manila by gabrielle astrid

brush your teeth and take your contacts out before the water turns off at 10pm fill plastic bins with water like an IV drip drip so you can flush the toilet in the middle of the night when you can’t sleep in the morning you’ll have pandesal and kape with tita two mugs in the microwave for a minute and a half instant coffee slowly disintegrating in warmth before you sleep turn on the air conditioner loud and artificial downstairs you cover all of the food in plastic and make sure nothing is left out cockroach playground home

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