Monday, November 28, 2005

Finished 2nd birthday book

Just finished reading Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser. The book provides a very interesting insight to how a lot of the food, mainly beef, gets to the hands of the fast food restaurant consumer. The book was first published in 2000 and it took me this long to get to it, because, mainly I was afraid that once having read it, I would never eat again! tee hee hee. :) Most of the information in the book was unknown to me and only one part will remain a mystery: I had to skip over the pages where the author described the actually killing of the cows, my heart just couldn't bear it. I don't think it's a political book or controversial book, though I can see how it could be construed as such.

I remember many hours of my youth at McDonald's in Far East Plaza (which I don't think is even still there having been usurped by the evil Starbucks) hanging out, eating, drinking cokes, and participating other assorted teenage activities with my friends. Although the food in S'pr is varied and outstanding, Mc's was always a perennial favourite. Nowadays, I can't even tell you the last time I had anything fast food. No more fast food, no more cokes, no more meat, but life is good. I might have had a big mac once, possibly in 1999, when I was visiting MN in Melbourne, just for old time's sake! I had a girlfriend in French class in secondary school who was a vegetarian and she had never had a burger in her life. That was beyond comprehension to me at that time.

I remember when Mc's first came to S'pr and mom took my sister and I. We liked it, but my mom didn't, saying it didn't taste like real food. Interesting. I remember that I recently, like within the last 5 years, came to the realisation that the meat in the burgers is not from the same cow and that freaked me out. I don't know why I had never thought of it before. Needless to say, I don't eat meat. Not for any political reason, though I know more about that aspect now and can sprout off this statistic and that, but simply because I don't like the way meat tastes, even when I was a child, I remember this. Though, it becomes extremely difficult to maintain my veggieness when I go back to S'pr and have access to all the glorious food. How? No chicken rice? No satay? Cannot tahan (stand). Just thinking about it now is making me hungry. Eat what you like, enjoy life. Be happy.


Blogger Fiona Bun said...

We only eat veggies at our house also, well, except for Sophia. She has to eat meat cause it's good for her. Mom gets grossed out if she sees meat. She hasn't eaten any for 15 years.

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