Eat. Explore. and Eat some more
13.03.2011 - 15.03.2011 22 °C
After a month, Mindanao here I am again!!!
This time it's Zamboanga (yup, you read that right)... Whenever we hear Zamboanga we immediately say, oh where the terrorists thrives, daily bombings and killings are normal, and all those nasty things...but generally, Zamboanga is a safe place to visit.
With a barrage of negative things attributed to the city, there is that tendency to overlook the good and beautiful culture enveloped in its broken image. Hence, amidst the threat and several advice, I was able to pursuade my sister to tag me along one of her visits to the city.
Spending 3 days in the city is more than enough to capture the richness of their culture. From the colonial architecture in the "pueblo," to the off-beat private mountain haven that overlooks the "latin city in asia." In addition to the foreign influence, as brought about by the colonization, indigenous tribes also contribute to the city's history - there's the Yakan weavers of Basilan, the Badjao or the "sea gypsies" and of course, for those who is brushing up on their alpabetong Filipino, V is for vintas or "sails" so colorful they brighten up the open seas.
I heard from one travel show that history and culture isn't just about seeing the places, but also experiencing the culinary craftsmanship, and that is what I just did. I savoured the sumptuous piece of heaven, curacha con Alavar. Rich in fresh seafood, Zamboanga is a haven for
seafood lovers - "when in Rome, eat what the Romans eat," and so I have; not particularly keen in eating foods that are "unknown" to my palate, I engaged in eating clams and Abalone - and actually enjoyed every single spoonful of it. Yes, Zamboanga brought me to bizarre gastronomic delights.
It doesn't end there though, I also tried the infamous Speedy Pizza, which is their unique take on pizza topped with fresh peaches. Then there is the buco pie with meringue-like topping; and finally, my favorite indulgence of them all, the nickerbacker - their version of
halo-halo sans the shaved ice!!!
Touring this part of the 7,107 islands isn't a disappointment at all, but I wish I was able to see the heavenly white and pink sand beaches surrounding the peninsula.