It should be easy to find a decent can opener anywhere, even in the Philippines. It isn’t. I’ve gone through more can openers since I’ve lived here (more than 10 years) than I can remember.
It all started when the electric company crossed some wires at the transformer. They wiped out every 110-volt appliance I had plugged in that day, including my electric can opener and rice cooker. Replacing the rice cooker was easy.
I want one that operates the way my old one operated. It was a stand-up model like the ones that include a knife sharpener, only it didn’t have the knife sharpener. It cut cans at the top, next to the rim. I understand some newer electric can openers cut on the side, below the rim.
I found a hand-held type of electric can opener at the Royal Subic store I frequent once a month. Never mind. If I want to hold a can opener, I might as well hold one that isn’t electric.
I searched at Lazada.com.ph and saw all types of can openers, some electric, and none like the one I had. I’m confused. I found one just like it at Amazon.com and it showed up on the first page of the search results.
I think every hand-held non-electric can opener for sale in the Philippines is made in China. I could be wrong, but it seems like it. They all break before a month has passed. It doesn’t matter what type I buy, the top-cutting type or the side-cutting type.
I have yet to see a Filipino, living anywhere near me, using anything other than a knife to open cans. I’ve watched in-laws do it and they can open a can with a knife as fast as I can with a can opener. I can’t do it that way. I’m sure I’ll cut myself if I try.
I miss having multiple “John Wayne” can openers available. I can open any can in short order with one of those. They sell something like it at Lazada.com.ph and the next time I order something else, I’ll order one that’s less than $10 USD. Since it’s made of stainless steel, it should last a lot longer than a month.
In the meantime, I’ll avoid buying canned goods that don’t have a pull-tab or something. Unfortunately, it limits the types of food I can eat.
This probably isn’t the last time I’ll write “my kingdom for” something. There are so many things I can’t find in the Philippines when I start looking for them.
Most of what I can’t find is one food item or another. I won’t bother writing about any of them because it’s just too boring, even for me.