sumakabilang bahay

oo nga, sabi ko nga eh. medyo matagal tagal na namang hindi nakapagpost.
naging busy kasi sa paglilipat
nakalipat na kami sa bagong tahanan
kaya medyo madugo ang paglilipat
mainam din pala na asa ibang bansa ka
friends/relatives pitch in their old/used stuff
that can be useful to you
like sa amin
may mga nagbigay ng
– waterbed
– microwave
– baso set
– pinggan set
– at kung anu-anong anik anik pa

inaantay nga namin kung may magbibigay sa amin ng malaking
kahoy na kutsara na ididikit sa dingding o kaya eh malaking picture
o rug ng mga ibat ibang asong nagbibilyar


OT: Ano Raw?

di ko to sinulat
finorward lang sakin
pero halos kalyuhin ang ngangala
ko sa kakatawa at the same time sabay
macoconscious ka rin na baka ginagamit mo
irregardless, it’s not my problem anymore
it’s her problem anymore
basa lang

***

We’ ve been friends for a long time ago. We come from the same alma mother. Actually, our paths crossed one time on another. But it’s only now that I gave him a second look. I realized that beauty is in the eyes. The pulpbits of my heart went fast, really fast. Cute pala siya. And then, he came over with me. He said, “I hope you don’t mine. Can I get your number?” Nag-worry ako. What if he doesn’t give it back? He explained naman na it’s so we could keep intact daw. Sabi ko, connect me if i’m wrong but are you asking me ouch? Nabigla siya. Sagot niya, The! Aba! Parang siya pa ang galit! Persona ingrata!!! Ang kapal niya! I cried buckles of tears.

Na-guilty yata siya. Sabi niya, isipin mo na lang na this is a blessing in the sky. Irregardless daw of his feelings, we’ll go ouch na rin. Now, we’re so in love. Mute and epidemic na ang past. Thanks God we swallowed our fried. Kasi, I’m 33 na and I’m running our time. After 2 weeks, he plopped the question. “Will you marriage me?” I’m in a state of shocked. Kasi mantakin mo, when it rains, it’s four! This is true good to be true. So siyempre, I said yes. Love is a many splendor.

Pero nung inaayos ko na ang aming kasal, everything swell to pieces. Nag-di-dinner kami noon nang biglang sa harap ng aming table, may babaeng humirit ng, “Well, well, well. Look do we have here.” What the fuss! The nerd ng babaeng yon! She said they were still on. So I told her, whatever is that, cut me some slacks! I didn’t want this to get our hand kaya I had to sip it in the bud. She accused me of steeling her boyfriend. Ats if! I don’t want to portrait the role of the other woman. Gosh, tell me to the marines! I told her, “please, mine you own business!” Who would believe her anyway?

Dahil it’s not my problem anymore but her problem anymore, tumigil na rin siya ng panggugulo. Everything is coming up daisies. I’m so happy. Even my boyfriend said liketwice. He’s so supportive. Sabi niya, “Look at is this way. She’s our of our lives.”

Kaya advise ko sa inyo – take the risk. You can never can tell. Just burn the bridge when you get there. Life is shorts. If you make a mistake, we’ll just pray for the internal and external repose of your soul. I second emotion.


Done Working

may nakainan kami kaninang diner
thematic sya actually at nakakaaliw kasi it’s
a classic 50’s diner
lahat ng decor, kanta, pati may ari eh 50’s
medyo patapos na kami sa pagkain ng biglang lumapit ang waitress

waitressnakamukhanimegryan: hi, how’d you find the food?
badong: the food is great! delicious!
waitressnakamukhanimegryan: are you done working here?
badong: oh yes, though it’s only part time
waitressnakamukhanimegryan: napangiti
badong: (kras pa ata ako nito o baka may tinga lang ako)
waitressnakamukhanimegryan: great, so are you done working with your food so i can clean up the table?
badong: aahhhh … yes please. (sabay ngiti)


Check Point

worked late again last night at sinamahan ako ni misis
habang nagaayos ng pc
on our way home riding a taxi eh bumulaga sa amin
ang may bahagyang haba ng pila ng sasakyan dahil sa checkpoint
it’s not that bad actually, para lang syang pila ng
taxi sa landmark pero hassle traffic na sa standards dito.
when it was our turn to be checked eh binababa ng taxi driver ang bintana
at sumilip naman ang police sa bintana

parak: how’re you doing my friend?
manongdriver: oh, we’re good
badong: good, good
parak: well it’s just a routine check, no biggy
manongdriver: ok
badong: no problem
police: where’re you guys headed to?
badong: sandalwood
police: …
police: ok, you can go through and head on to your way now and drive safely
manongdriver: thank you officer
badong: thanks
misis: wag ka sagot ng sagot, iyung driver lang iyung kausap. tahimik lang mga pasahero usually
badong: oh


Bonding

nasanay na ko during my consulting days (naks)
na pagkatinanong ka if you’re willing to be in a company bond
eh ibig sabihin eh meron kang minimum stay sa company or else
you’d have to pay. This goes true with some companies that i would’ve
worked for but had to turn it down because of the bond thing. Companies
like accenture, gma artist center at star circle (kahit kailan
magulo talaga ang mundo ng showbiz)

with accenture i think they make you pay more than 100k php
if you are not able to fulfill the tenure.

i always get asked by different headhunters here, whether it be
during the interviews or while filling up forms, whether
i am bondable or not.

syempre, to give myself flexibility eh i normally say no.
isipin mo if it’s more than 100k in the philippines what more dito
baka maipit din kasi sa iisang company

during one of the interviews i had this afternoon
gave out a big look of suprise when i told her
that i am not bondable.

turns out, what they mean by bondable is that
i haven’t had any criminal records and bond that
she was referring was that of a felony bond that any
person without a police record is entitled to.

so ….
kaya siguro ala pang dumarating na job offer sakin.
paksyet


ma-masa-masang mamasan

part of the really hot weather are the skimpy clothes
that a lot of people wear here
kung sa atin eh pagkatumungtung ng 30 iyung temp
eh hirap na tayong maglongsleeves iyung mga
canadians naman dito pagkatumungtong ng 30 eh
puros spag strap ang fekher shorts na ang makikita mo
ehhhhhhh bawal tumingin
atttttt bawal tumitig
pero dyosko pagkamagikot ikot ka at
aksidenteng mapatingin sa mga nakaupo sa pavement
magugulat ka na lang sa makikita mong singkit na smiley,
nakingiting mitra o kaya eh bandera ng hapon

nung minsan nga habang asa bus eh bigla na lang may sumakay
nigerian by the way she speaks
eh nagtutulog tulog ako pagasa bus para iwas titigan
hayun, ng mamulat ako duon sa paparating sa akin eh
halos mauntog ako sa sinasandalan ko sa lula
halos di kinaya ng sun-dress ni mamasan ang kanyang dalawang alaga
eh nagtatatakbo kaya’t pinagpapawisan
ehka nga sa maynila eh sabon na lang
ang kulang pwede na maghilamos
daglian akong umalis sa pagkakalula dahil
nakakalula pa duon ang asa likod, si mister na parang aparador
na bagong barnis


Temperature

medyo mainit na naman ngayon
mga 35-40 degrees celsius pero it feels like 45 daw
iba ang sukat ng weather and temp dito di tulad sa pinas
sa pinas kasi ang mga weather natin eh
mainit, sobrang init at panahon para suotin ang pangpormang jacket
madalas nga eh paglabas mo sa banyo pagktapos maligo eh pinagpapawisan ka na
o kaya eh tumambay ka sa may shoemart sa may shoe section tapos umupo ka lang duon
maya maya para ka ng makakaamoy ng bagong lutong saba

dito medyo complex ang weather forecasting
may weather, may temp, may wind chill at may humidity
kulang na lang eh iyung mga naririnig mo sa radio
na traffic forecast
“trefik in or-tee-gus is bumber-to-bumber ekross whole yohw vahr gas”


Wowow

if you’ve had your cable for a really long time now then you well know what this channel mean. sa channel 49 ata iyun or 56. pagpatak ng alas dose hanggang 3am eh may chamba ka ng bhold (ganyan magpronounce ang mga uncle ko).
alang oras eh, minsan sakto 12 minsan mga 1am na. siguro depende sa shift ng operator.
pati iyung mga movies eh pinapalabas rin nila, yun nga lang eh uncut di tulad ng sa hbo na andaming putol. pagkaminamalas ka naman eh dubbed in japanese iyung makikita mo.
nuong medyo namomonitor na sila eh nagiging blurry pagdating duon sa mga revealing scenes hanggang sa tuluyan na nga silang di na nagpapakita ng ganuong “genre” of movies. huli ko atang nakita sa wowow eh iyung pinay na nagwowork sa japan na nagiikot ikot.

ngayong nandito na, syempre wala ng wowow. pero just an hour ago eh laking gulat ko sa bumulaga sakin sa tv.

as a background, channel 1 ang default channel ng cable operator. lalabas duon eh tv guide tuwing binubuksan mo. naalimpungatan ako at umakyat, nag ice cream, nagbukas ng tv.

“click”
isang couple na nagbabanatan ang bumulaga sakin. as in kakaiba.
parang iyung mga pinapanuod mo nuong bata ka pagwala ang magulang tapos magpapanic ka
pagkapaparating na iytung erpats mo tapos maiiwanan mo pa palang nakapasok sa betamax
iyung tape tapos mahuhuli ka ng erpat mo (keith, kilala mo to?)

sa sobrang gulat ko eh naghanap hanap pa ko ng ibang channels.
hayun, mga 3 channels pa na mas malaswa pa duon.
may isang channel pa eh ang pangalan eh “bedtime stories”
di pala pambata kundi pano gumawa ng bata


Midnight taxi

since most of the raket work end up way late in the evening (or morning)
and the buses end their route at about 11 or 12 minamabuti na rin ng tita ko na ipagtaxi na lang ako after i fix the pc’s.

even though i’m here di pa rin nawawala sa akin ang mga nacquire kong instincts sa manila pagsumasakay ng taxi. ayun ay ang di pagtulog habang bumabyahe. you see, sa manila kasi eh uso ang mga taxi na kung tawagin eh batingting. kung di r&e family, mge or xavier ang taxi na sinasakyan mo eh mabuting tignan ang metro kasi kung nalingap ka eh mas mabilis pa sa nagpapasayang rabbit ang metro mo. turo na rin yan sakin ng mga nasakyan kong taxi sa pinas. at syempre wag daw sasakyan si wallis kasi sila ang pinakatalamak sa ganyang kalokohan.

going back sa mga taxi dito eh madalas nakikipagkwentuhan na lang ako sa mga driver para naman maaliw at syempre para magpalipas ng antok.

masaya naman so far ang mga nadadatnan naming usapan and for some reasons eh puro’s mga tiga india ang inaabutan kong drivers kaya medyo marami na rin akong natutunan sa mga cultures nila.

natatawa ako tuwing natatanong ako ng:

driver1: so how are you my friend?
madalas ko rin kasing marinig yan sa manila kaso sa tagalog nga lang
mgaindiansdyan: kamusta kaibigan?

syempre may mga naambag ambag din ako paminsan minsan sa kwentuhan pero madalas eh nagiimbento na lang ako ng mga kwento para lang masaya usapan namin

badong: oh, there’s a lot of indian businessman in the philippines and they are really good with money. you see they have this very lucrative trade that you know … trades money.
driver: much like the stocks?
badong: this is different. more lucrative, you see a lot of the people don’t get approved by banks when they ask for loans and so they go to indians. indians then lend them money and allow these borrowers to pay them in installment. (5-6)
driver: wow,they have a lot of clients them
badong: yeah they do
driver: even here they have that
badong: really?
driver: yeah, they even go to us sometimes
badong: do they give special discounts to indians like you?
driver: oh no, i’m pakistani
badong:


midnight tech

hirap kumita ng pera
minsan naiisip ko na ngang
pasukin nalang ang magulong mundo ng showbiz
kaso umaatras na lang ako kasi di pa ako
handang tanggapin ang mga chismis na di totoo
kaya para may pang gastos at merong mapaglibangan
eh rumaraket na lang ako sa gabi
opppss. sa mga maduduming isip, hindi ako tubero sa gabi
at lalong hindi ako tambay sa circle dahil walang circle dito
di rin ako call center (maski may mga outbound calls dito kaming
natatanggap na galing pinas).
nagtetech support ako sa aking tita.
dito kasi eh usually up to 5 lang ang work.
tapos those who do auxiliary jobs for different
establishments will have to do it at night.
kaya sa gabi eh anduon ang mga cleaners,
maintenance people and tech support.
di naman talaga racket, in fact di naman ako nababayaran
paminsan minsan lang eh merong binibigay. pero ayus na rin.
chance to hone up my skills.
at matagal tagal na rin naman akong di nakakapagtech
kaya paminsan minsan eh may mga mabubuting mga kaibigan
namang nakakatulong tulad ni cirfu.