Dashing MrDash, a 13.3″ MacBook Pro Retina (A Not-So-Faerie Tale)


In a city of my homeland, not too long ago, a charming MrB, a 13.3″ Macbook Pro (late 2012 model) entered my life (reliever to MrBoo, a 15.4″ MacBook Pro). Events that transpired soon after had been a mix of a vexing voyage, preying post, dismal drudgery and challenging changes that ended abruptly one morning in the seventh month of this year, with the villain driving off with MrB, leaving a helpless, heartbroken me.

I’ve never lost a laptop. There’s a first for everything, I guess. In this instance, since it took me unawares, the emotions that came crashing down on me was unbearable in the first few moments. The vulnerability I felt isn’t like if it happened in my own country. The desolation that came with the circumstance was of someone feeling so alone and alien, surrounded by people impervious to what just happened. That feeling of helplessness and violation, I still can’t put out of my mind.

This is one of the stories you won’t normally hear from people, I guess. Finding yourself docked in a foreign country in a situation that’s more dire than ours. You’d think you’d be more vigilant, be more wary. But the city of Yangon has always given me an impression that it is much, much safe than Manila. Still true to some degree but, yea, crimes do happen. And, from my own personal experience, help to foreigners are slim to none.

Dashing MrDash

Thinner, lighter, sleeker, definitely more dashing.

13.3" Apple MacBook Pro, open, angle, thin | The Parody by Sasha Manuel

13.3" Apple MacBook Pro, closed, thin | The Parody by Sasha Manuel

Meet MrDash, a 13.3″ Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display, rescuing a damsel in distress in a land that seems to keep breaking her heart over and over.

13.3" Apple MacBook Pro | The Parody by Sasha Manuel

13.3" Apple MacBook Pro, Retina Display | The Parody by Sasha Manuel
13.3″ Apple MacBook Pro, Retina Display

To be honest, I didn’t need a Retina Display. I prefer to have spent the extra money on hardware upgrades like disk space, etc. I was actually planning on getting just the MacBook Air had they had any in stock. Even for the MBP’s, they had little to choose from. AND they’re more expensive than prices quoted online.

Tech Specs of the machine I ended up getting:

  • 2.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor (Turbo Boost up to 2.9GHz) with 3MB shared L3 cache
  • 8GB of 1600MHz DDR3L onboard memory
  • 256GB PCIe-based flash storage
  • Intel Iris Graphics
  • MagSafe 2 power port
  • Two Thunderbolt 2 ports (up to 20 Gbps)
  • Two USB 3 ports (up to 5 Gbps)
  • HDMI port
  • Headphone port
  • 802.11ac Wi‑Fi wireless networking; IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible
  • Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology

Height: 0.71 inch (1.8 cm)
Width: 12.35 inches (31.4 cm)
Depth: 8.62 inches (21.9 cm)
Weight: 3.46 pounds (1.57 kg)

The fact that it weighs less and takes up less room in my bag certainly offers a nice change. Even when MrB was lighter than MrBoo, MrDash weighs the lightest of the three. I’m glad.

13.3" Apple MacBook Pro, OS X Mavericks | The Parody by Sasha Manuel

Like MrB, MrDash has OS X Mavericks which comes with the iWork suite. I’m a big user of Pages, Numbers (!), and Keynote. Another Apple program I use is Aperture (sniff on its demise). And most of the built-in apps are typical of an Apple product user so there’s nothing extraordinary really.

Got the unit for USD$ 1,559.00 (roughly around Php 67,000) at Technoland.

I lost MrB last 8th of July 2014 (serial number C1ML92XRDTY3, came with a brown hardcase) here in Yangon, Myanmar. I’ve done most of the measures required to try and secure it back but quite unsuccessful so far (believe me this even required me to go to police stations a couple of times, and spend hours at the CITY TAXI central information office to track down the villainous taxi driver who took off with my unit, submitted 4 names that matches the description). And now, I hope that any of my contacts in Yangon would come across a 2nd hand MBP that matches the description, they’d report the person selling it. This unit is registered to me and is reported stolen even with the police. Only sad thing that can happen is if MrB would be sold pieced out. Would be a shame since he’s only 7 months old.

A not-so-happy ending to that story.

Take away

However, it’s what happens after that which mattered most. How one would get past the loss, the misery that that ending caused. It brought me to a place wherein my situation became tragic enough that through the numbness, clarity was found. Triggering a sequence of events that may lead me to swim against the tide. It’s tiring. It’s terrifying. But the catalyst for change that would only come every once in a while will not go unheeded.

Out of the ordeal, I had the chance to write: Brief, Passing, Temporary.

And I had the chance to think things over. Make more solid decisions. I will not allow anything or anyone the power over my own happiness. I will trust that the universe will be kind enough to support the decisions and respect the steps I take which will lead me closer to the things and circumstance that will make me happy.

Disengage and move on.

Images from: Apple.com


    • says

      Hey, Tara! The incident brought me to a more pensive state. I’m taking advantage of this sudden need to write things down rather than just feeling them. Latter will just make me want to wallow in self-pity and focus on the heartbreak brought about the loss :-( But thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed (?) reading it. :-)

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