Writing on Air

Writing on Air by Jim Paredes


Heat and cold, kicking ass, moms and last calls

Posted on May 05, 2008 by jimparedes
May 5, ’08 4:07 AM
for everyone

It is so hot I don’t have a shirt on practically the whole day. I have the fan pointed at me and I still feel sticky. This is Manila heat, and it seems I have never gotten used to it. It seems like it’s getting hotter every year.

On the other geographical center of my life where most of my family are in Sydney, it is freezing and it’s not even supposed to be winter yet.

One good thing about Sydney winters are the spectacular sunsets. It’s just amazing how the sky seems like it’s blazing, and yet one looks at it wrapped up in jacket and warm clothes.


Truly, Aus and Philippine life are almost opposites in many ways.

I miss Mio, Ala and Lydia. It was a good time to be there last month where I reconnected with my kids.


They have really grown up so much since the last time and seem more sure-footed about life, school, and stuff. Well, mostly. That’s why they still need parents to be around once in a while. I live for talks I have with them. I was quite touched that on the way to the airport, Ala gave me a letter she wrote by hand that expressed her gratitude to Lydia and I for all the support we continue to give them. Mio and Ala are so independent they can find their way around everywhere.

The consolation I have is that Erica, Dada and my adopted daughter Gina are here with me in Manila. Dada talks A LOT!! She is quite amusing and can really engage you. Erica is so busy. It will be her birthday by May 7. I still remember writing the song Batang-bata Ka Pa when I brought her home two days after she was born. Can’t believe how time flies!

* * *

Had a good time with Danny and Boboy last weekend. We did a show in a tiny town past Toledo in Cebu. We had a live band and it was pretty hard work. It was a long drive to get there, and it was HOT on stage. I was also still tired ffrom an overnite trip from Sydney two nights before. But, it’s work I really enjoy. We are a tight team and we can really kick ass on stage.

Thanks to Allan Restauro of Cebu for these great pics!


I have a feeling we will still be around way after the Stones have retired. That’s Mick, Richard, and yes, Barney and Fred, too!

* * *

Mother’s day is coming up. My wife posted this pic on her site. This was taken years ago . Now, only Boboy’s mom is still around. I remember this pictorial since the three APO mom’s were so game about it. I guess they must have felt some sort of bonding too knowing that their sons have been friends for a long time. I miss my mom. She was always grateful to see me every time I visited her. Every son is his mother’s child, if you know what I mean.

* * *

This is the last announcement for the 40th run of TAPPING THE CREATIVE UNIVERSE workshop.

WHEN: MAY 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 19
TIME: 7 TO 9 PM
WHERE: 113 B. GONZALES, LOYOLA HEIGHTS, QC.
HOW MUCH: 5000 PESOS

If you want to visit the TCU website and know what the worlkshop is all about, click on my pretenscious ‘guru’ pic below. Couldn’t help it. They donned it on my head when we went to India years ago. heh heh.

Call 426 5375, or 09168554303 for information and to reserve a slot.

14 to “Heat and cold, kicking ass, moms and last calls”

  1. cris says:

    it’s confirmed. at least it’s not just me and my wife that’s feeling weird about the heat. lately, we’ve been turning on our airconditioner almost every night. it has been like this right after February. climate has changed indeed.

  2. straycat260 says:

    Sir I can sense that your a really good father to your kids. I miss my father who died last February due to cancer. Thank you for this entry, you reminded me how good my father is.

  3. shiela says:

    hello. i’ve been reading your post for some time now. is that ok if I will link you up in my site?

    Mabuhay ang APO!

  4. Hi Jim, What a wonderful short couple of sub posts. I am grateful for you and for having come to know your family. God bless you all.

  5. hi, mr. paredes! i’ve been a huge fan of APO since i was a little girl – long before the covers/revival albums came out.

    i got to see your shows at Music Museum (for the benefit of Sagip Buhay) and more recently at the Philippine College of Physicians convention (I am an internist, too, just passed our boards this year), and i just wanted to let you know how much i enjoy watching you perform. i love your music and the humor, and it’s obvious how well attuned the three of you are to each other.

    i wish you forty more years of great music together!

    and, yes, it’s been horribly hot!

  6. weng says:

    hi…it’s good to know that you’re blogging..soo good to read inspiring and sensible thoughts from you..i also love ala’s blog..;)

  7. jimparedes says:

    Cris–I do believe it!
    straycat–sorry to hear about the loss of your dad.

    shiela–go ahead. it’s my pleasure

    craig–thanks!!!

    dr_clairebear–Glad you enjoyed it. It’s ALAWAYS a pleasure to be with my two friends entertaining a crowd.

    weng–salamat!

  8. vicky says:

    how i wish i am as good a parent as you and lydia are. my husband and i only have 1 child , a 15 yo boy and i constantly worry about him all the time.
    i would like for him to be independent like your kids but i don’t seem to know how to sometimes let go and how to be a “cool’ mum/parent. i am paranoid of him making mistakes and not doing well at school that i constantly nag him to study,much to his dismay.
    my son would love to be your child jim.!

  9. Jet says:

    That picture of you with Danny and Buboy with your mothers is so amazing! Have you taken a close look at it? All three sons have exactly the same smiles as the moms. You guys are really your mothers’ sons. 😀

  10. Willa says:

    i myself was a mother of 2 boys,6 & 2 both of them was US born and I’m just glad that after 1 yr (of our soon to end) vacation here in the Phils they are both expert in Tagalog,I want them to be independent someday but still have the love for parents as we filipinos are well known.happy mom’s day to your mom and to your wife. :)
    btw,i hope you don’t mind if i add you on my blogroll,thanks! :)

  11. Willa says:

    …one more.. while browsing my old photoalbum,i found our picture together, when me and some of my friends went to ABS-CBN to watch sanglinggo nAPO sila and the company I work for was still one of the major sponsor of the show.

  12. the suspect says:

    it is mothers day… and when i saw your pic with ur colleagues and ur moms, it struck a cord on me. i remember the line in ur song “Pag-ibig”, “nong tangan ng nanay ang munti mong mga kamay…” and it made me teary eyed again… i miss oour country. :( and my mom.

  13. benign0 says:

    Here’s another medium you might want to consider to expresss creativity. Short film animation!

    Check out our first foray into this art form:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaQ5_9G-33k

    Rememberig the Leyte mudslide of 2006…

  14. VIlma Enriquez says:

    Hi Jim… it’s been my pleasure knowing you .. you are an inspiration to all filos …. You are a role model… Mabuhay si Jim… Mabuhay! ! ! !



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