Was walking around the mall and I still could not believe how many kids were running around, eating, playing, and so on. I realized that I never had to contend with kids in toy shops for more than a year, and now they prowl all the corridors.
And while I was having my coffee and typing a story in the al fresco section of a coffee shop, Namtab Pots messaged us that the 15 year-old kid of an officemate had died from COVID. I’m having a terrible sense of dejavu. Last year people were also having so much fun in the malls around Christmas time, then in January there was the translacion. We all felt then that maybe there would be a surge following those events, but no such surge happened. Until the March surge happened, taking everyone by surprise, followed by the more horrific September delta surge.
I went to Solidaridad to look for some new reads, but realized that I still had a tower of tsundoku waiting in my room. I firmly believe in buying books whenever you want without requiring yourself to read them immediately because you just never know what you’ll be in the mood to read at any given time, but it’s quite a huge pile. I resisted the urge to buy a Martial Law related book because I don’t want to get stressed, or another Alice Munroe since I’m not really in the mood to get all introspective. I looked at my watch and saw that it was nearing 2pm, so I dashed out of the store so I could catch the “lunch special” ramen in Ippudo. The lunch special is a tiny, tiny bowl, which is all that I can finish. It has two variants: spicy, and not spicy. Of course I couldn’t let an Ippudo meal pass without my favorite pork bun.
In Filbars I saw a Deathstroke action figure under the Batman: The Animated Series toy line. I wasn’t really sure that I wanted it, so I left and walked around the mall for quite a bit. I then remembered that if I bought it, I would have to re-arrange all my Batman: The Animated Series action figures to accommodate him, which is something I’m too lazy to do right now. So I was able to talk myself out of buying it. I then went to UCC Coffee and continued writing a story, until I realized that it was getting dark and it was time to go home.