Sunday, January 8, 2017

Reminiscing my childhood in the Philippines - Part 1

Happy New Year 2017!!!!

Yes, it is indeed a new year. As what' I've read, it is a year of the rooster. I was born in 1981, so, let's say, it is my year, though I don't believed in it.  I believed that everyday is a gift from God and He is the only one who knows about our future. 

Anyway, January 18, will mark my 5 years here America. Time flies  and I missed the  Philippines so much. I haven't been back to the Philippines since. I missed my family and friends. I missed the comfort of home in terms of foods... Fish and other sea foods are come in handy, and to mention, fresh vegetables and different varieties of tropical fruits. . On the other hand, surprisingly, vegetables and fruits that I used to ate in the Philippines are quite expensive here in the US, especially, in  the Filipino stores. Moringa, yam leaves, mango, pineapple, avocado and papaya to name the few. Vendors might knew that cravenness  for that the  foods that we were eating growing up are irresistible and they are taking advantage of that fact (just kidding). I really don't know of the reason why they are so expensive. Maybe because they are imported from Asian countries? Not really. Me and my husband are growing  moringga tree and yam leaves in our yard. Two of the most consumed veges when I grew up... Also, We've grown pechay and lemon grass. So, I think, they can be grown locally as well. 

By the way,  I missed the simplicity of life in the Philippines. Growing up, our house is next to the foot of the mountain and a river stream...I missed doing the laundry in the river while listening to the river stream flows or listening to the drama on radio. Also, listening the birds singing and yapping, tweet, tweet, tweet. Today, my husband asked me if we were bothered by mosquitoes growing up. We were watching the movie, farewell to the last King, when he asked the question. And my answer to that, was a big Yes..I can hear the mosquitoes buzzing inside and outside the house when the sunset comes... Thanks to our friend Hawaiian frog, or yam frog as we called it and our friend, the house lizards for the help. Their long and sticky tongue are tremendously helpful in catching the mosquitoes

Hawaiian Frog: Photo Source

 I remembered that me and my brothers and sisters, used to put oil on the plate and sway it back and forth to catch the mosquitoes. Yes, the mosquitoes stuck to the oily plate. I still remember my little siblings jumping up and down swaying their plates. But mostly, my mother will start a fire underneath the house. Our bedroom floor is about 3 or 4 feet above the house. It is a typical Filipino house. So, you can actually walk underneath the house. So, that's where my mother put the fire. It is not really a fire with red flame but instead it only emits a smoke. She made it using a pile of coconut husk. The smoke is painful to the eyes or affects your breath, if you breath it in. No wonder why the mosquitoes fly away. Of course, afterwards, our house is full smoke until the mosquitoes. At night, me and my siblings were argue who gonna put the mosquito net up. :) Of course, we will end up putting them together. 4 mosquito net corners hanged on to the 4  nails in the corner of the room.Then, tacked in the bottom end underneath our banig (mat).This is if only  I  slept in our house. I mostly slept in my grandparents house.  We all slept in one room.

Banig(mat) : Photo Source

I've remembered to be sleeping between my brothers. We slept with one family size blanket. Unknowingly, in the middle of the night one end blanket will be pulled by my other brother and the other end will be pulled by the other one. Don't be surprise if one of us will have a black eye the next day. That's because we were fighting about the blanket...:)  Yes, one blanket for all of us and there were 5 of us at that time. The 2 younger ones, were born later.

More stories for follow..... I am sleepy and get ready for work tomorrow.