|The picturesque Boracay Sunset *|
My dad attended a conference slash paid official vacation to the gorgeous island of Boracay last week. And being the traditional Filipino that he is, it was no surprise that he had a bunch of goodies for his dear family waiting for his homecoming.
"Pasalubong" is a word that is learned by every Filipino even in our tender years. I cannot find the closest translation in the English language, but to my very limited capabilities, I shall loosely translate it as a present/souvenir from a trip. It doesn't matter if its a foreign or a local trip, even as kids, we get "pasalubong" from our parents when they come home from work. And it doesn't matter if the present/souvenir is grand or simple in nature, it's the thought and the effort that brings about a warm feeling and a beam in a kid's (young or old lol) face.
Dad arrived last Sunday morning, and boy was he feeling very generous! I guess he missed us that much *haha* His pasalubong was a mixture of sweet and salty treats. These are his "haul" for his dear familia:
|Caramel and Peanut Tarts|
|Tamarind Candy (My fave!)|
|Cashews are my dad's favourite so I toasted half of it for him :D|
|Bucayo (Coconut candy with sesame seeds)|
|Barquillos (Filipino version of wafers)|
And now, time for salty (yikes!) treats. Asians, especially Filipinos, have a sordid love affair for anything dried, preserved and salted. That explains the off-the-roof blood pressure of some of our dear oldies, and sadly, even the young ones. What can I say? We love flavour, I guess haha. Bland is bleh! for us. And since he went on an island trip, it's a given that his care package MUST include our most revered "bulad".
|Clockwise from L-R: Dried shrimp, dried anchovies, dried squid,|
dried Danggit (spinefoot fish), dried fish (I dunno which kind of fish this is lol)
So there you go, my dears :). I know some of the food I featured may be a little new, some of which may be a little ghastly for you (the bulad, perhaps? haha), but the heart of this post is all about... thoughtfulness. Whenever any one of us goes off for a trip, whatever the budget issues are, we always have a little something for the loved ones we left behind. And it doesn't really matter if the pasalubong is grandiose in nature or very modest, what matters is the story behind it. Seeing the smiles and the happy expressions of our loved ones is incomparable. And being the recipient, it's always heart warming to know that your loved one would put out such effort and thought to share what they've experienced on their trip.
Happy First Day of the Week, my dears. :)
*image from Let's All Say BORACAY, Not Bora