You won’t find these in supermarkets or in the bigger fruit stalls. They are essentially homegrown, and except for the miracle fruit, these are the stuff of my early summers. Back in the pre-Atari days when games were played outdoors, summers meant going around the neighborhood to pick fruits. The bigger, braver ones would climb […]

After “resting” the fields for a brief spell following the last-quarter harvest, it is time to plant once more. It is the beginning of the cycle of sowing and reaping. Tedious, surely. And back-breaking, as most beginnings are. In time, the fields will turn green, then golden. Healthy stalks will fill up the measured gaps […]

The Christmas rush has me rushing. No matter how early I start with the shopping and the planning, I still end up dashing through the sea of equally harried last minute shoppers hoping to keep their date with Santa. I don’t want this space to look lonely over the holidays. And so I am reposting […]

Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) left in its wake widespread destruction. The statistics are staggering: almost 4,000 dead, almost 20,000 hurt, almost a million rendered homeless, almost 2,000 still missing. Damage to property and agricultural produce is estimated at 12 billion pesos. Graphically translated, the statistics paint heart-breaking pictures of thousands having to face the horrors of […]

Each new day invariably starts with coffee and sunlight. On the days when I’m home–or when I don’t have to rush–I head out to my makeshift deck, choose my morning mug from my collection and sip away as I morph from zombie to (semi) stuntman. This is my me time, when I make a mental […]

Photographed by Lito Derit Sorsogon literally went big for this year’s Kasanggayahan Festival (October 17-23). After an hour of waiting out the phenomenal Sorsogon rain, down the streets they came: 14 higantes (papier-mache giants) that played out scenes from the 16th century. There were soldiers and priests, natives and colonizers. There, too, was a galleon. […]

Nothing says “Good morning” than breakfast. And in a place where rice and ricefields abound, breakfast is ultimately a heady mix of rice cakes and made-from-rice goodies. Pair them with a steaming mugful of coffee (yup!, there’s one made from ground rice, too) or hot chocolate and you have the quintessential Sorsoganon breakfast. The recipes […]