Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Beckoning...reckoning?

Several weeks ago I chanced upon two elderly men having coffee. Nothing unusual about that, except for the fact that they were conversing in Spanish.

For the unenlightened, the Philippines was under Spanish rule for approximately 300 years, and so many of the old ones (or those who belong to the old upper-crust families, the ilustrados, so to speak, maintain fluency in the language). Sure, everyday speech used by everyone is peppered with Spanish words. But still, hearing those two elderly gentlemen converse in Spanish was so endearingly quaint. It was like brushing unexpectedly and pleasantly against remnants of a bygone era -- an almost dusty era of old-world class and courtesy.

Which leads me to the topic of dust: as in, this blog will be gathering dust for a few days because other pressing issues beckon. But I will visit your blogs as much as I can (you know I'm addicted to you guys).

I'm leaving you with a Spanish song (though it is in no way quaint or gentlemanly). I like it, so sue me. [And kaong dude, maybe you'll get what this means, haha!]




32 comments:

houseband00 said...

Nice song from the divine Ms Palo-palo, Liz. =)

Had a fun time analyzing your post. Hehe!

You ha. =)

Kiyotoe said...

leaving again.....okay fine. Just hurry back.

Odat said...

Awww....Hurry back...I'll miss ya..
Great song!!! I love it too!
Peace!

ian said...

Aw, man. Now that I have time to read you're leaving us again!

Darnitall!

Ian

christine said...

Hope the pressing issues are easily resolved. But we're not going anywhere, we'll be here when you get back. P)

Lizza said...

HB: Hunghang, nothing to analyze. :-D

Kiyotoe: I'm not going on a long hiatus like someone did recently. ;-)

Odat: Yes, it's a good song to dance to, if one dances. :-)

Ian: Well, I'll still be reading you guys!

Christine: Thanks! There are some things that I've been sitting on for too long; I need to get off this butt and start!

Michael C said...

See ya as soon as you return. Be safe!

Adios...

iz said...

Hope everything is OK. Will miss you in blogspace.

Kyels said...

Ha!

That song!

(:

Prometheus said...

Firefox wont show the song button. But anyways, Prometheus is pained and wants to sing an old Iberian song.

Aaaayyyyy, why did she leeeaaavee meeeee... aayyyyayyayyy.. i shall lay down and dieeee....

There!

Be back soon. You've got minds to feed you know.

Matt-Man said...

Hurry Back Lizza...Cheers!!

Lizza said...

I won't be going anywhere, guys. I'll just be here doing some stuff. Iz, Matt, Michael, Kyels, thanks! Prometheus, mon ami, you crack me up. You gotta let me hear you sing that Iberian song someday.

mujer codiciosa said...

Senora Kuyog,

No podría abrirlo....

translation...

Dili ko manggyud maboksan!

Maga-off ka manggyud sa pagba-blog?

Madami gani trabahu?

PS uy si HB o, nakiki analyse! bat kaya sya guilty?

Lizza said...

Ba't di mo mabuksan? Sayang naman, something we can bump and grind to. :-D

Maga-off sa pagba-blog-writing for a few days. But I'll still be around to read. Dami gani trabahu at etc. ;-)

PS: Malay, tanungin mo siya gid.

Tammie Jean said...

I like it too :)

zeroimpact said...

Yes, When you talk bout bygones, flashes comes back
:)

H said...

Lizzzzaaa! no no no no no. [another fine tantrum on its way].

you CAN NOT [doubly vehement with the space in between, in case you did't notice] i repeat CANNNNNOT leave. For long, that is.

Please please don't be gone too long. I that's awfully selfish of me, but do know darling sis, that I'm wishing you luck for whatever it is that you're taking time off for.

HUGGG.

CSL said...

Hope the time off is productive and/or fun. I'll just keep checking back.

Daddy papersurfer said...

I'm missing you already my only knightess in shining armour!

Lizza said...

Tammie Jean: Glad you do. :-)

ZI: As long as the flashes are good. :-)

H: Have I told you how adorable-r you become when you throw a tantrum? ;-) Thanks, soul sis.

CSL: Yes and yes. Thanks!

Daddy Papersurfer: Wow, I am someone's knightess in shining armour, how cool is that! You are so sweet. :-)

Dan said...

Lizza, necessito practicar espanol. :)

How's it going my sweet friend?

Diesel said...

Where I live, speaking Spanish is not a mark of the upper class. Although it certainly comes in handy on a construction site.

It's also not a reminder of the past so much as a harbinger of the future.

it's the little things... said...

I had to smile at your post. Living in Texas, most of our signs are in spanish and english. Calling any public company gives you the immediate option to hear your selections in Spanish.
Being 'white' and having kids that are 1/4 Hispanic (but do not look like it), honors me with hearing what everyone thinks about it all.
It's a constant topic of conversation, I'll tell you that.
This piece of your life is interesting, for sure!

Natalia said...

Don't be gone too long!

-N

Lizza said...

Dan: Hola. Everything is muy bien, mi amigo. :-)

Diesel: That sounds kind of ominous. ;-)

Marlayna: Haha, thanks! The kind of Spanish that the old families speak here isn't the colloquial kind, I think. It seems to be more formal, more old-fashioned, more poetic. At least that's what I think.

Natalia: I won't!

Sanni said...

Hope everything will be fine for you soon. Hurry back, Liz! =)

Turnbaby said...

Well if you are reading and commenting then at least I'll get my 'Lizza fixes" and damnation I was actually able to get a post back up!

Don't go too far sugar, smooch

Sunrunner said...

Come back soon!! I'm in the same boat as Ian, I finally got time to check in on everyone! I like you header, what character is that?

Lizza said...

Sanni: All is well. Thanks!

Turnbaby: Will visit you very soon! Smooch, randy babe.

Sunrunner: Thanks! She's Darna, a local comic book heroine who's been immortalized in local cinema and TV. She's coooool.

Belated Happy Anniversary to you and Ian!

Debo Blue said...

Whew! I thought you were going to be gone for a long time. I'm glad you'll be here reading though:-)

Lizza said...

I'm right here, girlfriend. :-)

Julia Scissor said...

Hola Senora Lizza! Spanish is a nice language and it's definitely easier to learn than French. I have taken up Spanish at our local varsity and I must say it is fun.