Back in the year 1966 while I was serving in the US Navy, my Destroyer made a Port of Call to Subic Bay in the Philippine Islands. Now, keep in mind this is the very 1st time I have ever been here. I had no idea what this was or what was there.
When Liberty Call came, I & other shipmates left the ship & the Naval Base to see the town of Olongapo that was right next to the Base. I was seeing what life was like in a town that owed its existence to the US Navy. The town was really nothing but the main street that was all dirt and just loaded with bars & nightclubs. Lots of girls there that were for “pleasure”, but you had to pay for them.
In walking down the dirty street I happen to notice locals that had a bar-be-que with some sticks of meat on them like you see above. I stopped and looked at this. I thought they looked good because they smelled good. Thought that I’d buy one and see what it tasted like. I forget what the price was, but it was not expensive in American money.
Took a few bites out of this and thought that it was darn good, so I finished what was on the wooden stick and then caught up with my other buddies that had gone further down the street. I was asked what I was doing and I told them what I had eaten. A big mistake!
“You ate what?”, I was asked. I told them.
“That stuff is no damm good!” “You didn’t eat that shit?” Yes, that I did.
“You know what that was?” I was asked. “No, I don’t. What was it?” “That’s Monkey Meat or could be Dog Meat!!” It’s not real beef. Oh, crap! What did I just do?
I did not know what that stuff was. Just thought it looked & smelled good, so I got some. I learned a good lesson about getting food in a foreign country. Be careful about what you buy. It might not be what you think it is.
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