Sunday, June 22, 2014

Yesterday, on my weekly trip to the market, I was upset the high prices of basic commodities. Rice prices increased by two pesos. The usual "Bulacan Super Sarap" variety that I get for Php 43.00 per kilo is now Php 45.00! My sons eat a lot of rice so the price really made me cringe. 

Surprise, surprise! Garlic prices have not changed since it skyrocketed about three weeks ago. It remained at Php 300 per kilo. A Filipino without garlic in the kitchen is similar to a person on the verge of a manic attack. Garlic fried rice with no garlic? Pork adobo without garlic? No, no, no! I blindly picked 4 medium sized heads and had them weighed. Php 49.00! A little more than twelve pesos per head of garlic! I can't believe it is more expensive than pork! Wow.

And then came the need for ginger. I was planning to make Bicol Express for dinner. Cooking in coconut cream would need ginger. Guess what? A piece of ginger cost me Php 22.00! Another addition to the list of things more expensive than meat. Closed my eyes, took a deep breath, and paid the vendor. 

I jokingly told my son that garlic and ginger are like gold nowadays. I told him, "I feel so rich today!" He frowned and said, "Why? Did you win the lotto?" I said, "No, I feel so rich because I have 4 heads of garlic!"

And so that was the inspiration for my "Organic Jewelry." Here are the pictures of my creations:


My ginger encrusted pearl bracelet


My necklace with 4 garlic heads as a pendant

My Bohemian-inspired charm bracelet. (Of course, the garlic was the charm)

So there you go, ladies. It is now acceptable to wear these kind of jewelry. Just be careful of robbers. They might snatch these precious gems away from you. 

Have a happy Sunday, everyone!


12 comments:

  1. Garlic here skyrocketed to P400+/ kilo already. Crazy! I love garlic pa naman.

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  2. I don't like garlic but I cook with it since hubby loves it. Love your newly found organic bling hehehe.

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  3. Haha! As the home chef, a Pinoy (read: Bisdak)-- garlic and ginger are the most basic staple in my crisper, too! And even here in America, its price is not that affordable for me. Thus, I plan to grow my own garlic and ginger now that I have a space to do so. Indeed, these two are such organic staple that add a great deal of wealth... to our health! :)

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  4. My Facebook feed is also filled with rising prices of garlic! What's happening in Pinas?! I love your DIY bracelet and necklace. Mataas ang value nyan!

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  5. Whah! that was so witty and creative of you. Makagawa nga rin ng ganito. Panlaban sa Vampires.

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  6. hahaha you are very funny Sis :-) I love to use garlic and onions every time I cook food that has meat on it :-) It makes the taste more delicious. Thank you for the laugh :-)

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  7. Hilarious!! Seriously, me too, I love adding garlic to my cooking, especially with sauteed dishes and fried rice.

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  8. This is so funny but true. The price of garlic has surely skyrocketed that is why we use it sparingly.

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  9. Garlic is a staple in my home cooking. Grabe at lahat nagmamahal nga. I love your comparison - with the way commodities prices' are increasing, they're indeed more precious than gold. At least, we don't need gold to survive but we need bawang to cook our meals.

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  10. Funny! Lol! I also got the shock of my life last weekend when I did my grocery shopping. I was flabbergasted with the high price of garlic and yes, ginger, too, two staples in my kitchen.

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  11. It's true that nowadays garlic is like gold. The other day, the price in the market was Php280 a kilo. It's 10 pesos a piece. That's a ridiculous price. It used to be 3 for 10 pesos. Garlic and onion are my basic staples in my cooking so even though garlic is pricey now, I have to buy it.

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  12. Naman! Everything is super expensive na. That's why my mom don't like to go to the market now baka daw kasi atakehin sya sa puso pag nagtanong sya ng presyo at di nya kayanin! :D

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