2008-08-24

how i found out that i got the scholarship

july 4. around 3 in the afternoon. i was at the office, jan was at home.

through SMS
anj: gusto mo manuod ng wanted mamaya?
jan: sige. may letter ka from netherlands embassy.

me to giovanni, myofficemate.
anj: ack! giov! may letter na daw ako sa embassy!
giov: uwi ka na!
anj: wala pang six. teka, teka. tawag na lang ako sa bahay. dun muna ako sa kabilang room tatawag ha.

i call jan using the landline. i'm nervous and excited at the same time.
anj: bakit mo ako tinext na may letter ako sa embassy! hindi na ako mapakali ngayon!
jan: iniisip ko nga kung ite-text ko nga sa iyo o hindi e.
anj: dapat di na lang! di na ako makaisip ngayon. buksan mo na lang yung letter for me.
jan: ha, buksan ko?
anj: oo buksan mo na. bilis! makapal ba?
jan: relatively.
anj: dali, buksan mo naaaaaa!
jan: (intentionally being slow) punitin ko or yung maayos na bukas?
anj: punitin mo na! yung pinakamabilis na paraan para mabasa ang sulat.
jan: binubuksan ko na. di ko na punitin kasi sayang envelope. am lifting the flap...
anj: bilisan moooo!
jan: maraming mga papel...
anj: ano baaaaa!!! basahin mo na!
jan: the letter is from the embassy of the kingdom of netherlands, 26th floor equitable tower...
anj: i don't care where it's from! read it to meeeeee!!!!!!
jan: ang sumulat ng letter ay (name of the dutch woman)
anj: jan caminaaaaaaa, ano ba!!!
jan: dear ms. (my full name) resurreccion, i have the honour of imforming you...

i do not hear anything anymore. start jumping up and down to the next room screaming, "aaaaaaahhhhh!!!"

giov sees anj jumping up and down. "congrats, anj!"

after jan reads entire letter, i ask if the movie will push through later and instructs jan to bring the letter to SM.

i call my mom, my sister, my brother and YMs a couple of friends, sents an SMS to a few others before i realized..."teka! baka pinu-punk lang ako ni jan? baka di totoong nakapasa ako sa scholarship. i should see the letter first before i start telling people. kakahiya naman kung punkd lang to!"

when the office clock struck 5PM, i go home, scold jan for texting her about the envelop and find that there is a letter from the embassy and the they do have the honour of informing me fellowship grant.

i was not punkd by jan. malakas lang talaga mang-asar asawa ko. :D

2 comments:

balikbayan_box said...

Congratulations on getting the scholarship and Best wishes for the wedding (sorry belated pala)

Goodluck and God bless!

Daniel said...

Congratulations too!

Daniel Roberts
Letters to the Philippines