It’s 12 degrees, and my friends asked me to treat them for dinner in Phuket Restaurant after they have remitted their salary sa pinas. After a hearty dinner of Seafood Tom Yum, Phad Thai, Chopsuey, Thai Fried Chicken and Thai Fried Rice, we decided to have tea in the bangketa stand.
We went to a bangketa cafeteria named “GIVE AND TAKE” Teahouse at the back of the 7-11 Restaurant (taragis dito ang 7-11 ay restaurant, sa pinas ay convenience store ito). We called the waiter who was so eagerly anticipating orders of other foods aside from tea.
We were grilled by the waiter:
“In cup or in kettle?”… “In kettle”
“Black or green?”… “Green”
“Paper cups or glass?”… “Glass”
“With nana or without nana?”…. “With nana” (Nana is mint leaves)
“Sugar inside or sugar outside?”…. “Sugar outside”.. Dito na nagkagulo ang tropa. Di nila maintindihan kung ano ang ibig sabihin ng sugar inside or sugar outside. I told them na ang sugar inside ay nakahalo na sa tea, at ang sugar outside ay may container ng sugar na kalapit at bahala ka nang magtamis ng iyong tea.
The warmth of the tea at ng aming kuwentuhan somehow increased the temperature. It was a relaxing moment, to talk about friends, family, pangarap at mga ligayang dulot ng mahal sa buhay. Nothing beats the liveliness of that moment.
One of them remarked, “kung sa pinas ito, lasing na tayo at bukas me hangover pa tayo. Buti na lang narito tayo sa lugar na ito na tinuruan tayong magkaroon ng disiplina sa sarili.”
“Tama ka. Kung sa pinas ito ang iniinom natin ay nakakasira sa health. Dito green tea. Healthy.” I added.
“Sablay lang ke Bien, me coke ang tea..”
Bangketa man iyon, ang samahan naman ay napakataas ng antas.
“Making friends for the world to see. Let the people know you got what you need. With a friend at hand you will see the light. If your friends are there, then everything’s all right.” (Elton John)