Encounters

Everyday we go out and the outside world is our playground. We meet our friends as well as our enemies. We meet our loved one as well as those we hate the most. In those encounters we learned the very simple experience of interaction. We talk we ignore or we just pretend to be socially in good terms.

There are a few instances of encounters with our fellow human being;

A. Mall encounters - definitely the most common

( with Myra - an MBA classmate)

Me: uy musta na? kailan ang compre mo?
Myra: naku baka sa March na at andiyan ang asawa ko eh..siyempre family muna..saka ko na kayo invite for  my birthday blow-out..three months nang delay eh..si Cindy at sina Erica at Mylene nainform ko na..
Me: ah baka magkasabay na pala tayo sa pag-graduate sa March..ah basta kailangan kong makuha ang aking mga transcript this November..kahit saka na lang ang martsa..
Myra: ah ganon ba..

and the conversation went on usually about school, about our classmates, about our work..

B. In the restaurant/coffee shop - a planned encounter

Me: its been 12 years?
Blas: ang bilis nga..musta na?
Me: eto dito pa rin sa Batangas? kaw ga?
Blas: ayun struggling sa Manila..runner pa rin..risk management planner..dito na lang ako sa Batangas kung meron..
Me: ah ganon ba bakit di ka mag-abroad?
Blas: naku ayaw ko na dun, we were in Singapore dati..basta gusto ko dito sa atin sa Pinas..
Me: gusto ko rin sanang mag-abroad..san kaya?
Blas: kung ok naman sweldo mo dito eh dito ka na lang..sarap kaya dito sa atin unless expat ka like my friend in Singapore in HP wow! ang sarap!
Me; ah wow nga gusto ko yun..

and the conversation lasted for about two hours in Starbucks a few years ago with my high school classmate Blas aka Titanium Runner..

C. In school/office workstation

Me: musta na ho galing kayo sa Mindoro last week?
Edison: uu eh, ang lakas nga ng dagat eh kailangan eh pumunta pa kami sa San Jose ang haba ng biyahe mula Calapan..
Me: ayos naman pala work niyo eh, field work hheheehe...
Edison: puro nga problema, ako taga konbinse sa mga clients sa financing business pag hindi nakakabayad..ayos naman at ang tagal ko na din dito..ayos naman dami na ding narating na bansa pag ok ang pautang..last year eh sa korea kami isinama ko ang aking asawa..galing na rin ko ng Hongkong, Singapore, Malaysia at iba pa
Me: wow teka bakit napasok pa kayo eh ok na pala ang work ninyo?
Edison: eh sabi nung big boss namin eh para maging regional manager ako eh pumasok daw, eh yung aking kasabayan eh regional manager na..pero mas magaling ako dun hehehe..laging nangunguna mga branches na hawak ko..

a conversation with my classmate in MBA a few weeks ago..

But sometimes we have to have an intimate encounter.with ourselves..to reflect on how far and how good we have traveled in this life..

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