Vintage 1960s floral maxi dress: borrowed from the shop ;-)
Kork-Ease sandals: thrifted
First and foremost, happy 80th birthday to my grandma! Doesn't she look great? I'm demanding to see her birth certificate because she doesn't look or act like any 80 year old I know. She walks a few miles each day, lifts weights, eats right, is a die hard Lakers fan, loves action movies, and knows her way around a sewing machine. I'm so lucky to have her in my life. I need to start picking up some of her habits ASAP.
And now, a few musings on Filipino culture:
1. The land of no traffic or driving regulations
I suppose that's a bit of an overstatement...but not by much. While there are painted lane dividers on the road nobody abides by them. It's common to have like 4+ cars driving side by side on what should really be a 2 lane road. Passing a car by driving into the opposite lane of traffic and then cutting them off is totally fine and normal here. Nobody raises and eyebrow. In fact, all of the drivers are incredibly patient.Grant and I couldn't believe it. We kept thinking, man if someone tried to pull these moves in Southern California people would be having melt downs. They would melt down and then probably follow that person home. Also, and maybe this is different in the city versus in the Provinces (aka the country where my family is from), but as long as you don't get caught driving without a license anyone can pretty much get behind a wheel. Grant swears that he saw a 10 year old driving a car the other day.
Don't get me started on Manila traffic.
2. Sweet Food
I think that Filipinos have a general predilection towards sweet food, and I'm not just talking about for desserts and whatnot. It's been a bit of a challenge for Grant and I to reconcile our Western palates towards the Filipino one. For example, spaghetti is a very popular meal and side dish here but it has a definite sweetness to it. Not like sugary dessert sweet but sweet enough to where we notice that it's sweet. Breakfast meats are another sugary thing that are very popular. Sausage like longanisa or tocino (which is like ham) are just so sugary! So much so that the meats look like they are glazed in sugar. We recently went to a museum the other day that had a small section on native cooking and I found out the reasoning for the abundance of sugar has to do with the region being rich in sugar cane and that the sugar helped preserve the meat.
Anyway, just a few cultural observations