Mmm Monday: A Tasty Treat

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Location: Cebu, Philippines


Filipino Lechon

Lechon is the most popular dish in the Philippines served on holidays and special occasions such as weddings, birthdays, and anniversaries.

It’s a whole pig marinated with herbs and spices and roasted slowly on a spit over an open fire.

According to the late Anthony Bourdain, famous celebrity chef and food critic,Lechon from Cebu, Philippines, is the best roast pig he had ever tasted.

Back in the day, as Charles Lamb (1775-1834) wrote in his essay, A Dissertation Upon Roast Pig, the family cottage with the pig inside had to be burned down to enjoy this delicacy. Thank goodness, we don’t have to go to that extreme anymore.


March 10, 2019 at 9:37 am 2 comments

No Turning Back

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 8 March 2019

C.E. Ayr
Photo Credit: C. E. Ayr

Once it was decided to flee, there was no turning back.

Ariyah and her mother arrived at the border on a motorcycle when a group of armed men demanded payment for their passage.

“We have nothing,” Ariyah pleaded.

“Are you sure?” their leader asked, giving her the look that caused her shivers.

He took her inside the barn for inspection. Moments later, Ariyah emerged trying to compose herself.

“Did they find the jewelry hidden in your clothes?” her mother asked after crossing to freedom.


“Thank God.”

What Ariyah’s mother didn’t know was it cost her something much more precious.

March 6, 2019 at 9:10 am 42 comments

Wordless Wednesday: Give Me Euro Or Give Me Dollar

Statue of Liberty
Location: Rome, Italy


March 4, 2019 at 9:18 am 8 comments

Mmm Monday: Traditional Mayan Dish

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Mayan Dish
Location: Big Falls Village, Belize

One of the highlights of our trip to Belize was a visit to a Mayan family in Big Falls where we learned about their culture and ancient ways. It was all worth it and something I wouldn’t forget for a long time.

Our host served us an authentic Mayan chicken dish complete with vegetables grown from their garden and traditional cocoa drink. Following local custom, we ate with our hands without fork and spoon. It surely made the experience of eating the food more intimate..

March 3, 2019 at 3:47 pm 2 comments

The Last Time

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 1 March 2019

Jean L. Hays
Photo Credit: Jean L. Hays

I couldn’t believe the store was closing its doors. It had been part of our town for generations.

I remembered the night I met my friend in grade school whom I hadn’t seen him in years. When he invited me for a drink, how could I refuse?

We went to the store to get the beer. How could it be possible? I asked myself. We were minors.

My friend engaged the shopkeeper in small talk and distracted him well enough to let his buddies steal the beer. It was the last time we were together. I never saw him again.

February 27, 2019 at 3:22 pm 36 comments

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