Thursday, July 27, 2006

summers before.

i would love to be able to fly out to the islands (either hawaii or to the philippines) and spend the rest of the hot summer days there....where i can feel the powder white sand underneath my feet, where time is on a stand still & you can shut out the world & relax while the cool but also warm blue waters invite you to dive in & bask in it...truly the beach is one of God's most wonderful creations...

summer reminds me of the fun times i had with my family back home...especially with my cousins...we'd always spend summer together on the beach (like 7 huge families or more), every year we would go to different beaches…from virgin beaches where there was no electricity & we slept in tents and had to deal with make shift holes in the grounds as our “bathrooms”, to crowded beaches which we always took dominion of...



and the first thing we'd do in the morning was to race & see who could get on the jetskis first....or we'd enjoy the fact of getting our arms pulled on while water skiing, hitting your face first as you fall on the water & it hurts like hell but you go and do it again anyway...or swim & swim & swim & play on the shore....or we’d snorkel or dive to our hears desire. we do that the whole day...we never get sick of the water...despite numerous jellyfish stings, near drowning experiences, lovers getting lost in the island, coral reef cuts, and so much more...

well of course i can't forget my favorite thing to do: my endless fascination with rubbing pure coconut oil & coke on me while i bake under the sun as i work on my tan while listening to the waves hit the shore...in the background kids scream & laugh, while others are listening to music, eating, gambling, cooking or drinking...or doing all of it at the same time...



then there's also playing a game or two of volleyball.....and making a bet for who will buy drinks that night, which makes the game so fun & competitive...you can see the faces of people, with a mix of sweat & sunblock dripping down their chin...pretending to be serious but doing all they can do to cheat :) and after the game...we jump into the water once again

as the sun sets, usually everyone has their fill of inihaw na baboy & adobo & all the other good food...and after....we sit around with SMB *or mang jose or ginpom & yosi :)* at hand and tell each other's stories about the stupid & crazy stuff we'd use to do or still did...or we'd take scandalous pictures of relatives while they were unaware =)....and we'd laugh...and laugh...and laugh some more....until we all passed out on the sand....and we'd wake up in the morning with a bangin' head ache as the sun kissed our skin...and the only way to remove the head ache is to jump into the beautiful blue waters or get on that jet ski and let the adrenalin kick in...only to do the very same things all over again for about a 5 days straight.

those were the days...=( and i miss them ooohh sooo much...except of course for the head aches....lol i'm a changed person now...hahaha ;)

as i look back, i realized how blessed i am to have experienced all that & more...& the best thing about it is i experienced it with the best people...my family & relatives & i'm hoping that one day soon i can take chino back to the motherland & let him experience a little bit for himself part of my childhood, for him to feel our powder-like sand beaches, to be able to take diving lessons like the whole family did, to have the joy of being with 15 cousins as they play on the shore, & to see his great great grandma & hear her yell at him to eat breakfast before heading out the water.....

one day it'll happen....one day soon :)


by the way....i don’t really care for the beaches here in LA...they don't do God justice...really they don't. The water is polluted & cold & the sand is rough & dirty. whyyyy are our beaches here like that???