it’s been so long since i’ve last seen sugarcane that i almost didn’t recognize these when i passed them on the street in chinatown the other day. atbu — that’s what we call them in capampangan. and they reminded me of summers when i was a kid and we spent more than a few lazy afternoons chewing on raw sugarcane. (my thoughts often turn to summer these days; we’ve been hovering around the freezing point for a couple of weeks now.) there was this sari-sari store right in front of the elementary school in kilo that always had the sweetest sugarcane.