Tag Archives: Bicol

Drying Goods on the Road

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Karagumoy hats

In the probinsya, public roads are not only for vehicles and pedestrians but as readily available space for sun drying food and non-food stuff. More frequently observed is grain drying, especially rice grains, and sometimes corn. Then there’s also coconut drying (copra). But it’s only in Bicol region where I saw gabi leaves drying and karagumoy hats drying.

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Gabi leaves for laing?

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Copra

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Rice grains

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Highway Sampayan

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Clothes are hanged to dry on makeshift sampayan (clothesline), or on a rope tied between road signs, and even on the highway bridge railings. We know that one cannot have an immaculate newly laundered shirts with all the highway dust and exhaust, but it seems the only goal is to have dry and sun sterilized clothes.

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Road signs as poles for the clothesline

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Bridge railing covered with newly laundered clothes

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Dry Goods

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Usually, I’m drawn to the dry goods section in a palengke particularly the native stuff. Though some of the old school containers and implements can still be found in someĀ  supermarkets, yet I’d rather buy from these palengke folks.
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Pili

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Pili fruits and unshelled pili kernels

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Pili kernels

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Closer look at the kernels. When boiled, the white core will just easily slide out when removing the skin by hand

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Boiled pili kernels taste like edamame

Vetsin Condiment

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Walking aimlessly in Naga streets one can see several kinalas eateries around the city and in one of those I took cover from rain, had a bowl of kinalas and noted that they have Ajinomoto vetsin condiment in the tables. It’s not usual to have vetsin as table condiment here in Philippines but it was a common sight in the humble eating tables in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

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