Sira-sira store: Ready-to-eat alert, mates

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Friday, December 6, 2013


MY GENERATION can’t imagine how people in the 1900s or earlier coped without today’s convenience technology and gadgets for the living room, kitchen and for social interaction.

Grandpa Bianong used to regale us his grandchildren about how he had to fetch water from the water well pump in his parents’ backyard. He had to flex his muscles to draw his bathing water. When we heard this, we marveled at how much patience grandpapi (that’s how we called him) and his generation had.

“Kamo karon nga mga batan-on, spoiled brats mo. Lisuon lang ang gripo, makakaligo na.

Sa among panahon, haay, kinahanglan pang mag-antus usa pa makakaligo,” my grandfather said.

Our eyes would roll heavenward, followed by sighs that could awaken the dead.

“Karon kay modali lang mog adto anang fast food restawran aron mopalit og pagkaon ibalon sa trips out of town. Sa among panahon—”

We cut him off: “Lahi na ang panahon, grandpapi. Ang inyong panahon—“

It was his turn to cut us off: “Mao na! Lahi na ang tanan. Kami sa una kay magluto to si mama og adobong pinalutaw sa mantika aron maoy dalhon kon mobisita mi sa iyang mga ginikanan sa probinsya. Inig-tingpaniudto, ihunong ra to ni papa ang awto sa daplin sa dalan ug mangaon. Mao tuy fast food sa una.”

That story tempted us to try bringing home-cooked food during out of town trips rather than dropping by at the nearest diner or burger restaurant along the way.

The idea of ready-to-eat food came exploded in my face a few days ago when GMA-7 reported that the US military’s “Meal Ready-to-eat” (MREs) were being sold in some stores in Manila.

They were suspected to be donations meant for the typhoon victims of Yolanda, but they got into the wrong hands, and these wrong hands turned the MREs into lucrative business.

When the reporter asked the store-owner where he got the supplies, the man behind the counter suddenly lost his voice and had a sudden onset of amnesia.

The bulging, waterproof foil packs contained delicious-sounding meals like spaghetti with meat sauce, pasta with vegetables in Alfredo sauce and menu No. 10 described its contents as “meatballs in marinara.” Yum, yum, yum, fee-fi-fo-fum, your Uncle Ober smells a scam.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 07, 2013.

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