Taaahooooooo! (Taho: Soya)
Talk about voice modulation? This guy’s going to wake you up from sleeping!
The Philippines’ own version of Soya Drink, brought to you right in front of your house by no less than a nice Kuya (Kuya is a Filipino term for older brother, generally being used by young Filipinos as a sign of respect to men a bit older than their age).
More or less, this was part of many Filipinos’ morning routines back when they were much younger.
So what simple joy it brings?
We get to drink this using our very own cups. When you were a kid, you used to have a cup or mug for drinking anything. Nobody else can use it except you, right? (Mine was a “Year 2000 Olympics version of mickey mouse” mug. Beat that!)
The weird thing that I like about buying a Taho (Soya) is the part when “Kuya” removes the excess water from the drum of soya before he scoops the actual Soya. And It’s weird because I always wished that there were more water to remove. I just loved watching the way he carefully scoops the water and splashes it near my feet =)
Skills unleashed by this simple joy…
From “Kuya” and his “Taho” we learned to be attentive while doing other stuffs in the morning. You know you have to get ready to go out once you’ve heard the special voice and the magic word.
Maybe we just didn’t notice but this simple joy was also a training ground to develop our sense of preparedness – I’m pretty much sure you had the empty mugs on the dining table and the coins for payment on stand by while waiting for that magic sound=)
To a certain extent, the basics of sound we learned from this. The difference between a fast approaching sound and a sound that is slowly fading. And if sometimes your situation falls on the 2nd one, you alredy know what to do – Run and catch up with Kuya, for the love of Taho (Soya).
More than the simple joy we get from buying and drinking Taho (Soya), everyday, for each cup served by our very hardworking peddler, a rewarding joy he feels as well, because he gets to support the needs of his wife and children – in a noble way, one serving at a time.
Taho (Soya) (Taahhoooooo) – One simple joy of being a Filipino.