Tag Archives: ambulant vendor

Repurposed Baby Stroller 

Seen at Quirino Grandstand were several charcoal-grilled dried pusit (squid) ambulant ‘oldish’ female vendors using tiny lightweight table-like stand with an aluminum tray to hold live charcoals. However a couple of vendors have this idea of repurposing a discarded baby stroller in order to transform their pusit stand to a rolling one.

Fruit Vendors

A straight line of fruit vendors in Hanoi.

Betel Quid Peddler

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When you hear sounds from a tambourine of crown caps, then most likely it’s the betel quid ambulant vendor with his sling of slatted wooden box containing neatly arranged betel quid in between slats. Most noticeably are the betel quid cones of colored grated coconut that are grouped together in alternating colors. I have seen more than a few betel quid vendors walking around in Colombo.

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About the betel quid, though it is prettily presented and happily chewed, its habitual indulgence will have adverse oral health impact according to this informative article from a medical journal.

Ice Cream Cart

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Ice cream cart at the Viharamahadevi Park

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Saturday Snapshots: Bicycle Seafood Vendor

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Bicycle seafood vendor with umbrella doing his daily rounds

Mr. Fish Vendor would make rounds in the village daily. He will always have three choices of fresh seafood on his cargo bicycle. There’s always shrimp, while the two other tubs would contain fish and other kinds of seafood. His favorite color must be red as he always don red shirt and his three tubs are all in red color.

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Three choices of seafood and what's available today are shrimps as usual, squid, and Hasa Hasa fish

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His improvised cargo bike has improvised bicycle seat cover as well

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Corn in Circular Stack

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Boiled corn arranged in a circular stack inside a giant clear plastic bag with visible 20 peso folded paper bill that serves as price tag for each corn

If a vendor sells one and the same merchandise only, day after day, it is highly likely that this vendor is sort of a subject matter expert on what he sells. For example, a boiled corn vendor is an expert on how to tell a good corn from a bad one even without removing its husk, and of course he knows how to boil it perfectly, and he has taught himself how to arrange the corn in an artful and optimal manner on his kariton.

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Not wanting to mess up his arranged corn, he gets corn from his stock underneath

Moreover it is wise to buy from specialized vendors than from a grocery store because they themselves would have carefully selected their stuff. A single bad corn is bad for a single merchandise retail business.

Traveling Beach Salesmen

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Sunglasses for sale are displayed on a wooden panel and carried around by vendors. Notably I haven’t seen at least one successful sale transaction so far.

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Typography: Rolling Ice Cream

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It's special because D' MORE U EAT, D' MORE U LIKE

Metro Mornings

Typical scenes everyday in Metro Manila mornings.

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They are most likely ambulant vendors that peddle inside a moving bus

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Car washing and other car services done on the road eating up a lane. Yet another typical scene

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Rain proofing a sidewalk carinderia by setting up tarp

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Mekanikong tsuper

Barako Guy

In Lipa City, I spotted this peddling guy with several jugs of hot brewed barako coffee and a chest containing local bread. He is a traveling coffee shop.

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A traveling coffee shop

As I observe him, I saw a customer handed a mug to be filled straight from the jug. It’s highly likely his regular customers do that.

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I wanted one but I don’t have reusable cup and so the barako guy poured my drink in a disposable plastic cup. His coffee tasted simply of brewed barako sweetened with white sugar. A little bit sweet for me but I think it’s the general preference of his market. It was a good sweet hot barako brewed coffee and it calmed my ‘lomi stuffed’ tummy.

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A small serving in plastic cup cost 5 pesos like those cheap coffee vendo machines that have proliferated all over the country and where some are even strategically placed beside a panaderia. I tried but never liked it and barako guy’s native coffee is far more superior than those sweet 3-in-1 like coffee of unknown origin that came from those five-buck machines.

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I'd rather wait for the barako guy

Angkor Wat Eats

Food vendors I came upon at Angkor Wat like the lady selling sandwich and steamed buns below
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A closer look of the display window
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Also a young man selling eggs, snails and grilled banana with sticky rice inside the banana leaf packaging. Most of the locals have an affinity for long sleeve shirts I notice
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Sun Baked Spiced Shells

Locals are fond of these river shells dry seasoned with salt, crushed chili pepper, etc.
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Spicy sauce in the bottle (I presume) to go with the spiced shells.
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Below, notice the varying hues for varying levels of spiciness I think. The redder the spicier.
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And here’s the Khmer lady in her chosen spot for her cart of sun baked spiced shells.
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Peddling Palm Sap

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Smells like tuba says my fellow Filipino companion. So from the smell of it, those cylindrical receptacles contained palm sap sold as beverage by this cycling vendor. I tried to ask what they call it, but the Khmer guy not understanding what I said in English just smiled at me, so I smiled back and took picture of his bemused evening countenance.

Mi Char Cart

Noodle carts such as this one are a common sight in Siem Reap.

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Mobile street fried noodles ala cart

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Motorcycle seat as the mobile cook seat

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Pouring oil on greens and sprouts. That’s the mi char at the side which I prefer over the instant noodle version

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Shredded cabagge and instant noodles

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Stir frying the instant noodles with added vegetables

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Small wok at the left side for frying egg. So fried noodles topped with egg makes a $1 street meal

Banh Mi Vendor

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Matching shirt and cart in color

Angkor Ice Cream

An ice cream vendor in Siem Reap at the Old Market area.

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One can see bread in the clear compartment for ice cream accompaniment and it’s a baguette

Banana Kariton

Sight of a green banana cart in a car congested city is something I’d rather see during heavy traffic than a vision of highly urbanized Philippine city where everything is contained in one place (like mall) and streets devoid of something distinctly local like a banana cart.
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Takatak

That wooden rectangular box with compartments for cigarettes and candies and is usually strapped to the vendor for ambulant peddling is known as takatak.

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This takatak man sells crackers too

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Punk takatak boy

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Efficient way to display by hand the different brands of cigarettes available

Rice Cake Cupcake

Also known as bibingka.
There are quite a number of variations of bibingka all over the country and this is just one of those.

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Banana leaf as cupcake liner instead of the usual paper in normal cupcakes

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Mini bibingka in Jaro

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