Outer Space: “Ch. 5 – The Portal”


Outer Space
Chapter 5: The Portal

Lombardy, Italy. Year 1950.

Ol’H walks through a time portal. He is welcomed with green morainic hills of Franciacorta which is famous for vineyards and wine production.

Earth is beautiful! I can stay here for long.”, Ol’H exclaimed to himself while adopting his appearance and behavior with humans.
Come posso aiutarti, signore?”, asked by a confused vigneron.
Hai qualche lavoro che può offrirmi? Posso fare qualsiasi cosa.”, politely answered by Ol’H.
Di dove sei? Per fortuna, ho bisogno di un raccoglitore d’uva in questo momento.”, replied by vigneron.
Sono venuto dalla periferia della Lombardia che sta solo cercando di trovare una vita normale.”, answered by Ol’H.
Sei assunto. Vieni, aiutami.”, replied by vigneron.

Piero, the vigneron, is a widower who lives with his Bergamasco dog. He inherited a vineyard from his great grandfather and this has been his way of living since childhood. After a short walk, Piero and Ol’H arrived to the vineyard.

A proposito, come ti chiami?”, asked by Piero.

Ol’H was speechless for a minute because he haven’t decided about his Earth name. Ol’H is not a household name so he needs to come up with something else.

Puoi chiamarmi, Matteo.”, answered by Ol’H.
Matteo, un buon nome. In ebraico significa ‘dono di Dio’.”, explained by Piero.

Matteo grinned. The injected chip on his left wrist is continuously blinking blue. He swipes it using the right index finger. A scrolling marquee appeared underneath his skin – “Poonie, your primary mission is to live like a human being and to learn everything about this planet. Remember that you can only use time portal twice. Good luck. Persephone Control Center now signing off.”.

 

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events, locales, and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.

If you missed the fourth chapter, here’s Chapter 4: The Outer Space.

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Outer Space: “Ch. 4 – The Outer Space”


Outer Space
Chapter 4: The Outer Space

Epcot Restaurant, 95,000,000 miles away from Earth. Year 2118.

Ariane 5 Ballistic Cruise is now traversing Elon Musk’s 2008 Tesla Roadster. The Starman, a mannequin dressed in a spacesuit, still occupies the driver’s seat.

What a pretty view! I wonder what they were thinking when they sent this object to the void.”, exclaimed by a curious 8-year old Asian boy.
Musk wants a less boring than a typical test payload and obviously it was also a smart marketing ploy.”, answered by Zuri.

A trixelated billboard showing the infamous scene between Dave and HAL 9000 from Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey film is discernable. This is a sign that they are now fast approaching Epcot Restaurant – the first stopover going to Mars.

Finally, we can eat normal Earth food on a gravitational environment.”, shouted by the Asian boy, Xin Li.

The Ballistic Cruise carries 34 people from different nationalities. Everyone on board are professionals on their own right and fluent in English language. Their primary goals are to propagate knowledge and to reproduce race once they arrived in Mars.

Lucas talking to her daughter, “Aren’t you excited to see your childhood friend, Alexandre?
Yes Papa. I’m wondering what he’s doing right now. It has been four years when I last spoke with him.”, answered by Zuri.
We’ll be there in few more months. For now, just keep yourself occupied and continue inventing things.”, replied by Lucas.

The Ballistic Cruise is now docking to one of Epcot Restaurant latches. All passengers are excited for this layover because nothing compares to the feeling of living on Earth-like environment again.

 

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events, locales, and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.

If you missed the third chapter, here’s Chapter 3: The Persephone.

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Outer Space: “Ch. 3 – The Persephone”


Outer Space
Chapter 3: The Persephone

Orion Arm, Milky Way. Year 2114.

Persephone is an undiscovered planet between Earth and Mars. It is a progressive planet that can also be found within Milky Way Galaxy. Its entire 2,580 sphere radius is covered by an invisibility dome which deactivates once every single orbit.

Poonies, the inhabitants of Persephone, are thousand light-years ahead in terms of technology compared to humans. They have satellites, rovers, and drones as far as ‘Planet Nine’ or any visible planets within the solar system. They have teleportation devices that can transport any living things in a nick of time. They have weather and disease controllers that can mitigate climate change and incurable diseases respectively. They have centralized brain-chip hubs that manage communications within and outside the planet. They have advanced spacecrafts that can stealthily maneuver anywhere in the galaxy.

The dome opened. It was like a scene from movie when angels come down from Heaven and demons come out from Hell.

Ol’H beamed a signal to Earth using his handheld LaserPointerX while wearing VR headset and Haptic gloves.

It was surreal seeing the music box responding to my signal. That classical music is blissful to ears. I pray that it will be kept by a rightful owner.”, whispered by Ol’H.

Somewhere on Earth, Zuri is celebrating 24th Birthday with her family.

 

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events, locales, and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.

If you missed the second chapter, here’s Chapter 2: The Music Box.

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Outer Space: “Ch. 2 – The Music Box”


Outer Space
Chapter 2: The Music Box

Interlaken, Switzerland. Year 2114.

The Swiss Made Shop, which is owned by Elias, trades old items. It is situated along the main road but only few are coming in. These traditional shops are closing out because novelties and collectibles are things of the past. People this period dwells more onto newfangled ideas and radical technologies.

Terrafugia TF-X8 Turbo parked in front of the shop. A clad man wearing black Google Wireless Buds enters the vicinity then looks around.

Kann ich Ihnen helfen?”, asked by Elias.

The Buds instantly translated the language into something that the man can understand. Mic speaker then seamlessly converted his French dialect to German language.

The man replied, “Verkaufen Sie irgendeine Vintage-Spieluhr?
Ja. Ich habe eine alte Spieluhr, die ich von meiner Großmutter geerbt habe.”, answered by Elias.
The man enthusiastically asked, “Für wie viel?”.
Da wir heute schließen und du die erste Person bist, die vorbeikommt, gebe ich es dir kostenlos.”, responded by Elias.
The teary man reacted, “Das ist sehr nett von dir. Meine Tochter wird sicherlich glücklich sein.

Lucas went out to the store with a happy face and a two century-old mechanical music box on his left hand. He opened the case and rotated the cylinder seven times. An angel with harp dances while Beethoven’s Für Elise is playing in the background.

Ma fille, Zuri, adorera ça pour son 24ème anniversaire.”, he silently cried.

Somewhere in outer space, a signal is beaming to Earth from undiscovered planet.

 

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events, locales, and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.

If you missed the pilot chapter, here’s Chapter 1: The Earth.

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Outer Space: “Ch. 1 – The Earth”


I’m starting a blog series to showcase an impromptu storytelling. I will try to publish every week so that you can follow the story of each characters. ‘Outer Space’ is about life in general exploring the distant future.

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events, locales, and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.

 

Outer Space
Chapter 1: The Earth

Paris, France. Year 2118.

Zuri is peacefully sitting in Jardins du Trocadéro which is across the Eiffel Tower. The cup of coffee warms her hand while waiting for glimpse of sun to rise over the horizon. It was a fine morning to capture a hyperlapse using her wearable Mainbot SmartEyeGlass.

The injected chip on her right wrist is continuously blinking blue. She taps it while opening her palm upwards. A 3D hologram shows a reminder which appeared as if she is holding it – “Paris Métro Bullet Line 8 from Trocadéro going to Saint-Germain-des-Prés is boarding in 15 minutes.”.

Il est temps de rentrer à la maison. J’espère que je peux encore vous voir bientôt.”, Zuri whispered to herself.

Five years ago, Zuri and her family enrolled to Mars Exploration Program (MEP). This NASA-funded program is a long-term effort to explore planet Mars. It solidified century ago when a ‘Mars Czar’ pushed on determining if life arose on Mars through its climate and geology. They then prepared human explorations and started sending them after establishing that life can exist on that planet. Tonight, Laurent Family are flying to Guiana Space Center via jet plane. They are part of Batch 4 that will be carried by Ariane 5 Rocket going to the ‘Red Planet’.

Zuri talking to someone over her wrist chip, “J’ai placé tous mes articles importants dans cette capsule temporelle. S’il vous plaît jetez-le dans le golfe de Gascogne.
Chose sûre, madamme.”, answered by the anonymous person.

Laurent Family together with 30 more people flew that night and started their year long journey to the void – the outer space.

 

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Avengers: Infinity War


Nakapagbasa ka na ba ng comics? Nakapanuod ka na ba ng superhero movies? Narinig mo na ba sila Iron Man, Captain America, Incredible Hulk, Thor, o Spider-Man? Kung “Hindi” ang sagot mo sa lahat, hindi para sa iyo ang blog post na ito. Kung may isa kang “Oo” na sagot, ituloy mo lang ang pagbabasa.

Ang MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) films ay ang dahilan kung bakit naisipan kong magsulat. Sila kasi ang may pakana kung bakit mayroong Avengers: Infinity War ngayon. Magbalik tanaw tayo 10 years ago.

Press Rewind.

  • Nakakadalawang taon na ako sa kumpanyang pinapasukan.
  • Nailathala ni Satoshi Nakamoto ang bitcoin sa cryptography mailing list.
  • Nanalo si Barrack Obama bilang ika-44 na presidente ng United States.
  • Nanalo si Manny Pacquiao laban kay Oscar Dela Hoya sa tinaguriang “The Dream Match”.
  • Nanguna si Flo Rida featuring T-Pain sa Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles sa kantang “Low”.
  • Nagbida si Robert Downey Jr. sa Iron Man movie na ni-release ng MCU.

Press Play.

  • Taong 2008 hanggang 2012 nang sinimulan ang unang Phase ng MCU films. Dito ipinakilala ang “big four” ng Avengers.
    2008 at 2010 – Iron Man at Iron Man 2 (two parts) aka Tony Stark
    2008 – The Incredible Hulk aka Bruce Banner
    2011 – Thor aka Thor Odinson
    2011 – Captain America: The First Avenger aka Steven Rogers
    2012 – Marvel’s The Avengers
  • Taong 2013 hanggang 2015 nang sinimulan ang ikalawang Phase ng MCU films. Dito itinuloy ang kwento ng Avengers at in-introduce ang ibang teams.
    2013 – Iron Man 3 (third part) aka Tony Stark
    2013 – Thor: The Dark World (second part) starring Thor Odinson
    2014 – Captain America: The Winter Soldier aka James Barnes
    2014 – Guardians of the Galaxy
    2015 – Avengers: Age of Ultron
    2015 – Ant-Man aka Scott Lang
  • Taong 2016 hanggang 2018 nang sinimulan ang ikatlong Phase ng MCU films. Dito itinuloy pa rin ang kwento ng Avengers at in-introduce ang iba pang characters na bubuo ng Infinity War.
    2016 – Captain America: Civil War
    2016 – Doctor Strange aka Stephen Strange
    2017 – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
    2017 – Spider-Man: Homecoming starring Peter Parker
    2017 – Thor: Ragnarok (third part) starring Thor Odinson
    2018 – Black Panther aka T’Challa
    2018 – Avengers: Infinity War featuring Thanos and The Black Order

Press Pause.

Sa totoo lang, X-Men talaga ang sinusubaybayan ko sa Marvel kahit Avengers ang mas kilala ng nakararami. The Beast aka Henry Phillip McCoy ang holy grail character ko sa Marvel Future Fight game. Ranked 276. Kung may makita kang TheBeastieBoy na IGN sa mga online games, malaki ang tsansa na ako yan. “Mmm, drop!

Play Avengers: Infinity War.

Pebrero taong 2018 nang magsimulang magbenta ng movie tickets ang mga sinehan dito sa Maynila. Hindi ako bumili ng ticket sa halip ay inantay ko na lang na dumating ang buwan ng Abril.

6:54 AM, ika-25 ng Abril taong 2018, nag-post ako sa Facebook ng status.

Perks of waking up early to avoid rush hour:
1. You get to see the sun rise and not the sun seeing you rise.
2. You get to experience 20- to 30-minute drive for a 10 km distance. If you wake up 30 minutes late then expect a 2- to 3-hour drive going to work for the same distance.
3. You get to park where you want.
4. You get to finish work faster. No distractions.
5. You get to go out early and watch Avengers: Infinity War. Kim and Julius, no spoilers please. Embargo!
6. You get more quality time. See you later, Maria Celina.

10 AM, sumaglit sa Uptown Mall Cinema upang bumili ng ticket. Kakabukas lang ng mall noon subalit sobrang haba na kaagad ng pila. Tinitigan ako ng seat monitors sabay nangutya, “All the good seats are taken. You have to choose from the 20%-30% remaining bad ones.”. Tinitigan ko rin sya sabay sabi sa sarili, “Sshhh! There is still one good seat in the middle with eye-level view.”. Success! Nakuha ko yung nag-iisang good spot. Bumalik sa trabaho <insert cricket sound>.

4PM, tumungo ulit sa Uptown Mall upang manuod na ng sine. Maghapon naka-earphone at nakinig ng mga kanta sa iPod 5G. Dahil katulad ng iba, ayaw kong makarinig ng kahit anong spoilers.

SPOILER ALERT!

Movie proper.
May namatay na dalawang Asgardians.
Malakas si Thanos at The Black Order.
May cameo si Stan Lee.
May lumabas na “pulang bungo”.
May namatay na Guardians of the Galaxy member.
Maganda ang uniform ni Spider-Man.
Malakas si Iron Man at Thor.
Matalino si Dr. Strange.
Killjoy si Star-Lord.
May silbi ang binatang Groot.
Masarap magbakasyon sa Wakanda.
Tinamad nang mag-transform si Bruce Banner.
Malakas si Wanda; mahina si Vision.
May pa-snap ng daliri si Thanos.
Maraming naging abo na heroes at humans.
Tumambay si Thanos sa Rice Terraces.
The end.
Nai-send yung message kay Captain Marvel.
Missing in action si Ant-Man at Hawkeye.

Tumagal ng dalawang oras at kalahati ang pelikula. Para sa akin, may tatlong scenes na talagang paglalaruan ang damdamin mo – Iron Man vs. Thanos; Thor thundering in Wakanda; Thanos snapping finger. Lumabas ako ng sinehan na nag-iisip at medyo tulala. Pagsapit ng weekend, nanuod ulit pero sa IMAX naman.

Sa kabuuan, nagustuhan ko ang pelikula. Two thumbs up!

Fun fact: Ang six infinity gems na kinolekta ni Thanos para sa gauntlet ay Soul (orange), Time (green), Space (blue), Mind (yellow), Reality (red), at Power (purple). Mayroon pang tatlong gems na lumabas sa ibang Marvel alternate universe – Ego (white), Rhythm (pink), at Build (red).

Road trip


Apat na taon at limang buwan na pala ang lumipas nang huli akong naglathala ng katha sa blogsite na ito. Ang dami nang nangyari at nagbago. Malamang di na uso ang magsulat at magbasa kasi mas marami na ang gumagawa ng video blog (vlog). Subalit naniniwala pa rin ako sa “power of writing” kung kaya’t may bago kang komposisyon na binabasa ngayon.

Road trip
Joel Buensalida

Isang umagang kasama ka
Sa pagsilay kay haring araw
Tahimik at walang pangamba
Sa pagitan ng ako’t ikaw

Marahang umandar ang kotse
Hinayaan ang kapalaran
Nakaturo sa alas-onse
Oras ay di na namalayan

Atin nang ikutin ang mundo
Kalimutan ang nakaraan
Atin nang ikutin ang mundo
Road trip tayo sa kung pasaan

Marahang tumapak sa preno
Nilasap ang simoy ng hangin
Hawak ang pluma at kwaderno
Iginuhit ang buhay natin

Isang gabi na kasama ka
Sa pagsilay sa bilog na buwan
Tahimik at walang pangamba
Bukas, ngayon, at nakaraan

Isinulat ko ito noong ika-8 ng Mayo taong 2018 na pinalalapatan ko ng himig kay Maria Celina Gerbabuena at guhit kay Gerald Baliwas.