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Jun 14, 2010

THE COUNTRYSIDE

I grew up in an environment of endless rice fields, grazing carabaos, goats, duck, nipa hut and the simple life.  But everything changed since I stayed in the city.  Like my fair skin turned light, from kinaray-a to hiligaynon and I learned to show dirty finger.  A hamlet boy became a sophisticated city lad then.  As far as I could remember, I just went home two times a year- only during New Year's eve and holyweek.  Not to mention that it takes 2 hours from the city to the province and vice versa.



It's just lately that I learned to fully appricate the countryside.  The simple kind of life is what I go back to when the stresses of life start getting to me speaking of my work.  Viewing the scenic mountains ridges,
and gently slooping hills
while on the way of bumpy road, make the trip feel thrilling and exciting.  Once you are there, you really feel you've left the city.



















































































































































The childhood memories flashed like when I was seven years old and rode carabao around the farm.  I even had my own pig named Moonyen but eventually sold after six months.  Besides carabaos and pigs, we also kept and still have chicken, goats, cows, dogs and a cat.














It's fun harvesting fruits like:

banana- (saging in tagalog)- (scientific name:  Musa paradisiaca)

star apple- (kaymito in tagalog)- (scientific name:  chrysophyllum caimito)

avocado- (abukado in tagalog)- (scientific name:  persia Americanan mill)

sugar apple- (atis in tagalog)- (scientific name:  Anona squamosa)

Guava- (bayabas in tagalog)- (scientific name:  Psidium guajava)

Black plum or javaa plum- (duhat in tagalog)  (scientific name:  Syszygium jambolanum)

Chinese orange- (kalamansi in tagalog)  (scientific name:  Citrus microcarpa Bunge)

Kamatsili (in tagalog)- (scientif name:  Pithecolobium dulce Benth)  (no english name)

Ginger lily-  (kamias in tagalog)-  (scientific name:  Hedychium coronarium)

Jackfruit-  (langka in tagalog)-  (scientific name:  Artocarpus heterophylla)

Mango- (mangga in tagalog)-  (scientific name:  Mangifera indica)

Melon tree- (Papaya in tagalog)- (scientific name:  Carica papaya)

Tamarind- (Sampalok in tagalog)- (scientific name:  Tamarindus indica



And wee still have a native wood fired lutuan.
I would like to retire in the countryside.

5 comments:

the donG said...

reading something like this here is really good. life is not about work work work.

i miss going to places where roads are not yet paved. two hours lang pala to from iloilo. kung dito yan sa manila malamang once a month or twice nanadyan ako.

mangga lang ok na ako.

witsandnuts said...

I like to retire in a farm, and do farming, too (as in hindi Farm Town haha).

witsandnuts said...

Btw, I liked your new blog theme. Easy on the eyes. =)

Redlan said...

Dong: Sobrang stressed ako sa work kaya na-appreciate ko fully yung countryside.

WitsandNuts: Natawa naman ako dun sa farming. Gardening na lang tayo. Sobrang maeffort ang farming kahit virtual. Thanks sa pagpuna, nanibago nga ako sa layout. Buti na lang may mga bagong designs ang blogger. Hindi kasi ako techie.

nuts said...

just looking at those photos, parang na-refresh agad ang isip ko.. sarap diba.sarap ng pakiramdam.dami ko naalala tuloy, hay ang lalaki at lusog kaya ng tanim namin, yung langka, etc.. kaka-miss.. gusto ko din mag settle sa country side..