I looooove Chicken skin.  I even deep fry chicken necks and eat it like popcorn.  YUM.  Every time I do this, Mama looks at me with doubtful eyes, with the words “Hay, naku, taba.  Not good".  Apparently,  I do not get fat (thanks to my genes), so I do not feel guilty when I eat oily food.  If I do not do the cooking, I would ask Mama not to remove the skin,  but she would give a very strong “No” then put the fat straight to the garbage bin.  When she does this, I would teasingly walk out on her and say that her cooking would not be that tasteful anymore.  I never understood why Mama removes the chicken skin, up until Bryan’s blood pressure went up.  

One Saturday, a friend from Adamson invited us for a birthday dinner.  Sisig and Fried garlic chicken were the main course – sarap! We ate all we can. And since it was a pretty long celebration on a round table, we did not really notice how much we have been eating.    The feasting did not stop there because the next day, we met up with my Balikbayan friends for lunch and dinner.  We had lechon, Sisig, Crispy Pata and Kare Kare - the yummiest and oiliest Pinoy dishes.  And yes, you would have guessed what happened.  The next day, on a Monday, at Adamson, Bry had to go to the clinic and take medication. 

I felt responsible for what had happened to him.  I should have monitored our food intake.  Ganun pala yun.  That is why wives and mothers are careful on what they place on the table because they are “accountable” if anything happens to their husbands and kiddos.  I was so guilty that time.  Sabi ko nga, if the reason for my extra days at Adamson (I resigned that week) was for me to realize and feel  the weight of this responsibility, the wait was so worth it.  Lesson learned.  I will now prepare healthy dishes because there was that twitch in my heart when Bryan got ill.  Worse, I knew I could have prevented it.

So yes.  Just like Mama,  I would do the same.  The chicken skin would go directly to the garbage bin.  

Anyway, here is a peek of what we ate that day.  Dishes are all from Little Quiapo which were all sumptuous by the way!  ...kaya nga napadami eh! :D



  1. you can still enjoy those food but with moderation. and yes i agree to what you've said about accountability actually not only moms but also all of us should be accountable for what we eat.

  2. true! everything with moderation :)

  3. Amen!! Moderation :D Semi-vegan ako at realistic akong di pwede maging vegetarian lahat dahil masarap nga naman ang karne. Pero modesty aside, i think u will agree w me na for health and vanity reasons, a plant-based diet really works. U cannot imagine yung superstress ko nung 1st yr kong pagtuturo na average tulog ko ay 5 oras lang pero by God's grace never ako nagkasakit (i was wishing magkasakit na ko pra maka-absent haha) kahit co-teacher ko nagtataka di ako nagkakasakit.. so yun.. go healthy! HIndi worry ng vegetarian ang calories-- i can splurge on my fave pastries w no worries haha.
    I think yan ang huling frontier sa self control eh -- kahit si John maxwell inamin nito na lang nya nadisiplina sarili nya sa pagkain -- sa Amerika ba naman!!
    madali pa tanggihan sa ibang tao ang sex at alak at droga pero pagkain ng taba.. ;p

  4. Hi Ms. Anonymous number 2 :) true..Since January this year, I only eat meat thrice a week. On my first week, mainit ulo ko!hahaha it was really difficult. But now, it is easier!--- YOU ARE RIGHT! kaya naman pala :) DISCIPLINE is the word!

  5. haloooooo RUTH! welcome to my writing world :)


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