Unlimited Kids: Siomai and Friends Fries [chp 4]

Impressions of an American visiting the Philippines… At my host family’s house, I found out that the surrounding neighborhood was dotted with relatives. When I visited the house, up to twenty children under fourteen years of age would come running. That’s my cousin, they told me, those are our other cousins… and they are our sister in…

Language Arts: English-Cebuano Lesson #3

Here, There, and Everywhere Remember those “this word=that word” memorization sheets you would get in foreign language courses at public school? Those never worked that well for some of us. At least, not alone. That’s why we don’t simply want to teach and learn straight-up translations, in these Cebuano-English lessons. Sometimes the this=that is straightforward…

The Paperboy: Siomai & Friends Fries [chp. 3]

Impressions of an American visiting the Philippines… I knew I was a long way from home before I ever reached the Philippines. The last stop inbound, before arriving in Cebu’s airport, was in Japan. The bidets were in the men’s room and they caused me a double take. I had seen those before in a…

Provincial Coconut Concoction: Siomai and Friends Fries [chp 2]

Impressions of an American visiting the Philippines… A food van with big speakers woke me just before seven a.m., blasting an American pop song that I vaguely recognized from the 1990s. Kind of frat-boy spring break-feeling, like the band Sugar Ray, but not them… maybe. The van driver was selling fresh breads of all kinds,…