All Rice!

This post has been on draft since March. That’s how long I’ve neglected this blog. Anyway, many thanks to all my blogger friends who still come by to read and comment. Your visits are much appreciated, but I apologize for not reciprocating. Sometimes, life really does get in the way of blogging. But on other most times, I am simply on the ebb-side of life’s ebb and flow.


“Clean up your plate!”

This often-stern dictum was passed on from my grandfather to my father, then to me and my siblings. And now I pass it on to my kids.

Being farmers themselves, my lolo and dad knew the hard labor that went into each grain of rice. They valued rice because, at some point, it was their main source of income. Of course, experiencing two World Wars in one lifetime probably had a lot of impact on my lolo.

In recent news, we hear that there is a global shortage on rice. The effects are rippling down, I’m sure, to every rice-consuming Filipino household (which is just about everyone!). The rice I used to buy at Php27.00 per kilo now costs Php37.00 (USD1.00=Php41.00) – an increase of almost 40% in just 4 weeks!

So certain rules are being implemented in our household to curb the shortage in our own little ways. The clean-plate campaign is up by a notch. Seriously. I tell my kids the dictum (“Clean up your plate!”) even before they could leave the table. Manang is instructed to cook just enough for one meal, and make sure leftovers are refrigerated to avoid spoiling.

As for me and technohub, we’ve significantly reduced our rice portions. This does our waistlines good too. When eating out, I’d usually specify to cut the rice portion into half, especially if I know it’s huge. Most importantly, I teach my kids and helpers to get only the food they can finish for sure.

i don’t know if it’s the Ilokana or the (home) budget officer in me. But it irks me greatly when, at parties and buffet restaurants, I see people piling up so much food only to leave their plates half-eaten or less. I tell my kids that that is very bad etiquette, and reflects extremely poor taste. Being wasteful is definitely something a developing country like ours doesn’t need.

Let’s hope the rice shortage doesn’t last very long. For now, let’s do what we can to lessen the impact. (Rice hoarding doesn’t help!) And…

Teaching our kids to value things that are often taken for granted, such as food, will definitely go a long way.

10 thoughts on “All Rice!

  1. Naku! I remember my grandma scolding me when I’d have leftover rice on my dinner plate. “For every grain of rice still there, that’s each day you’ll spend in Purgatory!” Ayayay.

    Hala, purgatory! My grandparents did not have to scare us that much. Their booming voices were enough LOL

  2. Hi Chats, at last you’re back…I also told my kids wag magsayang ng kanin. Then when I asked Pio why he ate so little, he shot back, sabi mo magtipid eh…tsk..tsk…

    Hi Wench! Smart little Pio. Nakahanap ng lusot 😀

  3. It’s also our training when we were kids to eat everything on our plate. Mama didn’t want us to waste food because it’s tantamount to wasting money which we barely had. 🙂

    Don’t we appreciate it so much that we were trained that way? I hope my kids will see the value of my makulit na dictum… I could sometimes get too ane about it LOL

  4. My lola once made kwento that how this dictum was used during the war. They had a Japanese officer over for dinner (sumisipsip lola ko para mabisita yung lolo ko sa fort santiago kasa nakakulong) and when my dad (little boy pa) saw that the Jap had morsels on his plate (di kasi sanay mag spoon/fork) he blurted, “Ubusin mo lahat ng kanin kungdi kukunin ka ng Hapon!” To this day it is still enforced in our family…di nga lang Hapon ang berdugo ngayon 😀

    Uy, nag-hoarde ako ng rice kahapon…hehehe 😀

  5. @ Kongkong – LOL, that must have been hilarious, except that your lola could not laugh out loud siguro sa takot, haha.

  6. korek! us too! i am very very strict with my kids here, actually pati si hubby di nakakalusot. “simot” is THE word since the crisis began 🙂

  7. at syempre, a post on a national recurring issue.

    eh naku, buti na lang si Nico matakaw sa rice, kaya laging empty ang plate. haha, obvious naman sa katawan eh no.

  8. grabe, mahal na talaga rice diyan, di naman tumataas ang sweldo. the cheapest price of rice i remember was P2.10 – i used to go with my mom to the market in mandaluyong, i was probably 6 or 7 yrs old then.

  9. Hi Chats. Hope you’re feeling much better today. I miss you.

    The price increase in rice is shocking. I tell Yohan about the less fortunate children who don’t have enough rice to eat. As much as possible, I encourage him to eat everything on his plate.

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