TAL. 28.2 -- Problem Solved

I feel tired walking around anymore. Kanina pa kami nag-iikot sa downtown ng Korea at nag-shopping. "Can we take a rest for a while?" even my voice sound tired.

Napalingon sila sa akin dahil nauuna maglakad sina Papa at Chanel, while Daryl's beside me. I stopped walking and heave a long sigh. Halos kalahating araw na kaming palakad-lakad. Itini-tour kasi kami ni Chanel sa mga lugar na kinalakihan nya.

"Cass is right. Why don't we eat lunch and resume shopping later?" alok ni Daryl.

"Thank God. I am already famished!" angal ko.

Nagsitanguan naman ang mga kasama namin at nagdesisyon na pumasok sa isang malapit na restaurant. A restaurant that serves authentic Korean cuisines.

Mabilis akong naupo sa bakanteng table for four, "Okay ka lang ba?" tanong ni Daryl sa akin at inilapag nya sa gilid ang mga paper bags na bitbit nya. Tumango lang ako.

"Get me a glass of water please." sabi ko.

Tumawag naman kaagad ito ng waiter. "A glass of cold water for the lady." nginitian nya ang waitress na agad namang sinunod nito ang hinihingi.

"Cassy, what do want to eat?" tanong ni Chanel.

"Anything." simpleng sagot ko. I am not familiar with the food of this country since this is only my second time going here. Noon namang unang punta ko, mabilis lang ako dito actually. I stayed for two days at sa buong stay ko noon dito puro meetings ang inatupag ko. I didn't get a chance to explore Korea. Nakakatawa ngang isipin na narito ako noon pero walang-wala akong alam na may kapamilya pala ako dito.

"Sige ako na ang bahala. You'll love the barbecue here, Dad." she then called the attention of the waiter, nag-usap sila in Korean language which I don't really understand in any possible way. Tinitingnan ko lang ang facial expression nila while talking.

"Masarap dito, guys. Hindi ako mapapahiya sa inyo for bringing you here. Kami nga ni Mama noon, kumakain lang dito kapag may okasyon at kinakailangan pang pag-ipunan dahil may kamahalan ang mga pagkain dito. But its all worth it. Every penny you'll spend, feeling mo mababalik sayo ng doble because you get to taste the best barbecue in town." nangingiti nyang pagku-kwento. Wala sa loob na napangiti rin ako dahil naiimagine ko na nandito sila at masayang kumakain. "Saan nyo--" she stopped talking all of a sudden, her eyes wide and staring at the entrance.

Nagtataka naman kaming napalingon sa tinitingnan nya to see what caused her to stop from talking. I saw a man walking hand in hand with a pretty girl.

"Chanel?" untag ni Papa dito. She blinked twice and smiled, ngiting balisa.

"A-ah," lumunok sya at muling nginitian kami. "N-nasaan na nga ba tayo ng pi-pinag uusapan?" halatang kinakabahan nyang tanong.

"What's wrong?" nanunuri ang paraan ng pagkakatingin ko sa kanya. I can sense she knows the lovers who just get in.

"Wa-wala." pinasadahan nya ng hagod ang buhok nya. May katagalan ko na syang kilala at sa dalas naming magkasama, alam ko na kapag wala sa loob nyang nahahagod ang buhok nya. It only mean two things. Its either she's feeling worried or nervous. Whichever, I know may kinalaman ang dalawang taong 'yon.

Chanel swallow hard. A lot of emotions cross through her face. She looks down and heave another sigh. Minutes passed and they served us the foods. Nag-uusap kami abput random things habang kumakain, while Chanel remains quiet. We just let her be until we finished eating.

Tinawag na ni Chanel ang waiter for our bill, inabot nya ang card ni Dad dahil sya daw ang magbabayad ng kinain namin ngayon. As soon as our food was paid, tumayo na kami upang lumabas. Napasulyap ako sa makakasabay naming lumabas, ang dalawang taong tinitingnan kanina ni Chanel.

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