Lunch time at home. I'm munching on leathery fried chicken, TV noisy with Eat Bulaga! in the background. Contestant is asked to spell “entrepreneur,” and fails. The hosts turn to “Tito Sen”--former senator Tito Sotto--for help. He spells it E-N-T-R-E-P-E-N-E-U-R. The crowd cheers, the show goes on. I have the urge to hurl the chicken leg at the screen.
Afternoon in the gym ulit. “Pre, pengeng scandal, baka me bago ka diyan,” Brawny Guy tells another--referring to racy pictures and videos that proliferate on mobile phones. Brawny Guy 2 fetches his phone and shows the group--including twinky me--a photo of Mariel Rodriguez and Toni Gonzaga (or two girls that look very much like them) in bikinis. The fuss is on Mariel, whose wet bra hides nothing. “Yari siya, kitang kita,” Brawny Guy 1 says, smacking his lips. Brawny Guy 2 replies, “Kasalanan niya, magba-bra siya, 'yung sheer pa.” SHEER!? Uhm, dudes, how about the more studly gossamer? Or diaphanous? I turn away, my eyebrows dancing the hula.