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. 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. The national fruit. Summer or not, ripe or not — it’s just always sought after in the country! Young or old.
CANTALOUPE. While you could eat ‘melon’ upon slicing them, it is especially delicious when juiced. Yeah, ice-cold and with some milk!
PINEAPPLE. Either in juice or not, at the beach or at home — the pineapple has proven to be a favorite among Filipinos!
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!
Meanwhile, other popular summer fruits include avocado, star apple (kaimito), jackfruit (langka), Spanish plum (sineguelas), cottonfruit (santol), Java plum (duhat), and the ‘chico’.
Know what, there are actually many things we could do in beaches — yeah, not just swimming, eating and chitchatting. We could do yoga, read a book, fly a kite and more! Unfortunately, many of us just leaves such activities at home. Hmm…
And so, what do we normally see in Philippine beaches?
TAKING A NAP. Yeah, we could see more than a handful actually taking a nap or relaxing on beaches — what with the time they spent in preparing food or even just talking onto the wee hours of the night in excitement of going to the beach!
PLAYING TAG. Either on sand or at sea, there are still those who plays tag or even race — then again, the numbers has fallen since this requires energy; and these days, energy has become a commodity that they’d rather swim leisurely than try to tag someone else.
As for playing musical instruments, most would rather sing at the videoke bar. Board games? Most would rather play cards. Dance the limbo or learning new sports? Most would rather roam around for ‘selfies’. Watching movies on a portable CD player? Most would rather, well, sleep; of course, watching movies among others is sedentary as well but the point is — many have become idle!?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What is summer without camping, uh? Yep, especially when beaches are full?! Yet of course, camping is by all means not a second choice for fun and adventure — as the wilderness is always a refreshing way to energize and bond!
But just like any other activity, preparation is needed. Especially in camping when you would spend at least a night outdoors. And altho you could bring just about anything, it’s certainly practical to travel and go light. The less, the better.
Here now are your Basic Camping Essentials. Just Click the Images.
Ideally, you should put a 1-2 person allowance in your tent check list — for extra valuable space. This means, if there are 4 of you who’s planning to go camping, try to bring a 5-6 person waterproof tent.
Even during summer, you know it’s cold when you’re outdoors — thus, having a sleeping bag could keep you warm and safe.
We guarantee you, it’s gonna be dark at night and you would not want to get lost in the woods. Therefore, a solar lamp is a must.
One can’t imagine the importance of having a knife (even a multi tool) on hand — from preparing food to fixing your tent to opening bottles to what have you.
While you could cook with firewood and really feel that you are camping, it wouldn’t hurt if you bring a little portable stove.
If you got a lighter or even a match, you could bring ’em; then again, could it handle even a slight breeze without being extinguished?
Hey, we can’t always eat canned goods, you know. And burners are not only for heating up coffee water — so, try to take along a couple of pots and pans including a bowl or so.
Now speaking of hot and cold beverages for your mornings and throughout the day, a nice vacuum flask would do.
Would you rather bring several containers of water, or invest in a water filtration system? Having the latter is more than welcome.
Camping doesn’t mean you’d always hole up in your tent, thus having a windproof jacket to roam around would surely do you good.
Finally, when outdoors, it’s always good to be ‘first aid’ ready.
At the end of the day, camping is really like living outdoors, so others might even bring coolers, portable tables and chairs — but for us, we travel light. The less, the better. However you travel, just do not forget to bring extra clothing, slippers, hygienic set (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, etc), and extra food unless you would fish.
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.
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!