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You Never Know Until You Try

Throw a party- (idiom) to have a party. Example: I threw a party on my birthday

Seven months already passed but no Filipino party had ever happened in the sharehouse. We already had several parties in Japanese, English, French, Indian but no Filipino party. Everyone had been asking when we could throw a Filipino party but every time they asked we declined. We used to say that we (Nice, Jeannie and I) were too few. And that we had no ability to do it. Personally, I was not confident that they would like the Philippine food.

One interesting thing about our sharehouse is the idea of a monthly party. Each month, someone organizes the event with the presentation of his/her country’s food. And I am telling you that every single time I join the monthly party, I am always amazed by their presentation and skills in cooking. Everyone is good as well as the dishes. It’s one of the reasons why my weight can’t go down.

Things changed. In the month of June, we finally said yes. It was something that gave us mixed feelings. Personally, I was feeling unsure of what to do, worried about where to find the ingredients but excited to see what their reactions would be. To make a start, I grabbed my PC and start searching for the lists of the most popular food. Actually, there are a lot to choose from. I can sum them up into two things; too way greasy and salty. I finally decided to choose “Sinigang” and Jollibee chicken joy since these are my favorite. Nice chose the “Adobo” and “Lumpia” while Jeannie took the “Escabeche” and “Calamari”. Even deciding what to make took so long time to make. Fortunately, our sharehousemates lent us their hands. Early morning on June 25th, Sunday, some people helped us in the kitchen. Since there were more hands, we finished it on time. The Philippine food was displayed on the table for the first time. This time, I felt a little confident.

Calamari- fried squid: It may not be originated in the Philippines but it is quite popular in Philippine restaurants

Pork Adobo- a spanish-inspired dish. It is also a very popular dish in the Philippines. Every party can’t miss this.

Sinigang- a popular Filipino soup or stew which is often characterized by its sour flavor. It is believed to have indigenous origins.

Escabeche is by name itself not Filipino. However, it is also popular in Filipino parties.

The low confidence turned into something way greater when everybody started saying they liked my Sinigang, the Escabeche and actually every dish that was there. In a matter of minutes, the food was gone. Unfortunately, not everyone was able to try our food. Now, I am very confident that they fall in love with the Philippine food.

A Filipino party is never over without games. Like the food at first, I was not confident about it. Surprisingly, everyone participated and actually they like our games. We tried the Hep hep Hooray, Maria went to town and paper dance. They like very much the paper dance, in particular. I never thought they would take it as something really interesting. Some said that they had never tried it before but it was really fun.

When the party was over, good comments were flooding. I realized that foreigners actually like the sour, greasy and salty taste of Filipino food and the sweat-inducing games. Also, I shouldn’t have underestimated our ability. The most important thing is we tried and now we know that the Filipino food is as good as any other country’s food out there.

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