It’s full of kids playing online games, and although the sign at the entrance says they open at 8am, it was well over 10am before they unlocked the front door. But at least the gaming computers have headsets attached to them, so I don’t get bombarded by gaming chaos while I’m blogging, so it’s actually better than the 25/hr cafe I was in at the mall at Tambo. I could turn into a regular here. They have 10 units, some with webcams and all with headsets, and the aircon is at a tolerable coolness.
Just a few days ago there was a big fire at the back of this place, which is the talipapa or mini wet market, a blaze big enough to warrant the presence of more than 10 firetrucks from voluntary firefighters coming from as far as Quezon City. The streets here are so narrow the other firetrucks had trouble placing themselves at a useful distance from the fire, and it raged for the better part of the afternoon before it was contained. A few people had been hurt and were taken away by a number of ambulances, and I hear one person died in the fire. A few shanties were hit, there was the confusion of a hurried evacuation of residents, but by five in the afternoon, the periphery looked like nothing untoward had happened. Put that to the hardiness of the Pinoy psyche; life goes on and so does everything that is associated with earning a living.
And so this internet cafe, as well as two others nearby, is back in business. And, for all intents and purposes (and some good timing), so am I.