Philippines Travel Stories, Page 10

Roast Pig Rotisserie Bauang Philippines

Roast Pig Rotisserie Bauang Philippines
Across the street from the central market and one street back is what appears to a place where they are always roasting a pig on a spit in Bauang, Philippines La Union Province.

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Bauang - Paringao - San Fernando, Philippines
La Union Province
Southeast Asia
Thursday, August 27, 2009
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The color of the pig to me in great, it looks delicious.



This is not the delicious part, looking at the pig looking at me.



I need to walk back there and see if this is a business that roasts a pig all the time, or if it was a special occasion. It hit me as I was walking away that this location looked permanent.

Lechon
Lechón is a pork dish in several regions of the world, most specifically Spain and its former colonial possessions throughout the world. The word lechón originated from the Spanish term leche (milk); thus lechón refers to a suckling pig that is roasted. Lechón is a popular cuisine in the Philippines, Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, other Spanish-speaking nations in Latin America, and Spain. The dish features a whole roasted pig cooked over charcoal. Nowadays in most of Latin America, the original use of a suckling pig has given way to a medium-sized adult pig.

In most regions, lechón is prepared throughout the year for any special occasion, during festivals, and the holidays. After seasoning, the pig is cooked by skewering the entire animal, entrails removed, on a large stick and cooking it in a pit filled with charcoal. The meat is placed over the charcoal, turning the stick in a rotisserie action. The meat is roasted on all sides for several hours until done. The process of cooking and basting usually lends itself to a crisp skin, which is also served with the meat.

Philippine "Lechón"
In the Philippines, lechón is served with plum or other sauces, vinegar, or with other seasonings or accompaniments. In the Philippines, the term lechón also came to mean any meat prepared by cooking on a pit, such as lechón baka (roast beef) and lechón manok (roast chicken). There are other Philippine versions of lechón, known as lechón kawali and Paksiw na lechón. Lechón kawali involves boiling the processed meat, and then frying the pieces of pork in a frying pan. Paksiw na lechón involves cooking the left-overs of the main-course lechón by boiling it in a vinegar mix, making the meat moist, and then stir-frying it along with other marinated ingredients.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lech%C3%B3n

ROTISSERIE
Rotisserie is a style of roasting where meat is skewered on a spit - a long solid rod used to hold food while it is being cooked over a fire in a fireplace or over a campfire, or roasted in an oven. This method is generally used for cooking large joints of meat or entire animals, such as pigs, turkeys, goats or historically, entire cattle. The rotation cooks the meat evenly in its own juices and allows easy access for continuous basting if desired.

In medieval and early modern kitchens, the spit was the preferred way of cooking meat in a large household. A servant, preferably a boy, sat near the spit turning the metal rod slowly and cooking the food; he was known as the "spit boy" or "spit jack". More mechanical means were later invented, first moved by dog-powered treadmill, and then by steam power and mechanical clockwork mechanisms. Spits are now usually driven by electric motors.

Rotisserie can also refer to a mechanical device used for rotisserie cooking, or to a restaurant specializing in spit-roasted meat and chicken. The word comes from French where it first appeared in Paris shops around 1450. Additionally, in restaurants a rotisseur is the chef responsible for all spit-roasted, oven roasted, grilled and in some cases fried foods.[1]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rotisserie

Andy in Mindanao at another Pig Roast

Roast Pig Rotisserie Bauang Philippines


PHILIPPINES WEDDING TEST

PHILIPPINES WEDDING TEST
Here is a great test administered by Philippines families to men wanting to marry their daughters and take to America.

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Bauang - Paringao - San Fernando, Philippines
La Union Province
Southeast Asia
Thursday, August 27, 2009
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PHILIPPINES WEDDING TEST

I was a very happy man. My wonderful girlfriend and I had been dating for over a year, and so we decided to get married. There was only one little thing bothering me...It was her beautiful younger sister.

My prospective sister-in-law was twenty-two, wore very tight miniskirts, and generally was bra-less. She would regularly bend down when she was near me, and I always got more than a nice view. It had to be deliberate. Because she never did it when she was near anyone else.

One day her 'little' sister called and asked me to come over to check the wedding invitations. She was alone when I arrived, and she whispered to me that she had feelings and desires for me that she couldn't overcome. She told me that she wanted me just once before I got married and committed my life to her sister!

Well, I was in total shock, and couldn't say a word.

She said, 'I'm going upstairs to my bedroom, and if you want one last wild fling, just come up and get me.'

I was stunned and frozen in shock as I watched her go up the stairs. I stood there for a moment, then turned and made a beeline straight to the front door. I opened the door, and headed straight towards my car.

Lord... and behold, my entire future family was standing outside, all clapping!

With tears in his eyes, my father-in-law hugged me and said, 'We are very happy that you have passed our little test. We couldn't ask for a better man for our daughter. Welcome to the family.'

And the moral of this story is:

Always keep your condoms in your car.

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My friend Bill sends me these girls-are-the-enemy emails almost daily, they are cynical and poignant. I adapted today as it was so apropos to the mentality of both the Philippines and the Expats here and the convoluted love relationships they enter into.

PHILIPPINES WEDDING TEST


Shipping to Philippines Cheaply Travel Tip

Shipping to Philippines Cheaply Travel Tip
Balikbayan Boxes in the Philippines is a special box targeted at Philippines people to ship large amounts of goods back to the Philippines.
(Maybe to the USA also?)

This is probably a great tip for Expats moving to the Philippines; maybe you want to forward this post to your friends moving here.

There are insider travel tips to all countries, this is maybe a Philippines one, I was just given a glimpse of the story, and I do not know the whole story. Maybe readers can explain better, I am not a Filipino insider, I am an outsider.



Balikbayan Box Philippines

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Bauang - Paringao - San Fernando, Philippines
La Union Province
Southeast Asia
Thursday, August 27, 2009
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An old lady who sits by the pool reading multiple books told me about this Balikbayan box. She has lived in the Philippine for 30 years and is an insider. And as is normal assumes I live in the Philippines and have studied this place in a fearful, I need to know way. I am a tourist, I do not live here, the Expats do not meet many foreign tourists so this confuses the Expats frame of reference when they meet tourist.

Questions for readers
Where do I get the Balikbayan box?
Is this cheaper or just a marketing scheme?
Is this just same as normal container shipping or special?
Can I get hard to ship items in the country easier, for example items that would normally be stopped by customs?
How long does it take, weeks, months?
Is it truly safe?
Give me a list of shipping companies that specialize in these Balikbayan boxes.
Maybe to the USA also? - If a discount and customs bypal, this is a good import export tip...? (I do not recommend starting business in the Philippines, the country is clever to the level of thieves.)

Thanks in advance to readers, and thanks to Wikipedia.org, the first wonder of the world, the greatest advance in human understanding and knowledge in the last 200 years.

WIKIPEDIA EXPLAINS BALIKBAYAN BOX
A balikbayan box (literally returnee's to one's homeland box) is a ubiquitous cardboard box containing any number of small items and sent by an overseas Filipino known as a "balikbayan". Though often shipped by freight forwarders specializing in balikbayan boxes by sea, such boxes can be brought by Filipinos returning to the Philippines by air.[1]

These boxes might contain nearly anything that can fit and that the sender thinks the recipient would like, regardless of whether those items can be bought cheaply in the Philippines, such as non-perishable food, toiletries, household items, electronics, toys, designer clothing, or items hard to find in the Philippines.[2]

A balikbayan box intended for air travel is designed to conform to airline luggage restrictions and many Filipino stores carry them. Some boxes come with a cloth cover and side handles. Others are tightly secured with tape or rope, and thus not confused with an ordinary moving box more lightly wrapped.

Shipped boxes are delivered directly to the recipient, nearly always the family of the overseas Filipino.

Part of the attraction of the balikbayan box is economic. If the items were sent individually or in smaller boxes through postal services, the cost could be significant. The tradeoff is a long transit time by container ships, typically taking several weeks, and the lack of a solid delivery date.

Another part of the attraction is the cultural expectation that returning travelers will bring gifts to family, friends and colleagues left behind in the Philippines. In this way, it is related to the practice of "pasalubong"

BalikBayan Box on Wikipedia.org

Shipping to Philippines Cheaply Travel Tip


Cooking with Charcoal in Philippines

Cooking with Charcoal in Philippines
I am not sure, it could be charcoal or they could be using wood, however, here are here are few more styles of cooking apparatus used on planet earth.

I have taken dozens of photos in many countries of these types of cookers. It is fun, interesting and a great view of the inside of a Philippines home without entering a house.

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Bauang - Paringao - San Fernando, Philippines
La Union Province
Southeast Asia
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
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I took these Photos of cookers on either the Sunday or Thursday Market day in Bauang, Philippines in La Union, Province.



When looking at these types of devices, you need to think about how they deal with the ashes left over, these devices are often designe for ashe management.



I think most of the Philippines use LPG or Liquid Propane Gas, or the less pollution causing fuel. However, there is still a market for wood and charcoal cookers, so somebody is using these stoves. When I was in Vigan,Philipines the Spanish Colonial city, they used these type of cookers right in front of McDonalds in the center of the city.

Truly a great product to take home for a cookout, except they weigh too much for shipping.

Cooking with Charcoal in Philippines


Gear Negligence by Andy HoboTraveler.com

Gear Negligence by Andy HoboTraveler.com
I do not like to make money, I want money given to me, since nobody ever feels compelled to give me money, and I must work. Selling gear is truly a nightmare for me, my gear changes and links or pages become old and out of date.

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I sometimes feel guilty, mainly for not having all the security gear available for readers to buy. I cannot stop you from buying the stupid gear like Camel Back Bags with water tubes, but I am negligent when I do not try my best to keep you safe.

I want to sell needed, what I recommend, and hard to find gear. Amazon.com does not have all of this, but it does have the majority. I made a page today.



Robert P pointed me at this great cup that goes over the handle of a door and stops the cleaning lady from entering and stealing my computer. I found it in Thailand after some search, a company called Solo makes it, I would love to sell this on my Amazon.com store, but gong, and I cannot find it.

Thanks Rob, truly a great travel gear device.
Nomadspath.com

Great, here is some great gear, and the bottom line you cannot buy it unless you go to Thailand, that is expensive gear.

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Bauang - Paringao - San Fernando, Philippines
La Union Province
Southeast Asia
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
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What I sometimes dream about is finding people who want to find this hard to buy gear and will allow me to super promote it, they can put it up on Amazon.com and I will put in my new store.

There are many products that need manufactured, like my backpack design, my secret pockets and my backpack organizer.

Truly frustrating to think, I do understand why I drank in the past and became and alcoholic, I wanted to stop the computer. I now know the brain will run, I do not need to care if I do not complete a project or idea. The joy of the trip is the journey, not arriving.

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Note, I can feel the smile returning to my face, Thank you Philippines, life is good, if not GREAT. Note, I have been living with myself sober for 22 years, you think I drive you crazy, think how I drive myself crazy.

Gear Negligence by Andy HoboTraveler.com


Sciatica is a Doomsday Diagnose

Sciatica is a Doomsday Diagnose
My Sciatica, this shooting pain down my left leg will go away, I am 99 percent sure I can put it into stagnation mode or remission or minimize until what is left is just annoyance.

However, I must admit, if the average person has this, they are DOOMED to pain.



You are DOOMED to pain if you have this type of problem.

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Bauang - Paringao - San Fernando, Philippines
La Union Province
Southeast Asia
Wednesday, August 26, 2009

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I love absolute comments, I love stereotypes, I love generalizations, and they are the best way in the world to turn the switch on in the human brain.

I say and all or nothing comment.
“If you have sciatica you are doomed to pain.”
There is true brilliance in comments like this, when President Bush said, either you are with us or against us he made people angry, he sacrifice the love of people to make them think…

Well, all you jerks out there with Sciatica or maybe Piriformis Syndrome must have a 1 in 500 chance of sustainable pain relief; this means 499 percent of you still have pain in your leg.

Sciatica Read on Wikipedia.org
Piriformis Syndrom on Wikipedia.org

The hope is you can die and make it go away sooner.

Why are you doomed?

Wow, after reading and studying, truly applying my brain, the diagnose of this problems is almost worthless. If you have a shooting pain down one leg or the other, you need to start stretching and exercising. Read, study etc. Sciatica

This is why you are doomed. My guesstimate is this, of the persons who actually enter a gym to exercise, only about 1 in 500 stay with it. Sciatica is a life long problem, I have a disk in my spinal column that is out of place, and I can do movements that can help to realign them. The is the problem, I must be motivated to fix the problem, not to just stop the pain,

They were going to give me Ultrasound Therapy at the Lorma Medical Center here in San Fernando, La Union Philippines.
Ultrasound Therapy on Wikipedia.org

I thought to myself,
“Gee, this would feel good, the pain would subside.”

Oops, I am not going to do that, I would forget to work on the solutions. It is possible that I can do this to my cyst or nodule and if it is a nerve bundle, it can stun it into stopping for a month or two. However, the essential problem is still here.

Well, if you are the 1 in 500 hundred that joins a gym and truly exercises everyday, then there is hope. I suppose Yoga would help, about the same, this is about focusing on my body.

All exercise programs need to be done daily, nothing less works.

I have not exercised in 11 years inside a gym, I suppose I will somehow start, get ready to read how I search for health clubs, this will annoy you who feel guilty to no end.

Motivating Yourself
To learn how to motivate yourself is an intriguing problem, and I very few people can work for themselves. They just cannot motivate themselves to do the right thing.

My Exercise Strategy in USA
I did not go to the gym to exercise; I went to the gym to look at girls, talk with girls and to have happy hour. I was there, nothing else to do with my brain, so I worked out. Now, I never wanted to bulk out or get huge muscles, I wanted to sculpture my body so that I looked like Brad Pitt in that movie Troy.



Brad Pitt in Movie Troy



Not sure of his name, but this guy has Deltoids and Lat muscles that I want. The motivation is like this, if I have muscles like this, I will love myself, and if I love myself, I can be loved by others. Do not listen to that crap about being a good person inside, it is the packaging that sells cereal, the bonus is you then have the energy to be good person.

Learning the triggers that motivate you will allow you to be the 1 in 500 who solves sciatica problem.

Philippines Pay for Motivation Strategy
Note, if I was a millionaire, or could afford about 50 dollars per day. I would pay a driver here in the Philippines to pick me up daily, take me in an Air Conditioned car to the Lorma Therapy department. I would pay Ms. or Doctor Acacio by the hour to keep me motivated. I would pay to have a trainer help me stay motivate. You can actually buy motivation, look at Oprah Winfrey, here is a women with almost zero willpower to stop eating and probably a genetically caused problem to gain weight. She sometimes gets skinny, for the average person without bad genetics; I think they could pay a Philippine Trainer or Therapist here to hold your hand.

Not that easy, but possible, however in this bargain, people get what they really want, not what the need.

My collection of videos and information on how to stop sciatica or piriformis syndrome, not much difference, the implemented solutions are about the same.

Oops, lose weight first; this is the first step to giving your bones a chance to be in structural balance.

I am not good at winning friends or influencing people, go read a good book, “How to win friends and influence people.” This is NOT what I am good at.
Look under Books

Sciatica is a Doomsday Diagnose


Coffee in Bauang Philippines Market

Coffee in Bauang Philippines Market
I had a nice cup of Filipino Coffee yesterday in the Bauang, Philippines central market, it was fun. I found a plastic chair and went through the standard interview process here in the Philippines.

Where is your wife?
Are you married?
Do you have children?
When do you return to the USA?

A nice way to start the day knowing that I am a wanted man with a cup of coffee in my hand, truly an addiction, I am having trouble.

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Bauang - Paringao - San Fernando, Philippines
La Union Province
Southeast Asia
Tuesday, August 25, 2009

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Philippines Coffee



Coffee



Something



Filipino Coffee



Probably girls looking at me.


Coffee in Bauang Philippines Market


Shoot the Messenger a Writer

Shoot the Messenger a Writer
I think good writing sacrifices love for a dream, the readers often shoots the messenger.

After writing 4500 travel post I have learned about my writing style, voice and strategy. I try to not edit my thoughts, I try to expose my inner most thoughts and beliefs.

The more I write, the more I type into this computer, the great my capacity to control and direct my waves of thoughts. Writing is an art form, the writer paints a picture that can be interpreted, understand and misunderstood in many ways. The goal is an emotional response, if I do my job correctly, then you feel.

“Joy, Sadness, Trust, Disgust, Fear, Anger.”
--- List of Emotions on Wikipedia.org

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Bauang - Paringao - San Fernando, Philippines
La Union Province
Southeast Asia
Tuesday, August 25, 2009

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GOAL OF WRITERS

What is the goal of people who write, my feeling is the vast majority want to be famous and loved. Today as I was moderating the comments, I am often chastised for making readers, I can feel their anger. They will reciprocate and try to get revenge; they want me to stop writing. This is easy, they should just stop reading and it ends for them.

I then thought about martyrs, I have zero desire to be a martyr, but what is interesting is that martyrs are often killed for writing, talking or exposing what they think. The messenger is shot.

Generally, to change people maybe we must be hated, the messenger must be shot, and a writer must sacrifice the love of a few for the greater good of the group, to feed the dream, to explain the ideal.

I do not empathize with the person who makes outlandish comments, who attacks, chastises and try to convince me they are smarter than I am. I relate to the reader who has never made a comment, who is listening, trying to understand. When an issue becomes confusing, they start dwelling on the issue, they want to explore the thoughts. They feel, but they are not compelled to comment, they for sure have the good manners to not attack me, even though they feel attacked.
(I do not attack one person, I attack ideas.)

These are the good people, the voiceless, quiet, meek and wonderful people of the planet who listen more than they talk. I springboard my missives off the minds of those people who
“Already know.”

To talk to the people who are listening, they are not trying to plan their response, they are listening. I have two or three people who comment who do know, if this minority became 50, I would be a lucky man.

Hate mail is my reward for exceptional writing, I am not sure how to classify trolls or provokers, I think we can call that the “terrible twos.” I am still trying to understand the motivations of a reader who wishes to prove to me they are smarter than me, this is weird, however the basic primitive emotions. Mockery is the most primitive type of behavior I have experienced in Africa, Amazon and Philippines.

Well, thanks for reading, a person does slowly understand this art form, I know how to elicit anger, I hope to one day target all the emotions equally.

Shoot the Messenger a Writer