A soul in tension thats learning to fly

isang araw, sa pila ng customs and immigration sa los angeles international airport…

CUSTOMS OFFICER: “did you bring in any food from the philippines?”

BATJAY: “yes sir, canned goods.”

CUSTOMS OFFICER: “what kind of canned goods?”

BATJAY: “ah, baby crabs. sir”

CUSTOMS OFFICER: “what?”

BATJAY: “20 cans of fermented baby crabs, sir”

CUSTOMS OFFICER: “is that a science experiment?”

BATJAY: “no sir. in da philippines, we call it burong talangka”

ang true story na ito ay inihatid sa inyo ng “Birch Tree Holland Powder Milk, Ang gatas na may gata”

13 thoughts on “A soul in tension thats learning to fly

  1. sus, that happened to me too. sa seattle-tacoma airport right after the huge bomb scare in August, customs officials went through our baggages even through our dirty laundry. uh-huh. at iba sa sea-tac airport, kasi ung mga kanong officers, alam na alam kung anu-ano ang mga dinadala ng Pinoy papasok sa Amerika. they rattled off “longanisa,” “chicharon” etc. like they know exactly how they taste. haha. 😉

    nakapasok ba yung mga baby crabs niyo po?

  2. hehehehe…

    that’s really funny. dito rin sa LAX, parati akong tinatanong kung may dala akong balut. sabi ko “balut”? you really want some because i could go to a filipino store right now and get one for you.

    oo, pinapasok nila ang canned burong talangka sa LAX. pilipino rin yung customs official, ayaw lang niyang magpahalata.

  3. sir :

    happy new year . i just remember sa post mo yong grandmother ko when I accompanied her sa US years ago. when she was accosted by the customs officer on whether or not may dala siyang food , ang sabi niya wala. So the customs officer opened his balikbayan box and saw pastillas, pilipit, matamis na saging, matamis na bao etc. The customs officer said ” I thought you did not bring food?” My Lola said in loud and very confident voice said ” They are not food, they aresweets !!!!”. The customes officer jsut scratch his head and smiled….

    Happy New Year…

  4. Kamusta,

    Nanay ko galing Pinas nagdala ng ‘watusi’ tamang tama sa pagdiwang ng Bagong Taon dito sa Tate~, nakalusot. Sinopresa kami, alam niya na gusto naming magkakapatid. Alam mo ginawa? Tinape niya sa katawan niya. Para bang terrorist na suicidal o yung sa Midnight Express(not sure about the title) na movie na magpapalusot ng harina. Tawa kami ng tawa…..Totoong nangyari,walang biro. Matanda na siya noong nangyari(70year old)at matagal na rin nangyari, mga 10 years ago.

    Happy New Year,
    Jojo

  5. bwehehehehe… happy new year. watusi na nakatape sa katawan. ayos. oo “midnight express” yung title ng film. si brad davis ang nag tape ng hashish sa katawan niya from turkey kaya lang ay nahuli siya. he died of aids.

    anyway – sulit siguro ang watusi. pero delikado yon kasi lason ang watusi. every year maraming namamatay na bata sa pilipinas dahil sa pagkain nito.

  6. Babala rin ng nanay ko yon, mga batang Pinoy namamatay sa pagakain ng watusi – salamat. Isa pa palang napalusot n’ya, ewan ko kung bawal o pamilyar ka, piniritong salagubang galing ng Abra. Hilig naming mag-anak at delicateseen ng taga norteng parte ng Luzon.

    Ano nga ba ibig sabihin ng manigo?

    Bagong ligong batang Sampaloc,
    jojo

  7. piniritong salagubang? wow, naalala ko nung bata ako, pag nagdadala ang kapitbahay namin sa talipapa galing sa ilocos eh nakalagay sa kawayan ang mga salagubang. sarap sarap. nung nasa china ako, dami ko ring nakaing mga “crispy critters” – tipaklong, scorpions, kuliglig at mga silk worms.

    hindi ko lang talaga makain eh yung pritong tutubi dahil mukha itong langaw.

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