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Friday, August 29, 2008

Man in White

After watching some overrated Hollywood film which I barely remember the title now, we went to the food court to grab a bite. I would have wanted to go somewhere else but then I was late in our rendezvous earlier so that waived my privilege to have the final say. With the waves of people in the food court around that time, we surfed our way to the long line of the stall that sells this famous local cold dessert. With my friend in line to order, I made myself useful by finding us a spot where we can enjoy this sumptuous dessert.

I was scanning for a nice spot for us when I saw this vision in white. He was wearing a plain white shirt, dark denim pants and the ever dependable chucks. His face was flawless, I tell you and the hair, well, it was a little longer to my liking yet tossed just right to make it some kind of attraction on its own. His broad shoulders and well developed arms gave hints of his regular gym visits. (Un)consciously, I moved closer to where he was and tried to find a spot near him. I would hang around the adjacent tables waiting for the occupants to leave even though there were available tables a few meters away from where I was. I couldn’t help myself from looking at him every chance I have. And to my delight, our eyes met and it was glued for 5 divine seconds which will now be etched in my memory forever. I was expecting he would look away but he didn’t. I was probably turning red by now when he stood up, extended his arms towards me and flashed his very charming smile and said,

“Hi Joaqui! Kumusta na?”

O-M-G! Is he talking to me? Did I hear it right? Did he just call out my name in perfect enunciation? Why is he extending his hand towards me? Was I that obvious that I wanted to touch him? Can I just hug him instead? Is he talking to me? Is this some kind of divine intervention for me to meet my destiny? Is Cupid together with the cosmos conspiring to bring happiness and joy to my life? Is he talking to me?

After some awkward silence and eventually realizing that he was actually talking to me, I shyly replied while extending my hand to meet his and lock it in a grip,

“I am good. Thanks, you?”

He had a firm grip that I did not want to let go. When we touched I swear I heard the voices of angels singing a very romantic song in perfect pitch and this convinced me that this was arranged by the heavens above. I then felt as if it was just him and me there in that crowded floor. Then as if my eyes were playing tricks on me, everything seemed to be moving a lot slower than usual. My heart was beating so fast as if sending some weird binary code to him through that palm-to-palm connection.

“Suplado ka na ah!” He said jokingly simultaneously releasing the grip.

I gave a weak laugh combined with extremely wide smile, just enough to make me look a like a retard then followed by the words,

“Hindi naman.”

“Sige, I’ll go ahead. See you around.”

“Sure. Ingat.”

"Ok, ikaw rin."

He gathered his stuff and then flashed once more his smile adorned with pearly whites and dimples to match. It was followed by a soft nod then he turned away and moved along. I was smiling so much that it hurts as I watch him get lost in the crowd.

Then with eyebrows trying to converge, forehead forming unflattering lines and pained smile transforming to a bratty pout, I stood in total bewilderment with only one thing on my mind,

“who is he?”

18 comments:

Tristan Tan said...
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Tristan Tan said...

Oops - I deleted the wrong comment. Nyahaha.. I think I posted along the lines of..

aww man, I hate it when these things happen.. I myself am really poor with names!

anyway, nice post joaqui. ;)

Aris said...

kilig moment.

am bad with names din. madalas di ko maalala even the names of guys i've dated haha!

love this entry.

Keitaro Hanazawa said...

Minsan talaga mas naaalala natin ang mukha kesa sa pangalan. Awkward-landi moment combined.lol! At least, hindi niya nahalatang hindi mo siya nakilala.:)

Mugen said...

Maybe he's your guardian angel. Lol.

joaqui_miguel said...

@tristan tan: It was really more than just not remembering his name. I am actually good with names, it's just that I really did not recognize him.

Thanks! :)

@aris: Wow. You probably dated a lot of guys already. Good for you!

Thanks. :)

@keitaro hanzawa: Right, good thing I did not make a fool of myself. I retained composure like a beauty contestant. lol

@mugen: I wish that a lot, too. Like I said, I wanted him to be my destiny. lol Then after a while, I finally remembered who he was. He was my classmate in grade school. He was cute then but he didn't really caught my attention because I was still straight then. lol He has grown to be a very good looking and sexy young man. Unfortunately, he is straight. awww. sad. :(

RONeiluke, RN said...

tsk tsk... sayang naman. hindi mo nakilala? baka manliligaw mo dati na binasted mo? ahehe! joking... :) ganyan din ako minsan. nakakahiya nga eh lalo na kapag ang approach nila ay so warm. parang super close, tapos di ko alam yung name! ahehe!

joaqui_miguel said...

@roneiluke,rn: lol. I wish he was my suitor. But last I heard, he has a gf and he is straight. :(

joelmcvie said...

BWHAHAHAHA! "Who is he?" Perfect punchline.

joaqui_miguel said...

@joelmcvie: Thanks! :)

boying said...

huh? hahaha. hindi mo nakikilala? wierd ah. tsk. tsk.

joaqui_miguel said...

@boying: Yeah, I didn't recognize him. Let's just say he changed big time, as in like from Paolo Contis the kid in ABSCBN to Paolo Contis the hunk in GMA only much cuter and much sexier. Now, I remember him but during that time, I didn't expect to see him. It is very rare that I bump into my classmates in grade school. And he was a transferee then and I heard that he moved out of the city already. So his face was already archived and tagged as someone who I might never ever see again and placed in the deep recesses of my memory. lol

RONeiluke, RN said...

wow..thanks for dropping by...and for the compliment :)

so...

hindi mo pa rin maalala name niya? haha! sayang!

haha! straight ba? tsk tsk...

KRIS JASPER VAN DYKE said...

wow! sikat?!

may pinay na kumausap sa akin kanina sa street, while I was squeezing my effing brain kung sino siya.... but she was adamant as if she (really) knew me.

joaqui_miguel said...

@roneiluke,rn: No prob. Now, I do remember who he is. Let's just say he transformed big time that's why I wasn't able to recognize him.

Yup, he is straight. Hmmmm or so I heard. Let's not ruin my fantasy. lol

@kris jasper van dyke: I guess, it's natural for Pinoys to be friendly when they see another kababayan in another country. hehehe

Looking For The Source said...

i was about to ask you that question, eh nilagay mo na pala sa dulo ng post mo hehehe...

ako din, im bad at names. pero faces. ha ha! basta gwapo, tanda ko! nyahaha..

dabo said...

this is cute at ansaya-saya hahaha!

joaqui_miguel said...

@looking at the source: lol Hmmm... He transformed big time that's why I could not remember him. Had I known he'll be that cute, I made him my best friend. lol

@dabo: A cute post for a cute guy. lol Thanks. :)