nanila: (me: walk softly and carry big stick)
( Jun. 13th, 2017 02:01 pm)
I had wanted to post this yesterday, as it was the 50th anniversary, but ran out of time. So, a day late, but no less important: Here is my very personal celebration of the Loving v. Virginia Supreme Court decision, handed down on 12 June 1967, that legalised interracial marriage in the USA.

Without it, my parents might have been jailed or permanently separated. Without it, I might not exist. I am grateful that what was just and correct prevailed in the face of popular opinion.

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[Image of my dad, baby!me and my mom, with one of my aunties in the pool at a Honolulu hotel. Photo taken by my maternal grandfather.]

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nanila: wrong side of the mirror (me: wrong side of the mirror)
( Jan. 26th, 2017 08:51 pm)
Dad & Mom at Waimea Canyon, Kauai
This is a scanned photo of my mom and dad with their arms around one another at Waimea Canyon in Kauai, Hawai'i. I love this photo partly because they both look happy, and partly because this is how they always appear in my mind. I know they have white hair and stooped shoulders now, but my brain fails to see that unless they're right in front of me, which doesn't happen very often since they live so far away.
Hanalei Valley, Kauai
This is me, my mum and my grandma at Hanalei Valley in Kauai, Hawai'i, USA. I believe we have stopped at a Point of View along the road into the valley. Items of special interest in this photo: my mum's glasses, my grandma's flowery dress and my yellow bonnet.
Me & Gram at Kalalau Lookout, Na Pali, Kauai
This is a scanned snapshot of me, aged about one, in my grandmother’s arms. We are at Kalalau Lookout in the Na Pali Coast State Park on Kauai in Hawai’i. When I was very small, my parents had a condo on Kauai and we went there for our holidays (from Honolulu). It was wonderful. I have vivid memories of the hike down the cliffs to the fine white sand of the deserted beach below the condo, and of playing for hours in the crystal clear water. My parents always found this surprising as I was, at the time they sold it, only about four years old.
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In the second installment of Weird Metal Contraptions I Was Placed In As A Baby, I give you my baby bouncer. At least this one features floral print fabrics instead of black leather like my high chair. The bouncer was modified by my grandfather (also pictured) so that he could bounce me with minimal effort. We’re on the lanai (porch) in my grandparents’ house in Honolulu, here.
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Above, my (only white) cousin, aka Big Keiki, aged about five, spoon-feeds me, aged a few months, in the weird black leather and metal contraption that functioned as my high chair. The chair looks as though it were designed for more sinister or deviant purposes. It was the 70's in Hawai'i, so who knows. Anyway, I like how his mouth is wide open and mine is not.
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For Throwback Thursday, here's a scanned photo of me flopped out on my maternal grandmother, who is bottle-feeding me. I think I'm only a few months old here. She was like a second mother to me when I was growing up, until she began to suffer from dementia when I was a teenager. I don't have a lot of photos of her, as she was not fond of having lenses pointed in her direction, so I treasure all the snaps I have of her.
I grew up in Honolulu. I was one of the youngest of a large group of cousins, most of whom are male and Filipino, apart from my mom’s sister’s son, who is white. We spent a lot of time together since we all lived pretty close, and my Filipino grandfather (and, until three days before I was born, grandmother) owned a large house that always seemed to have at least two or three aunties and hence vast quantities of delicious food in it (chicken malunggai! pancit! lumpia! suman!) .

I haven’t seen these cousins very frequently since we all became adults. Two of them were in the military for many years. They came to visit us in Monterey on our recent trip to the USA. So before I share the photos from the meals we ate together (because of course there was food, lots of food), here are the photos my parents brought of us as children. Most of these were taken at Waimea Falls on the north shore of Oahu.


I’m on the left. The two cousins in the middle came to Monterey over Labour Day weekend. On the far right, holding the camera to his eyes, is the cousin I shall refer to as Big Keiki, because Little Keiki is named after him. Please note matching bowl cuts. Niiice.

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I've been through the ingredients of all of the recipes and listed items I need to source that are either not easily found in British supermarket chain shops, or can be found there but are stupidly expensive for small quantities. Now I'm trying to break them down into categories. These are:

  • Type 1: Items that will be relatively easy to acquire and store
  • Type 2: Items that will be relatively easy to acquire but are perishable
  • Type 3: Items that I'm uncertain about the ease of acquiring
  • Type 4: Items for which I will almost certainly have to find a substitute


I plan to do a reccy in Birmingham at the Wing Yip superstore (tomorrow, if I'm not feeling too ill, otherwise after the Royal Society exhibition). I'll acquire as many items as I can store to have on hand, and determine what can be obtained when I need it to make a particular recipe. If anyone has input on either acquisition of or good substitution for Types 3 and 4 in the UK, that would be most helpful. Thank you! I quickly Googled all of them but didn't come up with anything.

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My mom brought this book for me on her recent visit. It's just a little spiral-bound thing - "Souvenir Edition: Filipino 75th Anniversary Commemoration", compiled and edited by the Filipino Women's League.

I have a new project: Attempt to make every recipe in it by the end of a year's time. Here is the Table of Contents:

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Now, making a lot of these is going to be a logistical challenge, given the ingredients required. Especially the one that requires fresh tropical flowers. I may have to come up with some manner of substitute. I have plenty of nasturtiums in the garden. :P

But by far my favourite in terms of the advance planning that's going to be necessary is "Lechon de Leche", which is a contender the most delicious food in the world unless you're vegetarian or vegan, in which case I apologise for the amount of salivating over meaty meatness that I'm doing as I type, and you may possibly want to skip the contents under the cut below.

Here is the first sentence of the recipe, which serves 75 people. Ask your butcher to dress a suckling pig, 25-50 lbs.It just gets better after that. )

Who wants to come over and help eat roast pig, then, eh?
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