Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Work hard if we want to survive

Teody has been selling kakanin (snacks) for "pila ka tuig na pud (years and years now)," she said.

In fact, she's been able to send her children to school largely from what she earns from her selling.

"Is it hard doing what you're doing?" I asked her, as she started mixing the noodles with palabok sauce, topping the servings with chicharon (powdered fried pork skin), sibuyas (shallots), and a slice of boiled egg.

She looked up from what she was doing. "Usahay, lisod giyud. Kay rain or shine, mamaligya man mi (At times it's hard. Because rain or shine, we still sell)."

"Kanus-a pud ka magpahulay (And when do you find time to rest)?"

"Pahulay gud! Kayod giyud aron mabuhi ta (What rest are you talking about? We really have to work hard if we want to survive)," she said, managing to offer a smile. She took a deep breath, and then: "Hinuon, gagmay-gagmay lang ni pero makatabang man pud (I may only be selling small items, but they still help)."

source: Speak Carabao


  1. Despite her disposition, I admire her for not relying on others. Her hardwork and dedication is an inspiration to others.

  2. True! I admire her determination. There are a lot of people out there who would either work for easy money or just be a bum and rely on others.

  3. Good attitude makes every battle in life attainable and possible. We all have to go through it in this life. She's one admirable persevering individual.

  4. that's one thing in our country is to work so hard and even harder in order to survive.. Phils and some countries doesn't have help from the government to give them a chance to reach a better life.

  5. All our hard work will pay off. Those who are hard worker has a better life than being lazy.

  6. She reminds me of Mama, used to sekll kakanin that my Mom cooks when I was in high school. I am very fond of that memory!