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The Roosters in Pampanga, Philippines

You Had Better Get Used to Their Sound!

I think it is napakatawa (funny) when Kanos talk about the roosters here. I have heard a rooster every day of my life, so really I don’t hear them anymore. But Kamo friends say the roosters “are a sign” that they are in the Philippines.

It has been so very maimit (hot) here the last week. It makes my head hurt when I walk outside, and it wakes me up early in the morning. I don’t like aircon you know, but some days the heat makes me very tamad (lazy) and I don’t want to write, I don’t even want to chat on YM :-)

I was alone in my apartment last week for one night because my bro and sis and coz all went away. My bro took my cute little niece Joy Joy back home to Samar province. JJ was iyat (crying) all the time because she missed her friends and my mom and dad. So bro took her back on that long bus ride of 20 hours, and back!

It was terrible really being alone. This is the first time in my life that I was alone. A Kano friend tells me that in the US people enjoy it if they are alone. I believe him, but I can’t really believe it.


I was lucky because I could be on YM, and I slept only 30 minutes that whole night. For me, I have to be with family and friends or else I am very scared and lonely. I think this is true for all of us here in the Philippines.

I am trying to understand how Kanos think about this too. But maybe they need to understand why I don’t ever notice the rooster!

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Inday Vinas grew up in Samar Province, Philippines. She left high school after three years to work and help her family, including seven brothers and sisters. She is now a writer and small businessperson.