Top Fruits in the Philippines during Summer

While most all kinds of fruits are available anywhere in the globe, these are likely imported — for there is this thing called ‘seasonal’ availability in fruits. And here in PI, while bananas, papayas and coconuts are available all year round, it’s good to take advantage of seasonal fruits during the summer..

Of course it’s cheaper, at least in many areas, and we need them to fight off colds while quenching our thirst! So, here.

Watermelon or ‘pakwan’ in the vernacular

WATERMELON. What is more thirst-quenching than the succulent ‘pakwan’! And during summer, it’s been neck-and-neck in popularity versus the mango as you don’t even need to make a juice out of it!

Mango, probably the sweetest is in Guimaras

MANGO. The national fruit. Summer or not, ripe or not — it’s just always sought after in the country! Young or old.

Melon is the Filipino term for this type of cantaloupe

CANTALOUPE. While you could eat ‘melon’ upon slicing  them, it is especially delicious when juiced. Yeah, ice-cold and with some milk!

Pineapple, got a plantation over at South Cotabato

PINEAPPLE. Either in juice or not, at the beach or at home — the pineapple has proven to be a favorite among Filipinos!

Bananas are just everywhere and all year round

BANANA. Probably one of the cheapest fruit anywhere — and as a bonus, it’s healthy and  satiates your hunger even if it ain’t summer!

Chico, sometimes you’re like eating sand but it tastes good and sweet

Meanwhile, other popular summer fruits include avocado, star apple (kaimito), jackfruit (langka), Spanish plum (sineguelas), cottonfruit (santol), Java plum (duhat), and the ‘chico’.

In Pictures: Compostela Boardwalk Beach Resort (Cebu)

One of the smallest beach resorts one could ever go to is the Boardwalk at Compostela, Cebu — that is 26 kilometers north of the city!

T’is easy to find though since it’s just right after the municipal hall and the town’s public market; however, just before the Green Lagoon Park which is also in Compostela. Okay, got it!?

Compostela Municipal Hall is to the left when coming from Cebu City
From Cebu City, the Boardwalk is to the right

Anyway, smallish as it is, the Boardwalk’s got a handful of signages?!

Signage #1: Just after the reception
Signage #2: After the kiddie pool and the cottages
Signage #3: In front of the main pool

We are not even counting the resort’s ID! Well, it’s just noticeable since the place is clearly just a few hundred (??) square meters in area. And so, everything is just on a rectangular landscape.

From the entrance, the cottages are to the right
Rooms are to the left

Well, the resort proper is kind of cute though — and perhaps never really experienced overcrowding unless those bigger resorts are full. So, you got ’em little pools all for yourself with this one..

Main pool
Kiddie pool

Even tho with limited parking space. But who cares, you’re alone!

Parking area just before the resort proper

How ’bout checkin’ our ‘live’ tour, ey, you might see somethin’ else!

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Top 10 Beach Foods in the Philippines

Going to beaches would be incomplete without food — of course! But did you ever notice what kinda food do Filipinos usually bring to their outings? Or at least wished they could have brought if not for this or that.

Here now are the Top Foods you’d often see in Philippine beaches.

Lechon

LECHON. Though many would want to bring a whole roasted pig to the beach, obviously not everyone could afford to; so, one would either bring a couple of kilos or go on to the next ‘baon’..

Fried chicken

FRIED CHICKEN. While a whole lechon may truly be impractical to many unless they got some sort of celebration other than just a simple summer get-together, the fried chicken is almost a certainty in every Filipino picnic basket.

Grilled food

GRILLED FOOD. Whether it’s pork, chicken, beef, fish or squid, Filipinos love cooking in such a ‘picnicky’ ambiance; thus, you can count on this food group to be part of your lunch!

Hotdogs

HOTDOGS. Oh, this one could either come in fried or grilled, and with marshmallows or not; and because it’s the cheapest (yet tasty) among the ‘meat’ group, not to mention that kids just love ‘em — hotdogs are certainly more than just an alternative.

Fresh fruits or salad

FRUITS. At the very least, you could either see a bunch of bananas, mangoes or watermelons in your cottage — otherwise, someone must have brought ‘buko’ (coconut) salad for your dessert.

Fun snacks

SNACK. Roaming the beach or simply chitchatting with family or friends would be more enjoyable while munching on something, right? In this case, chips or raw mangoes with ‘bagoong’ (anchovies) are the top choices — young or old.

Rechargers

RECHARGER. One can’t always eat rice and what have you the whole time they’re in the beach, but we do get hungry more often than not — especially when we swim. Solution? Steamed sweet potatoes, bananas or even ‘kakanin’ (made of glutinous rice).

Beverages

BEVERAGES. Either softdrinks, soda, juice, ‘gulaman’ (gelatin), water or beer (surety for adults) — we need to drink, of course. And this is just a matter of what most presumably would like to have.

Lumpiang shanghai and Empanada

MEAT CRISPIES. For those who want food other than something grilled or fried chicken — lumpiang shanghai (spring rolls) or empanada (stuffed bread or pastry) are popular among beach goers. And these are generally stuffed with ground pork.

Menudo and Pancit

EXTENDERS. More than just wanting another kind of food, if a family miscommunicates and happen to buy more than a handful of hotdogs or meat, it is usually turned into another dish like ‘menudo’ — and that would give some kind of soup or sauce for the rice.

Otherwise, some type of ‘pancit’ would be tin-foiled in a ‘bila-o’ (circular basket) and so normally consumed as a delicious light to medium snack in beaches. T’is too light to be a ‘recharger’ tho, yet a little heavy for ‘chitchatting’, so it’s just made for variety.

In the end, one doesn’t have to bring a sack of everything on the list but just an ample amount of ‘em major groups — or its alternative. What’s matters is you have enough for everyone and you had fun!

In Pictures: Green Lagoon Park (Compostela, Cebu)

A lagoon park that’s pleasantly close to Cebu City, the Green Lagoon Park is just 27 kilometers north of the city proper! Have you been there?

Well, if you’re all alone or even with a partner, you would not really have to spend much getting there as even a jeepney (with no need to ride a ‘habal-habal’) will do since the place is just along the highway of the municipality of Compostela. See??!

The entrance to Green Lagoon Park
Reception Area
TO THE RIGHT OF THE ENTRANCE: 2-way road going to the shore with cottages on the side
Cottages near the shore
STRAIGHT ROAD FROM THE ENTRANCE: Onto the rooms
View of the rooms from the back
The playhouse just before the pool
Pool fee is P100 for adults and P50 for kids
This is the only pool they have but it’s good enough

By the way, if you notice, the place is spacious enough, so do not worry about parking space. Check out the video for a ‘live’ feed.

One of those fun things you could do here is play volleyball. Oh, did I hear ‘basketball’?? Sorry guys, I didn’t see any court. Nada.

Volleyball area near the shore

Also, for those who love to sing, there’s no ‘videoke’ here — but you could bring your own tho. And whether there’s singing or not, there is drinking; ey, your corkage fee okay? At the entrance.

Movie Review: The Boss Baby (2017)

From boss dog (A Dog’s Purpose), we now go to The Boss Baby. So, the war on affection is really between babies and puppies, eyy?! Some proof that dogs are indeed a man’s best friend. But of course, this is just a story. After all, would you love your puppy more than you would love your very own child??

Anyway, this film did well in the box office — currently, almost double its budget — and so talks of a sequel became even louder.

Quite entertaining, uh?! A baby that wears a suit, carries a briefcase and could talk. Wow, wouldn’t you freak out if you knew of one that could really talk? Well, that seemed to be the case with Tim since he suddenly found himself fighting for his parents’ attention with the arrival of.. The Boss Baby.

As suggested, the story line was good — but notice that some of the jokes were pretty shallow. Loved that money throwing though.

Still the 3D animation was okay, like though in a suit, the boss baby still looked very much like a baby — with the family and most of the characters looking cool, too. And that speaks the same for the voice cast — as always, Steve Buscemi (a.k.a. Francis) was solid while Alec Baldwin (a.k.a. Boss Baby) was convincing!

Alec Baldwin a.k.a. The Boss Baby

And don’t forget the lessons.

Okay, some of ‘em could be hard to comprehend — yep, since such tips are basically for those who are in the ‘rat race’. So in reality, it’s not really applicable to everyone as success has a unique definition for all of us. However, if there’s one thing that we should take note of then it must be these lines by Tim, watch ’em..

Indeed, puppies are cute; however, babies are not only cute but funny! So, get ready for — The Bossier Baby!

Cocktail: How to Make a Negroni

Most, if not all, alcoholic drinks are said to be good for the stomach — especially after dinner; they do help in digestion obviously. So, drinking here is not about getting drunk, though it’s more than just a thirst quencher, you know.

T’is especially true with cocktails.

Yet our feature for today has a not so ideal reputation in terms of taste. It’s not like you’re drinking some real salty or bitter beverage, but the Negroni is a bit, well, ‘revolting’.. at least at first.

Hey, it ain’t so bad! Gin. Sweet vermouth. Bitters. Many cocktails are actually mixed with these stuff. So what’s the fuss? This only tells us that the ‘revolting’ thing is simply about the palate. Just like how it tasted when we sipped our first beer. Ugh, bitter.

The importance of squeezing the ‘oil’ from the wedge of orange

Although some gets used to the ‘bitterness’ and so gets to like what they drink, still, others just can’t get the hang of it. Especially in the case of Negroni. For a ‘sensitive’ palate, yeah, it’s like medicine.

Spirit here is like 100%, so just stir

And this version by Jamie doesn’t even have a Campari!

Okay then, take note of the alternatives — gin could be swapped for vodka while you could also top it with soda water. Hmm… Again, if only for ‘discovering our palate’, guess it’s worth a try.

The classic Negroni, looks good alright

After all, Negroni does stimulate our stomach. Yes.

Movie Review: Ghost In The Shell (2017)

So, t’is one of those films with a handful of criticisms. Tell ya. Scarlett Johansson (a.k.a. Major Killian) had the Media Action Network for Asian Americans accusing her of lying when she said she would never play a role outside her own race. Sounds ‘racist’.

But here she is — the lead character in the movie Ghost In The Shell — supposedly as Motoko Kusanagi. Hmm… Perhaps it’s one ‘major’ reason why the film has so far failed at the box office.

The story line was in fact okay (using a human brain in creating some cyborg for a soldier) despite claims that many facets in the original (which was rooted in Japan) was ignored when t’was made into a film. And true enough, there were significant cracks in it.

WHITEWASHING

Since the original is that of Japanese, Hollywood can’t always expect success like that of ‘The Ring’ which was also of Japanese origin. And so, in this case, they could have casted Lucy Liu or some other Asian star instead. See, the problem with whitewashing is simple — the character’s features.

Cool prosthetics

Scarlett is just ‘too white’, more than her skin color, it’s her features that is. Now, we’re not trying to be racists ourselves but there’s just what we call a ‘perfect fit’ for most everything. Got the point?

BLACK BOB CUT

T’is the most obvious feature that doesn’t suit Scarlett — the black bob cut hair. She just looks kinda fake in it, you know, the hair lacks that bounce. Well, unlike Charlize Theron when she did Aeon Flux, her black bob cut did really suit her. So then what’s the root?

Scarlett in a black bob cut hair

Scarlett appears to have a ‘bigger’ face, thus, it emphasizes her being of a ‘white race’ even more. That simple.

MIXED LANGUAGE

Chief Daisuke Aramaki (Takeshi Kitano) seems to be the only one talking in Japanese — and even to main characters at that! This then makes the film, his character — attention calling. While there are those who could understand and speak more than one language, however, in a film if a key character doesn’t communicate as to the language spoken to him then it sorta weakens that line.

HUMAN LASER FIGURES

Seeing those giant human laser figures beside ‘em buildings sends us questioning. How necessary are those laser beams anyway, wouldn’t the story survive without those giant figures? ‘Cause it just makes the movie look something like a joke.

Beautiful skyline

Anyway, on the positive note, the prosthetics in this film was real cool. Guess we’re better in robotics than making people look like beasts or ‘animals’. Hehe. Another positive would be the wonderful skyline of Hong Kong. Stacking close together, ‘em buildings certainly look at par with that of New York.

In the end, some of those who watched Ghost In The Shell must have only been curious of Scarlett Johansson’s naked-like outfit, huh? Well, put it in the bank.

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