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Wednesday, September 22, 2004

christmas shopping

I started as early as today with my christmas shopping.. Christmas is still 3 months away but I hate shopping in very crowded malls so I decided to start early. Its quite nice to start early because:

a. malls are not very crowded yet
b. Items are still in stock
c. No rush
d. You still have time to save money
e. christmas gifts can be planned carefully
f. salesladies are not extra grumpy
g. prices don't shoot up

of course, it also have its disadvantages but since i'm not normal, i think it's quite normal for me to do the shopping extra early. :)

** next post would include my christmas wish list **

Thursday, September 16, 2004

legends and stories from elementary textbooks

I remember when I was young that I looked forward to receiving my schoolbooks before the school term begins because I get to read all of the stories. I read legend after legend, stories about Jose Rizal and poems about the Narra tree. I mentioned these to my officemates because we were eating native philippine fruits and I started telling them about its legends.. They thought I was making them all up which I really didn't because I really, really read them when I was young. They said it was very old and it was never taught to them in school (I am only 2 years older than them!). Strange.. maybe because I went to a special school that's why they didn't know about it.. or maybe, they read it but just didn't remember them..

They were quite particular with the legend of the pineapple on how the fruit got those "eyes", the legend of Maria Makiling and those stuff.. but they were not particularly familiar with the legend of the lanzones (I was eating lanzones and rambutan for desert)..

Anyhow, here's the legend.. just in case you haven't heard of it at all:

Why the Lanzones Are Sweet?

Today the lanzones are among the sweetest fruits in our country. Because of their rare sweetness, they are called the "Queen of Philippine Fruits."
Long, long ago, however, the lanzones were not sweet, as they are today. In fact, they were very sour, like vinegar. During those early years they grew in wild abundance in our town and in other towns in the Baybay region. Nobody cared to gather them, much less eat them because of their sour taste. Even the pigs, carabaos, and birds refused to eat them.
One sunny morning a beautiful lady arrived in Pagsanjan. She rested at a little tienda (sari-sari store) near the western entrance of the town. Seeing numerous ripe lanzones hanging from the branch of trees growing around the store, she asked the old woman who was the store owner: "What is the name of those beautiful fruits? They must be nice to eat."
"Lanzones po, señora," replied the old woman, "but they are not good to eat. Nobody eats them."
"Because they are sour."
"That cannot be true," answered the beautiful lady. "With such pretty skin with the color of gold, they must be delicious."
"My dear lady," said the woman, "if you doubt my word, eat them yourself."
During the conversation between the beautiful lady and the store owner, many curious spectators, men, women, and children, came to the store. They were attracted by the beauty of the mysterious lady. They all laughed when they heard the lady said that the lanzones must be delicious to eat.
The beautiful lady approached the nearest tree and plucked a bunch of ripe lanzones. She took out one fruit, pinched it, removed its skin, and ate it. Smilingly, she turned to the crowd at the store saying: "Very delicious." She continued eating, to the great amazement of the gaping people who expected her to throw away the sour fruits.
After getting more bunches of lanzones, the beautiful lady said good-bye to the surprised people and merrily continued walking towards the town of Lumban. The Pagsanjeños were spellbound. They could hardly believe what they had seen and heard.
No sooner had the strange lady gone away than they rushed to the lanzones tree. They ate the fruits and lo! The lanzones tasted very sweet. The lady was right. "But how come that the sour lanzones suddenly became sweet?" they asked each other.
A young woman, the prettiest belle of the town, happened to examine the sweet lanzones she was eating and cried in great joy: "Look! Look at the lanzones! There's an imprint of the lady's finger-mark in them!"
The people pursued the lady to thank her for the miracle. They ran up to the town of Lumban, but saw no trace of the beautiful lady. They asked an old boatman who was sitting at the river bank if he had seen a beautiful lady. "What beautiful lady?" he answered. "I've been sitting here all morning. The only woman who crossed the river was my termagant wife. And she's neither beautiful nor a lady."
The Pagsanjeños returned to their town very much mystified. They asked every one they met in town: "Who was that beautiful lady who miraculously made the lanzones sweet? And why did she disappear before we can thank her?"
Suddenly, a little girl twelve years old jumped in joyous excitement, screaming: "Yes, I know. She's Our Lady of Guadalupe! I remember now she looks exactly like our beautiful patroness."
"Yes," everybody said in unison. "She must be our miraculous Virgin of Guadalupe!"
Thus it came to pass that by pinching the sour lanzones and leaving her fingerprint on them, the Virgin had transformed the sour lanzones into one of the sweetest fruits of the Philippines.

Monday, September 13, 2004

wriggly wiggle wiggle

My sister and mother were 'deworming' our garden last week because most of my mom's flowering plants have been devoured mercilessly by grossly fat green catterpillars. The colorful flowers attracted so much butterflies that it also did not stop them to produce a lot of catterpillars. My sister was particularly so fond of them since it looked exactly like Heimlich the catterpillar in the movie "A bug's life" that she decided to get some and made them her pet! She even gave 1 away to her friends since they were so "cute" she says. Gross. But nevertheless, it was interesting to see those fat green worms eating their way to my mom's flowers (despite her frantically telling us to get rid of it as soon as possible). :-D We were so interested on it that last night, we found 1 catterpillar devouring all of the leaves around a bundle of flower buds and by the time I came back from retrieving my camera to get a closer look, the fat worm were already eating its way down to the stems! Gross.. but still interesting.

We were having so much fun looking at how the catterpillar were eating and how green and shiny it was and how it had blue eyes (or one that resembled its eyes) and everything that we took pictures of it(obviously). It was fun seeing the worm in action and we had a grand time studying how it moved, how it ate the flowerbuds (my mom will yell at us if she finds out we let the worm eat those buds), how fat it was, how it slept (I blew on it to make it wake up and to make those blue spots on the head that resembled the eyes show up). We were watching how it was moving its fat legs that acted like suction pumps to reach the end of the buds. It was like studying biology all over again. It was fun and when my mom finally made us come in and out of the drizzle (it was dark and raining), we had to say goodbye and my sister took a large tong and mercilessly and effortlessly conked the worm out of the stem and threw it out to the open field like it was nothing.

Friday, September 03, 2004

it's cold.. and it's christmas!

September marks the beginning of christmas season.. weather's getting cold.. people around are starting to get busy and cheerful.. it's the best season of the year.. it's when you remember that there is indeed something to look forward to..

merry christmas!