It’s that time of the year again, when people strip down to almost nakedness in a public park to tan and display their Crossfit/Running/Zumba/Barre Method/Insanity/P90X bodies. Then there’s the people like me, who arrive with a blanket and picnic basket, and stay the hell away from the sun. We all have a good time. Oh, summer. This was taken while relaxing in the park with Ate Jaye, Jill, and Aristeo. In the background, there was a man playing the saxophone. A perfect day to be in the park.
So, my dear friend is visiting her family in Manila! Flying out tonight! Words can’t express how happy I am for her, and for her family! Which is what compels me to finally post my hit list for the things that I’m going to eat the next time I find myself in Manila. When that’s going to be? I don’t know yet, but hopefully the end of this year. This isn’t in order of preference, but I absolutely love item #1 because it’s the taste of home. Barby’s Manila Hit List Home Cooked – Crabs in Coconut Milk and Sweet Potato Tops (It’s sooooooooo. good. My duty is usually killing and cleaning the crabs, and the last time I learned how to properly squeeze the milk fresh out of the coconut shavings), Tortang Talong, Sauteed Talbos ng Camote with Bagoong Garlic and Tomatoes, Deep Fried Bangus Belly, Chicken Longganisa on Garlic Rice Jollibee – Jolly hotdog, the Half Chicken Half Spaghetti Combo, and Peach Mango Pie All the fresh buko juice that I can drink, with “malauhog” young coconut …
Kyoto was about visiting shrines, palaces, cherry blossoms galore, and charming streets like Pontocho. Compared to Osaka, Kyoto had a city-rural flavor to it. There were more maikos walking about the city. When we got off the train, this was the first site that greeted us.
You’re terrible, Barby. The content below was written last June, and now, it’s November. There’s some humor in the title referring to Japan having elements of home, when right now, I’m not even in my hometown of Manila, where I lived all my life, until now. And I’ve been away. Where am I? You’ll find out soon (in case you don’t already know). A warning (on top of the warning below): Because some details are hard to remember, I might end up just posting pictures from the other parts of the trip I haven’t written about last June. We’ll call it a photo commentary. I’d highlight bits and pieces of the trip, except that Japan is ridiculously amazing, everything deserves to be highlighted! Parts of Osaka and Kyoto, the two cities we went to, may get jumbled up a bit, but more or less they’re in their proper batches. This is such a long post, you’ll want to scratch your eyes out mid-way. My story-telling skills are overwhelmed by the mass of events in this …
Aside from a pumpkin tasting session (delicata, kabocha, turban, acorn) we also had a mushroom tasting session last year in Seattle. Despite the recent food posts containing an embarrassing lot of mushrooms, do know that I’m a normal, non-mushroom-obsessed person who eats roasted chicken, Jolibee, lamb, and spoonfuls of Nutella. (on the days I’m well-behaved)
Without much of a chance to process Seattle yet, I’m already writing about the January Beijing trip. Thanks to getting sick, I have time. At least something good came out of all the phlegm.
Be still my heart.