sukat ng panahon

Gaano katagal ang isang linggo?

A. Dalawampu’t apat na oras

B.  Pitong araw (at pitong gabi!)

C.  Depende sa kung paano mo ginamit ito (at yun ang higit na mahalaga!)

D.  Ewan.  Kasama ba rito ang mga nakaw na sandali?

E.  Hindi tugma ang pamagat sa tanong na nilalaman ng akda.  Ang sukat sa panahon ay nagbabago batay sa uri nito at ang bilang ng araw na itinatakda para sa panahon ng tag-ulan at sa panahon ng tag-araw ay pabago-bago rin dulot ng nakakabahalang estado ng kalikasan. Tulad ng panahon, ang isang linggo ay lumilipas din ngunit hindi nagbabago ang sukat ng bawat sandali na bumubuo sa mga minuto na bumubuo sa mga oras na bumubuo sa araw na bumubuo sa linggo.  Kung kaya, hindi mo masasabing matagal o mabilis ang isang linggo!

F.  Haha, nabawasan na ang isang linggo mo sa pagpunta sa blogsite na ito.  Maraming salamat sa pagbabasa at masaganang linggo sa ating lahat! 😀

…and my world was stirred…

Michelle called me up to meet Bong at his office.  She was clueless what the meeting was for.  All she knew was Bong filed his leave early today.  He is taking the week off from work.

Michelle only shrugged her shoulders when I met her along the corridor to Bong’s office.  Bong had file folders tucked into his backpack while several piles were on top of his desk.

“What’s up, mate?” I asked Bong as I entered the room.

We shook hands and his grip was firm.

“Please have a seat.  Would you want some coffee?  I could ask Michelle to prepare a cup or we could just ask her to order from Starbucks.”

“Thanks.  I’m fine.  I’ve just had my coffee before coming and Michelle had just left her table.  I met her on my way here.”

“Okay. Let’s get down to business then. I’d be away for a week, just to fix things. Small family concerns… Just before the situation turns bad…”  Bong managed to overcome the cracking of his voice as he continued, “Would you be free to attend my meetings and appointments while I am not around? Luncheon meeting on Tuesday and working dinner with client on Wednesday afternoon?  There is nothing to worry about anything.  All you need to do is be there at the meeting place and hand the reports to the clients.  If there would be any other matter that would be discussed, please note it down and I will address them as soon as I get back.  You could email me any developments or feedbacks from clients.”

“Is Michelle not available?”

“Michelle needs to be at the office while I am away.  And clients would greatly appreciate it more if my trusted associate would attend to them in my absence.”

“Okay, then. Some adjustments may need to be made but nothing major.  Consider it done.” I gave him a warm, sincere smile.

“Thanks.   Would you want to have the files now or I will just ask Michelle deliver them to you?”

“I will just have them picked up later today.  Pardon my asking, but is there any problem? If there is, maybe I can help. You can count on your friends, Bong.”

“Everything’s under control. There’s nothing to worry about.  I’ll call you if I need any more help. Thank you again for accommodating my request on short notice.”

“Walang anuman yun.  I really wish you well. Take care, pare.”

I patted his shoulders and headed back to my office.

I was barely settled in my seat when I received an SMS from Bong’s wife: “Lie low muna tayo. Bong is acting differently.”

I texted her back:  “Bong filed leave today.  Cancel previous plans. Bye for now.”

when my world stopped before i did

I was dead tired when I arrived home.  My wife welcomed me but I brushed her aside.  I asked how the children were and without waiting for an answer, I headed to our bedroom.  I just kicked off my shoes, removed my tie and threw it at the bedside table.  Then I immediately dozed off.

In the middle of the night, I was roused from sleep.  I dreamt I was rushing home from the office and I was being followed by a cab.  As I went down from my car, one male person boxed me in the face.  I hit him in the gut and gave him an uppercut.  Another person was shouting; then I felt the nozzle of a pistol directed at my temple.  I was breathing heavily and was sweating profusely when I woke up.

I went to the kitchen and drank cold water from the fridge.

When I went back to bed, my wife was still fast asleep.  I pulled my pants and took off my long sleeves.  I then lit the lampshade by my bedside.   I opened a file folder from by backpack and began to read.

Suddenly, I noticed my wife shuddering.

I laid the file folder at the bedside table and crawled to where my wife lay.  I hugged her and I kissed the back of her head.

I heard her mumbling.

She spoke my name in her sleep.

There was sadness in her soft, lovely voice when she said: “Bakit ang hirap mong mahalin?”

I felt numb.

I drew her closer to me.

I began to feel her pain.

It was real.

And I began to sob in disbelief.

red-letter day








*     *     *

Kate was still devastated when she reported for work.  Over the weekend, she discovered  George’s philandering.  With solid evidence to boot.

Perhaps to help her ease the burden, she confided to Frank.  She showed him a picture of her husband’s mistress.

Frank said, “You’re much more beautiful.  Prettier and sexier even.”

Kate gave Frank a bewildered look…

Then, Frank softly remarked, “Be like Popoy and Basha.”

Kate countered, “But we’re not like them.  We’re married.”

Frank replied, “Then that gives a better reason for you to give each other one more chance!”

Kate gave Frank another bewildered look…

“Have you watched Real Steel?” Frank asked.

Kate shook her head.

“ You should see it.  Great action movie. About humans and robots.” Frank eagerly said.

Frank received another bewildered look from Kate.

Frank continued, ” Especially the scene where Max would have to be separated from his father. He told him: I want you to fight for me…  You should also tell that to your husband:  I want you to fight for me, for this marriage.”

Kate left Frank a bewildered look.

Frank was left bewildered.

Kate left bewildered.

Hope we can all stay in the RED and be well there! 😀