Archive for January 10th, 2023

So many acitivities at the Mabini fiesta. So many Mabinians too. Early on, they had this sack race at the town plaza. They are now at the river at the foot of the bridge. The organizers put a long bamboo pole which the participants would cross, then back. It was oiled so it is quite hard for them. A boat is on a standby in case someone falls and they need to be rescued, so far, only one fell at the start of the game. There is the larong lahi too. Hit the pot while blindfolded. So many games, there are more. There is also an inter-barangay basketball tournament at the gym. So nice to watch the fun and enthusiasm of the people.

This is the first time that I saw so many activities and it is only day 2. Last night, they presented all those balikbayans (vacationing from abroad) in their fineries, gowns and barong Tagalog. How lovely! To think that the culmination of these events is not until January 16.

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Brrr….it is always cold at night most especially in the early mornings. And I wear socks….haha😄

When Josef reports at the office three times a week, we usually wake up at 4:30 in the morning. I unlock the gate and wait for his officemate to fetch him while he is busy dressing. He leaves at 5am. You might think it is a little early but they start work at 6am. I play with the dogs while waiting. Sadie is the most gentle and touchy of them all. I love it when he raises his two front paws and scratch my back. He always wags his tail when I’m around.

6am is still dark. These are those months from December to February when the nights are long. Pretty nice to just stay in bed and drink a hot mug of tea before going to bed. I don’t do much reading nowadays except for that lovely book by Roger Housden analyzing words, poems actually of those ten talented poets. Not so much familiar with the others but of course, Mary Oliver is a favorite. Read a few poems last night from her book Thirst. She could speak of ordinary things and turn them into a vista of something beautiful.

Speaking our town fiesta, they have another event today, a fluvial parade in honor of the Sto. Ñino will be held today. They call it the Balsa Festival. Balsa is a Pangasinense term for raft. Can’t wait to watch it.

The house is so quiet, even the dogs are still asleep.

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