Might be over in Manila for a week. Yes *sigh* just a week. What can one do if they have a few free hours to spare?
Apparently don't drive. It's one of those places where there are literally no traffic rules. Huge intersections with no traffic signs or lights. Just a complete free-for-all. I have a friend who just got back from there last week. He said it took four hours to drive 10 miles.
I spent a few weeks in the Philippines last summer(though only a couple days in Manila) and as Alex said, the traffic is a real experience. As for shit to do, we really only hung out in the Resorts World casinos/bars while in Manila and spent the majority of our trip in Cagayan de Oro and its surrounding areas, which has a ton of cool water falls, springs, islands, zip lines, etc.
You can visit some the megamall they have just for the ridiculous size.
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Bunch of different churches and stuff if your into the architecture aspect e.g. Intramuros
Have a halo-halo
Bar girls, bring the wife... fun for the whole family.
You should start an internet company and then treasure hunt for Nazi gold.
We did "the longest dual zipline in Asia" there and it was fucking awesome. Then I did one of the single ones and as I'm flying by, my foot hit the very top of a tree and the rest of that ride was scary as shit. Maybe at 6', all those short Filipinos didn't account for my feet!
Try to collect all the VD's*
*the curable ones at least. Don't get the aids.
I've read JUUUUST enough of Cryptonomicon to understand the reference =^.^=
I should finish it on the plane. For reals
Update! I'm spending a weekend in Boracay.
You'll enjoy it! Pinoy people are great - spent a few months in boracay, bantayan, malapascua and Palawan and loved it.
I told my mom I'm headed to Philippines and she got all worried. Told me to watch out around the ocean in case there's a tsunami.
My mom miiiiiiight just be a crazy person.
In that case, anyone have any messages they want me to deliver to Araysar?
My Manila meme
One of my trainers got dengue fever.
ick ick ick ick
She's going to live.
MILF fired first, executed SAF | Headlines, News, The Philippine Star | philstar.com
tee hee hee
I love this place
You got islamic extremists in the far south and hardcore catholics everywhere else.
What's an atheist to do?
Do Filipinos call every stranger "sir" or just whiteboy Bisi's?
Everyone. They call whiteboys "joes" behind their back, though. Like GI Joe.
Muslims ruin everything.
I'm just a white boy who wants a ride on a Jeepney.
Is that too much to ask?
Bro, just jump on. Filipinos love white boys. At 6 feet tall, I was like an NBA player there. People stared at me like a circus attraction.
I'm pretty much treated like the second coming of Christ when me and my wife visit her family. Great place. I like servants.
No one will meet my gaze with a direct gaze.
6'2 checking in.
A trainer I'm working with looks like an Asian Aubrey Plaza.
It's nice to look at.
Hat trick post!
How does a mega-Catholic country have such a high concentration of gay dudes?
Whoa, man. Father O'Dwyer made me the man I am today. Several times, I might add.
Time for sisig inside of me
Soooo greasy and porky
I ate balut. AMA.
It was the size of a chicken egg. No feathers or face that I saw. I think they said it was 17 days.
The taste isn't horrible. It's dat texture.
I also chased it with a bottle of Red Horse
It's the idea of beak and claws that's offputting! Ugh.. I have been around the world and tried strange things, but I have to draw the line there!
Balut is good, I like vietnam style with mint leaf though.
Red horse what are we a fucking local now?
We had an hour and a bit stopover out of Cebu and we went outside the airport to a lechon stand. Just unbelievably tasty.
Cebu lechon is supposed to be the best in the world. People overnight that shit to america.
drinking tanduay&coke @ 9am on the beach waiting for the liempo to finish cooking on the fire. talking about ignorant foreigners with my inlaws. taking a nap at noon then later going to the sabong, to fight my rooster. that feeling when your rooster wins and you get to make halang halang from the looser for later when your drinking again & playing tongits.. how I wish didn't have 30+ years till i can retire. not a care in the fucking world.
It's been a while for me but street food in Subic/Olongapo had always been my favorite. Do they still sell Taho and Mangang Hilaw (unripe mango with shrimp paste) from street vendors? That. was. the. shit.
Every time I see filipino cuisine in the states or australia it's always the Sinigang or Lechon or the other spanish-inspired stuff that was kinda meh---so it's not surprising it gets a shitty rap---but I literally lived off Taho and Bibinka while I was stationed there and I'm kinda perplexed that their street food like sisig etc aren't what they put forward.
Yep. Nothing really changes in the Philippines or it happens at a very very slow pace. The shrimp paste is one of the things I never really liked. I'll eat the salted/dried fish but not the shrimp paste or Durian
I miss the special Bibinka from San Fernando's fiesta, Kinilaw from Misamis Oriental, young buko right from the tree, and the fresh beer delivered to my home from the brewery. Most of the other stuff I can get locally here in NJ.
Man.. I really love the Philippine red hot dogs(pinoy virginia hot dogs.. mmmmm) they are so much better then American hot dogs. My local store imports them, costly but worth it.
They put those fucking hotdogs in spaghetti lol. Actually i remember spaghetti is like some special treat over there. McDonald's had spaghetti haha.
There was a bunch of different kinds of that shrimp paste, the sweetish rust/red type which was awesome and the really shitty purple one made with anchovies which was foul.
I remember they had like a chunky grey/green sauce that was in a jar that they used for lechon. I was never a huge fan of lechon but that grey sauce was fucking AWESOME on steak or porkchops or chicken... we'd barbecue and use that shit on everything.
I thought Filipinos ate Jollibee's every meal
I don't know if this sounds strange, but I had the best curry ever in Ph. Place called Ziggurat in Makati. Curry so fresh and tasty that I was able to forgive the massive rat that ran past of me.
I like to sit and watch the college girls (they all wear school uniforms(skirts) play those dance games that are so popular there. (they have those newer Kinect Arcade Dance games too) Its so easy to pick up college girls at the arcades. Just start playing one of the dance games then ask one of many girls standing around you to join.. they go up to 4 players. your going to draw a crowd if you do this for longer then 10 mins. lol
Malls are crazy around holidays cause the population is so dense, shoulder to shoulder.. even on a normal fri/weekend night there is usually a line to get inside the malls(they have security checks going in). A lot of malls have grocery stores inside of them.
Max's restaurant has some good curry / food also.
the spaghetti thing = long life. same with the pancit.
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Jollibees was kinda terrible. I can't say I missed it lol. Unlike yoshinoya in Japan which I still miss to this day.
Actually there's a jollibee in LA, last I went there... From what I could tell it was pretty popular so it might still be there.
McDonald's in the Philippines was pretty nice tho... They had a very Filipino-ized McDonald's menu like the spaghetti etc.
How is it that I can find all these wonderfully delicious pork belly dishes all over Phils, but in North America, pork belly (in is non-bacon form) is not very common? Is it because we use it all for bacon? Pork belly has so many other preparation techniques!
Gimme dat bicol express
Last edited by Barraco Bisi; 05-18-2015 at 11:25 AM.
Maybe I should change "North America" to "Canada".
I have to go to an asian grocery to even buy it.
Yea lots of pork belly dishes even in dives on the East Coast too.
They love them some Catholicism.
I like how the article is in English and the quotes are in Cebuano(I think?). =\
I love lumpia. I've had that blood pudding as well. It wasn't bad.
Oh that's what that marinated pork was! TOSINO!
There was a fusion filipino place in brooklyn that was kinda meh but they had Tosino tacos that were fucking awesome. For the longest time I kept asking around what it was called... I thought it was like al-pastor but it's really something different. It's not really chinese barbecue pork either, it's pretty unique.
Tocino is awesome. I make home made batches a few times a year and freeze portions for breakfast.
So, headed to Malapascua Island with a few friends next month for a big dive trip. I will probably spend a few days in Cebu at the end of the trip.
Suggestions / advice? (Never been to the Philippines)
Eat cebu lechon while in cebu city
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