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December 21, 2012: The Day That Was the End of the World

So, I was going out to Sta Lucia Mall today. On the jeepney, although aware of the much talked-about doomsday, I was pretending to be oblivious about the day that was supposed to be the end of the world, until Aling Teresita came into the picture. The octogenarian lady was seated next to me. My attention about the Mayan prophecy of the end days was suddenly opened when this elderly woman took the issue head on. She blurted out with the question from nowhere and said, Isn’t it the end of the world today? I was feeling a little embarrassed, as there were other people in the vehicle. But just the same, I obliged to respond to her question out of respect. I said, it isn’t true at all. She said at her age, she’s already prepared to die but “yet death seems elusive to me”, to borrow her own words.

End of the World - Doomsday December 21, 2012
End of the World - Doomsday December 21, 2012

This resulted into a long exchange of conversation until we both reach the mall. She said, she’s old at 80 but I look at her and she looked younger than her age. I could see that she had her day and a long life full of very colorful experience. Her story spontaneously unfolded even with those around eavesdropping on our chat. She started talking about her love life, and pointed to her mole on her left check, which she said the reason why she always had been widowed several times in the past. She added that with just a look at her face, some men just disappeared out of sight. I freak out. But then she continued with the conversation, and it was my turn to ask question. Since she has reached that age, I actually asked her, what kind of food does she eats. A robust body at that age made me question her diet. And when he said she likes to eat vegetables and fruits and maintain a healthy social life, I knew it, I said to myself, that is the main course and key for her good health.

She was so naive about her past, that she mentioned all about her relationships, and even one occasion where she aborted a baby of one of his boyfriend. We were near the mall already when she finally mentioned her name while I was about to get down. Whew, that was one weird 20-minute ride I’ve ever had. So, what once started hot topic of the end of the world turned into a different tune. After not finding the right appliance in Sta Lucia, I was now headed for Quiapo to look for wheat grass juicer.

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