i have a friend who is weirdly passionate against sari-sari stores and the junk they sell. on the one hand, he’s got a point because mostly 80% of what’s sold in these stores is junk — chips, candies, sweets, soft drinks, have i said junk? 😛 on the other hand, these sari-sari stores spell the very survival of 80% of the population — it is the source of “tingi-tingi” (items sold by piece or small packs or sachets, in some cases, even half-piece) merchandise like sugar, coffee, rice and bread. the bonus is these usually sell on credit, expected to be paid at the end of each week, when the workers’ wages are given. these stores have assumed a cultural characteristic and an economic significance all their own and, like cockroaches, will be standing long after we’ve passed on.
anyhow, the point of this entry is not a discourse on the importance of sari-sari stores but a far less esoteric one — how yummy are “cheez-it”s (of the “pee-wee” and “milk-o” triumvirate)?! 🙂 i saw one yesterday and promptly stole it from one of the kid’s bags. 🙂 the best part is licking the orange residue on your hand after you’ve finished the pack’s content. (a worthy competitor for this product is “cheese rings” which has a more orangey artificial cheese powder, but i’ll post on that later). 🙂