What a welcome!
Never before I have I experience such a welcome from anywhere I have been. I actually had tears in my eyes, as the people waved and danced their hearts out. Even the security guards and taxi drivers got involved.
There was a lot of people dancing a routine to Psy songs like Gangnam Style and Gentleman, and it was funny. Watch my video, it shows the welcome.
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TURO-TURO STALLS--POINT,POINT , a quick bite
You will not walk too far without seeing a turo-turo stall, where there will be many pots containing food that is already cooked. Usually a portion served with rice costs around 40 pesos, and can be served on a plate or carried home in a plastic bag. The food , of course is all Filipino favorites, and the stands can be open as early as 6 am with breakfast items such as fried eggs, longanista sausage and of course rice.
Turo-Turo means point, point!!!
THE BANGKA, SMALL AND LARGE
Wherever you go in the Philippines you will come across bangkas (outriggers) by the sea. Both sides or sometimes just one side of the main hull will have lateral supports, usually made from bamboo. The two supports will help stabalise the boat which will be mainly used for fishing. Outriggers will normally have an engine except for the smaller ones which the locals use paddles and can move at quite a speed, and can cope in rough seas. An experienced boatman will be able to paddle on one side only if he is by himself. Originally outriggers were first used in the south eastern Pacific and were used to reach such places as New Zealand and the Polynesian Islands
Small bangkas can be 2 meters long, but larger ones are up to 20 meters and can go out to sea fishing for up to 3 weeks at a time.
PULANG ITLOG NA MAALAT
In English---salted red eggs!!! The eggs have an intense flavor, salty taste and a grainy yolk and are often eaten with mangoes or tomatoes and vinegar. . This is a local favorite and can be found on sale at most markets.
The duck's eggs are made salty by soaking them in brine and are then painted red to distinguish them from normal eggs!! TRY ONE, THEY ARE DELICIOUS!!!
Local people usually do not use the same vinegar as we use in the West but they produce their own from the sap of the coconut tree. The liquid is collected and strained through a cloth before adding sugar. The mixture is then pasteurized for 20 minutes at 65 degrees celcius before being poured into containers (usually plastic coke bottles). Then it is left to ferment for a week or so. You can actually drink the liquid before it ferments and it is quite delicious but once it starts fermenting you can get a little drunk on it. You will see it on sale at most markets for around 40 pesos for 1.5 liters.
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