Monday, March 30, 2015

My Version of Escabeche

Sometimes in life you feel cut and wounded. 
Unsure about where to go and what to do. 
You are a fish. Caught in a world of chaos. 
Chopped, salted, and cured in garlic. 
And as if it wasn't enough, dashed also with pepper. 
Every spice -a lesson. 
The older you get, the more you season.

If you are lucky, an opportunity is cooking at the other end of the line. 
Maybe a job, a lifetime partner, a major travel, 
a dream business - each making up the coating. 
Much like a batter of cornstarch, 
maybe some additional experiences: 
salt, pepper, garlic, egg, oil/butter.
Marry both before frying.

It gets pretty hot too. Disagreements of two, 
conflicts with the boss, 
deadlines to beat, financial defeat, 
opportunities lost.
Sometimes it just feels like being fried both sides.

--- breathe -- relax ---

There will be better days. Go to the beach.
Get some tan and stay under the sun.
When it is brown and golden,
Uuuhh.. how my heart has fallen. 

Put on some entertainment.
Be patient. Don't hurry.
While the music plays, worries drift away.
Add more experience. Bring on the sauce.

Blend sweet memories
Garlic,onion and ginger minces, 'though kinda sad
will wake when bathed with vinegar and
tastier with salt and soy sauce.

Tomatoes are posh. They are like red balloons.
Vividly they fly into the blue sky.
Lay on the pile some jalapenos.
And "whoooahh".. sound that cresciendo!!

There is so much good in life. 
And so much that's more than meets the eye.
Keep exploring. Don't get stuck in a traffic. If you do, walk your way out smiling.
Who knows, even when the rain keeps pouring --
at the end of the road, life's breakthrough is waiting..


  1. Wew! This must one heck of an everything, your poem and the mouthwatering version of your dish. Can't wait to try it out. Love you gerts...

  2. Maikog ko mokaon sa escabeche dahil sa kalakip na poem nito, Mike. ^_^

    Laagholic Buyog

    1. Hahaha. Pareho ra na sa balay bee. Nagbuhat kog ingun-ani.. maikog mubungkag sa presentation... mao nga mauna ug hurot ang kan-on..


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