So yeah, I love getting free movie tickets from Ayala Cinema's Sureseats. Being a loyal movie patron (and site/promo stalker), I often am a recipient of their freebies. As one of my favorite quotes go: "Chance favors the prepared mind." (Louis Pasteur)
Ah, but with great gifts come great responsibility — and having two free tickets to an awesome movie is a difficult challenge for a single guy like me. What should I do with the other ticket??? And what will others think about what I did with the other ticket???
Here's the cycle of thought-choices that run through my head each time:
Option 1: Find a safe, same-gender movie buddy.
• Enjoy the movie for movie's sake.
• Walang tampuhan.
• Getting labeled as a couple. Get a life — you free-ticket-jealous, green-eyed, rumor-mongering monsters.
Unfortunately, my movie buddies aren't always available. So...
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Option 2: Share ticket with random friend.
• Free ticket not wasted. Yay!
• If you give the ticket to someone whom you're not that really close with, you risk having some other friends feel disappointed (tampo) with you.
• Most (if not all) of the time, solitude is a more preferable companion than an annoying movie buddy.
• Seriously, I don't want to just randomly give away my precious (hahahah precioussssss) ticket to someone whom I actually hesitate sharing my prized loot with! I "worked" hard for it!!!
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Option 3: Give both tickets away.
• Free tickets not wasted?
• ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? THOSE ARE MY TICKETS! MINE!!!
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Option 4: Give to an opposite-gender friend/acquaintance/stranger.
• Free ticket not wasted...?
• Might send wrong message/signal to and/or about girl.
• Might send wrong ideas about girl TO EVERYONE IN MY AND HER SOCIAL NETWORK (both online and offline).
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Option 5: Return extra ticket at the gate.
• No issues. No gossips. AND walang tampuhan.
• Sayang ng free ticket... sigh.
• And yeah, it sucks when I'm alone and stuck in between groups of annoying people in the cinema... which is more noticeable/observable simply because I am alone.
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Promo prizes, particularly where free movie tickets are concerned, should not be limited to two pieces — or at least they should ask if the winner is single or not, and offer THREE tickets instead to all SINGLE GUYS/GIRLS hahaha!
But hey, who cares? MORE FREE TICKETS DILEMMAS for the SINGLE GUY!