Literacy, from a Child and an Adult
My parents used to tend a stall inside the old public market of Pasig. It was quite a commute from Manila and it took a combination of public transportation rides on jeepneys and buses. One day, it was decreed that public transportation would no longer have their destination posted on vehicles. Instead, special codes that included both letters and numbers were to be used. Everyone seemed confused at first, but I took the new system as a challenging yet solvable problem. I was proud when I could point to my mother which jeepney we should take. Those newspapers at night adequately prepared me to read those codes.
The first time I left the country, I spent an evening in Japan. It was the very first time when I really felt that I was no longer at home. I was so glad it was only for one night. Being in a place for the first time was surely exciting yet the pressing need to see something familiar was equally present. Being able to read street signs and take the correct rides made the difference between knowing the way and getting lost. I spent greeting the new millenium in Thailand. That was likewise quite an experience. It was not even the year 2000 in Thailand:
|A photo that I took of my wife on a cruise ship in Thailand|
|My wife and I at the Arc de Triomphe, Paris|