Game of Corns (aka, “The Mais Chronicles”)

Kakaibang tuwa din talaga yung makitang lumalaki, lumalago at namumunga yung tanim mo. Ilang buwan ko nang binabantayan yung experimental “mais plantation” sa bakuran namin at isang “roller-coaster of emotions” talaga ang dinaanan ko:

Excitement nang nakitang umusbong na yung mga butong ibinaon…

Lungkot nang mapansing hindi lahat ng itinanim ay nabuhay…

Galit nang makitang kagatin at baliin ng tutang nagti-trip ang ilang puno ng mais…

Ibayong Ligaya nang makita ang unang “young corn” ng batch!

Ang ganda ni baby, ano? Blondie pa! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Game of Corns (aka, “The Mais Chronicles”)

“The Street of the Fishing Cat” — another 2nd-hand gem! :-)

Browsing through “2nd hand” bookshops, for me, brings an entirely different level of contentment and relaxation — akin to being harassed and soothed at the same time.

The anticipation of finally finding THE book — although, at best, a one-in-a-hundred thing — never ever gets old. And for good reason!

‘Coz once in a while — if the alignment of stars is just right and if (apparently) my karmic reservoir has just been topped-up — I actually do find the book (that I didn’t know) I was looking for!

Take this latest find of mine, for example… Jolan FoldesThe Street of the Fishing Cat.

Hardcover… cloth-bound… 1937 copyright… the Hungarian original being an International Prize Winner of the All Nations Novel Competition… and most importantly — 45 Pesos lang siya! ๐Ÿ™‚

The Street of the Fishing Cat is a heart-warming chronicle of an Hungarian family’s life of exile in Paris and the different people that they interact with (or not) as they live in the Rue du Chat-qui-Peche, Paris’ narrowest street (which isย actually a real street) and gathering-place of expats young and old, decent and scheming, regal and radical.

In the course of reading the book and sharing in the characters’ daily foibles, they became less like “characters” in a book and more like people I’ve actually met in real life. Which isn’t surprising at all, when one thinks about it — post-World War I Paris may be worlds away from today’s Manila, but peoples’ mundane problems and dreams for a better tomorrow remain true whatever nationality they may belong to, or whichever era they may to live in.

A wonderful read, honestly written, and definitely “unputdownable“!

Go look for a copy at your nearest 2nd hand bookstore… and happy fishing! ๐Ÿ™‚

“The Street of the Fishing Cat” — another 2nd-hand gem! :-)

Green Patches in a brown bakuran :-)

Tuwang-tuwa talaga ako sa tuwing nagpapalit ng dahon ‘tong punong ito na nasa bakuran namin. Kakaiba kasi yung pagka-berde niya… halos neon-green kapag sakto yung sikat ng araw.

Pero bitin pa din ako. Kumpara kasi sa harap ng bahay namin, medyo desolate yung aming likuran… konti ang berdebilang na bilang ang puno… dominante ang kulay Brown.

Ang solusyon? Paramihin ang berde sa buhay!

Konting putol… konting babad… konting hukay… BUHAY!

Tara! Let’s plant a tree today! ๐Ÿ™‚

Green Patches in a brown bakuran :-)