Monday, February 14, 2011

Alright, I completely forgot about this thingy. (sad face) Won't make up excuses anymore because it was a choice on my part. LOL! Obviously, I can't keep up here everyday, but am not quiting, finishing the challenge is more important so okay... nuff said, bring it on!

For the '3rd day blog challenge.' Lemme tell you about Zamboanga City...

Day 3 (Share something about your hometown)

Bienvenidos Aqui! Zamboanga City, situated in the western part of Mindanao, the ancient and beautiful City of Flowers was founded in 1965, making it the third oldest city in the Philippines. Now acknowledge as 'Asia's Latin City,' one can imagine being in Mexico if you hear the city's dialect, chavacano or the Philippine Creole Spanish. As the song goes.."si talya u na pueblo dol talya tu na Mexico, el chavacano un poquito de Espanyol.. lalala.." Zamboanga's history and culture has a very strong Spanish as well as Malay influence. Our dialect I believe is what makes Zamboanga different and I'm also quite sure visitors to the city find it amazing.

Another thing we're proud of is the food. Have you ever heard of Curacha? It's a chavacano name for red frog grab, a sea crab species found in the waters of Zamboanga, no where else. It is high-bred crustacean, with crossbreed characteristics of a large sea crab and a big spiny lobster. It sooo red, and remains red even when cooked. It's so meaty and oh so yummy! You gotta come here and have a taste. :]

You see, Zamboanga is one of those few places in the world to be blessed by a rare pink sand beach- the Sta Cruz islands. A 30-minute ride via pump-boat, one can imagine paradise as they stepped into the island, feel the powder-like pinkish sand, splash through the crystal clear blue waters and relax in a very quite place. But it's just frustrating to not so many people can behold its beauty. We don't have a handful of tourist visiting here, and maybe it's because of the city's image as the home of the goons. But far from it, Zamboanga is a nice place to be. Hey, it's not what you think. It's peaceful here and people are very hospitable and warm. Aside from the occasional bombings though..hehe! Kidding aside, if you happen to visit Zamboanga, most likely you'll make a promise to return and come again.

Well I've got plenty more to share but will save it for now. Hasta Lavista!

(Clap,clap! I made my 5,000 steps yesterday. Sooo happy to be part of the construction volunteers again after awhile. To be able to help is pure happiness!)


An said...

Ang ganda...Lalo na when you wake up in the morning tapos ganitong tanawin ang makikita mo.