A Thousand Summers 6
Saturday Evening Posts
February 14-20 Edition
A Thousand Summers
January 2013 came. Then the unthinkable happened: my original vintage Nokia flip phone finally malfunctioned.
I call it Volkswagen because I think of it as an old reliable, like 96.3 W-Rock which had consistently played the soundtrack of my life through the years.
There's a great sense of comfort in that. And in this world of constant change (which is also the title of my all-time favorite Filipino song), I really can't ask for anything more.
I really don't want another phone, and it's enough for me that I knew I can afford one. Naturally, I went to Manuel, my trusted technician friend in Baclaran.
I first met him when I had the Volkswagen's housing changed in 2010. I was then living in Parañaque and working in my first call center at the Mall of Asia.
We were laughing like crazy because, since then, they had moved into four different stalls and I had lived in four different places: Santa Ana in Manila; Tanza and General Trias in Cavite, and Moonwalk in Las Piñas.
And in between, I also lived for weeks in Gwapotel, a public transient dorm at the back of Manila Hotel. Double-bunk beds, like those in the economy section of inter-island ferries, fill each floor like fields the size of three basketball courts.
The things that happened to me and the characters I encountered there can fill an entire volume.
To Be Continued
"People are strange
when you're a stranger..."
People Are Strange
(Theme from Lost Boys)
Echo & The Bunnymen
"When you're strange,
faces come out of the rain..."