The other day, when we were at the Getty Villa, I had my period.
I panicked because I didn’t have any sanitary napkin with me. I checked the vendo so I can buy however, they only sell tampons.
Tampons and condoms.
I rushed to the cafe where Pineda and Arnaiz were. As expected, they didn’t have sanitary napkins with them either.
So it was the tampons or saksakan ko ng tissue lagi ang panty ko and pray to God na hindi ako tagusan.
I asked Arnaiz how to put tampons on. I have never used that in my entire life.
ARNAIZ: Itaas mo yung isang paa mo sa bowl. Then isaksak mo lang sa loob mo yung stick, itulak mo then hilahin mo palabas. Maiiwan na yung nagaabsorb sa loob mo. May string yun para hihilahin mo pagtatanggalin mo. Pagmasakit, that means mali paglagay mo.
ME: I will call you while I’m doing it.
I asked for 3 pieces of quarters from Pineda. One tampon is one quarter. I got 3 tampons to be sure.
I went inside the toilet cubicle with 3 tampons in hand.
I opened one and panicked again. Ang haba! A tampon is this long.
Isasaksak ko ba ito lahat sa pekpek ko?!
I attempted to call Arnaiz but there was no wifi signal in the toilets. OMG talaga. I had to figure out everything by myself.
I threw away the first tampon because it wouldn’t go inside me. I had a slight success on the second one but I pulled the string out because I got scared na hindi siya matanggal inside me. I put the last one inside. Kung hindi lang weird na weird ako sa mga pangyayari, I would have laughed at that string dangling below me.
I went back to where Arnaiz and Pineda were sitting. It felt so weird walking with something inside me. Arnaiz would have none of my ka-artehan. Pineda was curious.
PINEDA: Anong feeling mare?
ME: Hindi okay mare. Hindi ko ma-explain.
PINEDA: Weird mo maglakad niyan.
ME: I know.
After a while, I tugged Pineda and whispered to her.
ME: Alam ko na ano ang feeling. Parang naglalakad ka tapos may finger sa loob mo.
Pineda couldn’t stop laughing.
I called up Alvin to tell him this. Grossed out na grossed out lolo mo.
I couldn’t wait to go home that day and put normal sanitary napkins on. How could some girls get used to using tampons? It’s so not comfortable! Pero ha, tampons are so normal in the United States. Sanayan lang siguro, ano? The only good thing here is that I can say that I have tried using them at one point of my life.
Pero hindi na siguro ako uulit.