I think the best story to start my year 2012 is to inspire you by relating what happened to me last year when I had a concert with Allan and Kris Lawrence in Jordan.
I probably would not be able to describe the awe, the energy, and the intensity that I felt in my Jordan trip with Allan K and Kris Lawrence. The word I could probably coin is “magical”.
Mabilis makalimot ang mga Pinoy. Siguro hindi na ninyo maalaala na mga ilang taong nakalilipas ay nagkaroon kami ng alitan ng RnB Prince na si Kris Lawrence. Bago pa lang siya noon at kapapanalo pa lang siya sa Star in a Million ng ABS-CBN.
May vibe kasi si kris na mayabang dahil Am-boy na lumaki kasama mga black Americans. Kaya kapag di niyo siya kilala nang mabuti, maangas ang dating niya.
Nagkaroon kami ng di pagkaka-intindihan sa isang show at isinulat ko ito dito sa PEP. (CLICK HERE to read story.)
Pagkatapos noon ay di na kami nagkita.
Ngayong taon lang nagtagpo muli ang aming landas.
Sa eroplano papuntang Jordan kami uli nagkita.
Ramdam ko pa rin na bwisit siya sa akin kaya sinabi ko, “Kris Peace na tayo ha. Let’s not burn bridges in this business.”
I could read his thought balloon after I said my peace offering:
Parang ang nasa isip niya: “Bitch! You already burnt it!”
After we became friends, he did admit that it was exactly his thought balloon. Hahaha!
How did we become friends again?
Bago mag-concert, pinasyal kami ng aming organizer na si Andy Minodin ng Western Union sa Jordan River, Dead Sea, at sa Petra.
Si Hesukristo ay bininyagan sa River Jordan.
Excited kaming lahat at sinabi pa ni Allan K, “Gusto ko ma-baptize uli sa River Jordan, kahit tayo-tayo lang.”
Nang dumating kami sa site, sinabi ng tour guide, that’s the River Jordan.
Mukha lang siyang kanal na green pero hindi naman mabaho. Biglang ayaw na ng lahat magpa-baptize. Nagpa-picture na lang kami.
Then our tour guide said, “The better river Jordan is down there.”
Ayun naman pala, may mas magandang view. Para lang kasi talaga itong imburnal sa bahay ng lola ko sa Cebu.
Pagdating namin sa better place, ay, better talaga.
Iba ang vibe, ang lakas ng Holy Spirit.
Ang Jordan River pala ang humihiwalay sa Israel at sa Jordan.
And Jordan ay isang Muslim country at ang Isrel naman ay mixed ng Jews and Christians.
Sa tapat namin (side of Israel), nakapanuod kami ng mga baptism.
Nakaputi sila at lumulublob sa river, habang kumakanta ng Christian songs.
Sa sobrang lakas ng Espiritu Santo sa lugar, hinila kami ni Nanay Allan K para magpa-baptize.
We went down to the river, then, Allan sprinkled water on my head, touched my head while offering a prayer to bless me.
I felt so blessed by the Holy Spirit that I started crying.
Kris was just staring at me.
Then the Spirit prodded me to hold Kris Lawrence’s hand, and I told him while sincerely looking at his eye, “Im so sorry if I hurt you with the write-up I wrote before on PEP. ”
Then he smiled. He nodded and pressed my hand.
Since then sobrang close na kami the whole trip.
We went to the Dead Sea and Petra but again, that is a whole new blog to talk about.
River Jordan gave me a chance to press the reset button for my friendship with Kris Lawrence.
Before that, I thought of him as a stuck-up and proud person. He thought of me as one of the meanest bitches in town. And we both admitted we were both wrong. After our experience in River Jordan , we both got to know each other and realize the good each of us had in our hearts.
This 2012 is your chance to press that reset button—whether it be on your relationships, your career, your life.
Start with a clean slate and everything will proceed from there. Happy New Year, everyone!