this blog will go dark in the coming weeks due to my busy schedule that involves some traveling. at the same time, i’m going on vacation, too.
i know to some of you i appear as a nuisance. i’d been there and done that and had proven to be a jerk at times. but i think i’d learned my lessons since i wrote this piece a couple of years ago. i do cherish the friendships that i had made through blogging and regret the ones that i had lost because of what i did or didn’t do. oh, if only i can bring back the past, but that’s wishful thinking.
if everything turns out well (and they should because i’m an optimist), i’ll be back early in july. in the meantime, peace and love to all of you.
Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Dylan Thomas
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it’s not so long ago, in terms of human evolution, that our forebears could eat whatever they wanted. back in the day, they consumed food naturally such as picking fruits and berries right from the source. soon they found that fish and shellfish as well as animals were fair game, too. the discovery of fire led to cooking food, and ultimately to making a meal out of enemies killed in battle.as society became more sophisticated, our eating habits followed suit. cannibalism was banned at the instigation of the church. go figure! while condoning the inquisition for roasting of alleged witches and heretics, it considered eating human flesh as inhumane. but i digress.
lechón or roasted pig is an iconic food served at filipino gatherings. a clean-shaven pig, with the internal organs removed, is skewered with a bamboo pole and rotated slowly over a charcoal pit until it’s fully cooked. it’s served whole from head to tail on a table.
since culture is about food, the best introduction to filipino culture is eating the lechón and the other filipino cuisine. an apple is sometimes placed in the mouth of the pig
to symbolize unbridled temptation for decorative purposes. it tastes so good that you’d be inclined to pig on it (pardon the pun). this could be the reason many consider it as food to die for (pardon another pun). it’s known to induce high blood pressure and heart disease among its habitué. eating in moderation is the way to go.
incidentally, roasted pig is also popular in other countries in asia, europe, and latin america, although the manner and method of cooking may vary from country to country.
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i took a 6-inch subway turkey sandwich home with me last night. since i never had one in ages, i thought it was a great idea. i find a subway sandwich not only a healthy alternative to the big mac, but also offers more value for the money.
early this year, subway has gotten some flak. somebody from australia i’d call matt corby because that’s his name discovered something amiss about the footlong sandwich that he ordered. it seemed like it was shorter than advertised. but rather than depend on his instincts, he lay it on the table like a cadaver and measured it using a tape measure. he was right. it measured a mere 11 inches.