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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“Pusong Bato” is a Filipino karaoke favorite

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The song Pusong Bato  (Heart of Stone) is always a favorite at karaoke bars, called videoke in the Philippines.

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Pusong Bato – Heart of Stone

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where did they get the idea for this building?

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I wonder where Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines got the idea for the design of the CAPITOL building?

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hmmmmm…I wonder

Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines

Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines

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The city of Puerto Princesa is located in the province of Palawan in the Philippines

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If there is heaven on earth,  this may be as close as it gets!

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I hope to be able to visit there next year and perhaps retire there someday!

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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!    

the Cagayan Valley rice crop

the Cagayan Valley rice crop

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In the summer you can see rice as far as the eye can see in the Cagayan Valley.  It must surely be the Cagayan Valley’s number one exported crop.

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All the rice fields make  the Cagayan Valley look so green!

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The rice grows very well in the northern Philippines thanks to all the ample rainfall!

 

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 The kuliglig can be seen transporting the bags of rice with the workers during the harvesting season!

heart of banana patties

heart of banana patties

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My favorite food of all time in the Philippines and thanks to my sister-in-law Gwen for taking the time to prepare these for me. There are plenty of banana plants in the Cagayan valley so it is just a matter of looking for the plants that have a banana flower on them.

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I wished that I still lived in a region where banana flowers are readily available…but, nevertheless, I am looking forward to my return trip to the Cagayan Valley for the great food!

This is a great lunch or dinner with a heaping scoop of white rice!