July 2014, All Rights Reserved
A work of fiction. Dedicated to all OFWs who have witnessed and suffered the Syrian Civil War. As always, leave a comment after reading. Enjoy. JTJ
CHAPTER ONE: Despidida
MAINGAY ang kasiyahan sa tahanan ng mga Agoncillo sa Barangay San Isidro, San Pascual, Masbate. Nakikisaya kasi ang halos buong baryo sa umano’y napipintong pagyaman ng mag-asawang Kardo at Magda. Sa makalawa na kasi ang flight ng anak nilang si Mila papuntang Syria, upang mag trabaho doon bilang domestic helper.
Katatapos lang nito ng high school ngunit ipinag tulakan ng mag-asawa na mag-trabaho sa abroad, upang makatulong na mai-ahon sila sa kahirapan. Ang kumare ni Aling Magda na si Cedy ang nag-alok nito, dahil may kaibigan siyang recruiter na taga Manila. Nagpumilit si Aling si Cedy na madala si Mila bunga ng malaking komisyon na makukuha niYA. Isang buwan lang na pag hahanda ng mga papeles, nagkaroon agad ng employer si Mila sa Homs, Syria.
Isinangla nila ang maliit na lupa at nangutang sa halos lahat na kapitbahay dahil sa kailangang placement fee at iba pang gastusin sa pagsasaayos ng mga papeles.
At ang natirang pera, ipinagpakatay nina Kardo ng baboy para pagsaluhan ng lahat – sa despidida party na nagaganap ngayon.
Libre ang pananghalian at bumaha ng alak sa limang kahon ng de kantong Ginebra San Miguel Gin ang pinagsasaluhan ng mga taga-baryo. Bukod sa pagkain at inumin, nag arkila din sila ng videoke, para sa magdamagang kantahan at sayawan.
Patakipsilim na ang oras. Lasing na si Kardo, hawak niya ang mikropono at patapos na ng kantang ‘My Love Will See Through’ na walong beses na niyang inulit. Wala pa rin sa tuno at sablay pa rin ang lahat na lyrics. Pero halos magiba pa din ang paligid sa palakpakan ng matapos si Kardo. Sa oras kasing ito, siya ang hari dahil libre ang kain at libre...
Marcie and Marya are identical twins, absolutely indistinguishable physically but they certainly didn’t have the same personality. Since the age of 16 Marcie has, in her sister’s words been a bit of a whore. This made it quite difficult for Marya as men, thinking that she was Marcie would come up to her and say the most appalling things. That’s why Marya moved to another city but of course she had to come home to see her parents occasionally. It was on one of these visits that Marcie asked her to do her a huge favor.
“I’ve gone and done something very foolish,” she said, I got my calendar mixed up and I have dates with two different men tonight, will you fill in for me with Ed, he won’t know the difference. He’s a really nice guy and we were only planning to go to a ball game.”
Marya said, “Absolutely not!” but then Marcie pleaded and pleaded until she gave in. After all nothing much could happen at a ballgame.
The arrangement was that she would go to Ed’s apartment at six and pick him up, as his car was in the shop. Marya knocked on the door nervously and was just a little shocked when it opened and Ed, dressed in his robe, greeted her with a long lingering kiss.
“I’ve been going crazy waiting for you baby, I’ve been as horny as hell all day just thinking about you,” he panted, giving her breast a little squeeze.
Marya was inclined to just turn around and run but she didn’t. In spite of his brashness he was really good looking, with a really great build and the most sensuous lips she ever seen or felt. Taking her hand gently in his he guided into the living room kicking the door shut behind them.
“I know you always like to do it on the bed but I’ve got a surprise for you,” he said, and he pointed to a massage table in the middle of the room. “We can do some really great stuff on that,” he smiled, I bought it yesterday and I ca...
When I returned to work on Monday everything went on normally in the office. Even Diego deals with his transactions with me professionally, as if nothing happened last weekend. Kaya medyo nakahinga ako nang maluwag dahil Diego kept that scandalous episode our secret.
And just like any other day, I did my job as an employee in the bank. After conducting my usual monthly meeting with my subordinates, Diego approached me after the others had left.
“Madame, may I have a talk with you privately?”
“Diego…er…Mr. Szeretto. Sure, sure. Please, let’s go to my office…”
When we reached my office, he politely opened the door as I entered.
“Please sit down, Mr. Szeretto”, I said, after sitting on my chair. “How can I help you?”
“Madame…Diego na lang po and…um…I’d like to inform you that I have filed my resignation today and this will take effect at the end of the month.”
“You’ve resigned? Why?”
“Well, my dad’s recently retired working as a banker in the States and he asked me to take his place there. I apologize madame kung ngayon ko lang po kayo na – inform due to the urgency of the matter. And since my dad and Mr. Cruz, our CEO, are very close friends, he informed him at once about his plans for me and so Mr. Cruz advised to file my resignation first and inform you afterwards.”
“Is that so? That’s two weeks from now. That’s sad...considering that you have been an asset to this company for three years now. You’ve excellently performed your job here under my supervision. Sayang nga lang at aalis ka na for a better opportunity in the US…”
“Thank you madame. That’s why I am inviting you san...
I am a 45-year-old career woman working as a bank executive. And I can fairly say na masaya ako sa kalagayan ko ngayon. I have a happy, healthy family with a loving husband and two strappy adolescent boys. Lucky for me, I am able to balance my time between family and career and I am thankful for it. And yet, somehow, there are episodes wherein I feel there’s something lacking…something wanting in my life as a woman, as an individual. And this feeling lingered in me for some time until that one night.
The event was a dinner party / contract signing for the newly established partners and clients in the bank. After the signing of the contract, the party went on until the wee hours of the morning.
Working as an executive for twenty years, naniwala ako sa idea na ang magtrabaho ay boring. Pero iba ngayon. Maingay at masaya ang buong kapiligiran. Halos lahat ng mga taong miyembro ng alta sosyedad ang nag-attend sa piging na iyon: mga negosyante, taga-showbiz, pulitiko. The booze is flowing. At sabi nga nila, kapag uminom ng alak, dapat diretso sa tiyan, hindi sa utak.
And this is the error I committed for the first time in her life. I am an occasional drinker, and a mild one at that. Pero ngayon ay tila naparami ang inom ko ng alak, at mabilis ang tama nito sa akin.
“Good evening Ma’am Chanco. Enjoying the night?” tanong ng isang makisig na lalaki sa tabi ng lamesa ko habang umiinom ng alak.
“Oh, Diego! How are you? Yes, I am enjoying it, thanks for asking."
Si Diego ang aming 25 - year old junior executive sa banko at co-worker.
“Bakit nag-iisa ata kayo dito sa bartender’s table? Hindi niyo kasama si sir?”
“Naku, he has work to do. Office work, that is. That’s what we get for being slaves to our job…”
“I disagree, madame. As l...
Hindi ako mapakali sa upuan ko. Hindi ko alam what came over me. Matagal ko rin kasi siyang iniwasan.
But, now, I find myself here, still meeting him up.
He is Blaze, age 38 and a businessman.
I am Rain, 35 years old and a single mom. I’m currently working as a QA for pc software sa isang BPO company sa Makati.
Dati kaming college classmates ni Blaze. Eventually, naging best friends rin kaming dalawa. Though, secretly crush ko rin siya noon, kaso naging GF naman niya iyong isa kong close friend.
Blaze was the epitome of intellect, looks and kasupladuhan, all-in-one. As in suplado, hilig mangbara, at isnabero; pero, napapatawa ko yan.
We separated ways after college, since then, nawalan na ako ng balita about him until a few years back. I thought na kapangalan lang niya ang nagrerequest add sa akin sa Facebook, pero siya nga si bespren Blaze ko noon.
‘di nagtagal, chatmates na kami, hindi lang sa Facebook, pati na rin sa Skype. We would chat and talk about everything under the sun. About life, our jobs, parenthood, our past, marriage life, pati making love and fornicating.
I remember 'yung nasabi ni Blaze minsan sa isang chat namin, to quote:
'If ever makakasama ko ang isang girl na matagal ko nang gusto, as in 'yung apple of the eye ko, siguro ang sarap na experience 'nun. 'Yung gandang ganda ako sa kanya at lagi ko siyang naiisip. Tapos, may mangyayari sa amin; wow! wow! Wow talaga! Nakakapanginit siguro yun at kung mahina ang heart ko, malamang ma DRT ako agad or Dead Right There.'
The night we started talking about sex opened a new door to our friendship. New possibilities that both of us have not foreseen before.
Lalo na’t married na si Blaze at may dalawang tsikiting. Isang overseas nurse ang wife niya at working sa isang rest home for the aged sa New Zealand.
Kaya nga, I remain adamant about actually meeting him. N...
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