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“Sa hindi inaaasahang
Pagtatagpo ng mga mundo
May minsan lang na nagdugtong,
Damang dama na ang ugong nito…”


by Gail Descoeurs

I turn to Nicole, a friend from college, and a self-professed tarot reader. We talked a few days earlier about him, and seeing my uneasiness, suggested reading my “situation”. A thousand miles away and few hours ahead of Manila, she put on her pajamas to fight the chill in Sydney, laid the cards on the table, and a minute later, shared to me her reading.

“He’s very neutral. He’s very focused. He has deeply embedded in his mind that a love life is not for him.”


“He noticed you, yes. But his thoughts never strayed other than knowing you.”

What do you mean?

“You weren’t a fly on the wall.”

She makes a second reading. This time, she looks into my future.

“When you cross the threshold of being colleagues, there might be a chance. But just a warning. The man is a coward. Even when it reaches a point he feels something, he will suppress it. All the cards indicate an emotional up and down, suppression of feelings, and a finding of strength.”

The world is changed because you are made of ivory and gold. The curves of your lips rewrite history.”

― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray