Standing in the dry and dusty pasture in the middle of nowhere (Actually, it was in Celina, Texas), directing parking traffic as volunteers at the Celina Balloon Festival, I asked The Husband: “What is a tiyubibo?” He looked aghast that I, Filipino through and through, did not know what a “tiyubibo” was. “It’s a ferris wheel!” (But according to various sources, the Filipino word “tiyubibo”, derived from the Spanish word “tiovivo”, means carousel. Some even said a “tiyubibo” is a seesaw. So what is it really?!?)
It isn’t my fault that my “perya” / town fair vocabulary is below average. My memories of the “perya”, hosted in an empty concrete lot in the middle of the neighborhood, were bleak as I’ve only visited it once in my entire childhood: the hypnotizing neon signs and lights, the creaking of the rickety ferris wheel spun around by the strong arms of a few men, the buttery perfume of fresh popcorn, the feathered darts whizzing through the air to hit inflated targets for a prize and the clinking of coins against the painted game tables.
I was surprised to see decades later and in another country, the idea of the “perya” remained the same: tumbledown amusement rides, fluorescent colored booths, win-a-prize games and addictive munchies. Seeing parents run amuck after their giggling excited children, starry-eyed teenagers hand-in-hand while enjoying their rainbow colored snow-cones, pot bellied men guzzling down sugary soda with a smoked leg of turkey in hand and more children jumping up and down at the sight of a life-sized plush toy, the “perya” is a universal bringer of joy.
I smiled and giggled like a child, despite the uncomfortable layers of dust on my bare legs and oily face and not being able to ride the “tiyubibo” (I have an aversion for anything that goes round and round due to my occasional bouts of vertigo.). Doesn’t the mention of the word “tiyubibo” sound so fun?
Happy First World Friday everyone!
In case you will be visiting the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, here are some noteworthy “peryas” you may want to visit:
- Celina Balloon Festival (http://www.celinaballoonfestival.com/)
- Plano Balloon Festival (http://www.planoballoonfest.org/) – This one’s already on going until Sunday (Sept 22)
Delirious about delicious,
P.S. One way to get free entry into these events is to VOLUNTEER! 🙂