Saturday, September 30, 2017

Refined salt and how it is made the old way.

Salt making with this indigenous technology is now a dying industry.
Dr Abe V Rotor
 
 Salt making in Nagtupakan, San Vicente (IIocos Sur).

Nagtupakan and San Sebastian are two villages (barangay) of San Vicente (Ilocos Sur) famous in making refined salt – salt as fine and white as refined sugar, you can mistake the two. This is how the native folks do it with a very old technology.

First the salt field is “irrigated” during the day by high tide coming directly from the sea, but instead of being drained in the succeeding low tide, the floodgate is closed trapping the seawater which leaves a crust of salt on the salt field. This is repeated to enrich the harvest.

The salt crust is “cultivated” by hand or with bullock using a light harrow to scrape the topsoil which contains the salt crust called ati’ .  The gathered ati’ is piled on the field or stored in a nearby shack for future use, thus allowing salt making even during the rainy season.

This is the process proper of extracting the salt from the crust. The crust is placed in a trough made of long wooden planks which looks like an oversized coffin. The bottom is lined with a layer of rice hay and a layer of sand on top of it.  This serves as filter.  Seawater is poured into the trough containing the crust to dissolve the salt.  The solution is filtered leaving behind the silt and clay. The filtrate which is a high concentrated salt solution is collected at one end of the trough. This is called inna, from which was derived the terms ag-inna, referring to the process.

The inna or filtrate is “cooked” in the open in large iron kettle under low fire. More filtrate is added as it evaporates to increase the yield.  The salt is turned regularly to prevent the formation of crust at the bottom and to hasten cooking.  Just like in the final stage in cooking rice, the in salt yield is allowed to dry completely.

The salt product is placed in a large bamboo basket for tempering, allowing the salt to become mellow (like wine).  During this stage the salt attains its true fine texture, whiteness, and dryness. 

Salt making with this indigenous technology is now a dying industry.  Ironically it is in the endangered stage of a craft that earns its place in the list of tourists’ attractions. There are reasons why the industry is dying and these are as follows:
  •  High cost of production
  •  Dwindling supply of firewood
  • The younger generation would rather go other jobs, or pursue careers
  • Product competition – commercial salt, local and imported, has flooded the market.
  • Advanced technology such as solar desalination of seawater has replaced traditional processes.
  • Water pollution has rendered many salt fields unsuitable for this industry.
  • Comparative profitability of other industries like prawn farming, seaweed farming and fish cage culture have replaced the industry.
If you happen to go up north, visit the indigenous salt making villages, seven km west of Vigan, and test for yourself which is salt and which is sugar just by looking at these two similar products in all their fineness and whiteness.   

Acknowledgement: Internet photos. 

Listening to the Owl

Dr Abe V Rotor

Little Prince before a mural painted by the author 2016, Lagro QC

A wall with eyes and ears, 
that talks as well,
sentinel of the night 
with stories to tell;
king of the forest,
seemingly frail,
wisest of all birds,
and humans as well.~

Sargassum Fish: Model of Mimicry and Camouflage

Dr Abe V Rotor 
Living with Nature School on Blog

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Sargassum Fish in acrylic by AVR circa 2002

Strange this living world, if you wish;
fish to Sargassum, Sargassum to fish;
if evolution is by fusion
toward unification and peace,
where lies fission,
key to diversification?

There would be more fossils
than the present living,
extinguished before their time,
unfit by Darwinian rule -
unless the past had little left
the proof of the whole.

And here before our eyes: the link
of time past and present,
of fossil and the living,
changing, too nil, too slow;
wondering at Nature's game,
in her own sweet time.~

Friday, September 29, 2017

Challenges in Education in an Integrated School

San Vicente IS to the World Series
 Challenges in Education in an Integrated School
An Interview with Miss Beatriz R Riotoc
Principal, San Vicente Ilocos Sur Integrated School

Dr Abe V Rotor
In defining a principal in our time, some sixty years ago, he was strict, in fact very strict, the mere mention of his name, made an erring pupil virtually sweat out of fear. For the word by itself was associated with strict discipline. He was the like of Mr. Sebastian Ruelos, our principal then, who believed that the school is but a step away from home, and the teachers are the alter ego of parents.  It was not unusual to see him carrying a symbolic stick in his daily routine on the campus. 
      
     
San Vicente Integrated School today as it was during my time some sixty years ago - same building, same playground. Where has education changed and gone? One can only surmise what lies ahead of these school children. It is the duty of us, we who have spent the formative years of our lives in this school, to guide our younger brothers and sisters, our children, and grand children.     

The picture of a principal has changed in many ways since then.  She is the like of Miss Beatriz Retoria Riotoc today.  She represents the women dominated field of education, earning her way to the top with a deep commitment to the teaching profession as a vocation to the point of considering teaching as a ministry. It is on this level that one like her is committed to a personal educational philosophy. 

But to understand ones philosophy in life and career, you must draw out the threads from a ball of years-long experience, so to speak, about the person. It is not an easy diagnostic research, since many teachers, particularly the younger ones have yet to develop a particular philosophy clearly their own. Educators call this eclectic, a transitional kind of philosophy, characterized by the adoption of various methodologies - personal and adapted – with the end in view of attaining a particular objective or goal. 
An integrated school has the elementary and secondary levels combined into a continuous system; whereas, in the conventional system, elementary and high school are separate entities.  Under the new curriculum (K to 12), San Vicente Integrated School presently has 548 pupils in the elementary (Kinder to Grade 6) and 247 in the secondary (Grade 7 to 14), assigned to 35 teachers, 24 in the elementary and 11 in the secondary.   

On the other hand, there are teachers identified as perrenialists or authoritarian in their field of expertise and methodologies. But with the expanding fields of education more and more teachers are pursuing other philosophies such as realism, idealism, and existentialism. 

Miss Riotoc, for one, is a realist, and an idealist as well. This can be traced to her background having been raised in a rural community, by a close-knit family where work, education and discipline are primordial values. She is a product of private and religious institutions (St. Paul College of Ilocos Sur and St Louis University in Baguio), and a state university (University of Northern Philippines, where she finished a master’s degree in education). As a homegrown model in her teaching career in lineage, culture, language and education, it is not difficult for teachers and pupils under her care to adjust to real life situations.  

But times have changed and change is accelerating. Miss Riotoc may be traditional, if you call it that way, if you are living in the city where conditions are not only changing fast but transient in many ways, what with students flocking in from various regions and classrooms are not getting bigger, and students' diminishing attention to lessons and incidence of breakdown in discipline as real problems reminiscent of the 1987 movie, The Principal.

The movie was a big hit because the plot depicts the eroding discipline in many school campuses in the US.  A high school principal played by a tough guy, James Belushi, slugged it out with the hardened school gang members disturbing the peace on the campus. He won their respect at the end. The happy ending upholds the school’s principle and thrust in education given the worst scenario.  

We don’t find such scenario in our schools, much less in the countryside. Not to the extent as depicted in the movie. The epilogue leaves an important lesson to school authorities.  It poses a great challenge to a school principal like Miss Riotoc as disciplinarian, catalyst to learning, vanguard, guardian, friend - roles perhaps no other profession can claim to be as many, as urgent and as vital. 

Education and History

Things have changed. "Spare the rod and spoil the child," has taken a more lenient course. "Dali mas palo, Señor," became a butt of expression since the end of the Spanish era which lasted for nearly four centuries. Physical punishment faded out with the Thomasites - American teachers whose aim was to gain allegiance of Filipinos to a new master, who dominated us for fifty long years as a Commonwealth of the US.  

Then the Second World War broke, and the world was left in ruins.   

The colonial masters had nothing left to exploit, the era of colonization came to an end, only to give way to a New World order, even as new nations proudly raised their own flag of nationalism, the Philippines among the first. The neophyte nations found themselves in internal conflict, while nations needed to align themselves with stronger ones.  Soon the world found itself divided.  

The Cold War began, polarizing virtually all nations into two warring ideologies - democracy led by the United States on one side, and socialism led by the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics or USSR, on the other. 

The two superpowers were mortal enemies bent to destroy each other, together with their respective allies. A Third World War was a Damocles Sword ready to fall with the passing of each day for a suspenseful period of nearly half a century.   

Then in 1989, the world entered into a Neo-Renaissance. The Cold War ended with the dissolution of USSR, the re-unification of Germany, so with North and South Vietnam. China had opened its door to the world, and became a laboratory to test the compatibility the two conflicting ideologies - socialism and capitalism. Other close societies followed.  Modern communication and transportation shrunk the world, so to speak, into a Global Village. All over the world, exodus to cities created complex urban centers, while new frontiers of settlement and business opened.  The world’s population began to increase in geometric progression. Homogenization began to erase the boundaries of culture, politics, religion, race, education, and practically all institutions of society – and progressively continue on.  

We have embarked into Postmodernism, which our world never before experienced, or dreamed of, which sociologists aptly define as "living tomorrow today." We are living in a fast changing world, swift and chartless.  Our world and Humanity will never be the same again. 
  
So, where does education come in?  The task is gargantuan that no field or level of education can afford to be passive. Education is addressed to all, in all walks of life, because we are all teachers in our own rights,    

A good friend of mine compared an educator with a conductor of an orchestra.  He said, “A school principal is like a composer-conductor of a full orchestra cum audience in a big hall. To prepare for such an event, first of all she must be an efficient teacher herself. She must be a good organizer and administrator.  She is an expert, a master teacher by educational attainment, experience and accomplishment. With these qualifications, she must develop the teachers in her school to become efficient and effective as well. Each one must gain mastery and confidence.  She must know her role. The school becomes the hall.  The audience is composed of schoolchildren, parents, and members of the community. Here comes the big event.  With confidence and precision the baton master conducts the orchestra and play beautifully and harmoniously the music of teaching and learning with the hall reverberating with awe and approval.”   

What then are the areas of expertise a teacher must develop and master? Miss Riotoc places top importance to faculty development in these fields: 

  • Subject Matter Expertise, mastery of the subject 
  • Instructional Expertise, efficiency in methodology and delivery 
  • Communications Expertise, two-way process between teacher and students 
  • Classroom Management expertise, orderliness and discipline  
  • Diagnostic Expertise, sensitive to signs and symptoms attendant to learning
  • Relational Expertise, good relationship, cordial and friendly.

We admit that there are many things that cannot be learned – and even if we do, the more we are led to wonder, puzzled yet humbled by the enormity and magnificence of the world we live in. It is like going up a mountain.  The higher you go, the wider and farther your eyes can see but cannot decipher.

Where does education start, and where does it end? The Binhi principle gives a symbolic explanation.  The teacher is the biblical Sower (Parable of the Sower). She sows the seed of knowledge, and provides it with all the necessary conditions for its growth and development so that it will bring in bountiful harvest. In another analogy, the teacher is the lamp holder in the night.  She holds it proudly and high this lamp of knowledge, and passes its light onto the waiting lamps of others.  They too, shall pass on the light until the world is illuminated. The light to the world is the collective light of knowledge of humanity, adapting Rizal's concept of education as the source of enlightenment and freedom.
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Where does education start and end?

“Give man a fish, he eats for a day.
Teach him how to fish; he gets fish for a lifetime.”
                                                      - Old Chinese proverb


This old Chinese proverb illustrates the value of education.  There are however many interpretations and far-reaching implications.  Here the student is taught critical thinking, research, multi-disciplinary and holistic learning, ethico-morals, literature (The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway), religion (The Shoes of the Fisherman), history, biology, ecology, and other fields of endeavor.

Here are ten selected answers of students who participated in the discussion: 
1.    Dole out is a palliative measure. It breeds mendicancy.
2.    Development of skill in fishing is important with science and technology.
3.    Fishing is big business and industry, but who are getting rich?
4.    Observe fishing laws, we will deplete our lakes and oceans.
5.    Man as hunter has not changed. He still is - is a modern day hunter.
6.    Among the marginalized sectors of society are the fisher folks, yet the sea is vast and deep, rivers and lakes are just around.
7.    Fish only what you need, conserve.
8.    “Tragedy of the commons” in free-for-all fishing, like mob.
9.    Give to the poor, elderly, and the sick, (Matthew 25)
10. Eat fish; you will live healthy and long.

With a given topic, education opens many doors to learning as shown in these ten answers. Education is endless, there is always something new to discover, even by serendipity. It leads us to all parts of the earth. On the other hand, it teaches us humility. Even a genius like Albert Einstein, Man of the Last Century, humbly responded when asked what else he didn’t know, “I know only a little about the atom, God knows everything else.”
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Current Issues that Challenge a Teacher 

However good a teacher is, or any leader for that matter, she is aware that these are but general statements of truth and wisdom. They are seldom scrutinized or raised in debates. And yet in the very core of these motherhood statements lie vital issues that now and then creep in surreptitiously in the middle of the night and disturb the good sleep of  teachers, educators, scholars, governments .Take these cases.
   
  • How can social media enhance education? Can e-learning suffice and not require one to go to school? 
  • There is an explosion of knowledge, but how much can we absorb? How can we separate the grain from the chaff from a growing heap of knowledge?  Which leads us to a coined word, infollution. (AVR). 
  • Infollution or Information Pollution – how can we clean up the garbage in cyberspace, sanitize learning before it contaminates and spreads into epidemic? 
  • Whatever happened to the family where the principle of trinity is put to practice - the family where society begins, where its foundation lies?   
  • If “a little learning is a dangerous thing,” so with too much learning. While Darwinism has gained acceptance in the biological world, how can it apply in politics and commerce without disturbing society?  If science is good why does it create a Frankenstein. 
  • And values? Socrates is too far out and too old to remember his teachings, Plato is "too pure", the Church is divided and the faith alienated. Transience of domicile and purpose in life has changed values radically, perhaps irreversibly.  
  • Who many are aware of the phenomenon of autotoxicity or progressive self destruction? Not so many, others adamantly do, that nature's laws when violated result in unimagined destruction likened to an Armageddon. Today we are not only witnesses, but victims, of  global warming, species extinction, mass poverty, epidemic diseases, and others. . How are these be taught in school, and "save the world."  
  • Return to basic does not mean fundamentalism, today's root of conflict and  terrorism (ISIS, Buko Haram, Al Qaeda, Hamas)  that threatens world peace. Isn’t good education enough to lay down the basics of life and living?  
  • The 3Rs of Literacy (Reading, wRiting, aRithmetic) cannot meet the criteria of today’s requirement for literacy, a challenge posed to schools, to social media and globalization. Scientists argue whether or not our world is getting truly literate.  If literacy is the magic wand that bails a person out of being poor, why is it that half of the world’s population remains poor?  (While the other half has more than it needs.)  

  • Strengthening the interconnectedness of home, school, church and community as the four pillars of a true and lasting education.  

The New Curriculum   

Mis Riotoc as a bona fide Ilocano, true to the culture and tradition of the place, shares with me certain predicaments attendant to her position as teacher and school principal. I must say these are not comfortable issues.

Take the case of revising the curriculum by adding two years to the existing one. It's a paradox, it came when social media has overtaken in many ways education itself, when communication is at fingertip, from direct dialing to e-mailing.  And texting has long replaced the telephone, in fact it has developed into a popular pastime. Palm size gadgets in many trade names have virtually placed the holder at the center of information from all corners of the world. With the state-of-the art of electronic gadgets whole volumes of encyclopedia, in fact whole libraries, universities and museums all over the world open up on the monitor screen in a matter of minutes, if not seconds. GPS tells direction, Google earth maps the world in any given place.  Directories, games, whereabouts, entertainment, etc., are virtually unlimited. Information can be stored more than one may need in a lifetime.

Increasing the years of schooling could not have been inadvertently timed  with economic downtrend affecting our country and globally, with high rate of unemployment, and widespread poverty. (Fifty percent of the population are living below the poverty line); our per capita income is among the lowest in the world, a far cry from those of the US, Europe, and Asian countries like Japan and South Korea whose educational system was used as reference in revising our curriculum. 

Extended schooling takes a heavy toll not only in terms of additional expense on the part of low income families. Two years of lost opportunity for children to contribute to the family's income, exacerbated by increasing longevity of the older family members, have placed an added burden on the narrowing working group. 

Teachers are already overworked, now the whole educational system is undermanned, ill-equipped, ill-funded, and apparently unprepared. I can only imagine how teachers courageously grab the helm of the ship and take the children to safety, and to where their bright future awaits them. And yet teachers are romantically glorified in the like of the "Unknown Soldier" of their obedience. compassion, diligence, sacrifice to the point of  being living martyrs.  

Education and Formative Conscience

How does education of young children mold not only their mind, heart and spirit, but their conscience, the seat of ethico-morals of everyday living, which former UST Rector, Fr Tamerlane Lana calls formative conscience

Does it ring the conscience when we destroy the environment, waste food, pollute the air, unkind to the old, indifferent to general welfare, commit dishonesty, abandon our children, and the like?  
                                                  
 Functional Literacy
A tribesman living in the of Kalahari Desert in The Gods Must Be Crazy,  turned out to be the teacher of a lady teacher, a PhD holder at that. “To where the wind blows a predator can sense you,” he warns in his native tongue, then he wet his finger with saliva and raised it up for a few seconds like a barometer. “It is not safe to be here,” He urged his special guest to move to safety. To which we ask, what is literacy?

What is literacy when a culinary expert fails to produce a precise boiled egg using modern gadget? When producing rice is more theory than practice, succeeding to produce half of the targeted crop yield?  How many children fail to reach functional literacy level that enable them to understand the world around them, interact with people, understand events, take good care of themselves, raise families of their own properly. 
  A memorable visit to the school where I finished elementary education in 1953. Receiving the books I authored for the school library are Miss Retoria Riotoc (center), principal and Miss Seferina T Reclusado, master teacher. Right: With a sense of gratitude I presented the award I received - the 2015 prestigious 2015 Fr Jose Burgos Achievement Award, an honor I share with my alma mater.  


Integration and Functional Literacy  

Here's an example of cross-disciplinary integration with an English teacher and mathematics teacher using an example for subject integration. The English teacher wrote on the board. :
             The class says the teacher is good.
             The class says, "the teacher is good."
             The class, says the teacher, is good.  
The placement of the comma (or its omission) changes the meaning of each sentence. On the part of the Math teacher, she adapted the above example into a mathematical expression.
              2 + 3 x 5
One student answered 25, while another answered 17.  She let the class explore the correct answer. Then the teacher organized the figures 
             (2 + 3) x 5 
Integrating language with mathematics is not new.  It is used in coding and decoding secret communication.  General equations can be derived from integration such as fermentation and oxidation, two important biological processes. Demographic studies adopt integrated formulas, so with dialectics and philosophical inferences. 
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Education must take us back to our heritage, the valued wisdom of our old folks. Whatever education is today characterized by new curriculum, distance education (e-learning), accreditation to “Center of Excellence,” high-tech, and the like, education must be integrated by all means into the holistic attributes of man - Homo sapiens (the Thinking Man), Homo faber (Man the Maker), Homo ludens (the Playing Man) and Homo spiritus (the Praying Man). 
 In parting, Miss Riotoc cited the great Mahatma Gandhi, Man of the Last Millennium. "You must be the change you want to see in the world." 

And to the Greatest Teacher of all who walked the Earth, education is alive, very much alive, in all of us; it is the way of life. ~  



Thursday, September 28, 2017

Tabon Cave - Cradle of My Race, Part 2

... when my brothers are gone -
would you be the cradle
of my race once more? ~
Dr Abe V Rotor
Tabon Cave, Palawan

More than your name,
you are my father's home,
and his resting ground;
link of darkness and light,
window to the universe,
source of song and verse,
treasured niche in space,
the cradle of my race.

You weaned my forebears
from flint and fire,
bow and arrow to wheel,
to become hunter and farmer,
tame the sea and land,
the air and space,
build megapolises,
explore the mystery
of creation.

Would you outlive my lust,
my progeny gone stray,
the deadly mushroom,
litters of my technology;
would you accept my poor art
of postmodern living,
if I renounce them all
when my brothers are gone -
Would you be the cradle
of my race once more? ~

Indigenous tools and equipment we still use today

 “When we take away from a man his traditional way of life, his customs, his religion, we had better make certain to replace it with SOMETHING OF VALUE” 

Dr Abe V Rotor


Wooden Mortar and Pestle

Bayong made of pandan

1. Trowel (Barrusot Ilk)

2. Hand palay harvester (rakem)

3. Laying hen’s crib (baki)

4. Farmer’s backpack (kuribot)

5. Boat sled (takuli)




6. Bullock Sled (pasagad) Photo above

7. Bare bull cart (partigo)

8. Bull cart with sides (kariton)

9. Sledge hammer (maso)

10. Dike (pilapil) bolo (pangtabas)

11. Heavy duty bolo (badang)


12. Everyday bolo (buneng)

13. Dagger (balisong Tag; daga Ilk)

14. Iron nail remover (kabra)

15. Crowbar (bareta)

16. Log saw (sarrotso)

17. Ax (wasay Ilk)

18. Wide brimmed hat (payabyab)

19. Woven hat (kallugong)

20. Planting pole (tik-tak mechanism)

21. Fish basket (alat)

22. Chewing nut bag (tampipi)

23. Scythe (kumpay)

24. Fishing pole (banni-it)

25. Slingshot (palsi-it)

26. Toy hand cannon (palsu-ot)

27. Blowgun (salbatana)

28. Threshing rope with handle (hawak)

29. Threshing board

30. Woven mat (banig)

31. Coconut midrib broom (walis tingting)

32. Soft grass broom (walis tambo)

33. Coco shell cup (ungot)

34. Earthen water pot (calamba, caramba)

35. Earthen pot (for cooking) (palayok, banga)

36. Fish fence (tarit)

37. Fish trap (salakab)

38. Bottom fish trap (kudagdag)

39. Fish net with x-frame (salloy)

40. Throw net (tabukol)

41. Fixed fish trap (bubo)

42. Bird pole trap (taay)

43. Bird loop net (singgapong)

44. Spear (pika) 


45. Dugout trap (palab-og)

46. Bow and arrow (pana)

47. Coconut grater (gadgaran)


48. Lagangan (Diken)

49. Anguyub (blow tube (bamboo)
      used in cooking with firewood  

50. Banni-it (fish hook)

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Yes, you can be a poet! Here are simple verses.

"... and if one day the water of the sea is not enough,
drink, drink deep from my little cup."
Dr Abe V Rotor

Get out and write.

1. Foot Bridge

I walked the bridge to its far end and beyond,

And down the river to the sea I cast my pole.
It was a fight I fought, it was no longer game,
And it was neither fish nor dream I caught.

2. Mayon Volcano

Tranquility reigns on her face, rage in her breast,

If beauty exudes best from a spring of force,
I do not wonder at the shyness of a crest,
And the power of a single rose.

3. Artisan

I touched the towering figure and I was touched,

Transported to Gulliver’s land for a moment;
To meet the maker, a simple man from the hills,
Unschooled, yet his burin sings of glorious Greece.

4. Gulliver

Pygmies make giants, for the little man dreams of what he misses.

Humble is he, painstakingly working on his stead,
Until a Genie rises from his hands, mirror of a great soul.
Lo, a pupil I am, doubting my skill, my goal.

5. Children of Nature

Summer’s short, rainy days are long,

And so brief is this imagery;
The young can’t wait, and all along
The scene a blissful memory.

6. A happy lot

For just once the world is mine

With rowdy friends and I,
Happily with a jug of wine,
Words come easy, ‘Aye, Aye!’ ”

7.The other side of progress

Through time, humanity has changed through use

Of its environment for man’s needs through abuse,
From adaptation to modernization,
All in the name of civilization.

8. Youth

Pleasance to you youth, bright as the sun;

The world be at war or be at peace.
Ask not where have all the flowers gone;
Seasons come, and seasons go at ease.

9. Rage

Rage and break, rage and break,

On the cold wall and be free;
Make the sky and the river meet
Under a rainbow by the sea.

10. Drink from my little cup

Rise up from the sea and come down as rain;

rise, rise up and be weaned, to be free;
and if one day the water of the sea is not enough,
drink, drink deep from my little cup.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Markus - The Little Prince (Article in progress)









Baby's Sunrise - Social bonding at a very early age

Dr Abe V Rotor 

As the sun peeps on the horizon, it lights up the sky,
     Hills and mountains glow, and the fields wake up;
Gems from dewdrops are born as quickly as they die
     With the mist that unfolds a drama on a road map -
A new beginning, though uncertain may the future lie,   
                           The sun shines brightest on the mountain top.      

Tracing genetic lineage to the nth generation         
First solid food introduces a baby to the dining table 
     
Bonding with balikbayan relative 
Bonding with friends and co-workers of the child's parents
Bonding with uncle and auntie
Bonding with Lola

Papier-mâché travelogue brings back childhood

"The greatest final adventure at sunset
is a make-believe travelogue."
   
Dr Abe V Rotor 
Photos by the author, Disneyland HK 2017

Past your prime, and here you are in fairy land. 
to be a child once more,
returning to a place you love and not understand
innocence in its core;
 this freedom in pure childhood affection and fun
is the greatest tour. 
  
 
Here in a land where Peter Pan flies,
stars mingle with fireflies
flowers pretty smiling faces, 
of princes and princesses 
  
More than the Phoenix bird rising, 
little ones in its place singing,
life's continuum, ad infinitum, 
far, far away from doom. 
 
The little ones they are our very own
in flesh, in laughter and joy;
wouldn't the angels rather join the fun?
the heavy at heart to buoy. 
 
Voodoo - song, dance and play,
festival at the grassroots, 
tribal, primitive - who would say -
  all the pain it soothes. 
Life is a giant book 
to kids of unending entertainment
opportunities and adventure 
surprises and merriment.
  
In fantasy land it is hard to say Goodbye
even if you are very old;
the greatest final adventure at sunset
is a make-believe travelogue.~