21 May2009

A Brief Holiday…

by Marketman


I am away from my desk and without regular internet access for several days. I have left some posts to keep you amused, but I will NOT be responding to any emails you send my way. I will also have far less frequent access to the site to respond to any comments requiring an answer. It’s funny how we are all in some way creatures of habit. Before a holiday trip, I almost ALWAYS stock up on two things, a little bag of kiamoy or champoy, whichever term you use to describe chinese dried salted prunes, and some Thai spiced seedless sampaloc. Normally I buy the natural champoy, but for some nostalgic reason, I got the red ones this time around. These two items are almost always present in my hand carry bag. On this trip, I also have another critical item that is packed into my luggage, a couple of rolls of toilet paper. I suppose what goes in must come out, and I am particular about the quality of TP available. :) Not saying just yet where we are for a few days, but you can take a wild guess. I don’t think we are really focusing on food during this trip, just several days of rest and relaxation. Please keep yourselves amused by heading back to any of the 2,100 posts in the archives of this blog…



  1. fatcat says:

    another tv shoot

    May 21, 2009 | 5:49 pm


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  3. Tricia says:

    Where in the world is Marketman and family???

    Hmmm… Hong Kong?

    May 21, 2009 | 6:02 pm

  4. botchok says:

    Maybe some place where “TP” is not available. Have a nice weekend MM and family!

    May 21, 2009 | 6:13 pm

  5. mardie c",) says:

    im gonna guess it has something to do with water…..palawan?

    May 21, 2009 | 6:53 pm

  6. kerie says:

    might be in a camping site?

    May 21, 2009 | 6:54 pm

  7. botchok says:

    I need help, anybody? As MM is not available at the moment. where can i find the recipe for chicken inasal, the oven version. can’t seem to find it. Thanks in advance!

    May 21, 2009 | 7:01 pm

  8. rose aka sofia says:

    hope you have a good vacation!

    May 21, 2009 | 7:23 pm

  9. rose aka sofia says:

    ei botchok are you looking for MM’s recipe?

    May 21, 2009 | 7:23 pm

  10. botchok says:

    Hi rose aka sofia, yes ma’am I am.

    May 21, 2009 | 7:27 pm

  11. Bubut says:

    definitely not on swine flu stricken countries, you’re maybe in Palawan, bohol, el nido or davao? enjoy!

    May 21, 2009 | 9:24 pm

  12. Apicio says:

    Non-food focused Marketman trip? Kind of hard to pull off I assure you. That’s like keeping celibate during prison conjugal visit weekend.

    May 21, 2009 | 9:37 pm

  13. Jun b says:

    it must be somewhere in the wild where there’s no 5 star hotel :)

    May 21, 2009 | 9:44 pm

  14. joanie says:

    LOL….when I went back home (philippines) I never leave the house without my toilet paper. Enjoy your vacation!

    May 21, 2009 | 11:35 pm

  15. katwinamawie says:

    May 22, 2009 | 5:50 am

  16. botchok says:

    Thanks Katwinamawie, I already found it. It turned out my pop up blocker has something to do with it, that’s why i can’t find that link.all’s ok now, will try the recipe tonight.Sorry MM if we used your blog site like a chat room, but it’s really a big help. My mom misses chicken inasal really bad. Back to the topic, where is MM vacationing right now?

    May 22, 2009 | 6:24 am

  17. natie says:

    hehehe—MMfans helping each other out…love it!

    i think it will include a top-rated hotel. with good toilet paper…

    May 22, 2009 | 6:54 am

  18. sanojmd says:

    where in the world are you MM and family? lol

    May 22, 2009 | 6:55 am

  19. Maria Clara says:

    You are my precedent as well traveled guy both international and domestical by the utmost standard. To take with you your wippies is a neat idea. It is our own personal choice from day-to-day experience that really serves us best and nothing but the best especially when it comes to that matter. The rolls of wippies will really serve you well – well spent money!

    May 22, 2009 | 7:48 am

  20. Mila says:

    The whale sharks are still visible in Donsol, maybe they’re off to swim with them. But perhaps the lure of that island in Palawan is calling to MM and family.

    May 22, 2009 | 8:45 am

  21. lojet says:

    A word on TP when travelling. I prefer to bring travel size packs of baby wipes instead. The ones by pampers or huggies are thick and soft and it can multitask for wiping hands before eating in a restaurant or any general purpose cleaning of any body parts when water is not available.

    May 22, 2009 | 9:41 am

  22. bearhug0127 says:

    am guessing you and the family are in bohol? enjoy your vacation!!

    May 22, 2009 | 10:28 am

  23. wltrrbls says:


    May 22, 2009 | 5:31 pm

  24. diday says:

    4 rolls of TP .. sampaloc and kiamoy …packing sour or tart food .. . this is to avoid vomiting sensation while traveling… mmm mountain trip? I’m just jealous. Take care and enjoy!!

    May 22, 2009 | 9:37 pm

  25. marissewalangkaparis says:

    Enjoy your getaway…hmmmm no internet? Couldn’t be a hotel then…the wilderness?!! Have fun…we eagerly await your return…and the stories you bring…and whatever food fantasies you accomplish….
    Hurry back..hahaha…we miss your blogs…

    May 23, 2009 | 6:18 am

  26. moni says:

    No Internet? You must be in Amanpulo, MM.

    May 23, 2009 | 9:28 am

  27. Cecilia says:

    I am also quite particular about toilet paper, but that is a wonderful idea, Lojet! … Keeping ourselve company while MM and family are away … Love it!

    May 23, 2009 | 1:18 pm

  28. Tricia says:

    MM, I hope you feature here the hotel you stayed in like what you did with Siem Reap :)

    May 23, 2009 | 7:42 pm

  29. Allen O says:

    You are climbing Mt. Apo thats my guess. Probably with some detours to the many farms and plantations on the way to the top. Although I heard you can take a jeep almost to the top. What else would you need kiamoy and toilet paper for ? Pretty sure there still is no WiFi there. Then again I could be wrong

    May 24, 2009 | 7:58 am

  30. artisan chocolatier says:

    Ok, Here’s something for all of us to keep ourselves busy while MM & family are on vacation. I will give as prize a Brioche à tête like the one on this url


    I’ll make the big one for the winner.

    The mechanic are:
    1) Everyone who knows before hand (like me) are disqualified.
    2) Sorry, I can deliver/mail only in The Philippines.
    3) Only one winner, so the first one who guess right wins.
    4) MM will declare who the winner is.

    MM, I hope you don’t mind my making this offer without your prior permission.

    May 25, 2009 | 7:20 pm

  31. artisan chocolatier says:

    Ok, its a go. MM just gave me his OK. Thanks MM.

    Let the games begin!!!

    May 25, 2009 | 7:36 pm

  32. chrisb says:

    Sayang I can’t join your contest, but I’d love to have a taste of your brioche nonetheless. Do you sell this in your shop in Cebu?

    May 25, 2009 | 9:16 pm

  33. artisan chocolatier says:

    Chrisb, even if you are abroad, you can join and if you win, you can gift it to a relative or friend here in the Philippines. I make the brioche only on order.

    May 25, 2009 | 9:28 pm

  34. thelma says:

    they must be in a camping ground in palawan!!!

    May 25, 2009 | 9:58 pm

  35. Apicio says:

    I guess Cannes or nearby.

    May 25, 2009 | 10:02 pm

  36. chrisb says:

    No I’m here in Manila but I’m disqualified ;)

    May 25, 2009 | 10:38 pm

  37. Good Life says:

    For Artisan chocolatier. I think they went to Bicol

    May 25, 2009 | 10:56 pm

  38. artisan chocolatier says:

    Chrisb, Oh ok. Sometimes, it pays not to know huh…hehehe.

    I make them on order as with most of my products. I’ve closed my store (too much headache) and just kept my commissary to serve the hotel and restaurant industry, and direct order consumers

    May 25, 2009 | 11:28 pm

  39. betty q. says:

    OK, Artisan….let’s make this interesting and worldwide! On my part of the globe here, I am willing to make 4 dozens of ensaymada OR 2 -14 loaf cakes of my COCOLAT cake (those who have tasted this cake know what I am talking about…Pinky, Keiko, siblings, friends of siblings, and friends of friends of siblings!…OR 2 SANS RIVAL (4×7 in.). Only Lower Mainland B.C.please. But if you are in the Pacific Northwest and plan on going here in the summer, you can have it too, if you pick it up…might not work with Sand Rival though (it has to be kept frozen unless you plan on staying here in BC for a few days)


    May 26, 2009 | 12:21 am

  40. betty q. says:

    Oh, so sorry…typo SAND….I cannot make SAND RIVAL!lol…OK?

    And Artisan…it is a HEADACHE…major super duper headache running a store! I should know, I owned one as well years ago and vowed…never again! If they want my products, they know where to get hold of me!…BUT I WOULD RATHER BE GARDENING!!!!!

    May 26, 2009 | 12:29 am

  41. botchok says:

    Maybe he’s back in Batangas!

    May 26, 2009 | 12:49 am

  42. betty q. says:

    Ok. Artisan….he’s wearing a sweater?…blue skies…rental car…flowers in bloom…..must be spring….I’d say somewhere in Oregon coast…near Coos Bay…Cape Arago?

    May 26, 2009 | 4:59 am

  43. betty q. says:

    Artisan..how many guesses? I take the above guess back….He is in PARIS!!!!!!!

    May 26, 2009 | 5:06 am

  44. artisan chocolatier says:

    hahaha….betty q…We will keep everybody guessing until MM returns and he declares the winners for the Philippines and your neck of the woods.

    May 26, 2009 | 7:50 am

  45. artisan chocolatier says:

    Keep on guessing guys. MM will declare the winner when he returns!!

    May 26, 2009 | 7:53 am


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