I dragged the boys to my school's homecoming lax week over at the City of Pines, Baguio City.
What's a good ole Baguio visit without dropping by its premiere park, Burnham?
Trivia: Yes, the park is named after the designer Daniel Burnham. Yup, it's the same renowned architect and urban planner from Chicago. He went up to the mountains early 190_ and designed this park.
I waited for the boys to paddle the boat around the park and appreciated the beauty of the city, the weather...
I was also approached by so many vendors as I waited for the boys. An assortment of oddities that reflected the state of people's income earning abilities.
I was approached by people selling:
1. Green Mango strips with shrimp paste (bagoong). This is a classic munchy for park-goers in Baguio, as well as
2. Crunchy pork rinds (chicharon)
3. Macaron (sort of like chicharon, but shaped like big macaroni)
4. Nuts, green peas
and the odder oddities, such as
6. Coffee (the coffee vendo machine pales to the friendly smiling manong (big brother) vending the coffee in person
7. Christmas carols - carolling in the park becomes harassment if you're carolled to thrice in 20 minutes
8. Solicitation for volunteer teachers - ehhh? And the soliciting "teacher" looked more polished and nicer than me. bah.
9. Massage - for your back pains
10. And the wildest - Manicure and Pedicure.
But if you think about it, it's the perfect ending. Soothe the tootsies with a ped after walking around the city the entire day.
Oh ye, Filipinos are really resourceful.