I THIRST

SIDEWAYS pag umaalis ako, parati akong may binibili or may dinadalang libro. this easter weekend, nag short break kami sa kuala lumpur nina eder, ronald at christine. naroon na si leah kaya mineet na lang namin siya roon. binili ko ang “sideways” sa isang bookstore sa KL dahil gusto kong makita how it compares with the movie. yung movie version ay napanood ko na ata ng tatlong beses sa eroplano nung nagpunta kami ni jet sa US last january at talagang nag enjoy ako sa storya at sa magaling na pag arte ng aking idol na si paul “pig vomit” giamatti. nasa first chapter pa lang ako and it looks really promising. sigurado akong dadalhin ko ito sa trip ko next week sa india. anyway, balik tayo sa malaysia. alam mo, ayokong sabihin dahil naiinis ako – ang gandang pasyalan ng kuala lumpur. maraming mapupuntahan, may pulso ang KL na buhay na buhay at ang daming mga turista. sana, ang isip isip ko… sana ganoon din sa pilipinas, sana tourist friendly ding tulad niya. simple lang naman ang kailangan gawin para ma achieve ito – make the place safe, alisin ang mga hustlers and clean up. everything else will follow. balik tayo sa trip: masaya naman ako sa weekend sa KL pero hindi totally masaya kasi hindi ko kasama si jet. pero, like everything else in life, you make the best out of what you have. buti na lang at ok ang mga kasama ko. kaya ayun ka holding hands ko eh dalawang barako. hehe.

siguro, 100% ng mga entertainers sa KL ay pinoy. yung pinuntahan naming lounge ay may mga pinoy singers. nagpakilala kami sa kanila at napakanta tuloy kami ni eder. hehehe. feeling ko, para akong singer sa kabaret. nakakatawa nga yung pinay na singer eh dahil nagbibigay siya ng monologue between songs. once may napagtripan siyang isang iranian.

LOUNGE SINGER NA PINAY: oh sir, i love your beard!

IRANIAN: thank you.

LOUNGE SINGER NA PINAY: i also love your mustache!

IRANIAN: thank you.

PARTNER NI LOUNGE SINGER: how about his lower mustache?

LOUNGE SINGER NA PINAY: gago, bulbol yon!

tawanan lahat kami sa table habang tahimik sa buong lounge.

22 thoughts on “I THIRST

  1. yan din ang naramdaman ko nung napunta ako ng kl. actually 4 asian countries ang pinuntahan ko (courtesy of my very generous sister and brader in law) nalungkot ako sa lahat. naawa ako sa pilipinas. sana ganun din sa tin. kaya namang gawin eh.

    yun lang. ingat sa byahe.

  2. Batjay, nung first time ko sa malaysia, medyo takot ako kasi baka alien na alien ang dating ko. turned out na akala ng mga malaysian-chinese customers namin na Malay ako. engot! kaya pala puro chicken lang ang pinapakain sa ‘kin!

    Yes, i love KL! pero meron lang akong naalala na nagbigay sa ‘min ng wife ko ng maling direksyon na gustong kong balikan at dagukan sa layo ng inabot namin sa paglalakad sa kakahanap ng bird park doon. But on second thought, ‘wag na lang. The walkabout was well worth it.

    Sana makakita rin ako ng Sideways na libro dito. šŸ™‚

  3. let me know how the book measures to the movie. It would be interesting to know.

    I guess there are not a lot of filipino guest to catch the joke by the emcee & the singer. That is the hard part about working as an entertainer outside your own country, in order to make it, you have to learn the “international humor”

    if you notice, there are not a lot of international stand up comedian but tons of international singer and actors. Because it is very hard to do.

    good to know you enjoyed yourself and the 2 barako made up for what youa re missing wheeheheheheh just kissing po

  4. Mylab, na-intoxicate ka na ata sa pagbasa ng Sideways. Feb. tayo pumunta dito, hindi January… hehe. La lang.

    Dapat lang talaga saten linisin and then leave everything alone. Ok din yung i-develop sila para maging tourist friendly like put up decent places to spend the night or the weekend, mga mini-museums telling about the history or at least about the life and lifestyle of the people in the area, such things. Pero sana they leave the place pretty much as nature made them. Ewan ko ba kasi why it’s always the notion that altering things are always tantamount to improving things. It’s just the case, at least not all the time.

  5. bwehehe! baka may amats na rin yung lounger singer!

    subukan ko basahin yung novel kapag natapos ko yung ibang libro. gusto ko panuorin ulit yung movie and pay attention to the dialogue and the backdrop.

    nabalitaan mo ba na si Thomas Hayden Church ang villain sa Spidey 3? Hula namin either Scorpion or Sandman. Di pa inaanounce ni Sam Raimi kung alin.

    Happy Easter to you and Jet!

  6. kita ko mga pictures. ang ganda ng KL. tama ka dun sa namataan ko na maganda rin ang Pinas kung talagang magiging tourist-friendly ang mga mapupuntahan. Kulang tayo sa marketing, walang magandang Tour Guide, o libro man lang, walang tamang sign boards sa daan at maayos na public transpo. sayang talaga. papunta nga lang sa mall sa Ortigas e maliligaw pa ako, papunta pa sa Callao Caves sa Cagayan…or sa Chocolate Hills sa Bohol pa kaya….

    ayos yang libro? minsan lang mas maganda ang sine kesa sa libro. may nakita ka na bang ganon?

  7. ok yung libro so far – in a way, it mirrors the film pero siyempre in a different kind of way. pinakamalapit kong napanood na mas maganda sa libro… the godfather siguro. great work ni copolla in the director’s chair at great acting nina brando, pacino and the rest of the cast.

    sana nga maging tourist friendly ang pilipinas. darating din siguro tayo doon pero not in our generation. sana sa next or sa next next.

  8. hey mark.

    actually meron siyang tama, kasi nilibre namin yung singer ng double whiskey. tinungga niya before umakyat sa stage. ayun tuloy… nag pubic hair joke.

    available na yung DVD sa april 5, i think. ok nga yung dialogue ano – it’s intelligent pero parang tutuong buhay. teka spider 3 – thomas hayden church? hehehe… interesting.

    happy easter din sa inyo ni petite bossing.

  9. I’ve been to KL, twice, and yes Batjay it was really frustrating to see how different it is compared to Manila. And come to think of it, back in the seventies we were more progressive than they were.

    Though I’ve had experiences in there which kind of reminded me back home. One cab took us in, and then after a few minutes of traffic jam, the driver decided to kick us out of the cab! He said that he did not have the time to wait at such a heavy jam. Rather than shout expletives at him, we took another cab. There’s also such thing as ‘contrata’ for the fare. The train system was like ours, putol-putol — no interchanges, there’s a long queue for buying tickets. One place reminded me of Cubao, but cleaner. Nightlife was buzzing, and you wouldn’t have this fear of walking late at night back to your hotel.

    I hate the food, though, everything halal. No baboy. Mang Kenny Rogers’ chicken even tasted weird, and the ever favourite corn muffin looked different.

  10. hi yen.

    na evict ka pala sa teksi sa malaysia. hehehe. i love the nightlife of malaysia. great buzz. and i love malay food. siguro acquired ko na, dahil sa singapore – we eat a lot of the local food. fish head curry, ayam goreng, etc etc. sarap man.

    thanks for the visit. hanggang sa muli.
    jay

  11. hi g.

    kust jissing este just kissing – BWAHAHAHA. that’s what you call a freudian slip. so, how’s the lablayp? hehehe.

    sige – sabihan kita pag natapos na ako sa book. haven’t had time to read this week. too busy and too tired.

  12. hi rene.

    try to watch the movie as well. napanood mo na ba ang sideways? it really is a great film. simple lang pero rock. hehe. masaya rin pala ang malaysia experience mo.

    alam mo mahirap din yung language barrier – mahirap kasing intindihin yung accent nila kaya nagkakaroon talaga ng miscommuniKAYSHEN.

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