Sayote causes High Blood :p

Why? Is it because of its composition? Nah. Here’s why.

A husband comes home in the evening after working all day in the garden. Tired and hungry, he asks his wife what’s for dinner.

Husband: Wife, what’s for dinner?
Wife: Sayote.
Husband: What? Sayote again? Sayote in the morning, sayote for lunch and now sayote for dinner?! (in an angry voice).

So that’s why. 😀

It’s just a joke of course, common to sayote farmers. But though it’s just a joke, it’s not far from being a reality (or to some, it has already become a reality hehehe).

Note that when you’re a farmer, it’s basically what you plant is what you eat hehehe. so if you plant sayote, you eat sayote. 😀 Add to it the fact that its market value is not that high. Believe it or not, the price can go for less than P1 per kilo in our place. Now, this is no joke. I remember logging our sayote sales when I was in 2nd year high school. At some point, it went for as low as P0.25 per kilo. Deduct from that the jeepney fare, fertilizers, labor (if you hired someone to clean your garden). And the harvest is not that much too. How much is left? Do the Math. I can’t imagine how we survived those days hehehe. Of course it has its golden days too where prices shoot up. But these days are RARE. Wehehe.

But I still love sayote. I can survive with sayote alone for viand – plain sayote at that – no add-ons, only sauted in oil, with a dash of salt. That’s usually the way we cook it. Because of its low market value, we can’t afford to buy meat to add to it wahaha.

Sayote will always be a part of me. It’s what has been putting food on the table for my family, until now. Take that literally and figuratively. Simply, it’s the source of living for us. And if my stint in the corporate world fails, I would still gladly go back to sayote planting. 🙂

Exploring Baguio

I admit that though I am Baguio born, I haven’t really gotten around to exploring the city like tourists do hehe. I don’t know. Maybe because since it’s my hometown, it’s weird going around it. But then I realized that as a native, I should at least be familiar with what the city can offer to its visitors. It is for this reason that 2 weeks ago, I decided to visit the usual tourist destinations in town. It is educational to my nieces and nephews as it is to me hehe. And yes, during the ‘field trip’, it doesn’t feel weird after all to be tourists in your own place hehe. At least now, I can say that I’ve been to the places where most of my friends and acquaintances go whenever they are in Baguio hehe. Now, whenever I’m home, I’ll make it a point to visit at least 1 place hehe.

It also helps when friends come to visit because when they request for meet ups and gimik, they would surely be interested in the places to see and restos to dine and they already have a list of what to check out. It’s hitting 2 birds with one stone. You get to accompany them and also you are able to try out the place yourself. 🙂

Maybe the only thing I won’t be of help at all would be on accomodations. I don’t know anyone who has that business. I didn’t have any need in the past to stay in a transient room or a hotel either. Though our home is far from the city and transportation especially at night can be a problem, I have other options like going home to my relative’s homes hehe. Besides, trying out those hotels or transient rooms can be expensive. And of course, why torture myself staying in such places when I can be in the comforts of our shabby mansion. 😀

Birthday 2009

I know it’s been 2 weeks since my birthday but it’s never too late to blog about it hehehe.

I celebrated it a day earlier with family on March 22, by being tourists in our hometown wahahaha! Some of you may find it weird but yes, admittedly, though we were born and raised here, we never really bothered visiting those places where tourists often go to when they are in town hehehe. So to get ourselves acquainted more with our place (and for me to take pictures using Gelo’s camera), I decided that it’s about time we also visit those places.

The cast: My mother, sisters with their children, and my brother.

We first attended mass then headed to the shoe store to look for graduation shoes for my niece. She graduated in Elementary as Valedectorian and I sponsored her outfit. With that accomplished, we went to Good Taste for lunch. Though it was strictly for family, I can’t help but invite my favorite aunt to join us for lunch hehehe. Good thing she was also in town that time. After lunch, off we went gallivanting.

Here are our pit stops:

Baguio Botanical Garden

Wright Park

Mansion House

Mines View Park

We dropped by SM Baguio to look for a dress for my niece. It was already getting late and the other shops have already closed by then but I wanted to accomplish that as well so SM was the only option left.

I didn’t feel like going home early though so my family went home ahead of me while I and my eldest niece stayed behind. It was a good thing because we were able to have a heart to heart talk during dinner. It was an emotional moment the entire time we were talking but I felt relieved and happy as well by the time we parted ways. I just pray that I was able to help and inspire her. I made a commitment which I know my mom would object to but it is a commitment I promised to keep for as long as my niece is ready to take the terms. I’m very optimistic about this. And I hope I will have enough resources for me to be able to do my commitment as well. Whew!

@ Home Day 1

I arrived home from Manila at 12 PM. Unfortunately, I was not able to catch the 4 AM Victory Liner trip so I had no choice but to take the 5:20 AM trip instead.

After a few hours of sleep, I went out to have dinner with friends. Actually, only 2 (Apryl and Randy) in the group are my friends. The rest are Apryl’s friends hehehe. But some of them are familiar because we all went to the same school in college. Some of them were even my classmates in some of the subjects. We met up coz Apryl arrived from Singapore. It was a timing that we’re both at home this weekend so I was able to join them. I’m glad I did. I don’t remember the last time I saw Randy. 2006 pa yata. He got married last December at UP Diliman but I was not able to attend. Where was I? Office. Amp.

We were done at around 9:30 PM. I was surprised that though it was already late (in terms of Baguio standards), there were still a lot of people milling around. We had to wait for a while before some of us were able to ride a cab. As for me, I had to wait for the one cab that was willing to bring me home to our remote home wahahaha. Transportation has always been a problem when going home. Good thing though that now, some taxi drivers are willing to travel as far as our place at this time. Kung hindi, ay good luck na lang sa akin. Either, magpapa-ampon ako sa iba para makalabas sa gabi or hwag nang lumabas at all hehehe.

It’s not so cold in town anymore though but the temperature is still favorable than that of Manila. But it’s a different story at home. Bundok eh so mas malamig. Sarap matulog hehehe. But not yet. I still have to read the manual of Gelo’s camera hehehe. So I’m out of cyberspace for the meantime.


Dumaan ang Sabado nang hindi ko namamalayan. Ang natatandaan ko lang sa araw na ‘to, nasa office pa ako pagpatak ng Saturday, 12 MN, nakauwi na ako sa apartment around 3 AM, naghanda para sa byahe pauwi ng Baguio, nasa byahe na by 5:30 AM, nakauwi ng 12 noon, naidlip, lumabas para makipagkita sa mga kaibigan, nakauwi ng bahay isang oras bago matapos ang araw ng Sabado. Ngayon, Linggo na. Ayos sa bilis. Sana mamaya, mas mabagal ang oras. J

Off to home sweet home

Since we did not have any activities for Outdoor last weekend, I took advantage of it and went home. I left Manila at 4 PM so I was already there Friday night pa lang. Mas maganda pala yung ganon hehe. At may mga taxi nang willing maghatid hanggang sa amin kahit sobrang gabi na yifee! Pahirapan nga lang minsan. I left for Manila Tuesday morning na hehe.

Anyway, I was so looking forward to just staying at home in bed all day but unfortunately, we had visitors! Wahuhu. I became an instant yaya to my cousins, nieces and nephew. I asked them to perform so that I could take videos and pictures. At kailangan every after performance nila, panonoorin nila ung video or pic ng paulit-ulit. Tuwang-tuwang nakikita mga sarili nilang nagwawalaa. Mga adik hahaha. When they’re not camwhoring, they’re playing, watching TV or doing videoke using the VCDs I bought years and years ago. Akalain mong buhay pa pala yung mga yun. At tinatawag na lang sila kung kakain na. yung isa kong pinsan, tinuturuan ako ng laro nila. Tinatawanan ako pag di ko makuha. Hmp! Hehe. Kainggit maging bata hehe.

My youngest niece is already attending Day Care school. Mas sociable na ngayon. Di na nahihiyang kumembot hehe. Pero marunong pa rin magselos. :p Nakita lang na buhat ko yung pinsan ko, masama na tingin sa akin. Asus. Saka lang ako kinausap uli nung binuhat ko rin sya.

Monday was friends day. I met with my elementary friends kahit pa malakas ulan hehe. Yung isa, more than two years na yata kaming hindi nagkikita to think na nandon lang naman sya lagi hehe. We agreed to meet at 3 PM for coffee. (Dati pagabi na kami nagmimeet para sa night life. Iba na ngayon.) Kwentuhan lang tungkol sa buhay-buhay at reminiscing of the past hehe. One of my friends can’t accept na ganito na kami katanda wahaha. At least isa sa amin may lovelife wuhooo. Ayaw nga lang magkwento ng details hihi. Basta I’m happy for her. Much as we’d like to stay longer and exchange stories, kailangan na naming umuwi at around 10 PM dahil pare-pareho kaming nakatira sa malayo sa town na mahirap maghanap ng taxing willing maghatid don. Nakailang para ako bago pa may umoo sus. I can’t wait for our next meeting. Syempre nakasalalay na naman yun sa akin kung kalian ako uuwi.

Though it was tiring, it was still fun. Hope you had a great time too. 🙂

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