Estelea's Blog

French Mum, humanitarian, restless explorer and doer on sabbatical in Cebu (Philippines): one Attila in each arm, I am exploring the “toddlers safe” corners of the region, while trying to keep some room for Me.

As Dry as Bantayan’s famous fishes!


Dry fishes are a typical Filipino delicacy. The best ones are said to come to Bantayan, the bulad/buwad (dried fish) island. They are the iconic products of the market, spilling over huge bags and stalls in all colors and shapes..

DryfishesMrAttila It does not take long before they all disappear, Pinoy eat them dropped in vinegar or in soups, with rice of course.

Trying those fishes is a must do when you are in the Philippines, as mandatory as singing in a karaoke or having a San Miguel. I must admit I haven’t yet. We always go to the market by 7AM, far too early for me to even think about getting one close to my mouth!

First timers, make sure you cover your nose so you can really appreciate the visit. And if you don’t feel like tasting them, at least make sure you buy some as Pasalubung (souvenir) to bring back to a Filipino friend. Success guaranteed!

Those fishes used to remind me of the golden little ones that Colonel Aureliano Buendia was making in “100 Years of Solitude”. He would forge them and melt them, and repeat the process all over again, like a mantra..

They now symbolize what we are experiencing in Cebu: a few days ago, the prolonged dry spell prompted Cebu Provincial government to declare a State of calamity.  save waterlr

Those fliers are everywhere: elevators, lobbies.. We just received a letter forbidding us to water plants and informing us on the water restrictions for the month. The letter concluded :”water, please treat it like liquid gold“.

When I think that I used to take baths in liters of potable water back in Europe…

My take on Jennifer Nichole Wells’One Word Photo Challenge: Dry


23 comments on “As Dry as Bantayan’s famous fishes!

  1. What, really? No watering plants?! Was this in Bantayan or Cebu City?

    • estelea
      June 3, 2015

      Cebu, we live in Lahug!

      • Yikes. We didn’t get the letter. Yet. I guess that means my father and son won’t go to jail yet, despite the incriminating evidence of my last post. Our water stops running at around 10 PM and only comes back at dawn. I saw in the news tonight that we’re up for a heat index of 39.5C in the coming days. It wasn’t always this bad though. It’s the first time in years.

      • estelea
        June 3, 2015

        Who can seriously deny the consequences of global warming ? Pretty worrying isn’t it? Be careful what you post, the management wrote us that they would monitor our “compliance with the rules”. They did not go that far last year, and the heat has just started .. Keep it up and visit us in Bantayan 🙂

      • If I go to Bantayan, that means I won’t have to use water here. It’s really doing Cebu City a favor if I go, isn’t it? 😀 When my schedule eases up, I would like to, very much!

      • estelea
        June 3, 2015

        You got it perfectly right! 🙂 see you there soon I hope!

      • estelea
        June 3, 2015

        and my reblog of the week is for you too 🙂 if you focus long enough, you should feel the cold 😛

  2. yolomoments12
    June 3, 2015

    Dried fish ❤

    • estelea
      June 3, 2015

      That’s how you spot a real Pinoy, right? Dried fish comes with a heart 🙂

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  3. Jennifer Nichole Wells
    June 3, 2015

    Thank you for sharing this! So many things I didn’t know about the Philippines!

    • estelea
      June 4, 2015

      Paradise with a hellish kind of weather 😉 And soon enough, we’ll enter the rainy season, made of typhoons and hurricanes …
      No wonder Filipinos are so looking forward to Xmas as early as from Sept. At the end of the year, the weather is back to normal and Jan is the best month of the year…

  4. Elmer Nev Valenzuela
    June 4, 2015

    Love the “paksiw” version of that fish..

    • estelea
      June 4, 2015

      Is that the one in vinegar? I never dared trying it so far…

  5. that traveling nurse
    June 4, 2015

    Oi, you got “pot-pot” there! One of my favorite dried fishes. Then there’s danggit and dried “nokus” too. Yummm…. I was going to ask you if you have tried them especially that you were at Bantayan but you answered my silent question already. 🙂 Make sure you let us know once you’ve had a bite.
    So the El Nino is that bad again huh. I don’t remember the local government being that aggressive with its campaign. Hope you get rain pretty soon!

    • estelea
      June 4, 2015

      Will probably give it a try this week end.. or next 😉 the clouds were all heavy and grey today, we danced and sang as bad as drunk karaoke singers, but nothing happened, not even a drop.. Have to do it louder next time maybe.. at least a neighbor will throw us a bucket of water, would be a good start..

  6. Pam Newberry
    June 5, 2015

    Hello! Love your blog and its versatility! I nominated you for the Versatile Blogging Award — visit my post of June 4, 2015 for details. Keep up the great work!

    • estelea
      June 5, 2015

      THanks a billion 🙂 really appreciate!!!

  7. amommasview
    June 5, 2015

    Here they tell us to not shower for longer than 4 minutes… Hey, I’ve nominated you for this award:

    • estelea
      June 5, 2015

      THanks 🙂 Will look into it right away!

  8. Pingback: One Word Photo Challenge: Wet | Jennifer Nichole Wells

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