Tuesday, January 19, 2010
In the Philippines, people love small packages of stuff. They sell shampoo, condition and laundry soap in tiny, one-use packets. I was particularly pleased to see the single serving packages of cookies and biscuits. Now, I know this is bad for the universe. I really do. But backpacking as I am, I can't buy economy-sized packages of everything, and I like to have a snack in my bag in case of emergency.
The emergency tends to be an overwhelming frustration with the culture of the country I happen to be in, and I've learned that Oreos are a good remedy. In China I found myself eating an entire package of Oreos every two to three days just to deal with China, which may be why the one pair of jeans I brought on my trip have split open. So imagine my delight when I found that in the Philippines I could buy just three Oreos at a time. Luckily I have had few frustrations with the Filipino culture and have not yet sampled one of these delightful little packets, but I'm sure when my purse finally gets stolen I'll be happy to have a couple of Oreos in my back pocket.
I'm going to qualify this post by pointing out that I have not lived in the US for three years, and even when I did, I didn't buy Oreos. So if this is old news in America, I have an excuse. I know that they have those "100 calorie bags" of cookies, but you have to buy ten at a time! These little guys are sold individually.