It’s a rare day today, a rare day indeed! I hardly ever write weekend columns, especially Sunday columns, but today I wanted to share a couple of things, and also offer my thanks to a friend.
Yesterday, I was sitting here in my office putting the last touches on a project that I was working on, and I got a text from Feyma:
Cheryll Ann says: “Short notice I know, but I just got back from the market and bought fat crabs. Want to come help me eat them for lunch?
Well, eating crabs is a tough way to spend a Saturday, but you know, when a friend is in need, I wouldn’t feel right not offering my helping hand! I mean, it’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it, right?
So, off we went to lunch with our friend (who often comments on this site), Cheryll Ann. Cheryll Ann is a really nice lady who lives here in Davao. We have only met a few times, yet we feel like old friends.
The lunch was wonderful, a veritable Seafood Buffet with several different types of fish, a beef soup, crabs (of course), rice, mussels, and other goodies. What a feast! There were only 4 of us eating, yet I think that there was enough food for a dozen people or more. I’m afraid that as much as we tried, we were unable to help Cheryll much in her quest to finish off those crabs! There were still plenty left over when we finished eating!
The crabs were great! Cheryll cooked them herself, she informed us, and I could tell for certain that it was not her first time to cook crabs! I don’t know how many crabs there were to start out with, but there were a lot. I told Cheryll that she probably wouldn’t be inviting us over again in the future, because I was being very “bastos.” She asked me in what way? I said that I was a bad boy because I was sitting there eating crab claw after crab claw, the meatiest part of the crab. Leave all the small stuff for the other guys… I stuck with the claws, and I ate more than just a few! They were absolutely delicious!
Sort of the highlight of the day was the “Boy Fish,” a name which Cheryll had supplied for one of the items on the menu. Have a look at “Boy Fish’s” teeth, they are amazing:
So, the fish was called “Boy Fish,” why? Well, I asked Cheryll, “are you sure it’s male?” “Oh,” she replied, “the sex of the fish has nothing to do with it!” “Huh?” I said. “You see,” Cheryll responded, “we used to have a driver named ‘Boy” and his teeth looked just like that, so I call this fish the ‘Boy Fish’.” Ha ha.. OK. The fish was really unique, though. It was huge, 3 kilos! It had really thick, leathery skin. It was fat and round. It looked like something you’d see in an aquarium somewhere. But, indeed it was succulent and tasty! Delicious!
Cheryll Ann, thank you so much for a wonderful lunch, and for a pleasurable day talking and getting to know you better! We really enjoyed it a lot.
Of course, when a friend is in desperate need of eating off the crabs that she bought. We are always happy to assist!