Saturday, April 4, 2009

Hello from Serbia

After playing 4 games here in Serbia, we finally won our last 2. Like i wrote about earlier, we lost our first game big time. Our 2nd game wasn't so bad but we still lost by 3 points due to bad breaks in the last few seconds. Our 3rd game, we won by around 10 points. And today, we won again by 40 points, against a much younger and less experienced team. Tomorrow will be the real test, we're playing the 4th best team in Serbia with an import and some national players.

Overall, i think that we are improving and gaining much needed experience. But moreover, we are able to bond with one another. For those who are still unaware, my current teammates are JV Casio (DLSU), Marc Barocca (FEU), Dylan Ababou (UST), Mac Baracael (FEU), RJ Jazul (Letran), Rey Guevarra (Letran), Jason Ballesteros (San Sebastian), Greg Slaughter (UV), Magi Sison (UP), JR Cawaling (FEU), Aldrich Ramos (FEU), Ryan Buenafe (who is not with us in Serbia), and Ford Arao who is currently part of the training pool. Despite coming from different backgrounds, the atmosphere within the team is really fun and enjoyable! Dylan Ababou is our team clown with an album of jokes. JV is indeed quiet and humble as advertised.

Serbia is a beautiful city. The food is yummy! Lots of meat, perfect for me. Weather is very comfortable at the moment, around 20 degrees. No traffic. For those who love the nightlife, this place is perfect for you. Too bad we're here for basketball games! We've also had the chance to go around the city center with shops and cafes. Funny, one of our coaches and Jason were attacked by a gypsy! Quite scary actually. I'll try to post pictures soon. That's all for now. Good night!

91 comments:

Anonymous said...

im waiting for the photos eh!

galingan nyo ha? train hard!

-JONA

blue lover xoxo11715 said...

GudLuck and Godbless


stay safe ahahahah

Godspeed!..

hahahah congrats!..

xoxo


smoochessss


luv lots


ur my inspiration


gtg


ciao!..

cat said...

the usual dylan we know :D

Janina cute said...

Gud mowning...i'm glad day even though ur very busy training nd prctcng somhow u still kip us updated to wats hapening in ur lyf...I didn't know Ababou was also part of the team he is a rele gud player nd a gud person from wat I've herd...gudluk aid ur upcoming game hope u win..nd by d way ur so cute last monday in ripleys hehehe.. U look inspired nd blooming..way could be d rison?!...hehehe..well just take care

berd said...

hi chris congratulations!!!!i hope magtuloy tuloy na panalo nyo...i knew u could do it...gud job for da team!!!(^.^) can't w8 to see ur pics...

trisha said...

Goodluck on your matches! ;))

Anonymous said...

We really appreciate your time for posting your experiences for us...Thank you so much...chris tiu the great...hehehhehe

-karen from bohol.....

sabriaü said...

Thanks for answering my question re your other team mates, Chris.ü

Sad though, maybe you forgot to put a title on this blog entry. Maybe you were tired and sleepy already when you wrote this. Haha. But that's OK.ü

Congratulations for winning 2 out of 4 games!ü 50% is quite good, but of course there's still room for improvement. Good luck on the remaining ones!

I'm really happy cos your team has already bonded so well. Even though you're not that close to each other that much yet, you've established friendships that will surely last a lifetime. Maybe it'd be better if you share with the other guys your experiences and everything that the Ateneo has taught you. I read this particular article and the guys said they look up to you as their leader.

Take extra caution with yourselves and with your belongings, Chris. You're new to that country, so maybe the natives there are interested with you guys. Haha.

Be back soon. And bring home the bacon!ü

janine de gracia said...

.congratulations!.
.you did great.
.were proud of you.
.keep up the good work.
.great players really completes a great team.
.eat well there.
.enjoy your stay.
.take good care of yourself.
.looking forward for the pictures.
:)

mary grace said...

Chris, kung may picture ka ng gypsy, pls. post it ha... para makita ko naman kung anong itsura nila... parang na-iimagine ko yung sa paghuli...hahaha

pero pag wala, ok lang...

ehehehe thanks!

mikee2009 said...

hi chris...

your post is untitled...lol...
maybe you're a bit sleepy by the time you are posting this blog entry...

congratulations to you and the whole Smart Gilas team for winning your last two games... just keep it up... I am watching sports shows and reading the local papers to know the updates there in serbia...


cant you share what do you feel that the PBA is planning to make your team as a guest team next conference?


i am so excited coz i am a big time pba fan... I am looking forward for you to match up against LA and Larry for Alaska is my team... Of course I will also support Team Smart Gilas...


just keep up the good work and god bless!!!


Go Team Pilipinas....

ericKsOn maNUeL said...

kELan pOwH baH UweH nYO????? uHHm....baStah YnGAtS KAh POwh JAn!!!!!!GoDblESs!!!

carpe diem said...

you're really sleepy? I think, you forgot to post the title, anyway it seems your not busy you managed to update us every now and then,good for us though, Dylan is really a funny man, once when me and my blockmates had the chance to talk to him, we're all laughing, we thought he's the Mr. silent type haha:). Good to hear a lot from you, now you're promoting Serbia for their tourism hahaha:) keep updating us, thanks alot keep safe:)

bhotyongnick said...

how i wish i was there as well. it seems like you're having a blast. congratulations for winning your last 2 games. goodluck with the next one. stay happy in serbia, although it is still not the same without you here in the phils. good thing there's the tv show, pinoy records later on, i'll surely watch it. i am looking forward to your pictures in serbia, hope you can upload it na!!! goodluck to you and the whole rp team, i will surely support you guys!!! always take care of yourself, my idol, my TIUperman! can't wait to see you again!!! hehehe!!! ciao for now!!! good luck with your remaining games!!! i know you can win it!!!

simplegal said...

halu Chris! Good to know you've had your wins at last..hehe..congrats! Hope you'll be able to win your last game so that your exit to Serbia will really be fulfilling. Thanks also for updating us with your teammates and about life in Serbia too. God bless Chris! Rest assured that your fans will be supporting you and your team all the way. Grats!

lhen7 said...

wow that's a very very good news!! Ang galing nyo!

Congrats!!

Good Luck on your last game...

yokishinai tegami said...

can't wait to see the pictures!!! yun ang masarap pag nagta-travel eh.. FOOD!!! hehehe

Anonymous said...

hi! i just want to ask why ryan buenafe is not with you in serbia. thanks! :) take care.

princess said...

hi! chris...

congrats...
nanalo din kyo...
and like i've said before in my past
comment...
just enjoy the game and
good luck to your
nxt games...

wow...
nice to know that they are your
teammates...
dati kalaban ngayon
kakampi...

good luck po sa nxt game...
more power to you and to your
teammates...
god bless you...☻

♥PRINCESS♥

pong said...

wow, kudos to the whole team!
i'm actually 8 hours away from belgrade (by car). hope to go to serbia in the future.
Mr. Tiu, "dobar dan"! :D

faye said...

That's good news Chris! Keep it up!:)

CONAN EDOGAWA said...

hey what is a gypsy??? i really don't have any idea about it...

was it really scary???...

xana manalo kau ulit sa nxt games nyu!!!

..........................

take care

weng10282000 (",) said...

hi!!! by the way, congratz!!! good for you, chris at least you've improved once again that you've won 2 games with your team. i think that's a part of experience in developmental training in basketball. i hope that you could win the next game.

goodluck to you and your team in the next games and i'll praying for you...

that's all and goodnight...:)

Anonymous said...

good night...
good luck to your game...

♥PRINCESS♥

Anonymous said...

chris good thing ur keeping us posted!! oh well i was surprised to hear that dylan is the clown of the team.. he seems so quiet in USTE (according to my cousin) haha^_^ nice to know ur having fun!! enjoy the rest of your stay there!! take care^_^

3xie said...

congrats kuya chris!! :))

hope rp team will win!! :))

gud luke nd god bless to u nd 2 d team!! :))

Liberty said...

hello, Chris!
as an avid UAAP fan, i find it very cool seeing all of you playing together as a team! (sigh) i miss watching uaap games and i'm a bit sad not to watch any of them this year because i am already working here in riyadh. i also missed watching your ripley's show.
send my regards to all!
have a great time!
God bless!

speedle said...

hi chris...


its good that you are winning games there in serbia...


hope that your team will face the RP team of coach yeng guiao...


good luck and godbless

Anonymous said...

Great Post Chris...nice to hear good experiences and congrats too..i hope and pray for your team. Take Care always.
-janine

maganda_214 said...

Good evening, Chris! :)

stay humble and keep safe always!
mas lalo akong natuwa sa basketball because of you, guys!!

Continue doing what you are so passionate about and at the same time, inspire others with your beautiful life..

Hope you can take time to also comment on my page.. really hope so! :) it will really worth all the wait :)

Please!!

Anonymous said...

Wow, most of your teammates are from FEU. [: Anyhow, Good luck Sir Chris. [:

Anonymous said...

hi chris..atlast nakapag open ako ng blog mo thou busy days talaga...gudluck,more picture plz...kelan nman ung uwi ng team nyo?hope masagot mo to.tnx

ingatz


=cess28=

jomielyn said...

Barocca? hahahahaha!! i remember the PBL game!! Barocca pissed me off that time but now, im ok! nweiz,.. Good Luck Chris to your next games!!!!!!!

j_han said...

ei, good luck to ur next game. make us proud!!! GO TEAM!!!

knowsponge_1709 said...

Hi Chris!

Its good to hear that you nd your team are enjoying the company of each other, well one reason you were brought to a far country so that no issues will be thrown in your team during these moments knowing that you came from different teams, it is better to build trust and friendship to new ones. We ll know na mejo naninibago pa kayo sa isat isa but its a natural!

So go for the gold and GOd bless!!!

GO Philippines!

isteysi said...

It's really fun to know that you guys have become great teammates after school rivalry in the UAAP.

I may have come from your neighboring Alma Mater, but I really admire you as an athlete. :)

Anonymous said...

hi chris! good mowning from the Phils..jejeje! how are yah?! thanks for updating us! cant wait to see yah post pictures of ur stay der at serbia! wen will yah comeback?! goodluck on ur remaining game! i know yah learned a lot der.. i know ur too busy coz minsan ka na lang mag fanatxt weh..jejeje! anyhow, how's ur cold?! wala na vah wah?! yngatz na lang agen! God Bless chris! mwah mwah! :)

Ling said...

Weee! You guys have finally won, not just one but two games. I hope you guys learned valuable lessons there, and hopefully you can apply what you learn in your future campaigns!

God bless, Smart Gilas!

tiny said...

hi mr chris...
pwede po ba i-hi m0 p0 ako kay rey guevarra at Jv casio???hehe...ty p0
ingat p0...=)
g0dbLess
-tiny-

marvz said...

wow... saya naman...

ingat po kayo...

arrie said...

hello there!it's nice to hear from u again!congrats on ur winning!enjoi and good luck there!looking forward to see ur pictures!god bless! =)

berd said...

hi chris...congratzzz...

bhotyongnick said...

hello poh, my TIUperman!!!

happy palm sunday too!!! i have received your text and i'm sorry to hear that you've lost yesterday. you do not have to worry, you've mentioned naman na they're the 4th best team in serbia kaya okei lang poh yun!!!

what do you mean na back to reality??? are you going home na rin ba??? when??? m really looking forward to it.

cge poh, always take care of yourself there in serbia. have a great time din sa remaining days mo jan!!! goodluck with your remaining games as well. you're still my inspiration, my TIUperman. ciao for now!!!

Nica said...

Congrats for the win Chris! I know your team will improve more as the days go by =)

For some reason, I just cant help but think of UAAP as I read your blog. Your teammates are also UAAP players. Now Im reminded that I wont be seeing you this UAAP season play basketball for Ateneo and that just makes me... umm... sad.

In a lighter note, Im glad you're bonding with your teammates. I guess it's just wierd that you're with other teams' players instead of your beloved Eagles :D

I hope you'll have some vids with them and post it here in your blogs. Im just curious to see you with them, you know, having fun and learning with them.

karen said...

Hi Chris, Im back! Naging busy lang this past few weeks because of my graduation...

Happy palm sunday!

enjoy pala kayo dyan sa Serbia, Im happy for you =)

BTW hindi na ba part ng RP Team si Rabeh?

Anonymous said...

Uhm, hey, it's my first time to read any of your posts, so, would you care to answer my questions? Everyone could answer it...

1) What is your purpose of having this blog, i mean, marami ng may blog, but you guys? Is it for self-expression? Do you get self-satisfaction by this?:)

2) Why does being a so-called 'PERFECT' doesn't get into your head? Do you get conscious when you do something that is not expected by you to do? Do you sometimes feel PERFECT or FAMOUS?

3) Do you consider yourself as a public figure? If so, why? I wanna know :)

4) What is the religion of your parents? What are your plans for Holy Week? Do you like Planter's Salted Peanuts? Which do you prefer, Ruffles or Lays? Just wonderin'

P.S. everyone can answer, and if you care, please answer my question by email: johnpaul017@yahoo.com- yun eh kung gusto mo lang, I'm not obliging you to email your answers, I HOPE YA CAN ANSWER MY QUESTIONS! THANKS! GOOD LUCK!

...this is John Paul... see ya when I see ya!

Anonymous said...

...nga pala... this is John Paul again... if your gonna email your answers to: johnpaul017@yahoo.com, just erase my comment if you want... sana po answer my question! thanks!

eena said...

Well Chris....It's really GOOD TO HEAR!!hope we will win the last test...GOODLUCK!!

Anonymous said...

hey!! congrats!! sana manalo kayo sa lahat ng games... take care always.. have a great experience in serbia..well i dont know that place..

Ira said...

Hi Chris! can't wait to see the pics.=) always tc.

amiable_nickkie said...

i hope you really enjoy there!
hope i'll be there too.hehe..

your super multitalented persona makes me admire u more :)

i'm just really curious about you..

that's why i visited your blog.

ivane...(girl)...hehe said...

hi kuya chris..

it's nice to hear na nagkakasundo kayo ng ibang players... are they all nice to you? i hope they are.. hehe...goodluck...btw, how is jv casio a a room mate? does he talk to you often? i really love your milo commercial... hehe keep up the good work.. stay as an inspiration to many...mwah.. God bless....

yeahred2 said...

Aww. I hope you guys would get your groove in the next few games. Good luck! :) Beware of another gypsy. Kidding. :P

Anonymous said...

Hi Chris,

Thanks for sharing your experiences in Serbia. It just shows that it takes one to be exposed to the international scene whether it be in sports or in other fields, to realize that the there is always the need to be constantly improving. God bless you always!

http://confideo.livejournal.com

ian laput said...

nice to hear from you again....congratulations for the last games....

Erine said...

hehehe...having a nice time huh? It's good to know about the previous two games... The next one seemed to be the most difficult.. I believe that you guys can do it!!! I heard that the national team would be playing with the Aussie team? TAma ba? Are you gonna play with them pagkauwi nyo dito sa Pilipinas? I hope that the game will be held on the 3rdweek of april.. Di ko kasi mapapanood(if ever meron nga) kasi nasa 2week practicum (for abnormal psch..tsk..) na kami nun sa pampanga...

geh3 po!! Stay safe!!!
We're still waiting for the photos..


Ingat po lagi!!!

Anonymous said...

hey gwapo. ang cute cute mo talaga.. :) sarap mong panggigilan. hehe :P

joy m. said...

hi! its nice to know that youre enjoying your trip there in serbia. i received you text messages yesterday and its kinda weird because your fanatxt had already ended since march 31,2009. hope you could explain why. anyway, keep safe! im looking forward to those pictures huh!

p.s. when will you guys would come back?

♥ alyssa mari ♥'s 17 said...

hey Chris!

Good to know that you've won your last 2 games.. =)

i thought rico maierhoffer & rabeh are also playing for the smart gilas team..

Keep up the Good work.. =)

we'll support the Smart Gilas RP team all the way...

by the way, Coach Yeng's team also won their 2 games against the tall team Australia! (2-0)

good luck!

God Bless you!

ingat! =)

Andrea :) said...

Good job guys! Keep up the good work.
Can't wait for the photos ;-)

One Big Fight!

trizzi said...

wow omg almost all of the best players in UAAP are in your team..couldn't imgaine how great ur team was..

anyway, itss so sweet to hear from you even though u're off to serbia..

keep posting.. itss amusing to read ur entries..

good luck.. ingatz

CONAN EDOGAWA said...

eh di dyan k mag-hoHoly week???

sad ka ba???
-what a stupid question!

...............???

Anyways, GUDLUCK and TAKE CARE!!!

P.S.

may copy ka ba nung portrait mu na ginwa sa computer???- the one that was featured in your RIPLEYS SHOW

please qung meron post mu naman nakakaelib kc e!!!

hehehehe

faye said...

Hey Chris! I've been texting back to your msgs, I hope you receive them. I also saw your sched for this summer on Y! groups. Pretty hectic huh! I hope to see you play live once PBL opens, I'm sure you're way way better:) And I hope I don't get lost this time! (I'm the one who got the venues mixed up remember?! LOL)

Let's observe Holy Week and let God form and transform our hearts. (That's what Father Jun of Greenbelt emphasized during his homily yesterday.) Take care always!

Anonymous said...

cute ni donut.. (Ung aso sa ripley's na kasama mo) (^^,)

like to hear your thoughts about chip tsao.. hehe..

ingats kaung lahat diyan.. and Godbless you and your team!

jaio!

-nica

Von said...

hey chris, have read your blog accidentally. i thought you were not the one writing in this blog until i read most of it. i think you are really a good person. i like the way you think and the way you understand life with God. by the way, "i don't want this comment to be published." just want to salute you for inspiring people who read this. i've read their comments and really, they are truly blessed with your inspiring experiences. i hope someday i can be someone who will be looked up to by people who surrounds me.

anyways, bout the basketball games you had, congratulations! hope RP team will win the remaining games. God bless in all your doings. keep up the good work!

chocohani said...

hi chris!

yey! congrats for winning against the serbian team! (:

by the way you look gwapo last nyt in ripleys, congrats din for being a good host, cutie pie talaga, hehe..

where and how are you going to spend your holly week?

you take care always

godbless!!

happy tiu's day! (:

Nette said...

ay ang tagal ng pics..hehe..

5 years na ko nagaantay!..haha!..

the best of luck!

Godspeed!

Anonymous said...

Hi, Chris!
Congratulations!
Keep up the good work :)
We're all so proud of you, guys!
God bless and Take care! ;)

Richelle Anne said...

ang kulit talaga ni kuya dylan. ahaha :) laging ganun yun. majokes. corny nga lang sometimes.

graxxie said...

hello chris. :)
i think you're having a blast there in serbia and that's great. :)
it seems like that's a nice place and i think i really wanna go there too. :D
i'm looking forward to the pictures. :)
takecare. goodluck on your next game. :)

--graxxie. :)

Anonymous said...

...hi chris glingan nio dian,kya nio yn gOgOgO!!!ask ko lng if ung lban nio dian ndi b pnaplbas s tv?...!!nmi2s ko n kc ung pnapanood kang ngla2ro ng basketball...


-jasmine

bianca said...

yey i cant wait for the pictures. We appreciate you more than you have expected...

sabriaü said...

Chris, is Ripley's about to end soon? Cos I heard there's a new show in GMA that's going to start on April 20, which is a Monday, though I'm not yet sure about its time slot. It made me a bit sad. Aw. I hope to be able to watch you host for a longer time. :(

Anyway, when are you coming back from Serbia? You're missed badly. Take care & win the remaining games! And yeah, we'll all be good this Lenten season and will really try to fast and sacrifice.ü

weng10282000 (",) said...

hi chris,

how's ur life in serbia? when will you come back to manila with ur teammates? i really don't know whether is it true that ripley's will end soon...(daw?). if its true, when the show end? despite of being busy, hopefully more shows on GMA-7, coz i watch pinoy records with pacman...

on LENTEN season, let us reflect and sacrifice that Christ died on the cross for our sins and rose again on Easter...

GOD BLESS U and have a blessed HOLY WEEK... :)

j_han said...

huwaat???? ripley's going to end soon??? wag nman! its a good show..its very educational

Anonymous said...

we miss you so much!!!When will you be back?!

jenna said...

while i was reading your latest blog napapaisip tlga ako where serbia is? i thought its like a short cut for saudi arabia coz that's the nearest connection i could think of hehe well anyway, quite ironic u and jvee share the same room well i guess there's nothing wrong with that coz its only media that makes the rivalry more intense coz in reality there are a lot of lasalista and atenistas in the same barkada. anyway even if im from la salle i still keep u on my fave basketplayer list! ingat in serbia! and tell jvee i said hi

jenna

Anonymous said...

...glingan nio dian..pogi pogi mo tlaga!!!I'm one of ur fan tlaga sna mkita kita s personl...

-jasmine

j_han said...

ei, welcome home!!! tnx for requent updates!! happy lenten season. have a great vacation ahead of u...make sure to be good all da time..hehehe!!!

bhotyongnick said...

Welcome back, my TIUperman.
it's nice to know that you're already home. have a blessed lenten season. it's good friday today and sad to say, i still need to work. good thing I have time to read your past blogs and it surely inspires me a lot. hope that they can extend your ripley's stint because i really enjoy watching you host that shows. i hope you can still accept more shows with gma, that is the only time that i can see you in tv. goodluck to your future games and i will always be here to support you. ciao for now!!!

tita kay said...

Hello Chris,

We were in Tayagtay Highlands yesterday (April 9). My daughter told me you were there, too.

Are you back? I told her you are in Serbia.

Please post the pictures na. Thanks.

death_ether said...

my friends are big chris tiu fans.they even screamed their hearts out one time when we watched a game(UST vs ADMU)and of course we lost hehe. It was my first time to watch the game and I really found it hard to believe why a lot of people admire you then( and to think that we were thomasians, my clasmates were cheering for you that oughta be funny).but come on,the moment the game started i understood why.You play like you've been doing it for so many years!
it's really great that philippines has hardworking athletes like you guys.congratulations for the win.keep it up.

Anonymous said...

welcome back to the philippines!!!
ahm... kailan po malalaman kung cno ung nanalo sa promo mo??? na mkaka-one on one mo???ty p0.
pasensya p0.. excited lang kmi..
ty..l0ve you...:)

ivy said...

i really enjoy reading your posts and truly appreciate the time you spend to update us. thanks for that.

hope i could see you again and meet you upclose.. =)

take care always.

good luck on all your endeavors.

j_han said...

LENTEN REFLECTIONS: Sometimes, GOD breaks our spirit to save our soul. Sometimes, HE breaks our heart to make us whole. Sometimes, HE sends us pain so we can be stronger. Sometimes, HE sends us failure so we can be humble.Sometimes, HE sends us illness so we can take better care of ourselves.Sometimes, HE takes "everything" away from us so we can learn the value of "everything" we have. HAVE A BLESSED AND MEANING HOLY WEEK!!!

bianca said...

Hi Chris,
Yey I'm so glad that you're back,I, we, your fans are really glad to hear you be back again.

Uhm, yo know Jason Ballesteros right? He's one of my relatives infact he's my great uncle, coz my dad is his nephew, oops have I told you a long story sorry for that. Don't forget to be in fasting thanks for posting this if ever.

sabriaü said...

Happy Easter, Chris!ü
That TV show that I mentioned in my previous comment, no, it'll not replace Ripley's. Haha. Well, of course you know.ü
Have a good time with your family in Tagaytay! And oh, this may be a bit late, but welcome back! We've missed you. Haha.ü

bhotyongnick said...

Happy Easter, my TIUperman.

How's your week? I understand that you'll be busy again with basketball and hosting. Always take care of yourself and continue to be visible on TV and in print. Goodluck to your games, i'll try to watch it live, hopefully, i don't have work by then.

I am waiting for your photos in Serbia. hope you can already upload it.

ciao for now, my, TIUperman. It's Monday tomorrow so it will be a date with you again via Ripley's.

take care and godspeed!!!

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mi_ca86 said...

gypsy??enlighten me about them...

Anonymous said...

have you seen peja stojakovic there?