Adams, a home away from home

The sun was down when we arrived in Adams. It was quite odd finding these mini betting stations beside the little Catholic chapel during Lent… a little too early for the Adams fiesta.

Brandon and Eugene balled with the local boys before we strolled back to the homestay, where a signature exotic Adams dinner was waiting.

We listened to Eheads and Rivermaya songs performed live by the nephews of our host. Pretty nostalgic and cool. Manang Annavic was asking them to settle down, but we assured her we were enjoying the scene.

We were greeted with hot native Adams cocoa in the morning. Sweetened with muscovado, the thick cocoa drink was a good energizer.

I heart Adams cacao

The Bulo River was shallower than usual, but was inviting as ever.

Adams RiverBulo River, AdamsAlexa

We visited Sinidangan and there are already more houses than before. I was impressed that waste segregation is being practiced in the sitio.

Sitio SinidanganToy TruckWoman and her rice

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Caught hikers and bikers from Manila and Laoag. Jonel, our friend, trekked to Anuplig Falls with his love.

A hearty lunch of fried frogs, coco creamed jackfruit, crawfish boiled in Sprite, exotic red ants (buos), banana heart dinakdakan, kiwet, palileng, sauteed watercress, bilagot and mountain rice.

Bucarot broom, a gift from generous homestay owner Manang Annavic Medrano.

Adams Wines

With warm hearts, we left Adams before sunset. It’s home away from home.

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Roselle: Hidden Treasure

A great new year ahead! On one of my adventures around the La Paz sand dunes, My friend Marc pointed at these red flowers. I didn’t know what they were until Alexa’s nanny saw me making a collage out of the photos and said they are called “roselle,” and they use them for the specific purpose of giving sinigang a sour flavor. First time to hear about that. However, I now remember the roselle variant of the Adams fruit wines I carried for the first Eco-Living Bazaar in Laoag two Christmases ago.

Roselle, Hibiscus sabdariffa L. (family Malvaceae), happens to have originated in India, in the 1600s. It’s strange that it thrives in the Caribbeans, Australia and the Philippines. The plant has been used as a diuretic and laxative. (Read more about roselle here and here.)

It’s interesting that the little known plant has quite many uses. In other places, they’ve used  it for teas, beer, jams and jellies, and as food coloring and seasoning.

I guess I need to hang out more often with Ilocano horticulturists Michael Calaramo and Manang Edita Dacuycuy. We never know that we grow treasures right in our very own backyards.

Again, may this year be kind to all of us. XOXO

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