Snippets from Martin Gel*


Martin: If the girl is the manhid type, then guys should say “Uy, liligawan kita a.” If it was never communicated, then the girl might just think, “Sweet naman nito. Sayang.” If courtship went on the pakiramdaman route or if we feel like she’s not going to fall no matter what, then we can simply say we are just naturally sweet. Lusot! Personally, I am more of a showy person. With all my exes, I don’t recall asking. I just overloaded them with sweetness they’ve never experienced. Naks.

~ Episode 1: Courtship


Martin: It depends on your trust level. Personally, I trust my friends. So if they abang on my girl, let them abang. Pero if they make a move to provoke me, that’s on a different level. I suggest they make abang and then, if our relationship fails, they move in.

~ Episode 2: In A Relationship


*Name has been changed.


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About Martin

Martin Gel (pen name) is a Service Management professional at an IT service provider. A graduate of Mapua Institute of Technology, he previously worked at a kickass call center company before he found his Happy Place.

He now bikes to work and plays basketball.

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Edits: Jacquie Bamba S. Zamora

Before I Do Anthology

Philippine Copyright © 2016 by Katherine C. Eustaquio-Derla

Kath C. Eustaquio-Derla is a journalism graduate from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines. She wrote Bedroom Blog by Veronica, a relationship blog for Cosmopolitan Philippines from 2009 to 2011, which covers most of her single dating life. In 2015, she published her first book Before I Do. She’s passionate about coffee, red wine, books and Mad Men. She stopped collecting hearts when she got married in 2013 and went back to collecting Archie Comics ever since. Send the author a tweet @kceustaquio.

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