Saturday, June 26, 2004

day 12: play ball! again!

remember the fish and meat balls from the first day? well, that day, i saw more than fish and meat balls. i spotted OCTOPUS BALLS in the grocery round the corner.

so for 11 days now, i have been contemplating how my life has turned out in hong kong ... and if i should taste the octopus balls.

after a bit of convincing from ana (note to ana: yes, you, ms mba. allegedly the president of my fan club.), i bought some.

one would think that octopus balls would be of the same consistency as fish or squid balls (let's not get started on the meat balls again). like homogenized, ground fish or squid, as the case may be. but one would have thought wrongly.

took a huge bite (it had to be huge, each octopus ball is like and inch and a half in diameter) and discovered, TO MY HORROR, that the ball had STUFF inside. it wasn't a puffed-up squid ball. it was more like a siopao cousin.

and because i have a bit of a fear of octopi (that is a gross understatement.), i PRAYED that i wouldn't find octopus parts inside the ball. apparently, the prayer did not reach heaven fast enough because before you could say UNDERWATER ALIEN, i spotted a little tentacle.

then i figured, i am an adult. i have to overcome these fears. i can eat my fear!!!

so today, i ate octopi. or at least bits of it. (ok, i confess. i made sure my tongue wasn't moving around while i was chewing so i didn't accidentally brush it across an octopus sucker. i have my limits.)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

For those not in the know: I am currently the president of the Orange Humorous Essays and other Literary pieces fan club. My credentials are that I have known Orange de Guzman since our eggplant years in kindergarden, and have been an avid follower of Orange writing since then - particularly through her Leg Manila years.

Please contact me through this website should you wish to join the Orange Humorous Essays and other Literary pieces fan club. Some club perks are: early access to Orange original writings before they are published (never-before-seen footage from Orange's private journal!), access to original Orange manuscripts (dated Orange writings from kindergarden, as well as not-so-witty love poems to various crushes in highschool), and numerous Orange paraphernalia dated back to pre-writing years (old Orange notebooks, "Orange for President" posters, etc.).

With best wishes and regards,
Ana Soriano,
Orange Humorous Essays and other Literary Pieces Fan Club (North American chapter)