Warning: random musings ahead.
It’s been a while since I attended a party. The last “social” event I went to was a meetup for a freelance group I belong to. I’ve been so used to staying at home, or going out to work cafes, that I seem to have lost my social graces. It’s no wonder to me then that I felt like a fish out of water when I arrived at the Canva Launch Party in A-Space.
It didn’t help that a foreign guy named Clement chatted me up seconds after I entered the room. (Come on, man! Give me a time to breath! I walked all the way from Ayala MRT station to Legaspi Street!) He asked, “What are you doing here?”. I didn’t know how to answer his question because I was just asking myself the same thing. I did manage a socially acceptable reply and that’s when I found out he worked in one of the offices in the building… and that he’s there for the free food… FREE FOOD… not a bad reason at all
Thankfully, Kei (the girl who invited me) introduced me to a few girls, one of which I knew from a past event. Then a few old friends arrived and things started to pickup. But after an hour or so I began to get bored. The loud music made conversation challenging and, as I looked around, I began to wonder whether all the animated people can really understand each other. Maybe not. Maybe that’s why they some were handing out their business cards. It’s like they’re saying “Hey, I can’t hear you through the music but I am laughing and smiling at you so you think I can understand what you’re saying. Here’s my business card and hopefully this will help you remember me and add me on Facebook.”
So after getting the freebies and taking photos with the founders of Canva, I bade my little group farewell and launched myself into the streets of Makati, taking comfort in the darkness and silence of the night. It felt so good to breath the un-airconditioned, albeit polluted, air and hear myself think:
I really should try to go out more. I’m turning into a hermit.