- at this point in time here in this part of the world is a fasting month (restaurants are closed during daytime and no one is allowed to eat, smoke or drink in public else you end up in jail or whatever).
- I do not know how to cook my own food – I usually depend on restaurants.
- for the past three days I have not taken in a good energy boosting KANIN and the Pinoy food I like.
I called my couple friend, instructed them to prepare the best food because I’d come to have a free lunch, whether they like it or not (this style works fine from time to time parang shock and awe, ha ha ha).
Shocked and awed (perhaps, ha ha ha), they prepared a good meal for me of sinigang na hipon, daing na bangus at meron pang mangga and bagoong. Mind you, it was like heaven (di ko alam sa kanila) and boy, after that meal, I was really energized! I was indeed a very very happy, contented and sleepy man.
Going home after a great free lunch, I called a taxi. Immediately, I got in because it was very hot outside and besides, my body was aching for the other craving, a good afternoon nap which I never wanted to miss.
As the taxi rolled, the Pakistani taxi driver asked me “Where to kabayan?”
I told him, “At the back of Marriott Hotel.”
He looked at me and said, “Where, again?”
And again, I told him, “At the back of Marriott Hotel!”
He gawked at me, like he was lost, “Again, where are we going?”
So, I said, “Did you know where Marriott Hotel is?”
He answered, “Yes.”
So I told him, “At Marriott Hotel, at the BACK of Marriott Hotel. OKAY?”
And he said, “Ah at the beck of Marriott Hotel.”
I said, “What?”
Beaming with pride and full of confidence, he told me “You are wrong. It must be pronounced as at the beck of Marriott. Hotel.”
I sensed that the taxi driver would again teach me how to pronounce “at the back of Marriott hotel”, at the same time I thought that he might be lost and hence, a great possibility that I would miss my other craving, I just told him, “Ah yours is the British way – at the beck, while mine is the American way – at the back of Marriott Hotel.”
Although we still both have our ways of saying it, after few minutes, I finally arrived safely at the beck of Marriott hotel the British way.
Ha ha ha.