We were out some time enjoying the sun that has slowly come out from hibernation. We visited the Danube Park where there are lots of space for the hubby to practice flying his RC helis as I record the experience on video. The kids could go about running too while I take photos of them. There’s a lot to photograph in the area but what impressed me the most is this cabin floating by the river bank. You’ll notice there’s a fishing net hanging behind it.
This reminded me so much of log cabins from the mountainside when we go visiting my grandmom in the province. Or that of a nipa hut (below photo) at the farm when we go picking black plum, when it’s pineapple season or when the coffee are ready to be plucked. Both places are for me a wondrous escape from the hulabaloos of the city, far from the smoke-congested streets, from the noisy beeps of traffic.
Looking back now, I know in my heart I’m just a simple country girl. And I miss those.
Most of those farms we came to know, a river is also near the humble lodgings…it’s always a refreshing feeling to be so close to nature! My siblings and cousins would be up climbing trees, running in the open fields and would try to catch those small fishes from the river.
When it’s lunchtime we get to eat something fresh from the farm or something brought in by aunts. Nothing beats warm bulalo soup (bone-marrow and beef) with corn on such days! There’d be grilled milkfish, tilapia, chicken and pork too, and we’d eat them with hand all beautifull laden on banana leaves…
Since taro leaves are abundant by the river, laing (taro leaves in coconut milk) would be a regular fare. I don’t like it that much before but now that I don’t get to eat it as much, I crave. My mom would bring in leche flan (custard) which she has mastered for a flawless and perfect finish…I used to help her making them and would love to do it by myself soon.
There are always lots of food and fond memories when I look back to my childhood…too bad, I can only look back now but I’m really thankful because those has helped me develop defined the person that I am now.