When you live far away from the city, you maximize every visit to the mall. Yesterday, after visiting the Iskwalado IV painting exhibit at SM Megamall, Speedy said we should just walk around for a while because it would be a bad idea to drive home during the rush hour. I agreed. Had we left SM Megamall at 6.00 p.m., it would have taken us three hours to get home to the suburb.
So, we walked around, had coffee, had dinner (lousy) and, after a quick trip to Cooks Exchange for some kitchen stuff, we were ready to go home. We went up to the parking lot roofdeck where we were parked (parking slots in the lower levels were full) and… surprise! It was raining. Pouring. Pouring like crazy. But we’re brave people. A little rain didn’t hurt anyone so Speedy made a dash for the pick-up, backed up to get me and we started to descend the parking lot building.
We were able to drive two levels down and then nothing moved. We knew — the streets around the mall were already flooded, traffic was at a standstill so even the vehicles exiting the mall were affected. We turned around, found a slot, parked and… I suggested seeing a movie. After two hours, the flashflood would have subsided and traffic would probably be manageable.
We went back into the building and headed straight for the cinemas. Gravity was on but I still scanned the posters near the ticket booths. A young woman wearing a Talk ‘N’ Text t-shirt approached us and asked if we wanted to see Alagwa for free. She pointed to the promo print of the movie, I read that it stars Jericho Rosales and I was immediately hesitant. Big Star from Big Studio = Bad Idea. Even for free. Then, the young woman said the magic words — INDIE FILM. Speedy’s eyes and mine locked for an instant then we turned to the woman and asked, “So, how is it free?” She said if we had a Smart or Sun mobile phone account (Speedy does), we just needed to register and that was that. Two tickets. Free. And Speedy registered.
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