front of me lies about 30 meters of sand, a big 80 meter wide by 40 meter
across depression beyond that, and a row of 10 coconut trees beyond the
depression. Two "lomboy" (blue berry) trees to my left (along
the fence) and about 20 meters from where I stand. I get off the bike,
enter the gate, veer to my right and I walk the bike across the last 50
meters of sand to our nipa hut. As I am walking to the nipa hut, I can now
see the palaisdaan that happens to be in the big depression. The coconut
trees lay on the far bank of the palaisdaan. I now enter our very own
family "Resort". Surrounding the nipa hut are 2 Indian mangoes,
a Java guava (small guava fruit) tree, a guava-guava (large guava fruit)
tree, an avocado tree, a "camias" shrub-tree, "piyas"
in our dialect (alternative souring agent for Sinigang), a fence behind
the trees and bamboo groves behind the fence. The hut has a bamboo "papag"
to lay down on in the lower section like a low-strung table. Bamboo
benches surround the papag. The hut is very airy and cool. There is even a
hand- water pump. There is a "dirty" kitchen complete with 2
cooking stations, a cup board with all essential cooking "bangas"
(clay pots, aluminum pans), utensils (ladles, spoons, duyog eating bowls,
enamel eating plates, bamboo skewers, etc), condiments (rice, bagoong,
salt, pepper, coffee, sugar, maybe some canned goods) ... and the cup
board has a lock on it. There is also some dry kindling wood for cooking.
One station consist of a sand box on a low shelf with 3 stones the size of
duck-pin bowling balls. These stones are arranged in a triangle about 8
inches apart. The other station has a clay stove made from the local clay
pot makers that live half a block from our house in the part of our barrio
called "kadamillian" or the "clay pottery" side of
town. There is also a clay pottery 2 gallon water jug. I take one of the
duyogs, pour me some water and drink. The temperature is hot, you know...
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