This tree from Baguio City reminded me of a poem which I learned and even memorized during my grade school years.
Oh, memories memories of childhood days!
By Joyce Kilmer
I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
Strawberries remind me of one of my favorite places in the Philippines I’ve gone to – Baguio City! I even went there for like three times in a row within a year and my former officemates even teased me for going there often.
The first time I went to Baguio, I was with my college friends and we stayed in my friend’s rest house. The second time was when my parents had a weekend retreat and my brothers and I went there by riding a bus. It was a memorable ride especially for me since it was our first time to leave home just the three of us. We were like crazy like adventurers having a sibling bonding in a bus. It was such a great joy to be reminiscing those momentous experiences with your siblings. We also had a feeling of excitement knowing that we will also meet up with our parents to bond as a family.
The third time was the coldest experience I ever had since the last time I went to Baguio, there was an International Conference for CFC Youth for Christ. I was a youth then! During one of the evening sessions I was feeling cold and I was like wondering why I did not bring a much thicker jacket. And knowing Baguio City the cold temperature could go lower. That is why the city was called as the summer capital of the Philippines because of its cold weather.
And of course how can I ever forget my favorite food in Baguio. I love strawberries though they look so sweet they actually taste sour but when you dip each strawberry with a salt it tastes better. Just by looking at the picture, I feel like eating them because they look oh so appealing in my eyes.
I was also grateful that on my second visit in Baguio, my family had an opportunity to go to a strawberry farm to gather some ripe strawberries very early in the morning. I also got the chance to eat a strawberry flavored taho! Taho, according to Wikipedia, is made of fresh soft/silken tofu, arnibal (brown sugar and vanilla syrup), and pearl sago (similar to pearl tapioca). A strawberry flavored taho is something different for me because instead of the usual arnibal, I was able to taste the sweetened strawberry. Just by thinking about these, I am craving to eat one all the more!