Saturday, August 6, 2011

Palengke fare: Market in Malinta, Valenzuela

After One Valenzuela's exercise ritual, she usually drops by the market in Malinta to restock their fridge. It is near Dulong Tangke. Like any typical market or what Filipinos call palengke in the Philippines, it is somewhat divided into two areas:  dry and wet section. You will find rice, eggs, canned goods together while your meat, poultry and fish are in another area. One can also cruise along the street  and you can find sellers of fruits, veggies and fish. On a Sunday morning, the street market is brimming with various stuff from flowers to dog collars and linoleum. And since more goods come on a Sunday, expect more people buying here and there.
Malinta Market
Before going to the fish section, One Valenzuela always makes her way at the stand which sells coconut and buko juice. Here, Mang Tony serves cold buko juice at five pesos per cup. Sometimes they use macapuno in their buko juice and that may have been the reason why One Valenzuela so, so, sooo love their buko juice. Sometimes, she buys freshly grated coconut there when she have the time to make palitaw, a native delicacy made of glutinuous rice flour.

Cold buko at Php5.00 a cup
Mang Fred
Because milkfish a.k.a. bangus is also a main staple on the family's table, a trip to Mang Fred De Guzman's stand at the Green Leaf is a must. Sometimes, One Valenzuela also finds his son, Michael, selling milkfish to customers. Both of them are very friendly and it is such a joy to buy milkfish there. Their fish is from Dagupan. One Valenzuela makes paksiw out of the head part of the bangus. Mang Fred debones the tail part of the milkfish and cuts it into smaller pieces. One Valenzuela then marinates the tail part in soy sauce and calamansi for frying. Yummy fish steak!

More scenes at the Malinta Market:

Appreciate, appreciate!: Many thanks to Mang Tony and Mang Fred for allowing me to take snapshots. To Michael, congratulations to your new bundle of joy!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Burning Calories and a Version of the Honesty Store

Puregold Parking Lot
Shelving books, loaning them to students and encoding data on the computer are some of the workload that librarians do in their daily shifts.

Well, these are not enough to battle the body bulges and make One Valenzuela a bit more healthy. She is proud to say that she has made her fourth breeze walking trip to Puregold's parking lot with dear hubby, located along McArthur Highway and near San Isidro Labrador Parish Church.

Stretch and warm up!
These photos were taken on a Sunday morning (July 17, 2011) and they have seen many people jogging, running, bicycling, playing badminton and doing their personal exercise routines. Some kids tag along with their parents. With a pedometer, One Valenzuela calculated that 8 rounds at Puregold will give you around 2,500 steps. That's 1/4 of the 10,000 steps they say one needs to be healthy (read more about it at The Walking Site). Not bad for starters like her who make less than that. :-)
"Honesty store" in Valenzuela?
After around 30 minutes of physical activity, One Valenzuela and hubby usually go to the Malinta Market to buy some food to cook before going home. As they were on their way, this chair with a carton sign caught their attention. It says "Kapag wala po ang bantay, pakilapag na lang po ang inyong eksaktong bayad. Pakibasa nalang po ng pricelist bago kumuha...". (If the seller is not around, please place your exact payment. Please read the pricelist before taking any...). A little version of the Batanes' Honesty Store! 

You'll never know what you'll find in every walk.