I was originally going to talk about some of the poverty that I saw that was so integrated with life in Manila, but I decided that since I didn’t know enough about what was going on in the country, that I wouldn’t be able to fairly tell that story. So instead, I decided I’ll do a quick recap of the food. So here’s my recap:
OMIGOSH IT WAS SOO GOOD!!!!!!
That’s about it in a nutshell. I noticed I’m a lot more adventurous of an eater once I get outside of the US. I ingested all sorts of stuff that I’m not really sure what it was. But it was Goooooooood. The only thing I didn’t like: Fried Sea Urchin. It’s rubbery on the outside, and lumpy diarea on the inside. In fact, it made me feel the exact same way the next day. The joys of travelling abroad are easily overlooked in the moments spent on the toilet after ingesting something that nothing in your being agrees with.
There were 2 other things that I didn’t eat: 1 that I wanted to, 1 that I refused to. As we were driving, I saw a sign for ‘Day Old Fried Chick’. I thought to myself, “Why would I want friend chicken that’s been sitting out for a day?” But I was wrong in my thinking, as usual. It was a baby chick, that hatched a day earlier, then just thrown into a frier. I won’t lie…that sounded really tasty to me. On the other hand (and on the other side of the hatching process), there’s balut. Balut is a fairly known Filipino delicacy, known around the world. Basically, it’s a fertilized duck egg that has been hard boiled with the baby duck embryo GROWING INSIDE THE SHELL!!! I have pictures of the dissected hard boiled, but I won’t post them here. You can look it up online. It’s sick. I’ll just say you’d need a toothpick to get all the feathers out of your teeth.
Regardless of the oddities of these foods, I still managed to eat the equivalent of 5 meals a day, just packed into 3 meals a day. I blame the sea urchin food poisoning, but I actually managed to lose a little weight, not as much as when I travel elsewhere, but I’ll take what I can get (or ditch for that matter).
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