Monday, December 29, 2008

Weekend Snapshot: Greenbelt 3


the scene from my table at Seattle's Best

My first Weekend Snapshots were taken last night at Greenbelt 3 while having coffee at Seattle's Best. It was a busy Sunday night at Greenbelt---people going to dinner after attending mass, patrons of Cafe Havana filled the al fresco dining area, the nearby restaurants were full, Starbucks across the piazza was crowded as usual. The night was getting interesting as my friend S and I enjoyed our hot lattes. We were having fun planning ways and means to cut costs in 2009...so that was probably my last latte in 2008, and the things and people who made us happy this year. I believe positive thinking brings joy and lightness to the heart and mind. So despite the challenges that added lines to my wrinkles this year, I'd like to remember the times I laughed my heart out and the people who made it happen.
  1. My OB-Gyn. Her first question every time I enter her clinic is, "So, have you already found a boyfriend?" The mischievous light in her eyes when she asks the question never fail to amuse me. I swear, she talks and laughs like Kris Aquino! And I get to be creative with my answer every time. I would tell her, "The taho vendor thinks I eat too much so he dumped me!" Or "The guy wanted to marry me until he met my mother!" She would crack up and we would talk about how great single life is, how she misses hanging out in a bar, or going away on a weekend with friends. Her parting words are usually---don't give up, your would-be donor might be just around the corner (haha)! I always leave her clinic feeling better than when I came in.
  2. Sunday driving. The sight of an empty Kalayaan flyover on a Sunday afternoon always makes me smile. It feels like God is smiling down and rewarding me with an open road. Yesterday afternoon, as I accelerated to a pleasantly empty flyover, an old favorite by Crosby, Stills and Nash was playing on the radio...just a song before I go, to whom it may concern, traveling twice the speed of sound, it's easy to get burned...and I thought, what a perfect moment!
  3. Tom, my office mate. This guy doesn't miss a beat at everything you throw at him but his simple view of life often makes me grin. His artless ways are refreshing, no pretenses. He insisted on staying at an inexpensive pension in Cebu even when he is allowed to stay in a hotel because he feels at home there. I once convinced him to stay in a hotel and he was very excited to tell me how he enjoyed his first bath tub experience, room service and the free toiletries. He's never embarrassed of his humble upbringing.
  4. Eric, parking attendant/security guard. He taught me how to park properly. He is tireless in giving me directions---left or right, right or left, until I'm parked perfectly. His encouragements make me do my best even when I'm spatially-challenged. His dedication and patience make me appreciate the work he does.
  5. Sales clerks at the vegetable section of SM-Pasig. They never run out of jokes---about me, the government, even about their vegetables. I was choosing veggies when the clerk with a microphone approached me with, "Ma'am, constipated po ba kayo? Ang hawak n'yong broccoli ay nagpapalambot ng alam nyo na...di na kayo iiri kailan man!" (Ma'am, are you constipated? The broccoli you're holding softens the you-know-what...you won't push ever again!) I stood there holding a bunch of broccoli, laughing like crazy. Other shoppers were in stitches as well, and we went on with our shopping with a grin.
  6. Lyka, my 4-year old neighbor. Her quips and questions are often priceless. On Mother's Day, she greeted my mother with "happy mother's day, lola!" Then turned to me and said, "Happy mother's day, Tita Lun, kasi mommy ka ni Fritz." (Happy mother's day, Tita Lun, just because you're Fritz' mom.) She paused then wondered, "Pa'no mo naging anak si Fritz?" (How did you become Fritz' mother?) We call her "Lucring" because of her tantrums. I was still asleep on Christmas morning when she demanded to see me so she could show off her new pink dress and matching sandals.
  7. Fritz, my doggie. I know the cliche about how we come home from work exhausted but how our pet's excitement upon seeing us brings us a renewed surge of energy. Honestly, before Fritz came, I didn't look forward to going home after work. I was out until late most of the time, and I seldom stayed home on weekends. Nowadays, seeing Fritz waiting for me at the foot of the stairs each morning, wagging his tail, is enough to make me smile. His quirks make me laugh...and yes, I'd rather spend the weekend playing with him than go to the mall.
  8. Ike. This is a guy who never runs out of funny jokes to share. In the middle of a stressful day, I would receive a text message from him that always makes me grin like a Cheshire cat. I love his wit, and his belly laugh is contagious---I call it his psycho laugh.
  9. Disc Jocks. They are my companions to and from work every day. Their antics on air keep me entertained and awake on the road. One rainy morning, a male disc jock was talking about a weird custom in Cuba where male prostitutes are hired to deflower virgin brides before the wedding. The female disc jock declared that her partner is now seriously thinking of leaving his radio gig and migrating to Cuba. The male DJ was raving about how hot and beautiful Cuban women are and that he'd be willing to do the job for free. Then somebody called up the radio station to tell the DJs that the weird custom is not in Cuba but in Papua New Guinea. The male DJ was stunned speechless while the female DJ and I were laughing uncontrollably that passengers in an FX in front of me started to stare.
  10. Migo. It's not his real name but I call him that---Migo in Ilonggo means friend. Migo is a huge guy in his mid-30's and mentally handicapped. He comes to our gate every Sunday afternoon to sing. Rain or shine, he sings his heart out---his mother gives him an umbrella when it's raining. He invents the lyrics and melody of his songs so each song is different and always surprising. I admire his creativity and his fearless determination to express himself.


I'm sure there are many nameless people who have crossed our paths everyday who make us grin. To welcome the New Year on a positive note, let’s go out of our way to make them smile as well.


17 comments:

mirage2g said...

I miss this area much...hanging out with friends talking on ends is sometimes a good thing! Awesome how they decorated it!

Lawstude said...

that is a great reflection miranda. and i thank you for being part of my blog through your constant visits this year, and here's hoping for more smiles in the coming year. cheers.

Panaderos said...

I miss Greenbelt a lot. I had a lot of fun times there during my Makati days. I also love that CSNY song. :)

I love how you wrote about the people who, in their own small way, help make life easier and more enjoyable for you. That was very nice of you.

Napaboaniya said...

The place looks wonderful with all the lights lite up :)

Wishing you a great 2009 ahead!! :P

♥peachkins♥ said...

love your WS!


Happy New Year!

the donG said...

true. true. our world needs a lot of people who are optimistic. as you notice, a lot of people usually blog about their problems. i think sharing your problems is not a problem, but if most of your posts are problems, then it promotes pessimism.

there's a lot of reason why we can be joyous. thanks for sharing this.

luna miranda said...

i agree, dong...we have indeed a lot of reasons to be joyous. as long as we are grateful with what we have, and take each day as a blessing, happiness is possible.:D

luna miranda said...

thank you, peachkins. happy new year to you, too!

luna miranda said...

thank you, Napaboaniya!

luna miranda said...

thank you, Panaderos! Greenbelt has evolved into a high-end mall that only the rich can afford...but it still has the charm of the old Greenbelt.

the small things that make our day interesting are the ones we usually take for granted. now, i consciously give thanks to every bit of good that happens to me everyday.

luna miranda said...

thank you, too, lawstude, for becoming a part of this blog. let's dream big for 2009, not only smiles but laughter!:D

luna miranda said...

good times with friends are never wasted. and Greenbelt has a special place in my heart. i hope you'd find yourself with your old friends here someday soon. thanks for visiting, Gizelle.

Kero said...

Thank you so much for the visit and a warm welcome to WS. Happy New Year too. Take care and till next weekend!

bertN said...

"The guy wanted to marry me until he met my mother!" That cracked me up, too.

Have a great New Year!I hope 2009 brings you the man of your dream.

luna miranda said...

Thank you, too, for the visit, Kero. Wishing you a prosperous New Year!

luna miranda said...

i'm sure you'd agree with me that meeting a would-be mother-in-law is always a terrifying, if not an eye-opening experience, bertn.:D Thank you and wishing you and your family a wonderful New Year!

tikno said...

Beautiful picture. Be happy for welcoming new year.