This was originally blogged on my friendster blog in 2007…
Tatay decided not to hold a birthday celebration at home with all of his drunkard friends. He realized that it was too expensive to hold a celebration than eating out. We instead went to Dampa, Macapagal Ave to eat dinner and celebrate his 49th birthday.
I asked him, “Anong sinabi n’yo sa mga bisita n’yo bale?”
Tatay answered, “Ang sabi ko na lang eh masama na sa akin ang alak.”
Before going out, Tem decided to shop for diapers and baby stuff for Miguel with Xerlyn, wife of our cousin from Bucandala (baranggay next to ours). Their conversation went something like this…
Xerlyn: Hindi na pala maghahanda si Tito Ajug?
Tem: Hindi na nga.
Xerlyn: Malala na raw kasi yung sakit n’ya.
Tem (pretending not to know): Talaga?
Xerlyn: Hindi na raw kasi kaya ng katawan n’ya.
Tem told us, “Tay, parang terminal case na yung sakit mo sa pagkakakwento ni Xerlyn.”