Sleepless OFW

It is already past 2:00 in the morning here. While most people in this part of the world has probably gone to dreamland or somewhere already, here I am, the so-called “New Hero”, is very much awake, still in front of my computer, ticking and clicking the keyboard, desperately looking(???) and waiting for sleep to come by.

For the last three days, I have been trying to write my thought on the Malu Fernandez episode after the rage but right words like sleep do not come by that easily.

So, instead of forcing myself and agravating my present condition, I just went through my tagalog blag hoping, just hoping that I might find something that will bring me to that elusive state that everybody calls SLEEP.

Life of an OFW, especially if you are living alone in a place where nightlife is non-existent, is downright boring, lonely and hard.

It looks like I am beginning to rant now about my so-called OFW life, so, I will end this here right now by bringing my my tagalog post about blog addict.

USER Number 69
July 9, 2006, myepinoy Blag  

Naalala ko po noong nakaraan kung bakasyon, kausap ko po iyong isa kung ka tropa at napagkasunduan namin na magkita kami sa sa isang lugar sa may Pasay upang bisitahin ang isa pa naming katropa na matagal ng di namin nakikita. Di ko na po matandaan yong eksaktong lugar, medyo humina na ang aking memorya, dahil siguro sa kakablog. Pakiramdam ko blog addict na ako.Oo blog addict nga ako, ewan.

Anyhow, habang naghihintay ako, napaaga kasi dating ko, meron ako nakita na Internet Cafe. Sinipat-sipat ko at tila okey naman sya. Dahan dahan ako naglakad papunta sa Internet Cafe pero, noong malapit na ako sa pintuan, meron malaking karatula at nakapaskel, kulay pula pa ang letra.

BAWAL ANG ADDICT DITO!

Dahil di ko rin mapigilan ang urge ko na mag-internet at makabasa ng mga blogs, at para rin di ako mainip sa labas kakahintay sa makupad na kausap ko (baka nagbablog pa), sabi ko sa sarili ko, okay lang, di naman ako yan.

Kaya lakas loob akong pumasok, sabi ko sa counter “mag iinternet ako.” Medyo masama ang tingin sa akin, kasi naistorbo ko yata ang pag cha-chat nya. Tapos itinuro nya ako sa pc number 69. Medyo napangiti ako. Napansin nya ngiti ko kaya napangiti din sabay ang iling.

Langyang coincidence to, kagabi lang nag 69 ako, ngayon 69 na naman. OOOOOOPs, break muna! Liliwanagin ko lang baka kung ano na ang iniisip nyo sa 69. Hindi po ito yong 69 na katulad ng 88 ha. Ang 69 po ay term na ginagamit namin ng mga katropa ko sa tennis kasi ang oras o eskedyul po ng laro namin ay 6 pm to 9pm. Malinaw po ba?

Balik tayo sa kwento. Ang computer 69 po ay nasa bandang dulo, medyo malapit pero nakalihis ng konti sa may pasukan. Pag nakaupo ka dito, ikaw ay nakatalikod at nakaharap naman ng bahagya ang monitor sa may pasukan. Sana naintindihan ninyo kung saan at papaano ang pwesto nitong 69.

Kakasimula ko lang mag-open ng kinakainisan kung browser na IE ng biglang may nagsalita, May Addict!, May Addict!. Tapos yong tao sa counter, sumigaw, “Hoy Addict, Umalis ka nga dito, Di ba mo nabasa sa labas BAWAL ANG ADDICT DITO!

Ngulat ako, dahil doon sa pwesto ko nakatingin. “Anak na baka naman, sabi nang di pwede ang ADDICT dito. Tinatakot mo mga customers dito!” sigaw ulit ng namamahala doon sa counter.

Nakatulala ako. Sabi ko, paano nila nalaman na addict ako. GANON NA BA KATINDI ANG PANG-AMOY NILA SA ISANG INTERNET AT BLOG ADDICT.

Biglang sumugod ang mama na nasa counter papunta sa lugar ko. Sabi ko naku, patay, ako nga yata ang pinagsasabihan. Tapos, nagsalita. “Bosing, di mo ba napansin yan. Nasa kabilang PC katapat nyo yung kumag na addict ng solvent.” Nilapitan ang pobre, medyo tenager na rugby boy na nakakubkub sa harap ng PC, at saka hinila papalabas ng mama. Ewan ko kung ano ang pinagtititripan doon. Siguro type lang magpalamig sa airconditioned room.

Medyo nahimasmasan ako. Akala ko ako na yong pinagsasabihan na may addict, may addict.

Tumahimik uli ang lugar. Tuloy tuloy na ang pag ba blog hopping ko. Hanggang sa tumawag na ang makupad kung kaibigan. “Pre dito na ako, saan ka na. Malamang nakababad ka na naman sa internet? Ang sabi ko, “OO kanina pa. halos isang oras na akong nag iinternet.” “TSK TSK grabe ka pre, alam mo naman may lakad tayo.” sabi ko “Baliw, dito ako sa internet cafe sa harapan mo. Ikaw ang makupad. Kanina pa ako naghihintay!”

Tapos na ako sa 69 kaya tumayo na ako. Habang nagbabayad ako sa counter, tinanong ko yong nagbabantay. “Brod, paano nakalusot yon. Kanina pa yata yon at mas nauna pa yata sa akin ah.

Bosing pasensya na, di ko napansin, kasi Addict ako sa internet eh.

9 Responses to “Sleepless OFW”


  1. 1 grlazaro August 27, 2007 at 4:13 pm

    Myepinoy the Banker,

    Tama ka, malaki nga ang pagkakamali ni Malu pero malaki rin ang pagkakamali nating mga blogger.

    Eto ang advance copy ng sagot ko hinggil sa tanong mo: how different are we from malu fernandez na bukas pa sana i-post sa aking blog:

    Like an angry mob, Pinoy bloggers did not simply asked for a public apology from Malu Fernandez but eventually pressured her to resign as columnist of People Asia and the Manila Standard Today as a price to pay for her insensitivity against our overseas workers.

    In my blogpost, the Fierce and Fabulous Ingrata, I tried as much as possible to exercise restraint and control as everyone else are into emotional discourse in defense of our Pinoys abroad.

    Unfortunately, I was not able to be that humorous, composed and tolerant when I left comments on other blogger’s take on Malu because I still lingers on her Jo Malone’s arrogance in her attempt to explain her side and mock our common sense instead of apologizing and retracting her words.

    For me, there is nothing wrong with bloggers uniting for a cause and rallying against the most obnoxious person we can think of.

    But I have this particular thinking that our hatred against Malu blinded us to a certain extent that we stoop down to her level of unacceptable bigotry and even engaged into a name calling, personality attack and maligning her reputation to vent our anger.

    And if anyone out there tried to be critical about Malu’s piece of crap, they failed miserably to manifest their take on ‘the issue’ because the online community is flooded by hate mails and angry posts or maybe my own limitation allows me to read only the kind of entries that revolts to its core.

    What’s so wrong with Malu’s comment that she was canned like a sardine in an Emirate flight, that she wanted to slash her wrist for being with OFWs or that her perfume brand no longer stands out as the entire economy class smelled like air freshener?

    Nothing really except that her article touched the sensitivity of those who are on the other side of the fence who happens to know what at stake when someone in our family must struggle in other country to earn a decent living.

    Admit it, she is a lifestyle writer that is exposed and used to being pampered with everything that is good in life and we cannot blame her for being the devil who wears pride while we, ordinary Pinoys, are used only to a sporadic luxurious lifestyle offered by our relatives who worked abroad and remit their earnings to our own bank account.

    And like all humans do, our egos deserve to be at eased and for whatever its worth, our apologies to Malu.

    In the end, life is indeed isn’t a fair game after all.

    myepinoy says, Ha ha ha,

    This is the type of comment or reasoning that I would like to see. Not based on something that borders into something beyond reason and civility.

    As you can see, I too am or was guilty as most commenters out there. I did mock (if this is the right term) her as you can see in my so-called kartoons.

    However, I do not blame myself nor any one for what had happened. It was just sad that as you said, our hatred blinded us which according to one writer from manila standard is somewhat like a mob mentality at work (hope i got it right).

    Sabog ang thoughts ko about this incident kaya nag-iwan na lang ako ng question sa twitter.

    Maraming salamat dito sa e-mail mo. Marami pa sana ang mga tulad mo na open minded or level headed para naman umasenso na ang ating bayan.

    Ingat.

    PS. I do not agree on your statement that “she is a lifestyle writer…” but there is no point to discuss it any further. That is your opinion and I respect it and i take it as is and i have no problem with that.

    Salamat ulit.

  2. 2 verns August 28, 2007 at 10:45 am

    I think you have to enlighten me on the number 88 hrhrhr

    myepinoy says, How do I enlighten you about 88? IF you know why 8 is afraid of seven then, that is the answer. ang gulo ba?

  3. 3 Schumey August 28, 2007 at 5:15 pm

    Nice piece. But unfortunately, a lifestyle section is not an editorial. The side comments were to my personal view, uncalled for. I don’t think we can call the revolutionaries of France as a lynch mob. Nor can we accuse the Reds in Russia as being misdirected horde.

    Civility and sensitivity were thrown out when those comments were printed. Had the editors don their job, there would not be a mob.

  4. 4 myepinoy August 28, 2007 at 6:28 pm

    Schumey, I totally agree with you. The editor had a big part on this.

    words like pen are really powerful.

    btw, carlos celdran shed some light on who malu fernandez is: http://celdrantours.blogspot.com/2007/08/wow-malu.html

    thank you.

  5. 5 eric aka senor enrique August 29, 2007 at 2:57 am

    Yes, Carlos wrote a very interesting article about Malu Fernandez.

  6. 6 myepinoy August 30, 2007 at 12:28 pm

    Eric, Carlos post is quite a revelation.

  7. 7 Jayred August 30, 2007 at 1:59 pm

    You were sleepless in Riyadh. I think Malu Fernandez was sleepless in Manila at the height of the controversy.🙂

    myepinoy says, For all we know, she could be partying somehere with her circle of friends who can laugh and smile with her kind of wit.

  8. 8 annamanila August 31, 2007 at 8:25 pm

    Hindi ko din alam ang 88. 69 .. when we play bingo, when the number 69 comes up, any of my nieces who might be calling out the numbers won’t say “0-69” nor “O, tumbalebanta.” They say O-Auntie annamanila.” Go figure. And its not about age ha. hahaha

    Anyway, sobra talaga funny ng post na ito. Kaaliw. Had me laughing by myself at 1.30 in the morning. Sobra.

    myepinoy says, ha ha ha. hopefully it is not 96 ha. Now this post has got some significance.

  9. 9 SexyMom September 4, 2007 at 5:53 am

    you know what? i was not scheduled to laugh this morning, kasi i have lots of deadlines. thanks for the “aliw”. you made my day.

    btw, i still could not figure out 88.

    myepinoy says, sabi ko nga pag meron napangiti dito, masaya na ako. so, yon masaya ako. salamat. 88 is double 8. ha ha ha.


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