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Rainy Day Memories

It rained yesterday morning and I felt warmth in my heart upon hearing the sound of rain pelting down on the roof. I love rainy days. There’s something about them that releases certain thoughts and feelings that sometimes weigh me down.

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I stayed curled up in bed a little longer. The rainfall started to form a curtain outside the window conjuring a liquid flow of memories—flashbacks of images of many happy times — which made me swell on the inside.

There was, for example, the inviting image of champorado, a sweet chocolate rice porridge.

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It reminded me of my mother happily boiling pilit (sticky rice) and adding cocoa powder to give it a distinct brown color. Once cooked, she would serve the champorado to her five eager children, all ready with their spoon and ricebowl. As a child, I delighted in the champorado’s taste which filled my belly with goodness. Little did I know that cooking champorado was my also mother’s way of saving the family’s supply of rice.

Then, the image of little lakes forming near our window when raindrops would fall.

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It reminded me of the “boat” race my siblings and I would engage in on rainy days. We would tie a string to our rubber slippers, throw the slippers to the little lakes, let them float, and pull them back towards us as if the slippers were boats on a race. This we did secretly through a window inside our small bedroom so we could not be seen by our mother, else she would definitely reprimand us.

For children like us in the neighborhood whose families had no extra budget to buy toys, our rubber slippers were as good enough as expensive remote controlled toy boats.

The first sun rays after the rain would disappoint us as we would watch the little lakes dry up and disappear. It meant the end of our secret boat race. But it also gave us a reason to look forward to another rainy day and enjoy another boat race.

Ah, happy rainy day memories of my childhood days. There were too many of them rushing in my mind, too many to write in here. For a moment the rain made me feel like I was a child again, rejoicing on the first raindrops hitting the ground and rooftops.

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Thanks to Ate Sha for the permission to use her photo of champorado.

Posted 8 years, 2 months ago at 4:54 pm.

37 comments

37 Replies

  1. wow, namiss ko po yung champorado… sinasamahan po namin yan with tuyo… grabeh…nagccrave na tuloy ako… hehe!

  2. nortehanon Jan 8th 2009

    Hi Yhen!
    Go! Luto ka na agad ng champorado tapos pahingi ako ha hehehe. Masarap ‘yan lalo na ngayon na malamig 😉

  3. nasatisfy ko rin ang urge ko.. nagluto ako nung weekend.

    salamat po sa post mo na ito… ehhe! nakatulong na naman sa pagpapataba ko… harhar!

  4. hmmm.. ako ayaw ko ng rainy days.
    rainy days and mondays always get me down.
    hehehe. 🙂

  5. nortehanon Jan 8th 2009

    At napakanta naman ako ala-Karen Carpenters hahaha!
    Ok ka na ba? I hope so.

  6. yeah. a bit better. though di ako nakapagpa-lab kase na-overfasting ako para sa bloodchem hahahaha. 😀

    i was looking for a black theme for my blog. i saw your theme. i downloaded it tapos manipulate ko sana kase di ko naman kelangan yung ibang flash thingie kaso sumasaket ulo ko. hahaha. i just wanted a black theme kase (parang yung ganun sa old blog ko) kaso hilong-hilo na ko kkhanap wala ako makita. may mga iba kaso may trace pa rin na grayish yung outline.. haaaay… dumudugo na ilong ko kase di naman ako web designer. hekhek.

    nyweis, thanks ha! sige kanta ka lang. ako i like music… music ayaw sa kin. haha. 😀

  7. nortehanon Jan 8th 2009

    At bakit ka naman kasi nag-fasting sobra eh hindi pa naman Lent?hehehe. Basta, pagaling ka mabuti.

    Naku, sinabi mo pa. Medyo mahirap manipulate ito. I did everything on my own. Nung sinimulan ko, hundred thousands pa ang hair strands ko. Nung natapos ako, pito na lang natira hahaha

    Teka, if ever meron kang theme na magustuhan, pwede mo naman manipulate yung background color eh, para maging black. Email mo ako kung may nagustuhan kang theme. Tapos tingnan ko yung theme if the background color can be manipulated. Most wp themes naman kasi, pwede i-manipulate.

  8. hmmm.. i tried a lot of themes na. ang dami kase outline na unwanted. hehehe. i saw the codes na, tried to manipulate.. pero parang may mali e di ko mapinpoint. hahaha. sabi ko na nga ba e kaya di ako nag-IT. hahaha.

    so ngayon siguro malapit ka na magpunta kay svenson. haha. 😀

    namiss ko tuloy ang champorado dahil dito sa post mo. hmmm.. gusto ko yun madaming gatas.. 😀

  9. nortehanon Jan 11th 2009

    Anong malapit na? Nagpunta na ako sa Svenson kaso mahal kaya wait ko na lang lang ang pitong strands na maging walo o siyam hehehe.

    Try lang ng try sa pag-manipulate. Paki-email sa akin kung saang part ka specifically nagkaka-problema. Kunyari, magaling ako sa mga ganyang bagay hahaha!

    Ok lang maraming gatas. Pero pag tulad ko na minsan lactose intolerant, mahirap na baka kung ano pang mangyari hehehe

  10. sukob na, halika na, sabay tayo sa payong ko he! he! dedicated ko sa iyo yon 😉

    yum gusto ko din yata tuloy kumain ng champorado, pero hindi ako marunong magluto nyan eh, bumibili lang kami ni White King na mix noon…

  11. nortehanon Jan 11th 2009

    Merong pa ring White Mix ngayon, Ate, hehehe. Madali lang ‘yan lutuin. Teka, hanapin natin si Young Can Cook. Paturo tayo hehehe.

    Salamat pala sa kanta hehehe.

  12. I’m trying to connect champorado dun sa little lakes na dinedescribe mo – the small ripples we make, the little joys we draw out, yun na nga siguro ang connection. Isang African-American writer nga pala, si Malidoma Some, sinabi nya na ang ulan ay isang erotic encounter between heaven and earth on a cosmic scale, isang paghalik kay Lupa ni Langit at ang bunga ng pagniniig na ito ay ang kalikasan. Ganda ng post na to!

  13. nortehanon Jan 11th 2009

    Thank you for sharing Malidoma Some’s description of rain. Totoong-totoo ang description niya. Nakakatuwa kung paano inihahambing ng ibang tao ang isang bagay sa ibang bagay. Napaka-creative ng paghahambing ni Some sa ulan sa isang erotic encounter na nagbunga ng isang napakagandang bagay.

  14. ako din gusto ko ng ulan… at gustong gusto kong maligo sa ulan nung bata pa ako…

  15. nortehanon Jan 11th 2009

    hab!!!!!!!
    At naligaw ka! Salamat sa pagpunta dito. You’re just in time kasi kailangan ko ng treasurer para sa fans club ko hahaha! Kailangan ko ng number cruncher eh 😀

    Hmn, nung bata lang ba gusto mong maligo sa ulan? Ngayon yata gusto mo pa rin eh. Aminin! hehehe

    Dalaw ka uli. Saka gawa ka na rin ng blog 😉

  16. haaaay, di po ako marunong magsulat… kahit gustong gusto kong magsulat, di ko ako marunong…

  17. nortehanon Jan 26th 2009

    akala mo lang yun, pero ang totoo, marunong ka! 😀

  18. Happy New Year!

    Rain summons my early childhood memories of puddles and yes, of “boat” races. Rain also reminds me of quivering wet maya birds that we used to hunt…

    When I got young (“younger” ako during childhood days, hehe), the rain had this hypnotic effect on me to be calm, to think of nothing, and just observe the running water and listen to the rush of the droplets on the roof….

    Oh and I miss taking baths in the rain… This delight I am now shy in indulging… 🙂

    Very nice site… I am adding you to my blog roll…

  19. nortehanon Jan 11th 2009

    Hi Mark,

    Happy New Year, too!

    You also have nice memories of rainy days in your childhood days. Paminsan-minsan, masarap balikan 😉

    Taking baths in the rain…pwede mo pa ring gawin ngayon ‘yan hehe

    I was at your blog and it made with green with envy hahaha. Parang ang sarap-sarap ng buhay mo. Byahe ng byahe sa countryside. I’d love to do that as often as I can. Too bad my work is very demanding of my time. But I do my best each year to try to find time for some gallivanting in the countryside. Ganda kasi ng Pinas! Super!

  20. mas bet ko ang arroz caldo kesa champorado kapag naulan..hindi kasi ako mahilig sa matamis eh…
    alala ko dati kapag naulan labasan agad kami ng mga kababata ko at magpapadulas kami sa kanal dun sa kanto (opo ganyan po kami kadungis nuon hehehe)kasi yung kanal may mga lumot ang sarap ng feeling kapag habang nakatayo kami din sa kanal eh umaandar kami kasi nga madulas ang lumot at malakas ang agos ng tubig sa kanal dahil nga naulan..pero malinis naman yung kanal parang tubig ulan na rin..hehehe..hayyy sarap balikan ng ang childhood memeries talga..

  21. kita mo na muymuy. bata ka pa lang sadlak ka na sa putik. hahhaa. 😀 jowk. saya dito noh? hahaha. 😀

  22. nortehanon Jan 11th 2009

    hahaha! AC, parang nai-imagine ko ang batang si muymuy na ginagawang slide ang kanal na may lumot.

  23. nortehanon Jan 11th 2009

    Wow, Muymuy! Mukhang fun yata magpadulas sa lumot sa kanal. Masubukan nga hehehe.

    Sarap din ang arroz caldo. But I was introduced to it only when I was 13, nung makarating na ako ng Manila. Sa bayan ko noon, unknown pa ang arroz caldo na maraming sahog. Tanging simpleng lugaw lang talaga ang natikman ko sa amin. Boiled rice na may asin 😉

  24. hmmm… arroz caldo. yun daw ang specialty ko sabi ng mga kaibigan ko. kase pag nagluluto ako nun dati sa apartment ko nung college kame e ang dami nila nakakain. dapat nga pinabayaran ko na sa kanila bawat mangkok e. hahaha. pwede na daw ako magtayo ng lugawan sa tapat. hahaha. working student o dabah?! haha. 😀

  25. nortehanon Jan 12th 2009

    Pag nagluto ka, pahingi ng arroz caldo. Paki-LBC na lang po hehehe

  26. yung kay muymuy lalagyan ko ng pampakalma. lagi yata highblood sa mga mababangong nilalang sa paligid nya eh hahaha. 😀

  27. hahahahahaha…AC hindi ko mapigil tawa ko dito!..ang saya tlaga dito…

    parehas tayong specialty dahil peborit ko nga ang arroz caldo pinag-aralan ko talga syang lutuin..at pag nagluto ako nyan..sisiguraduhin kong apaw ang malaking kaldero..hehehe

    ..ngapala pag nagluto ka samahan mo na rin ng tokwa at masrap na sawsawan..weeeeeee!..sarap

    at talgang may pampakalma?????! hehehe kaw tlaga…

  28. nortehanon Jan 13th 2009

    hahaha! sa haba ng thread na ito, mukhang hindi na kinaya ng blog ko hehehe. yung huling message ni muymuy, wala ng reply button hehehe. aaralin ko pa paano madagdagan.

  29. hay naku N natikma ko na rin yan nung bata pa ako, i remember mama ko nagluto nyan one time at sinamahan pa ng ginamos na may nilagang kundi saging eh kamote…hay sarap!..

  30. nortehanon Jan 13th 2009

    hmn, parang hindi ko pa yata natikman yung version na may saging or kamote. but I am familiar with ginamos. taga-saan ba si madir mo at baka kababayan ko pa hehehe

  31. brotherutoy Jan 12th 2009

    in the blogosphere, it is rare to find a post that soothes. This one evoked for me memories of my own childhood and the simple homely joys that comes with it. great writing, nortehanon!

  32. nortehanon Jan 13th 2009

    Salamat sa magagandang salita, Brother Utoy. Isinisilid ko ‘yan sa alkansya ko hehehe.

  33. I always feel happy when it rains. I still don’t know why. I remember one time I was tracking a flooded road holding my umbrella. I was singing and smiling brightly that time.

    Champorado reminds me of my late grandfather. When we were in Quezon, every morning for two years he would cook champorado for his 9 grandchildren before he leaves for work. He never missed except when he got sick once. I feel like I’m eating the best meal in the world when we have “dilis” for our champorado.

    Love your posts. I have added you to my blogroll.

  34. nortehanon Jan 13th 2009

    Salamat, emiLaySkie. Nakakatuwa kapag nakaka-relate ang ibang tao sa mga post ko.

    Napaka-sweet and thoughtful naman ng grandfather mo to cook champorado for his 9 grandchildren. Your comment inspired me to write a post about my grandparents. I’ll try to write about them 😉

  35. yummy champorado. thanks for visit.

  36. nortehanon Jan 13th 2009

    Hi Ria,
    Thanks for dropping in again. I’m preparing for the new round of pen collection. Will let you know the details soon.


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