29 May 2011
Boiled peanuts being measured out.
Vendors are essential to a metropolis crawling with traffic. Nut vendors, in particular, provide non-candy sustenance to people like myself. The buckets of fried peanuts and cashew nuts, the steaming vats of boiled peanuts being rolled along.
Peanuts and cashew nuts, in a bucket with a partition.
A "door" for the cashew nuts, which do not share the same hole as the peanuts.
22 May 2011
Coming from Metro Manila into Singapore for me is kind of like being wheeled into an emergency room. It's a clean place, and you might have many existential thoughts.
A housing building.
There are neighborhoods though-- pockets of immigrants. Where you can see chickens on the street. That's where you go to soothe your aching need for chaos.
Chickens eating scraps outside a Geylang kopi tiam.
A typical menu in the back.
18 May 2011
Milk can ashtray.
Singapore mornings were spent people-watching and grabbing some indigenized coffee in any nearby kopi tiam. Business is brisk in most of them, and yesterday's cans are reserved for use as disposable ashtrays. A steady clientele means they never have to wash and dry another ashtray for as long as people order coffee with condensed milk... or dishes with ma ling (Chinese spam, which my nanny used to tell me was made of old Chinese people).
Ma-ling cans waiting to become ashtrays.
14 May 2011
Bangera's facade. Finding a place to stay in Puerto Galera is not easy for a first-timer (technically, a second-timer, on her first t...
Kinunot-style shark. It tastes like crab, apparently. As previously mentioned, mangroves serve as a mediator between two envir...
The physics all work out for this bench made of old fruit crate pallets. I had a little rest on it. More crate reuse, ...
Basi, a good remedy for boredom. Recently I've taken to sipping Ilocano basi in my idle moments-- during traffic jams, when I wake in...
Table cover made with politico propaganda tarpaulin. The rubber stamp maker is a fixture in Manila streets. They are the unsung heroes o...
Palm leaves make for labor-intensive but free, beautiful, and 100% biodegradable packaging. The woman said it was pakaskas , a snack made in...
Arak ti basi (distilled basi ferment) and basi. It's an acquired taste. Though commonly called "sugarcane wine", I perceive...
A thick cup of home-dried, home-roasted cacao with coconut milk from the garden. Sarap. Migration is a beautiful thing. Like the ocean ca...
Thai halo-halo, with coconut milk, those wormy things, and jackfruit. If you ever find yourself wandering along Nicanor Garcia St. (more ...
Mmmm. I was never a fan of puto Biñan , those spongy, sweet pieces of bready rice cake (or cakey rice bread) cooked in a bilao and cut in...