It appears to be a yearly thing, the quest for the latest greatest whoop tee do Cella Phone, with APP’s you (Meaning I) will never understand or use, I won’t even list the super dupper things it can do. But I do know it will do all the things that last year’s model will do and won’t even do them better. I still have a large screen “MyPhone” (PNP 3,000.00) that does exactly what I want it to do.
It allows me to make and receive phone calls, to text and receive incoming texts in large font. It allows me to charge it all the time and it will collect dust on my dresser, but I do check it during the day for Msg’s and mis-calls. It has a camera that takes blurry photos, but I have a nice camera that when needed I carry with me more often than any phone. I can go on line with it but never have, because I own a computer that I keep at home. Now it has a great volume button and the font is large, and I figured out how to use the on screen key board. For me it’s the perfect cella phone (Okay I know Smart Phone is the proper term) But if my wife calls it a cella phone, who am I to correct her?
Garbage, typhoons, And Augmented teeth, this has been one busy month, Mayang joined me outside while I was enjoying an adult beverage (Not my first and definitely not my last) When the subject of new cella phones came up. Not really a new phone for her, but she was willing to pass down to me her Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos GT 19082 Smart type (Cella) Phone (PNP 14,000.00) so I would have a much nicer one than I now have. Do you see where this was going? I certainly did.
I exclaimed: “Oh Mahal, you always think of my needs first, and what a wonderful idea!” She has a confused look on her face, wondering if it was my steady beer consuming, or had I lost it while battling my augmented new teeth that caused me discomfort.
As I mentioned last week, yes; I had fell off a turnip truck but it was sixty years ago. So I asked what new phone she would need in order to make this sacrifice for me? I explained that especially since I had no idea how to operate her wiz-bang high tech cella smart phone, Ahh the look of disappointment and rejection, which came over my wife’s face when I said that.
Mayang, could there be another reason a new cella (smart) phone is required? Could it be at Texas Joe’s the other day your friends all had new type smarty farty cella phones? Well, her eyes dropped down and to the left, so once more I said; Honey Ko. Is that the reason? It seems that it was, but I loved the convoluted way she brought up the subject. Knowing that over the years she has asked for little and given so much, so yes, there is a new cella phone in her future. My phone will remain the “My-Phone” sitting on my dresser doing its tireless work of receiving texts and mis-call that I might or might not answer, and not forgetting that one bank that’s been wanting to loan me Millions of Peso will be ignored for sure.
So I said to Mrs. Thompson; “You know that you are not my Mother, but because the coming Sunday is “Mother’s Day” I will take you for lunch…. (Wait for it) and a new Cella smart phone at the Mall first! Brown eyes went brighter, feet commenced to tapping (But in that good way) and she dashed to tell her sister and our daughter the news. Two minutes later I had a fresh adult beverage in my hand, which she would have done no matter what the outcome would have been.
Mother’s Day at the mall; arrived Sunday morning at opening time, off to the second deck where it is electronics heaped upon electronics and the Cella Phone is king, accessories for these smart gadgets runs a close second. Samsung Store where a young man wearing more make up than my wife daughter and niece combined waited on us in mortal fear of the “Kano” but I started joking with him/her and put him at ease and he started to joke back, he even introduced me to his boy friend in Tennessee via a video call. But he was very helpful in the selection of Mayang’s new Cella Smart Phone the Samsung Galaxy E7 (PNP 18,000.00) with all the bells and whistles that her old phone had but brand new.
Because of economics there was no way her old phone was being relegated to a drawer as a spare or part of an odd collection. But now and against my wishes it fell into my most un-capable hands, it took me months to get the “MyPhone” to respond to me and do what I wanted it to, now the trek starts anew.
So standing beside me is my sweet 15 year old niece Shay-shay who I know has an outdated cell phone with no internet ability. I slowly turned and handed her “The MyPhone” with PNP 1, 00.00 to accessorize it to please her and then the light that came out of her cute brown eyes would blind a person as surely as looking into the sun. She was soon lost to the wonders of the World Wide Web, or at least Facebook for sure, for the next few hours.
It’s a funny thing about the care and feeding of the Filipina once the shopping is completed, an overwhelming desire for food comes upon them, and I’ll admit I was a bit peckish myself. Off to Vasco’s Water Front Restaurant overlooking Subic Bay or the Pirate Place as it’s called by my grandson, because of all the nautical equipment on display. The food was flowing and the harbor views are spectacular but all three ladies had their heads down looking at the new and the newly acquired cella smart phones. Mine was in the glove box in the car, where it should be. Jaden was spinning the old fashion Pirates Ship’s Wheel. And sailing the Spanish Main in his imagiation.
Now Mayang will be the one to be the one with the wondrous new Cella Smart Phone at the next meeting of the ladies. Yes their husbands will have something to say to me, but I know we’ll have a cocktail and a laugh over it, and they’ll be heading to the mall on the way home.
Cast of Characters:
Paul now has the Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos GT 19082 sitting on the dresser in his bedroom.
Mayang now has the Samsung Galaxy Grand E7 within reach during all waking hours
Shay-Shay (My niece) now has the famous “MyPhone” big screen phone that went on and stayed on the internet for the first time in the phones life. She is off to Facebook and has not been seen since.
Ymir Thea (Our daughter) has the I-Phone 5 but seems to like the Samsungs phones more. But is forever video calling her husband in Florida.
Jaden: Has a tablet that he plays learning games on. But the ship’s wheel at Vasco’s was more fun for him.
We’ll do it all over again next year……..
Hey, hey pssssssssst, yeah you over there….! Don’t tell anyone as I have a reputation to uphold, but damn I really like that new Smart Cella Phone Mayang gave me… Don’t tell a damn Soul, or I’ll send a tiny pirate to get you!