Kamusta?

Yea, we are all tired after a hard day’s work. But we don’t share the same kind of journey on the inside. We might share the same seat on the same ride but our emotional battles are headed to entirely different routes. You can never judge a person too easily, let alone a cranky one at the end of the day.

“Kamusta?”

Well.. it started off with rain, heavy traffic and one too many overcharged fare proposals from greedy tricycle drivers, all of which I turned down eventually. On foot we went through receding floodwaters. Had to carry a backpack, a laptop, a big heavy paper bag with lotsa stuff, a worn out umbrella, and then had to mind my kid and his lunch box all the while. Suddenly, while packed like sardines and onboard a jeepney all soaked in rain and sweat, paper bag splits open in the middle of traffic, not a tiny split but the seriously-can-things-get-any-actual-freaking-worse kind of split. Managed to turn my big jacket into a bag and packed in it all the stuff I had from the paper bag. Long ride. Son sleeping with his head tilting back and forth which I had to hold all throughout the trip while my other hand minds the rest of the stuff I’ve mentioned.

Got onto our 2nd jeepney ride like we were in an actual zombie apocalypse movie, getting on was like surviving a stampede. I had to get a little rough with my son to get him going (and wake him the heck up). Traffic. Waited. Got off.

Before our final trip home, I got my son a sandwich. I told him I was sorry. Took a tricycle and this time, the fare was at a reasonable price.

On our way home. Arms hurt. Hungry. Dead-tired more than anything else. Could’ve cried (that thank-God-it’s-almost-over kind of cry) but was too tired to do so. All I could think of was a nice warm bed and a pillow under my head.

Suddenly I find tonight’s mishap a bit hilarious that in my head I just can’t help but laugh about it.

Yea, we are all tired after a hard day’s work. But we don’t share the same kind of journey on the inside. We might share the same seat on the same ride but our emotional battles are headed to entirely different routes. You can never judge a person too easily, let alone a cranky one at the end of the day.

I haven’t been the nicest person this entire evening and I’m dearly sorry.

Bonzai Atienza-Melo

Bonzai Atienza-Melo

Dreamer. Singer/songwriter. Foodie. Frustrated cook. Caffeine-fueled writer. Prisoner of hope. Jesus-lover.

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  1. “Kamusta?” One word pero this makes an impact to someone who doesn’t know how to open up. This word can give better impressions to people who’s suffering and has no courage to speak up. Some are too scared to ask help

  2. “Yea, we are all tired after a hard day’s work. But we don’t share the same kind of journey on the inside. We might share the same seat on the same ride but our emotional battles are headed to entirely different routes. You can never judge a person too easily, let alone a cranky one at the end of the day.”

    I think the writer shows her real self, what she did that evening with the greedy drivers calls for it.

    It really hurts when people judge us but, it doesn’t matter for me. You know who you really are and that is what matters. They don’t know you and you are the only one who can judge your real self. We don’t have to be good in front of other people just so they can like us, what really matters is that we know thyself, what we think, what we feel and who we really are as person. Only God can judge what we do and what we think.

    Camielle Brucal
    ACT 185

  3. She show an example of real self by doing her routine which is not so good but it describe how hard the life is.

    Its is so hard to show who you are in public that the judgement was always there. You feel that you are the worst person in world when you heard the bad judgement. No one perfect so no can judge you perfect.

    Fatima Mae Mendoza
    ACT185

  4. “On our way home. Arms hurt. Hungry. Dead-tired more than anything else. Could’ve cried (that thank-God-it’s-almost-over kind of cry) but was too tired to do so. All I could think of was a nice warm bed and a pillow under my head.”

    Personally, this fourth paragraph of the article is the best example of showing one’s true self. For me, it describes the reality of taking the public transportation everyday and the feelings that all of those dreadful situations gave. I have been there the first two terms of my academic year. I have experienced the same thing… and like in the article, everything is the same and it is the reality– the real self.

    Being judged by showing one’s true self is the most unpleasant feeling a person could ever give to another person. It is actually one of the factors that keeps the real self hidden. The barrier that let the actual self be kept and not be found.

    –Christelle Mae Misperos, ACT185

  5. “I had to get a little rough with my son to get him going (and wake him the heck up).” and “On our way home. Arms hurt. Hungry. Dead-tired more than anything else. Could’ve cried (that thank-God-it’s-almost-over kind of cry) but was too tired to do so.” means that she is showing her real self in the public. Being rough to someone to get along on the situation is such a real man ways to get rid of that, and saying her feelings or showing them is such a real deal.

    If i was being judged with my real self in the public, honestly i would feel some kind of shitty or whatever, because i may be afraid of their reactions or nah, like im waiting for the result for it was good or bad. so yeah, some shitty will happen.

    LYSTER DECENA
    ACT185

  6. I think the author didn’t showed her real self. Based on the title “Kamusta?” it is like she is holding back what she really feels from showing it to the public. “How does she feel?” Not physically but mentally, maybe what she feels physically can be seen but what or how she really feels inside her is something that cannot be seen by the eyes.

    Showing your real self in the public is sometimes wrong and somtimes right. If you show your bad side to other people then they might give misjudgement because they might not know the real story why you showed that kind of attitude.

  7. ACT 185

    In this short story, the writer showed her real self by narrating how her daily life was. She once said, “Suddenly I find tonight’s mishap a bit hilarious that in my head I just can’t help but laugh about it.” In life, we all have these struggles that broke us down a lot of times, but once we go over it, we always find it funny to have experienced those things. That’s just how life is.

    For me, to be judged by showing your real self in public is not something to be embarrassed of. As we age, we should be matured enough to accept other people’s way of life. We should understand one another and lessen the stress of getting over an unpredictable day.

  8. “On our way home. Arms hurt. Hungry. Dead-tired more than anything else. Could’ve cried (that thank-God-it’s-almost-over kind of cry) but was too tired to do so. ” In this paragraph, the author shows her true self as she describe how tired she is.

    It is very hard to be judged by just showing who we really are. All we can be is just to be ourselves but other people still judge us without knowing or finding the best in us. They always see the bad things rather than good. Because of this, many people choose to be someone they are not to avoid judgments.

  9. I think the writer showed his real self because of this sentence in the article ‘managed to turn my big jacket into a bag and packed in it all stuff I had in the paper bag’ although its not usual to make your own jacket a bag he did it for their own good. When I shows the real me in public somehow its feels great because I don’t need to pretend but sometimes people judge you badly that you don’t even want to show the real you.

  10. ACT185 LEYVI ANN SORIANO

    For me the writer showed her real self. To all the things she said was really a situation wherein most people experienced. From all the worst things happened in the whole story, it was indeed a true and always happening experience for all.

    We are all living in a judgmental society wherein people will always judge you no matter what happened, no matter what is the story behind, and even if they don’t know you personally. Yes it is hurtful to be judge by just simply being yourself but we need to be immune to all the judgement they are going to throw against us because it is what we can use to build ourselves much stronger than them.

  11. This short story is about the real self of the writer because he/she expresses his/her feelings about the struggles that he/she overcome in life. Adulting is really difficult, you should learn to give some time to your family and most especially for yourself.
    “On our way home. Arms hurt. Hungry. Dead-tired more than anything else. Could’ve cried (that thank-God-it’s-almost-over kind of cry) but was too tired to do so. All I could think of was a nice warm bed and a pillow under my head.” This line defines my answer above.

    In this generation, most especially in social media, they are all judgmental when it comes to the wrong doing of other people. Even though they didn’t know the whole story they’re just say whatever they want as if they don’ t have bad characteristics. People should learn how to understand each other because when the day comes that you are in their situation and you will feel the same way, you will understand what it feels like to be judge by other people.

    -ACT185

  12. Each and every one of us is different from one another. We have our own experiences in life.

    In this article, I think the author showed her true self because she explained in this article how was her day, what are her routines, and how tired she is in life. But she still manage to live her life to the fullest.

    “On our way home. Arms hurt. Hungry. Dead-tired more than anything else. Could’ve cried (that thank-God-it’s-almost-over kind of cry) but was too tired to do so. All I could think of was a nice warm bed and a pillow under my head.” this part of the article is really catchy because she describes the reality that she’s in.

    ACT 185

  13. This article is about real self. The writer showed the real self by simply describing how hard the life is. Its really ard to show who you really are in public because there’s always a judgement anywhere, anytime. People will do everything for you to feel that you are the worst person in the world when you hear their negative judgement. Nobody is perfect so no one deserves to be judged by others.

  14. “Yea, we are all tired after a hard day’s work. But we don’t share the same kind of journey on the inside. We might share the same seat on the same ride but our emotional battles are headed to entirely different routes. You can never judge a person too easily, let alone a cranky one at the end of the day.” The author showed her true self by narrating her story not in a sugar coating way, but she really share her experience and what she feels during her experience.
    To be judged just by showing your real self is a heart breaking experience, in this society where everyone wants to see your real self but will also hate your real self is disappointing.
    ACT185

  15. Palermo, Ma. Bernadette M.
    ACT 185

    In my own perspectives, the author showed her real self by describing and narrating how did she spend a day in her life.

    In this line, “Suddenly I find tonight’s mishap a bit hilarious that in my head I just can’t help but laugh about it”. Because at the end of the day, we tend to commit mistakes; but the most imporant thing is to learned in our mistakes and move on.

    Being judged by people because of showing your real self is nothing to be afraid of. Well, we can’t deny the fact that there will always be something that people will say about you, whether you did good or bad. But as we grow, I believe that people should mind their own businesses and accept the fact that people vary from each other. For me, we should always be the best version of ourselves.

  16. This short story obviously shows real self, because she was able to narrate her experiences after the long and exhausting day. Likewise, I can picture her as a considerate, courageous and mature person because as she mentioned, “Suddenly I find tonight’s mishap a bit hilarious that in my head I just can’t help but laugh about it.” This just shows being able to deal with mishaps in a day by laughing out of it, as she thinks that it is a just normal thing to experience such. That it is just a not-so-good day, not a bad day. Moreover, on the last part of the story, she left a quote “Yea, we are all tired after a hard day’s work. But we don’t share the same kind of journey on the inside. We might share the same seat on the same ride but our emotional battles are headed to entirely different routes. You can never judge a person too easily, let alone a cranky one at the end of the day”

    This means that she considers someone else’s feelings and sufferings knowing that everyone has their own emotional battles in life. That you can never judge too easily based on how others look or act.

    In today’s generation, everything seems very big deal to everyone, and everyone is so sensitive about some matter that has nothing to do with them. For me, showing my real self in public is just too awkward to let go, because we have these attitudes that others might not used of, especially friends. There are times that they would criticize you in a good way or in a bad way, depends on how you are going to see it. Being judged in public felt like you wanted to be eaten by the grave anytime. It is sometimes embarrassing, funny, but most of the time, it hurts your ego. Like the author in the story, I keep in mind that people have their own life to deal with, that we have different emotional battles. Do not judge too easily.

    -Ma. Faith A. Esquida
    ACT185

  17. For me the writer shows her real self in short story. It is when she said “On our way home. Arms hurt. Hungry. Dead-tired more than anything else. Could’ve cried (that thank-God-it’s-almost-over kind of cry) but was too tired to do so. All I could think of was a nice warm bed and a pillow under my head.” It is her real self because it her daily routine and commuting is already part of her life.

    Being judged by showing your real self in the public is really hard but it is the reality. So sometimes you just have to deal with it. We have to accept the fact that there is judgmental person any where. You just have to ignore it and continue to be yourself.

    -Hanna Jane B. Padua
    ACT185

  18. I can say that the writer showed her real self in this story especially when she mentioned that she can’t help but laugh about what happened to her that night. In life, we will always face problems and challenges that will always test our patience and we shouldn’t be really bothered by it because that’s just what life is all about.

    Being judged by showing my real self in public is not something I’ll be bothered about. It is because being able to show my real self in public is brave enough especially when we all know that most people nowadays are quick to judge and being judged because of it is already normal in this generation. I’m also the type of person who doesn’t care about what people think of me, especially when they’re not important for me.

    Anne Danielle S. Pariñas
    ACT185

  19. ACT185

    This article really reflects how life can be really hard sometimes because I, myself have experienced this kind of tragedy and its really a pain in the ass if its really your bad day. For me, I think that the author convey or portrays her real self because she is true with herself, she does not think anything or say anything rather than what she really is experiencing. “On our way home. Arms hurt. Hungry. Dead-tired more than anything else. Could’ve cried (that thank-God-it’s-almost-over kind of cry) but was too tired to do so.” this line is the one that shows her true self. It really described how she feels at the end of her ride, she showed her true emotions and at the same time her true self. It shows how hard it is to commute everyday and with all of the thing she is worrying about like the kid and the stuffs, you can really tell shr is having a really bad day and with that line which the author says, she showed her true self, nothing more and nothing less.

    For me, it really sucks if you are judged by others when you show your true self publicly because people (especially in our country) are fond of making fun out of people. For example, when me and my friends eat at Mang Inasal, my friend really want to eat his food barehanded but when he started doing it, customers across the table started murmuring words and pointing to my friend and I think that it makes him feel bad and he will start to show his true self. Nowadays, in the society we are living in, there are a lot of people judging us on every thing in our lives thats why people become afraid on doing what they like and what they love because they are scared of being judged.

  20. The author showed her real self by narrating how her daily life was. She tell some situation wherein most people also experienced. She expressed the feeling about the struggles he/she overcome. For me showing the real you is being the best because it is easy to see bybthe other the real you than hide from the real you. It is okay to be judge by someone than pretend or hide to the self totally not you.

    ACT 185

  21. “Yea, we are all tired after a hard day’s work. But we don’t share the same kind of journey on the inside. We might share the same seat on the same ride but our emotional battles are headed to entirely different routes. You can never judge a person too easily, let alone a cranky one at the end of the day.”

    The author showed her true self by narrating her story. She really share her experience and what she feels during her experience.

    It’s really hurts when people judge us, it’s doesn’t matter for me. You know who you really are. They didn’t know the real you that’s why you are the only one who can judge your self. Sometimes we didn’t have to be good in front of our people that why they are something bad that they say to us. What really matter is we know our self so ignore the bad things that the other say to us. Only our self can judge our self.

    Bryan Alcantara Dinong
    ACT185

  22. ACT 185

    “On our way home. Arms hurt. Hungry. Dead-tired more than anything else. Could’ve cried (that thank-God-it’s-almost-over kind of cry) but was too tired to do so. All I could think of was a nice warm bed and a pillow under my head.” The writer showed her real self by describing how her days went after a long day even though she became tough with her son.

    Honestly, it’s not very embarrassing if you’ve been judged showing your real self in public. Because as we grew up, we became more matured and we can easily accept every words that the other people are saying unto us. We must not be controlled by our emotions if we don’t want to be affected by these judgments.

  23. On our way home. Arms hurt. Hungry. Dead-tired more than anything else. Could’ve cried (that thank-God-it’s-almost-over kind of cry) but was too tired to do so. All I could think of was a nice warm bed and a pillow under my head. This paragraph shows the real self of the person in the story, despite of the hardships and judgements he/she encountered life goes on no matter what happens because that is life it is not always smooth as expected and you need to continuously going for there are people who are depending on you.

    Christian Jay Dl. Villanueva ACT185

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