Archive for June, 2006

Lipote / Igot / Bahag

26 Jun, 2006

I am sure I have not seen or tasted many local fruits and vegetables. However, it isn’t often that I am almost completely stumped by a bunch of fruit when it is presented to me under such casual circumstances. Back at the farm in Bicol, the locals and farmhands were probably a…

Who Invented the Incendiary BICOL EXPRESS?

25 Jun, 2006

Hang on to your taste buds, cool your sweat glands and read this post thoroughly before you fire off a comment. I expect this discussion could be heated… But why not fan some flames on a boring Monday morning to keep some of you hot and bothered the whole week long…

What’s in the Manila Markets Now…

25 Jun, 2006

I find that local markets hit an incredible low in late-May and early June… there seems to be less variety, quality and volume of produce on offer. It seems somewhat illogical at first, since the peak of the summer should be when fruit and other vegetables should also reach their peaks, but after…

Fresh Pili Nuts

24 Jun, 2006

Fresh pili nuts are utterly incredible! I have written about pili before so click the link if you want more details on the tree or fruit. While I was at the farm in Bicol, I spied a pili tree that had hundreds of fruit in varying stages of ripeness (green and purple)…

Marketman Goes to the Farm…

24 Jun, 2006

I once joked with my boss at a fairly well known management consulting firm that I would call it quits, retire early and hie off to a coconut plantation in the middle of nowhere. I was speaking figuratively, or so I thought. Karma has a way of getting back at you when…

Small Talk Cafe and Gasthof’s, Legazpi City

23 Jun, 2006

After hitting two markets and meeting up with the rest of the group that I was traveling with in Legazpi, we were, of course, famished and decided to try the Small Talk Café for lunch. My first impression was quite good, a charming café with a bit of character located in an old…

To Market in Legazpi…

22 Jun, 2006

What to see, what to see in so short a time… Soon after arriving at the hotel, and while waiting for 3 other colleagues to arrive, I decided to head out to the “Satellite Market” that is supposed to be handicraft central. Our vehicle for the stay hadn’t arrived yet so I hailed…

Majestic Mayon Volcano

22 Jun, 2006

The Mayon Volcano is absolutely MAJESTIC! It is spectacular, stately, dignified, powerful, imposing and perhaps unrivalled in its beauty brought about by a near “perfect” cone. If a young child were asked to draw a volcano, they would draw something very similar to Mayon, regardless where they lived on the planet. …

 

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