Marketmanila.com turns five this month! In blog years, that has to be the human equivalent of nearly 100 years old! I NEVER in my wildest dreams thought I could keep this up for this long. In the first four years, I wrote 1,900 posts and the blog logged 9.3 million page views. In the past year, I managed to write another 450+ posts and readers added another 5.5 million page views for a total of nearly 15 million page views over the lifetime of the blog. Every day between 6-9,000 visitors from around the world come to visit… I honestly thought I would have run out of material to write about by now, but as I type this, I realize I have a backlog of nearly 50+ posts worth of photos and items to blog about. I have been tempted to call it quits a couple of times during the past few years, but have also been fascinated with the continued growth in readership and the incredible exchange of ideas, tips, recipes and insight that was shared in the comments section. So thank you for being a part of the marketmanila community and for your repeated visits to the blog. And in true pinoy fashion, it’s not the celebrant that gets the gifts, it’s the other way around! :) So for the next week or two, I will be giving away an assorted bunch of goodies as my anniversary “balato” or gifts for readers from near and far…
The prizes are an odd bunch of goodies. Up top, I unearthed one LAST marketmanila.com t-shirt that has never been used. Size SMALL, it asks the question “Have you been to the market lately?” and on the back “www.marketmanila.com”. To keep the heat up, and since siling labuyo has figured in a recent rant/controversy, I decided to harvest several ripe siling labuyo or native bird’s eye chilies from our gardens and dried them to yield several dozen seeds.
I will probably half this bag of seeds and if you are anxious to grow some of these, I could mail it to you anywhere in the world. And you wouldn’t believe how many people have asked me for siling labuyo seeds!
For the environmentally conscious, I will be giving away a tote bag made from recycled flour sacks. Made by fellow blogger Joey of 80breakfasts and her friends, this is a nice way to cut down on plastic bags when at the market, grocery, etc.
I will also be giving away a small box of silicone food loops which work really well when roasting a chicken, or tying up other ingredients before cooking. These are kind of pricey and difficult to find locally.
Not as fancy as the food loops but just as useful are high temperature resistant rubber bands, great for roasts, etc.
A silly set of clips are great for resealing half-eaten chips or crunchy snacks…
… and finally, I am giving away one bottle of home-made guava jelly, and a bottle of kalamansi marmalade that were made in the Marketman household from organic fruit. There will be a variety of ways that you can try and win one of these prizes over the next few days so please visit the blog often for more details. Folks from anywhere in the world can participate, but if you win a prize, I can only mail it to a friend or relative of yours in the Philippines (the seeds can be mailed anywhere at your risk), where local post or LBC will deliver. The jams can only be claimed from a pick-up point in Megamall as I think the bottled items are difficult to send by post/courier. So let the games begin… and the best of luck to all of you! :)