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i just came from a 2-day, 2-night vacation in camiguin! i had great fun siempre dami beach dun. super island! we took the boat off the port of balingoan to benoni, camiguin at 3pm tuesday afternoon. we arrived yesterday thursday at 5.30 from the ginsiliban port in camiguin. we were able to swim in the ardent hot spring, magting, the sunken cemetery, white island, mantigue island and the macao cold springs. super pagtong ko karon, it hurts to move around. but that’s a small price to pay have enjoyed God’s wonderful camiguin, and swim swim swim like tomorrow would never end. ill divulge more details later.

my summer vacation’s almost over and id say it was great fun. one of the things i enjoyed the most was going to cogon market. yes, cogon market. it’s kinda like quiapo in manila, the center of all legal and illegal trade. it’s where all public transport converge, and i mean all! if you can figure out how to navigate yourself around cogon market you wouldnt get lost in cagayan de oro (well, not really – if you can figure out nazareth then youre bound to survive cagayan). all you could possibly need is found there (well almost). it’s where i get my pirated cds. and it’s where i do my ukai-ukai (i bought a pair of speedo black swimming shorts for PhP40 only). it’s where we go to eat chicken ala cart and puso when we find ourselves hungry late at night. but the one thing i recently experienced and enjoyed is eating inside the market. the scene would be your typical market with people screaming and the heat invading your sweat glands like ants invading your picnic. the smell is, well, interesting. you could smell the canals and the raw meat and the stale water, fish and its entrails, rats, people and more people, etc. etc. despite all that, youd be surprised to find really good food (besides, most of the food you eat out of cogon market is sourced there). my cuzin, manong alain, took me out for lunch at the SM (sulod sa mercado). i was to partake of the notoriously famous (famous because it’s really good, notorious because you eat it with rats the size of cats scurrying about you) humba they serve in cogon. id say it was one of the best ive had. the meat’s really tender and jellyish, the sauce is very humba, perhaps the kind of stuff borne out of dreams only. the whole scene wasnt mind-blowing but the experience was. if you non-cagayan-anons can visit us here perhaps i could take you there and have a taste of what humba should taste like. 🙂

isa pa nga storya, i enjoyed maylin’s tri-colored ribbon pasta with tuna in white sauce. i dont like carbonara mainly because it gets tiring after a short while and there’s an aftertaste. however, ninang may’s white sauce is mostly cream and there’s less oil. lami gyud kaayu! daghan lang wala naka-appreciate kay dili sanay sa white sauce. sorry nalang, ako nagenjoy… 🙂

another story worth telling is about food again. weeks ago i found myself invited to help myself of tito mackie’s (our neighbor in 29 nacalaban street) caldereta. wow, grabe, lami gyud kaayu. the meat and veggies were super tender and the slices were filling, lami kaayu hubhub. the tomato sauce was rich and thick, and spicy. i wanted to cut down my food intake but it’s hard to do that in cagayan when there’s so much good food around! hahahay…

i missed out updating you on laya’s birthday 22 days ago. ill tell more when i have the pictures developed and printed (wala man gud na koy money busa… !hint !hint)…

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and another kwentong pagkaon, last sunday tita becky invited everybody to dine at their place. they were serving stuffed crabs from butuan. i never really eat crabs (because im kinda allergic to those and to isda-sa-bato) but i was all for experimenting this summer so i helped myself. lami gyud siya pero i didnt eat more than i should otherwise id be itching all night long. but still, the crabs were really good, sayang dili ko kakaon ug daghan…

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again i was transported to my childhood this morning my grandfather called me and asked if i wanted to go to the beach. i couldnt refuse so i said id go and i asked when. he said right now. ok. i just woke up then so i didnt even bother changing clothes. after an hour he got to the house with my grandmother and i was “whisked” off to opol. after an hour of swimming we then started for home. daddy oncgs (that’s what we call him) invited me to lunch at their house at 238 a.velez st. and i said ok so that’s where we went. i will still wet and sticky and havent rinsed off the saltwater when we boarded the feroza. this is funny to me because he used to do that when i was young. one incident was when i was around 7 probably and it was summer. cuzin ej and paolo were in cagayan. daddy oncgs took us all to the beach one morning and we swam by the bridge at opol. after about 30 minutes probably or an hour he called us to come out of the water coz we were to go home already. wet, sticky, salty and toasted brown all over, we huddled at the back of the volkswagen looking like what the cat dragged in from the rain. i didnt think my summer this year would be a trip to my younger years. it’s funny, in a way…

i got a text from kitty kits informing me of the new set of officers for UPCYM this coming school year. i would like to congratulate the newly elected set of officers: bootsie (president, last year’s int.vp), josh (int.vp), ianb (ext.vp for the second straight year), ketket (sec), tintin (treas), andres (int.pro), and aris (ext.pro). kitty kits was texting me and wanted to nominate me for president. i begged off saying i was too old to be president… again. 🙂 i dont think i have the strength anymore to lead the group. anyhow i know the new group will do a better job so i wish them all the blessings God would pour down on this group. bootsie, you have my support and please, if you need help ask ask.

it’s just 17 minutes after midnight so technically it’s laya’s birthday already. mamati and clapton are still in the kitchen cooking and preparing for her birthday later at 3pm. laya’s already sleeping but i believe she’s in my bed so i cant just sleep yet. later in the afternoon would be another party for her and the next day would be another year for laya to enjoy. i pray she grows up all healthy and lively and in God’s care. she’s quite a sunbeam you know, like tita an when she was younger. just hours ago laya was crying and i interrupted her. i asked her to sing that song from shrek and with tears still falling from her beautiful eyes she lalala’d the melody of princess fiona’s song. you cant help but fall in love with this kid. 🙂 happy birthday laya girl, God bless you!

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