Fireworks, Hormones, and this Blog Post

You remember last week when I told you I found it difficult to blog since I met you? Since we became a couple officially, I have not had enough time to bond with my nephew and I don’t hang out with Andre as often as I used to. Not that I’m complaining. I enjoy every minute I spend with you.

You joshed, “Why not blog about me? Am I not something worth blogging about?”

You are, of course. But I choose not to. After all, you are one part of my life that I’d rather keep private. That’s how possessive I am of you.

But I’ll give you this blog post.

They say that the hormones responsible for that incredible feeling of falling and being in love linger in the brain for only six months. So it’s a chemically-induced emotion, after all. Six months. Most of the time, these chemicals dry up along with the love.

So that’s why most couples I know barely last seven months. Six months of hormonal euphoria and the seventh month is spent by the neurons deliberating whether to stay in the relationship or to call it quits. And many of them choose to break the other’s heart.

You remember our first date? We were in UP Diliman that night. We sat on the grass and suddenly, fireworks started sparkling in the sky. Neither of us knew or even expected there’d be fireworks. But there were. You borrowed my cellphone, composed a message, and gave it back to me. I still have that message on my inbox. It was probably the first time the love hormones rushed in to my brain.

That was more than six months ago.

Experts expect that after six months the feeling will probably change.

It’s true. The feeling did change.

That awesome feeling I had when there were fireworks more than doubled. In fact, it grew exponentially.

The greatest thing is that you have been giving me that hormone-rush so often but oh so effortlessly. We have not had a date expensive enough to regret it. You have not done anything grandiose enough to make me feel unworthy. You have not done anything that could be bigger than you. You just give me you. And you are enough, really.

As said succinctly in one heartwarming Youtube video we watched together, in the end it is the small details that we remember.

Oh yeah, the small details.

Like the day you said “Damn, if this means I’m gay, then so be it. I love you.” And that delightful thrill when you stole a kiss from me when we were passing through a tunnel in Ayala. And the smile on your face when you secretly held my hand while we were in the middle of the sea of humanity on the MRT. And the moment you asked me to move in with you. And that night when we had a faux wedding in Tagaytay. And the way you kiss my face, caress my hair, and hold me closer at night when you think I’m already asleep.

These are things I had not blogged about. But these memories will always be with me.

The truth is, I think the love hormones had already abandoned my brain a very long time ago. They’re gone. Long gone.

And all this that I feel for you is beyond hormones. Beyond physiology. Beyond science.

After six months, love transcends being an emotion and becomes a decision. And that’s when it suddenly involves logic and demands cognition. That’s when it becomes valid, consummate. Only then can we say we have loved whole-heartedly. That’s when I loved you fully. And I still do.

I fell in love with you more than six months ago. Later on, I decided to continue loving you. I know you’d made that decision, too.

With or without those hormones, there will always be fireworks. And for that, thank you.

What I feel for you is so much not even scientists can calculate. Not even hormones can induce. Not even fireworks can symbolize. Not even this blog entry can give justice to.

Still, this blog post is for you.

Note: This post was awarded one of 3 Best Posts of the Year at 2010 Philippine Blog Awards. Thanks to everyone who shared this.

  • okay. i knowthissounds soo fucking guy and all but this really made me shed a tear. like. i mean. awwwwwwwwwwwwww

    thats like the sweeetest thing ever πŸ™ <333333333333333333333333333333333

    • yes, its guy. not gay LOL

    • ahaha, herbs talaga o. πŸ˜€ salamat πŸ™‚

  • so kilig!!! hope both of you last 7 years.. 7 deaceds.. 7 centuries… 7 eons more!

    • wow, thanks mark. sana nga. πŸ˜€

  • meow

    ‘so happy for the both of you!!! more fireworks together!

    • thanks meow! kayo rin ni hunnykoi — ay, hunnydoc na pala. ahihi. πŸ˜€

  • FIREWORKS HUH??? Paputok ng paputok!!!

    Since we became a couple officially…I don’t hang out with Andre as often as I used to. Not that I’m complaining.

    I’M COMPLAINING!!! Hahaha!

    • ECHOSERA KAAA! hahaha

  • VinS

    wow! grabe naman post na to, grabe sa update! Wish you all the best

  • esan

    awww.. this sooo sweet! im so happy for you yoshke πŸ˜€

  • aika

    you made me realize isa akong malaking third wheel!!!
    sabi ko nga ba na dapat hindi kita sinamahan nun eh di sana mas may moment kayo nun hahaha. joke lang yoshke. leche ka, kinikilig ako sa kabadingan mo. ang haba ng hair mo ha! me likes this to infinity and beyond!

    • haha, baklaaa ka, hindi mo man lang nahalata na date yun?!!?!? hahah. ok lang naman yung aiks! πŸ˜‰

  • futian

    waaaahhh!!! omg! omg! omg!

    this has to be the best love blog i read from your site.

    thanks for sharing this yosh πŸ™‚

    • hi futian, nafeel ko yung excitement sa comment mo. hahaha

      thanks πŸ™‚

  • JM

    Kainis! I want one too ;( HAAHAHAHA congrats yoshke πŸ™‚

    • uy, napadaan ka! tagal mong hindi napadpad dito!

      • JM

        Hindi rin. Madalas naman ako… di lang nagcocomment. Hahaha.

        Really happy for you Yoshke! πŸ˜›

        • ikaw, mukhang depressed ka ah. Kung anuman yun, okay lang yun.

          For what it’s worth, maganda yung song ni Alanis. πŸ˜›

  • makey

    congrats senyong dalawa. keep on loving and living.

    • salamat salamat salamat!



    kainggit naman…

    • wag ka na magselos, ikaw pa rin ang nanay ng magiging panganay ko di ba? =))

  • ang cheeeeeeeesy! hehe..

    pero kidding aside, this is soooooooooooooooooooo SWEET!
    you’re one damn lucky guy, este, gay? haha..

    i hope i’d find the one for me rin and have “something” beyond hormones, beyond physiology (my subject actually this sem) and beyond science …

    Congrats yoshke.
    I am so happy for you!


    • thanks Noah, ang tanong: Naghahanap ka ba? πŸ˜›

  • What I feel for you is so much not even scientists can calculate. Not even hormones can induce. Not even fireworks can symbolize. Not even this blog entry can give justice to.

    waahh, nakakaloka..youre so sweet..he is so so lucky to have you..

    • MALOKA KAAAA! nyahahaha

  • val

    so sweet….. congratz and I am happy for both! GB!

  • it’s been a while yoshke. kakadalaw ko lang sa blog mo. kinilig na naman ako lalo na dun sa ayala tunnel thing na may halik pa at holding hands sa mrt. aww. so cheesy. amfness. sana nga lumagpas rin kami ng 6months ng hubby ko.

    • honga, tagal mong nawala!

      sana magtagal kayo ng bonggang bongga! haha

  • waaaaaaahh! this is the sweetest entry na nabasa ko!… seriously!

    you are both lucky! XD
    stay in love <3

    • haha, thanks aimee! Yey, bumalik ka sa blog ko! πŸ˜€

  • Marvin

    love is more complex that the anatomy and physiology of the brain and its neurotransmitters. congrats! =)

    • right on! congrats marvin!

  • I fell in love with this post…. THis is the sweetest thing I’ve ever read… Hehe

  • *ngiti*

    • ngiti ka jan. πŸ˜›

  • odin


    really loved that one part in your post, di ko na sabihin kung alin yun hehehe

    …and may something ang ayala tunnel na yan… dami nagnanakawan ng halik diyan hahaha

    • mukhang ninakawan ka din ng halik dun a. hahaha

  • kelangan bang ako talaga mag-effort na maghanap?
    wala naman dumarating din.

    but it’s okay, acads acads acads muna.

    but still, I’m happy for you. =)

    • hindi naman. suggestion lang πŸ˜›

  • ooowww this is just so sweet…. hayyy…. so in love…. happy for you both πŸ™‚

    • thanks jeff. you have a GREAT photoblog!

      • salamat yoshke! more promil kid stories ha hehehe

        • pag nakauwi na ko ng batangas πŸ˜›

  • Shy Guy

    I Love You So Much πŸ™‚

    • Apir! πŸ˜€

      Nagulat ako nagcomment ka pa dito. πŸ˜›

    • Ahem…hope the love will last forever…but when it does not…life is still beautiful because you both tasted the sweetness of loving each other…

  • empot

    sorry now ko lng nabasa. pero grabe 7 months na pala. hay… hindi ko tuloy lam if maaagaw ko pa sya sau.pero hindi pa rin ako susuko. hahaha! seriously super happy ako for both of you.

    • waaah, balak mo kami sirain!!! hahaha

  • Kuya Yoshke. Your blog post pierced me. πŸ™

    • Wow, bumalik ka sa blog ko! Hihi.

  • jake

    shoot!!!!!!!!!! may BF kn pla πŸ™

    • haha, oo eh. πŸ˜›

  • Wow, this post is really sweet. Naiimagine ko siya πŸ˜€

    • eeeeeh, thanks Mica! πŸ˜€

  • awwww… ang sweet! how i wish my hubby would write something as sweet as this! ehehe… it’s really nice to have someone to love, and to be loved in return.

    hmmm… anong event sa UP dil ang nagtrigger ng mga fireworks? lantern parade? but whatever it was, whether imagined or real, I’m sure it felt magical just being with him. there’s just something about UP…that’s where my husband and I met…and we enjoy going back because it has changed so much from the time we were still CMC students.

    napadaan lang. πŸ™‚

  • shea

    I LOVE this post.. pinapakita mo lang dito kung gaano ka magmahal… at ang swerte ni shy guy… hehehe

  • D Best! Yun lang masasabi ko.


  • amor

    hi there! ganda ng blog mo… simple pero super sweet! πŸ™‚
    i guess konti lang yung tao na marunong talaga magmahal. na after mawala yung “love” nag end na dun. good for you di ka ganun. πŸ™‚
    ayun.. share ko ito sa facebook ha? para may iba pa makabasa at mainspire. πŸ™‚
    thank you so much.. πŸ˜€ God bless you!

  • roj

    God. I Love This Post. This one made me think back to our first six months. Too bad me and my partner’s not that romantic ’cause, you know, the eyes of narrow minded people. Hehe. Oh well. I envy you. Haha. Best of luck to both of you πŸ™‚

  • Michelle

    What a beautiful sentiment, thanks for sharing with the world! I stumbled upon your blogs and found your favorites list which led me to this one, and I was very curious what had gotten you one of the best hugs. It seems rightfully so. I wish you guys the best!

  • Marvin

    More than 6 months old now, but I still experience the kilig factor when reading this entry! hahaha

    • thanks marvin. πŸ™‚

  • adz

    MADE me teary eyed.

    • hehe, i’ll take that as a compliment πŸ˜›

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  • awwww, sweet post! stay in love! πŸ™‚

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  • hi! i came across this post while blog-hopping. nagustuhan ko sya and for that, shinare ko sa fb. i hope that’s alright with you. cheers! πŸ™‚

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  • Thorvic

    kagabi ko pa binabasa to. binabasa ko ulet. pareho pa din yung kilig. hanep. kayo na. at fan na ako ng loveteam nyo. haha. :)) laaaab!

  • i felt it…….
    so sincere…..

    no words can ever describe ‘that’ thing…
    makes me wonder when will i have that kind of story to share it with all of you…

  • bebe mike

    Amazingly, sa ko pa natisod tong blog entry na to, but it’s all worth the time reading this. Thanks for the inspiration, I’m so looking forward to beyond 6 mos. of mine and my bebe mark’s relationship (we’re celebrating our monthsary today, hehe)…keep loving and God bless you Yoshke and your partner =)

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  • jay

    wow. ang galing. napaisip ako sa entry mo. hehehe

  • i l0ve this p0st! s0 sweet! ^_^

    I’m f0LL0wing y0u. ^_^

    Please f0LL0w 0ur bL0gs:

    Thank y0u! ^_^

  • superlate

    galing! yoshke panakaw ng ideas para sa homework namin sa MPs10 salamat πŸ˜€

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  • Yellow

    Can I borrow this?

    “Love transcends being an emotion and becomes a decision. And that’s when it suddenly involves logic and demands cognition. That’s when it becomes valid, consummate. Only then can we say we have loved whole-heartedly.”

    I got goosebumps like seriously. This is nice.