One of the most popular street foods in the Philippines is called BALUT. When I was a little kid, I would rush out of the house every time I heard street vendors pass by yelling “BALLLLUUUUUUUUUUUTTTTT, BAAALLUUTTT” I would always get my mom to crack the shell for me so that I could have the soup first, before biting into the egg. I don’t recall if I actually ever ate the embryo but my taste buds have certainly changed. Either that or it’s just the fact that I now understand what it is i’m actually eating. >____<
Here I am, probably almost 20 years after my last taste of balut:
That is one of the questions I get asked often by people who want to wear Herro Hachi but are afraid little asians will come and beat them up. That question is usually followed by “Has anyone ever gotten offended by this?” so I thought it would be fun to take a little poll in downtown Vancouver to answer these questions once and for all!
Special thanks to Sharon for braving the cold to help us get some answers!
When people ask me this question at shows, I tell them it’s all in good fun and not meant to belittle or offend anyone. If my goal was to belittle/offend people, i would just put “Asians Can’t Drive” on a shirt or something… wait, what, did i just say that? Just Kidding…………….. :P Anyway, like one person said in the video “Asians love Caucasians” and vice versa! It all ends happily.
I feel ya kid, i feel ya… potato makes me happy too.
This year, I decided that I would only join one big show so I chose the Make It Show since i’ve been a part of their Spring show in 2010 and had a lot of fun. I really wanted to make my booth fun, interactive, and memorable for my customers but how? I had my giant t-shirt made but that’s not going to make it interactive… then about a week before the show, i had an idea… A SPINNING PRIZE WHEEL! I was discouraged when I saw that they were selling online for almost $300 but thankfully my dad is pretty creative and handy and made one for me!
Each time a customer bought a t-shirt, they were able to spin for a chance to get a discount or freebies like buttons, stickers, and gift certificates to Flo Tea Room! I’m pretty sure the most coveted prize was the “free smile” though. Hahaha! :P
The show attracted people of all ages so it was really interesting that some older folks would “get it” and laugh as soon as they saw Herro while others would ask things like “What does hee-ro mean?” “Dericious? Isn’t that a little inappropriate?” “Are you sure i’m allowed to wear this?” :P
Thank you to each and every one of you who visited and supported Herro Hachi!
In preparation for the Make It Show this coming November 24th-27th, I got a giant t-shirt made to use as my booth “sign”. I thought it’d be a fun way to have people find me and hopefully it’ll catch the attention of people who don’t know about Herro Hachi. Since I have no sewing skills at all, I asked my friend Sheila from SWFDS to help me out. It’s funny because she asked me to have the pattern of the t-shirt already cut so that when I get there, she can just sew it together. Clueless me decided to free hand the outline of this giant t-shirt, haha! Needless to say, I had to re-do it when I got to her studio… this time with a ruler (duh).
I was going to release a video relating to my preparations for the show but plans changed after some hilarious footage. HATERZ GON’ HATE!! haha! Enjoy:
If you’re planning to come to the Make It Show, please RSVP on the Facebook Event page here and you could win a g/c to shop at my booth! You can also print the $2 off admission coupon in the events section of the Herro Hachi home page. See you there!