So it’s officially summer now in our part of the world. The stifling heat is too much. Gone are the cool mornings when the night is a little longer, plenty of time to stay in bed without feeling guilty. You could tell and the sun shows its face early everyday. 7am is a little hot on one’s back to garden, I have to wake up an hour earlier than usual to do the daily chores of watering the plants, feeding the Koi, sweeping the yard, and when I am a little inspired, I do some gardening in the morning.Enough said since that is my daily routine.
School break, two months vacation for students, beaches, summer outing, swimming, enrolling in some useful craft like cooking, baking, arts and crafts etc. etc. Actually, the possibilities are endless, and with the Philippines having at least 7,100 islands, take your pick, that is, if you have enough money to go on vacation or to visit local tourist attractions. You can hie off to nearest Tagaytay to savor the morning breeze, go to Batangas for a swim, explore some untrodden paths in the countryside.
What is so good about summer is the abundance of fruits that normally you wouldn’t see at any other month. These are what I truly enjoy eating during summer.
They were the most crunchy and the sweetest watermelons I’ve ever tasted.
Green mangoes paired with bagoong alamang, what more could you ask for?
Take your pick, they sell all kinds of bananas at the wet market.
And the good old reliable buko which you can enjoy all year round. I just had two glasses of cold buko juice this afternoon …yummy!
Star apple, anyone?
Sineguelas, another favorite. I wonder why they call it Spanish plum.
Guavas, another favorite. We have a tree in our backyard, just good enough to enjoy the fruits during summer.
The downside of summer though is this, when it is really so hot to go outside and you don’t have anything planned for the day, you are tempted to play a couch potato just to avoid the summer heat. But something to look forward to are the traditions of Holy Week, the family rituals of visiting old churches and discovering new places.
Have fun…it’s summer!