What I think of when I think of food (#BAD11)

For a huge part of our lives our thoughts would always be rotating around food in some fashion, inspite of your denial.

Growing up as a hackneyed latchkey kid staying at an extended family‘s compound with tons of cousins – I distinctly remember the bell ringing during summer vacation indicating that it’s time to eat.  Then we all head up the stairs to the 3rd floor in what I would describe now as a buffet.  Cousins, brothers, sisters,  Aunts and Uncles would then catch up on how their day was going.

It was a time to share part of your wishes, hopes, dreams and rants – quite a good way to bond with the rest of the clan.

I don’t remember being a picky eater then, so it doesn’t surprise me much that as an adult I’d always seek the local food for a new place I get to.

Strangest food I’ve tried hands down would be the Tamilok from Palawan. Worst food situation I have when I lived alone was when money was running out before payday and I would subsist with crackers, peanut butter and instant noodles.

Comfort food would be a really good pizza, greens with good vinegar-based dressing, sushi, a good slab of ribs or steak, anything chocolate and a variety of fish dishes (saucy or friend, man, I think of them now it’s way past midnight I think I need to eat again).

Fasting outside of health requirements for me is a huge disrespect to individuals that have limited or no access to and the blessings of food that is made available.

I am thankful that I have chances to eat these good things.  It’s such an awful thing to have leftovers that will go to waste, knowing as we speak there are thousands of people dying of hunger.

With the technology these days I await a good way to equally distribute food so that the resources consumed to produce is optimized.

Though Occupy Wall Street, Education and Poverty are quite popular topics to tackle now, none of these can be acted upon by those whose essential need to feed themselves are not met.


“Ayokong Maging Dukha!” + Random Thoughts on Poverty

[Roughly translated in English from Filipino as “I don’t want to be poor!”]

That’s the phrase that keeps popping into my head everytime I come across the word poverty, immediately followed by, “But if you are ‘Dukha‘ and not doing anything about it, STAY AWAY FROM ME!  It’s so jologs to be poor ah, eeeiiiww!”

My sister better expressed how we growing up as a family mostly feel about poverty.  Like most of our life conditions, it comes down as a series of choices and the actions that go by it.  A choice to help, to work, to contribute, to learn, to be thankful and be positive.

The discussion on this really goes to options on helping the disadvantaged, what’s the best route?  It’s even a timely discussion now that I can almost feel the entire world suffering from financial crisis (though poverty is not limited to financial per se – other topic).

I get a bit pissed when I hear remarks like, “Why don’t you give away your money instead?”

Not only that I am simply not that rich so I cannot.  Also, I am a firm believer that on the principle that says dole outs (ah or the more common term nowadays is BAILOUT) promote dependencies.  Isn’t dependency a form of poverty as it deprives you of dignity?  Your lavish display of charity in the end turns out to be defeating it’s purpose.  So very tragic.

“The government should be taking care of these people!”  – Yes, by principle (Yeah right like in what country is that really happening nowadays?  Really really happening?  Come on!  Sure?).  Then again, if you and/or the rich corporate greedy companies are not paying taxes accordingly, where will they get the funds for the poor that hihihi mainly includes their pockets?  

I am always up for giving my time to teaching and helping people to find their passion, work hard at it and with that eventually appreciate reaping the fruits of their labor.  No shortcuts there.

Ugh! I’m stopping before this entry becomes Presidential Campaign material.  I’d like to know, because I see your heart is pure, what’s your cure for the poor?

Peace, Power & Possibiities to All Who are Reading This  


This entry is my contribution to the Blog Action Day project where the theme for 2008 is POVERTY