Sunday, December 28, 2008

The Way They Were

Every summer my father, his siblings, and my cousins would bring us kids to the mountains where they grew up. I always looked forward to this event every summer. The terrain was rugged then and it was a hoot hear my aunts call out to Jesus whenever the jeepney we rented would tilt.

We always stayed at my lola's sibling's place. There was always a feast. And liters of coconut juice. And storytelling which was always the best part.

The last time I went to the mountains was a decade ago as a teenager. I remember it was raining then and so it was yesterday when we went.

I have posted below some pics that I took.

We passed this boy in a carabao on our way to my lola's place.
He was around seven years old and completely drenched.

The trees in the center right was where my lola's house used to stand. This was where papa grew up, his siblings, and most of my cousins. They tore down the house, in the early 80s (they had since tried their luck in the city), for fear that NPAs would make it their headquarters.

That's my niece having a leisurely walk in the mountains.

Traversing this path to my lola's place is tricky and slippery.

This tree is around 40 years old. My father says my aunt planted this tree. He remembers this because my aunt got a good spanking from lola when she lost the trowel.

I'll upload other pictures that I took in the next few weeks (not days!).

Happy weekend everyone!


the donG said...

very very cool experience. i'd love to do it scud. i miss our province.

Raft3r said...

really nice
sana yun lola ko may place din sa bundok
looks like todo enjoy ka dyan, ah

the donG said...

very exciting! i would love to that. i miss basilan.

Panaderos said...

Happy New Year! I wish you all the best in the coming year. :)

Great pictures. It seems your lola's place was in quite an isolated spot in those mountains. Does the NPA still have a presence in the area?

The Scud said...

dong > it was a cool experience. the rain made the experience better. hehe.

raft3r > ayos yung experience. i will definitely go back. :-)

panaderos > isolated nga sya. i think there are still NPAs but they live deeper in the mountains. i didn't hear any NPA encounter from my relatives.