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This is one of my favorite photos that I shot during my tour in the subcontinent: an Indian woman of strong personality in her traditional Indian clothing ‘sari’, wearing an expression on her face, worry, concern and curiosity over something she was looking at. We were in a ‘forest park’ this time. I like photos like this, one depicting how the people live in their everyday lives in some part of the world foreign to us. It’s beautiful, and colorful, for me it is priceless.
With the sincerity of cooking it, slowly roasting it over fire for several hours, basting and supervising it until it is perfectly tender, succulent, moist and so crisp, made the Philippines’s Lechon or roasted pig the Best Pig in Asia (psstt, for me ‘best in the world’ too), according to the latest issue of Time Magazine, in its Best in Asia 2009’s Pork Art by Lara Day from the TV Chef Anthony Bourdain’s review. Pig roast is the Philippines most beloved dish staple lovingly presented on its own lechon tray during fiestas, thanksgivings, parties and any celebration. You can buy it anywhere, or have your pig ordered for roasting by a team of people roasting pigs for business for so exquisite a dish stuffed with lemongrass, tamarind, and select spices served with different gravy or sauce and or ketchup for dipping.
One of my presents when I went home for a vacation was a hymnal for my sister, so she can have more new pieces to practice and learn to play with her piano. She is very talented in music and since I am too far from learning to play the instrument, I am all out support for her. But I was surprised when I came home because all my siblings, especially my youngest brother now play piano beautifully. My young teenage brother is tech savvy and that was how he learned to play guitar fast and advance, online. And I am so glad because I just found out today a way to take his playing piano to the next level, through yokewong.net. It has complete resources and online piano courses, piano lessons, tips and tricks and techniques, sheet music, and tutorial DVDs and videos that I found very helpful and useful. You can sign up now.
We had a wonderful day today and in my summer attire, me, and my mother-in-law went to town for an appointment with the doctor. Indeed it is summer already and so hot outside it was exhausting. We stop by the post office for something she mailed and I just stayed outside in the shade where I could enjoy some wind to blow the heat off. It was a pretty sight outside the post office so I decided to take a snapshot of this view from Nokia Tube camera. I have no complaints about the image quality and size for it fact it is high. It is worth it, in my opinion. So this is just a picture to show we have a beautiful and happy day today, at least for me, despite. Seeing beautiful and refreshing things always help to brighten all our days too. Try it.
Hey guys how have you been doing? It has been a long time since. I have been back ‘early’ from my 4-month long vacation where a lot of memorable and important things happened, and some I missed. But I came back different because of the life changing experiences I had. Life indeed is very beautiful and full of excitement and inspiration I could only sigh. It feels so great to have wonderful people to spend our happy memories with; I will be forever grateful.
It was a Saturday and we had a plan but one member got sick so it was canceled so I ended up going to my aunt’s for her birthday party, which I was glad I had. They are living in a secluded and far place and we had to go to the terminal to meet up with other friends. While waiting for others, I was just sitting on one of the neat benches in Tagum public terminal absorbing the everyday scene as I knew I would miss it one day. There was a little girl who passed by me, I smiled to her, she smiled and went back her way and from what I saw in the distance, she was telling her playmates something about me. I was amused because I know why and what was it about. Secret.. I think it was cute, they came to me and well, I had my camera so I took their photo. What a joy they had when they saw their pictures. It was a beautiful day spent for a while with the hard-working funny little girls in the public market. I wish they will grow successful and happy in life, and you who is reading this.
There are so many things to see and to know about the Netherlands, especially its capital, Amsterdam. It has several important historic places to visit and a must-see. I also wanted to to see the Anne Frank museum. On the streets of Amsterdam, amidst the coffeshoppes, stores and the night life houses and businesses famous there, there is also a museum that is as intriguing, the hash marihuana and hemp museum in Amsterdam.
These lights that are formed into a huge musical sign depicts the feast theme of my hometown on its “Musikahan sa Tagum”, or Music Festival in Tagum. It is also for the effort it to be the music capital in the Philippines. The festival run for several days, featuring students all over the city that are all musically talented, and the nationally award-winning musicians. It’s all about music, baby.
Roasted pig is a staple food in the Philippines. It is our “party food” as crawfish boil is for Louisiana. But I love roasted pig so much as do hubby. When I visited my paternal side relatives we brought a roasted pig with us to party about on our reunion. Since it is our specialty, of course we have something specially made for roasted pig, a lechon (roasted pig) tray to lay the crispy yummy roasted pig on. We were not expecting though that these kids would be carrying it from an aunt’s house two hundred meters away down the road. The tray has a special handle and of course, it is formed like a pig.
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