The cover was beautifully sang by Philippines‘ balladeer Martin Nievera and charismatic Anne Curtis! Oh I love her for having that fighting spirit when it comes to singing. And I really enjoy listening to their singing collaboration. Plus, there’s a rap from Anne!
I was riding a jeepney going to a place I planned to go to do some errands on a busy afternoon.
I paid my fare by passing it to a co-passenger who in turn passed it to another co-passenger until it reached the jeepney driver. I waited for a change to be returned to me since I know I did not pay an exact amount of fare.
A couple of seconds went by, I suddenly noticed this cute little girl who sat on the lap of her mother I presume. She began acting out with her mouth from which I thought she was talking with another person she knows who is seated in front of her.
It was like she was imparting a message I could not decipher.
And then it took sometime before I realized she was just letting all out a song lyrics from a familiar Filipino song currently being played in a radio in the same jeepney. That’s when I really get what she was doing!
I was kind of amused at her because of her facial expressions while singing the song with her feelings. She looked as if she really understood its meaning and even knew the lyrics by heart.
I started to wonder if this cute little kid was aware she’s being watched and she appeared like she did not care at all as long as she sings along with the song.
Suddenly, I found myself grinning amusingly. I remember myself also doing what the young lass did but in a barely simple manner. Most people in my younger days would even say that when you sing along feeling the song, you are acting as if you are in your own MTV!
And sometimes I can’t help not just listening to it but also humming a few lyrics from a song. There are some days like when I’m strolling in the mall or riding in a bus or any means of transport, I feel like barely singing especially when I hear my favorite tune.
The song I was referring to became one of the much loved Philippine theme songs for a Korean TV series that was shown in our country.
My mom and I recently went to a nearest mall in our place. While staying at an appliance store in that mall, I was astonished to see quite a number of people flocking to a specific area only to find out that most customers inquired about purchasing an air conditioner!
I must say that cooling machines like air conditioners, air coolers, digital and electric fans are very much in demand these days apparently because of the fever like temperature felt even inside a house. Sometimes it can get very hot even in the evening until the early hours of the morning which I find odd since I thought that mornings should be much cooler. This could be the reason a lot of people wanted to buy such air cooling machines to ease the summer heat.
My mom and I also joined the bandwagon and started asking a customer service personnel about some of the latest cooling appliances found in the market. Looking at those products, I noticed some physical improvements especially to the air coolers in contrast to the previous ones we had before. I liked some of the redesigned ones which appear to have thinner body and not occupying too much space when placed in a specific area.
And then I saw an air-con like cooler which to me seems like a TV without a screen. I wondered if my skin would really feel some cold air from such appliance since the atmosphere is more different when in an air-conditioned mall than it is actually placed in a non-air-conditioned room. I was especially intrigued on an air cooler which emits a dew-like smoke effect as if I’m in a high altitude area. There is also a portable air-conditioner which to me is something new and I think a great thing to have but can be pricey.
On the other hand, I noticed some refrigerators near the air conditioners which made me look back on my childhood days. I remember to have opened a refrigerator quite a few times for a couple of seconds just to let myself be cooled. And these days, I found myself enjoying lots of glasses drinking cold water to think that I am not the usual cold water drinker when it’s a fair weather.
This comes to mind that every person has his/her own way of passing a hot weather. Most would stay in a mall for a colder ambiance or some even opt to eat a cold dessert like Razon’s mouthwatering halo halo!
The rustic smell of my beloved province, Cantilan, Surigao del Sur, which is also my parents’ hometown, brings back fun memories of summer vacations I had during my childhood. It’s a different vibe and feel since the air smells fresher in rural areas compared to the urbanized city I currently reside in.
I remember those moments when we had to wake up every day, very early in the morning before the sun rises. A walkathon from my mom’s maiden house down to the nearest beach almost became a daily morning habit for my mom, siblings, my aunt and cousins.
And the good thing about waking up at dawn? We were not only having our early morning walking exercise, we also got the chance to witness a beautiful sunrise especially when we reached the seashore! For me seeing the sunrise first thing in the morning was one of the most memorable childhood moments I had. And it excited me all the more when I already heard and saw the slow gushing of the beach waves. It meant we can now get ourselves wet and swim. And that for us was already an achievement after our walk trip.
Being so young then just made me enjoy the thrill of swimming and playing in the beach. At first I was scared of going farther since the water gets deeper and the waves can be so high. But my mom kept encouraging me to stand tall when the waters become deep for me to reach. Then I would jump and just go with the flow as the waves come after us. And when I finally got it, I was overjoyed to have overcome my fear. When I felt like being pushed down because of the waves, I tried to swim forward and find my way up.
Because we swam often in the beach, I learned to swim in my own way. I watched my mom doing a frog style swimming and then I would imitate her after. In the beginning I was wondering if I did it right but as days went by I know I did but only for a very short time. Then surprisingly I learned floating which up to now still amuses me since I would most often float after swimming a lot and then paddle my way backwards.
And the best learning was when I finally had enough guts to swim under water knowing how I dislike soaking my face too long in the seawater. I especially found it personally fulfilling when I knew I can swim much farther than I imagined it to be.
Getting exiled in a private island, I thought of being transported to the beautiful island of Palawan! It’s a coincidence that I saw this picture from an article on Yahoo News while doing this blog post.
As for the five foods I wish they supply me with, I would mostly choose mouthwatering seafoods as my viand such as calamares, grilled fish, shrimp then eat them with salted eggs and fresh tomatoes. And how can I not forget to request a cooked rice as my fifth dish to complete my meal for the day!
Thinking more about being local, the first thing that comes to mind is eating a champorado in the comforts of our home! Champorado or chocolate colored rice porridge in the Philippines has also become one of my favorite comfort food especially when it’s a rainy weather. I tried eating one in a local restaurant but nothing beats a home cooked champorado. It became my preferred snack during rainy days because I find it easy to prepare and cook it! I would only need the excess uneaten rice from a previous meal, unsweetened tablea or cacao chocolate, and brown sugar. First I will cook the excess rice with water in a rice pot then mix it with tablea which I let it melted. Afterwards, I will add some sugar depending on my taste bud and I prefer champorado to have just enough sweetness. When it’s already cooked and served in a plate, I top it with powdered milk but some put evaporated milk instead. Well it really depends on anyone’s preferences. In our province, I even tried to include fried shrimp in my champorado which I also found tasty and delicious!