“Do you know what shabu means? Did you know that each letter means something?” Cesar asked, pressing a clean sheet of aluminum foil between two one-peso coins.
“You mean an acronym,” Franco replied, a dull glint of the strip cruising his vision.
“An acronym. That’s what you’re trying to say. Each letter stands for a word. Like PBA. Philippine Basketball Association. Or NBA . . . ”
“I get it. Exactly. An acronym. So . . . you know what shabu means?”
“I didn’t know it meant anything.”
“Satan Has Already Bought You.”
* * * *
The gossip in Bacolod. So-and-so had a shabu addiction.
Self: “How can he be hooked on shabu, he doesn’t make any money. Don’t you need a lot of money to get shabu?”
Self remembers how her cousin Manong Genray scoffed: “Even ‘sikab‘ drivers get hooked on shabu.”
Sikab is a bastardization of the words “Tricycle” and “Cab.” You can take one of these, 5 pesos (11 US cents) a ride. Cheaper even than riding a jeepney, which is 8 pesos (19 US cents).
Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.