Poof! And just like that, September is gone. Where did it go? These next few months will pass by so fast the next thing you know it’s the new year. October is supposed to be the month for the Maui Fair but due to the global pandemic, it’s been canceled two years in a row. When are we going back to normal? What else is stored for the month of October? Halloween! My favorite part about Halloween is dressing up and seeing what others—friends, family and co-workers—come up with unique costumes themselves. Buying a costume is great but making it from your own creativity is double great. Have you ever made your own costume? The Halloween event in Lahaina might not happen this year but we can still dress up and have fun. Don’t forget to take a picture of it and share it on your social media so others can see. Let’s spend time with the kids while we can. They grow up so fast and time flies by; next thing you know, they are off to college.
Shout out to our October babies: Daphne Butay and Melissa Domingo who both celebrated their birthdays on October 7. Zion Jesse Butay and Michelle Pajinag who will be celebrating their birthdays on October 30th.
Let’s see what’s going on with our story this month and where Michael and Angel will be going next, shall we?
As he passes Katherine, she gives him the matamis (sweetest) ngisi (smile). “Naimbag nga aldaw mo! (Good morning!) “Go get ’um boss,” she says. He yuhom (smiles) back and enters the conference room for the briefing.
As he closes the ganhaan (door), his Chief says “Maayong buntag, (Good morning) Ray, here is the new file.” On the table is a picture of Angel and the deceased cop with a manila folder tabbed WANTED.
He freezes. He doesn’t know ano (what) to do.
“Ray, here’s the folder,” the Chief repeats.
“Ray … ” the chief says as he stands there speechless.
“Ray, did you hear me?” the chief says as he waves his hand past his nawong (face).
Ray slowly comes to. Startled as the chief touches his shoulder. No response. The chief shakes his shoulder.
“Uh, uh, wen (yes) sir. Sorry, I just realized I might have forgotten to lock the house puwerta (door). I need to go check on it.” Ray picks up the folder and hurriedly scoots out of the room.
He walks pass Katherine and she looks at him for a split second and stands up immediately to follow him.
“Ray,” she says.
He does not slow down.
“Ray … ” she says as she raises her voice and begins to walk faster.
He makes a turn towards the hallway that leads to his office at the end.
“Ray!” she shouts.
She jogs to him and clasps his arm. He stops while breathing heavily.
“Hani (What’s) wrong Ray?” she demands.
“Wala (Nothing),” he answers.
“Ray, I know when something is wrong with you. I have been with you too long to know that silly mukat (face) you make. The way your eye twitches when something is wrong. Now spill it,” she demands as she clasps harder onto his arm.
He looks at her and nods towards his office.
They enter and lock the pintuan (door) behind them.
Meanwhile, rolling on the ground, the struggle quickly changes as Angel turns around. Michael lays on top of her with their mukha (faces) fronting each other.
Michael looks her in the eyes and then to her labi (lips). “Oh, she’s so malagu (beautiful),” he says to himself.
Moving his gaze down to her labi (lips), he gives her a halik (kiss).
They haluk (kiss) and the magazine drops to the carpet.
Michael passionately kisses Angel and she kisses him back.
Buzz … Buzz … Bzzzz …
Michael ignores the phone buzzing in his pocket and continues kissing Angel.
Angel pulls her head back and says, “Someone’s calling Michael.”
He just ignores hani (what) she says and continues kissing. The phone continues to buzz.
“Michael, the phone is ringing,” Angel says again.
Michael with a big annoyed sigh, pushes up from the floor and rolls over. He tries to reach for his phone in his pocket and struggles to eject the phone from his left side pant sleeve. “Grrr,” he grunts. “Why did I have to buy such a big phone,” sarcastically murmuring.
Buzz … Buzz … Bzzzz …
The phone continues to buzz.
“Halin ’to! (Go away!)” Michael murmurs.
He can’t take out the phone so he slowly sits up and then stands up.
“Hello?” he answers.
Angel sits up and goes to the restroom while Michael paces back and forth.
“Wa (Yes) that’s fine,” Angel hears Michael say from a distance while she washes her dagway (face).
“How long?” Michael murmurs while Angel gathers the rest of Michael’s things from the restroom into a bag.
“How much is that?” Michael continues and glances over to Angel and then exits the room.
“Why does this man have so many facial products?” Angel giggles as she loads the last of the items into the bag.
Finally sitting down on the bed, she sees herself in the mirror.
“Anni (What) happened to you Angel? Nanoyin (What) happened to the life you were expecting when you got here?” quietly thinking to herself.
“When do I see my parents again? Oh, how I would love to just tell them everything and go home,” as she begins to tear up.
“But if I can make it here, I can help my family so many times over. Kurug (Yes). I need to make it here.” Angel looks at herself with more conviction. “Oo, (Yes), no matter ana (what).”
Michael walks into the room and says “Ok, let’s bilisan (hurry) and get out of here.”
“Where are we going?” Angel asks.
I set up a balay (house) in the countryside that a friend owns. We should be safe there until we can figure out anni (what) to do. The bahay (house) is the only one in that area. The neighbor is far away.
Angel looks at him with an innocence that turns into compliance.
“I will follow you until I cannot follow you anymore. Please God let my heart be right this time,” Angel whispers.
“Ano (What)?” Michael irritatedly questions. “Hani (What) did you say?”
Angel smiles. “Awan (Nothing), dear. Let’s alistuam mu (hurry).”
They load the last bag in the car and dash off to Kahakuloa. A man sits in a car snapping a few photos and steadily proceeds to follow them.
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I’m Dulce, helping you to master your Filipino Languages. Like always, let’s laugh, let’s makinig (listen) and Let’s Talk Pinoy! Hanggang sa muli! (Until next time!) Ingat! (Take care!)
Dulce Karen Butay was graduated from Maui High School and received her Associate in Arts degree in Liberal Arts from Maui Community College. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, specializing in Accounting, from the University of Hawai‘i – West O‘ahu. She is currently the Administrative Officer at the County of Maui, Department of Finance. Butay is a licensed Resident Producer of Life Insurance with World Financial Group and an Independent Consultant of Saladmaster. She is now part of Saladmaster’s Travel Club and won an all-expenses paid trip to Cancún, Mexico. Butay has traveled to Texas, the Philippines and Thailand as one of the delegates from Island Healthy Solutions, a Saladmaster dealer here on Maui.