I had the opportunity to travel to Infanta for 2 weeks where I met a lovely couple there. The barangay female captain and her husband were nice inviting me out to karaoke bars. Taking me to the waterfalls and fishing port of Infanta and seeing monkeys in the wild. That was a rewarding experience seeing them roaming free with no cages.
Infanta was a nice Beautiful place with a population of over 900,000 people. It was like being in a time capsule back from the 70s, where the people were super friendly. Shopping was so simple as food was always fresh fish straight from the port that morning. I fed myself silly putting on 5 kilos from all the fine food I was consuming.
Here I was to Nipa wine, which is like coconut wine. I must say I loved the taste of it. Flowed down like lolly water. I got taken to a couple of farms were they made and brewed the Nippon wine. It was and is an old tradition, still going strong centuries after and still using the same methods. Definitely, hard work making it from what I could see.
One lady was in her 70 and she was still going strong, producing this super delicious addictive beautiful wine. She had an old wooden canoe suspended about 3 meters above ground and it was that old, that she had a plastic tarp inside it so it could hold water. As she prepared the mash, she grabbed her long bamboo stick, which was a good 4 meters long, with an old cut out oil container tied to the end of it.
This lovely lady was only small, about 5 foot, she started scooping the water from the lagoon below her and lifting the water 3 meters before dropping it into the canoe. Back and forth she was doing this for an hour. The water flowed down the canoe over the brass kiln top, cooling it and creating steam inside and the liquor started flowing out of the outlet, a bamboo stick. My host gave me a taste and it was nasty. Meaning that it was hot and 80% pure alcohol. That stuff would put hairs on your chest haha.
Finally getting our drum, a 20-liter plastic drum, cost us 15 dollars, they took this back and diluted it down to 10%. That diluted 10% got me so drunk I ended up singing and dancing to good memories.
Now these days we go to Luna CDO Mindanao where my wife comes from another lovely place. a second home from Australia here is my link.