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« on: June 08, 2007, 05:26:32 PM »
The following is from a British journalist stationed in the
       Philippines .

       His observations are so hilarious!!! ! This was written
       in 1999.

       Matter of Taste
       By Matthew Sutherland

       I have now been in this country for over six years, and consider
myself in most respects well assimilated.  However, there is one key
      step on the road to full assimilation, which I have yet to take,
and that's to eat BALUT.

       The day any of you sees me eating balut, please call immigration and ask them to issue me a Filipino passport. Because at that point
there will be no turning back.
       BALUT, for those still blissfully ignorant non-Pinoys out there,
is a fertilized duck egg.

       It is commonly sold with salt in a piece of newspaper, much like
       English fish and chips, by street vendors usually after dark,
       presumably so you can't see how gross it is.

       It's meant to be an aphrodisiac, although I can't imagine anything
      more likely to dispel sexual desire than crunching on a partially
       formed baby duck swimming
       in noxious fluid. The embryo in the egg comes in varying stages of
       development, but basically it is not considered macho to eat one
       without fully discernable feathers,
       beak, and claws.  Some say these crunchy bits are the best. Others
       prefer just to drink the so-called 'soup', the vile, pungent liquid
       that surrounds the aforementioned feathery fetus...excuse me; I
have to go and throw up now.   I'll be back in a minute.

       Food dominates the life of the Filipino. People here just love to eat.
       They eat at least eight times a day. These eight official meals are
       called, in order: breakfast, snacks, lunch, merienda, merienda
ceyna, dinner, bedtime snacks and
no-one-saw-me- take-that- cookie-from- the-fridge- so-it-doesn' t-count.

 The short gaps in between these mealtimes are spent eating Sky Flakes
       from the open packet that sits on every desktop. You're never far
       from food in the Philippines . If you doubt this, next time you're
       driving home from work, try this game. See how long you can drive
       without seeing food and I don't mean a distant restaurant, or a
      picture of food. I mean a man on the sidewalk frying fish balls,
or a man walking through the traffic selling nuts or candy. I bet it's less
       than one minute.

       Here are some other things I've noticed about food in the
       Philippines :

       Firstly, a meal is not a meal without rice - even breakfast. In the
       UK ,  I could go a whole year without eating rice.  Second, it's
       impossible to drink without eating. A bottle of San Miguel just
isn't the same without gambas or beef tapa. Third, no one ventures more than two paces from their house without baon (food in small
       container) and a container of something cold to drink. You might
as well ask a Filipino to leave home without his pants on. And
lastly, where I come from, you eat with a knife and fork. Here, you eat
with a spoon and fork. You try eating rice swimming in fish sauce with
a knife.

       One really nice thing about Filipino food culture is that people
       always ask you to SHARE their food. In my office, if you catch
anyone attacking their baon, they will always go, "Sir! KAIN TAYO!"
("Let's eat!").
This confused me, until
       I realized that they didn't actually expect me to sit down and start
       munching on their boneless bangus. In fact, the polite response is
       something like, "No thanks, I just ate." But the principle is
sound -  if you have food on your plate, you are expected to share it,
however hungry you are, with those who may be even hungrier. I think
that's great!

       In fact, this is frequently even taken one step further.
       Many Filipinos use "Have you eaten yet?" ("KUMAIN KA NA?") as a general greeting, irrespective of time of day or location.

       Some foreigners think Filipino food is fairly dull compared to
other Asian cuisines.
       Actually lots of it is very good: Spicy dishes like Bicol Express
       (strange, a dish named after a train); anything cooked with coconut
       milk; anything KINILAW; and anything ADOBO.  And it's hard to beat the sheer wanton, cholesterolic frenzy of a good old-fashioned
LECHON de leche (roast pig) feast.  Dig a pit, light a fire, add 50
pounds of animal fat on a stick,  and cook until crisp. Mmm, mmm...
       you can actually feel your arteries constricting with each
successive mouthful.

       I also share one key Pinoy trait --- a sweet tooth. I am thus the only
       foreigner I know who does not complain about sweet bread, sweet
       burgers, sweet spaghetti, sweet banana ketchup, and so on. I am a
man who likes to put jam on his pizza.  Try it!
       It's the weird food you want to avoid.  In addition to duck fetus in
       the half-shell, items to avoid in the Philippines include pig's blood
       soup (DINUGUAN); bull's testicle soup, the strangely-named "SOUP NUMBER FIVE"
 (I dread to think what numbers one through four are);
       and the ubiquitous, stinky shrimp paste, BAGOONG, and it's equally stinky sister, PATIS.

       Filipinos are so addicted to these latter items that they will even
       risk arrest or deportation trying to smuggle them into countries
like Australia and the USA , which wisely ban the importation of items
you can smell from more than 100 paces.

       Then there's the small matter of the purple ice cream. I have
never been able to get my brain around eating purple food; the
ubiquitous UBE leaves me cold.

       And lastly on the subject of weird food, beware: that KALDERETANG KAMBING (goat)
could well be KALDERETANG ASO (dog)...

       The Filipino, of course, has a well-developed sense of food.
Here's a typical Pinoy food joke:  "I'm on a seafood diet.
"What's a seafood diet?" "When I see food, I eat it!"

       Filipinos also eat strange bits of animals --- the feet, the head,
       the guts, etc., usually barbecued on a stick. These have been
given witty names, like "ADIDAS" (chicken's feet); "KURBATA" (either just chicken's neck, or
       "neck and thigh" as in "neck-tie"); "WALKMAN" (pigs ears); "PAL" (chicken wings); "HELMET" (chicken head); "IUD" (chicken
intestines), and BETAMAX" (video-cassette- like blocks of animal blood).  Yum,yum.  Bon appetit.

       WHEN I arrived in the Philippines from the UK six years ago, one of the first cultural differences to strike me was names. The subject
       has provided a continuing source of amazement and amusement ever since.
       The first unusual thing, from an English perspective, is that
       everyone here has a nickname. In the staid and boring United
Kingdom , we have
       nicknames in kindergarten, but when we move into adulthood we
tend, I am glad to say, to lose them.

       The second thing that struck me is that Philippine names for both
       girls and boys tend to be what we in the UK would regard as
       overbearingly cutesy for anyone over about five.
Fifty-five-year- olds colleague put it.

       Where I come from, a boy with a nickname like Boy Blue or Honey
Boy would be beaten to death at school by pre-adolescent bullies, and
       never make it to adulthood. So, probably, would girls with names
like Babes, Lovely, Precious, Peachy or Apples.   Yuk, ech ech. Here,
       however, no one bats an eyelid.

       Then I noticed how many people have what I have come to call
       "door-bell names". These are nicknames that sound like -well, doorbells. There are millions of them.

      Bing, Bong, Ding, and Dong are some of the more common. They can be, and frequently are, used in even more door-bell-like
combinations such as Bing-Bong, Ding-Dong, Ting-Ting, and so on.  Even our newly appointed chief of police has a doorbell name Ping .  None of these doorbell names
       exist where I come from, and hence sound unusually amusing to my untutored foreign ear.

       Someone once told me that one of the Bings, when asked why he
was called Bing, replied, "because my brother is called Bong".
Faultless logic.

       Dong, of course, is a particularly funny one for me, as where
come from "dong" is a slang word for well; perhaps "talong" is the
best Tagalog equivalent!! !

       Repeating names was another novelty to me, having never before
       encountered people with names like Len-Len, Let-Let, Mai-Mai, or
       The secretary I inherited on my arrival had an unusual one:
       Leck-Leck. Such names are then frequently further refined by
using the "squared" symbol, as in Len2 or Mai2. This had me very
confused for a while.

       Then there is the trend for parents to stick to a theme when naming
       their children. This can be as simple as making them all begin with
       the same letter, as in Jun, Jimmy, Janice, and Joy.

       More imaginative parents shoot for more sophisticated forms of
       assonance or rhyme, as in Biboy, Boboy, Buboy, Baboy (notice the
       names get worse the more kids there are-best to be born early or you could end up being a Baboy).

       Even better, parents can create whole families of, say, desserts
       (Apple Pie, Cherry Pie, Honey Pie) or flowers (Rose, Daffodil,
       Tulip). The main advantage of such combinations is that they
look great painted across your trunk if you're a cab driver.

       That's another thing I'd never seen before coming to Manila --
taxis with the driver's kids' names on the trunk.

       Another whole eye-opening field for the foreign visitor is the
       phenomenon of the "composite" name. This includes
names like Jejomar
       (for Jesus, Joseph and Mary), and the remarkable Luzviminda (for
       Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao , believe it or not).
       That's a bit like me being called something like "Engscowani"
(for England , Scotland , Wales and
       Northern Ireland ).  Between you and me, I'm glad I'm not.

       And how could I forget to mention the fabulous concept of the
       randomly inserted letter 'h'. Quite what this device is supposed
to achieve, I have not yet figured out, but I
think it is designed to give a touch of class to an otherwise only averagely weird name.

       It results in creations like Jhun, Lhenn, Ghemma, and Jhimmy. Or
how about Jhun-Jhun (Jhun2)?

       How boring to come from a country like the UK full of people
with names like John Smith.
       How wonderful to come from a country where imagination and
exoticism rule the world of names.

       Even the towns here have weird names; my favorite is the
unbelievably named town of Sexmoan
       (ironically close to Olongapo and Angeles).  Where else in the
world could that really be true?

       Where else in the world could the head of the Church really be
called Cardinal Sin?

       Where else but the Philippines !

       Note: Philippines has a senator named Joker, and it is his legal

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« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2007, 05:32:32 PM »
yes, i have read this na but still i read it again coz it's funny and it's true.

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funny bitaw, lingaw ako bana ani

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funny jud..and tinood sad!
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« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2007, 07:12:20 PM »
i think it's from me cel... ;D ako gi forward nimo.. ;D

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