Saturday, August 12, 2006

Mabuhay Mom and Dad!

The Parental Units arrive today just in time. Mayon Volcano is about to blow. Habagat, or the Southwest Monsoons, are in full swing. And to top that off, they flew to the other side of the earth on the day of the biggest terror warning since Sept. 11.

I've got to give a hand to my parents, Ron and Linda, for being good sports. It's not easy to come to a Third World country and now they will face flood and lava just to come see what I've been up to for the last 17 months.

But they will be greeted warmly. After a couple of days touring Manila, we'll head to Donsol, where the school has planned a special program -- and merienda (snacks), too -- to welcome them. They will be in much demand, from making courtesy calls to the Mayor to greeting the families in my little neighborhood in Punta, Dancalan. They will eat strange things, not understand a word of the language and sleep in not so comfortable beds. Sound familiar?

But it least they will get to experience a slice of my life here...