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Indonesia – rujak

(I am reposting this after some issues with the blog.)

Hi there! I’ve been back from Indonesia for 1 week (almost exactly). I’m hoping to be emailing a newsletter soon, but I thought a blog post might be nice.

You probably know that I like food, so I thought I would make that my first post.

My favorite dish that I tried in Indonesia is more of a snack – rujak.

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You take peanuts and cane sugar and pound it into this sweet peanut sauce. (You can add a chili or 2 but I asked for it without those.)

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Then you add tart fruit (not quite ripe).

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It’s all mixed together and tastes wonderful!

(The sound in this video is the waves crashing just behind the little shop we were in and I think a bit of the street that was in front of the shop.)
*FYI- The video might not work if you’re using the Google Chrome browser.*

Here’s Carol & I with our ruajk; Ambon is known for it.

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Fun @ Croc Park

Back in May I went to Crocodile Park with some friends. The park has mostly crocodiles but also other animals that they have rescued (or taken in as rescues). Enjoy!


I think this bird was struggling to determine whether he was a bird or a bat. 🙂





This baby tiger was so cute!


The poor little guy had fallen and wasn’t able to get out.


This one wasn’t so cute…




This guy has a broken jaw (I think). Looks pretty strange.



Deer in the Philippines look different. This is the first one I remember seeing with antlers too!





This peacock was beautiful!


This is the large & old crocodile at the park.


They do a show with “dancing crocodiles” when they feed them and they come up out of the water to get the meat.


Summer Fun!! – Part 6

We went to Paradise Island on Saturday. The morning was rainy but it stopped before we got to the island. It made for a cooler day, which was nice.

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We swam around, went snorkeling, and had lunch.

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For lunch we had carbonara (with garlic bread) and zucchini with tomato sauce. Then we ordered halo halo also. Halo halo means mix mix. The contents vary and could include the following: shaved ice, evaporated milk, corn flakes, ube ice cream, red beans, banana, coconut strips, pinipig (ground dried rice – sort of like rice krispies), tapioca, gelatin, sweet corn, etc. (You can look it up online.)

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It was a relaxing and fun time! I’m so glad Becky was able to visit for a few days.

(btw- it was not my last day of summer)

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Summer Fun!! – Part 5

After we checked out we got lunch at the fishing village. The entrance was included in our package.

This was standing just outside of the village entrance. We had taken pictures here the day before.


We each caught a tilapia (0.7 kilos total) and then had them grilled. We bought two servings of rice as well. I’m not a huge fish person, but it was good. I even ate it with my hands – Filipino style. 🙂






Summer Fun!! – Part 1

I’m enjoying the break during summer vacation so far. My friend Becky came to visit for a few days and we had a lot of fun. I hope you enjoy these pictures. Rest and friends are such a blessing!!

On Wednesday night we went to Outback Grille, which is a restaurant that opened shortly after I arrived here in Davao. I haven’t gone yet…it was great!

We played games on the placemats while we waited for our food.

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This was Becky’s burger; mine is in the background.

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Here we are ~ Carol (the librarian), me, & Becky.

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We each had fried ice cream for dessert. It was ok but not my favorite.

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Fun with Food

I decided to make a post about food – so this may not be a good one to read if you’re hungry. 🙂  I like to eat and I often take pictures of my food when I travel overseas.  I have included pictures of food I have had here in the Philippines and also some things I have made.  (YES, I am actually doing some cooking – and even enjoying it!)  I am enjoying cooking some things and learning how to adapt recipes based on what I have access to here in the Philippines.

This is my first trip to Jollibee since I returned to the Philippines.  It is a fast food place similar to McDonald’s.  The spaghetti you see on my plate is different than in the States though – it’s sweet, cold, and has tiny hotdog-type pieces cut up in it.  It’s not too bad as long as you aren’t expecting Italian spaghetti. 🙂

This is the first dish I cooked here in the Philippines – hamburger helper.  This is one of my favorite recipes from home.  It was a little drier than I’m used to, but turned out pretty well.  I’m going to try to improve it a little more in the next week or so.

The first Saturday after school started (August 3) Ruth (my housemate) and I decided to go out for lunch.  We went to Abreeza, one of the malls here, and found a restaurant called Mooon. (yes, the 3 letter o’s are intentional)  They had many choices including a few Mexican options.  I enjoyed the taco-type dish I ordered; I can’t remember the name now.

They also had some soda choices I haven’t seen before.  Ruth tried the Dalandan soda and I tried the Calamansi soda.  Dalandan was similar to an orange flavor, but maybe a little sour.  Calamansi is similar to a lemon or lime flavor.  I really liked the Calamansi soda.

We have had 2 long weekends in a row, which has been a nice break.  Our first Monday off I went to Paradise Island with a family from school.  (There will be another post with pictures from that trip).  While I was there I tried Halo Halo, which means mix mix.  It is ice, ice cream, and a mixture of fruit, cornflakes, red beans, corn, and whatever else you might happen to have.  This was the first time I have had this.  It’s a popular Filipino food, but I didn’t try it when I was here before.  You mix everything together and eat it.  It just doesn’t taste the same unless you mix all of the ingredients together.  I know some of the ingredients look like jell-o, but they’re really different types of fruit.

I also made a cheese ball – more like a cheese spread.  I tried it my first day in the Philippines since Becky’s mom sent it with us as a snack for school.  It was so good that I got the recipe.   I had a chance to make it this week and it turned out well!  The outside has parsley on it, which is why it looks green.  I am so thankful that I can buy cream cheese and other cheese here.