Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Philippines : The Adventure Continues

Hi Everyone! Kirbie's Boyfriend here. The adventure hasn't come to a halt yet, there's a couple of more "interesting" sites and foods to see.

I think its fair to say that the Philippines has a colorful culture, but I wasn't aware of their endorsement of "racist" groups. Obviously it was political, there's a statue with a sword and a banner. It isn't as blatant since the status is wearing only half a robe.

The Philippines is a very religious place and churches and all sorts of religious buildings and artifacts are strewn about in the culture so it wasn't a surprise to see a nativity scene at a mall. It is also worthy to note that Michael Jackson was beloved by the Filipino people. That knowledge should have made me prepared to witness a nativity scene that celebrated both religion and MJ at the same time, this little scene is above people's head around 12 to 14 feet high on a scafold. "World, say hello to Blanket, I mean Jesus…. " 



I apologize in advance as we are in speeding vehicle, 15mph while the Jeepney is going like 8 or 10mph, people gotta get in them while on the move. I had previously shown Jeepney vehicles that were basically chrome, but when you get farther into the smaller districts the real flair becomes more evident. Each Jeepney is basically an individual ownership where we would equate a person with a family van just picking up random kids at the local school and taking them home. In the USA, this would probably land you in jail, especially if you're soliciting these kids at school and your van has tinted windows or no windows and maybe even a sign "free candy." Companies attempting to put banners or some commercial marketing would have some trouble trying to organize such an endeavor since no one person/company controls all these vehicles. The art work at times is simplistic and at other times, full blown amazing.



Maybe animals are your thing? There are plenty of strays, well not dogs. Just lots of cats… okay there are some dogs, but they might as well be a cat. This last one on the bottom kind of looked like the cat in Austin Powers, but its a dog who's fur was stolen. They steal hair! Its cheaper than Rogain I guess.



If you're not a stray animal, you're treated pretty decent. Even if you are bound for the slaughter house to be made into a tasty meal… These pigs don't know whats coming, but they're kept cool by the guys who don't have a canopy or shade to protect them from the beating sun. These guys above the little cage pour water down on the pigs, keeping them cool and fresh as if they were being moved in a nice air conditioned container. This little piggy when all the way to market….

If the thought of food with the ingredients from a pig didn't start the water works from your mouth, maybe these coming pictures will.

Circles in Makati Shangri-La

To start it off for the food section, I'm taking it up a notch into the classy. Well, just the appearance of classy. We ate at Circles Event Cafe a buffet restaurant in the Makati Shangri-La Hotel in Manila. I was impressed by the setup and bells and whistles. It felt like I just walked into a 5 star hotel, oh wait it IS a 5 star hotel… When did I get excited about food?!  Unfortunately, the actual food experience was a let down. As I grabbed plate after plate of various dishes, I was disappointed to find food outside of Philippine origin was either disgusting or just inedible. I bit into a couple of bones in the Sashimi, the "dumplings" were dry and  basically jaw breakers, the prime rib over done (understandable, they don't want any getting sick). As I was trying to figure out the flavor of this dessert that had rice at the bottom and I gave my mother a taste, she quickly spit it out and scolded me for attempting to play a trick on her. The rice was spoiled… Maybe it was a fluke or I've grown out of enjoying spoiled food as much as the next guy, but this restaurant should get their act together. Bells and whistles is nothing compared to how the food tastes.  Without further ado, the images.

















Dimsum Dumplings

In the interest of finding the mundane extraordinarily delicious, we stopped at this little cart at the mall. I like dimsum, what could it hurt? It's indoors and out of the smog and pollution filled outdoors so its already 30 percent win. Unfortunately, there was still seventy percent of that equation that it needed for a result of full success.


Leslie's in Tagaytay

My cousin felt sorry for her poor American cousin always feeling hot, so we went to where it was actually cool. It wasn't sweltering hot in Tagaytay, it was actually a chilly 75 degrees Fahrenheit. I could actually wear my short sleeve shirt comfortably. The restaurant has a great view and the setup is pretty nice with a rope bridge that leads to the rooftop and a little stage area and little booths that overhang the cliff face… I wouldn't pay extra to eat on the edge of my life, but I like to live a little longer. 





















 

6 Responses to “Philippines : The Adventure Continues”

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    m3 real karte — February 23, 2010 @ 9:27 pm

    Hello
    There is such beautiful information about Philippines.I am glad to know that its very religious place.These are nice photographs.That restaurant is truly impressive for me also.Thank you for informative post about Philippines.

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    caninecologne — February 24, 2010 @ 3:00 pm

    Dear Kirbie’s boyfriend,
    I’m not sure if you know, but the KKK is not a racist group in the Philippines. Perhaps you were trying to be facetious. The KKK is the acronym for a secret society founded in 1892 by national hero Andres Bonifacio as well as other Philippine revolutionaries prior to the Philippine Spanish Revolution in 1896.
    The KKK’s main purpose was to overthrow Spain which had colonized the Philippines for over 300 years. The KKK stands for “Katastaasan Kagalangalang Katipunan ng mga anak ng Bayan” (The Highest and Most Respected Society of the Children of the Nation). The man depicted in the statue is most likely Andres Bonifacio. The sun depcited in the flag is one of the earlier versions of the Philippine flag before they used the 8-rayed sun.
    I just wanted to put that out there so that readers who see this post do not think that the Philippines has the Klu Klux Klan, which is definitely a racist society. The KKK is in the Philippines certainly has a much different meaning than it does here in the U.S.
    You mention that the Philippines is also religious…Ironically, this is also a result of Spanish Colonization which brought Catholicism to the Philippines.
    Sorry for the long comment but I wanted to give that bit of info about the KKK.
    For the record, I am a second generation Filipina American.

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    KirbieBF — February 24, 2010 @ 3:49 pm

    Hahaha Caninecologne! I guess I maybe getting ahead of myself when I assumed everyone has been following the previous posts. I like a bit of humor and I do enjoy a clever ruse and I can admit I was being facetious here. Thanks for pointing out the KKK historical tidbit, at least someone doesn’t take my commentary at face value. Theres plenty of things in the Philippines that can be misconstrued in various cultures and growing up in the US these things are coming from a fresh perspective of the culture, but in a light hearted way. I can relate all the historical significance of each spot and why they are important, but to me you can get all that information out of a book or a website that attempts to be historically factual with less entertainment value. I hope you and others find that my posts are not always going to be the end all facts, but observations from a fun perspective.
    You are also correct in identifying Bonifacio. At the time of my visit, there had been multiple statues and exhibits that were erected to celebrate the heroes and stories of the culture. I wasn’t sure exactly what the celebrations were about as I was more interested in the sights and sounds and things happening all over.
    Thanks for the history! KKK in USA bad, KKK in Philippines GOOD!

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    kirbeBF — February 24, 2010 @ 3:50 pm

    thanks for the response m3 real karte! Hope you enjoyed my perspective.

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    caninecologne — February 24, 2010 @ 4:04 pm

    hi kirbie’s bf
    i totally understand the humor, but i just wanted to bring the light the signifance of the kkk. i’ve enjoyed all of your philippines posts so far.
    i’m envious actually that you’ve at least had the chance to travel to the Philippines. the last time i was there, i was 9 (many many years ago) and it was because my lola died. not a very happy trip. your trip, on the other hand, looked like a lot of fun, complete with pics and commentary.
    so yeah, i get your humor and i wasn’t trying to be heavy handed or anything. :)

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