Richard Rosalin, a Baguio boy, was cleaning his brother’s porch in Japan when dust-like particles kept on falling overhead. He complained to his brother saying their kaaruba (neighbor) is dropping dirt from the porch above. His brother, George, who is a mechanical engineer of
Toyota car company in Japan told him the “dirt” is not what he thinks it is. “Ay apu, snow dayta”(My goodness, that isn’t dirt. That’s snow.) his brother said. To this Richard exclaimed, “Snow?” “Snow!” He run hurriedly downstairs, and swiped every sheet of fallen snow with his hands, even the first dirty layer of snow on parked cars and ate it like a madman. He was frolicking on the snow covered street like a little boy without any care in the world , in full view of his brother’s neighbors . “Hoy, anya ar-aramidem dita?”, (Hey, what are you doing there?) his embarrassed older brother shouted.
Then he went to buy a can of fruit cocktail from the nearby convenience store and mixed it with snow to make Japanese style snow halo halo (Philippine mixed ice cream variant). “I also sandwiched snow with biscuits,” Richard said. His brothers, who worked in Japan a long time said they never tried eating snow because of embarrassment, until they saw their youngest brother Richard try it. When they tasted Richard’s snow mixed with fruit cocktail, his brothers also trooped to the store to buy their own cans of fruit cocktail.
George, the eldest brother went to work in Japan in the 80s as his siblings got to college. One time, while touring Richard in the neighborhood, he told his younger brother a story. “Nakikita mo ba ang mga buildings na ‘yan?” he asked (Do you see those buildings?) “Yan ang nagpa-aral sa iyo.” (Those buildings sent you to school.) Richard cried as his older brother recounted how he took on a second job of spraying pesticides in the basement of those buildings so he could meet his younger siblings’ school needs. After years of toil, George’s hardwork paid off. All his siblings finished school and most of them are working now in countries where they could concoct their snow halo halo in winter.***Annabelle Bangsoy JD(For comments and stories, please write me thru my personal email at