Tuesday, April 10, 2007

how was your Holy week?

mine was quite productive. aside from the Maundy Thursday reflections (!!!) and the Good Friday procession with the family (my dad opted to stay in the house, walking around the town non-stop is quite tiring), it was an unusually fruitful loooong weekend for me.


here's how the week goes:


WEDNESDAY: braving the storm






a little past 4 pm, that's how EDSA Guadalupe (southbound) looks like, it's still moderate, a few more hours and then it's chaos! i didn't rush to the bus terminal, instead i went to SM Makati to buy some pasalubong and some gifts for my nephew who graduated red honor (valedictorian ata katumbas nun) from nursery and for another inaaanak for his birthday (malaki utang ko dito, 3 yrs ko nang di nakikita hehe). as i thought it was still early and if i go to the bus terminal right away, rush hour might just catch me and the oh-so-heavy alabang-slex-sto.tomas batangas combined traffic at this time of the year might send me to boiling point, i decided to watch Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle (hehee) and though it was just okey and visually appealling, it was a nostalgic ride down the memory lane for me (and how i was hooked on the cartoon series in the early 90's). at 10 pm, i was already in the Lucena bound bus terminal and after 30 minutes and eight buses full of passengers, i was sitting inside the 9th bus with Hed Kandi's Beachhouse playing on my phone and despite the late night and/or early morning traffic, i reached Lucena 3:30 am and hopped into the next bus and it's another two hours of travel (one hour standing, one hour sitting uncomfortably next to a snoring guy haha).

on glorietta with the moon

THURSDAY: just stayed in the house, played with my nephews, do some errands, a few moments of reflections and then i sleep.


FRIDAY: it was such a quiet day. quite right for the mood that Good Friday should be, and it suites the moment as we reflect that Jesus died on the cross for the salvation of mankind.

SATURDAY: the second batch of palay (about 6 sacks) just arrived and it only mean i need to stretch my bones and be ready para magbilad ng palay.

when i was still in the province, summer means palay-drying. we used to harvest the palay ourselves (at ilang beses ko rin nahiwa ang mga daliri ko ng karet, aray!) but since we all became busy, we let the caretaker to do it for us.

the sky was not consistently clear, but it was a hot day and we manage to dry up three of the six sacks.

at around 3 pm, a little rain fell and it's a good thing that we already put the palay inside the house. i also need to prepare as i have to attend a children's party with my nephew.


i was supposed to attend the Salubong later in the night but the palay drying and the children's party gave me a little headache so was on bed early (was 9:30 pm early?).

SUNDAY: Easter sunday! ang pasko ng pagkabuhay. i don't know, but i have so much energy to start my day by, well, unloading the yet to be dried 3 more sacks of palay (i am wise enough to put them one by one on a trolley, papahirapan ko ba sarili ko? hehe).

the whole day was like that, and while drying the palay, i managed to do the laundry and get some mangoes at the backyard, the green apple mango's just right with sweet and spicy alamang (naglalaway nako hehe).

it was a tiring day but nevertheless a productive one. and i am glad i get to do again the things i used to do when life was still simple...

MONDAY: went back to Manila and the supposedly five hours of travel to Alabang was unfornately became seven hours thanks to a barangay fiesta in Sto. Tomas, Batangas, haay (ranting, ranting...)

how was your loooong weekend? :D

25 comments:

vernaloo said...

ahhh palay-drying. You would usually see this in the provinces kung saan yung tricycle o tao pa ang umiiwas sa palay na nakabalandra sa daan. Kung tutuusin, yung palay nga yung sagabal pero sabi ni Lola..wag daw apakan ang palay kasi kung aapakan mo..pupunta ka sa impyerno. Yes! So lahat umiiwas na lang sa palay..eh ano ngayon kung traffic na kasi naging one way na lang ang daan..basta ba hindi ako pupunta sa impyerno hahahaha crazy lol.

Anyway masaya naman ang mahabang bakasyon pero mas masaya ata ang mga lamok. Stupid bloodsuckers! Parang naka suot ako ng red polka dotted pjs dahil sa lecheng mga kagat na eto! Iba nga cguro ang dugo ko kasi ako lang kinagat sa bahay. Sheesh...royal blood? lolz

zelle said...

sarap ng long week end noh?! Nung naghaharvest ka ng palay naka long-sleeves ka din at naka salakot?! yun yung napapanood ko sa TV.

Nag bisita iglesia kami last thursday with family friends and the last destination is McDo for the kids! Then nagtutulog na at movie marathon nung saturday!

jho said...

palay-drying is new to me since i live in the city. Yun namang province ng mom ko, walang palay-drying, puro fishing lang. My very very long weekend was spent watching Grey's anatomy series 1, 2 & 3. Going to mass and eating (abstaining from meat though)...

zherwin said...

verns, pareho pala tayong royal blood!!! ganyan din kasi ako, habulin ng lamok! kakaiba ang dugo natin, parang coke, adik ang mga lamok. fyi: mosquitoes are heat-seekers, so ibig sabihin yung mga laging kinakagat ng lamok, in-heat lagi? hehehe

zherwin said...

zelle, camisachino ba yung tawag dun? ganun yung suot ko hehehe saka yung malaking sumbrero na nilala (buntal ang tawag sa amin). hindi pa nauuso ang attire ng universal motion dancer at streetboys, pumuporma na kami ng ganun noon. hehehe

zherwin said...

jho, buti ka pa natapos mo na ang 3 seasons ng grey's, nakapila pa sya sa akin kasi yung Seasons 1 at 2 ng Lost di ko pa matapos-tapos, idagdag pa yung CSI hehehe.

palay-drying is a usual sight in the province specially in summer. we're still expecting a few more sacks at the end of the month, so more palay drying by May. it's a good thing because we never buy rice from the grocery. :)

lady cess said...

pamilyar ako sa pagpapatuyo ng palay. my dad hailed from bicol at tuwing summer, minsan hindi maiwasang madaanan ng gulong ang palay. he told me na pag naulanan na yon, masisira na.

i also noticed the moon that friday. if you took your pic a little earlier, medyo natatakpan ng clouds, mukhang eksena ng horror movie. but it was fascinating diba.

watson said...

How was my long weekend? Ummm... nagpunta kami sa Puerto Galera Thursday-Saturday. Tapos nasa Baguio Sunday-Monday. O, bago mo sabihin bakasyon to the max kami, hindi naman. Hindi kami nagsasasayaw sa Puerto. Nag-relax lang kami. Nanood ng paglubog at pagsikat ng araw, langoy ng konti. Tapos taga-Baguio talaga kami kaya parang umuwi lang kami afterwards.

Uy palay-drying! Sa probinsya ko lang yan nakikita ah. Ayos ah. Medyo naramdaman ko yung karet sa daliri... may phobia ako sa dugo eh at medyo imaginative ako kapag mga sugat-sugat na ganyan. Medyo napangiwi ako dun sa karet.

Uy salamat sa pagdalaw sa blog ko ha!

kathy said...

Hmm, buti pa kayo may long weekend. There's no such thing as Holy Week here. :( At least we get to celebrate Easter in the Christian churches.

Yung palay na binibilad, it reminds me of the times when I visit my mom's hometown in Pangasinan. They still have a palayan there.

Btw Zherwin, is it just me or what...kasi everytime I open your site a popup window comes out prompting me to let Drivecleaner clean my system of all adult porn sites that I've visited. I'm familiar with this malicious software, so I am a bit concerned. You might want to take a look into it.

Abaniko said...

When I was in Bicol, I saw nga palay being dried on the roads. It reminds me of my place down south. Halos nagiging color gold ang mga daan doon dahil sa mga binibilad na mga palay. Anyway, I'm glad you had a fruitful/meaningful Holy Week. Belated Happy Easter!

zherwin said...

lady cess, kapag nabasa o naulanan yung palay, hindi naman actually masisira (unless sobrang basa at napabayaan) pero mangingitim sya at di na ganun kaganda yung bigas na makukuha.

i took that picture last wednesday night (tuesday was full moon) and i just used my cellphone, i think the shot would be better had i used a digicam, but just the same, a bright moon surrounded by clouds is both fascinating and creepy. :)

zherwin said...

hi watson, kaya namang gawin pareho yung bakasyon at reflection sa holy week. :) medyo kapagod din yung byahe nyo from mindoro to baguio. :)

anytime. :) mukhang madadalas ako ng dalaw sa blog mo, salamat sa comment. :)

zherwin said...

kathy, hmm, bakit me pop up window sa yo, i tried opening my blog on a different computer pero wala namang lumabas na drivecleaner, bakit kaya? tingnan ko rin yung sa Adbrite kasi baka nadadala nung mga ads nila pero as far as i know i didn't allow any pop up window. thanks for the info ha. :)

zherwin said...

abaniko, ganun ang usual scenery kapag summer at fiesta ang mga ibon at mga manok dahil sa libreng chibog sa mga kalye. :D

fingertalks said...

hi zherwin,

thanks for the bday greetings to fingertalks. i'll link you up, ha? :)

zherwin said...

fingertalks, no problem, i'll do the same. :)

vernaloo said...

in heat? I don't know about you coz I AM NOT! hehe

r said...

You must have tons of palay, Zherwin! And the translation for that is a lot of moolah!

Do you dry palay on the highway? Kasi sa Nueva Ecija ganun.. when we went there one time, and it was the peak of harvest season, we were like playing 'patintero', and hubby had to maneuver the car in zigzag to avoid running over the palay. :)

rhodora said...

oopss.. that's me on the preceding comment.. wasnt able to spell out my name in full.. hehe

snglguy said...

Me stayed home and got bored to death... that was the long and short of my holy week break. :-(

zherwin said...

verns, hehe ala-ryan agoncillo pala ko sa sprite commercial no? lol :)

zherwin said...

rhodora, we do that on our street, it's not allowed on the highway or any main road. we don't sell our palay/rice, it's just for our family's consumption for the entire year. we never run out of rice especially now that they plant and harvest palay twice a year. :)

zherwin said...

sngl, at least you got to rest for at least two days, or did you? :)

Toe said...

I've experienced going to Quezon during the Holy Week. It was the first time I went there to my husband's place (though we were still dating then) and it took us twelve bloody hours! :)

Palay-drying... amazing!

BTW, royal blood din ako... hehe! :)

zherwin said...

toe, sobra naman yung 12 hours unless of course you went there on a Holy Thursday at sumabay sa sangkaterbang bumabyahe papuntang bicol?

uy, aside from the Quezon connection, common denominator din pala natin ang lamok hahaha

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