Ring Ring

(Day 12 – Something you don’t leave the house without)

For some absurd and unknown reason, phone calls scare me. I get all shaky when I dial important numbers up and I do a double take whenever the intro of Train’s “If it’s love” blares from my cellphone’s speaker. I don’t know if there’s such a thing as phonephobia or maybe phonecallphobia. If there were, I probably have a small spell of it. It is strange then that my hot pink Nokia X3-02 is the very thing that I do not and cannot leave the house without.

To give credit to my dear X3, I do use it to send and receive SMS messages. Though most of the time it’s just Hotlink sending me those cheesy “I miss you” and “I love you” free MMSes (Hotlink is my phone’s mobile provider), I do get those important, emergency, and informative texts from real, live people too. And I use my phone to surf the Internet. I also use it to tell the time (though I still wear a wristwatch) and to take photos when my camera is at home ‘feeling blue’. (Sing with me: So I’m saving all my love for youuuuuu… Okay, corny. I have that song stuck in my head still.)

So as you can see, my phone is very, very useful. But lately I’ve realized that it would be more useful if I use it to, you know, really call people up. Most of the phone calls I make are those emergency ones that prompt people to answer you quickly. Like, when I call, it’s usually because I have to ask, “Hey where are you???” and “I’m lost, what do I do???” Okay, Mari, it was nice hearing from you.

And so lately I’ve been trying to make some more meaningful calls. And I get the best reactions. Haha. Just goes to show how rarely my phone is used in this way.

*Ring-ring, Ring-ring, Ring-Ring*

Friend 1: Hello?
Mari: Helloooooo~
Friend 1: Hello, totoo ba to? (Is this real?)
Mari: Hahaha! Hindi. Hindi ‘to totoo! (No, no this is not real!)

*Ring-ring, Ring-ring, Ring-Ring*

Mari: Hello?
Friend 2: Hello?
Mari: Uh, hello? Pwede pong makausap si <insert Friend 2’s name here>? (May I speak to Friend 2?)
Friend 2: Hello, sino to? (Who is this?)
Mari: Si Mari po to… (It’s Mari…)
Friend 2: Mari? Ate Mari!? Oh my God!!!! Ate Mari!

*Ring-ring, Ring-ring, Ring-Ring , Ring-Ring, Ring-Ring, Ring-Ring, Ring-Ring*

Mari: Hello, may I please speak to Miss <insert Friend 3’s name here>?
Friend 3: (Bored and slightly snobbish) Yes, speaking.
Mari: Friend 3!!!! Hahahaha!
Friend 3: Sino to???? (Who is this?)
Mari: Hulaan mo!!! (Guess who!!!!)
Friend 3: Mari? Mari!!!!! Uy kumusta ka na? (Oh, how are you???)

I had to smile at the surprised tones in all their voices.

Granted, it shocked those people because those were long distance calls. Well, it’s true that they’re not as cheap as direct ones that you make when you have the same mobile provider. But hey. A few minutes of those hi’s and hello’s cost less than a pack of Oreos.

I might try doing this calling thing more often.

Or… you could try calling me. ;)

Then – certainly – it would be more valid to say that my hot pink phone is the thing that I would definitely not leave the house without.

Don't ask me why my phone is hot pink.

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