Imelda and the Carabao – notes from the author

Imelda and the Carabao by Steven Wiseblood

Imelda and the Carabao by Steven Wiseblood

It has been a year since I wrote Imelda and the Carabao which is loosely based on my travels to the Philippines in 2012.

During my travels I learned about life on a Philippine farm, growing and harvesting rice, farming equipment as well as growing vegetables and selling them at the Philippine market.

Carabao in water

Carabao in water

kuliglig -  farming equipment

kuliglig – farming equipment

I highly recommend  my book,  Imelda and the Carabao for anyone who wants to learn something about Philippine rural life in the  Cagayan Valley, which is  in the far northern part of Luzon.  Imelda and the Carabao is also available on AMAZON.COM and at a kindle book also. I hope that you will read it and  enjoy it!

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My Impressions of the Philippines

My Impressions of the Philippines

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During my seven month stay in the Philippines from late May 2012 until early December 2012 I was able to accomplish much of what I set out do to.  There was simply not enough time and money to do everything that I wanted to do.

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I stayed in Manila for a little over 2 months and in the Cagayan valley for almost 5 months on 2 separate occasions.

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I wanted to see more of Ilocos Norte and the beaches on the northern coast. I wanted to see Santa Ana and the small islands off the northern coast.

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I will plan ahead so that during my next trip to the Philippines I will take ample time to visit all the places that I want to see. I am looking forward to returning to the land that I consider my second home……The Philippines!    

Savemore markets in the Philippines

Savemore market in the Philippines

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The Savemore Market in the Philippines is, perhaps, the most American Styled supermarket that I have seen during my seven month journey in the Philippines. I went to the Savemore market in Tuguegarao City, in the cagayan valley and also to Savemore in Santa Cruz, Manila. 

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The prices are very competitive and there is a wide selection of items to choose from.

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Pictured above is the Savemore building in Tuguegarao City. The actual market is on the other side of the building.   Savemore is always very  well air conditioned, so it is a welcome relief to get out of the hot Philippine tropical sun and do some shopping!

traveling through Isabela Philippines

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traveling through Isabela Philippines

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During my seven month stay in the Philippines during 2012, I have traveled several times through Isabela province. There are many small towns, medium sized cities and two or three large cities

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Isabela is in the Cagayan Valley and the scenery is among the most beautiful in the Philippines. There are many valleys, hills, palm trees and rice fields.

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Next time that I travel to the Philippines I want to stay a longer time in the Cagayan Valley to explore the beautiful scenery of Isabela and Cagayan!

Riding the Kalesa in the Cagayan valley

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The Kalesa, or Calesa, is a horse drawn carriage and they  are frequently seen in Tuguegarao and in Tuao in the Cagayan Valley of the northern Philippines.

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The Calesa is an economical way to get from one place to another. In Tuao Cagayan it will take you from one place to another for 10pesos (about 25-cents US). There is  enough room in the cabin of the calesa to bring the things home that you bought at the market! The calesa can hold about 6 Filipinos comfortably. Sometimes if there are a lot of people there is room for one or two people to sit up front with the driver.Image

eating Guava in the Philippines (known as bayabas)

ImageLocally grown bayabas trees in the Philippines (we know them as Guava) are green on the outside and a reddish color on the inside. I was not use to eating Guava that is green on the outside thinking that they are not ripe. In fact, by cutting one in half, they are a watermellon red color on the inside and sweet! They are grown all over the Cagayan Valley and can be harvested all year!

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