The people, places and wildlife of Siargao Island, Philippines

Category: Food

Mud fight at the Buhing Kalipay reservoir.

Mud fights, Pomelo Harvest, Medicinal Vines, and Some Boxing Day Birding.

On the morning of December 26th, Boxing Day, we decided to take a walk and work off some of the heavy holiday meals. We headed out for the village of Buhing Kalipay (also known as Borawin) here on Siargao island and for once it was a nice sunny blue sky day (it’s been pretty wet […]

December 26, 2017

Philippine boys fishing with roots

Rice Field Fishing with Nets (and Roots!)

Walking past these kids, I couldn’t help but ask what they were up to. They said they were “going fishing” but instead of a cane pole and some worms they were carrying tangled roots. This would require some investigation…

August 22, 2017


Roadside Shopping in San Isidro, Siargao

Not a day goes by we don’t buy something from people passing by on foot, by motorcycle, tricycle, or even jeepney. Usually it’s fresh fish (or clams, squid, octopus, and crabs). Fruit and vegetable sellers are a close second behind the seafood vendors. Mangoes, pineapples, lanzones, rambutan and watermelon when in season are popular. The […]

May 9, 2017

Jackfruit and Pomelos

The village of San Miguel on Siargao, just half a dozen kilometers upstream from us, has a plentiful supply of both jackfruit and pomelo. Today Julia from Munich and Demi from Cebu went exploring with us and to our collective delight procured a plentiful supply of more than a dozen large pomelo and four good-sized jackfruit. […]

May 6, 2017

Staring down a Yellowfin Tuna

This  fishmonger from Santa Monica came by at six o’clock this morning with the catch of the day: we got a 2.7 kilogram yellowfin tuna for a lunchtime bbq. 

April 11, 2017

Time to make the chocolate.

Recently we gathered cacao pods from their trees in the barangay of Libertad  here on Siargao Island. After opening the pods to collect the nibs inside we took advantage of the excellent weather yesterday to dry them in the sun to make tablea cacao tablets for the favourite Philippine chocolate drink tsokolate.

April 5, 2017