Monday, May 18, 2009

Blast from the past

Last weekend I help gathered some hyacinth beans (bataw) at our garden. I remember our native song bahay kubo (nipa hut) you can hear it here which we use to sing during our childhood days. I search the net and I found out an english translation of this song so here it is.

Bahay Kubo

Bahay kubo, kahit munti
Ang halaman doon, ay sari sari
Sinkamas at talong, sigarilyas at mani
Sitaw, bataw, patani.

Kundol, patola, upo't kalabasa
At saka mayroon pang labanos, mustasa,
Sibuyas, kamatis, bawang at luya
Sa paligid-ligid ay puno ng linga.

Nipa Hut

Nipa hut*, even though it is small
The plants it houses are varied
Turnip and eggplant, winged bean and peanut
String bean, hyacinth bean, lima bean.

Wax gourd, luffa**, white squash and pumpkin,
And there is also radish, mustard,
Onion, tomato, garlic, and ginger
And all around are sesame seeds.



SandyCarlson said...

Very nice song! Thanks for sharing this memory.

Hazel said...

ah! the very familiar beans of home. we call them patani if i remember it right. i was always told to eat them for good health :)have a great weekend.

Dora said...

Good contrast!

Lynn said...

Nice shot of the beans, like a 3D painting.

SASSY MOM said...

So that's how bataw looks like. Thanks for sharing!

Hope you can visit my WS here.