Kamusta?

Published by Bonzai Atienza-Melo on

“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.

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Bonzai Atienza-Melo

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

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Dear Pao
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The quote means everything… <3 <3

Mary Nicole
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ITS Really hard to commute+ traffic

Isabelle
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“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

kamiela
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“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… Read more »

Fatima Mae Mendoza
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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
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Christelle Mae
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“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… Read more »

Lyster D.
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“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… Read more »

Sergei Yue Vinzel Dait
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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… Read more »

Plaza, Audrey O.
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Plaza, Audrey O.

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,… Read more »

Keannah Rose DG. Solitario
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“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… Read more »

Krishia Joy Delarmente
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Krishia Joy Delarmente

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.

Leyvi Ann Soriano
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Leyvi Ann Soriano

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… Read more »

Zarena Malay
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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… Read more »

Princess Mae Paray
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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… Read more »

Jazel Salonga
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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.

Anabel Adecer
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“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… Read more »

Ma. Bernadette M. Palermo
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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… Read more »

faith esquida
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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… Read more »

Hanna Jane Padua
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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… Read more »

Anne Danielle Pariñas
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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… Read more »

Adrian Montemayor
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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… Read more »

Eljoy Bacay
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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.

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Bryan. Dinong
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“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… Read more »

Cyrus Sabinay
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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… Read more »

Cj Deleon
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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