On Monday of this week, I guess it just wasn’t my day! From early morning and all through the day, I had a series of things happen that just did not make for a nice day for me.
First thing in the morning, Feyma and I were sitting out on the patio talking. We had some plans for the day, and we were just kind of coordinating what we needed to get done, and what times we would do the various things on our schedules. Normally, as regular readers know, I enjoy riding the jeepney to town to take care of my various chores. But, since both Feyma and I needed to go to different places around town, I offered to give her a ride, then go take care of my things, and finally, pick her up and we would go home together. So far so good!
As we sat outside talking, we heard a vendor coming along the street… he was shouting out, “Alimango…. pasayan…. isda….” (Crab…. shrimp…. fish), and selling these products house to house in our neighborhood. Feyma and I looked at each other, and I knew that we both wanted to have some nice seafood for dinner. So, when the guys got to our house, we let them inside the gate, and went to the patio in the shade to talk and check their products. First thing, I said “Maayong Buntag” to the vendors (Good Morning), and they replied in turn, also saying “kasabot sya ug biasaya?” to Feyma (can he understand bisaya?). I replied that indeed, I could speak Bisaya. So, we got our conversation going in Bisaya, since we could all communicate in the language. One of the guys (I’ll call him Crab Man) said to me that all of the crabs he had were female crabs, making them very delicious. I told him that we did not want crabs (they were so small, couldn’t imagine there was much meat). He asked me again, why don’t we buy crabs. I told him again, “Please, we don’t want crabs.” It was all spoken in Bisaya, so I know he could understand what I was saying. I started talking to the other guy (I’ll call him fish guy). Just as I started talking to fish guy, well, crab guy spoke up again and tried to talk me into buying crabs! I replied to him a bit more sternly, “I don’t want crabs, what I want is to talk to your partner.” So, I started again to ask the fish guy a question, and crab guy asked me again if I want to buy crabs! My goodness! I lost it. I told him that I don’t want to buy anything from them anymore, because he won’t stop bothering me about the crabs! I already told him 3 times, and now on my 4th time, that I did not want crabs! At this point, fish guy started scolding crab guy and telling him to just be quiet and leave me alone! I was done, though, I had enough of Mr. Crab Guy! I went in the house, and left Feyma to deal with them… she wanted some shrimp, but I had already had enough, so I just left! Ha ha… not a nice start to the morning! I really was wanting to buy some Lapu Lapu fish from these guys, and also some shrimp, but I was already disgusted with crab guy!
Well, after I took a shower and got ready, Feyma was also ready, so we were about to head to town. Feyma was bringing Irish and Arnie to the dentist, as she wrote about in her article yesterday. I was going to the barber shop, among a few other places. So, we loaded up Arnie and Irish in the car, and we took off. When we arrived at the dentist office, I let Feyma and the girls out, and headed to the barber shop. Normally, the barber shop that I go to has about 6 to 8 barbers on duty. I had gone to get a haircut last Friday, and there was not a single barber there. So, I went back, on Monday after dropping Feyma at the dentist. When I got to the barber shop, there was only one barber on duty, so I had to wait a bit. It kind of surprised me, and made me wonder why there were so few barbers at the shop the past few days. Oh well… Hopefully next week when I go for a haircut it will be back to normal.
So, with my errands finished, I was ready to head to the dentist office to pick up Feyma and the girls. At the place where the dentist office is, there are a lot of pomelo vendors along the street (for those who don’t know, pomelo is similar to a grapefruit, but much better, in my opinion). As I pulled up to the parking area, the pomelo vendors were holding up their pomelos, thinking I wanted to buy some. I waved them off and kept going. When I looked in the mirror, I saw that maybe 20 or so pomelo vendors were literally chasing my car! I parked, and they all gathered up next to my door. I would not even open the door to get out of my car, there were so many huddled up to sell me some fruit. I have been to this area literally hundreds of times, and have never experienced this kind of situation before. I don’t know why they were all blocking my exit from my car. I rolled down my window and told them that I didn’t want any pomelo, and asked them to move so that I could get out of the car. At this point, the security guard from the shopping center saw what was going on and came and cleared the crowd! What a strange experience.
So, as you can see… Monday was not a good day for me.
Thankfully, Tuesday was back to normal!
Bob Martin is the Publisher & Editor in Chief of the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine. Bob is an Internet Entrepreneur who is based in Davao. Bob is an American who has lived permanently in Mindanao since May 2000. Here in Mindanao, Bob has resided in General Santos City, and now in Davao City. Bob is the owner of this website and many others.