Friday, May 05, 2006

I Took A Wrong Turn And I Just Kept Goin’

Six years of being away from Makati can really fuck up my driver’s compass. Tonight as I was trying to work my way towards Walter-Mart along Pasay Road, I took a wrong turn and I just kept going—straight into the Skyway (entering that one-way highway my mental iPod started blaring that phrase from Bruce Springsteen’s “Hungry Heart” again and again). But what choice did I have except make a turn at the nearest exit which was in Bicutan. So instead of Walter-Mart I ended up in SM City Bicutan. Ganda ko.

I decided to walk around and have dinner there. One SM is like any other SM, with the exception of SM Baguio. I felt immediately at home in the place. After a quick dinner at Kitaro (fast becoming my cheap-but-tastes-okay Japanese resto of choice) I drove back to Makati.

By that time Walter-Mart was already closed so I decided to go to Greenbelt 2&3. While I was walking around looking for a place that has wi-fi, a mestizo-looking couple passed by me and I overheard the woman tell her husband, “Donde quieres?” Whoa. Aba, ikaw lang ba may kaya niyan? I heard me say that to myself while addressing her. Kaya ko rin yan! Yo no soy marinero, soy kapitan, soy kapitan!

Two different malls, two different crowds; yet I felt comfortable roaming around both. And for some inexplicable reason I feel the need to bridge the two in some way. How? I have no idea.

For now, the next time I hear someone go, “Donde quieres?” I’ll stop, turn to face the one asking and say, in my best kastilaloy accent: “Muchachos!” (sabay clap ng hands) “Pitla ka todits! Muy bien, tambien—y tu!”

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