cling, clang. Lunch call! Lolo used an old wheel rim as a bell. We settled
for Lola's famous sinigang. You would not believe the size of the taptapan
(soup bowl). We filled it up to the brim with white rice, and ate 'till
we could no longer fill our tummy.
Siesta time! The
bamboo sahig (floor), was very comfortable with nice cool air circulating
from under. However, we couldn't sleep without a pillow. Their pillows
were short and round logs with the curved-out middle that fits one's head.
Flor and I climbed the big tree, laid down on one of the big braches and
teased the birds with our lovely flute music.
Then the long
trek home. It was a loooong trek home. D.E. thought it was just a mile.
I thought it was more than 30 miles. Regardless of the number of miles,
Lola, with her big bilao (flat basket made of bamboo slats) on top of her
head and with her cigarette in her mouth (lighted end inside), didn't even
mind the long walk. Here we were - hingaling very tired and gasping for
What was very
surprising was we never went to work!
Years later we
did work! Boy, did we work, picnic, and work! And we started riding the
jeep only when the girls (Ate Fe, Girlie, Annette, Lit, Viv) made their
first trip to Lanang.