Ang Nag-Iisang Kapeng Masarap Lunukin

Dati, ako ‘yung taong gustong uminom ng kape,
Kaso bawal dahil bata pa ako noon.
Iniisip ko, ano nga ba ang lasa ng kape?
Bakit maraming gustong uminom ng kape?
Sabi nila, masarap.
Basta subukan ko na lang daw.

Kaya sinubukan ko.
Nagsimula sa isang tasa at nagustuhan ko.
At tama nga sila; masarap ang kape.
Lalo na kapag first time mo.
Ramdam mo ang hagod na bumabalot pababa sa iyong leeg
Habang niyayakap ka ng init na dulot ng paghigop mo sa tasa

Masarap.
Sobrang sarap.
At simula noon, palagi ko na itong hinahanap hanap.

Mas masarap daw ang kape na gawa sa coffee shop kaysa sa 3-in-1­ na nabibili sa tindahan.
Sus, pare-pareho lang naman iyan eh.
Kaya kang painitin.
Kaya kang pakabahin.
Kaya kang gisingin nang ilang oras, buong gabi.
Pero bakit ka pa ba nagpapakahirap sa kapeng sobrang mahal kung meron namang mas malasa na mura pa?

Sa kabila ng pagkakapantay-pantay ng epekto ng kape sa katawan ko,
Mayroong nag-iisang nangingibabaw sa panlasa ko.

At doon nabago ang tingin ko sa kape.

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Rogue Lips

Ah, my lips. My everlasting luscious lips. For a long time, I have longed to have my lips to be as red as the purest drop of blood. Something that even the Kardashians would envy of having.

It was Friday night. I was busy applying my make-up on my pretty face. Carefully, I put some lip-gloss on my lips, wanting them to be as shiny as polished ruby.
“Hey, gorgeous!” I said to myself as I puckered my freshly-glossed lips.

Suddenly, my phone rang. It was one of my girls calling.
“Hey, girl!” she said. “Where are you? We’re already in the club. Hurry up!”
“Yas, yas,” I said while wiping the excess lip-gloss from my lips. “The princess is almost done. Just applying some lipstick on my lips.”
“You always take a long time putting on some lipstick,” my friend complained. “Would ya hurry your ass up?”
“Fine, fine.”
Just as I was about to end the call, I noticed something sticking out of my lips. It was a bit of dry skin. Well, I don’t want anything sticking out of my lower lip, so I pulled it out. I know it’s just small, but damn, it hurts. It left a tiny wound on my lip, which also bled for a tiny amount. I don’t mind wiping it away if it makes my lips appear more reddish.

I hurried up and went to the club as soon as I finished putting on the last layer of my bloody red lipstick. I arrive at the nightclub after a 30-minute ride and joined up with my friends.
“Hey, gals!” I greeted with my hands raised to give them a hug. “The princess is here!”
We hugged and kissed each other’s cheeks as welcome. Each of us grabbed a drink and enjoyed the wild night beneath the darkness and the laser lights.
“What are we waiting for?” one of the girls said. “Let’s go get some boys!”
And in a moment, the night just went wilder than it already was.

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Papa, Nasaan Ka Na?

Papa, nasaan ka na?
Hinihintay ka na ni mama
Sabi mo, uuwi ka na
Bakit hanggang ngayon, wala ka pa?

Papa, nasaan ka na?
Nag-aalala na ngayon si mama
Hindi mo raw kasi sinasagot
Ang mga tawag niyang para sa’yo

Papa, hindi namin alam
Ang nangyayari sa’yo
Papa, bakit mo kami ginaganito?

Papa, ano ba’ng problema mo?
Bakit ‘di namin alam ang nangyayari sa’yo?
Sana’y ikaw ay nagsabi
Para wala kaming iniintindi

Papa, ano ba’ng problema mo?
Hindi namin alam kung ano’ng meron sa’yo?
Ano ba’ng pumasok sa isip mo
At kami ngayo’y iniiwasan mo?

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Bayang Magiliw

Isang misteryosong lalaking nakasuot ng jacket ang pumasok sa mall kanina at biglang ikinanta nang malakas ang pambansang awit ng Pilipinas. Nagtinginan ang mga tao sa kanya at ang iba ay inirecord nila ang pangyayari sa kanilang phone cameras. Nang siya’y nalalapit na sa huling bahagi ng awitin, “Ang mamatay nang dahil sa’yooo!!!”, isang malakas na pagsabog ang narinig sa isang bahagi ng mall. Continue reading