(Off-topic first: For fellow OFWs, check out this critique on the new POEA Guidelines on Direct Hiring. Protests and rallies are being organized everywhere. Hurray!)
Tonight, two worlds shall collide.
Alright, I exaggerate. This is what will actually happen tonight:
A fellow activist is leaving Hong Kong for good and moving somewhere in the Pacific. He's originally from Switzerland but I'm not sure if he's really rooted anywhere.
Mike is a human rights activist and a darn good one. We were together in the 2nd HK Mission for Human Rights and Peace in the Philippines last October. In one of the few moments when the schedule was not so tight, Mike and I engaged in a discussion on HR, peace, non-violence, revolutionary violence, the armed struggle in Nepal and the Philippines, etc. etc. It was a good talk over bottles of SMB and San Mig Light.
But I think the whole time that I have known him, his best moment was when he literally trashed the statements of Solicitor General Agnes Devanadera in our meeting with her. He was so good I could have given him a crown!
His colleagues called for farewell drinks for Mike. I'll definitely attend that one. I've known many activists who have come and gone. I don't mind. As another activist friend has told me: we may be traveling on different roads, but we are heading towards the same direction. Hope to see them there!
After the farewell drinks, it'll be time for a gay night with my new found friends. It'll be a night of chit-chat, food (drooling over thoughts of Rye's kaldereta now) and drinks. For sure it'll be fun to meet again those I already know and get to know those I haven't met yet.
A good start of the month night, eh?
It'll be a full night for sure. But one I'm looking forward to - both the activist and the gay in me.
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