Sunday, November 28, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Boats bound for Linao.
Our visit to Aparri was mostly about the market (palengke). My children wanted to see the life in the semi-urban parts of the province. Aparri is one of the major towns in the area in fact it is where my sister (who lives in Abulug) and her family would go to buy appliances or when they want to go see a movie.
The market is a very fascinating part of the town because it is the center of activities. It is situated near the river. People come to Aparri by land and water.
Fountain at the center of the market.
Narra bed for sale.
Small mud fish (attasi)
Main entrance to Aparri.
Aparri is more crowded now than I can remember. However, I saw many signs of progress. Houses are now bigger and better; they now have several internet cafes in town and chain restaurants. We got to eat at Jollibee (the Filipino counterpart for McDonald's Hamburger. Brahms thought that their hamburgers taste like meatballs. There are NO free refills for sodas and the cups are small. In the Philippines, it is very common to see spaghetti and rice served at restaurants like Jollibee, McDonalds ,and KFC.
Drying shrimp (aramang).
We walked several rows of fish and meat stands. My kids watched one vendor make sausages. Every part of the pig and chicken are sold in the market. At the fruit and vegetable stands we bought a few kilos of lanzones which we ate in the car.
Aparri: Pride sign.
A house near the river.
No disposable cups at Jollibee.
Cagayan River meets the Pacific Ocean.
...and then it rained.
My kids definitely learned something more about the earlier life of their mother...
Sunday, November 14, 2010
The Orteza Family
My sister Rowena and her husband Jun, have five children: Jacob. Jeremy. Liwliwa, Lyka, and Rhiza. They live a simple life in a barangay (village) called Santa Filomena. He is an industrious farmer and a very kind husband and father. When she is not cooking or doing laundry or cleaning her house, she tends to her own little store and serves as the Barangay Secretary. My sister moves more slowly than I do that sometimes I feel impatient watching her do her work. :) But she has a different style ever since we were younger.
Their children go to Alinunu Elementary School. They are dedicated to learning about God; they attend church every Sunday unless it rains. (They believe that the kids would get sick if their heads get wet.) They host a children's bible school at their house once a week. We send bible study materials for the teachers to use.
It was really nice to have spent time with them as a family. The cousins got to know each other. My nieces and nephews like learning English from their cousins while my own kids wished that they could speak Ilocano better.
Lyka and her dad.
Jun and Lyka
Sun, ricefields, and coconut
People and Kuliglig.
Ricefields and tourist.
Sharing a hammock
Girls attend bible school in Batal.
Tim is giving away lollipops.
Saturday bible school at my sister's house.
Miling enetertains passers-by.
Meryenda at Auntie Mae's
Shannon enjoys the sun.
Rain and orchids