Interplanet Janet

If you are reading this, welcome to 2030. It means you made it past the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. How do you feel about Vico Sotto as the current President of the Philippines? It’s about time, don’t you agree?

What else is new? I heard Jollibee just opened its first store in Mars. Cool, isn’t it? This Filipino brand is really killing it. Toyota just launched its first spacecraft. You can now shuttle back and forth between Earth and Mars. There’s a free stopover on the Moon if you feel like soul searching. 

Where on earth am I? Oh, I’m really sorry! I forgot to tell you I just moved to a new planet a month ago. Remember back in 2020 when the pandemic was ongoing? There was another big event then. That was when SpaceX pioneered commercial space travel. Initially, they only sent astronauts to the International Space Station. After that, they had one spacecraft launch every month. On the 7th launch, the spacecraft went off course and found itself in the midst of what they thought were tiny asteroids just outside the Earth’s atmosphere. As they approached one of those “asteroids”, they were stunned to see that they were actually like little Earths. They were little dots scattered across the Earth’s north pole. They looked like little sparkling gems that formed into a crown. The astronauts who discovered them called the entire collection of tiny planets as Pebbles.

This discovery caused so much controversy, some believing this to be a hoax. But of course Elon Musk was not one to just turn away from this revelation. If these tiny planets were indeed like Earth, then humans will be able to live there. He saw it as an opportunity to expand space travel. Bill Gates, Jack Ma and Jeff Bezos (Gamazos) offered to invest and partner with SpaceX to boost research on these potential real estate goldmine. However, since this was outside of the Earth’s defined territory, all the nations signed a treaty that this was exempt from territorial claims and that this was only to be managed by SpaceX-Gamazos. This actually pioneered the SpaceX-Gamazos quest for more planets in the Milky Way. 

In 2023, research into the Pebbles confirmed that they were just like Earth except that each Pebble can only accommodate a maximum of 50 humans. Each Pebble has land, oceans and rivers, sky, forests, mountains and a tiny portion of desert. There are no animals and no edible plants. The oceans only have reefs but no fish. This planet turned out to be like a blank canvass. 

A few scientists lived in one Pebble for a year to test what it’s like to live there. The time is much like the Earth. There are 24 hours in a day and 365 days in a year. There are 4 seasons too, but there’s an amazing catch. You can adjust how long each season lasts within a year. Since the Pebbles are very small, inhabitants can adjust the axis of the planet so that it can face the sun only at certain angles we choose. The scientists brought seeds of the plants they wanted to grow. They also brought animals of their choice. SpaceX-Gamazos built a home and installed internet across the whole Pebbles complex. Travel from Earth is about 8 hours to the main Pebbles SpaceX-Gamazos Internplanetary Station. From there, you can take the domestic drones that hop from one Pebble to another. 

So anyway, I just moved to Pebble611. This was more my husband’s idea than mine. But since I am “kaladkarin”, why not? Oh, sorry I forgot to mention I got married in 2025. I met my husband in 2023, same year as when Pebbles became the hottest neighborhood in the universe. When I met him, we were both suckers for travel and one time, I dared him to buy a planet. And he did. I didn’t know we’d end up getting married, but here we are. Our home has just been built. We decided to bring just sea creatures for animals. We have many different types of fish, some dolphins, about 5 orca whales, but they live on the other side of the planet. They visit us every winter. My husband loves fruits and I love vegetables and flowers. So we have many of those too. We both like cherry blossoms and sunflowers so we have it in the garden. I brought bougainvilleas to make our yard really colorful. Our house is right by the beach so we can swim whenever we want. We both like to listen to the waves crashing into the shore at night. Ohhh, and the most amazing this is this Pebble has an amazing view of the Earth. Since my husband can afford it, we have our own drone for interpebble travel. We can visit other Pebbles if we want. But our main form of transportation is a bicycle. It’s good for the environment and we get good exercise out of it. I’m really stoked to be living on a new planet. 

I hope you can visit us soon. I stopped working for the corporate world when I got married. I have become a full-time writer. That’s how me and my husband met. I wrote a screenplay where he played the lead actor. Oh sorry, I forgot to tell you he’s a famous Hallyu star. You probably know him. It’s Gong Yoo. Yes, that Gong Yoo. There’s only one. 

Hard to believe isn’t it? It’s so out of this world. But remember, a man on the moon was once impossible too. 😉

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