Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Beautiful Sound in the Morning

My kids woke up early today. Joselyn was still sleepy but Benjo wanted to go out and play. It was only 6am, but still a good time to play outdoors since the air was still cool. I carried Joselyn downstairs and we all went outside.

It was still relatively quiet. There was a bird singing a different tune. I've heard it before. I looked in the direction of the sound, and found the little bird jumping on the branches of our neighbor's bayabas tree. I didn't know what kind of bird it was. It was different from the other birds that we see on the electric wires. I have to look it up and maybe find where we kept our binoculars so we could get a closer look at this bird and other birds that we may find.

I hope to see it again and listen to its beautiful chirping sound. It's a contrast to the other man-made sounds that we usually wake up to.

Shine, Sun! Shine!

"Ang init!" shouted our neighbor. One's curse can be one's answered prayer. The clouds were threatening and I just put my 2nd batch of laundry on the line. When the sun came out with its burning heat, I smiled, thankful that it would dry the clothes...

Being a full-time housewife, mother and home-maker has its simple pleasures. One of them is seeing an empty laundry basket :)

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Laba - ngo or Laba - ho?

Is it going to rain today??? Mmm... my laundry basket is full. But if I wash the clothes today and the sun doesn't come out, then I'll have to dry the clothes indoors. Clothes that don't dry right away do not smell very good. So this is our dilemma, especially during the rainy season.


There are times that I play patintero with the weather. One moment it is sunny and the clothes are hung outside. Then the dark clouds come and I bring the clothes inside. (We have a portable clothes line - very handy for times like these). Then I see a break in the clouds and some clearing, the clothes go out again. This happens probably 3 or 4 times. If the clothes could speak, they'd probably say "hey! nahihilo na ako! make up your mind!"... hehe :)

(I look back at our life when we were in the US. We didn't have this problem then. Rain or shine, we had a dryer to dry our clothes.)

On a hot day, we leave our clothes out for about an hour and they're dry, smelling fresh. On a cloudy and rainy day, it may take 2 days! And they don't smell as fresh. So after a long rainy spell, I pray for the sun to come out from behind the clouds. Well...at least long enough for the clothes to dry!

Sounds in the Morning...

I try to wake up at 4:30am. Sometimes I succeed, sometimes I don't. It feels good when I do wake up early - I get a lot of things done before the kids are up.

In the quiet of the morning, here are some of the first sounds you hear in our part of the metropolis:

- The roosters crowing at around 5am. They don't wake up at the crack of dawn as the saying goes, but way before dawn. Well, at least where we live anyway. You don't need an alarm clock if you have roosters in your neighborhood!

- Around 5:30am, you can hear the sound of the walis ting-ting. A couple of neighbors are already up and sweeping the street in front of their houses.

- Around 6am, many people are awake ... some are ready to go to work and some kids are ready to go to school. You hear the beep-beep of a school service van waiting for their passenger. There's the man on the bicycle selling pan-de-sal, with his distinctive bicycle horn...The noisy motor of a tricycle goes by... "Taho... taho!", says the taho vendor... more people are up sweeping the streets… people talking, more vendors - "diaryo, bote, bakal!"... more vehicles…

The morning is no longer quiet.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Yes, you smelled it right!...It's DURIAN


I tried it... it was actually pretty good. Though I didn't want another. Jojo says it leaves an after-taste long after you've eaten the durian.

Jojo asked his friend who's from Hawaii and spends a lot of time in Zamboanga when he vacations to the Philippines, about the fruit. His friend says that durian is really cheap in Zamboanga P5 each compared to P80/kilo for the one we bought at Quezon Memorial Circle.

Another fun fact: did you know that there are Durian Chocolate Kisses??! ...
http://www.rawguru.com/store/raw-food/durian_chocolate_kisses.html?js=y

Saturday, September 22, 2007

What Is It?????

Woke up this morning and found this unusual item on a plate on the dinner table. What had Jojo been eating? I first thought it was some piece of leftover bread. I came closer, smelt it... it smelled bad.

Some rotting bread????
Then I realized what it was...
We had just bought it the previous day...
These were just the seeds about 2 inches long...
He had already eaten the fruit...
It was Jojo's first time to eat it...
I said I don't think I would like to try...
The smell will drive people away...
He said it didn't smell that bad...
It actually tasted pretty good...

You want to try it????