A Full Week

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I had a pretty full week last week. First, I took my baby brother to the city and we had a great time visiting the zoo and this awesome place called Ocean Park. I hated the idea of going back to Metro Manila but I had no choice. Together with my sister, we braved the sweltering mid-afternoon heat just to check out a bunch of ill-kept animals in an equally ill-kept facility. I feel bad for the animals especially this particular orangutan who looked a lot like it wanted t scream out “Dear God, make it stop!” the way s/he was sprawled on the dirty floor of her cage. Saw a balding ostrich that looked just about done with life, some peacocks, scores of tigers who won’t come out of their cages due to the high heat and a fat pig. That’s just as wild as it can possibly get. After what seemed like an eternity, my brother’s enthusiasm for poor live beasts on filthy cages finally faded and it was off to the Ocean Park.

The Park is obviously, a huge aquarium. The fishes kept in this park were hauntingly beautiful. It was the first time for me to see moray eels and sting rays. The whole thing was set up in such a way that it was entertaining yet hypnotic. No matter how tired we were, that soon faded into child-like wonder seeing the massive aquariums and the exotic fishies that came with it. Too bad there’s no octopus in there. That would’ve been an awesome sight!

I wish I could come back. I doubt if I ever will since like I said, I hate going back to Manila.

I also bought me a new lappy. It’s white and it’s funky… and it also made a gaping hole on my savings. Oh, well. It’s not like I’m a stranger when it comes to being broke. So far I have no complains at all. The Globe Prepaid broadband, however, leaves a lot to be desired.  It connects much slower than I anticipated. It’s not the network’s fault though. The woman peddler told me something about slower connection due to the operating system that this new lappy of mine is using. So now I’m forced to put up with connection slower than a retard’s common sense. It’s so slow I swear I aged sixty five years and lost half my body mass just waiting for the damn pages to load itself up. Still it’s better than no internet connection at all.

Saturday, I went to Batangas with a couple of friends in lieu of Krisna’s impending migration to Italy. It was fun as it was also sad because things get pretty depressing for me every time I think about her leaving soon. Everything was happening so fast that Carlo and I couldn’t quite come to terms with it at all. Hopefully the three of us could find time for a last summer get-together before she leaves. As for now, I’m very sad but I’m trying my best to be a good friend and be happy for her. Just thinking about how much time I wasted back then made me even more depressed about the whole affair. At least I’m taking the news much better than Carlo. That dude is just… broken. Anyways, I know it’s for the best. I’m sure there’s a lot of things in-store to Krisna in Italy. My, what an adventure it’ll be!

The trip back to Tarlac was less than perfect. Ginormously disastrous would be mildly putting it. I started my day by waking up early but somehow managing to run late. My brother was running a fever while I woke up with a throbbing noggin’. We went straight to Galleria to have my lappy gmasked. Spending two grand just so some person can encase your beloved gadget in plastic using a hairdryer when you just spent more than 50 grand on a laptop two days prior maybe a bit unwise, especially when the economy is in the shitter and you’re a bum, but hey! The bad news was that the film I wanted was not available on that mall and I was advised that I go to a nearby mall to get what I wanted. Tired as I was (I was carrying two huge bags and each weight a ton), I dragged my feverish brother to that other mall only to find out that the film was not enough to cover the whole lappy. Pissed as I was, I still went ahead and had it gmasked just to get the whole thing over and done with. Then I waited for an hour in agony because by then, my throbbing headache turned into this monstrous head pounder, searing my brain. After that was done, we caught the bus just in time.

You’d think that’s the end if it but noooo. Later on the trip back home, my brother felt nauseous while my bladder was just about bursting. I had no choice but to ask the conductor to stop the bus because I really, really needed to go. My mistake was I was forced to leave my brother behind because the conductor said it’ll be much faster for me to go. Well. My brother is having none of that and started bawling right after I left. Making my way to the bus, I was surprised to see the conductor right beside the parked bus with my weepy-eyed brother in tow. I was told that he tried to run after me. It didn’t take much to console him afterwards. To top off an otherwise sordid trip to the seventh circle of hell, the peddler who sold macapuno candies ran off without giving back my change. Of course.

It was my last buck.

Ah, perfection.

However, I will end this entry on a much cheerful note by saying I have a new crush. Finally, a guy worth lusting after, hahahah!

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Tina Lee

Tina Lee-Almazar is a writer with an insatiable appetite for all things bright, shiny, and beautiful. She's a beauty junkie, a shopping connoisseur, a book collector, a purse addict, and a budding mom-tepreneur. Tina has a long-standing (and well-documented!) but one-sided love affair with cats. Special talents include: the ability to eat again an hour after eating, shopping at 3 different malls in 1 day, and taking a 3-hour power nap every day including weekends.

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