In my last post I mentioned that in Tagaytay, we found this large, warehouse-like place that sells second hand clothes, shoes, bags and other miscellaneous items. These places are called ukay-ukay, and from my understanding the word ukay (not sure which Filipino dialect this is from) means “to dig”. This is only my speculation, though, as it’s pretty close to the Tagalog word hukay, which also means to dig.
Two weeks ago we had a three-day weekend and at the last minute a couple of friends and I decided to take a short trip outside Manila. It almost didn’t push through, as the storm Ofel was ravaging much of Luzon after devastating Mindanao and Visayas earlier that week. Although rains had stopped by the morning of the trip, some areas were still flooded. We ended up in Tagaytay, a city in Cavite that overlooks Taal Lake in Batangas. Taal Volcano is in the middle of this lake, and you can get a great view from several vantage points in the city. Actually, the entire lake is part of a caldera that was formed when the original volcano erupted hundreds of thousands of years ago.
I’ve been planning on making plushies based on the characters from Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time (the only show I look forward to these days), but it only took a request for my nephew’s Halloween costume to get me into gear. He was going as Finn the Human, and he needed his bestfriend, Jake the Magic Dog. Unfortunately, I didn’t finish Jake in time for his trick-or-treat debut at my brother’s office. But I did manage to finish Jake on All Souls Day, when The Nephew visited.