First Part: The Last Sunrise
For the last day of the year, I was tasked to go to the market and buy fish and ingredients that will last until next year. Although this day is my last for 2009, it brought so many firsts to me.
It was my first time to be conscious of the last sunrise. Therefore, I took out my new dual sim phone with a 2mg camera and started shooting.
It was also my first time to visit for the last time for this year Pasig City market. I was surprised by the number of people who were also there.
Second Part: The Fate of Things
In Pilar, Capiz for the Christmas vacation, I visited a blacksmith in his house by the swamp located between the sea and my house. I commissioned him to make for me a medium sized bolo and a chopping knife. I had my piece of steel which was about a quarter of an inch thick and about two feet long, with me.
I was accompanied by my brother AZ, a lawyer cousin, and the lady who is known for her poems in Filipino.
My brother AZ knew the blacksmith. When we arrived at his hut, AZ called out his name and announced that he had a new client in me. My brother also asked why, for a few days now, he had not heard the blacksmith’s hammering from the house. Pagi, the name by which the blacksmith is popularly known in our place, replied that he had been resting.
He had been nursing his aching polio-stricken leg. But he was already recovering, so he obliged to show us his skills.
As I was telling you in the first part, I went to the market. I bought melon and pineapple among others. I sliced them using the chopping knife Pagi made for me, and below was what happened.
I also bought fish. Once I visited my brother’s fish cage somewhere in the sea in Pilar. On our way to the cage, this fish would race with the boat and would jump over the surface of the water and glide back down. For lunch, the fish ended up in the frying pan.
Finally, I washed the dishes.