#7,082: Tapsilog Stalls!

One of the best food combinations in the world! A Filipino all-time favorite that truly conquers time, literally.

Much has to be said about food combinations in the Philippines. So let us talk about the very famous one, and the stall where it is proudly being sold.

TAPa (Dried Beef strips) + SInangag (fried rice) + itLOG (sunny side up egg) = TAPSILOG!

(Note: Dearest international readers, TAPSILOG is just one of the many combinations/trio found all together in one stall: Tosilog, Bangsilog, Chicksilog, etc.). All will soon be featured here)

Filipinos’ favorite. Be it for breakfast, for lunch, for afternoon snacks, for dinner, for middle snack, and for the Filipino youth… this is on top of their list whenever they want to eat out with friends after a tiring yet happy chill out or party. Such a flexible food indeed.

The simple joy it brings…

Tapsilog food stalls are just everywhere – from commercialized concepts like Tapa King and S.EX (Sinangag Express) to Hole in the Wall 24 hour-stalls, Tapsilog never fails to amaze one’s appetite. The people in the south of the metro (Paranaque City) knows that aside from Sinangag Express, Don Galo’s is such a famous tapsilog stall. I guess it’s safe to assume that each city in the Philippines has a well-known Tapsilog-an (A filipinos’ way of calling a tapsilog stall) to call their own.

Each Filipino, more or less, has craved for a Tapsilog, once in his or her life. And such craving varies as well. Whether you are a fun a of sweet tapa, a spicy one, or even the unexplainable tapa recipe of your favorite stall. Filipinos play around with the “Sawsawan (Dip)” as well. From ketchup to vinegar with soy sauce to combination of the three to the weirdest dip combination one could create.

What’s good about a Tapsilog stall is you would be able to know the reasons why these customers are eating out there, without even asking:

It probably could be a perfect attendance family that didn’t have a cooked food in their house, hence, the nearest Tapsilog stall saves the day.

In the middle of the afternoon, you might see a group of people wearing corporate attires – then you know they are out for lunch, craving for tapsilog so they decided to run to the nearest tapsilog-an.

12 midnight onwards, it could be a group of friends having a post-party bonding, or cousins who decided to eat out after a house chill, the list goes on.

From Tapsilog concepts found inside the malls or Makati Buildings’ cafeterias to humbling small but terrible tapsilog stalls, this food concept entices Filipinos from all walks of life, for whatever reason that made them crave for it, anytime of the day and night.

Tapsilog stalls – One simple joy of being Filipino.


#7,083: It’s more fun in the Philippines!

Philippines’ top grossing film is a comedy film. The longest running noontime show in the country is all about bringing happiness and having fun. Philippines’ famous chicken proudly proclaims to be the happiest: Chickenjoy. Stand-up comedy bars are just everywhere.  Go to public places and you would witness bunch of friends or families laughing and having fun together. For you to hear random laughs anywhere in public is something really common, and the long list just goes on. One great reason why the Philippines is extra special.

A singaporean taxi driver randomly asked me before, in a very light, curious and kind manner: “Why are you Filipinos always laughing and laughing and smiling? Crazy lah. hehe” (Version: Singaporean accent and way of speaking! hoho). Oh well, in spite of the fact that the country has alot of challenges – striving to resolve, there’s this part of each Filipino that has never been broken: the ability to still be happy, to laugh their hearts out, to smile, to have fun – and hey, mind you: Spontaneously and Effortless.

I’ve always been a believer of my country’s awesomeness, so when I came across the video of Secretary Ramon “Mon” Jimenez (Head of the Philippines’ Department of Tourism) few months back about the new campaign that they’re cooking up, I really got so excited and awaited the launching. The long wait’s over, the very pristine tourism slogan was officially launched earlier today. And it says a lot about the Filipinos, it says a lot about how Filipinos handle things, it says a lot about how Filipinos interact, and it says a lot about the 7,107 islands of the country.

So what simple joy the new slogan brings?

It’s just so natural. It makes you think and pause for a while – why is it more fun in the Philippines? It makes you gather your thoughts for you to be able to share the best reply. And truly, you can own it. Every Filipino for sure gets to share thousands of reasons why it’s more fun in the Philippines.

Fellow Filipino readers, yes you! – the least thing you can do for your country is to be proud of it. Talk and share why it’s more fun in the Philippines. Dear readers from other countries, the Philippines’ new slogan says it all – It’s more fun in the Philippines. See it for yourself, trust me – you’ll thank me afterwards 🙂

7, 107 islands. Breathtaking natural resources, awesome culture and festivals and considered to have the happiest, friendliest and the most hospitable people in the world.

Philippines’ new tourism campaign – one simple joy of being a Filipino…