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    Used to have spam fritters in school occasionally and didn't mind it, never purchased it or eaten it since

    Topper you should slip a tin or two into your basket when shopping for impress the ladies

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    ^lol. I'm imagining Mr. Bean trying slyly to one-up abother person at the grocery checkout.

    On with the pics...

    Went to Burnham Park to checkout the flower exhibits. I saw them being assembled the evening before.

    I think the motif for this was butterflies. This won 3rd place.

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    2nd place
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    1st place
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    There was another category. I think this one was for a lady.

    3rd place
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    2nd place
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    1st place
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    Pre-covid, Baguio held the Panagbenga Flower Festival during late February. For 3 years now, the festival hasn't been held. In Feb 2020, covid cases were already spreading in China and S. Korea, so the nat'l govt didn't allow festivals. It also wasn't allowed this year due to the omicron surge in late January (here). With the number of tourists that I've seen, I'm glad that the tourism sector is slowly recovering in Baguio.
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    Those floral arrangements were situated in the Rose Garden portion of Burnham Park.

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    There were benches + tables with chess design, bring your own chess pieces.

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    After lunch, I stayed at the park to enjoy the cool breeze. Some locals stopped by for a chat. Some ladies offered (outdoor) massages too.

    Random pics

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    In the late afternoon, I visited the ili-likha artist village. ("likha" means to create). This artist village is the brainchild of film director & artist Eric de Guia, who was awarded National Artist in 2018. I learned about this artist village from one of those list of sites to see.

    Ili-likha artists village in Baguio

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    It's artsy and may not be for everybody, but I enjoyed browsing through their stuff.

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    There's a cafe inside
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    More of Ili Likha Artist Village
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    I liked the design of the steps
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    They had embedded some beer bottles on the wall
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    More random pics

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    Last stop of the day: Baguio Public Market to buy some goodies & veg. (Yeah, I can buy veg at my local market, but they're cheaper in Baguio & I'm already there.)

    Some coloured brooms
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    Tapuey/ tapuy rice wine & honey
    (I bought rice wine but haven't tried it).

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    More fruit wines. I didn't buy, since I didn't want to carry a lot. But that gives me another reason to return to Baguio.

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    The "barrel man"/ men. Maybe Headworx or BLD can explain it. There's also a "barrel woman".

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    Different kinds of rice (grown in the mountains)
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    I bought veg from this stall. I saw that they had the pointed lemons ("California" lemons - I don't know how to call them - they're yellow & have tapered ends). Didn't take a pic. I think in PH, those lemons only grow in Baguio & surrounds (highlands).

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    First time that I've seen this large eggplant/ aubergine here in PH. I've only seen them in Europe & the US. Most of the eggplants here are long & thin (purple) or the oval short (green) ones.

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    Another veg stall. The common eggplants that I see are on the upper right.

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    I don't know if you have this in Thailand (haven't seen it, but it probably wasn't in season when I visited). We call it "siniguelas" but other names are ceriguela, ciruela, mombin or hog plum (Spondias purpurea), according to Google.

    The longgan fruits are imported (usually from China).

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    ^some chooks & fish

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    More strawberries

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    Peanut brittle, lengua de gato ("tongue of the cat" in Spanish - small cookies with a milky taste), strawberry jam, ube (purple yam) jam. Usual stuff given as gifts to friends & family.

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    Key rings/ chains
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    Some food options along Session Road

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    ^Korean BBQ/ samgyupsal place along Session Road, P299 (~6 usd) all you can eat deal, drinks excluded.

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    Walked up the hill to SM Baguio. Saw this queue of people, waiting for taxis.

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    Went to the food court for dinner. I wanted to get food from this stall (I've eaten here before), but they didn't have the dish that I was looking for, which is a common dish in the north.

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    ^Ilocos region is in NW of Luzon, where the Marcos clan is from.

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    So I got food from this stall. The lady from the other store said that this stall had my dish. These were their offerings.

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    ^grilled fish & pork BBQ

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    ^salmon head for "sinigang", a sour soup dish

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    More Filipino food

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    ^on the left is Bicol express, a dish from the Bicol region (SW of Luzon), made with pork, green beans, coconut milk & shrimp paste. On the right is pork sisig.

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    ^On the left is kare-kare, pork or beef cooked in peanut sauce/ stew. On the right is lechon paksiw, usually pork belly deep fried then cooked in a sweer sour sauce.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    The "barrel man"/ men.
    Katie, its an old Navy term. The lucky barrel man got to stay in the barrel whilst others worked - look it up

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    But I didn't eat any of those dishes, since I can buy those in the lowlands (or cook them). I wanted something regional. This dish also reminds me of my dad, since I first ate it on a trip to Baguio with him & my sister when I was ~10 years old. (RIP, dad).

    I got this dish - pinapaitan or papaitan. (Pait = bitter). The soup is a bit bitter and it's seasoned with salt, onion, garlic, ginger, black pepper. It's a dish common in this region (the north).

    Dish came with 2 cups of rice
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    The money shot
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    ^it's tripe & innards again, but the soup is different

    Y'all can take the piss again, I won't mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    Katie, its an old Navy term. The lucky barrel man got to stay in the barrel whilst others worked - look it up
    Ah ok. But this barrel man is different. When you lift the barrel, something happens.

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    After dinner, it was off to the bus station for the night trip. Only a few passengers were at the station (effect of covid & inflation, maybe).

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    Disclaimer: I am not sponsored by this bus company. I just like their service when heading up north. One can also buy their tickets online (which is not available for other bus companies).
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    This was my costume for the ride. Those night buses are cold.
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    Back to the station in Cubao, Quezon City (in Metro Manila). Took around 4 hours. Bus was only ~1/3 full. Company must be operating at a loss.
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    This concludes my trip report. I'm back in the lowlands where daytime temps are ~35 degrees C. The Weather Bureau has declared that the rainy season has officially started. It has rained every afternoon since I got back, so the evenings are blessedly cooler. Cheers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    ^it's tripe & innards again, but the soup is different

    Y'all can take the piss again, I won't mind.
    i'd eat that, but i'd fish out the ear and guts, you can have them.


    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    This was my costume for the ride. Those night buses are cold.
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    This concludes my trip report. !
    Bless , thanks for the thread Katie or is that Benazir Bhutto under there.

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