We’re now on the second part of our exhibit, “Fourground”, and we’ve moved from Shangri-la Mall to The Podium. The Podium exhibit will feature a different set of photos. This time around, we’re showing some travel photographs. The Podium run started today, January 25, and will run until Saturday, January 31, at the 4th floor.
I wasn’t able to join the group in dismantling the Shangri-la exhibit, but I was able to join them later at the set-up in Podium. It was a lot of work, fixing the panels, finding the right layout, putting up the new set of pics, etc. We finished almost 4am!
I had quite an adventure midway into the set-up. When I arrived at the mall, we ordered coffee at Starbucks, so I had a bladder full of caffeinated liquid as early as 11pm. At around 2:30 am, the pressure on my bladder was unbearable! I tried holding in the weewee until after we finished, but it was too herculean a task for my wimpy bladder. The problem was, all the toilets in the ENTIRE mall were closed by that time. The ONLY toilet open was at the level 5 BASEMENT! So from the 4th floor, I’d have to go to the ground floor, then from there I’d have to go 5 more floors down. I’d have to walk a total of 9 floors down just to pee! It was a difficult decision. I really needed to go badly, but it was a long way down, in a deserted mall, with most of the lights turned off. I was so tempted to pay manong guard to accompany me, but whatever dignity I had left stopped me from doing so. So I bit the bullet, and started my long trek down.
It wasn’t so bad walking down to the ground floor, with only the occasional yelp everytime I thought I saw a mannequin move. From the ground floor, I had to go outside of the mall and walk down to the basement levels via the car ramp! Not only was it creepy and devoid of any humanoid life form, but only the first 2 levels had any semblance of light! From level 3 down, IT WAS PITCH BLACK. It was either I pee in my pants on the ramp or I move on. I took out my cellphone as my only source of light and walked down the ramps for three more levels, which felt like I was marching into the belly of Hades, and walked blindly around the 5th level looking for what seemed like a needle in a haystack. Finally I found the toilet (which was a miracle in itself given that the whole basement floor was huge) and immediately drained the main vein, in what seemed like an eternity of pleasure. After the adrenalin of having to pee went down, panic finally set in. The walk back up was going to be a LONG one. I took it one blind step at a time. One floor became two, then three, and before I knew it I was back inside the mall, and into the safe company of my friends back on the 4th floor. That was quite an adventure for a scaredy-cat like me. Moments like those are what cheap horror B-movies are made of. I was just glad I survived it.
That said, please check out our pictures at the Podium!