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This Game of Soccer

Darkness had already descended on the bare cubic buildings of SM City, highlighting sombre yellow lights of more buildings under construction. They’re like gluttonous fetal monsters still developing inside their shells. I could almost imagine them drooling. Soon they’ll be devouring shovels of shoppers forever frantic for the latest cool touch-screeny devices and sweet, iced blobs with largely unknown ingredients.

Chemae and I were drained from a week’s worth of working and thinking about working when we walked into this group of boys — running, laughing, screaming, tearing the sleekness of the night apart. They were playing soccer just outside the mall; except they were neither kicking a soccer ball nor any type of ball for that matter. Their thin dark feet — some bare, some wearing slippers — were excitedly kicking a crushed soda can. Continue reading

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3 Crazy Mall Stories

Stereotypical Jamaican

A bright blue peacock runs in circles in the middle of a busy mall in Quezon City. Big brown eyes reflecting the shocked people all around it, the majestic bird threatens to stretch its wings and fly toward everyone’s dumbfounded faces. It’s a proud male of its species (albeit clearly stressed with the present situation), decorated with brilliant gems and beads of light only nature can so creatively invent in its random biological musings.

People carrying their green shopping bags are cheering, laughing, clapping their hands, whistling, telling spontaneous peacock jokes to each other. An old man celebrating his 75th birthday with his 6-year-old granddaughter heard the commotion from a floor below and told his most favorite person in the world that the Eraserheads are having a show above. The befuddled security guard runs to the scene and starts to crouch to catch the harassed animal. Seven men, 3 of whom wearing moustaches, one’s a stereotypical Jamaican with dreadlocks that seemed to have been dipped in tar, thought that they would like to be heroes of this most curious moment, so they began to crouch too, carefully moving toward the bird, clucking like chickens.

Obviously, they thought what works with runaway chickens also works with bright blue peacocks in the middle of a mall.

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Thunder Spike

Thunder Spike is the “gin runner” of his gang, the Marikina Maniacs. His task is to procure a bottle of gin for his group every night before 10:00 PM or else his scalp risks losing a few more fertile areas of follicle because of angry cigarette butts. It’s 5:00 PM and Thunder, wearing his oversized black shirt with Pacquiao’s sweaty face in front, is strolling through the mall, heading to no particular place as of the moment. Continue reading

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The Time Traveler’s Girlfriend

A couple of minutes after watching “The Time Traveler’s Wife” at the cinema, Chemae and I were walking outside the mall. She was saying she kinda liked the film but it really annoyed her as much as it annoyed Clare that Henry was always disappearing.

It was already dark, my arm was over her shoulder and a couple of people are also walking home from the mall. Continue reading

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Two Blogs Written While Waiting for My Turn at the Laptop

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So here I am, sipping a tall, cold glass of coffee in the middle of a busy shopping mall. Busy shopping malls always have this buzzing sound inside, a mixture of the talking that’s going on from every direction, music a floor above, footsteps, clanging pots and pans, and announcements over numerous speakers. But here in this little square space at the center of the second floor, the idea is to sip a tall, cold glass of coffee while having a good conversation with someone. It’s not at all engaging to talk in such an atmosphere but, hey, we paid for the table and chairs, so we might as well make use of their products and services.

I understand that coffee shops were originally places where people can sip cups of coffee while taking a break from the hustle and bustle of the cities. Malls though, ever the melting pot of modern life, have become the new destination for people who wanna experience that relaxingly good Western pasttime. Nevermind all that buzz, just try and have a soul-enriching experience while you’re here in this supposedly “peaceful” place.

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