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The Avon Lady

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Avon Calling. . .”

 

The Avon Lady

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The Avon Lady of Barangay Baras

Republic of the Philippines

by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

 

In the United States, I remembered that my mother had bought Avon products. I remember hearing my aunts in Texas talk about Avon products.

 

In my teenage years or early 20s, I recall a fad in the United States were people were “collecting Avon bottles.”

 

When I would come home on a break from college or on leave from the US Air Force, momma would smile and say, “Here, son, I bought this for you from the Avon Lady.”

 

Of course, when I got married, then, it was Christy, who would say, “Honey, I got this for you from the Avon lady.”

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Leneil Saldana looks at an Avon box, while Christy Warren reads the label of Avon shower gel.

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The Avon Lady” answers Leneil Sadana and Christy Warren’s questions about all the Avon products that she has to offer.

I would see a commercial now and then on TV. In surfing the Internet, I have come across some Avon web pages.

 

To be honest, as a boy or a man, I never really stopped to think about Avon.

 

Once Christy and I moved to the Philippines, we were settling in and this woman comes walking down the narrow path through the dense vegetation.

 

In the early days of our arrival in December 2011, I suspected the woman was another Saldana relative,on the island of Leyte, that I had yet to meet.

 

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  Leneil Saldana is obviously

   pleased with an Avon purchase.

The women were in the living room talking in Tagalog and Waray. Suddenly, my ears detected the distinctive English word, “Avon.”

The Avon Lady” takes an order.

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If you move to another country, sometimes it is the most unexpected words and events that can bring a smile to your face.

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Leneil Saldana listens to “The Avon Lady” while Christy Warren performs a “smell test” of a scent of an Avon product.

Now, like Christy, Leneil, Vanissa and Junea, I look forward to the visit from the Avon Lady.

 

When you consider that you have moved half way around the world and live in a little remote section of the planet,behind rice fields, and way out in the coconut trees – it is nice to look up and see “Avon calling.”

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Good-bye, until the next time, when you hear, “Avon calling.

 

Nikon D 70 Photos by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

Links

 

Official Site Avon

http://www.avon.com/

 

Avon Products Inc.

http://www.avoncompany.com/

 

Avon Philippines

http://www.avon.com.ph/PRSuite/home_page.page

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The Saga Of Ramon’s Trike

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The Saga Of Ramon’s Trike

by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

As a child in Houston, Texas, I had a tricycle. It was made out of heavy black metal. It had a large wheel in the front and two smaller wheels on the side. I would zip up and down the concrete driveway of 313 East 26th Street on my tricycle.

Of course, when I got stationed in the Republic of the Philippines in 1988, I quickly learned the word, “tricycle” had a totally different meaning in the Philippines.

I could still zip up and down the road to Clark Air Base in a tricycle. But, it wasn’t my “trike” and it always cost me a few pesos

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Saturday afternoon, Ramon explains the neat features of his tricycle to his family. 

Canon EOS 40 D Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

 

Monday, March 5, 2012 – The sun rises in the Republic of the Philippines and the morning breeze of Leyte carries the sound of a new tricycle through the coconut trees.

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Ramon bounces along on this older motorcycle to try and use it to move sacks of coconuts.  In the Philippines, a motorcycle can sometimes be expected to perform like a farm pickup in the United States. 

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Saturday, Ramon Q. Saldana Jr., took delivery of his new tricycle. While Ramon got his new Honda TMX 155 motorcycle, February 24, 2012, he had to wait for the sidecar modification.

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February 24, 2012 — Ramon is proud of his new motorcycle.  He is happy to pose for a picture.  Of course, once you get the motorcycle, then, you have to wait for the sidecar to be built to transform the motorcycle into a tricycle. 

Canon EOS 40 Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

Once Ramon got his motorcycle, he would need a sidecar modification to turn the motorcycle into a “trike.” In the Philippines, a tricycle, often called a “trike,” is a motorcycle with a sidecar that is used to transport passengers and products.

Ramon visited a local welding shop, in a nearby barangay, famous for their sidecar modifications. His name was placed on the waiting list behind the other orders. It appeared, at the time, that it might be the second week of march before the shop could begin work on his motorcycle for the conversion. Ramon picked the color and the design and in a matter of days, his new tricycle was ready to ride.

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Ramon gives his sister, Christy Warren, and his brother, Rafael a ride in his trike. 

Canon EOS 40 D Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

Of course, vehicles have to be licensed and registered. The paperwork procedure proceeded along on schedule. Unfortunately, electricity in Leyte is not always reliable.

Everyday for a week, Ramon, went to the appropriate government office. However, the persistent power outages kept the computers off line. Finally, the last week in June, with all the paperwork completed,

 

Ramon was finally able to heed, “The Call Of The Open Road.” Now, Ramon get to zip up and down the road on his trike taking passengers to their appointments and taking kids to and from school.

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Ramon heeds “The Call Of The Open Road” and motors along the highway on his trike. 

Canon EOS 40 D Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

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Leyte Land — Photos by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

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Leyte Land

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Green Acres In the Philippines

If you have ever dreamed of a farm in the country – here is a farm in the country of the Republic of the Philippines.  This rural homestead is in the jungle, on the island of Leyte, in the Barangay of Baras. 

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by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

Welcome to Leyte Land.

Homes are all different depending on the families that live in them and the terrain that the house is constructed on. If you have ever been to rural areas of the Ozarks, at first glance, the rural homes of the Philippines might not seem that different, except, of course, instead of sycamore, walnut, white oak and black oak trees; there are the coconut trees.

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The Ozarks has brush like briar bushes, poison oak and poison ivy vines, old grape vines dangling out of the trees to blend with the pasture grasses. In Leyte, in the Philippines, you have dense green grass that spreads into the rural jungle, which accommodates rice fields and coconut trees.

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On this walk, I took my camera and strolled about a quarter of a mile into the jungle. Ecology architects should appreciate how well the homes seem to blend into nature.

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On another walk, I took my camera and strolled up the road to photography homes beside the road up to the barangay boundary.

 

Nikon D 100 Photos by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

 

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 The Sari-Sari Store, in the photo below, is a quick stop for everyday items used in households from snacks to toothpaste to soda and washing detergent.  This sari-sari store is near the Barangay Baras and Barangay Cameri boundary. 

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Into The Garden Of Eden

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Into The Garden Of Eden     Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.     You may have an idea of what The Garden of Eden, Paradise, or Shangri-la is suppose to look like.  Fortunately, for me, February 2, 2012, I was strolling through the jungle with my Canon EOS 40 D camera, when I came upon this earthly road into a heavenly paradise on earth.

The beauty of this photography is I didn’t have to try and find an angle to shoot it.  I simply raised the camera like a tourist and looked through the viewfinder and clicked the shutter.  When I got back to the house and begin looking at the photos, this one caught my eye because of the colors and vegetation and the trail seems to simply disappear into the horizon of the jungle.

This trail into the jungle is in Barangay Baras, Tanauan, Leyte Philippines.  The tropical climate offers a wide variety of coconut trees, banana palms, jackfruit, guava, ferns and other vegetation.  Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

 

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