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When I was in first grade I lived on the bundok (mountain) for a year. My two bros took care of me. We are all about the same age. We lived in a little bahay kubo nepa hut that our father bought. We lived on the mountain because our father was sick and we could not live in our village back in the barrio. I don't remember really how I got my food. I know my bros took care of me. I always loved the bundok and I still do. I love the fruits on the trees and the freedom to do what I want to do. Even today I live with one of my bros and we take care of each other. He teases me all the time and makes me angry so much. When I was little, he teased me until I cried. I love him anyway. Why am I writing this story? Because I want to tell you something about pinoy. My kano friend says it is funny to have so many people in my apartment all the time. He said if you have too many ka... (more)

Many Stories Here in Pampanga, Philippines

Helo everyone! I do not write as much as I should alam ko (I know). So today I will give you little pictures from things that happened to me recently, OK? * My kuya (older) bro Dik Dik and coz Dodong are going back to province today with my little bro. They all stayed with me for many weeks. But no work for big bro and coz and little bro must return to start school. They will take bus for 20 hours from Manila, so I will take bus with them to Manila so they can find the right terminal. Dodong is a funny guy, he has macho body build and my kano friend calls him Jorges because he thi... (more)

Sailing the Sea of Samar, Philippines

I traveled to my home village in the province of Samar to celebrate the Fiesta San Juan. I was lucky to fly from Manila to Tacloban, Leyte. The next day I took a private boat with friends and family. The trip takes four hours and goes under the famous San Jacinto bridge into the Sea of Samar. The boat is a normal "banca" boat, but bigger than most of the boats in my village. We are loading the boat in this picture. I was lucky and slept in a hotel the night before we sailed to my village. Six members of my family joined us to eat that night, and then they just slept on the boat. ... (more)

Typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana) Hits the Philippines (Part 2)

The Philippines on Ulitzer I have received so many visitors to my post about Ondoy. So I want to talk a little more about the calamities in the Philippines. First, here are places you can go to help: - I mentioned this one before. - This is a newspaper website. They have a lot of information about the Ondoy Relief Drive. - Yes, they are very active here just like in the US and other places. I want to let everyone know again that this is not the only time that we have trouble in the Philippines. We have so many typhoons eve... (more)

From Inday: Happy New Year from the Philippines!

It is many weeks since the time I posted at my blog, kasi I was very lazy to write :-) I looked at my blogstats and I see that the number of visitors is reduced because I have not been writing. Yay, so it is time for more stories! Thanks to everyone who enjoys my blog and thanks to everyone who makes comments here. I did not have confidence to write one year ago, when I started this blog. But now I know I have the capacity to write stories that people enjoy. Maraming salamat! I have many stories to tell you. So my plan is to post these stories more often now that we are in the ... (more)