Excuse my boertjie English

This post is in English so that my BFF in the Philippines can also read and understand it. This story is about Tin and a road trip to Nashville, Tennessee. And of course Tin’s best recipe for Sinigang.

While’st living in America I shared a house with a couple of friends who also worked at the Marriott Marquis. Tin was one of them and we formed a real special bond.

One week Tin and I got the same days off so we decided to make the best of it and take a road trip to Nashville. Nashville because I am into music and Nashville because Tin wanted to go check out the Parthenon. It is an exact replica of the one in Greece and one of the Percy Jackson movies was filmed there. And Tin liked the movie.

We went to rent a car but the rental company said my driver’s license has expired. It wasn’t expired but even I forgot that the Americans write their dates in a total different order. We begin with the day/month/year. They begin with the month/day/year.

In any case we rented the car in Tin’s name. Tin had just gotten her driver’s license but lacked a bit of driving experience. So I decided there is no better time than now to give Tin some tips, lessons and experience.

So off we went. As we took the off ramp to the free way I told Tin to speed up so we can blend in with the stream of the vehicles we were about to join. And Tin did a great job. We were a couple of miles away from Atlanta when Tin sneezed. And as she sneezed the car hooted/honked. Tin was sitting way to close to the steering wheel. We took the next off ramp and Tin got comfortable behind the wheel.



Tin was doing fine until the big American trucks passed us or if we had to pass them. Tin would go “whoooo” if a big one passed on the right and I would say a little prayer. And “wooooooow” if one passed on the left and I would say a little prayer. A big red truck and a big white one passed as at the same time from the left and the right and Tin was silent. “That was a big one Marls,” she said afterwards.


In the Philipines and in South Africa we drive on the right hand side of the road. And ever so often Tnnie tend to stear the car a bit to much to the right. And I would remind her to keep a little to the left. But Tin did mighty fine and we arrived in one piece in Nashville.



We had an amazing couple of days. We got a really good associates deal at the Nashville Marriott as well. We saw plenty of shows and gig’s and live music performances. It was fantastic and fun and a really big djol. We also got to see the Parthenon which truly was astoninshing.

Tin drove us back and I took over at Chattanooga. She put her ipad or iphone or ithingy on and we were singing along to The Carpenters. And I thought to myself how my life had completely changed. Driving to Atlanta with a new BFF from the Philippines singing along with The Carpenters and ever so often Tin would say: “Keep a little to the left, Marls.”

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Now, for the recipe: Tin makes a delicious Asian soup called Sinigang. And she would serve it with sticky rice.


About a teaspoon of Tamarind paste. (But taste the sauce to check the sour balance.)

1 kg Pork ribs

1 Red onion (Diced)

4 Medium tomatoes (Diced)

1 Raddish (Sliced.)

5 String beans cut in length in halve

2 Cups of spinach or bok choi

3 Taros cut in halve. (A Taro is called a Madumbi in South Africa.)

2 Green chili peppers (Chopped)

1 Liter of water

Fish sauce


Boil the pork and onion until tender. Add the tamarind and tomatoes. Simmer a few minutes so the meat can absorb the sourness. Taste to check the balance or sourness. Add the madumbi, string beans and chili. When the madumbi is soft add the spinach or bok choi.  Add a bit of fish sauce and taste to create a balance of seetness from the tomatoes, sourness of the tamarind and saltyness of the fish sauce.

Tin says: “It’s just simple like boiling the pork then adding all of the ingredients according to how long they will cook. Hehehehe.”

This one is for you Tinnie. Enjoy!