Philippines 2012: Day 2

April 2, 2012

Arrived, safe and sound! Famil­iar land­scapes,… famil­iar smells,… famil­iar food!!! Yum! It’s always cus­tom­ary for the trav­ellers to be greeted with a nice home cooked meal and surely that’s what my Dad and I came to when we arrived at my aunt’s house after a two-hour com­mute from the air­port. The meal was so good because it con­sisted of fresh ingre­di­ents such as: the meat, the veg­gies and the rice! My grandfather’s rice mill is still run­ning, along­side the pro­duc­tion of water-feed for local fish farms. It was great that my uncle took the time to show us around the mill and he gave us infor­ma­tion about the pro­duc­tion. As well, my father pointed out areas where he used to play when he was younger. Sorry, did I men­tion that the house and rice mill are about 70 years old?! Way to keep it running!

For lunch we gath­ered for the pre­lim­i­nary reunion to meet my father’s cousins (on my grandmother’s side) at a fam­ily fish farm. And yes, the fish were del­ish!! One of the attrac­tions was a youth march­ing band con­sist­ing of at least 50 kids, all play­ing either xylo­phones or drums or being part of the dance team. Quite entertaining!

It was a beau­ti­ful day but my mind was think­ing about the fol­low­ing day’s main event. Please enjoy these pics of Day 2.

My aunt’s dog “Bing Bing“
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…before the rice grains run through the machine…
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…after the rice gets stripped from its nat­ural skin…
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…beau­ti­ful Mount Arayat…
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…in North Amer­ica, this is con­sid­ered dan­ger­ous…
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…this is called a “bahay kubo”…
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…noth­ing like fresh food on the side road. This is called “tupig”…
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