When the sun shines longer each day, it’s summer.
When the wind blows early in the afternoon diffusing the heat of the morning, it’s summer.
Many of us look forward to summer despite the fact that a day could really become a scorcher. Summer for school kids means a long, long vacation. Summer gives you that perfect excuse to stay longer under the shower, find a nearby place that has a private pool to visit, go to a beach and soak under the sun or if you just want to stay at home you can join your little kids in their inflatable pool. My son loves to wear the most tattered and frayed t-shirts during the summer months, you could almost see several little holes in them. He says it becomes more comfortable with frequent washing.
What I love about summer is the profusion of different kinds of flowers. Sometimes, when you are lucky, those few annuals show their heads and surprise you with lovely blooms. Fruits are also something to look forward to. Mangoes are the best fruits you can find in our neck of the woods. I haven’t visited Pasig market yet but I am sure there are plenty of star apples now, honeydew melons, mangoes, water melons, pineapples, papaya and many, many more. I am looking forward to tasting sineguelas (Spanish plum)again. Don’t you just wish you could enjoy drinking fresh buko juice everyday which is so healthy and beneficial to your health? Fresh young coconuts are available in almost every corner of the neighborhood. Singkamas (Jicama) as we usually call it here are aplenty during the hot summer months. I know some call them turnips but it is not the variety of turnips that you usually find in other countries. Although it taste bland to some people who are not used to it, it is one of my favorite root crops. They are best eaten cold with a little salt and vinegar used as dip. They are also mixed with other vegetables to make spring rolls. I haven’t tasted lomboy (we call it duhat in Tagalog and Java plum in English) for quite sometime now but I remember the days of old when my cousins and I would pick these juicy fruits when school is out. Armed with bayong or baskets, we would climb trees even under the heat of the sun and gorge on the plum, juicy fruits.
There is a fresh mango smoothie cooling in the fridge. It’s definitely summer.