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Sunday, April 5, 2009

Finding Your Rice

Early this year, I was invited to a house warming party by a friend from high school somewhere in Quezon City. He was my classmate back in secondary school and now he works as a doctor somewhere in Pasig. He is one of those people I know who scales high on wealth but really low on arrogance. I can go on and on and I have nothing but good words for him so I’ll stop before I’ll bore myself and kill myself of envy. Besides this article is not really about him but more on what he said in our conversation during the party.

HE said,

“I am looking for my rice. Magsasawa ka sa ulam pero hindi sa kanin.

Hmmm.... but does that mean, even if you have your rice, you can have viands alongside? Well, you can’t eat just rice. So, should the rice just take it as it is? That the rice may be a staple but the rice without the viand is just a grain boiled to softness, bland and oh-so-fattening.

Well, it can only be bland for the unimaginative. You can always cook it in different ways. Boil it with different herbs for variety or just spice it up with a variety of condiments. You can even explore the world of fried rice that even toppings are not necessary.

After a long discussion and exchange of ideas in that conversation, we just agreed, that even after how many viands that may have touched your palette, or even with all the viands served in front of you, you will always look for rice.

19 comments:

Tristan Tan said...

Diet ako. Sorry.

Rain Darwin said...

kahit hindi masarap ang ulam basta masarap ang kanin magana ako kumain.

Mapili ako sa bigas. Kahit asin ang i-ulam ko kakain ako basta Jasmine Rice. Pero pag NFA, sorry kahit si lukayo pa ang ulam ko di ako kakain

heheheh.

Joaqui said...

@tristan: hahaha nagwoworkout ka naman kaya ok lang kumain ng kanin! hahaha

@rain darwin: When you find your rice, you'll stick to it no matter what. :)

hahaha ano kaya sasabihin ni lukayo pag nabasa niya comment mo? ilalabas ba niya dospordos niya? lol

lucas said...

i once again had another pathetic attempt to cut my carb intake. PERO ANG HIRAAAAAAAAAP! di ko talaga kaya T_T

Joaqui said...

@lucas: Good luck! :)

eye_spy said...

interesting. i guess all of us are in search of the rice that will stick and tickle our palates.

carbs carbs carbs..

Joaqui said...

@eye_spy: I think so too...

john stanley said...

and because i am originally from the rice granary of the philippines...

no comment.

Joaqui said...

@john stanley: Thanks for dropping by. :)

gandarynako said...

true ;-) a pinoy meal is never complete without rice. plus there are some viands like binagoongan that simply beg to be eaten with rice.

Chyng said...

very witty comparison! haha

Joaqui said...

@gandarynako: Hahaha... Happy eating! :) Thanks for dropping by.

@chyng: Thanks. :)

Turismoboi said...

what if the rice is too sticky and its erap rice if u knw wht i mean

Joaqui said...

@turismoboi: Well, that's why we have to find the rice that we can stick to for a long long time.

migs, the manila gay guy said...

ang galing!

naalala ko tuloy yung pelikula ni regine at richard gomez. may line dun na parang ganito:

Ang pagkakaroon ng tunay na minamahal ay parang tsinelas. Maaring magsuot tayo ng iba't ibang klaseng sapatos, rubber shoes, sandals depende sa kulay, design, halaga, brand at kung ano ano pa pero pagdating daw natin sa bahay, ibang kasiyahan at ginhawa kapag sinuot na natin ang ating mga tsinelas.

Nash said...

a must have for almost all of the asian countries :) cheers haha

Joaqui said...

@migs: Wow! The Manilay Gay Guy dropped by my blog and left a nice comment! Thanks, thanks so much! :)

@nash: Thanks for dropping by. :) True. hahaha

Pao Pielago said...

pano yung iba na hindi kanin ang staple? bread instead? hehe..

anyway, good point there. :)

Joaqui said...

@pao: Thanks pao. Ingat ka.