Abril 6, 2011 ni theairprince
Isa sa mga hobbies at past time ko ang magbasa at magcollect ng magazines. My big influence is my elder sister. Noong bata pa lang ako, tinitignan ko mga inuuwing magazines ng ate ko (sa kanya ako nakikitulog until I reached 13). Naabutan ko pa yung mga malalaking celebrity magazines na newsprint pa yung paper (if I can recall, it was MOD or WOMEN). Hanggang sa afford na niya bumili ng Cosmopolitan. Alam naman natin kung gaano kaliberated ang magazine na iyon kaya I had my first glance sa mga salitang tulad ng ‘orgasm’, ‘erogenous zones’, at ‘foreplay’. And I won’t elaborate further. Rated R. Haha :D.
Until I reached high school when I got more curious in magazines. At that time, it was the advent of FHM Philippines. First time to read it when I was with my high school friends at one of my classmate’s bedroom. While they were busy playing video games, ako naman umupo sa kama at kumuha ng kung anong mabubusisi. And there was his collection of mags. Just like my first sneak peek at porn, I was intrigued with the ‘vivid’ content of the magazine and became ‘delighted’. I can’t describe it in details but the details were enough to make me ‘whoah’. Bukod sa mga sexy poses every pages, I loved reading the jokes (particularly those green jokes), those sex confessions, funny revelations, and other stuff. And I told myself. Why couldn’t I buy FHM?
Naaalala ko parang bibili lang ako ng condom. I think I was in 1st year college when I had enough guts (but still nervous on the inside) to buy my first issue of FHM. I had to make alibi to my mom and convince my older cousin to drive me to 7-11 so I could buy something that I immediately need. Hindi ko maalala kung ano yung bibilhin ko talaga pero sariwa pa sa ala-ala ko na isinabay ko ang FHM magazine sa pagbayad sa cashier (plus, a Hershey Smore bar pala). Yung kahera wala namang pakielam sa akin kahit 17 years old pa lang ako nun. Siguro para sa kanya, I looked mature enough. Super excited ako habang pauwi (hindi ko mailabas sa plastic bag dahil baka makita ng ermats ko). Pag dating sa kwarto ko, kaagad kong tinanggal sa plastik na para bang regalo ko sa Pasko. Alam mo na ang mga susunod na pangyayari :D.
Hanggang sa bumili na ako paunti-unti. Bago umuwi ng bahay, every month after my class, dadaan ako sa magazine stall or sa convenient store para bumili ng magazine. Syempre, nakaipit sa mga college books ko or nakasilid sa bag ko para hindi mapagdiskitahan dito sa bahay. Pero I used to share it with my nephew whom I share the same age. Pinahihiram ko sa kanya. Hanggang sa nalaman ng mga kuya ko. Nakihiram na rin sila. Yung iba binabalik pero either sira-sira or may tupi-tupi or worse, parang nabasa. I hope dahil sa shower water yun. Pero ang pinakamasaklap ay yung hindi na bumabalik sa akin, lalo na yung favorite issue :(.
Pinakahardcore ako sa pagbili during the years of 2005-2008 because I had funds to purchase lalo na nung internship days. Throughout the years, I witnessed the improvement of FHM, from being a sleazy and mischievous one to a more than a sex magazine. Nakita ko rin ang pagdaan ng mga covergirls of the month pati ang mga Girlfriends of the Month. Madami akong natutunan from it aside from those challenging sex positions and how to avoid premature ejaculation (OK, THAT’S IT!). Yeah, I became more knowledgeable in fashion, technology, movies, literature, and other things that catered to male populace. Aside from exclamations of “I want to go to bed with her”, I found myself wanting to improve. Dito ko nadiscover ang appetite ko for fashion, thanks to Ana Kalaw (fashion editor ng FHM). This just tells that FHM is more than just a past-time for guys :).
Recently, I somehow stopped buying FHM because 1) may ibang bagay na kelangan ko i-prioritize for budget, so I have to let go muna; 2) di ko trip yung ibang cover girls; and 3) I spend so much time on internet that I can already find things there. My recent and last purchase is last year’s May 2010 issue with Angel Locsin as cover girl. Finally I have a copy with her! I lost my favorite September 2005 issue where she also appeared as cover girl, donned with a sexy racing outfit. At least nagkaroon ako ng May 2010 issue, at mas sexy pa si Angel :D. Medyo tinatamad ako bumili ng latest issues of FHM but I hope that I can bring back my enthusiasm. I missed buying Sam Pinto, Daiana Meneses, and Solenn Heusaff… the issues where they graced the covers.
I see my mags as my collection. I store it in a place wherein kids can’t reach it (sa dami ba namang bata dito sa amin haha!) plus para hindi makita ng nanay ko at sabihin ‘ITAGO MONG MAIGI YANG MGA BOLD MAGASIN MO!’ And bihira ko na lang ilabas sila kasi ayoko na namang mabawasan at masiraan ng copies. For the sake of this blog, I unearthed them from a secret hideout. Wala akong balak ibenta or ipamigay basta-basta. Probably I will pass my magazine to my son and tell him ‘anak, eto ang FHM noong binata pa ako.’ Ano kaya ang reaksyon ng soon-to-be son ko? ‘Tay, wala ka bang Penthouse dyan?’ Tarantado :D.
I wanna learn ifyou like reading (and collecting) FHM magazines. I’m sure merong ibang girls na nagbabasa rin nito. Share your thoughts.
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The Air Prince