Monday, October 29, 2007

Indelible Mark

This is my finger. Not very attractive. No, I didn't get into an accident. It's not blood, nor a bruise. They say it can't easily be removed. It's true. I washed clothes with bleach today and the mark is still there.
It's indelible ink. A sign that I have used my privelege of voting. It's put on your finger after you submit your vote. Why? So you can't go back and vote more than once! Which I guess has happened many times in the past. Today was the Barangay elections. Tough decision for me since I wasn't given much information on these candidates. Many people rallied and marched, gave their flyers with just the names of the candidates. "Boto mo sya, ate! Gwapo sya - promise!" - a teenager shouted at me as I was watching them go by our house. "Gwapo" - Mmm - that could be one criteria. I was tempted to keep the list of kagawads blank, but slowly I filled them up. We'll find out soon who won.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Tie an Orange Ribbon...

Friday, October 26, 2007 - We had just come from Megamall with our friends Tony and Leth who were visiting us. On our drive back along Ortigas avenue, we saw orange ribbons tied on the trees, street signs and lamp posts all along the center .
It was a welcome sign for the release of Erap. Orange is his signature color, like Cory's is yellow.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Feast of Sta. Ursula

October 21, 2007 - Feast of Sta. Ursula - Binangonan, Rizal - Jojo's hometown and our 2nd home. This year it fell on a Sunday. There is the annual procession of the images of Sta. Ursula. The images of the Saint are paraded in the streets with swaying, dancing and pouring of water from people watching on the sides.

The water symbolizes blessing. In the past we avoided getting wet, but this year we didn't mind the water. Benjo even joined the parade and was overjoyed when he got soaked along with the other merry-makers!

Monday, October 22, 2007

Shopping on the Streets

When the traffic stops (and it stops often), that’s when the street vendors make their business. Newspapers, candies, bottled water, cigarettes, whatever you may need while on your way to wherever. But the vendors also sell things that may just catch your fancy – guyabano, banana-cue, a steering wheel cover, floor mat, basketball, a fishing pole, helicopter toys and even bonsai plants!

Jojo asked out of curiosity how much the plants were, the vendor said P250, then when he saw we weren’t interested, it went down to P100 – “bueno mano lang po!” Well, if you’re on the way to a party and forget to buy a present, you may just find one when you’re stuck in traffic.

Our Lady of La Naval

Our Lady of La Naval Procession - Sunday October 14, 2007

Friday, October 19, 2007

Blast in Makati

Another bombing, this time closer to home. It didn't happen in the southern provinces, this one was in Metro Manila, in Makati - at Glorietta Mall, where our family has been at least 3 times, where our kids played.

I've always thought that security can be lax in many places. A simple search of one's bag is not enough. But if someone really means harm on others, they'll do anything to get through security - no matter how tight it is.

Why? Who knows? Another senseless act of terrorism.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Treat Mo

Ang bilis maubos ang pera
Lalo na kung ikaw ay taya
Miss ko na ang KKB
Kanya-kanyang bayad
O kanya-kanyang baon

Dito madalas may “Mayor”
Yung may pera
O kaya yung may trabaho, may birthday
O kaya yung balikbayan

Nag-treat ang isang kakilala kong balikbayan
Daming nagpunta, daming pagkain
Sarap, sige, parang ‘di maubusan
Pasa ng plato dito, pasa ng plato doon
Hipon, pusit, sabaw at isda, may crispy pata pa

Aba, pagdating ng bill
Bakit ganito?
May dagdag na to-go???…

“Hindi kami nag-order ng take out,
Meron dalawang extra order ng crispy pata.”
Pero hindi sila nagkamali,
May nag-order nga!
Hindi isa, kundi dalawang bisita!

Hindi na-contento sa libreng tanghalian.
Nag-order ng kanilang libreng pang-hapunan!

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Nanay Rosing at 90

Went to a birthday party yesterday. No, it wasn't our usual kid's party, but a senior's party. The celebrant was a neighbor - 90 year old Nanay Rosing. I see her most days when we pass by their house. She sits near their front door. For 90, she's looking healthy and well. Their house is known on our street because of it's color - light pink - and their car is of the same shade. Pink wasn't the color of the day yesterday though - it was red. Nanay Rosing was all decked out in a red, sequinned saya gown and her daughters wore matching gowns. I only got to stay awhile since I left the house without the kids knowing. It was a good party though - well-attended, delicious food, grand reunion of family, friends and neighbors.

Dubai Bound

We'll be going to Binangonan early today. Jojo's nephew Mark will be leaving for Dubai and we'll be driving him to the airport. Mark is a painter by training and profession. He's very talented. But now he's seeking "greener pasture" as the saying goes. Another Filipino talent going abroad. He tried several jobs here but they didn't provide him what he needed - stability and a place for creativity. Hopefully Dubai will give him this and more.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Quiet Please ... !!!

Okay, it's 11:20pm and our neighbors are still partying away, complete with videoke machine to keep the whole neighborhood awake. If that doesn't wake you, the firecrackers surely will. How long will this party go on??? Even if the guy who is celebrating his birthday is a candidate for barangay captain in the upcoming elections, I will not hesitate to call the barangay and tell them to ... he'll surely not get my vote :(