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Capture Date/Time:January 6-7, 2008 9:22
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We landed in Zamboanga today! It seems like there is so much more civilization and organization here, but only in comparison with Jolo. I will be here for the next couple of days and will have some more pictures to post.

My two aunts and my uncle are traveling with my mom and me and making a reunion/road trip out of this for the next few weeks. The older aunt, my mom’s older sister, along with my uncle and his wife also have houses on Zamboanga so we are spending the next few days driving around and seeing the sights. The area is again very small so driving to see various things is easy… the jaunts are very short. But I have loved all the time sitting around the hotel rooms between jaunts and in the car, hearing wonderful stories about when they were growing up around here. There has been a heck of a lot of laughter on this trip, and I haven’t heard my mom crack up like this ever. I think this is the first time in decades they have gotten together like this and really spent a lot of time just hanging out. I can see that all of them are genuinely enjoying themselves. Plus with all the conversation I am actually picking up some understanding of Tagalog and Chinese.

So what the heck is this photo all about? Well, everywhere we went in Jolo and Zamboanga so far, I see people wearing these really comfortable-looking, colorful pajama-like pants. They are literally everywhere, and in some parts of the downtown area almost every other person has them on. So in the car I mentioned to my aunts that I wanted to know where I could get these traditional southern Filipino pants. After I asked, there was some chatter in the back seats in Tagalog. A cell phone call was made to my cousins. One more phone call…. More chatter in the back seats. Finally they told me: “Michael, those are called pajamas.”