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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Tuburan sa Guintubdan (Spring water in Guintubdan)


If one wants to take a cold dip which is as cold as an iced water, Tuburan sang Guintubdan is the highly recommended place. Cold, freezing, running and with rushing waters, Guintubdan spring waters is located at Sitio Guintubdan, Brgy. Ara-al, La Carlota City, just a smooth 20 minutes from the city proper. Below are my latest photos of the coldest water ever (of course, because it was rainy season when we went there!) 

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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Getting the feel of the "summer capital" at the Rafael M. Salas Park and Nature Center, Bago City, Negros Occidental


The park called Rafael M. Salas Park and Nature Center is part of Bago City already. It is located on  a higher altitude than the pavilion of La Carlota City. With pines and fogs, it felt like Baguio City or Tagaytay when we visited the place. It was a quick survey of the place. 
Here are my quick photos from my phone.

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Do you still remember how Sarali or Sirali taste?


This "Sarali" is a childhood fruit for everyone who grew up in the Visayan area of the Philippines. Also known as  Flacourtia jangomas or Indian Plum or coffee plum, Sarali is best enjoyed by pressing one fruit between one's palm, move it in circular motion until tender, and pop the soft flesh quickly in one's mouth save the seeds. Just like apple, this fruit oxidizes quickly and thus, gets dark brown easily. It can give one's teeth a nasty brown shade. Sour with a hint of sweet, this is a must-try fruit. I believe, the fruit has an economic value just like sarguellas and lanzones.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Glimpses of Nature at the Mambukal Resort, Murcia, Negros Occidental


Mambukal Resort is synonymous with rushing waters, crickets, hot spring, hiking and seven falls. Located in Murcia, Negros Occidental, Mambukal can be a jump off in going to the crater of Mt. Canlaon.  One can enjoy the nature's natural sound if one stays in the hut near these rushing waters.

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The greeneries refresh the tired eyes, wasted body, and drained brain. 

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Lampunaya.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Who has tasted Banawak or Susung Kalabaw?


Just when I thought that I have tasted all fruits found in this archipelago, I am again proven wrong. I have just tasted this exotic-looking fruit just found in Negros Island Region only now. Called "Banawak" locally here, it is also known as Susung Kalabaw which translates to Carabao's Teat and Torres Strait Scrambler. My sister brought this home because a farm woman ate it and so she ate one too. I was hesistant to follow and I made some online clicks to verify first whether it is safe to eat the same. 

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Here are what I found out: After some research, this sour sweet hard-pitted fruit belongs to the specie Uvaria Rufa. No wonder that the smell of this fruit just as big as the Lanzones is familiar because it also belongs to the family of Atis or custard apple. After sampling this fruit, I must admit that there is nothing to rave about this fruit except for the fact that it is exotic-looking, not available in the mainstream but turns out to be also abundant in the Philippines. However, from what I have read, the economic value of this tree is in its wood being used as substitute to Rattan which is popular all over the country in making furniture. Another thing, this can be a good shrub/tree for reforestation purposes.

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Photo credit: Gerolie M. Uy

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For more grasp on how the tree/shrub looks like, here's a link to another blog.