And the Winners of the Steamers and Pineapple Eye Removers are… :)

First, let me say, if I had unlimited funds and unlimited luggage allowance, I would have brought steamers and pineapple eye removers for all of you… I know what it’s like to be away from home and to want just a little taste of something you recall from a particularly special time, be it some puto bumbong and ginger tea at a misa de gallo or a trip to the beach, stopping off for pineapples in Tagaytay. But the reality is, boxed, two puto bumbong steamers are nearly 80% of one suitcase! :)

So operating on the concept that a couple of these items is better than none, here are the lucky winners:

For the puto bumbong steamer, complete with four bamboo thingamajigs (and I CANNOT guarantee I will get these by U.S. customs in Detroit!):

“14” “Hway54” — For the sole reason that my mom was the only one I knew who continued to refer to the road as such, when it was already being referred to as EDSA decades ago. In fact, we lost a car rallye in the early 1970’s (a treasure hunt of sorts) as my mom didn’t know what EDSA was. :)

Betty Q – a second steamer acquired and being sent your way. A thank you from MM and the rest of the readers of the blog!

Special mention to “Jessie R”, while I can’t bring a third steamer on this trip, if I remember the next time, I hope I can bring you just a little slice of your fond memories for puto bumbong from home then…

For the pineapple eye remover:

“93” “Bearhug0127” – I will be mailing you your prize.

“24” “Natie” – Our anonymous donor in the U.S. with an extra pineapple eye remover will be generously mailing you your goody.

Many thanks to all for participating. Winners MUST send me your mailing addresses over the next day or two as I hope to mail these items out by Monday, New England time. Salamat!

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35 Responses

  1. Yehey! May puto-bumbong steamer replacement na si bettyq!
    Congratulations to all the winners, and as always, thank you Mr. MM for your generosity.

    I am thankful that I stumbled upon several years ago. I have since visited the site everyday (usually, several times a day :D) and will continue to do so.

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

  2. Ayyyyyy…MARAMING SALAMAT, MM AT SA INYO PONG LAHAT na SUMUSUBAYBAY DITO sa marketmanila. Makarating man o hindi iyong lansungan at bumbong, taos puso po along nagpapasalamat.

    When it comes, anyone up for a puto bumbong party? La Emp, J, C, CWID, Ros, Joseph, Stewart…anybody? …..Or If you guys want, feel free to let me know if you want your friends and family to enjoy puto bumbong, I will give you a crash course on PUTO BUMBONG 101, then take the lansungan to your home, make it. Let adults only handle the puto bumbong making!!!

  3. Soooo happy!!!! I e-mailed MM I jumped Gangnam style as my knees allowed..

    The last time I won something was in Grade school, where I won a Kodak Brownie Camera!!!! Hahahah–sooo old but remember the happy feelings it brought.

    BettyQ should win them ALL!!!

    Safe travels, MM and family. You’d have a great time. The Nor’easter veered away, so THE PARADE will be spared the strong winds. We’ll be on the 50s..

  4. even though i didn’t win, i am happy for betty q – she deserves to be recognized for her contributions to the whole group. way to go, mm! thanks for thinking of us…

  5. Congratulations to all the winners, especially Ms. BettyQ! I wish I was her neighbor so that I can enjoy the home made Puto Bumbong.

    Funny about your Mom … I often heard of “Hi-way Pipty-Por” and then later was hearing ESDA … only much later learned it was one and the same … just like “Sampaloc Ave” is Tomas Morato — And what of “Azcarraga”/”Claro M. Recto” … Rizal Avenue (Avenida Rizal) — one and the same pala … hahaha!

  7. @ Betty q – herran is now Pedro Gil, I think, but am not sure, and of course, dewey is now roxas blvd.

  8. Congrats to all the winners especially Betty Q. Happy Puto Bumbong na!!! Hala layo lang ni Betty Q. sarape mag-attend ng PB Party nya. Thank you po MM.

  9. Thank you Marketman. This is the first time I have ever won anything and all because I just enjoy reading your blog. I think this is the best gift I will have for this Christmas.

    Congratulations too to all the other winners and a Merry Christmas to everyone.

    Have a wonderful and safe trip here Marketman!

  10. Yehey i am so happy for Bettyq, the lady my husband wants to marry in his next life!! i don’t blame him…. :-)

    happy Thanksgiving everyone…

    safe travels MM and family!

  11. Congratulations to all the winners!!! Bettyq…sana nga kapitbahay lang kita. Would love to learn Puto Bumbong 101!!!

    Safe trip MM and family! and Happy Thanksgiving to all!

  12. MM, you should be aware that in the recent year US Customs have become more active in enforcing the Lacey Act, which prohibits import of illegally harvested or obtained flora and fauna. Thus all products made of wood or contains wooden components are subject to this law. The bamboo parts of the steamer are smallish but may still get flagged at the discretion of the US Customs officer. But not to worry, a little research and a completed short form should get you through. Below is the Lacey Act briefly described by the USCBP site, and here is the link to the required form:

    The Lacey Act (16 U.S.C. 3371 et seq., the Act) as amended makes it unlawful to import, export, transport, sell, receive, acquire, or purchase in interstate or foreign commerce any plant, with some limited exceptions, taken or traded in violation of the laws of the United States, a U.S. State or a foreign country. On September 2, 2009, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) published a notice in the Federal Register announcing a revised enforcement phase in plan for the Act’s requirement for a plant product import declaration (see 74 Fed. Reg. 45415 for details). ( USDA: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service ) The revised plan identifies a list of products and the associated Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) Chapter or Heading as to which the requirement for a Plant Product Declaration Form (PPQ 505) is anticipated to be enforced.

  13. tercer, yipes, at least I will be able to talk my way through trying to convince them to let in some bamboo thingees. I have all of the winners addresses now, so keep your fingers crossed… :)

  14. Bettyq: so jealous but am happy for you and other winners! And I share Mari of NY’s sentiments: wouldn’t it be a blast to come over and learn how to make this dee-lish treat??? MM: safe travels, and wishing you and family a lovely Thanksgiving!

  15. tercer et al, they made it through with nary a question, inspection or stop… now surfing at an airline lounge, waiting for a connecting flight. :)

  16. Excellent! Never quite sure if and when they will hit you with it. There’s been some incidents with guitars because they are quite obvious. Anyway, good job and I wish you and your family a very happy and safe holiday season.

  17. Mother Nature is smiling on MM and family..Thanksgiving week will have mild temperatures. Welcome back!!

  18. Natie…thanks for the weather update. Hubby and friends will enjoy NY after all. Hey, MM …maybe they will run into you. He knows what you look like.

  19. bettyq, you are very welcome!! you should come, too!! send me a picture of you and the steamer–or the delicious bumbongs…mq q. and MM might just bump into each other in the frenetic city this holiday..

  20. natie, it’s the morning after I arrived, and where we are it was 16F at the crack of dawn today! Yipes, tha’s COLD when you are coming form 90F Manila weather! :) NY will seem like Indian summer after a few days in the woods… :)

  21. Ms BettyQ – I would love to be your neighbour! :) I wish I’m in the west coast, any chance of moving east towards toronto? hehehhe

  22. Bearhug0127 and Natie are both Jersey… so am I. Maybe we can get together and set up an East Coast MM fan club?

  23. This is my first time in this website and I am enjoying it and learning many more and most specially the comments and what people think. Now I will put this in my favorites.

    The reason why I gravitated to this website is I am looking for pineapple eye remover. Is there a way I could buy this here or I am willing to pay for shipping if it’s coming from Manila. I just love to have it so my family can always eat fresh pineapple.

    Thank you so much.


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