As the cliche-ic saying goes, “Change is the only thing constant in this world” or something like that.
In Dubai, “Moving around from one flat to another” is the constant thing for Filipinos. I’ve been here in Dubai for only 13 months and I have moved into 3 flats already.
My latest move was when MJ left our trio, so Ronald and I were stuck with each other.
“Napakarami mo kasing gamit kaya ‘di tayo makapag bedspace,” I told Ronald.
“Eh walang magagawa, ganun talaga,” he answered, “Pero ipapadala ko na rin ang mga luma kong gamit sa Nanay ko sa Pinas para kumonti naman.”
A few days later, a big balikbayan box was being filled in our room, he was collecting all his old stuff and was about to send it. He was browsing thru my clothes when he asked, “Ginagamit mo pa ba ‘to?”
“Hindi na,” I answered. Then I realized, “Bakit!?”
“Ipapadala ko na sa mga kapatid ko sa Pinas.”
“At bakit!? Damit mo ba ‘yan?”
“Eh hindi mo nanaman ginagamit eh,” he answered.
“Kahit na! Bakit mo ipapadala ang luma kong damit sa mga kapatid mo?”
“Pampuno sana, EH DI HUWAG!
The day before he sent the box, mostly old stuff, he went out and gone to the grocery.
“Ano bibilhin mo?” I asked him.
“Chocolates saka mga grocery items, ilalagay ko sa ibabaw ng kahon.”
“Napakadaya mo naman!” I told him, “Pagbukas ng kahon ng nanay mo matutuwa kasi puro chocolate tapos paghalukay n’ya sa ilalim puro lumang gamit.”