Blogging, browser and balut

Wordcamp Philippines 2009 was great. It was informative and educational for WordPress users of any levels. All three Wordcamps that I’ve attended had a representative from Automattic, the company behind WordPress. Alex Shiels was there at Wordcamp Melbourne in 2007, Matt Mullenweg was here for Wordcamp Philippines 2008 and this year, it was Beau Leben. He was joined by Seth Bindernagel and Gen Kanai, the guys from Mozilla, who co-presented Wordcamp this year.

However, the best part came afterwards.

After a full day of geek-talk, we retreated to Whistlestop for post-Wordcamp dinner with the speakers, organizers and volunteers. We had the usual Pinoy favorites: pork sisig, crispy pata, sinigang na baboy, kare-kare, chicken adobo in gata and Whistlestop’s bestseller, the buffalo wings. The three guests enjoyed the greasy and utterly sinful dishes, especially the sisig and the crispy pata. The most memorable, however, was the balut.

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Markku demonstrating how to open the balut with Seth following his lead

It seemed like every foreigner who visit gets badgered to try the balut when traveling in the Philippines. I’ve done it to a couple of guests, even if I don’t eat it myself. Gen, having grew up with a Filipina nanny knew all about balut and managed to escape having to try it by leaving the table. Seth was eager to try it, while Beau was clearly not sold on the idea of eating duck embryo. However, when the balut was handed to him and all the cameras came out, he balked under pressure and subjected himself to this Philippine streetfood.

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Beau about to take a bite, and the bloggers all snapping away. More pictures of this uh, momentous event are up on my flickr.

Markku demonstrated, guiding them all the way from gingerly opening the shell, sipping the juice, getting rid of the stuff that’s not edible (which Jeff, the other Pinoy who ate balut with them, ate), and eating the embyro itself. They were lucky because the balut they got wasn’t as developed yet, so it was basically a weird looking blob. Seth and Beau managed to finish their balut, and both admitted that it wasn’t as bad as they thought it would be. Kudos to both of you, for eating something that about 60% of people in that room does not eat XD

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Wordcamp Philippines 2009 organizers and volunteers

A huge congratulations goes out to Blogie, the Mindanao Bloggers Society and the rest of the Wordcamp organizers and volunteers for another awesome WC this year. Looking forward to 2010!

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Interested to read more about WordcampPH 2009? Here are posts from other Wordcampers (thanks to Jehzlau for compiling the links!):
1. I’m a Happy Camper at WordCamp by Maki Eduardo
2. What I learned in WordCamp 2009 by Melvin
3. WordCamp 2009 by Nina Fuentes
4. My First WordCamp by Venus
5. WordCamp Philippines 2009 by Rowjie
6. My WordCamp Philippines 2009 Experience by Menard

Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

This Article Has 8 Comments
  1. Too bad I was not able to join… was so busy arranging someone elses tour:( I’ll make sure to join next year

  2. Melvin says:

    Hi, thanks for linking.. :D Heheh, nice pics of foreign speakers eating local foods…

  3. AudMraz says:

    Thanks to Bourdain and Zimmern, balut is one of the foods dare not try ..

  4. Maki says:

    I prefer the Penoy than the Balut Egg. I still can’t learn to eat the embryo! :p Hands down to the ones who were able to eat it! Wow!

  5. Hi there! Thanks for the link… The balut moment was really nice….

  6. Blogie says:

    WordCamp this year was smaller compared to last year’s, but it was just as fun, wasn’t it? :D

  7. nina says:

    Out of Town Blog: fail ka.

    Melvin: Saya ng Wordcamp no? :D

    AudMraz: But…but.. it’s.. uh… a great travel story to tell? XD

    Maki: Penoy for me too!

    venussmileygal: It was amazing seeing all the cameras pointed at them XD

    Blogie: Smaller, but it’s more manageable. Congratulations on another successful WC, Blogie!

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