living the farm life!

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ben helping to push the truck and i am a lazy boy just filming them! ahaha
after we said goodbye to all the people, the friends, the relatives in iloilo city, it is now the time to go back to manila but our last stop, visiting my mother's farm, which i was dreading. i dont know why, but the farm doenst have any impact on me, well because when i was a kid and visited it, i was entrapped around it's fence, although i had fun with my cousins before, i just dont like it there. but my aunt, manay boogie kept pestering me to visit it and it didnt helped that ben was soooo excited to see it. manay boogie also told me, that i must look how my relatives are running the farm.  since me and father are overseas and its very rare for me to go to the philippines. ahahah after some convincing from manay boogie and ben's pleading face, ok, so the farm it is!

i sat again on the front and in no time, we were heading deep in the the province of iloilo, away from the coast.
ben couldnt just sit.
there, it is really provincial, i mean, the stlye of houses, rarely are stone houses, but more houses are constructed of bamboos and nipa leaves as hut, stores on the road, its very difficult to describe, but its bringing back so many things in my life, i find simplicity in the rural areas really serene and beautiful.

after an hour of driving, we came across to a town called pototan,  hahaha, i still remember the layout of the town! it didnt changed for 15 years the last time i saw it! the tricycle station, the big plaza, the market where i used to eat batchoy! the only thing that was added where signs of internet cafe!

but my excitement didnt stopped there, as its still a bit far from the town of pototan, the farm is located in a small barrio called capul-an.
he has to push!
from pototan to capul-an, thick foliages of bamboos lines the very bumpy street! it didnt helped either that it rained, so the road was a bit difficult for palangga to drive.

when we reached the point that the battle truck had to make a turn, it couldnt anymore as mud was impossible for it to drive over! the battle truck gave up! ahahahaha. but then, one by one men came to help us. they work for the farm of manay boogie which was adjacent to us. then manay boogie's brother, the father of palangga, which i havent seen for such a long time - tio diego, came down and drove the battle truck himself as palangga couldnt maneuver it in the mud anymore. then i was opened mouthed as ben came down the battle truck and helped the men to push the truck! ahahahaha.
palangga examining the truck.
his feet was covered in mud, while i went down too, standing and taking pics of them! ahahaahaha.

after some agonizing minutes! they pushed the truck succesfully! but it wont be able to go on much further, so we have to walk to the farm nin the mud, well i was a little bit worried because we still have tto go to the airport and they ask there to remove including slippers, and its a bit embarassing coz it will be covered with mud! ahahhaaha

after that, ben's feet was really covered in mud! ahahahhaa so we went to manay boogie's house and i was surprised as tia helena, mom's sister and manay miling - manay boogie's mother was there too! i greeted my aunt and manay miling hugged me so tight! oh she aged so gracefully. the twinkle in her eyes were so obvious and she got a bit teary when she saw me! it has been a long time since i was there.
im getting off.
ben felt a bit uncomfortable with the family meeting hahaha concerning the farm, because they expected me to run it but i told them no, i dont have anything to do with it! ahahahahah. i cant even run a bloody coffee machine what more a farm?! ahahahaha.

after ben finished hism ountain dew softdrink which he really like! we went to the farm, it was still a bit far and we have to cross other people's rice paddies to go there. ben was sooo excited crossing over the rice paddies! because he felt that, that experience is really asia. so he has all the rice paddies to cross and choose from! hahahha he was so suprised that he thought i cant cross rice paddies, but i did it with ease! ahaha he struggled for a bit but he perefected it! and he really said: lauro take a picture of me crossing the rice paddy.
yes thats me ahahah
ahahahahaah hahaha ok sir!

we reached the farm, and it was... amazing, im lost for words as it has been wow.. more than a decade that i havent visited it. tia rebecca, tio rolando and my cousin ruben greeted us! as usual family matters ahaha but i just couldnt leave ben alone.  so we excused ourselves and i toured him around! he was in disbelief of how huge it was. ahahahaahaha - ok i dont want to brag it in here, but ben wanted to work there! ahahaha i told him he is very much welcome to work in the farm, just say so and hes in.

when we were back in the bamboo house, my uncle - tio rolando offered him a wine made from coconut, because ben really insisted that he should try it! and he did and he was polite to say he didnt liked it! ahahahahaha

after some conversations, it was time to go! i thanked my relatives and wished them well for taking good care of the farm.
the muddy path to the farm.
one day i will be back there but not this time, as i have yet to explore the world before i settle.

so we went back to manay boogies house, picked our bags and headed to the battle truck, i couldnt believe that the workers offered to carry my backpack and i told them i wouldnt to look like a wimp! ahahahaha i have to carry my own bag! lol! ahahaha.

it was already sun down! were heading off to the airport back to manila!

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ben helping to push the truck and…
ben couldnt just sit.
ben couldnt just sit.
he has to push!
he has to push!
palangga examining the truck.
palangga examining the truck.
im getting off.
im getting off.
yes thats me ahahah
yes thats me ahahah
the muddy path to the farm.
the muddy path to the farm.
men and workers came to help us.
men and workers came to help us.
manay boogie was inside!
manay boogie was inside!
and they made it!
and they made it!
thick vegetation to the farm.
thick vegetation to the farm.
ben excited to cross the rice padd…
ben excited to cross the rice pad…
crossing a rice paddy to get to th…
crossing a rice paddy to get to t…
dogs are expert at this! ahahha
dogs are expert at this! ahahha
he was so happy!
he was so happy!
hahahaha like a child!
hahahaha like a child!
see im an expert lol ahaha
see im an expert lol ahaha
the beautiful countryside of rice …
the beautiful countryside of rice…
ben crossing!
ben crossing!
manay boogie had a hard time cross…
manay boogie had a hard time cros…
a wild pineapple!
a wild pineapple!
cacao!
cacao!
the farm entrance.
the farm entrance.
Capul-an
photo by: lauro