Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Travel: The City Hall of Kortrijk, Belgium

Stadthuis, City Hall, Town Hall, Rathaus , the place with many names in English, Dutch and German. Here is Town/City Hall of Kortrijk in West Flanders in Belgium

The City Hall was built in the Transitional Style of the Late Gothic-Renaissance which facade is decorated with the statues that represent the Counts of Flanders.

It is a pity that I was not able to go around the interior of the this beautiful building as I was only passing by when I saw it. I was heading to another important part of my trip... a visit to an Asian Shop called Trung Son located somewhere in the city where I get to buy Asian food once in a while





The Statues of the Counts of Flanders guarding the facade of the City Hall


Monday, May 14, 2018

The Chef in Me: Cooking Jackfruit (Langka) Marmalade/Jam

Maybe funny, but when I visited the Philippines last 2016, I found lots of Langka (Jackfruit) sold in the markets and in one corner of Sampalok Lake which I saw when I was brisk walking.

I brought some packs of Geliertzucker from Bremen where I reside at the moment. These Geliertzucker are specially prepared sugar for making jams/marmaladed from the fruits harvested during the spring and summer season.

In Germany, I make Kirschmarmelade (Cherry Marmalade), Johannisbeerenmarmelade and Quittemarmelade from the fruits which we harvested from our trees around the yard, so when I saw and smelled ready to eat Langka fruit , I thought I must preserve some of these fruits until I return to Germany and enjoy it with our native bread called Pandesal with nice brewed coffee during breaksfast

Here are the result of my experiment in pictures below:

Langka (Jackfruit) from the Philippines and Geliertzucker from Germany, another untion of 2 cultures












Testing the consistency if it is hard enough to spead over bread

 To invert the glass after the hot marmalade is placed in the glasses until they get cold. This was the method Ive learned from the German housewives who taught me how to make marmalades/jams



 Oh so tasty, scraped the remaining syrup from the pot



The finished product, my very own Langka Jam

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Mattupetty Dam

Mattupetty Dam is one of a beautiful places of interest that is  located about 13 km from Munnar Town.  Mattupetty is situated at a height of 1700 meter above sea level, Mattupetty is known for its storage masonry dam and the beautiful lake, which offers pleasurable boat rides and nice view especially from afar.

Munnar is one of the most beautiful and popular hill stations in the Southern State of India, Kerala and the site of vast tea plantations/estates in the South of India.

Mattupetty is located approximately 13 kilometers away from Munnar and the Mattupetty hill town lies at a height of 1,700 meters, the main attractions of which are the Mattupetty Dam and Mattupetty Lake which  plays an important role in water conservation and power generation.









The view below , while I was at the middle of the Masonry Dam which look like a bridge or a bridge where trucks and other vehicles and pedestrians can pass through 




Sunday, April 29, 2018

Coconut, The Tree of Life: My Walis Tingting

I am feeling nostalgic again, it is spring time in Europe and yet it is cloudy and rainy. I feel very cold and I am missing my home, the Philippines. Walis Tingting is one of the things I asked my friends to bring me when they travel back to Germany. I was missing it while cleaning the yard , especially during the autumn season . I am not used using those brushes with long handles to clean a yard. And so when my friends asked me what I want as a "pasalubong" from the Philippines, I asked them for the Walis Tingting. 

Walis Tingting is a housewife's early morning weapon in the morning in the Philippines to clean the yard from dirts and garbage. There is no house or home in the Phiippines without it. I find it so easy to use them and so sturdy and strong, unlike those brushes which they asked me to use in Germany and most of all , I can clean faster and better. 

Walis is the Filipino (Tagalog) word for Broom and Tingting is stick of midribs of coconut leaves, hence it is called "broomstick" in English. Together with a nice and strong dustpan, autumn leaves have no match with me. They are generally used to clean or sweep the bare floor or ground  on the yard. 

Walis Tingting is made from the midribs of the coconut leaves and mostly used outdoors. Can you imagine how many leaves of coconut are needed to have one piece of Walis Tingting and the patience of those people producing them. The last time I was in the Philippines, my dearest neighbor had given 2 pieces to me as a welcome gift and I was very happy. They are part of Filipino way of life which I brought with me in Austria and Germany. I left one of my 2 pieces in Klosterneuburg in Lower Austria where I lived for some months and which I used to clean the backyard and soon my favorite one will be thrown away in Germany. 

There I was below, using my very reliable Walis Tingting. I was so proud to use them cleaning our frontyard in Bremen. Not one of my neighbor has what I have to clean their yard faster. 







A Sari-Sari store (Variety store) which is also selling Walis Tingting. They not only sell food, but also have a big supply of the Walis because they are always in demand. And below is an old couple who produce these  Walis Tingting which they source from the Coconut Tree around their backyard. They were going to supply a variety store with their produce.

There is nothing like this in Europe. This is something I so treasure from my home, the Philippines and it gives me a little joy on this cold,  lonely day to write about it as it is part of me being a Filipino



Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Panaderia - The Philippines Bakery or Bakeshop

A very interesting visit to a Panaderia in Torrijos, Marinduque. Me and my sister and brothers and my in-laws enjoyed it a lot.



 My sister and my nephew enjoying together a crispy baked goodies


Hotdog and Hamburger buns are also available

  My sister-in-law , my brother and their eldest son had a blast choosing those delicious bread which we all enjoyed when we were young


Who will not enjoy sitting and relaxing in these bamboo chairs infront of this Panaderia on a sunny afternoon




Those delicious breads of course needs a partner as usual, the partner of baked treats is soda.




My sister flew all the way from Houston, Texas was so proud of her "pack of treat"

I was happy to find Pinagong , something which I enjoyed  when I was 9 years old when my grandfather (Lolo) brought me to Torrijos 

Sunday, April 8, 2018

The Philippines Talipapa

Talipapa is the Tagalog word that refers to a small, temporary food market , usually a makeshift market and also a mobile or roaming  market which is called Talipapang Gala.

Talipapang Gala makes used of rectangular box-like wooden structure with 4 wheels  being pushed to sell and offer the goods all displayed inside the wooden structure. Nowadays, the last time I visited my country, some are already using bicycles and motorcycles to sell food assorted vegetables and fruits and even fish and meat.

It amazes me all the time how inventive the Filipinos are and I am happy we have these things in the Philippines. It makes marketing for food easier and simplier for those housewives who has not enough time to visit a big wet maket which is usually located at the city center.

Please enjoy my pictures of these Talipapa as much as I enjoy them. I do miss my home.  Below are pictures I made of an example of Talipapang Gala which stopped right infront of my house in San Pablo City in the Philippines. There is nothing like this in Europe.