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Carmen

Carmen Jenner is a travel, food, and lifestyle writer, wanna-be photographer and the founder of Fluffy Towel. She specialises in travel memoirs, destination pieces, hotel reviews, guidebook contributor, travel advice, restaurant reviews, family travel, and copywriting.

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Manila Madness

filed24 Nov 2013 from

We’ve all seen the heartbreaking photos in the wake of Haiyan. And while many of us probably won’t be rushing out to book our next holiday to the Philippines, it’s a shame, because not only do they need tourists more than ever, it’s a fascinating country.

The sprawling metropolis of Manila has many mini cities within its labyrinth and several years ago I took a walking food tour through Chinatown, actually it was more like an eating tour as I tried everything from blood curry to noodles to fairy floss pork to jackfruit. I chickened out (excuse the poultry pun) when it came to eating the national delicacy of duck embryo, balut, but encouraged our guide Ivan for the sake of a photo. He was a good sport, and like most Filipinos, full of infectious enthusiasm for his culture. For the full article please go to Philippines Aflame or enjoy this little photo album.

 

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Eggs dyed pink served for special occasions in Chinese cuisine

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Squashed in like sardines

sardines man

What’s for dinner?

quicksnack

Very easy to find one of these

photographing us

Who’s photographing who?

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I wonder who that cute little girl is?

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So many dumplings, so little time!

man at traffic lights

You never know when you’re going to need a feather duster or soft toy while you’re stopped at the lights

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Dodgy cabling

curry trays

Curried…?

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Manila has some of the worst traffic in the world so no wonder taxi drivers keep their rosary beads close by.

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Interior of Minor Basilica of St. Lorenzo Ruiz of Manila (Binondo Church)

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Ivan contemplating his fate

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Paris at the Hilton

filed08 Nov 2010 from

 

The harpist serenades us as lady-boys shoo away flies with white cloths, or are they merely surrendering to the scorching heat?  Celebrating our daughter’s sixth birthday, we’re having lunch at No Problem Restaurant in a wooden structure suspended on stilts over a mangrove on Mactan Island, one of the 7,000 islands in the Philippines.

We’re sampling the traditional dish of Sutukil, a term derived from three words Sugba (SU), Tuwa (TU), Kilaw (KIL) meaning to broil, …

Divine Diversity: Holier Than Cebu

filed16 Sep 2010 from

Photo 1 Magellan’s Cross looms above, a larger than life relic to Christianity on Cebu, one of the 7,000 islands in the Philippines.

There are Catholic icons everywhere: a crucifix hanging off the rear-view mirror in a taxi, a painting of The Last Supper displayed in a cafe, or a rosary pressed between fingers clutching a steering wheel while negoiating the mad traffic. All over the city there are churches and the country-side is dotted with tiny chapels. The city morgue is …

Philippines Aflame

filed24 Aug 2010 from

Duck embryo anyone? Bottoms up!

Buns of steam

I have a confession. My attention isn’t entirely focused on the food whilst on the Big Binodo Food Wok Tour in Manila’s Chinatown. For starters, I’m a little bit star-struck as not only is our delightful tour leader Ivan Man Dy, a local celebrity in his own right, but I’m retracing the steps of Anthony Bourdain. And so my fascination with the rock-star of the culinary world continues – and in particular …