Sira-sira store: Post-Val first aid

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Friday, February 14, 2014


IT'S a cold morning, post-Valentine’s Day. Some of you may have spent the day with a loved one, but not Michael Christian Martinez, the first Filipino and Southeast Asian figure skater to try his luck at gold in the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Let me sidetrack you first.

As of this writing, the 17-year-old is still to compete in the final round, after he finished 19th among the top 24 who qualified. Remarkable.

What makes it even most remarkable, if I am permitted to use the superlative, is that he went to Russia with love for the sport.

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He was the lone soul when he marched during the parade of colors. No Philippine contingent went with him, and yet his heart and talent served him well.

According to uncle Gustav, “The boy has heart. The boy has courage. The boy has potential. I’m proud of that boy, win or lose.”

It’s the same view that the Olympic annotators held. They commented that his dance to the theme from Romeo and Juliet showed a “charismatic performer” who displayed “good flexibility” and overall, it was a “great performance skill for such a young man.”

TV5, which has been covering the winter events, interviewed Martinez before his performance.

He said that being in the ice gave him the feeling that he is a superhero. Hero, indeed, because his presence in an event as alien as Saturn to a tropical country like ours is heroic.

Back to my main subject, I am sure many of you are suffering from post-Valentine misery, and as always I am here to offer remedies.

• If your girlfriend stood you up and you don’t know what to do with the dozen red roses that came with a minuscule teddy bear, pull out each rose and give it to all the girls in your office.

Give the teddy bear to your laundrywoman who has a daughter who direly wishes she could have a stuffed toy.

• A headache may be your nearest companion now after a night of drinking with your buddies.

Cure the blues with this ginger brew: Mash a couple of ginger roots, set aside. Boil a pot of water and only then add the ginger. Simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from fire. Crush a few mint leaves and drop into the pot and steep for a few minutes or until the ginger brew is cold.

You can drink the brew while it’s hot or you can pop it into the refrigerator to chill it. To serve, sweeten with sugar or honey and lemon or lemonsito juice according to taste.

• Still depressed because it’s after Valentine’s Day and you’re still single? Don’t worry. Think of all the girls and boys who have to struggle with jealousy. Or all the attached people who need to get permission from their significant other before they can go to a gig.

Being single is not a curse. It can be a bliss if you know how to handle your life. Don’t think of what you don’t have. Think of what you have: freedom of time.

• If Valentine’s Day ruined your budget, the only suggestion I can make is to sew the holes in your pocket and learn restraint. The road to love doesn’t have to be painful or penniless.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 15, 2014.

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