Thursday, July 31, 2008

like kids in a candy store

My one and only Filipina friend here in Maine called me a couple of days back and asked me if I want to go with her to the city. Well, what do you think I will say… "of course, at long last I will be able to leave the house and have a social life". This is one of the rare indulgences of being a stay-at-home wife… to be able to leave the house… on her own… off-the-hook… care-free… having fun… and spending dear hubby’s income.

So, Medy (my Filipina friend) picked me up around 9 AM and off we droved down to the “crazy town”… [that’s what Medy’s little girl, Maya calls Portland].

Oh well, when you are in a foreign land and miss the company of another person of the same race, culture, taste, language and orientation… where do you think you will go? Of course, Asian Store! Yup, we went Asian Store hopping yesterday and went crazy over those Pinoy products that we miss so much. We were like little kids in a candy store going “gaga” over the bagoong… toyo… Mama Sita mixes… Mang Tomas Sarsa ng Litson… Lucky Me Pancit Canton… Nagaraya Craker Nuts… and the list go on and on.

We went home by noontime and I was happy with my loot. I have a stock-full of pinoy goods and I am happy, indeed.


Anonymous said...

hi ruthi, i always like your sense of humor. hmmm, i do envy you though, because you get a chance to spend your hubby's income :) , many wives would want to do just that, hahahaha! anyway, i just had steamed rice and fried dried fish dipped in "sinamak".

Len Lambert said...

Hi there Ruthi, you know what? There is only Filipino store that I know of and it is about 25 miles away from where I live. There are other Asian stores near where I work but they are more like Middle-Eastern shops and not Asian. I seldom see things that are Filipino. So this is indeed a blessing, to have somewhere to run to and get something that smells, tastes and looks like 'home.'