Trader Joe's

Life here in the Philippines is exciting, hot, enjoyable. There are many little vendor stores all over the city...sari sari stores (which are like small convenience stores), barber shops, bike repair, fruit stands, pharmacies, little eateries, etc. No Starbucks yet but we do have a Trader Joe's here!!!!!(ha ha ha) - well, at least "Joe The Trader!"

Kurt and Beth at the Market

Today Beth took me to the market (my first time). What an experience! There were many hundreds of vendors selling everything from clothing to live chickens, fresh fruits and vegetables to fresh fish, dried fish to Doritos, eggs to fresh butchered meat, and rice to the pots to cook it in.

In 30 minutes we felt as though we had just seen a small part of what was there. Spread over many city blocks, occupying every conceivable space, the vendors were everywhere. There was blood running in the gutters from the butchered animals. There were plenty of sights and sounds and smells to keep ones senses working full-time. I really enjoyed the experience.

The market is definitely the place to go to get the freshest fruits and vegetables. Here is a list of what we purchased today:

  • 2 pineapples (one sliced and one whole - both very fresh)
  • 6 fresh carrots
  • 1 watermelon
  • 2 pounds fresh picked green beans
  • 1.5 pounds fresh tomatoes
  • 4 cucumbers
  • 2 pounds kalamansi (like small lemons)
  • 10 oranges
  • 3 mangoes
  • 12 potatoes
  • 20 bananas

All of this was purchased for about $12 US.

As much of what we purchased as would fit in the picture

Beth buying bananas

A fresh fish vendor

Another fresh fish vendor

Aisle after aisle of vendors

Paradise Island

Saturday we had the opportunity to go to Paradise Island Beach on Samal Island, about a 5 minute boat ride across the Davao Gulf harbor from the Davao City Boat Ferry landing. What a beautiful place. It has white sandy beaches. The kids had a great time playing in the sand and sea.

Ben playing with two new filipino friends

Kids playing in the water

Kurt and Beth enjoying baku, a young coconut

Kids with new friends playing in the sand

Our family enjoying our day at the beach

More About the Marang

A few posts ago I talked about the marang fruit. Here is a picture of what the inside looks like. No one in our family really likes the taste too much though. They have a particular smell too. Maybe this is one of those tastes that just have to grow on you.

There are a lot of new fruits for us here in the Philippines. As far as new fruits go, so far we have tried the mangostein, the Jackfruit, Pomelo, Lansones, and some others that we forgot the names of. We have yet to try the durian - we were advised to wait for someone more experienced to guide us through those "waters". We will keep you posted...


Friday I went to a traditional market. What an experience. Lots of fresh fruits, vegtebles, dried fish, fresh fish, freshly butchered hog being cut to order right there at the stand, chicken, was an interesting and eye-opening experience. We will definitely be shopping at the market often.

Rice and pots at the market

Dried fish at the market

A boy helping his mother sell at the market