It's kinda funny that I am blogging about Father's Day since I obviously had not had my biological father for a long time, but in my 20 years, I have been so blessed with so many father figures that I feel that what I have is a lot better than what others get (with their own fathers) in their lifetimes.
First of all, the father figures of my life.
Happy Father's Day to Pop, Franco Lim for always taking care of me and making sure I never get into trouble back home in Miri. Thank you for the guitar sessions, our crazy jamming (usually in G because that's your best note, haha), and all the football craziness. Tottenham Hotspurs still suck in my opinion, but you will always have a soft spot in my life Pop. You're very cool, and you know it, but you always remain humble. It's not everyday a guy like me can comfortably call an ex-bodybuilder, football player, and a musician a 'dad' but that's exactly what you have been to me.
Happy Father's Day to Pastor Lim Thien Leong, for always being a wise spiritual mentor, and who, more often than not, had to tolerate my 'modern teenage ways'. Hahaha.. You are an awesome pastor, cool to the bone. Thank you for never refusing to answer any question I ask, for staying late at church just to entertain my ridiculous questions, and all the rides home and spontaneous dinners you always seem to invite me to. You rock.
Happy Father's Day to my Piasau Baptist Church daddies, Lawrence Low, Kuek Chiaw Oi, Pa Hmun, and Chan Kwok Mow, and also to my Full Gospel Assembly dad Yeoh Pit Chai. For Uncle Lawrence, Uncle Pa Hmun, and Uncle Kwok Mow, thanks for the hours and hours of football discussions! Sad to say, your silly little Liverpool will not win the EPL any time soon, but at least, you three are some of the smartest and wisest men to give me advices on life. I would not be where I am without your subtle guidance. For Uncle Kuek, thanks for never refusing me at your house, and for giving me three wonderful friends in your children, Nicole, Michelle, and Eddie. I greatly admire the quiet aura about you, and you are probably one of the smartest dads in PBC. Thanks for all the rides home, and the overnights I have at your place. For Uncle Pit Chai, the smartest man I know, you are the reason I know so much about so many things! You are indeed a walking encyclopedia, and hanging out with you 2 hours a week made me know so much about seemingly random things like electrical properties, molecular behavior, and why a car needs balancing. I admire you so much, and I am sure you would have been a great dad.
To young dads Cris De Lucas, Benj Manalo, Drew Naval, and Brian Ilad, Happy Father's Day. :)
Finally, Happy Father's Day to the man who made my mother's life so special. It is said that the greatest gift a father could give his son is to love his son's mother with all his heart. For your patience, kindness, compassion, dedication, and above all, loyalty, Happy Father's Day Roger Bilodeau. :) I understand that you will never be bored of your silly armored football, and that I can no more tell you that it's called 'football', and not 'soccer', than to tell you the Red Sox suck. Haha.. Thanks for all the fitness and workout advice, and the little life lessons you impart to me when we get the chance to talk. I'll see you soon, and no, we're not having a one-on-one in the basketball court, unless you battle me in dance. :P Thanks for taking care of the woman I love with all my heart. Go Gators!
I know you love Maine. :)