One thing I love about Asian cultures [generally speaking of course] is the respect and honor the young ones show to their elderly family members.
I've seen it in both Taiwan and Philippines, teenagers going out socially with their parents and grandparents, and caring for them as they get older.
I'm sitting at SM Mall right now, and an older man sat down next to me with his teenage son.
Trying different foods while you’re out exploring the sights is a big part of holidays in South East Asia.
Visit just about any town or city in the region and you’ll find vendors selling all kinds of dishes. They look and smell tempting, with the aroma of spices and the colorful ingredients hanging above the cart or stall. But how to choose?
12 Tasty Filipino Dishes: Southeast Asian "Soul-Food" Recipes To Make Your Taste Buds Tingle! [Philippines]
The secret is out, Filipino food is on the rise! With more and more award winning Filipino themed restaurants cropping up across the nation, Americans are finally getting an elevated taste of the soul-stirring comfort food many hundreds of millions of Filipinos have been enjoying in their own home kitchens for generations!
A mixture of salty and sweet, soft and crunchy and slimy and crispy, this dish is a great example of a 'love it or hate it' flavor profile! In Chinese, it's called 皮蛋, or pídàn, meaning leather or skin egg. In English, it's commonly referred to as Century Egg or Thousand Year Egg.
Travel Phrases: Hiligaynon To Help You Get By in the Philippines (Iloilo, Guimaras & Negros Occidental)
Philippines is a country of many different languages. Although Tagalog, the official language, is taught everywhere throughout the country, the local languages are what's really being spoken on the streets, in stores, at the market, while commuting, and in homes. If you really want to connect with the locals, the best way is to speak to them in their local languages.
If you are traveling through Western Visayas, chances are you will be surrounded by a language called Hiligaynon, alternatively referred to as Ilonggo.
As the dominant language on the islands of Panay and Guimaras, as well as in the province of Negros Occidental, there are approximately 8.2 million native speakers of the language.
The island of Molokai is often referred to as "The Most Hawaiian Island". Life there is slow and relaxed. It's rural and peaceful. It's like stepping back in time 50 years. It's a place like no other.
The following pictures, taken by local photographer Ted Kanemitsu, and the stories that accompany them, reflect perfectly the spirit of that island.
Eating Snake at Liuhe Nightmarket: Have You Tried This Interesting Delicacy? | Kaohsiung City, Taiwan
The sign above the nightmarket shop couldn't have made it any clearer. Whatever lingering doubts one might have had as to what was being served on the menu here immediately disappeared once you looked up at the giant neon cobra flashing over the entrance way.
I am no stranger to exotic food. Deep fried chicken butt, fermented stinky tofu, boiled pig intestine hotpot, succulent fish eyes, juicy shrimp heads...these are just a few of the things I've not only tried but that I actually love eating as well.
Negros Occidental is a province in the Philippines that has a long story. From a prehistory where the local inhabitants lived and prospered, through a period of Spanish occupation where sugar barons ruled the land from their plantation haciendas, down to modern day Negros where farming is still deeply rooted in the traditional way of life.
Garlic Shrimp Plate in Kahuku, Hawaii [SOURCE]
Have you ever tried the garlic-butter shrimp plates in Kahuku on the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii? If you want to know more, then this post in the "Cooking Hawaiian-style Comfort Food" series is for you..
Some people literally travel from the other side of the world just to get their fix of the buttery, salty, tangy goodness of garlic-butter Kahuku prawns.
But don't worry, if you don't have the time or resources to hop on the next flight out to Oahu just for this dish, I've managed to come up with a recipe that (somewhat) replicates the garlicky flavors and silky textures of this iconic North Shore "plate lunch" specialty.
Singaporean Dumpling Ladies [SOURCE]
In order to truly understand a culture, you need to taste their food. A country's cuisine has always been an important part of cultural identity, and Singapore is no exception.
Although Singaporean culture geographically originates in Malaysia, the ethnic diversity and historical cultural interactions found within the borders of this country is also reflected in it's cuisine, making it both vibrant and unique.
Brown coconuts with meat perfect for grating [SOURCE]
When you crack open a coconut, what comes out? Is it a thick and creamy white liquid that looks like milk? Or does the liquid have more of a clear consistency, much like water?
If you picked the second choice, you're right! But if WATER is what pours from a freshly cut coconut, then where do we get coconut MILK from?
I guess I always took knowing the different parts of a coconut for granted.
One of the biggest questions I always get is, "What is Hawaiian food like?" It's a simple enough question, but one that may carry with it a variety of explanations. If you want to know more, then this post in the "Cooking Hawaiian-style Comfort Food" series is for you.
For starters, "Hawaiian food" in the strictest sense is just a small part of what makes up the local food we eat in Hawaii today. When locals say Hawaiian food, they are specifically referring to dishes that are of Native Hawaiian origin.
It's been a little over a month since my last post. After my trip home to Hawaii in July, I had to take a much needed break from blogging. I hope you didn't mind. Going home was an emotional roller coaster for me in many ways, and I needed some time to process it all.
My dad has always had a way with plants. We grew up on acres and acres of land surrounded by trees, shrubs, vegetables, fruit and flowering bushes all planted and cultivated by my father's hand. If anyone has a green thumb, it's him.
Okay, so we all have wishes and hopes and dreams, right? Well here are some of mine. "3 Random Reasons Why I REALLY Want To Go To..." is a segment on The Drifters Blog wherein I share with you one of the many places I have always wanted to explore and 3 reasons why I feel a trip there is warranted. Next up: Edinburgh, Scotland.
Have you ever wondered what it's like to leave your home country and live in a foreign land? Do you need some inspiration and motivation to do this yourself?
"Chat With an Expat" takes you around the world and brings you into the homes, huts, tents and yurts of global drifters to give you an inside look at what life is like living abroad.
In this installment, we speak to an Australian with the heart of a Gypsy living in Asia.
It's always interesting to meet someone who grew up unconventionally in a conventional world. Kara is a personal friend of mine who, although she was raised in Australia, moved around a lot when she was younger. She was brought up in a household of gypsies with parents who loved to move and travel, and she never lived longer than 3 years in one house. Last year, she moved to the East Asian country of Taiwan. Here is her story of what life is like there:
Koh Phangan, Thailand - Last week we talked about Bangkok. This week, we leave the capital city of Thailand and head south to the island of full-moon parties. Agness from eTramping has been traveling since 2011 and blogging with her best friend Cez. Recently, she took some time out to share with us some tips on how to have a fun and safe trip to Koh Phangan Beach, all for under $25USD.
Okay, so we all have wishes and hopes and dreams, right? Well here are some of mine. "3 Random Reasons Why I REALLY Want To Go To..." is a new segment on The Drifter Journals wherein I share with you one of the many places I have always wanted to explore and 3 reasons why I feel a trip there is warranted. First up: The Republic of Cyprus
Bangkok, Thailand - You either love it or you hate it. During the planning stages of my first trip through Southeast Asia, I had originally decided to use Bangkok as a hub city, a sprawling metropolis worth no more than a passing. As it turned out, some of the most endearing characters I've met during my travels were befriended in Bangkok.
Since then, I have always had a certain affinity towards the real lives of the working class Thai. Street life was introduced to me as being a vibrant part of any capital city, a key way of getting to know the feel of what life is really like behind all the glossy tourism ads.
My trip to Fiji was unplanned. To be honest, I had never really thought of going there before, so it was sort of by accident that I actually went. It just so happened that when my friends brought up travel plans to do an RV road trip across Aotearoa, the flight I priced flying from Hawaii to New Zealand made a scheduled layover in Fiji. Fortunately, I was smart enough to ask about an extended stay in the islands rather than just a quick stop off. That was to be one of the best unintentional decisions of my travel life.
It's time for another "Days Go By" write-up! This time around you guys voted for the Instagram photo of my smiling Taiwanese student, a picture I titled "ESL Student Archetypes". And that's what I came up with, a short list of 3 basic ESL student stereotypes* in Taiwan, plus a few extra contributed ones sent in by readers!
After a trip to Cambodia changed her view of life, Rebecca found herself moving across the globe to see what else was out there. She has lived in Jordan, and traveled throughout Asia and the Middle East. She currently lives in Rome, Italy, where we caught up with her for an interview on what life is like living as an expat in a foreign country. Here's what she had to say...
What were you doing before you decided to move to Rome?
I had Vietnamese coffee at lunch a couple Sundays ago. "Big deal," you might say. Well, it is a big deal, for me. You see, living in Taiwan, I've been deprived of conveniently accessible truly gourmet coffee for over three years now, and it's time for me to fight for my rights to again be obsessed with all things coffee bean along with any of it's aromatic byproducts.
Lunch was not the first time I had ever tasted Vietnamese coffee. I can still think back now when my friend Scott got back from his trip through Southeast Asia, and one of the things he'd unpacked from his travels was a small tin contraption made up of several parts. I hadn't understood it at the time, but this filter would eventually TURN MY WORLD UPSIDE DOWN!
I'm JR. I come from a long line of adventurers, some were nomadic explorers of the sea and others wandering cultivators of the earth. Ultimately, this legacy of drifters has deeply affected my view of travel. Read more...