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!"

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

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