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Kareta! Kareta!
Sunday, February 17, 2008
It was the last day of my kids' 4th mid-quarter exams when they decided to have fun in the backyard. They must have gotten tired of the usual computer games, play station, or watching DVDs, that they had improvised something to ride on, something to while the time and make it more enjoyable. In Bicol, where our maids and driver came from, its called kareta.

It's actually made of a long pole with two wheels taken from an old toy car attached to one end. One end of a towel is then tied on the center of the pole and the other end tied just above where the wheels are. Voila! you have a kareta. The rider will just sit on the towel, grips his hands on the pole, and wraps his feet above the wheels while the thing is being pushed by someone. Simple isn't it? Maybe its the simplicity of this thing which drove my kids crazy.

My kids' kareta was done by our driver, Eboy. His job does not end there though. He needs to push the thing to make it work. And doing it made the afternoon so enjoyable, really different from the usual. I was about to have a rest upon arriving home when I heard the laughter coming from our backyard. I had to go downstairs again, see for myself, and take photos. My sons took turns riding on it. It was a surprise to see them having fun with just a simple thing called kareta. Really funny!

Here, see for yourself....

posted by Amelyn R. Rafael,MD @ 7:10 PM  
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