Food Love: Kinilaw

Fresh from the fisherman, take out the head an...

Fresh from the fisherman, take out the head and tail, this is the local sashimi. Fresh fish in coconut milk and vinegar plus hot chili. My fave, as I am the one doing it. As the congregation is having a picnic at Danao. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From time to time, I check my yahoo mail accounts to see if there are new emails. And then when I logged out in one of my accounts, I saw this article Making a Kinilaw via Yahoo Philippines!

It is an article about making kinilaw or raw fish in English.  Kinilaw is one of the favorite delicacies here in the Philippines especially to people who are mostly living in the Visayas and Mindanao region. Since my parents are from Surigao del Sur, a province in Mindanao region, they love eating it.

I found eating such food odd for me since I am really used to eating foods that are cooked.  Like how can my stomach take it? My mom even told me that the fish is cooked since it is dipped in vinegar. But lately I don’t know what pushed me to really try eating it. I got curious how it tasted since my younger brother eats a lot of bits and pieces of kinilaw though he was never an eater before.

At first bite, I got conscious when I tried to eat the part which is the edge of the fish. When it’s fried, I love eating that part especially when it’s crunchy! But then I still ate despite thinking that it’s raw. Guess what?!  I ate more but not a lot. At least I can manage to eat it now especially when the mix of other ingredients is tasty. I do not prefer it when it’s too sour as it taste vinegary.

The best thing about eating a kinilaw is to end it by drinking a dark colored softdrink called Coke. I’m not endorsing the product but more like it’s the brand we’re used to drinking after eating a kinilaw. And it’s something to look forward to which is great! Eating kinilaw is my way of appreciating my parents’ roots as well. A tasty dish. Happy eating!

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Just Tears

Today I cried. I cried not because I was sad. Tears just started falling in my eyes. I just can’t help but cry with happiness. Cliché as it may sounds; it was indeed tears of joy. When I opened my yahoo mail, I was surprised to receive an email from a friend. I just did not expect it. Though I know it’s only a forwarded email still I take it as a great sign that she has already forgiven me. I guess time has already healed her. It’s been five months since I left in that company. I will never forget the time we embraced with each other before I officially resigned. I honestly felt bad when I learned that I must have taken her for granted as a friend. Just something happened last year. I tried to avoid her temporarily so that I will not be able to say negative things against people. Since we’re both comfortable talking anything under the sun, we kind of slipped our tongue talking negatively. Too late someone familiar to us heard us. And I was feeling guilty that time. After that incident, I have become more tactful about my words. I think she has misunderstood my odd behavior. And I cannot blame her for thinking that way. Nevertheless, I am still feeling thankful about everything that has happened to me the past year. This has helped me realized my flaws and my mistakes. I believe if not with that incident, I will not have the guts to resign. Not that I am escaping to save my face. I believe both of us just need more space to think and fulfill all our dreams.