To Get More Out of Life, Disconnect

A reminder from a Spanish unicorn

Ria Tagulinao
3 min readMar 3, 2022
Photo by Amos Bar-Zeev on Unsplash

Last weekend, I met a unicorn. A Spanish one. Born and bred in Madrid. 26 years old in human years. Female. She had this thin, lifted nose bridge that is the envy of many Filipinos like me. Her mane was nicely twisted into pretty french braid pigtails.

I asked her, “Did you do your own hair?”

Yes, she neighed. A little while later I saw her redo her french braids, her fingers swiftly interlocking her hair like a piano virtuoso.

Let’s call this Spanish unicorn Ressa. (You must pronounce the R, she said. “It’s Rrresa!”) My new friend is a smart, sociable, and well-informed being. I noticed she’s good at picking up social cues. We got along very well; there was no language barrier as she spoke English effortlessly. She dresses like most people our age, maybe even better. She has a boyfriend. She seems completely normal except she’s not.

She’s a unicorn. Because she’s never had an Instagram account. Or Twitter account. Her Facebook has long been abandoned.

I know of people who have taken a hiatus from social media or have quit altogether. But I don’t think I’ve ever met anybody — especially within my age range — who never joined the bandwagon.

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Ria Tagulinao

Fun-sized Filipina Writer | To stay up-to-date with my work, here's my Sunday newsletter: http://riatagulinao.substack.com