31-year-old @paulzamar is a basketball player, but he doesn’t look the part. Neither does he look like someone who torched a team in Thailand by 52 points. In Bangkok, he’s a star—proven by this photograph taken Dec. 8, 2017, where young Thai cagers lined up to take a snapshot with him. For Mono Vampire, he’s an import, carrying the burden of not only performing but also leading his team to victories. He’s that and more. But if you ask him, he’d rather go back and play at home.
I wrote about the soft-spoken, God-fearing Paul with “driving" as a launchpad for my story. For weeks, I could barely put together a piece that holds up and stays faithful to the theme. For weeks, it felt bland. Until I decided to talk more to his father Boycie. Just before New Year’s Eve, the older Zamar went on to add one more line to unknowingly complete my motif. Talk about a fitting ending to the story and to the year.
Lucky to have met and become friends with such down-to-earth people. Even luckier to be able to tell their story (link on my bio). For those who believe that "home-cooked" writing is still the shit, for those who have made countless fluff pieces and made amends by penning heartfelt ones, for those who told me that they enjoy reading my attempts at features, for those who are struggling like me, for those still looking for their corner in the sky… this one’s for you. You are not alone.
To writing better stories. And to writing stories better.
May you all have a great 2018.
#FujiFilm #Fujifeed #MonoVampire #ABL8 #Basketball #writing #Thailand #Philippines #Hoops #Sports #Sportswriting