Sunday, September 30, 2012


Taken at the Zamboanga City International Airport... readying for the Fiesta Pilar 2012
I just want to share Promding Chamimay's site on the Fiesta Pilar 2012 activities.

It is very informative! Look it up!!!


It is October 1, 2012... eleven days to go before the Feast of the Lady of the Pilar 2012!

I just arrived at the Zamboanga International Airport and I noted a new look welcoming passengers to Asia's Latin City, Ciudad de Zamboanga.

They said it was just put up a day earlier. I am sorry I couldn't give any specific congratulations to the "conceptualizer" and "designer" but this is spearheaded by the Department of Tourism.

It is streamlined and clean, but still depicts the essence of Zamboanga City.

We see the whole Paseo scenario with the iconic lamp posts and benches at the Cawa-Cawa Boulevard or presently named R.T. Lim Boulevard plus the colorful accent of the Zamboanga vinta.

Interestingly, did you notice that the lamp posts really light up?!

And here is the real thing! They caught the scene, right!

The center board caught my attention with its curved  appeal and the vibrant vermilion color (did I get the color right?)
And focused on Zamboanga City landmarks...
Sta. Cruz Island with the vinta in the backdrop! 
I guess the Metropolitan Cathedral is covered by the plants...

Do you think they missed any landmark?

I can already imagine the tourists coming over and have a really great photo souvenir as soon as they step in the airport.

I am sure the Ciudad De Zamboanga sign would be picture-perfect! So too, with the lamps, benches and vintas just like at the Boulevard and the Paseo!

I it!

Viva Fiesta Pilar 2012!!!


It is October 1, 2012. 

I am now entering a new phase as a blogger… my joining the BC Bloggers as in “busy” bloggers and Blog exChange as founded by Paula of!

I heard about this from my friend, Charm, who also encouraged me to start blogging actually!
She told me it increased her network, thus, her stats and most of all, she found bloggers with like-minds and who she developed friendships with!

I just had to find out about this… and indeed, I found BC Bloggers!

This started out as personal blog focused on travels I have had throughout the years, many of which were incidental to other things I did. I do want to share my experiences, thus, I hope to have a wider reach!

Want to have more links? Let’s all join BC Bloggers!!!

Sunday, September 9, 2012


Coca Cola has always had the trademark soft drink bottle, wherein others use the term "Coca-Cola body" to mean a sexy lady!

We are so used to the usual 8 oz. and 12 oz. bottles and later the "Litro" (I L bottle) , then the 1.5 L and even the 1.25 L ones! 

In the recent years, the Coke in Can has also made its mark.

So whenever, we see an unusual size, shape or label, it easily catches my attention, and of course, my lens!

In Davao, the smaller version of Coke, the Coke Sakto (200 ml!) and the small Royal Tru-orange bottle.
compared to the 12-oz. Mountain Dew

237 ml Royal Tru-orange and 200 ml Coke Sakto
237 ml Royal and Coke Sakto 
We used to have the Coke Sakto in Zamboanga and eventually no longer distributed in ZC, thus, looks unusual for me again! 

They said, maybe, the Zamboangueños are Coke drinkers and the Coke Sakto is not "sakto" since too small to satisfy! (hahaha, just a thought!)

Other Cokes in Can and Bottles!
Coke bottles in Thailand.

Coke in can in Thailand.

Coke bottle in Paris.

Coke bottle in Rome.
the Coke bottle is just in the background.

Coke in can in Rome.

in support of Italia and the soccer cup!
Coke bottle in Korea.

I didn't realize I had all these pictures of Cokes of varying sizes and shapes and from which countries.

What may seem unusual to us is actually, quite normal to others!!!


I visited Sr. Dilla and Sr. Gloria on the day of Mama Mary's feast day and they offered to me the red rambutan!

I was "shy" at first, but since I remembered the durian, I thought it was also timely to introduce the Rambutan.

So, I couldn't help but take the picture of the vibrant rambutan. I guess it is the color of this fruit that makes me feel this fruit is "vibrant".

I took a few fruits just so I also have pictures of the opened Rambutan.
Unlike the durian, the rambutan spikes are soft and not prickly, so it is easy to open with the fingers.
It isn't so messy although slightly sticky and a bit juicy.

I like this fruit, which is a relative of the longan and the lychees.
I feel it is cool to the palate and just a bit sweet, so it feels refreshing to eat this fruit.

This is what I googled about RAMBUTAN! from Wikipedia.
The rambutan ( /ræmˈbtən/; taxonomic name: Nephelium lappaceum) is a medium-sized tropical tree in the familySapindaceae. The fruit produced by the tree is also known as "rambutan." The name rambutan is derived from the Malay wordrambutan, meaning "hairy": rambut the Malay word for "hair", a reference to the numerous hairy protuberances of the fruit, together with the noun-building suffix -an.  Rambutan trees also found growing naturally in ThailandVietnam, the Philippines, and elsewhere in Southeast Asia, although its precise natural distribution is unknown.[3] It is closely related to several other edible tropical fruits including the lycheelongan, and mamoncillo.

Health Benefits of Rambutan
Rambutan fruit contains carbohydrate, protein, fat, phosphorus, iron, calcium and vitamin C. Skin tanin and fruits contain saponin. The seeds contain fat and polifenol. The leaves contain tannin and saponin. Skin stem contains tannin, saponin, flavonida, pectic substances, and iron.
There are usually a light brown seeds are high in some Fats and oils (mainly oleic acid and eicosanoic acid) valuable to industry, and is used in cooking and the manufacture of soap. Rambutans roots, bark, and leaves have various uses in the production of dyes and drugs.
I am actually wondering if this fruit is really common to other areas in the Philippines or in other parts of the world. 
Does this fruit have any other name in the English language?
I know it is seen in Zamboanga City (not necessarily very common) but I don't think it is as commonly available in Cebu.

Anyway, I hope that at one time in your life, you can also try the RAMBUTAN.

Monday, September 3, 2012


When we saw these yellow fruits hanging along the road to Eden Nature Park in Davao City, we were wondering what kind of fruit this is.
These were so attractive especially when displayed in bunches!

Do you know what this fruit is?

What is the first thing that enters your mind as you see this fruit?

We initially thought that this was the TIESSA or TISA because of the distinct yellow color, although, 
we wondered about the additional ears...maybe, a variety of tiessa?

So, I googled up the Tiessa and this is what I found out. I chose the data from the Alindanaw blog:

Interesting Fruit - Tiessa or Egg Fruit
The Canistel or Egg Fruit  is quite a common fruit in the Philippines where many other fruits of South American origin can also be found, no doubt introduced by the Spanish in the old days. In other Asian countries it is a rather rare curiousity. In the Philippines it's called Tiessa or Tisa or Chessa, another English names is Yellow Sapote as it belongs to the Sapote family or Sapotaceae. 

I realized it looked different, although, the golden yellow color is similar. It must not be a tiessa!

I now couldn't resist but have to find out the name of the golden-yellow fruit so I had to google it again!

I googled "yellow fruit which looks like Mickey Mouse".

Lo and behold, I found it under another blog on ornamental plants with this site:
The author said that the Nipple Plant or Nipple Fruit is locally called "Mickey Mouse" plant because the fruit resembled the cartoon character.
I also found out it was ornamental and included under the poisonous plant group! 
And to think, we thought it was the edible Tiessa!!!

I am now led to the real name of this plant, Solanum mammosum!
From Wikipedia, this is what I learned about the Nipple Fruit.

Solanum mammosum is commonly known as Nipplefruit, Titty Fruit, Super Duper Titty Fruit , Cow's Udder, or, ambiguously, "Apple of Sodom".[1] It is an annual to perennial plant in the Solanaceae family, part of the Solanum or nightshade genus, and a relative of the tomato and potato. This poisonous fruit is native to South America, but has beennaturalized in the Greater Antilles, Central America and Caribbean.
In Chinese culture it is known as five fingered eggplant(五指茄). In Japan it is known as Fox Face.

The plant is grown for ornamental purposes, in part because of the distal end of the fruit's resemblance to a human breast, while the proximal end looks like a cow's udder. It has been used in traditional medicine for the treatment athlete's foot by hunters in Trinidad[2] and for irritability and restlessness.[3][verification needed] It is sometimes also used as a detergent. It is imported to Taiwan and Hong Kong as decorative foliage for use in religious and festival floral arrangements. They are commonly used in building Chinese New Year trees due to their auspicious golden coloured fruit.

My "problem" is now solved!

I became more interested in it since I saw the live plant at the Eden Nature Park in Davao City!

Come to think of it, in retrospect, I know that this was one of the ornamental plants!
I just got misled when we saw the Nipple Fruits hanging as a bunch in small stalls on the way to Davao City and thought that these were edible fruits!
No wonder they were not mixed with the stall with edible fruits.
It was indeed the first time I saw that these were sold as bunches as ornamentals!

I guess, I am still happy I learned something new today!