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Balut, that is a boiled duck egg with an embryo inside

Balut, that is a boiled duck egg with an embryo inside

My boyfriend loves it: hanging out on the boulevard and eating Balut, and I think it is nasty. Whenever he finishes such an ‘egg’ I tease him by saying: there’s a feather stuck between your teeth. They are available from 16 days up, and the best balut s 21 days. But can you imagine? The duck-egg hatches at 28 days, 35 days at the most, depending the breed. So a 21 days egg, is merely a baby duck in a…

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Temporary License Plates

Temporary License Plates

October last year, after getting my drivers license, I bought myself a Yamaha SZ150 motorbike. And ever since I have been waiting for the paperwork and license plates. The last week of February the call from the dealer came, my papers were ready. Right after the evening LTO announced on the local news that dealers would be served with a huge fine if they stalled the paperwork and bike owners would face a fine also for driving without proper papers…

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Eating with Fork and Spoon

Eating with Fork and Spoon

It took some time to get used to it: the total lack of knives in the Philippines and eating all your food with just a fork and a spoon. Now, after almost a year an a half I can clean a total chicken leg with just a spoon. Spoons make good knifes. You do get a knife every now and than: when eating in a very upscale restaurant, or when ordering a steak or a pizza. The last one does…

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Travelling in the Philippines

Travelling in the Philippines

As a nomad I use public transport more than anything to get from one place to another. Within the Philippines that includes: Jeepneys, tricycles, busses, pump-boats and ferries. The most important lesson learned is that it takes a lot of time and patience to travel from one place to another. Distances are often large, compared to my home country and schedules are very dodgy or even non existent. Busses stop everywhere a passenger wants them to and that means that…

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Stormy weather in the Philippines

Stormy weather in the Philippines

It is the rain season, one typhoon warning after another tropical storm notification is given by Dost-Pagasa. And forceful winds beat up the coasts of this Archipelago. Some areas are more effected than others, like the north of Luzon is under heavy weather these last few weeks. But also east of Mindanao gets it pretty bad as do Samar en Leyte (again) Traveling in the rain season and using public transport is always a challenge. Will the bus make it…

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The other side of travel, what you never see on other websites

The other side of travel, what you never see on other websites

I’ve been in the Philippines for almost a year now and although many of you think it is all white beaches and mesmerizing blue seas, friendly hospitality and all that peaches and roses stuff other travellers write about,  you are very much mistaken. A few days ago I met a backpackers couple on the beach here in Siquijor and she was crying over the dirt on the beaches and the fact that most beaches did not look like she found…

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Fiesta in the Philippines

Fiesta in the Philippines

Every saint has it’s own day and every Barangay it’s own fiesta and there is a fiesta everyday somewhere in the Philippines, if not two or even more. On the island where I’m living there are a lot of fiesta’s. Basically it comes down to a lot of traffic on the road going to and fro and many people all over the place. I try to grasp the meaning of all that parties going on, and mostly it is about…

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