When my aunt was diagnosed with – and recovered from – cancer, she started preaching the evils of vetsin. Part of the “healthy living” message she shared to us was that monosodium glutamate is carcinogenic, that it contains bad chemicals that pose a danger to our health, and too much linamnam doesn’t do the body any good. I didn’t hear her compare vetsin-laden food to asupre at dagat-dagatang apoy, but that doesn’t stop her from taking an occasional bite of shrimp tempura.
Mom, however, is an avowed fan of vetsin. The whole point in her cooking – whether it was caldereta or puto muffins stuffed with pizza topping – was that it wasn’t edible without at least half a pack of Ajinomoto sprinkled on the dish before it is served. MSG occupies an almost-revered position in the spice rack, right next to sesame oil and liquid seasoning. Dinner was never “dinner” until me and my brother raid the kitchen for more rice to finish off the viands. Yet Mom always makes a point about “dieting.”
For the past few days, I’ve been browsing as much as I can of the entries of the nominees of the 2009 Philippine Blog Awards’ Bloggers Choice Award. It’s a very unsettling feeling to read all of them blogs considering how nice many of them are, but I want to make sure that my vote counts. It counts for one vote. Anyway… here goes.
I can’t write in Filipino for the life of me, but I still believe that to write in one’s own language is a great way to communicate and to debate. Yet whatever language a writer uses to opine, to articulate feelings, and to argue, it’s vital that there should be a bit of enjoyment and LOL involved, especially in this sometimes-ultra-serious world called the Internet. While entertainment is a goal, it cannot be separated from the responsibilities that come with having an opinion, and to make sure that a particular opinion spreads a message to, and motivation for, its readers to act and to react.
My one vote for Bloggers’ Choice, therefore, goes to Billycoy’s Blasted Brain Blogs.