Ang Pakikipagsapalaran ni Rose Galvez

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Attention all visitors. Attention all visitors. Ang visiting hours po ng ICU ward ay mula 7-9 po lamang. Thank you.

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Attention all visitors ng pasyenteng si Don Juan Antonio Rodrigo Borja del Castillo Fajardo y dela Cerna III ng ICU ward 221B, ang visiting hours ay mula 7-9 pa. Mangyari pong bumalik muna sa Visitor's Area. Salamat po.


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Paging Ms. Rose Galvez. Paging Ms. Rose Galvez. Please proceed to the ICU ward. Maari na po ninyo dalawin ang iyong tatay sa ICU 221B. Maraming salamat po.


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Attention lahat ng mga bagong dating na visitors. Attention lahat ng mga bagong dating na visitors. May limit po ang number of visitors sa bawat kwarto. Mangyari po lamang na i-check kung may iba pang bisita bago pumasok. Salamat po.


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Attention all visitors of ICU 221B. Attention all visitors of ICU 221B. Please keep the noise level down. Nagrereklamo na po ang mga kalapit na kwarto. Salamat po.


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Paging security.  Paging security. Please proceed to ICU 221B. Dalawang babae po nagsasabunutan. Magdala po ng gunting dahil nagkabuhol-buhol ang kanilang buhok. Salamat po.


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Attention all visitors.  Attention all visitors. Dahil sa kaguluhan sa ICU ward, ang pagdalaw sa mga pasyente ay pinapayagan para sa mga immediate family members lamang. Salamat po.


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Attention security.  Attention security. Ang babaeng nagngangalang Rose Galvez ay mahigpit na ipinagbabawal na dumalaw sa pasyenteng si Don Juan Antonio Rodrigo Borja del Castillo Fajardo y dela Cerna III  sa ICU 221B. Ayon sa pamilya ng pasyente, hindi po nila kamag-anak si Rose Galvez. Thank you.



*performed at Pasinaya, Sun, 26 Feb 2012, CCP

Sting Lacson

A writer. By degree and by profession. Also strongly advocates ten-finger typing to all writers because that's what you do for a living, so be efficient at it.

Up in the Air

As the plane made its approach
it seemed that the ground came up
at an angle,
and they could see the runway
directly ahead.
But the ground wasn't tilted;
the plane was,
for they were descending.

The pilot then turned to his companion,
and handed him the controls.
"As a special treat,"
said the pilot,
"I am going to give you
your first landing.
I know you can handle it.
Just maintain your descent,
and keep dropping your speed.
Relax. Breathe.
You've done this a dozen times before.
Just like flight simulator training."

The co-pilot sat up straight,
cocked his hat back,
sneered,
and thought to himself,
"Wrong, old man.
I've done this ten thousand times before.
Just like my PlayStation."



*Inspired by a Sky Pasada flight, 3 Feb 2012

Sting Lacson

A writer. By degree and by profession. Also strongly advocates ten-finger typing to all writers because that's what you do for a living, so be efficient at it.

Arrival

The terminal doors swung open,
and out came the flight attendants,
gorgeous creatures
with legs like flamingos,
so long you could wrap them
around your neck.
Then out stepped the pilot,
escorted by two flamingos on either side,
and everyone in the terminal smiled and nodded at him
while he smiled back,
his old, experienced face
giving off an assuring smile.
Behind him came
the co-pilot,
a much younger man
without the grizzled and weathered
look about him.
But in reality
he was the pilot,
and the older man
was his subordinate.
You could tell by the number
of stripes on his sleeve,
and by the way he stood tall,
almost on tiptoe,
intent on showing the world
that he was a bigger man
than the one who came before him.



*inspired by a scene at the Manila Domestic Airport, 3 Feb 2012
and the radio show Cabin Pressure

Sting Lacson

A writer. By degree and by profession. Also strongly advocates ten-finger typing to all writers because that's what you do for a living, so be efficient at it.

The High Priest's Guide to a Successful Marriage


Everyone listened intently
as the high priest
delivered his sermon
during the wedding ceremony.

"For my last words,"
he announced,
"I shall share with the couple
the secret of
a long-lasting, loving,
and happy marriage.

The priest then leaned
close to the couple
and whispered something in their ears.

The couple smiled,
then turned around to look
at the wedding guests in their seats.
All the married people
were smiling back at them.
But all the single people
were giving each other
looks that said
"What the hell was that all about?"



*Batanes, 4 Feb 2012

Sting Lacson

A writer. By degree and by profession. Also strongly advocates ten-finger typing to all writers because that's what you do for a living, so be efficient at it.

Letter to My Future Son

Dear Son,

If you are reading this,
then that means I am dead
(obviously, because this letter
passes by will).

I will give you very important advice
regarding marriage
which can be summed up
in four words.

Marry.
Your.
Best.
Friend.

Do not marry
anyone else.

If someone makes you laugh,
then go and date her.
But do not marry her.
Not unless she is your best friend.

If someone is insanely hot,
then kiss her.
But do not marry her.
Not unless she is your best friend.

If someone is great in bed,
then fornicate with her.
But do not marry her.
Not unless she is your best friend.

If through some unforeseen circumstances
you should father a bastard,
then love the child.
But do not marry the mother.
Not unless she is your best friend.

If your best friend
is of the same sex,
then do not despair.
Just fly off to California
and marry him there.

Marriage is a sacrament,
and the vows are sacred.
There is only one requirement for marriage.
It has nothing to do with age gap,
nor how long you've known each other,
nor how happy you are together.

If you are not marrying your best friend,
then do not get married at all.


Love,
Your Father



*for Gary and Nicole
conceived: Batanes, 5 Feb 2012

Sting Lacson

A writer. By degree and by profession. Also strongly advocates ten-finger typing to all writers because that's what you do for a living, so be efficient at it.

Cow and Heron


Cow was munching on some delicious green grass, when suddenly, a white bird landed beside him.

"'Ello!" said the white bird.

"Hello," said Cow.

"My name is 'Eron," said the bird. "What's your name?"

"Hello, Heron," he answered. "My name is Cow."

"'Ello, Cow!" said Heron. "I 'ave been flying for days. I feel tired and 'ungry. Is it all right to rest 'ere beside you?"

"It's okay," said Cow.

"What are you eating?" asked Heron.

"I am eating grass," answered Cow. "Do you want some?"

"I don't eat grass," said Heron sadly.

"How about mushrooms?" said Cow.

"I also don't eat mushrooms," said Heron.

"What do you eat?" asked Cow.

"I eat worms," said Heron. "And I also eat insects."

"When I pull on a tuft of grass," said Cow, "some worms and insects come out of the soil. You can eat them if you want."

"Cool!" said Heron.

As Cow munched on the grass, Heron ate the worms and insects that came out of the ground. They ate and ate until Heron was full.

"Thank you very much, Cow," said Heron. "'Ow can I repay you?"

"You're welcome," answered Cow. "No need to repay me."

"You are truly kind," said Heron. "Thank you very much. I 'ave to fly away now. Goodbye, Cow!"

"Goodbye, Heron!" said Cow.

Heron spread his wings and flew up into the sky. Cow watched as Heron disappeared, and then he went back to eating his grass.



*Conceived: Batanes, 5 Feb 2012

Sting Lacson

A writer. By degree and by profession. Also strongly advocates ten-finger typing to all writers because that's what you do for a living, so be efficient at it.

Life Planners Mgt. Corp. Inc. Ltd.

Good morning, Ma'm, Sir!
Halika, upo po kayo.
Ayan, welcome po sa
Life Planners Management Corporation Incorporated Limited.
Kayo po si Ma'm [Nicole] at si Sir [Gary]
Okay, standard operating procedure lang po,
kailangan ko po kayo tanungin ng inyong
security questions.
Si Ma'm muna: Gaano na kayo
katagal magkakilala?
[Since 2005], okay very good.
And si Sir: What is your child's nickname?
[Taba]. Excellent.
Okay, so naka-schedule po kayo ng 9:00.
Pero dahil late na kayo,
diretso na agad tayo sa business,
keri?

Okay, so kaya kayo narito ngayon
ay dahil napuntahan ninyo ang aming website,
lifeplannersmgtcorpincltd.com,
at nag-fill up kayo ng online application form
para sa isa sa aming mga ino-offer na serbisyo.
Kung hindi pa rin ninyo napansin,
ang aming serbisyo ay
Life Planning. Duh.
Mayroon kaming six different types of services
para sa life planning.
Ang napili ninyo
ay Option no. 6,
at kaya kayo narito ngayon
ay para i-finalize ang paperwork.
Ngunit ayon po sa company policy,
legally obligated po akong ipaliwanag nang husto sa inyo
ang Options 1 to 5,
at ang aking mga ibabahaging impormasyon
ay higit pa sa impormasyon
na makikita sa aming website,
upang sa gayon ay maari pa kayo magpalit ng option
kung inyong gugustuhin.

Okay, so ito ang mga
hindi ninyo napiling option.
Ang Option No.1
ay tinatawag nating
"Daddy Douchebag" package.
So mayroon kaming
mga female seductress,
ito po ang catalogue,
pili na lang kayo.
Iba-iba po presyo niyan,
mas maganda, mas mahal.
So kung sino man
ang mapili ninyong seductress,
ay siyang magse-seduce dito kay Sir,
at within ten working days
ay garantisadong mai-in love 'tong si Sir
sa aming seductress.
Pag na-in love na siya,
siya na mismo ang makikipaghiwalay
kay Ma'm at kay [Taba].
On one hand,
hindi niyo na siya makikita muli
dahil kakalimutan na kayo si Sir nang tuluyan.
On the other hand,
wala kayong maaasahan kay Sir,
kahit pang-matrikula, pang-sustento,
ni singkong butas ay wala kayong makukuha.

Ang sumunod naman dito
ay Option No. 2,
na female version lang
ng Option No. 1.
Ang tawag namin dito ay
ang "Mommy Maldita" package.
So mayroon po tayong available na mga
tinatawag nating "disorder enhancers".
Mga tablet po ito na ipapainom niyo kay Ma'm,
half a tablet in the morning
and another half before matulog.
Kung ano man po ang disorder na mayroon si Ma'm,
kahit katiting lamang,
ima-magnify po ng aming tableta
up to 25 times! (Citation needed)
Halimbawa, Ma'm, mayroon kayong
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder,
under ng medication na ito ay magiging
ADHD times 25.
Kung kayo naman ay may Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder,
ito ay magiging OCD times 25.
Again, within our company guaranty of ten working days,
siguradong mababaliw itong si Sir,
at itatakas niya ang inyong anak,
at hindi kailanman babanggitin na siya pala ay mayroong ina.
Ang ending niyan, Ma'm,
ay 'di mo na makikita ang iyong anak
except sa Facebook,
at hindi sila aasa sa iyo
para sa kahit na anong bagay.
Ang "Mommy Maldita" package pala
ay available lamang
kung ang inyong anak
ay tapos na sa stage na breastfeeding.

Ang ating Option Nos. 3 and 4 ay related,
so ipapaliwanag ko sila nang sabay.
Ito po ang tinatawag nating Weekend Parent package.
Ang Option No. 3 ay ang Weekend Dad package,
at ang Option No. 4 ay ang Weekend Mom package.
Pareho lang 'yan.
Basically, ang bata ay nasa custody ng isa sa inyo
mula 12:00 midnight ng Lunes
hanggang 11:59 PM nang Biyernes,
at for the rest of the time,
lilipat ang custody sa kabila.
Bagamat ang school days ay natural na nakatapat sa weekdays,
kung mayroong school activity na matatapat sa weekend,
halimbawa'y field trip o overnight camping,
ang custody ay mapupunta sa weekend parent.
At dahil ang Weekend Parent packages
ay ang aming pinakamahinang bumenta na serbisyo,
mayroon kaming special offer
para ma-engganyo kayong kumuha
ng Weekend Parent package.
Ito ang tinatawag naming "Awkward Overload".
Magaganap ang promo na ito
sa tuwing magpapalit ng custody ang magulang,
dahil sisiguraduhin naming
bigyan kayo ng maraming maraming awkward situations.
Halimbawa, ang ipangsusundo namin na sasakyan
ay ang same model ng kotse kung saan kayo nag-first kiss.
O kaya magpapasundo sa restaurant
kung saan kayo nag-first date.
Sa pamamagitan ng "Awkward Overload",
unti-unti naming buburahin
ang huling latak ng ka-sentihan at kabaduyan
sa inyong dugo.
Ang end goal ng "Awkward Overload"
ay matanggap ng parehong parents
na wala na silang pag-asang magkabalikan.

Option No. 5 naman
ang tinatawag naming
"Live-In Kabuhayan Showcase".
Mananalo kayo ng isang house and lot,
fully furnished,
may 60-inch LED Full HD 3D TV,
5Mbps na broadband connection,
dalawang Mac Book Pro,
at P5000 gift certificate sa Toy Kingdom.
Ngunit ang kapalit lamang nito ay
hindi kayo maaaring magpakasal.
Sa oras na kayo'y ikasal
ng pari o ng huwes,
ay babawiin sa inyo
ang buong Kabuhayan Showcase,
at kayo'y magmu-multa, jointly and severally,
ng hanggang 30% ng halaga ng mga produkto sa Showcase
dahil sa natural na wear and tear.

Okay, ayun po ang mga
HINDI ninyo napili.
Ang napili ninyo ay ang Option No. 6
o ang "Happily Ever After" package.
Kasama po sa package na ito ang...
wedding organization,
printing ng wedding invitation
(na wala ng chechebureche, na aming pinapauso ngayon
dahil ayaw namin ng wedding invitations na madaldal),
location,
local government clearance and permits,
Church permits,
drafting ng pre-nuptial agreement,
notarization,
accounting of personal property,
air fare via Zest Air
o ang tipo ng mas adventurous sa inyo,
ang aming Indiana Jones airplane
mula sa Sky Pasada,
travel insurance,
photo coverage mula sa award-winning photojournalist,
paparazzi coverage,
cocktails,
magnificent view ng South China Sea,
at isang bahay sa... drumroll...
Pampanga!
I know, right?
Na'ko, Ma'm, paano po kayo magko-commute niyan?
Wala pa naman sa package ang kotse.
Anyway, may bonus promo rin po tayo rito para kay Ma'm,
ang tinatawag nating "Hyphen Bonus"
kung saan makakatanggap kayo Ma'm ng P20 bonus
sa tuwing pipirma kayo ng kahit anong bagay
gamit ang inyong bagong apelyido.
Ang promo po na ito
ay hindi applicable
kung si Ma'm ay isang notary public.

Ayan po,
congratulations sa inyong pagpili ng "Happily Ever After"package.
Kung may iba kayong katanungan,
i-text niyo nalang ako,
or i-follow niyo nalang ako sa Twitter,
@iamlifeplannersmgtcoincltd.
Mabuhay!



*for Gary and Nicole
Batanes, 4 Feb 2012

Sting Lacson

A writer. By degree and by profession. Also strongly advocates ten-finger typing to all writers because that's what you do for a living, so be efficient at it.

20°35′30″N 121°53′46″E

Zero-crime rate
is more than
just a statistic.

It is an actual place

where one can leave
any type of vehicle
unlocked
(even with the keys
in the ignition)
and not worry about it
being stolen.



*Conceived: Batanes, 4 Feb 2012

Sting Lacson

A writer. By degree and by profession. Also strongly advocates ten-finger typing to all writers because that's what you do for a living, so be efficient at it.

Eye in the Sky

And God commissioned
a computer program to be made,
one that could see
the entire Earth.
And a programmer created it,
and called it Google Earth.
And it was presented to God
for beta testing.
He checked all the lands of the planet Earth,
and was pleased.
Then he checked
the waters of the Earth,
and saw something which disturbed him.
So God asked,
"What are those white things
scattered across the surface of the sea?
It seems the people have been polluting my oceans
with their trash."
The programmer answered,
"You can zoom in closer
and check, my Lord."
And God zoomed in,
and laughed.
"My bad," God said.
"It's just the waves."



*Batanes, 5 Feb 2012

Sting Lacson

A writer. By degree and by profession. Also strongly advocates ten-finger typing to all writers because that's what you do for a living, so be efficient at it.

Fantastic Flights

The pilot loved
flying above the clouds
because he liked seeing
a rainbow ring
surrounding his plane's shadow
as it passed over
the large, white
swirl of cotton candy.


*Batanes, 4 Feb 2012

Sting Lacson

A writer. By degree and by profession. Also strongly advocates ten-finger typing to all writers because that's what you do for a living, so be efficient at it.

My Literary Side

"The Words come from the Divine; from the Muse the Idea. The Poet merely transcribes." ┼Old Sumerian proverb

(Kidding, I made that up. LOL)

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