Wednesday, October 19, 2011

A Golden Dinner

I am not a fan of vegetables-like all other children are. But this time, I will make an exception.

 Last Sunday, my mom prepared a special dinner for our family- including our vegetarian uncle. I was sitting down and staring at the TV when my stomach started to grumble and I smelled the scent of something fried. I followed my hungry instincts and went to the kitchen. 

Plates of yumminess!
Do you know what you're having for dinner just when you see its ingredients? I was clueless. The counters on both sides of the kitchen were full of flour, bowls of eggs, spices, and mmm... bowls of raw shrimp and squid. Luckily for me, I was satisfied with a fried kamote (sweet potato) dipped in an exotic sauce. It tasted crunchy with the tinge of salty soy sauce on it. I was now ready to eat...TEMPURA!
Ebi tempura with sauce...!

The Food Testers!-in action (especially Joni)
I was so excited to eat when we sat down. I scooped a serving of rice on my plate and immediately put vegetable, shrimp and squid tempura on my plate. I hastily got a vegetable tempura and dipped the whole thing in the sauce. I then popped it into my mouth, following up with rice. It was so delicious! The crunchy texture and the soy sauce blended really well together in my mouth- I even forgot there was a vegetable inside. If everyday we had vegetables coated in this golden crispy skin and a sauce to go with it, well I would eat them!

I spent the next few minutes eating and savouring the tempura. I loved eating the shrimp tempura-my face practically screamed EBI GOODNESS! Meanwhile, my baby sister Joni was enjoying the dinner too. She was beside me, and she kept placing vegetable tempura on my plate. (Thank you very much Joni.) =) My whole family loved Sunday dinners.

Vegetable Tempura
The squid tempura was a favorite too. I was chewing and grinding its exotic goodness in my mouth. (Sadly, Joni could not eat the squid for it was too firm for her teeth.) The plates of tempura were quickly empty and by that time, we were all stuffed with golden scrumptiousness, our plates licked clean. I would have wanted to eat more shrimp tempura, but then, as I said, there were no more. We ended the dinner on a sweet note-with a bowl of sweet chocolate ice cream.

Sweet sweet chocolate ice cream...
The dinner was done, and I was sad to leave the table. It also meant that it was the end of the weekend and that dreadful Monday was tomorrow. Sunday nights are really sad-after all the weekend fun has gone away. Nevertheless, it was a golden dinner and it was one that I would savour in days to come-just like all other special Sunday dinners.

Oodles of goodbyes,

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Being the Elder

Who here have siblings? I have two younger sisters, so being the eldest, I have many responsibilities towards them. Taking care of them, bearing their whining, lending them my favorite pillow-sometimes it just makes me want to pull my hair out frustration. See what my pencil could write on paper when angry:

An Older Sister's Pantoum 
by Mattie

We wonder why we have to have younger sisters,
More people to share things with?
How it irritates us when they sabotage these!
What makes them think that these things are fully theirs?

Little sisters who we share with
And all their prissy personalities!
The things they have aren't even theirs
They're things just owned before by us!

Adults always side with them and their personalities
Us alone on the other, annoyed and irritated
Be kind to your sister, they tell us,
They have no idea how it feels like to be older!

Have they ever experienced that feeling of being irritated?
Of dealing with unmentionable THESE?
But it is our responsibility, as the older,
To stick together with our sisters!

Who shares my feelings at some point of their childhood life? Shout "Me!!!" if you do! And for those reading who are younger sisters themselves, please do your eldest sibling a favor this afternoon- they do need rest.

Oodles of goodbyes,

Hello to the World

Hello world! I'm Mattie, a sixth-grader from the Philippines. This is my first blog and it's going to be about anything I find interesting-food, clothes, movies, books, fascinating things about the world! Don't you find this world so amazing that there is so much to say about it? This is what this blog is for. It's for discovering the oodles of blissful and miserable points of life. This is where I'll post some poems and short stories of mine. That's all I wanted to say for this first post. So happy reading!

Oodles of goodbyes,