When Bappy became Chaplin

I think it was Sunday when I arrived at Bappy and Anja’s in Intendente.C95A0282
C95A0283 It was a long walk from the metro and it was raining. Somewhere among the labyrinth of houses was a Lidl, that was supposed to be a shortcut, but I ended up opening a door that set the alarm for the whole store. I got to Bappy’s just in time for the future prediction using coffee session.C95A0299
They say, after you’ve finished drinking your coffee, turn your cup over and see what forms from what’s left of the coffee grains. From there, shapes will appear and some people can interpret the shapes that form.
C95A0286I think Sean interpreted mine and Pien’s coffee, but I don’t remember what he said. That day though, Bappy’s future was set. He’s getting a make over, one that we’ve talked about for a while.
C95A0297C95A0303Bappy told me he’d never used an electronic shaver before. That wasn’t new to me. My brother, like most people from home, don’t really grow lush beards, so there was never a need for an electronic shaver. It’s not that they don’t want to grow beards, its just that when you’re physically designed to be beardless, the idea of an electronic shaver doesn’t really apply.C95A0307C95A0304 Sean took charge of Bappy’s make over. C95A0312C95A0314 I call him Sean “my man” because he really is the man! If you have a crazy idea but you’re afraid to pursue it,  Sean will really encourage you to go through with it.C95A0322C95A0324 Exhibit A.C95A0326C95A0331Nayeem says: Smile! We will send this to your mother!C95A0362C95A0347C95A0349Bappy had wanted to be Chaplin but not just any Chaplin, but a Chaplin in Lisbon! So he dressed up and we headed to Baixa Chiado so he could sit next to Antonio Ribeir0’s statue .C95A0364C95A0368 C95A0372We got a lot of weird stares and “Madre Deus!”s on the way but nothing can stop Bappy from Chaplain-ing in Baixa Chiado! C95A0374C95A0383It was so much fun seeing Bappy transform into Chaplin. A few hours before this, we reading each other’s futures from the bottom of coffee cups and now we have arrived. C95A0376C95A0378This happened months ago, and that rainy day in Baixa Chiado seems so far away and I don’t quite remember how the day ended, but because it’s the beginning of a new year in a few hours, I’d like to remember this day.

We can’t really tell what’s going to happen in the future as much as we can read about it from the bottom of coffee cups, but I think if wanting to do something is more important to you than the possible fear that comes with using an electronic shaver for the first time, or with trusting a few crazy friends to help you turn into Chaplin, then no matter how or where you end up, you’ll always be a little bit further from where you begun– and that’s great! Who know’s you can even be Chaplin for a day.

Published by Venice De Castro

Venice De Castro is documentarist whose curiosity is observing how personal and societal transformations manifest in everyday life.

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