Convenience stores are sprouting like mushrooms in Laoag. We went food-hunting at our favorite Shop & Go on Halloween night. I like it there because my money stretches far. Ericke drinks their coffee usually while Brandon alternates between dumplings and frozen yogurt. I got rigatoni pasta, Japanese siomai and kimchi. I know, so very strange! It’s united flavors, yum!This is actually the weirdest product I’ve encountered. Cashing in on the Filipinos’ fondness for whitening stuff, papaya-and-glutathione is not only limited to soaps and creams now. I died!Just when we were about to leave, a plateful of atang makes a dramatic entrance at the store. I ended up taking photos of the owners and the treats (thanks, guys!). It’s an Ilocano thing — a traditional offering for the reposed — there’s busi (popped rice with tagapulot, like caramel popcorn) and an assortment of sticky rice cakes (baduya, patupat and linapet). Atang commonly includes pinais, mama (bua, gawed and apog) and tabaco.Have a happy long weekend, everyone! Don’t forget to say a prayer for your dear departed.
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