Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Webs and Spiders

It’s actually the spider season. I’ve seen not only one but a lot of these spider webs and big spiders in the yard. I’ve never seen really big spiders before. Here’s one that’s outside my office.

You know, when we were kids- we used to collect spiders. We name them according to their colors. We usually put them in a matchbox with a very creative kind of compartments that will separate them all. Each spider has their own hole (made of cardboard) in that small matchbox. We always go out hunting for spiders in the trees. We all brag about how fight masters our spiders will be. Then, the next hour we let them fight. That is, letting the spiders crawl on a stick (broom stick from coconut) and whichever is killed- the owner of that spider will be the loser. Then, loser will give one spider to the winner as an award. Well, when you grow in a place that has a shortage of toys- playing with spiders is so much fun, lol!

Anyway, when I came back from Taiwan- I was so shocked when I saw a group of adults circled together alongside the street and they seemed so serious about something. Curiously, I joined in and found out that they bet on the spider fights. What? I thought those were kid’s games. So much astounding when I found out they have real money for that. Geeezzzz, they make it like a cockfight. Hmmm, I wish I could send these big spiders from the yard just so my little brother can win money from it. Seriously, my brother did win money from that spider fight. So strange!

3 Grateful Heart's Words:

Femmepower said...

hahaha i remember my childhood with this in the Philippines (at least back in our time,lol) spider fights were a part of our,that fad is gone.children are now more into computer games and television,i-pods,cellphones,and several other gadgets they play daughter is so scared of spiders,i don't think she'll ever think of even keeping them in a matchbox,lol!

hey,i think i haven't notified you yet that i got you an award a couple of days ago. it's waiting for you at my blog.hope you could check it out soon and claim it.cheers!

Alicia said...

I wouldn't last very long watching those games... I can't stand spiders. They give me the creeps... although I do like the teenie tiny fuzzy ones that hop. For some reason they don't bother me.

Have a great day Shawie!

Mhar's Display said...

Hahaha! When I was a teenager my cousins and some of our childhood friends will visit other barrios just to have spider fights. And in school, they do spider fights during recess :) They carry the matchboxes with spiders in their school bags :) And I remember they named one as Tarabungko spider :)