog just as the total number of long hours spent reading the wall posts and status of your friends in Facebook or bitching around with acquaintances and strangers whenever they check-in some place in this earth and you’re not invited or simply rolling your eyes clockwise and counter clockwise whenever you see someone post photos of their latest purchases of gadgets or their latest travels with their plus one…grrrrrr!
But please don’t get me wrong. I am not 100% mad or angry all the time these past few weeks. My roller coaster ride of my daily survival was comprised of either (:-) or sometimes ^,^ and mostly \\(“,)// But hey, I’ve also had a few (:-( or :/ and rarely :’( in some days but I guess I’m entitled to it. After all, I’m only human.
Off-topic??? OK, let’s move on…
This coming April 13-16 is the much-awaited water festival in Thailand: Songkran! It is the long holiday counterpart of Christmas season in the Philippines only it is being celebrated during summer and you’ll get soaking wet whether you like it or not!
My very first Songkran experience was in 2006 when I was still in Myanmar and I went to Bangkok for my job interview and simultaneously to have fun with my Thai friends at Khao San Road. In 2007, 2008 and again 2010, I was in Chiang Rai with my other Thai friends. 2009 I was in Bangkok but I stayed home literally. 2011 I went to Yangon after 5 years and celebrated Thingyan Festival (Myanmar counterpart of water fest) there with my Myanmar friends and my Pinoy ate.
This year, I decided to
wastespend my FUN (fingers crossed!) Songkran in Bangkok! Friday is with my complicated someone whom I met in Koh Samed and no definite itinerary yet. Then I’m out with my Pinoy “G” Mafia friends this Saturday to OToKo and dance the night away while being splashed with water and probably with bubbles too. Sunday is still open. While Monday should be just come what may slash whatever gets you through the day activity.
There was an initial invitation from my Pinay ditse to accompany her and her family to Phuket (which was a good call to decline since you’ve probably heard of the tsunami alert today that devastated Indonesia and the southern part of Thailand). In the end, my friend decided to take her family around Bangkok and its nearest outskirt areas to have fun at the various recreational and amusement parks that they haven’t visited yet which was soooooooo not my thingy after all.
On the other hand, I was being invited by my same Thai best friend to come and join them in Chiang Rai again and then go to Chiang Mai but I have to really excuse myself this time to pave way with my Pinoy “G” Mafia friends and of course, my complicated one.
So yeah, throw me some water to cool me off this summer and before I saddled up myself to work where an upcoming event 7 days after Songkran is awaiting me.