Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Coal for the New Year



char coal for new yearApparently, coal brings good luck in Scotland and the North of England, and thus it is customary to give coal as a gift on New Year's Day, representing warmth for the year to come. I sure hope it's true too, and I'd really like to believe it, 'cause I need all the luck I can get. But if that's the case, then I guess I am indeed in for a molten hot and wildly lucky year this 2011, as we cook on coal on a daily basis--because it's cheap. New Year's eve was no different, as I spent the day and evening cooking, as most people were enjoying the holiday.


Newly elected officials had set up a New Year's party for the local barangay (no food, just music and glowing lights)--a meager offering compared to the new wealth and power awarded to them by the citizens. Nevertheless, the people of the community gravitated towards the basketball court where the party took place, excited for the once-in-a-year occasion.

It's a lonely and detached feeling just observing from afar. But, I am used to it as I mostly grew up this way--a loner. Oddly, I have come to appreciate periods of solitude, as I much prefer it over periods of pressure and stress.

Yet, there is a quality to social gatherings, and socializing in general, that appeals to me. Naturally, we weren't meant to live as an island disconnected from others, which is why humans tended to form tribal groups--because it increased chances of survival. So, it does not surprise me why congregations, camaraderie, friendships, relationships, and just having someone to talk to can give one a 'warmth' that even burning coal can't.

Thus, I enjoyed hearing the loud music and the laughter and cheers of the people all night long during New Year's eve; the bright lights beaming all around; the vibrations and energy. It may sound ironic, as some people would say that clutter, commotion, and chaos is unappealing. Yet, in some cases, it really is quite the contrary.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

anu poh ung niluluto nyo???

efd said...

dear coconut,
it's been quite some time since i last read any of your posts. i have decided to follow your blog to enable me to keep up with what you write about. keep up the good work. God bless.

Anonymous said...

david. kung ano man ang pangarap mo at gusto mong makamit sana ay makuha mo. good guys like you deserve a good life. i wish you well this 2011.

Ciara said...

..mas masarap ang pagkain pag luto sa kahoy kesa sa kalan, there is really a big difference. db?

Anonymous said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Wish you a happy and healthy life.

chuva said...

Wishing you all the best David! One day, all your sacrifices will amount to something. God bless!

Anonymous said...

BELATED HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! January 29 pala birthday mo.. ngayon ko lang nalaman.. I hope your loving fans gave you a birthday gift!

thepinaysolobackpacker said...

naiiyak naman ako sa post mu. :(na-miss ko bigla ang childhood ko and the province a lot. asa probinsya ka ng family mu nakatira David or nagbakasyon ka lang nung holiday? sarap naman!
when we we're young, we used to live in a kubo, tas minsan s uling kame nagluluto kapag wal ng pambili ng gasul sina mama. pero 3 malaking bato lng nilalagyan ng kalan,kase kelangan pang bilhin yang lutuan. hehe when we did fieldwork in a secluded island for 3 mnths. I enjoyed the gathering ng mga locals na parang ganyan sa slide show mu, madameng banderetas, madameng tao, at my sound system. pero s fieldwork q lng naranasan yan nung college kase sa mismong probinsya namen d ako pinapayagan ng nanay ko. haha
I jst read above. happy Birthdaydavid! stay kind and humble! May you have more blessings this year! tama yan, live simply! :)

elmerlovesoreo said...

I really love this blog because of the quality of the pictures being used. You're such a talented photographer David!

Anonymous said...

Hello Kuya,

Musta na po? Sana nasa mabuti ka kalagayan ngayon kasi para ang lungkot ng bagong taon ninyo. Hope to achieve all you dreams soon. TC

Lauren said...

w00t my cousin Edison directed me to this blog lol
-Lauren Grace

Anonymous said...

hoping the new year brings a better perspective for all of us. loved the entry.

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http://www.theurbanomad.wordpress.com

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