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Gone are the cold winds that bite my cheeks early in the morning.  It’s definitely summer now, and with it comes that languorous feeling – the heat is quite oppressive at times and I’d rather be indoors than beat the sun head on.

But then summer brings a lot of things to do – family outings, outdoor barbeques, taking food trips and discovering some unknown places, chilling out with friends, finding fit and fab summer wear, learning a new craft,  and as I have said in my previous blog,the possibilities are endless.  Some of us like to take yearly trips, either here or abroad, planning them in such details and panache.  Nowadays, one would think twice before doing such. The hard times have definitely hit us and those much-awaited vacations have to be shelved for a while, they have to take a back seat in favor of more simple fares affordable to one’s budget.

Thinking of one’s summers is like opening some hidden secrets.  And one’s reminiscing starts with “When I was”, ” Back when”  or “I remember….” There is something nice about sharing memories. My kids always love to hear stories on how it was during our childhood years.  They are ever quite so attentive when you regale them with stories of your childhood.  Games like taguan, luksong-tinik, tug-of-war, playing garters, tumbang preso, touching balls, playing marbles come close of course but they never experienced those times when after school, you can still play and linger and come home dirty after such rigorous games with your friends and classmates.  Living in the city sets such limits to outdoor fun and activities for kids.  It is more laid back for them, what with so many  assignments  and other such  extra-curricular activities in school.  It’s either  computer games, television and such latest gadgets like touch screen phones and cameras, iPhones, mini-notebooks and the like.  Nissa and Josef occasionally buy T3 (the Gadget Mag) just to keep updated with the latest trends.

We used to climb trees, my three brothers and I. There was this guava tree we had in our backyard and every summer that it bore fruits, my eldest brother and I were elated to just eat guavas while hanging on to our favorite branches.  At times, my mom would wonder where we got to.  Mangoes are in season in summer, some of my cousins and I would pick semi-ripe mangoes and eat them with a sprinkle of salt under the tree.  My grandmother used to say that we should not bring salt and throw it beneath the tree because it would make the fruits fall one by one. Now, I wonder where was the logic in that?

Have you ever tried picking  duhat during your younger years?  We also used to do that, my cousins and I. Armed with straw hats and old bandanas and a small bayong in hand, we would scour all those duhat trees scattered around.  Never mind if they were inside one’s backyard, there were no fences anyway to prevent us from climbing those trees.  And yes, the juicy  sineguelas and the sweet  kaimito. What a treat!

Summer is here again but I am somehow looking forward to occasional rain to lessen the summer heat. There was a shower this afternoon but it only made the avocado flowers fall to the ground.  I hope there would  be enough for us  to pick in a few months.

 

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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!

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