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Breakup Diaries: Chance Encounter in Davao City Dec 19, 2012

Breakup Diaries: Chance Encounter in Davao City

Beach Resort Yoga
While at Abreeza, an Ayala Mall in Davao City, I came upon a yoga poster - turns out its a free yoga offering at Davao's beach resort. Curious, I got a name from the front desk...just in case they want to look good on the internet. At some point, I decided not to pursue it...that it was best for me to leave Davao and continue my trip to Mati. That was the end of it for me.

Chance Encounter
Two days later, I was at Abreeza again for a meeting with the mall's marketing group. Unfortunately, the person I was meeting was unavailable. I defaulted to National Bookstore where I accidentally rubbed elbows with a lady.

Lady and TheLoneRider: (almost in unison) ...sorry!

Upon glancing at her, I immediately noticed she was attractive with a cosmopolitan sophistication - obviously someone who's experienced culture beyond this shore. She picked up a book, "Breakup Diaries", read the back page and puts it back. Curious, I picked up the book after, and remarked to her,

TheLoneRider: I guess you now have my attention. (I was alluding to the book, but deeply, I actually meant her)
Lady: Excuse me?
TheLoneRider: Breakup Diaries...a book for people on the rebound?
Lady: that right?
TheLoneRider:'s what it says. Are you from here?
Lady: actually from Manila.
TheLoneRider: so am I. What brings you here?
Lady: I work for a resort. My name is ......
TheLoneRider: I'm .... Pleased to meet you. (pause) Wait a minute...why does that ring a bell?

I looked inside my backpack and took out the resort brochure with her hand-written name on it.

TheLoneRider: This is you. I initially planned on meeting you. What are the odds we'd meet here?
Lady: (surprised) Are you serious?
TheLoneRider: I don't believe in coincidences.
Lady: Neither do I.
TheLoneRider: There must be a good reason for this. Would you like to have coffee with me? I'm sure we have much to talk about.
Lady: I'm sorry. I have to attend to something now. Here's my card. Email me.
TheLoneRider: Definitely. I'll see you around.

I actually got excited about all that. I bought the book thinking I'll surprise her with it next time I see her. Later that night, I emailed:

TheLoneRider: ...lovely having that chance encounter with you earlier today. If you don't believe in coincidence like I do, then you're probably as curious as I am why we had to meet. I'm pushing my Mati trip in the hope you'll have time tomorrow to have coffee with me. I'll drop everything for that.

The following day, I got a reply:

Lady: Thanks for your invite, but you must have misunderstood. Sorry but I can't have coffee with you. Thank you!
TheLoneRider: (shocked) Indeed, I must have misunderstood. Apologies and best of the holidays to you.

Ending Thoughts
Honestly, I didn't see that coming. Maybe I got too ahead of myself thinking my benovolent universe laid out something on the table for me. What are the odds I'd have a chance encounter with someone interesting whose handwritten name I had on a piece of paper in my backpack? Like I said, it was too much of a coincidence. When she said she didn't believe in coincidence and gave me her card telling me to email her, I thought I found the rare lady who thinks like me...that I didn't have to explain myself...that she understood the Flow. But it takes 2 to tango. It can't be a Flow if I'm the only one dancing. I guess this chance encounter is one of those rare moments when it's nothing more than pure coincidence.

--- TheLoneRider

ps - But what do I do with this book?

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Great Things Going for Davao City

  • one of the cleanest potable water in the country
  • smoking is banned from commercial establishments
  • pineapple samurais are endemic here and nowhere else in the country (pineapple vendors who cut-up whole pineapples into chunks with just a few strokes of their carving knives)
  • public utility drivers conspicuously display their IDs
  • durian Mecca of the Philippines (not to mention Marang, Mangosteen and Sweet Pomelo)
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Not So Great Things Going Against Davao City

  • the weighing scale of fruit vendors specially the durian push cart vendors are a blatant cheat - showing almost twice the actual weight

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"Serendipity...." -- Tony Ancheta
(Dec 21, 2012) Hmmm...I dunno, men...from how I'm seeing it, I got 2 strikes and counting :( or perhaps, that I'm getting there. We'll see :)

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(Dec 21, 2012) Serendipity.... Looks like you have a bunch of them coming your way lately :)

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