Methinks those photos are SWAN boats ...but speaking of Ducks...Are you man enough to eat BALUT? Ahh, the thrill of a warm bodied embryonic duck with all its little feathers, beak and tiny feet sliding down your gullet will give you the true spirit of being a native wanna be!!
Nothing like waking up in the morning to the vendor hawking his warm duck eggs....BAA LOOOT, BAAAA LOOOOOOT.....
My family is crazy about Balut...I am crazy about a nice, roasted ADULT duck without the feathers, thank you!!
I met a Chef in New Orleans who loved food the same as you JD. I think you can be a food critic in Baguio.
Andy and Thai GF on 275 Peso bus to Vigan. Thank you BlackBerry.
Im blown away by this post - this is superb and insightful travel writing, and makes me feel less bad for not completely understanding and winning over Philippines culture, not succeeding to make everything work perfectly for me. (like, why did the gorgeous hotel clerk at Cherry Blossoms Hotel treat me so curtly and not even smile?) Great observations, unlike other travel bloggers who see everything rosy and peachy you are not afraid to tell it is like it is and be politically incorrect.
And .. yes .. BALUT is a must try. However Im not sure I could it without a few San Miguels first, which Im trying to avoid now.
A Quote on my Website
- Can you accept people and cultures just the way they are? -
Kirt in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil December 23, 2000
It is impossible to explain in one post the past, present and future of my travel experiences. Truly the world wants to see the world as rosy and peachy, where poor people are nice and if only given a chance they would succeed. The world is what it is, no more, no less, each person gets what they deserve.
I sat in a dorm room in Rio de Janiero while Kirt a Peace Corp volunteer from Ecuador challenged me,
- Can you accept a culture as it is, or do you need to change it? -
There is a difference between saying a comment about a culture and actually taking efforts to change it. I say many things, I do little to change them, I try my best to accept them. Complaining about a culture is a desire to change a culture, volunteering is a desire to be God and change a culture.
I was proud of Kirt, he understood he did nothing in Peace Corps, we can change our pants, we cannot change people, places or things.
There is a radical difference between what I think and what I do here in Philippines, I can accept everyone around me, however do not ask me to agree. I have no plans go down the food chain and become less developed.
Andy Graham of HoboTraveler.com in Vigan, Philippines 2009