Are you brave enough?

Tamilok

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My family have a small property at Palawan, Philippines and my friends tagged along with me as I went to visit the place. The area is near the beach so we can pretty much see a lot of things going on along the road.  We saw a man who happened to passed by and he is selling some exotic food. What exactly is this exotic food I am talking about? Let me explain a bit about it.  According to the vendor the locals calls it tamilok and he said it is a wood worm; I was not very much convinced so I did my researched. I got my answers so this wood worm is not actually a worm, it is a clam or molluscs that grows in woods that are soaked in saltwater, and In Palawan it can be found mostly in mangrove woods that are decaying in saltwater. The locals call it wood worm since its shape is just like a worm, but it is really called shipworms.

 How does it look like it is long, the texture is soft and slimy, somewhat greyish in color. So now my curiosity got the best of me. I told my friends about it and we started to ask the people in the area about how to prepare and eat this tamilok. The next day we waited for this vendor to pass by again and we bought a pack of fresh shipworm. This is his means of living selling this exotic clam and some fish and shells.

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 Are you brave enough? That’s what my friends asked me, as we looked at this pack of shipworms. I shrugged my shoulders and casually told them let’s do this.

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 So here goes the preparation: Take out those tamilok from the plastic wash it thoroughly, we chopped some onions and garlic, pour in a bit of vinegar and squeezed the juice of calamansi or Philippine lime in it. Now we have an exotic delicacy called kinilaw na tamilok. It is raw! My goodness, am I brave enough to try this? It’s a do or die, so I tried it. Not bad at all just a bit slimy but it tastes like an oyster, it smells like wood, but it was not that bad.

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The images are my original photos

The locals said if you eat tamilok during your stay in Palawan they considered you as the Province adopted son or daughter. Yes! We conquered those shipworms. When in Palawan, you have to try eating these shipworms that will be the highlight of your Palawan adventure.

See you in my next adventure. 😎

~Heart~ ❣ 💓 💘 💋 😍

It’s an Ouch!

Vaccine and Herbs

Vaccination, Doctor, Nurse, Medical, Syringe, Injection

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This afternoon I got my Pneumococcal vaccine shot, I used to have this shot every five years, now I found out about 4 years ago they have a single shot already and that is for lifetime quite expensive though, but I got the shot anyway. I am not afraid of needles, in fact I have a shot of every vaccine I can think of from chicken fox, cervical, and my yearly flu vaccine. I think whenever they have to insert that needle on my arm they are the ones who gets scared because I always look where they are poking me, funny as it may seem, but I think I am a vaccine freak. LOL. My arm is a bit sore now and next month another flu vaccine is due. It hurts a little but after a few days I will be fine. I don’t have an asthma only allergic rhinitis so I need this pneumococcal and flu shots.

Before, I used to get coughs and colds all the time. It’s sapping all my energy, until one day when I visited our farm, our care taker’s wife told me about herbal medicines that we all have in the farm. She introduced me to making tea out of the leaves of moringga oleifera, Guyabano,  tanlad (lemon grass) which is one of my favorites, and the best of all that I am taking everyday now is the sambong (blumea balsamifera) tea.

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My original photo of Blumea balsamifera or Sambong in Filipino

Let’s talk about Sambong or Blumea balsamifera.  We have a tree of sambong at our farm, what I did is get some leaves, wash it thoroughly then boil it with water. Easy huh? Sambong tea is very effective to me I take this tea, three times a day with pure honey in it. It is best to drink it hot or warm. It has an acrid taste (mapakla in Tagalog) when cold. It will take a while before you get used to its taste. The health benefits of sambong is great. It’s been a year now and I haven’t got any coughs and colds, just an ordinary rhinitis attacks on occasions, other than that I feel great.

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My original photo of Sambong tea

Sambong tea has a lot of health benefits it is a cure for coughs, common colds, allergic rhinitis, also it helps to cure urinary track infection. It cleanses our bladder and also can be effective in curing kidney stones. There is a local Pharmaceutical Company here in the Philippines who makes sambong capsules. I remember once I bought a Sambong releaf capsule for my UTI, it was suggested to me by my doctor. Now I take the fresh organic leaves from its tree. Fresh is best. There are a lot of fresh herbal medicines in the Philippines and we are so blessed to have what nature has to offer. All of this is a gift from God, we just need to appreciate what is around us. God has given us so much and we need to be thankful and take care of the things that He has given us.

That’s about it for now. Thank you for taking time to read this. Your comments will be highly appreciated. Till my next blog.

~Heart~

The heat is on!

Summer Coolers

Glass, Water, Ice Cubes, Drink, Cold, Drip, Mirroring

Photo: www.pixabay.com ( ColiNOOB )

Summer time is here again. Ok, we need to hydrate ourselves, the best thing to do is drink lots of water. In my case I drink around three liters of water everyday, that’s my doctor’s order. I’m a very good patient so I follow his advice. It’s a fact we are experiencing El Nino we do not have enough rain since January. So we can already feel the scarcity of water now. My advice, conserve water, but make sure to take a bath also everyday to avoid diseases especially skin disease. Well, so much for this small talk. Let’s get on with my real topic. Are you ready for this? Let’s talk about summer food. Keep it cool this summer. (*wink*)

It’s summer time in the Philippines, and what is the best thing to eat during summer here? The all time favorite of all Filipinos “Halo Halo” which means mix mix in English. Let’s get it on, what are the ingredients for “halo halo”. The ingredients that I will list are my favorite ones.

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My original photo

Ingredients:

  • Gulaman (gelatin) cut in small cubes
  • Sago (tapioca pearls)
  • macapuno (silky coconut)
  • langka (jackfruit) cooked as sweetened langka
  • saba (banana) boiled banana cut in pieces
  • Leche flan (custard)
  • ube (purple yam)
  • kaong (sweet pal fruit)
  • nata de coco (coconut gelatin)
  • pinipig (crisped rice) or corn flakes cereal in case pinipig is not available
  • Red Mung beans
  • sugar
  • evaporated milk
  • ice cream
  • shaved ice

When I was in the US I found a bottle of halo-halo ingredients. All the ingredients in one bottle, convenient huh? but I still prefer the old-fashioned style of cooking all the ingredients. It’s simply the best.

Easy to make halo halo

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Here’s what to do, make sure all ingredients are cooked ok. (*smiles*)

you will need a big glass and put all the ingredients from gulaman to sugar. Set aside the leche flan and purple yam first. You can add sugar as to your desired sweetness. Then top it with shaved ice pour a bit of evaporated milk, here’s the good part on top put in the leche flan, purple yam and your scoop of favorite ice cream.

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My original photo

How to eat this? Just halo (mix) it, get all those superb goodies at the bottom and mixed it well with shave ice. I always eat the ice cream first, that’s the fun part. Then mix everything, before digging in.

Voila! there’s your super goodie yummy halo-halo!

Enjoy your halo-halo! halo haluvya!  Summer coolers is more fun in the Philippines.

Bon Appetit!

*side notes: halo halo photos are my own original photos.

This is ~Heart~ see you guys on my next foodtrip food blog.

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