Big Afternoon Picnic

It felt good to be with friends again. It’s been a while since we’ve gone out with the gang for anything. We were just too busy with other real life stuff to go out with them the past few weeks. So, it’s good to be able to go to this big afternoon picnic in Altona the gang planned a while back. It was good to see the old gang there, as well as new people the others brought with them. It’s always good to meet new people.

Everybody brought something for the picnic. Raquel and I provided the drinks. The others brought salads, Pinoy-style spaghetti, chicken adobo, KFC fried chicken, cookies, crisps, and lots lots more. They also brought balls, badminton rackets and freesbies. And some were supposed to bring the cutlery, cups and plates but in true Pinoy fashion, they were arrived late. Yeah, you know who you are. It’s okay though. Raquel and I already had lunch. Too bad for the guys who didn’t though.

Anyway, I thought that the picnic was a success overall. We had our fill of food and we got to play some ball in the park. I only joined in when they started to play old-school Philippine-style kickball using a soccer ball instead of the small plastic ball you buy at the palengke. For those of you who don’t know what kick ball is, it’s basically like baseball. But instead of a batter, you have a kicker and instead of pitching a baseball, the pitcher bowls the ball towards the kicker. The rules are pretty much the same from there. Well, not exactly the same but quite similar. I didn’t realise how tiring that game was. I was panting and sweating profusely after each run around the diamond. In the end, even though I was barely able to walk, I still loved every second of it. It’s always nice to be reminded of something from one’s childhood.

When we were not eating or playing, we were busy chatting with each other catching up with what everybody was up to, as it were. We were also able to give some tips to the new guys about migrant life and so forth. We packed for home at around 7 pm and only because it was starting to get dark.

It was an enjoyable day. I hope we could do it again sometime.

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Published in: on November 15, 2005 at 11:41 pm  Leave a Comment