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Kamusta?

“Kamusta?”

Well.. it started off with rain, heavy traffic and one too many overcharged fare proposals from greedy tricycle drivers, all of which I turned down eventually. On foot we went through receding floodwaters. Had to carry a backpack, a laptop, a big heavy paper bag with lotsa stuff, a worn out umbrella, and then had to mind my kid and his lunch box all the while. Suddenly, while packed like sardines and onboard a jeepney all soaked in rain and sweat, paper bag splits open in the middle of traffic, not a tiny split but the seriously-can-things-get-any-actual-freaking-worse kind of split. Managed to turn my big jacket into a bag and packed in it all the stuff I had from the paper bag. Long ride. Son sleeping with his head tilting back and forth which I had to hold all throughout the trip while my other hand minds the rest of the stuff I’ve mentioned.

Got onto our 2nd jeepney ride like we were in an actual zombie apocalypse movie, getting on was like surviving a stampede. I had to get a little rough with my son to get him going (and wake him the heck up). Traffic. Waited. Got off.

Before our final trip home, I got my son a sandwich. I told him I was sorry. Took a tricycle and this time, the fare was at a reasonable price.

On our way home. Arms hurt. Hungry. Dead-tired more than anything else. Could’ve cried (that thank-God-it’s-almost-over kind of cry) but was too tired to do so. All I could think of was a nice warm bed and a pillow under my head.

Suddenly I find tonight’s mishap a bit hilarious that in my head I just can’t help but laugh about it.

Yea, we are all tired after a hard day’s work. But we don’t share the same kind of journey on the inside. We might share the same seat on the same ride but our emotional battles are headed to entirely different routes. You can never judge a person too easily, let alone a cranky one at the end of the day.

I haven’t been the nicest person this entire evening and I’m dearly sorry.

 

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A Short Film Reflection: “Alike” by Daniel Martínez Lara & Rafa Cano Méndez

(CTTO: “Alike” is an animated short film directed by Daniel Martínez Lara & Rafa Cano Méndez. Thanks to our pals at Overthinking. for sharing this cool video on Facebook.)   This short film pretty much sums up me and my boy in a nutshell. ? His art-filled school notebooks and my random day-dreamings at work speak for themselves.

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Inay Bonz & Rio Duo: We are the Crystal Gems (Cover)

When your jamming moment with your 7-year-old son is on point.

This song is actually a soundtrack from the cartoon series “Steven Universe” and my sonny here did a darn good job doing a cover version of it with his inay. #proudmom

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Unshaken (Earthquake Aftermath)

I wrote this one on April 8, 2017 (9:09pm), same day after a magnitude 5+ earthquake had hit the city, twice. It was really bad. Sometimes, fear can really cripple our hearts and spirits, such as times like these. But we gotta step out of faith amidst the lurking fear, and finally realize that God…
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