A “little” pica pica

In the Philippines, pica pica means “something that stimulates your appetite, and makes you want to come back for more“. Like our French apero, but a little more .. energy dense! In the Philippines, there is no such thing as light or modernist cuisine. In the Philippines, people take their food portions very seriously. Families love to gather in restaurants, so the portions are usually big. … Continue reading A “little” pica pica

Repurposing on the road, Filipino Style

Spend some times in the Philippines and you’ll very soon realise that the sky is the limit when it comes to make the best with what you have. Creativity doesn’t need money to express itself at best. Your motorbike is too small to fit 6 passengers? Take a basket ball to make an additional seat! Wish you could fit 4 more kids on your bike? Here … Continue reading Repurposing on the road, Filipino Style

The secret of my weight loss? living in the Philippines!

Don’t get me wrong: Living in the Philippines is great! awesome people, places, everlasting summer … But there is one thing I ll never get used to, it’s the food! For a vegetarian like me, Filipino food is a nightmare. It’s still very hard to find something without meat, and on top of that, I don’t like rice and I try to avoid any kind … Continue reading The secret of my weight loss? living in the Philippines!

Why Bantayan new schools are more than buildings

J-1 Holidays are looming !!! Tomorrow is Graduation Day in the Philippines: Kids have been rehearsing for weeks and it will be a very big day for them (and their proud parents). Filipino are taking this event hyper seriously, much more than us European. I actually never heard about a “Graduation ceremony” for children before coming to Cebu. Ms Attila is required to wear a long white dress, … Continue reading Why Bantayan new schools are more than buildings

Did you know that Santa is working undercover in the streets of NYC ?

In the cold streets of New York, a particular Santa hadn’t waited for Christmas to warm people’s hearts and put a big smile on their face.. If you haven’t recognised him, it’s because he is working under cover: look for a tattooed Filipino hairdresser in his early 30. Distinguishing mark: His sack turned satchel with a bunch of brushes and scissors. “It’s all about being grateful and sharing my gift” … Continue reading Did you know that Santa is working undercover in the streets of NYC ?

Inspiring Monday: if I had to define the Filipino attitude

This picture sums it all: This taxi driver has two daughters and like most of his colleagues often struggles to make ends meet. There is no such thing as maximum hours of work a day in the Philippines. You have to work, so you work. Trade union doesn’t mean anything. Sometimes the driver is so tired that he can fall asleep at a red light. … Continue reading Inspiring Monday: if I had to define the Filipino attitude

As Dry as Bantayan’s famous fishes!

Dry fishes are a typical Filipino delicacy. The best ones are said to come to Bantayan, the bulad/buwad (dried fish) island. They are the iconic products of the market, spilling over huge bags and stalls in all colors and shapes..  It does not take long before they all disappear, Pinoy eat them dropped in vinegar or in soups, with rice of course. Trying those fishes is a must … Continue reading As Dry as Bantayan’s famous fishes!