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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some of my photos of Manila – Ermita

Philippines map

Philippines map

Manila map

Manila map

Here are a few of my photos that I took while staying in the Ermita section of Manila in 2012.

The photos were taken from my 4th floor hotel window

Manila -Ermita

Manila -Ermita

Manila - Ermita

Manila – Ermita

Manila - Ermita

Manila – Ermita

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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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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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Pusong bato – Ian Co.

Pusong Bato is one of the most famous   songs that is sung in Videoke  bars in the Philippines. It is always better to practice it first before attempting to sing it at the videoke bar!

This is where all the tourists go to sing their favorite songs

This is where all the tourists go to sing their favorite songs

How about some Tocilog for breakfast?

How about  some Tocilog  for breakfast?

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I love Tocilog, it consists of cut up sausage, a fried egg and a heaping scoop of rice. Usually white rice is served in the Philippines…although there are exceptions as each restaurant has it’s own cooks and has their own way of preparing breakfast. I love my plate of Tocilog with a heaping cup of coffee….with plenty of cream and sugar.

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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