Wednesday, October 24, 2007


“Nothing on earth is so well-suited to make the sad merry, the merry sad, to give courage to the despairing, to make the proud humble, to lessen envy and hate, as music” - Martin Luther

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It has been raining in Manila these days and all I can do is stay put since the neighboring areas where I live easily get flooded. Usually, it takes a few hours for the flood water to recede; therefore, driving is not a good idea unless absolutely necessary.

However, if in case you're driving around in some flooded Manila street and your car should suddenly stop and refuse to budge, worry not for there's often a group of young folks willing to help you give it a push for a hundred pesos.

Nonetheless, for now, the least I can do is post a photograph that projects fun. You see, if I can't have the usual sunshine, I could at least fill my mind with images of color, music and joy.


posted by Señor Enrique at 7:05 AM


Anonymous kyels said...

Was the band in a procession?


Rainy days are nice but somewhat depressing if it goes on longer. However, it's also a great time to sit by the window sipping a cup of hot coffee or chocolate and listen to the pattering rain.

October 24, 2007 9:47 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

The first day or two is all right, Kyels, but beyond that rains can be awfully maddening ... hehehe.

Yes, this was a band leading a school contingent of paraders.

October 24, 2007 10:07 AM  

Blogger ROMY said...

...I always look 4ward to rain days, as a kid, that means no school, sleeping in, hangin around the casa playing with my siblings, running. 1 of my fondest memory was playing with my Fisher- Price music box, n oddly enuff the tune was Raindrops keeps Fallin':
Raindrops keep fallin' on my head
But that doesn't mean my eyes will soon be turnin' red
Cryin's not for me
'Cause I'm never gonna stop the rain by complainin'
Because I'm free
Nothin's worryin' me

... As I got older, I've developed a dread against rain, that means I wont be able to hang out with barkadas, i have to hang around the house, to look after my younger siblings, and always with no fail as soon as the clouds appear, this tune is always blaring on the airwaves:

Pumapatak na naman ang ulan sa bubong ng bahay
Di maiwasan gumawa ng hindi inaasahang bagay
Laklak ng laklak ng beer sa magdamagan
Kung may kahirapan at di maiwasan
Mabuti pa kaya matulog ka na lang bago sumakit ang tiyan

It still is one of my all-time fave rainy day tunes! But my ultimate fondest memory...running around in the rain, oh what fun, n such carefree feeling. I'd take the younger ones with me and we'd be wading in the puddle of water, we'd jump so hard so that we could splash each other... sigh* visions of my youth back in 'Pinas, good thoughts, good feelings, good memories. It's raining here too in Toronto, ... n speaking of rain, I pray to the rain gods to take pity to those in Southern California.

October 24, 2007 10:18 AM  

Anonymous lino said...

have you been at the photo congress at the megatrade hall? something to check out if you dont have anything to do.... :)

October 24, 2007 12:56 PM  

Blogger zherwin said...

i don't know pero naaliw ako sa picture, kambal ba'ng mga yan? magkakamukha eh, it must be the shades or the white hood or maybe the red jersey hehehe. :)

October 24, 2007 2:26 PM  

Blogger nutart said...

rains in the city means floods and traffic. Rains in the province means growth for all types of plants. We have large gabi plants planted around our house so when the rains come we sleep soundly to the lullaby of the raindrops on their broad leaves. Rains in this island makes me wax poetry but too much can cause mildew on everything in the house!
We can have rains continuously for even the span of a week! Kaya me and my husband are quite mindful of the deforestation of nearby rainforest. It stores all these rains for the dry season. Our drinking water from its springs is the sweetest ever!

October 24, 2007 3:47 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

I don't think they're blood related, Zherwin :) Their uniform just made the look similar, not to mention that they do sort of share similar features ... hehehe. It is an amusing picture, though.

October 24, 2007 3:47 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Is that the wedding photographer congress, Lino? No, haven't checked it out, yet. Have you gone? Is it fun? I bet they have some photo seminars going on there as well. Thanks for reminding me!

October 24, 2007 3:49 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

You're right, Romy! Here I am bitching about the rain, while Southern California is dealing with near catastrophic wild fires.

According to the NY Times:

"By Tuesday, more than 400 square miles in seven counties had been consumed by some 16 fires, flames fueled by high desert winds and hot temperatures that remained largely impervious to air attacks, garden hoses, fire retardant or prayers for relief."

Wish some rain would fall on those areas sson.

Anyway ...

That remains to be one of my favorite tunes by Hal David and Burt Bacharach and recorded by B.J. Thomas. It was used as soundtrack for "Buthc Cassidy and the Sundance Kid."

I remember when I saw this movie in State Theater on Avenida Rizal ... hehehe. I had a can of coke and bola-bola siopao as my baon. It was fun!

October 24, 2007 3:55 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Wow! Don't know exactly where you are Nutart but I can imagine a nice country dwelling with all the fresh vegetables and fruits that you may want all readily available. And an Internet connection at your behest! Nice :)

October 24, 2007 4:02 PM  

Anonymous bw said...

Quite a weird looking band with their grotesque attire :) Are they part of a drum and bugle corps or something ?

October 24, 2007 9:49 PM  

Blogger Ebb Tide said...

Made me envious that you have lots of rain in Manila, while we wished and prayed hard for rain here in So. Ca. I live in a city called Sta. Clarita. Last week-end, our city is one of those surrounded by 3 firestorms, caused by strong Sta. Ana winds, drought, etc., etc., etc. Thank God the fire in our area is now contained and not many houses were burned like in San Diego and Lake Arrowhead. The Los Angeles Times reported today that 1,155 homes burned - and counting. People like us who enjoy living in the glory of California's sunny abundance, have learned to live with the risky firestorms. Maybe you should ask those young guys to drum louder so the rain will come to So. Ca. There's a weather prediction that it will rain this week-end.

October 25, 2007 1:01 AM  

Blogger Aura said...

Nice one SE, thanks for the post! Lift up a bit my day as it is also raining here..

I was wondering why the band was wearing a hood on their head, was it also raining that day?

I agree and understand Nutart, gabi needs plenty of water to flourish, i also wonder from which island in the phil. she lives?

October 25, 2007 2:08 AM  

Blogger Photo Cache said...

send some rain this way; our southland is burning to the ground. we need precipitation.

October 25, 2007 4:28 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Cut them some slack, BW, they're mere college kids on low budget ... hehehe.

It's a drum corps that provided the school's paraders with the soundtrack as they marched in Rizal Park.

I wish I had joined a drum corps while in high school, but without the funny costume, though :)

October 25, 2007 6:28 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

I had already wished and prayed that sufficient rainfall would hit all those areas being devastated by the wild fires, Ebb Tide.

CNN reports that 1500 homes have been razed to the ground. This is really a frightening disaster.

October 25, 2007 6:31 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

I can only imagine in some exotic and lush rainforest, Aura, equipped with Internet connectivity ... hehehe.

I think this was the band members' idea of infusing hip-hop fashion into their school band's image :)

October 25, 2007 6:34 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

As Ebb Tide had mentioned, Photo Cache, hopefully some rains would fall in all the areas being devastated and threatened by these fires.

Our prayers are with you.

October 25, 2007 6:35 AM  

Blogger carlotta said...

ooh, yeah, two days of gloom gives me a sense of doom. hehe ganito talaga pag walang magawa, just rhyming around. don't like rainy days either but the nice thing is that we can snuggle for 5 more minutes before getting up coz of the cold weather =)

October 25, 2007 7:33 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Oh, that's right, Carla, the cool mornings ... hehehe!

This morning is just cloudy; hope that's the end of the rain :)

October 25, 2007 7:45 AM  

Blogger ScroochChronicles said...

I got stuck in a flood in New Manila once. I was picking up my sister who couldn't drive her car through the flood. Lucky for me, I had my dad's old Toyota Land Cruiser, the same ones they use in the outback. God, the flood was waist deep and all the cars were just there, waiting for it to subside. The "tulak boys" were also there waiting.

So with my balls in my throat, figuratively because I obviously do not have those, I pushed the 4X4 through the water hoping to make it. Eh diesel yun sasakyan, tapos ang taas pa. Siyempre we made it. I swear to God, palakpakan lahat. Pati yun mga "tulak boys" pumapalakpak!!

It's true, when there is no road, the Land Cruiser makes it's own. Plugging pa!!

Will write about that vehicle once it's out of the casa. I'm having it restored kasi :)

October 25, 2007 8:17 AM  

Blogger nutart said...

hello Senor Enrique once more!

Since I and my husband were featured in one of my former classmate/friend's blog I would like to share with you our place and a bit of who I am. Generally, we are really quite private but because we have a small business, we have to publicize too so here goes...please check out
we are the coconut nuts...:-) thank you very much for your warm responses.

October 25, 2007 9:05 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Do you have one of those jeep-type Land Cruisers, Scrooch? The '70s series? Please let me know more about your Toyota and post some pics when ready :)

That's the right kind of vehicle to have in Manila, actually. You're always safe from all those floods :)

October 25, 2007 1:24 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Wow, Nutart ... or should I now call you Bernie or Bernadette? What an awesome abode you have! No wonder you'd want no more of Manila ... hehehe.

And those nut arts -- wonderful, wonderful! I'd like to know more about them. Is the inside or outside part of the bao that is painted? How much do they cost?

You really must have a site about those art works and about your bed-and-breakfast-type establishment.

The landscape must be picturesque where you are, huh? Delightful ambiance, really!

Let us know more about them :)


October 25, 2007 1:30 PM  

Blogger ScroochChronicles said...

What we have is an 1983 FJ40 in fire engine red. We used to have another one in blue kaya lang nahulog sa bangin. My dad was in the mining industry so the FJ's were the best for that kind of work. Actually, the body work of the red one is all done. I just want the engine in tiptop shape too so I'm having it overhauled as well. Sige, I'll post pics as soon as it's out :)

BTW, I learned to drive with that vehicle. So that pretty much says a lot about my driving skills :)

October 25, 2007 1:34 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Sweet! I've always wanted one but fully restored one can cost serious money. I was also told that their parts are favorite targets by thieves because many folks are into restoring their old Toyotas.

I can't wait to see pictures your Land Cruiser, Scrooch :)

Good luck with its restoration project!

October 25, 2007 2:00 PM  

Blogger nutart said...

Thank you senor enrique for the arm compliments. Yes, we are blest with Nature here kaya we are kinda serious about being guardians of the mountain :-). Kinda scary at times but then who will do the job? I write a lot of officials in the government about illegal logging activities for instance...sometimes they respond and most of the times, well... I get to practice my letter-writing skills (ha-ha!)

We will also be joining the Salcedo Arts Fair this november 17 under the banner of Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan. Maybe you can check us out there. It would be great to get to see and met you too!!!

best regards, Bernadette (my husband can be quite formal with me :-))

October 25, 2007 4:58 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Oh, ok Bernadette, will mark the 17th of November as Salcedo Art Fair day. Will definitely look you up if I get a chance to go. Might even blog about it :)



October 25, 2007 5:15 PM  

Anonymous dave said...

My friend's parents are quite nervous about the fire in their area in North California. But I've read in the news that the authorities are doing better this time, having learned from the 2003 fires.

Now for some lighter stuff, I noticed nutart said something about gabi. Well, to add to that, I am fascinated by the water-repelling properties of its leaves. I think it's due to a wax lining.

October 25, 2007 9:54 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

My mom is quite fond of gabi; must be quite abundant in the region of Bicol she came from.

Not sure how long those gabi leaves last when cut off, but they'd make excellent roofing for temporary shelters out in the wilderness.

Rancho Bernardo, a place in San Diego where my brother used to own a house has been totally devastated by the fires, Dave. Tragic disaster it has been.

October 26, 2007 5:49 AM  

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