You've Got Mail,
by Pacman of Chat Manila inspired from
the movie You've Got Mail
continue in my adventure searching for love in The Net I came across
an area where the Love Connection is.
In the Love
Connection a net surfer is asked to fill out a questionnaire and the
computer will find a match from its humongous database. Regretfully,
the computer didnt find me a match from its 23,000 user list.
The highest is only 47%. I was bit worried. I cant find my match
for Valentines Day. (Sighs) Naah...Ill just keep my search
The Net is
an ocean full of opportunities. Trekking upon uncharted waters of
cyberspace looking for love is an adventure.
I bumped into a chat area in the Internet
called Chat Manila. I telnetted and entered
8787 Wow! I got in. The system can handle 250 users concurrently
and I was there chatting in real time. The best time to go in is between
9:00 in the evening and 4:00 in the morning. Remember this is Hawaii
Time. Before you log in to the chat area, finish your assignments
and important tasks first because Boy, youll be hooked into
it. One of my objectives is just to exchange tsismis (gossip) to the
chatters down there. Most of the users are from De La Salle University
all taking up computer related majors. Discussion groups are not really
following the topic so I really didnt like my experience there.
I just watched the ongoing conversation. When I said "Hi,"
I get a "Hello and there it ended.
I started entering poetic lines and then
I started a fire in the chat area. One was touched by those lines
and then that was Ivory, a 26-year old computer engineer.
Shes been mesmerized with what Pacman (thats me) said
in the chat area. We started whispering to each other expressing our
.emote(ional) aspects. Courtship was taking place and later on she
said the sweetest three words I LOVE YOU. Virtually, she is my girlfriend.
Every week, I got an e-mail from her telling me how she really wants
to see me in reality and be able to express her love and emotional
Its really fascinating about this technology
that we have. One should be careful on what to say and disclosing
information about you on The Net because you really dont know
whom youre talking to. You may really fallen in love with that
person and ended up knowing that the person is of the same sex.
When chatting, exercise proper netiquette
and avoid typing in capital letters as it signifies you are shouting.
Surfing in The Net is an excellent outlet
to meeting new friends and possibly your soul mate if thats
I met some of my friends here and when I
went to Manila, I was able to interact with them in the real world.
They are the person whom I talked to in The Net. They were indeed
real. In my next visit to Manila this year, well see each other
About Ivory, I really dont
know if she is for real according to the statements she made. My cybernetic
instincts says that she could be a genuine person but well soon
see. Right now, Im strapped on Lakambini my gorgeous
computer. Shes mine all along. We always get in harmony and
get in sync but what Im longing for is a real woman with emotions
and persistence of vision. She is faithful and trustworthy, and loves
As a rule of thumb, dont fall for the LOVE
TRAP in The Net. Trust but verify.
1999. JQ Gonzales