Dakkel Ay Iyaman. Much Thanks!

Yesterday, since I came down from the boondocks, I’ve been trying to write a thank you post to express my gratitude to all of you for making us win Tina’s contest but I found it hard to find the right words to say. Sounds like the lyrics of an 80s song but it’s true. Hehe. Maybe it was a blogger’s block of some kind. Or maybe my brain is just trying to adjust again to Manila’s oxygen-deprived air. But writing this is a bit challenging than I thought it would be.

Anyway, I first thought of writing a thank you speech. Kind of like the speeches that award winners deliver when they receive their trophies. My first attempt went like this:

Wow. This is totally unexpected. I am both humbled and honored by your support. I’d like to thank my parents for raising me well. I’d like to thank all my blogger friends for clicking all those links even though they might get carpal tunnel syndrome. I’d like to thank Gloria for her credit grabbing which prompted me to start this blog.

I’d like to thank the barbershop for my hair, the shoe makers in Baguio for my “real leather” shoes. I’d like to thank Almighty God, the great I am, immovable rock, omnipotent, powerful, awesome Lord, victorious warrior, commanding King of Kings.

Then I did a double take and said, “Hmm, those last words sound familiar.” Evil Bill replied, “Of course, it sounds familiar you dingbat. You are stealing the lyrics of When God Ran silly.”

Because I didn’t want to be called a dingbat I said, “Okay, okay, I will no longer write an Academy Award sounding thank you speech. I will ask na lang the help of Gandang Igorota, Ivadoy Country, and Fongakhan. Because they are linguists, maybe they will help me say thank you in the different Cordillera languages.

But then Evil Bill said, “Huh, you’re asking too much. And you’re supposed to be the Good One. Don’t you realize that their fingers are tired after all that clicking you made them do because you shamelessly kept begging them to continually vote for you.”

“Okay, okay, I will not do it,” I said.

Anyway, I then thought of looking for Youtube videos which could help me express my gratitude. But I spent a great deal of time looking for the right video but can’t find one.

This video for instance is okay but not 100% appropriate. First, in no way do I look like this singer Roger Moore who, I’m sure, you also never heard of before. Second, he is thanking his fans whereas I would like to thank you my fellow bloggers and readers. And third, what does “Wanna thank you for never ever loosin’ face” suppose to mean. Maybe Roger or whoever wrote that song was also oxygen-deprived when s/he came up with the lyrics, no?

Since Roger Moore’s Thank You song will not do, I continued searching and found this one. It is a 1980s Chrysler thank you commercial. If you are wondering why American automakers lost to their Japanese competitors, maybe this video will provide some clue. Maybe the Americans spent their time marching as they do in this commercial while the Japanese were quietly improving their cars’ quality and fuel efficiency hehe.

Then I found this video featuring a politician, which I’m putting here only because I’m wondering whether our politicians ever said thank you to the people who voted for them. But then, if you sell your vote like some Mt. Province voters do, eh huwag ka ng aasa ng thank you.

So there. Three videos but I still haven’t found the right one. Disgusted with my failure Evil Bill said, “Duh, just say thank you the conventional way. That’s better than not putting up a timely thank you post.”

Well, I must admit that Evil Bill does give good advice sometimes. So let me take this opportunity to thank all of you.

Thanks to those who asked their readers to vote for this blog, even though they themselves could have joined the contest:

Lovelyn of My Raconteur Attempts. Thanks for campaigning for this blog and for providing updates in my absence.

Jane of Page 101 who also campaigned in her post here and who also did an update.

Nats of Kalinga Tambayan who campaigned for this blog in his forum.

Also much thanks to those of you who left comments in Tina’s blog: Talacca, Grace of Cordilove (which I’ve been reading before I started this blog), Connie, Yapeng, Ellen May Sacla of Chico River Blog, Jhie of FBI, Sarah, Dan Peckley (who taught us some Niponggo), Jane of Page 101, Nats Dalanao of Kalinga Tambayan, Lovelyn of My Raconteur Attempts, Bob Abella of Bet-ew Blog, Wil of Miskina Ano Naisip, May, R. Bahod, Ganda of Gandang Igorota (who coined a new term, i.e., Biligers), Ironheart, Blue Ever After, Adiak Ammo, Cdom, Pinehills, Suklay, JMM, Salt and Pepper, and Omom of OP Blogs Me.

Thanks also to the following who expressed their support and voted for this blog: Arcibald of Crooked Through, the Anitokid of Anitokid Chronikos, Chi Balmaceda-Gutierrez of Chi from the Cool Clouds, Ody Batay-an Cua of Ody’s Corner, Trublue (who almost had carpal tunnel syndrome), JMom of AMoores, Pagano, Layad of Me, Myself, and I and the countless anonymous others who also clicked for From the Boondocks. In case I missed some names, please tell me in the comments.

Last but not the least, thanks to Tina of My Good Finds for organizing this really fun contest. I’m glad she is also giving a prize to Rachel as suggested by some of you. Thanks also to Rachel of the Heart of Rachel for being such a good sport.

Pahabol: My thanks also to Jack CariΓ±o for your votes. Thanks Chi πŸ™‚

Dakkel ay iyaman ken dakayo am-in. Big thanks to all of you.

I’m pleasantly surprised by the support of people who I haven’t met online (or maybe I’ve met them anonymously) like Talacca, Connie, Yapeng, Sarah, May, R. Bahod, Blue Ever After, Adiak Ammo, Cdom, Suklay, JMM, and Salt and Pepper. If you have a blog that I am not aware of, please inform me so I will add your blog to our blogroll. If you don’t have a blog yet, I encourage you to start your own blog because blogging is fun πŸ™‚

RELATED POST: Help Us Win This Domain Contest. IMAGE CREDIT: My Good Finds.

22 thoughts on “Dakkel Ay Iyaman. Much Thanks!”

  1. Hahaha…kasla nga speech talaga ti Oscar Award Winner. Think you forgot the good Archbishop Akinola or he’s in the Evil Bilig’s list.

    Congrats, a good spirited contest and you both are winners. Gawi-gawis. Cheers!

  2. Congrats bill, by the way, if it will double your effort to update the two blogs you have, you can use your new domain name redirects to this blogger account of yours. di ba?

  3. Nag-G-string ka met kuma sabay naka-Americana met ah para sa acceptance speech, tapnu feel-na-feel!

    I really had fun with this contest and I am thinking of more contests to come. <*hint*> The more readers means more prizes. Ag-birok ak pay pondo.

    Thank you for joining. and I’ll setup your request tonight/ your tomorrow.

    Have a great week everyone!

  4. hey! you reminded me of one of the first single tracks I bought way back. it is one of my favorites songs too. it exalts who our God is! did not know you made it. congrats! blow out! πŸ™‚


  5. sir tb,
    tama kayo parang pang Oscar though quite different because it has a description of YHWH. glory to HIM!

  6. …congratz sir B!pakape kau ah…hehehe…kunkunak lang kadi…

    winners all!congratulations goes din sa mga Biligers=), d ba?

    hmmm…m fan’s club ka na sir B!


  7. ei sir B!congratulations adi!ket ayna ngay jay kape?wehehehe…u deserve to win it…(sorry Rachel=))…winners all…


  8. Yo! Wuzzap, wuzzap! Bill! Baken si Teddy na. Si Alitao TruBlue na. It does make me younger saying Yo! first, then Alitao, sounds real good…hehehe…Arigato Danier San!

    Now that you’re the grand prize winnah, where’s the changes in this blog, or it’s something internal, or something already made but I can’t see. You know me, computer illiterate, actually I blame those software gremlins for being one, hehe….Cheers!

  9. Wohooooo, YES! Libre manen ti native kape and sagkik ko… Ehehehehe… U deserve to win, Sir B. No more, no less. Our support is just another way of saying we really appreciate ur blog. Keep up the good work!

    By the way, ur thank you speech is enjoyable, and u even led me to When God ran, a great song! Hope Sir Trublue is cured of his carpal tunnel syndrome. How is the bilbillig tayo ngay gayam? I hope u write a post about it =)

  10. Hello Bill…was not really keen about this contest till those congrats notes to you came on a flurry. My belated congratulations! Pinikpikan pardz…. One thing is sure though, your blog is keeping kakailyan and interested non-iboondocks to come together, discuss issues together, and eventually disagree to agree in hits cyber dap-ay/ator of ours. Keep blogging and keep bugging the buggables πŸ™‚

  11. Hi Dan,
    Thank you. Arigatou gozaimasu πŸ™‚

    Hi Trublue,
    He he, Oscar-sounding ba? Yup Archbishop Akinola is in the league of GMA. It was a fun contest indeed πŸ™‚

    Hi Anon,
    Thanks. I think what I will do is to have this blog redirect to the new domain. Not sure though if Blogger allows it. Thanks πŸ™‚

    Hi Mygoodfinds,
    Hehe, naka g-string ak met idi isursurat ko. Go go, more contest pa.

    Thanks for accommodating my request πŸ™‚

    Hi Abella,
    Yup. I like that song, learned it in college from a friend. It stays in the mind for some reason madali kasing siyang i-hum. Blessings to you too.

    Hi Jane,
    Hehe. Oo nga eh, at first I thought I won’t be able to write something pero humaba ng humaba. Thanks πŸ™‚

    Hi J,
    Ket umay ka ditoy QC a wenno baka agsabat tayo idiay Sagada or Bontoc . Don’t worry, ako ang taya πŸ™‚

    Hi Bugan,
    Thanks πŸ™‚

    Hi Trublue,
    No I haven’t made any changes to the blog yet. It’s coming within the coming weeks. We will be moving to a new domain na binili ni Tina para sa atin.

    Oops, make sure those gremlins dont spread to other computers πŸ™‚

    Hi Layad,
    Thanks. Agawid ka a for the free coffee and sagkik. I really appreciate the support. I was kind of overwhelmed to be honest.

    I think Trublue’s carpal tunnel syndrome was cured when we won hehe. Yup will do a post on my bilbilig trip πŸ™‚

  12. This cyber celebration only shows that the Pan-Cordillera consciousness is blooming, very reliable.

    We are The New Tribes!

    Jack CariΓ±o voted for you, too. He did so ahead of me, several times pa nga, ha-ha!

    Anyway, the grand dame — Ms. KK — of “mygoodfinds” deserves to be congratulated also. She made everyone a winner. May her own tribe increase.

    Mabuhay, Agbiag tayo Amin and, as usual — May the blessings be!

  13. Hi Nadjhin,
    Oops, I missed your comment, thank you, thank you. Danke gut. Hehe.

    Hi Chi,
    Thanks for the info, I will add Jack to the list πŸ™‚

    You’re right about the pan-Cordillera consciousness being very much alive. Go Cordi!!!

    Thanks again.

  14. HURRAH to the BILLIGERS!!!!

    Grabeeh! Ang lakas! Bumaha talaga ng suporta! CONGRATULATIONS sa’yo!! at sa’tin din, mga BILLIGERS!

    Ok yung Iyaman Speech mo huh! May videos pa! Sige at hintayin namin ang bagong hitsura ng page mo!

    btw, kahit wala na sa listahan si blueeverafter, ironheart,at pati yung pinehills! hehe! if you know what i mean…

  15. Aayy hindi pala ako nagcomment dito. Nice(under rated compliment, lang maisip na ibang word hehehe)nga panag-iyaman with matching video pa. See, kaya you won!

    Trublue even said, “Yo! Wuzzap, wuzzap!”…that is Bill’s power taking effect hahaha!

    Tsaka agkaiwara tayu gayam enya ngem kaya pala nating magkaisa…

    Thank you too for carrying my blog ing-gana idi angged…patuloy kang pagpalain ftb.

  16. Hahaha!!! That was the best Thank You speech (albeit circuitous, it was a good one)! Am late again…aw well…am in Dubai but will update my blog when I get back to L.A. CONGRATULATIONS BILL!

  17. Babot, pasyar ka gamin nga pasyar isu nga adu namiss mo idtoy From the Boondocks! You were just in Europe and now, Dubai. Kasla ka met ni Imelda nga Jetsetter.
    Cheers to all and goodhealth.

  18. Hi Ganda,
    Thanks. I should be working on the new blog/new url when I’m through with all the other matters that I have to attend to. Hopefully this coming weekend.

    I thought blueeverafter is related to trublue πŸ™‚ Thanks again.

    Hi Lovelyn,
    Hindi the “yo wazzup” is the power of Governor Teddy na ginaya ni Trublue kasi ginaya naman natin ang kanyang “Cheers” πŸ™‚ Thanks.

    Hi Omom,
    Mahirap pala kasi na gumawa ng thank you speech eh, kaya kung ano ano na ang pinaggagawa ko hehe. Buti ka pa you are travelling around the world πŸ™‚ Thanks.

    Hi Trublue,
    Oo nga, let’s look forward to her post on Dubai. Maybe there will also be anti-Bush posters πŸ™‚ Cheers.

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