March 29, 2012

Night in Zamboanga and the Pasalubong

Half day tour in Sta. Cruz Island was a tranquil experience. We can’t afford not to have dinner with our two new friends, Lili and Teta. We planned to have dinner to talk about our courageous Basilan invasion the next morning.





I usually do not stay in the hotel whenever there still light in the sky. I prefer walking in the streets of the city to further get to know the place and the people. Since it was still 4pm and too early to have dinner, I decided look for some pasalubong in Canelar Barter Trade. The place is just a 5mins walk from our hotel. The name of the market does not really characterize the place. There is no barter exchange happening in the 21st century. Well, that was I am expecting. Lol.  



Pearls in Canelar
 You can buy varuous Chinese, Malay and local food delicacies and imported items (most are). There are also pearls, South Sea Pearls and extile products such as malong, scarf of different colors.
Scarf worth Php200
Since most of the goods are imported, most are expensive for a backpacker. But you can still haggle if you buy in bulk and offer a bargain by buying more souvenirs in one store. This is what I did. Lol. I manage to buy a set of pasalubong for only Php1,000 (US$23).


Colorful bags worth Php100



After the shopping and cultural talk with the natives in Canelar (I asked them to speak in Chavacano- a mixture of Spanish and Italian… hehe) I walk back to our hotel to keep the things that I bought.

Walking down the metropolis one can see the lively nights of the city. The city has grown into an economic power in the south matching Davao and Cebu in the Visayas. Zamboanga City is the major supplier of sardines in the Philippines.


Lantaka Hotel. One of the most famous in Zamboanga City.
Entering Paseo del Mar


You could feel the beat of a youthful Zamboanga when entering Paseo del mar. Park in the morning turn a night life hub in the evening was (I think) a replica of the formerly Bay Walk where bars and restaurant sprung like a mushroom (Bay walk concept in Manila was transferred to MOA in Pasay). Good thing, the government organized this for it invites tourists and locals to indulge in a youthful sound of Zamboanga in the night.   



Young people drinking mad...
Yes that is a food court.
Has anyone tasted the famous Isaw (Intestines of either pork or chicken grilled and dip in a vinegar or sauce) of Manila? Who never did? lol. Try this one Red colored Isaw (as compared to white in Manila) 

Red Grilled Isaw
Red Isaw with a sauce.
They call this Tempura? Its made of flour with a flavor of shrimp, off course deep fried. Php5.00 each. 

According to Teta, she first saw this street food in Dumaguete. I never been there... hmmm



Fan of the Red Isaw and tempura.



We had our dinner in Tsokolate beside Lankata hotel. But unforetunately Teta and Lili was not able to come because their meeting with somebody lasted more than expected.


  While waiting for the two girls we make use of the wifi and listen to the voice of this country singer.

Food in Tsokolate was very affordable. You can dine as low as Php200.00. Their pastries are excellent with a cheap price.
The Train actually is moving but i requested that it will be open through the retaurants Twitter account.

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This is the travel blog of Jherson Jaya - banker by profession, adventurer by passion. Everything written here were based on his experiences. The lust of seeing new places thrilled him to explore both the explored and unexplored world. Old and new architecture fanatic; lover of food, both exotic and indulgence; and founds peace in long bus and train rides - thats how he describe his way of traveling.    

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