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A visit to Batangas Public Market

A visit to Batangas Public Market

Living in Puerto galera means: traveling to Batangas every now and then. With the bankas leaving from Muelle there is a good connection to Luzon Island and Batangas is the gateway to Manila as well. Hop on a bus and within 3 hours you enter the metropolis. Batangas offers just a little more than Calapan on Mindoro does. SM Mall for example, with a lot more variety on shops. But also the city center is fun to roam around. I…

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Dating a foreigner, the family pressure on your Filipino lover

Dating a foreigner, the family pressure on your Filipino lover

Controversial article I promise you! I am going to explain the possible effects of dating a foreigner on your Filipino girlfriend or boyfriend. So, as a western woman, I try to explain how it is for your Filipino and what they have to put up with when it comes to family and friends and your relationship. Family and friends can be a huge strain on a relationship. I have seen it happen, I have experienced it myself. When you fall…

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Healers on Siquijor cooking medicine

Healers on Siquijor cooking medicine

Every year during Holy Week, faith healers and herbalists of Siquijor Island meet on Mount Bandilaan to prepare their special ‘medicine’. A black sticky substance that can only be prepared during the week before easter. In the weeks before holy week the harvest they herbs and burn them to ashes in order to prepare a year long supply of this magical material. They call it ‘medicine’ but it is not a medicine like: pills or potion, you do not take…

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How to make Lechon

How to make Lechon

Lechon is probably the most famous Filipino dish. Eaten at fiesta’s and family gatherings, pigs are for sale here everywhere. The average Filipino consumes about 14.2 kg of pork according to a recent article in Rappler and the OECD data charts show that the Philippines are a huge meat producing and consuming country. On the Island of Siquijor there seems to be a fiesta every day all year. Not exactly true, but that is how it feels to me. Every…

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Patience is a virtue

Patience is a virtue

Patience is a virtue, the ability to wait for something without getting angry or upset is a valuable quality in a person. And I see a lot of it in the Philippines. It is a character trait that seems to be embedded deeply in the Filipino culture and society. Seldom I see people loose their temper and with great respect I see people do daily chores, repeating the same work over and over again. Like the endless laundry in the…

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Ancestral Houses on Siquijor Island, Philippines

Ancestral Houses on Siquijor Island, Philippines

For a while I have been taking photos and video footage of ancestral houses in the Philippines.The patience of the owners has been great and their hospitality abundant. Proud as they are for being the owner of the house sometimes even from the Spanish occupation or post Japanese war they have tales to tell about the history of the house. Some houses were build for the Japanese generals, looking for a comfortable place to stay during the war. Others were…

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Lechon, a Traditional Fiesta Food in the Philippines

Lechon, a Traditional Fiesta Food in the Philippines

The famous Filipino Lechon is actually an inheritance from the Spanish occupation. Lechon in Spanish means: roasted suckling Pig. Lechon is not only earten in the Philippines, there are other countries in the world that know this delicious dish of a slow over charcoal roasted pig. It is also eaten in Puerto Rico, North Sulawesi and The Dominican Republic, to name a few. But in the Philippines, like in Puerto Rico it is the national dish. And I can tell…

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