Chowking, the leading Chinese Fastfood Chain in the Philippines, has a latest addition to their menu. The Fortune Cookie!What is a fortune cookie? "The Fortune Cookie is a delicate, crisp cookie made from flour, sugar, butter, vanilla, and milk which is baked around a fortune, a piece of paper with words of faux wisdom or vague prophecy. In the United States it is usually served with Chinese food as a dessert.
The message inside may also include a list of lucky numbers (used by some as lottery numbers) and a Chinese phrase with translation.
Despite conventional wisdom, they were actually invented in California.
San Francisco and Los Angeles both lay claim to the origin of the fortune cookie. Makoto Hagiwara of Golden Gate Park's Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco is said to have invented the cookie in 1909,while David Jung, founder of the Hong Kong Noodle Company in Los Angeles, is said to have invented them in 1918. San Francisco's Court of Historical Review ruled in 1983 in favor of San Francisco. Although the court was presided over by a Federal judge, the court itself has been criticized as being less than serious and biased in favor of San Francisco. Its conclusions, therefore, might not be the final word on the subject.
The non-Chinese origin of the fortune cookie is humorously illustrated in Amy Tan's 1989 novel The Joy Luck Club, in which a pair of Chinese immigrant women find jobs at a fortune cookie factory in America. They are amused by the unfamiliar concept of a fortune cookie but, after several hilarious attempts at translating the fortunes into Chinese, come to the conclusion that the cookies contain not wisdom, but "bad instruction."

Thanks to Wikipedia for the fine details provided above.

In the past few days since I opened that cookie, I was just 'blank' about it. No fortune cookie can take the pains and frustrations of my everyday life. I had my series of misfortunes, and expecting for more. Funny thing, after I opened this cookie, I just took a photo (above, way above the text) and looked at it, hoping it would come true. Until I read the following line from Wikipedia:

"Although many people do not take the message in a fortune cookie as a serious oracular device, many of them consider it part of the game that the entire cookie must be consumed in order for the fortune to come true."

Shit, I didn't eat it.


I remembered the homily of an unknown priest yesterday about struggles and hardships in life. Lord will give you more so expect more in your lifetime. These hardships and tests will definitely serve its purpose in time. Maybe to make your heart buffed, or to make you confident..

Sigh, how I wish "stress" will learn to relax once in a while.