"a caterpillar doesn't just grow into a butterfly. a caterpillar must undergo metamorphosis, and a cocoon is where a caterpillar risks it all: enters total chaos, undergoes total rebuilding, and is born to a new way of living. only in taking the risk of entering that inert cocoon can the caterpillar go from dormancy to potency, from ugliness to beauty."

Saturday, March 11, 2006

a picnic with bulad

"Breathless, we flung us on a windy hill,
Laughed in the sun, and kissed the lovely grass."

--Rupert Brooke

one of the things i find therapeutic is being out in the sun... to feel the wind against my hair and my skin, to breathe in the fresh scent of the living grass, to bask in simple joys under the great sky, to see that the world i live in is still beautiful, to believe that, despite looming roadblocks and inner turmoils, everything is still okay. what can i say? i'm a child of the living world and a fan of the great outdoors.

whenever i feel all my zest for life is in danger of being zapped out, whenever i feel i need recharging or even just a simple time-out, whenever i'm after a home-y environment, whenever i'm longing for light moments... in my mind, i know where to go. OUT!

and OUT was where i was last saturday afternoon. i took a break from swimming in the mental soup called 'my thesis' to spend time with the manila-based bisaya bloggers who gathered together (again!) for a picnic at the UP sunken garden.

happy picnic buddies at the sunken garden:
"tito" miki, kars, val, jors, sildz, and "tito" zimm

i could say that it was a picnic that didn't involve so much planning -- it was a product of spontaneity -- yet even before we could finish spreading out sildz' made-in-iligan straw mat, we found out that we brought so much food for the activity! we had lechon manok, liempo, pancit malabon, lumpia, rice, green mangoes with bagoong, boiled peanuts, liters and liters of softdrinks and mineral water, and a pack of jelly ace. we also had cooked bugas nga mais and bulad nga pinikas! (wow, kalami ba gayud! straight from jory's opol, misamis oriental yan!) it was a food-fest picnic! the abundance of our food was so overwhelming -- my bisaya friends and i were compelled to greet one another 'happy fiesta!' ha ha ha...

bulad and mais for a bisdak fiesta!

because we had so much food, we were not able to gobble up everything eventhough all six of us could boast of a very healthy appetite. we had a lot of left-overs. even so, we were so food-crazy that saturday afternoon -- when we saw a mamang sorbetero (male ice cream vendor), we did not pass up on the opportunity to buy cones and cones of yummy ice cream from him.

finding happiness with the tiling-tiling ice cream!

of course, we had our photosession with mamang sorbetero and his colorful ice cream cart.

we had so much fun that afternoon, we attracted attention from the other people who were there at the sunken garden. not only was our picnic mat a food showcase that even the flies couldn't resist from going near it, not only did we swarm around the ice cream cart as if it was the first time in our lives to see one, not only did we have a swell time "observing" the bodies of the frisbee players playing nearby, we were also making so much noise as we joked and talked to each other using our tatak-bisdak loud voices. as usual, jory, our official booking manager and gimmick planner, took the spotlight. a couple also on a picnic couldn't resist from letting out a chuckle when jory oh-so-unbridledly read-aloud for us the latest text message he received...

"if you think that the shortest way to a man's heart is thru his stomach, you're thinking ancient. That theory had long been gone when blow job was discovered."

ooops. you did not read that from this blog! anyway, lawgaw og lingaw gyud pag mga bisaya magkatapok-tapok! as i would always say, "kay bisdak lagi..."


  1. by the way, i still think that the shortest way to a man's heart is through his chest -- gotta use a dagger. ;-)

  2. Sidewalk foods "may" contain Salmonella Typhi. Beware!

  3. inday, salamat sa pag post...sa tinud-anay lang...ga laway gyud ko'g maayo sa inyo'ng bugas nga mais ug pinikas nga buwad, way makalupig!

  4. hala ka nice! kami pod nag bulad session mi sa waterfalls! weee ... mustamos naman ka oist! hehehe ....

  5. kalingaw ba.:)

    ako na diay gikuha kang naomi imo number para next time ma-text na tika.:)

  6. miggs, oo na. lami man beh.

    kid a, way sapayan. mao, tinuod jud nga way makalupig.

    trickmeister, ka nice mo lang. ako? kumusta? nagkadugay nagkagwapa. wahahaha, hastang atika.

    diane, lingaw jud! i hope you can join us next time. :D

  7. halaka gimingaw na kog bulad! especially the pinikas kind!! everytime makauli kog cdo kay ok ra gyud sa ko kung mao ra na ilang i-feed sa ko ba. bulad and rice! haaaaay :D

  8. lei, ako pud, gimingaw na pud sa bulad nga pinikas. mao jud lagi ning malayo ta sa atong yutang gidak-an ba... ultimo bulad nga pinikas magpanawag sa atoa. :)


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