Sunday, January 10, 2010

Pinoy Musings









I found the Philippines so beautiful and full of wonder. I've been a few times before: twice as a child and once back in 2004. But this trip was longer, full of Australian/Filipino relatives and contained more freedom to explore the city and townships.
My mum lives in Luwigan, Davao Oriental on the island of Mindanao. We spent time in the big city of Davao but more time out in amongst the coconut farms and coral reefs of the provinces.
The people were friendly and generous. The Filipinos are well known for their hospitality and neighbourliness. They are fixated on children and could not understand how we could be married for 5 years and not have children. I learned 'Wala pa' ('Not yet' in Tagalog) very early on in our trip.

I got to spend time with my mum and my grandmother as well as countless cousins and aunties and uncles. My grandfather married twice so we have a very large family.

This year one of my big goals is to learn Tagalog fluently. I feel like I've missed out on a lot of culture and Filipino identity by not learning Tagalog and/or Bisaya as a child but it's never too late.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Mabuhay


Well, it's been a while. Far too long really. My fourth (and final) year of Bible college was an absolute killer with so many essays and exams that all seemed to be due at the same time.

But it's a new year and a new chance to get this blog running again. I've got oodles of ideas and plans in my head about what I want to achieve creatively this year and what I want to share on this blog.

For starters, I've got a picture in this particular post of me next to a caribou in Bagoo, Monerigao, Davao Oriental, Mindanao, The Philippines (long address, I know!). We just spent 3 weeks with my mum and family over in the Phils living the pinoy life.

I bought a Filipino cookbook and hope to share my attempts at cooking pinoy food a la 'Julie and Julia'.

But that won't be all. I'll be making things, crafting things, thinking things and sharing things. :)