it's about time i wind up my manila posts--i've spent more time talking about my trip than i actually spent on the trip itself. so here's one last thing.
it's a typical filipino custom to bring home a small gift (pasalubong) from the homeland, usually a food specialty or small handicraft, or lately, a bootlegged dvd or mp3 cd. however, everyone seems to be on a diet, and the customs officers have been particularly diligent these days. i wanted to bring back something a little practical, and i happen to love perusing the aisles of local drugstores, so this is what i brought back: close-up brand limited edition chocolate and lychee-flavoured toothpastes. i can report that the lychee flavoured one is fabyoolussssss, the chocolate one, not so much.