Category Archives: Pinoy Way of Life

Celebratory Chevon

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Last Sunday I hiked through the rainforest of Makiling. Along the trail, I made use of an outhouse toilet at the back of a shack that sells coconuts to hikers. While waiting for my turn, I saw a slaughtered goat waiting to be immersed in a scalding water for dehairing. Then I heard people talking indoors and I’ve come to understand that the kambing is for somebody’s birthday.

Drying Goods on the Road

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Karagumoy hats

In the probinsya, public roads are not only for vehicles and pedestrians but as readily available space for sun drying food and non-food stuff. More frequently observed is grain drying, especially rice grains, and sometimes corn. Then there’s also coconut drying (copra). But it’s only in Bicol region where I saw gabi leaves drying and karagumoy hats drying.

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Gabi leaves for laing?

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Copra

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Rice grains

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Highway Sampayan

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Clothes are hanged to dry on makeshift sampayan (clothesline), or on a rope tied between road signs, and even on the highway bridge railings. We know that one cannot have an immaculate newly laundered shirts with all the highway dust and exhaust, but it seems the only goal is to have dry and sun sterilized clothes.

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Road signs as poles for the clothesline

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Bridge railing covered with newly laundered clothes

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Jeepney Spare Tyre

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Jeepney drivers must be acrobatically inclined. Apart from the ability to drive defensively in one hand while the other hand is collecting fare, a jeepney driver can apparently go in and out with ease. One could see that the driver’s door is significantly blocked by a spare tyre. And yes, that’s the standard location for the spare.

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Driving tip: Distancia amigo, your side mirror will never be up against that spare tyre.

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Everybody’s Inside

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It was a fine cloudy Saturday morning around 7 o’clock, perfect for running, walking, biking or playing. It was a fine morning to be outside. But where is every Juan, Maria and Pedro? When they finally wake up, most will go outside to get inside those air-conditioned towns known as “malls.”

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