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Archipelagic Feelings

image To the sight of bancas by the shoreline, to every banca rides from one island to the next, to the nearness of the sea, to year-round snorkeling, kayaking and other water actions, to year-round weekend beach trips, and to the assortment of seafood – such are the specifics why I can’t imagine not living in an archipelago.

A Tribute to Langka, Papaya, & Mango

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A guest house welcome sign on a jackfruit tree

Langka (jackfruit) is normally cooked as vegetable when unripe as in the ginataang langka of the Philippines, or the gudeg of Yogyakarta. It is typically eaten raw when ripe, though usually candied if used as dessert ingredient – halo-halo for instance. This is royalty in the kingdom of fruits.

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Undoubtedly a tropical fruit tree

Similarly, a papaya fruit when unripe is usually cooked as vegetable in tinolang manok for example and eaten raw when reddish or golden ripe. The green unripe papayas are also grated and made into delectable salad like the one I had in Thailand, or it can be pickled, as in atchara. Give me papaya over apple or oranges anytime.

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Very sweet Zambales mangoes

And here is one reason why I won’t leave the Philippines – mango. I have tried mangoes in other countries but not one of them can beat the taste of Philippine mangoes. The moment I tasted its sweet ripe meat, all political ugliness of the country became tolerable.

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This is the normal way to serve ripe mango though it is more fun to just peel off the soft skin and bite…juices dripping

Beach Snapshots: El Nido Town & Caalan

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Life in the tropics (town beach)

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Somewhere at the right side of El Nido town beach

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Either walk or paddle to Caalan beach from the town

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One cannot resist self immersion in the clear waters of Caalan beach

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Famished? Paddle (or walk) to Gawad Kalinga restaurant somewhere in the stretch of Caalan beach that is nearer to the town. The atmosphere was tropically idyllic as you sip fresh buko juice and snack on calamari

Corong Corong Sundown

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