Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Home in a Suitcase

The hubby recently returned from a two-week business trip trip to Manila and suffice it to say that he brought with him a ton of gifts!  It's not all from him and they're not all 'objects' either because he brought with him my Dad!  Other than my excitement with the thought of now having my Dad live with us here in the U.S. (after approximately a year-long petition process), I was really blown away with all the 'pasalubong'**.  My family and some friends made sure to send through him pieces of 'home' to me...things that really remind me of the Philippines.

I got t-shirts with very cool, and sometimes humorous, logos that represent the Philippines.  I got books on Philippine pop culture and politics.  I got a DVD of a recent Filipino comedy movie (Kimi Dora).  I got clothes for Noah that are made of the thin, cool cotton material perfect for summer here!  There's so much more, but most of all, I got a LOT of food!!!!  

My cousins and aunt and uncle sent me my Goldilocks polvoron (my favorite!!), chicharon from Lapid's, cassava cake, pastillas de leche, cashew tarts, and cornick (or Chichacorn).  And of course, who goes back home to the Philippines and forgets to bring back the quintessential snack, dessert or whatever you want to call it, of my generation (and perhaps other generations as well)....the Choc-Nut!!  I thank my cousins Ate Tess & Kuya Vic for being so brilliant as to include this in my loot bag. 

And let's not forget that Mom sent me a ton of seasoning mixes to help me in recreating my old time favorites from home.
If you think about it, there's nothing really fancy about all these items.  These are things that common Filipinos use or eat in their daily lives.  However, it's because of that ordinariness that makes them so special to me.  Like Iv'e said, they are pieces of home for me that I'm able to enjoy.  They are tangible images that, in the past six years, have only been all memory. 

Most of all, as I was unwrapping each of them, taking them all out of the plastic bags they were contained in, it was as if I was being greeted and hugged by each and every one of my loved ones back home.  Funny as it may seem, it was quite an emotional experience just looking at the quantity of items sent for me and as I went through all the pasalubong one by one, I felt even more emotional seeing how much these people KNOW me...what I love, what I enjoy/ed, what I miss.


Every item sent was a warm hug filled with affection, love and unbreakable bond.  I can't even begin to verbalize to you now how truly loved I feel.  


I can't even bring myself to get rid this one, even after it's been emptied out....
I miss home.  I will always miss home.  But for now, the polvoron and choc-nut will have to suffice.  *deep sigh*


To all you migrants out there, what top 3 things do you want sent to you that will truly make you think of home?  I would love to read your contribution and comments!







**Filipino term meaning 'gifts brought by a traveler from a trip'

19 comments:

  1. I love all your loots! Kaiingit!
    Receiving pasalubong from the family back in Manila always brings happy memories of home.:)
    I'm craving for a chocnut now. hahahaha!:)

    Btw, it's nice to see that your Dad is here to stay with you. Is your Mom coming too?

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  2. Hi Joy! I know the feeling of finally being with your parents again after being away from them for so long. I just had my parents join me here in Canada last February. Somehow just having them under the same roof is happiness that can't be explained. It is also good for my kids to have their "lolo and lola" present as they're growing up. No one spoils them more. And here is my top 3 pasalubongs from the Philippines:
    1. Johnson's Baby Cologne regular scent( for my kids)
    2. Lactacyd or Ph care
    3. pastillas de leche from Bulacan Sweets
    Enjoy your treats!!!---Abbie

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  3. Joy
    i was just as excited as you while reading your post ... nothing beats things that remind us of home - its our own small indescribable happiness. Glad to see that your dad is also with you know - that sort of feeling that they are near and that when they are not feeling well, you are just armsreach to them ... haaay pasalubong - the most coveted part of going home

    My top 3 picks:

    1. purefoods tender juicy hotdog (as i find that nothing compares to it even here in syd)
    2. knorr reasoning, mama sitas mixes and ginisa flavour mix /magic sarap
    3. hopia

    Unfortunately we savoured them when we were in manila as Sydney Airport wont allow them in the country

    Haaay, thats why in my blog some of them were labeled "reminds me of home" as i try to replicate things that I have grown accustomed to back home

    Enjoy the pasalubong and your dad's company

    Jigi

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  4. Wow, your pasalubong items are just about identical to our list! Hehehe...in other words, PAHINGI!

    Top 3...
    1. ChocNut - for us girls
    2. Zesto or Sunkist Mango juice - for the girls (they love these juice boxes)
    3. V-Cut - for our Daddy and the kids

    No joke, after reading your blog and drooling over the pictures, you made me hunger for home...in more ways than one!

    Enjoy your loot! And welcome to the US, Daddy Page! What about Mommy Page?

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  5. Congratulations on your loot and the love that came with 'em. I love polvoron too but I'm partial to IHOP from Landmark supermarket or Sasmuan Polvoron.Great fr PMSing. But since I can make my own polvoron it's not on my pasalubong list; it's a welcome treat nonetheless. My dad-in-law also likes bringing us Oishi crunchy sponge in cheese or chocolate flavor. Kinda weird at first but quickly becomes very addicting.

    My top 3 pasalubong cravings are:

    1. Iya's Jumbo pastillas from Market Market - Between us, my son Rafael and I can finish one box in one sitting
    2. A tie between Lapid's chicharon with the orange vinegar and frozen packs of Trellis sisig. Love. love, love!
    3. My mom-in-law's homemade chili-garlic sauce . Without a doubt this "makes" it for us. Mealtimes are 1000x better when we have this around.

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  6. 5pm July 27, 2010 (via FB)

    Most of what I miss are not "packaged goodies": puto bumbong, binagoongang bagnet from Via Mare, Philippine mangoes (we only get South American ones here). Thankfully, the seasonings, the polvoron and the Choc-Nut are all available at most Asian shops and the handful of Filipino groceris around Auckland.

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  7. 7pm July 27, 2010 (via FB)

    The best pasalubong was your dad the others are just bonus!

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  8. 8pm July 27, 2010 (via FB)

    If I can get a fresh hot Taho (That'll be number one on my list); Fishballs with the spicy sauce (also freshly made); Third...Mulach melts. The pics on your blog made me hungry. Yum!

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  9. 10am July 28, 2010

    bakit di ka nagsabi? sana nakapag padala rin me for you ng kahit ano...goya man lang o kaya burong talangka! hmp....

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  10. 28 July at 22:59 (via FB)

    hi joy! i am always looking forward to your blogs. they become my own catharsis too :) thank God for giving you the gift to write! love in a balikbayan box nga talaga minsan. even the most mundane things i get make me happy kasi it's from our "home" and our family. you're so right---parang may hug na kasama every time!

    i look forward to dilis, talangka!!!, polvoron.

    keep on blogging, joy! thank you! :)

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  11. July27 at 22:16 via FB

    Hi, Joy. I wish I could have some of the stuff your husband brought with him. The one thing that seems missing from the Filipino treats is the ordinary Cornik (Is this the right spelling)? ;D Thanks for sharing.

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  12. July 29 3:30am via FB

    gosh, what I'd give to have my mom over! I'd also want mangoes and mangosteen. :-)

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  13. reading this now makes me teary as i nibble on boy bawang recently sent to us by my kuya thru mylene's mom!! little did we think that choc nut would make us reminisce! love your blog!!!!

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  14. reading this now makes me teary as i nibble on boy bawang recently sent to us by my kuya thru mylene's mom!! little did we think that choc nut would make us reminisce! love your blog!!!!

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  15. 8pm July 27, 2010 (via FB)

    If I can get a fresh hot Taho (That'll be number one on my list); Fishballs with the spicy sauce (also freshly made); Third...Mulach melts. The pics on your blog made me hungry. Yum!

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  16. reading this now makes me teary as i nibble on boy bawang recently sent to us by my kuya thru mylene's mom!! little did we think that choc nut would make us reminisce! love your blog!!!!

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  17. 7pm July 27, 2010 (via FB)

    The best pasalubong was your dad the others are just bonus!

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  18. I love all your loots! Kaiingit!
    Receiving pasalubong from the family back in Manila always brings happy memories of home.:)
    I'm craving for a chocnut now. hahahaha!:)

    Btw, it's nice to see that your Dad is here to stay with you. Is your Mom coming too?

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  19. Hi Joy! I know the feeling of finally being with your parents again after being away from them for so long. I just had my parents join me here in Canada last February. Somehow just having them under the same roof is happiness that can't be explained. It is also good for my kids to have their "lolo and lola" present as they're growing up. No one spoils them more. And here is my top 3 pasalubongs from the Philippines:
    1. Johnson's Baby Cologne regular scent( for my kids)
    2. Lactacyd or Ph care
    3. pastillas de leche from Bulacan Sweets
    Enjoy your treats!!!---Abbie

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