From Ginoo Ko, to OMG! But Balut Remains a Fave
By Vanette Colmenares
New York City — A few years ago, my son, his wife and my two adorable grandchildren migrated to America, where New York became their home. But before coming over, I told my son to always speak the Visayan dialect to my grand kids Elise and Andrea, since they will naturally learn English once they are here.
I was very happy when Elise, then three, spoke only a few English words and I found it really cute to converse in our native tongue. I recall an incident one day, when I brought her to the playground, and she tripped. Nervously she said, “AY GINOO KO (oh my God)” in very profound hard toned, crisp Visayan dialect.
A couple of months later, I brought her to the same playground, and when she tripped once again, (like most kids do), she uttered the words, “OOOH MY GAWD” in her bisdakish accent.
Slowly, her homeland dialect became scarce. As the years went by, Elise became very slang in English and accustomed now to American ways. Those words she uttered in the playground are already a thing of the past and now she says only three letters: OMG!
But the one thing that my grandchildren have not forgotten is the comfort food of the Philippines. Surely, they do get their shares of pastas, pizzas and hamburgers, but there are also pansits, adobos and rice that are always part of every Filipino meal.
But one thing I can be very proud of, which only a handful of kids will do, is their attitude to try everything or anything. I guess it’s the upbringing. Kudos to my son and daughter-in-law for the training they give to the two girls.
Living in Queens, particularly near Roosevelt Avenue where most of the Filipino community is situated, there is a couple who sells ‘balut’ every afternoon beside the Johnny Air Cargo office.
Typical of the mangbabalut, the couple brings a basket which contains a plastic bag covered sack filled with duck eggs. One can savor ‘balut’ depending on the ‘days’ of the embryo. And this is how my hubby came to get those duck eggs which he introduced to our grand kids here in New York.
The video will speak for itself. Enjoy! WARNING: Might contain graphic images not for the faint of heart like Marivir Montebon, the editor. Suggestion – keep one eye closed.