"Kusina"- The Philippine kitchen; where we all find our center...it is that room in our minds where time slows down as we find nourishment of soul & spirit ...it is a sanctuary for the weary,an oasis for the thirsty, a forum for curious anecdotes, echo chamber of irreverent opinions and at a corner sits a chiselled hardwood box of grandma's recipes...it is where a hodgepodge of things past and present are shelved within easy reach, where the stove burns hot with a pot of steaming hot soup on bitterly cold days and on warmer days you can find a tall glass full of shaved ice of laughter with strips of sweet tropical fruits & tangy goodwill, sprinkled with cane sugar and crispy rice jokes doused in cold milk of affection. Please have a seat and enjoy the quintessential Filipino halo-halo in my kusina !
KITCHEN still UNDER CONSTRUCTION
I am Renato "rene" Posadas the youngest of six; born to Dr.Manuel V.Posadas and Adelina P.Posadas of the Posadas clan of Pangasinan.
My parents moved to Baguio City after the Pacific war and established a clinic & pharmacy in the heart of downtown Baguio. I was Born & raised in this kingdom of the Clouds, grew up in Trancoville , within earshot of the bells of St.John Bosco church which rang true and clear thruout my childhood.
The clinic/drugstore was where I spent time after school.It was smack in the middle of the busiest avenue of the city and everything was in high definition cinerama ...watching the jaywalkers of my era...baguio natives in traditional minimalist regalia, the typical lowlander with the starched shirt and white hanky ears peeping from a side pocket.Pages from my youth that standout are the dramatic torch parades celebrating the accomplishment of a "son of Baguio" topping the bar exam.Other pages show the pomp & circumstance of Baguio parades down session road. They were always on clear sunny blue sky days with the flowers of my mom's garden all abloom in a riot of colors . The rolling drums,the trumpets and the gaudy floats all have not faded in time but as if double exposed, juxtapose on dragonflies and grasshoppers in my own corner of our garden.
Baguio & Pangasinan are all about the shallow rivers of my childhood,dappled with sunlight and laden with fish or tadpoles! The scent of pine needles,the damp and grey veil of the early evening fog and crackling logs in the fireplace are fond memories of the cold seasons. And during the dry months, when the days end with a flourish of magenta and orange in the eastern sky,when the sun,a liquid orb of mercurial fire fizzles to a haze just beyond the horizon and the twilight then fades like an errant ember...I swear, i could hear the sound of waves upon rock a hundred kilometers away from my room...of my childhood in trancoville.
I have become my parents ; mandated inevitably by time. We have 3 children ; born to my wife, Sylvia , also of Baguio.
The eldest is Paul Christian; First Asian Student Council President in his high school in Shoreline,Washington ,Recent Chicago law school graduate, school newspaper editor, anti-defamation league workshop facilitator; budding gourmet cook & gadfly.
Tanya Ria is the second child, also elected as Student Council President in high school and a consistent Deans lister in University of Washington where she graduated in Education intending to teach sometime in the future. She is back in nursing school for another degree and is reviewing for her licensing test. Current playmate to a 6 week old Yorkie puppy.
Nikki is the youngest and most fashionable.Full of verve and the adventurist's spirit. Love of the outdoors lead her to be a crew member of the rowing club; drill team member, hiker, cyclist, snow boarder; writer, and a planned skydiver...heaven help us! Currently, Nikki is pursuing her nursing degree and on to an MD degree...also a consistent "A" student.
I used to work with a great team at Texas Instruments Philippines based in Baguio City's loakan Area circa 1980 to 1989. before moving to Seattle, Washington. I was responsible for Training & Development reporting to the personnel director.
I was hired with the tail end of the start up crew, spending long hours in a state of the art semiconductor manufacturing plant cranking it with sweat , tears and cheers making it one of the leading dollar earners for the country then and today.
Yes ,it was a great team with friends who pushed the envelope...in achieving professional and personal goals. One of the challenges was the 2nd highest mountain in the Philippines north of Baguio in the hinterlands of the cordilleras. it was a grand adventure as we all scaled the highest mountain in the province of Luzon...the enchanting Mt.Pulag and made friends with the "old man of Babadac- a remote town with a single ancient nipa hut where an old man-no taller than 4 feet with white hair and eyes full of wisdom and zen-just sits ..watching people go by his hut probably amused and content with his secret shortcut to the peak...while we all struggled during the 3 day hike. Yes, we all made it to the peak ,reaching it just before sunrise...and were witness to the spectacle of sunrise at 9000 feet...with the puny peaks below us ,half shrouded in the morning mist...yes ,here did I feel the presence of someone greater than man.
Working for a multi-national company has its advantages. All of asia was our turf and playground. Each overseas trip meant checking out the latest electronic gizzmos at some obscure shop in Singapore or savor the cuisine of this hole in the wall restaurant with the most bizzare menu....
to be continued.
flash! The month of May 2006 has been a good one. My first born and only son-Paul Christian Posadas just passed the Washington State Bar exams. All systems go for a launch. I am confident he will achieve his career goals and have fun along the way!
Posted at 09:46 pm by renpos