Once more, with feelings.

Team Mika REV


This is a case study on how short I am. On the other hand, these two are totally on Team Mika. Clearly.


Love, in the time of rain showers and thunderstorms

While going through my photos of the Clear Dream Match 2, I realized I was inadvertently telling a sub-plot. I’m sharing what I had noticed:


This is Team James, the eventual winners of the Clear Dream Match 2. This team photo was taken prior to kick-off, and while everyone had their (friendly) game faces on, we see Fabio Cannavaro and Misagh Bahadoran in a world by themselves, oblivious to the bright lights and flashes.


Cue to right before the second half started. Fabs is not very impressed with the state of the waterlogged pitch.


Misagh, however, is all too happy to see Fabs on the pitch and runs over to him.


Fabs clearly knows his effect on Misagh.


Fabs:  “Hey Saba, you’re definitely more confident with me in front of you.”


Misagh quickly establishes position. Note tactile tactics toward Fabs to ease Saba out of the picture.


No, Misagh. Lifting your shorts won’t distract Fabs from his main concern—that swamp of a pitch.


Fabs was all too relieved to be subbed out. That or he was just too happy that they were winning. By the way, Misagh, you snooze, you lose. Saba is a step ahead of you.


He did get his civil handshake moment with Fabs after all.


Ah, but look at that face. It is like the face of a fangirl that got her fleeting moment of touching the World Cup champion.


Regret sinks in. Misagh thinks he should have hugged it out with Fabs instead. Too late, Fabs has moved on to the other teammates.


All’s well that ends well. Those two were on the winning side, and Fabs is watching after Misagh, who just might fall off the stage in excitement.


Yeah, I just had some time on my hands to post this. Also, if you do plan to share these photos elsewhere, I would greatly appreciate it if you drop me a note saying so. It’s only kind, and let’s be friends.

On a more serious note, you can read the Five things we learned from this year’s CLEAR Dream Match here.

Someone pinch me, this is unreal.


Fabio Cannavaro is in Manila for the Clear Dream Match, and well—he just made my year with this photo. Grazie, capitano! (P.S. My hair is indicative of how much I was internally freaking out as this photo was happening.)