The camera closes in a little boy who’s quietly flipping through a book.
His eyes follow the flow of the words on the pages. And then he notices the camera focusing on his adorable little face. He smiles. And he introduces himself. “Hi! I’m Bien. And I’m seven years old.”
And he shows what book he’s reading. The Wildlife Year from the good people of Reader’s Digest. He has been reading upon the behest of his uncle, who always tells him to read. He flips the book and directs the page of an underwater scene to the camera.
“Beautiful fish, aren’t they? I wonder if I could swim as far as they could. How long could I hold my breath in the water? Why could Cousin Max open his eyes in seawater and be okay while I can’t? I wish I could swim as well as lolo. He swims like a dolphin! Why can dolphins make sounds? Why can they dance on their tails? Are they better than sharks? If they fought with sharks, who would win?”
For a good ten minutes, he bombards the camera with questions from the pictures he saw in the book.
Like any little kid, he doesn’t stay still for long. He goes outside. He prowls after the cat and her kittens, which just woke from their afternoon nap. He observes the sparrows that perch on the jackfruit tree in the yard. He follows to the nest the long line of ants that have taken to pieces the fallen biscuit. He spots a caterpillar among the neighbor’s flowers and a butterfly flying up the alley.
Camera snaps back to the house. His lola prepares juice and a bowl of oatmeal with chocolate powder. He comes in, sweaty and panting. He notices the camera.
“Oh, you’re still here. You should’ve seen me outside today!”
So he regales the camera with how he perfected his backhand this afternoon. And he even got to teach his other little friends how to play tennis, just like how his lolo does. The little group then tried their hands on riding bikes around the neighborhood. And when that failed because there was only one bike, they decided to play a game of hide and seek.
Just as he finished his snack, he asked if he could use the PC to play games. But his lola is playing games herself.