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Thursday, September 2, 2010

The Tomato Picker - Nostalgia #16

My daughter love to go to her dear Pap's house. Aside from the reason that he let her do things "her way", she also love picking the tomatoes in his garden.
She reminds me of ME when I was a teenager. During summer vacation when school is off, I would go to my relatives in Ligao Albay, Phils and would work everyday picking tomatoes. I think the compensation then (over 20 years ago) was twenty pesos a day (an eight-hour of work under the scourging heat of the sun.) You might not believe it but it's true. While other teenagers are enjoying their summer vacation, I had to work my butt off so I would have money to buy my school things and my siblings too for the next school year. It's a joy to reminisce those experiences though, it made me stronger and stick to the saying that I believe into "Where there's a wheel, there's a way".
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23 comments:

  1. Your hard experiences when you were younger strengthened you to be what you are today. Yes, that's a truism- when there's a will there's a way. Rylie really took off from you. She is a beautiful and charming tomato picker. Thanks for the post. God bless you all always.

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  2. ganda nman ng pose ng prinsesa mo. i<3

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  3. You are right girl and GOD will always make a way.

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  4. Sweet photo.
    What doesn't kill you makes you stronger!

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  5. Yes, it is good to learn hard working from young age...

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  6. I just picked a bunch of tomatoes too!

    I found your blog from Follow me Back Tuesday. Have a great day!

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  7. wow aga nag post..hehe

    ako din Rose, type kung mang harvest ng tomatoes sa lolo ko sa bukid hahaha..

    wait..ang ganda naman ng model dyan..hehe

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  8. I remember nung high school, one of my classmates would "work" as a maid sa sarili nilang bahay, so she could buy the expensive school items (like shoes and bags). It was her personal decision to talk to her parents to do it that way. In my case naman, it was never like that kasi both my parents came from very poor families (my dad started to work at age 7 selling ice drops around their place), and he knew how difficult it was, so he decided that when it was his time to become a father, his children will just enjoy being kids. In college, brother wanted to work part time at Dunkin' Donuts, and dad didn't allow him.

    Gusto ko na rin magtanim ng kamatis! Yung next door neighbor namin ang dami ng bell peppers and okra.. nakakainggit!

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  9. wow ang ganda ng model mo ha! nice pose pa! ;)

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  10. Ang ganda ng tomato princess mo,Ate Rose^_^
    I can imagine your hardworks in life,kaya naman pinagpapala ang mga masisipag.

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  11. pareho lang tayo ng pinagdaanan Mommy Rose, ako naman sibuyas at cucumber ang binubuno during my teen years. But, I was happy then and now..

    http://www.anliz.info/

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  12. ako rin... kaso mais yung sa amin at kape... tapos hanap ako excuse na sa kapehan ako iassign kasi hindi mainit kaso maraming langgam. waaaa walang mapili... hahahah... cute naman ni Ry... posted na mine..

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  13. we used to plant tomatoes in our backyard when we were young. noong tumanda na, tinamad na. hehe.

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  14. 20 pesos day? wow, ang liit pa nang sahod non sis ano...my golly! very inspiring nman tong entry mo badingding...bilib talaga ako sau....and I salute you!

    tammmmmaaaa! where there's a wheel, there's a way...bongga...ehehehe!

    pretty naman tong model mo...pose na pose eh...eheheheh!

    musta na sis? sensya na po at ngayon lang ulit nakadalaw...tinatamad na ako mag blog hop ngayon eh....parang feeling ko lie-low na ako sa blogging....lol! at maaga na rin akong natutulog...ehehehe!

    hope all is well...mwah!

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  15. Those experience made you a very responsible, strong and the best Mom for your kids and a wonderful wife to your husband. Posted na din sa aking Rose

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  16. naku, ganyan din ako sis ng bata, same with you, masipag at working my butt off, haha. as in grabe work. pero ung model mo dito, napaka pretty naman sa pose niya lalo.. ganda ganda!!

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  17. Hi Following Back!!! :)

    Not So Perfect Mom

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  18. Oh that is a very touching experience Rose. And now, you're handing your toiled experiences to your children. Rylie is so cute. About the two commenters that I banned, for sure it's not you. hehehe, I deleted them before I made the post. Yes, I will join your Nostalgia today. XOXO

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  19. Your past experiences made you a strong woman, Rose...

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  20. kapag ganyang kacute ang maglalako e papakyawin ko yan. ehehe.

    tokaya, mahal pa nga ang P20 noon. malaking pera na yon dati. sipag mo talaga.

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  21. my tomato...I like it

    visit: http://de-rumah.blogspot.com

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  22. nakakabilib ka talaga.. inspirational talaga ang story nyo ni Mommy Liz.. I love reading your experiences. Thanks for sharing as always

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