My Singkamas! Bow!

  Singkamas… A fruit or a vegetable? I don’t know. What’s the English word for it? I also do not know.   Why don’t I search it in google? I can’t. Cause I’m here at work. Google searching is not allowed. All I know is that eating singkamas is so refreshing, so thirst-quenching, especially if it’s chilled. All I care is that there should always be a singkamas in our fridge. After coming home from a stressful work or after eating a dissatisfied meal, a chilled singkamas always make my hour, and my day. There is a different kind of satisfaction I’m having. I just said, “Oh, this is life!”. Haha.

Haha. I wrote that at work. It’s when all of a sudden, I craved for Singkamas, when all of a sudden, I missed my Singkamas at home.

I’m just a simple person. I’m very vocal that I really do not want to be super wealthy, just enough. Hindi sobrang yaman, pero hindi rin naman hirap. In one seminar that I attended, the speaker pointed that the problem of being so well-off is that people become empty. We forgot to know our God, we lost time with our loved ones, and we failed to experience the true meaning of life. The return (wealth) is high but the risk is also high: the risk of being lost, the risk of a broken family, the risk of being overwhelmed with the material things and the luxuries of life and forgetting who we really are. And the last thing we know, everything was already damaged. But it doesn’t mean that I’ll become Juan Tamad or Juana Tamad and won’t persevere in life anymore. What I’m saying is, I’ll be cautious to balance my career life and my personal life. In a financial planning seminar that I attended several months ago, the speaker said, in the age of 50s to 60s, the biggest cliché of man is that he already has the money that he can use for luxuries, but the irony is, he no longer has the energy to enjoy life. With those words, I told myself that I don’t wanna reach a point in my life that I already have the money but not the energy to enjoy the fruits of my labor for many years. That I’ll forget how to live LIFE anymore. Oh no! No, no, no.

I can compare the life I want in the future with my favorite fruit/vegetable Singkamas. Singkamas is so native, sold cheap, but delicious. Simple but juicy. Not dry. The juice that’s coming out when you bite will be compared to my families’ love with one another. The more you bite the Singkamas, the more juice that will come out. The more you’ll hurt us, the more we will love one another, the stronger we’ll get, the tougher we will be.

According to Father Aranilla in The fight of your life workshop in MMC, we should ask God’s grace for us to be able to “Love fully, freely, faithfully and FRUITFULLY”. Good parting words.

Try Singkamas and you’ll love it! More Singkamas please!

***According to Google, the English for Singkamas is Mexican turnip. 🙂

5 thoughts on “My Singkamas! Bow!

  1. In the United States, we call it jicama. That’s actually an adopted Spanish word (with the “j” pronounced “h,” as in Spanish). It comes into the U.S. from Mexico, which is why the Spanish name came with it. Some people also refer to it as a Mexican potato, though it is clearly not a potato. Lovely, juicy, crunchy vegetable — so refreshing, as you said.

    • Hello Waltzingaustralia! Thanks for reading my blog and for that added info about Mexican potato, or what we call “Singkamas” here in the Philippines. May I know where are you residing in Australia? I was able to visit Melbourne and Sydney last year and I fell in love with the country. Thanks for visiting my blog. 🙂

      • I actually don’t live in Australia. I live in the United States. I have simply spent a lot of time traveling in Australia and even wrote a book about my travels Down Under. I live in the Midwest, but we get a lot of wonderful food from Mexico.

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