I was searching for some information in the Internet and I am not sure how, but the Trung Sisters turned up. Briefly, these ladies were responsible for the first successful revolt from the Han Chinese in 40 CE.
These two sisters successfully led the Vietnamese revolt against the Han Chinese and they were the military rulers of Vietnam for three years, until the Chin ese under Ma Yuan came and defeated them.
The sisters were born into a wealthy Lac family and were well educated. Trung Trac’s husband was Thi Sach and was the Lac lord of Chu Dien in northern Vietnam. Su Ding was the Chinese governor of Jiaozhi province at the time, remembered for his cruelty and tyranny. One thing led to another the result of which was Trung Trac and her younger sister Trung Nhi stirred the locals up into a rebellion to avenge the killing of her husband. It began in the Red River delta and then spread to other Lac areas and non-Han people from an area stretching from Hepu to Rinan. Chinese settlements were overran, and Su Ding fled. The uprising gained the support of about sixty-five towns and settlements. Trưng Trac was proclaimed as the queen.
In AD 42, the Han emperor commissioned general Ma Yuan to suppress the rebellion with 32,000 men. The rebellion of the two sisters was defeated in the next year as Ma Yuan captured and decapitated Trưng Trac and Trưng Nhi, then sent their head to the Han court in Luoyang.
There is a procession each year in celebration of the Trung Sisters and they are always depicted riding an elephant.
Mention recently of Puregold Supermarkets and their caged SPAM in Lock up your SPAM came to mind when we were shopping in Robinson’s supermarket. There, in aisle 3 (or 11 depending on the end you count from) was their canned meat section, which includes SPAM, which is not locked up. Free-range SPAM! Customers are free to rope and catch a can of their choice and persuade it into the shopping trolley or basket.
Robinson’s free-range SPAM, rather than Puregold’s caged SPAM, must make for happy SPAM, free to roam the supermarket at night and that must mean it is more healthy for you than the caged SPAM!
Mind you, Robinson’s don’t totally trust their customers completely, as similar to Puregold and every other supermarket in Angeles City, if you have a large bag big enough to hold a herd of SPAM hidden from sight, then you need to check that bag in before shopping. In Makati City, we could enter with bags and shop with them in the trolley! Draw your own conclusions from that.
I think a SPAM and egg sandwich is in order now! 😉
One of the adjustments to living in the Philippines is with Puregold supermarkets. It’s not that Puregold are so vastly different from other Supermarkets here, or indeed, elsewhere in the world. What is different is their lack of respect for their customers and their fear of loss.
That is so high that the canned meats are locked up.
Yes mothers, lock up your SPAM*, the circus is coming to town … better lock you daughters up too, just in case. I could understand if it was expensive electronics gear or wines or whiskeys but SPAM? Go figure
Even worse is when you ask for assistance, the young pimply staff member comes over and asks what you want. Conversation goes along the lines of:
“A can of SPAM thanks mate”
“Just a moment sir — how many cans?”
“One minute sir”
The aforementioned pimply young staff member then proceeds to write out a docket for it. You go to the cashier with all your other provisions, hand her the docket, she rings up the price of the SPAM, you pay for the groceries and the SPAM. She sends a minion to collect your $3 can of SPAM and return it to your loving care so you can insert it in your bags of groceries!
There are some strange customs here.
* To be fair, apparently the meat in the white cans is Delimondo corned beef which is allegedly awesome stuff.
When I was back in Oz for Christmas it was bush fires. The bush had been burning in my home state of New South Wales since last August-September but mercifully recent heavy rain has either put out or allowed the Rural Fire Service yo being the remaining fires under control, although the rain has brought problems of its own. The fire season is now two-thirds the way through so hopefully there is no more damage to come, especially in the hotter days of February. All us cockroaches hoped for rain, a lot of it but it looks like we got somewhat more than we wished for.
I got back to Manila on New Year’s Eve. The Philippines has been an interesting learning experience for me. I experienced first hand my first typhoon back in either 2001 or 2002 when I was staying at the Sofitel on Manila Bay. Seeing the waves break over the sea wall was quite an experience, from the safety of my hotel room.
Last year it was earthquakes, and one in particular which gave Manila a good shaking, mercifully not causing a great deal of damage, unlike more recent quakes in the Mindanao area of the Philippines.
I was teasing mum about having clean air in Manila while she was suffering from bushfire smoke when Taal volcano decided to blow its top a little, spewing ash, smoke and steam into the atmostphere. Taal (pronounced Ta’al) is one of the most active volcanoes around, and is about 70 km from the centre of Metro Manila. So I got to experience my first ash fall.
I received a nice comment on a recent article in Thomo’s Hole so went and had a look at that bloggers blog. The blog is Subli. The author is Rosalinda and she is writing about the the Philippines – its history, its culture, and its people.
Olivier van Noort sailed into the Pacific and on to the Philippines during the Eighty Years’ War between the United Provinces and Spain. He was one of many captains who fought the Spanish in these waters (and at the entrance to Manila Bay as well) with Galleons. The Spanish were similarly equipped with Galleons and some Galleys. I need to do a lot more research on the vessels involved as this particular war and location is not within my usual area of reading.
The area of modern Botolan (in the province of Zambales) was known in those days as Playa Honda. There were three known minor conflicts during the Eighty Years’ War between the United Provinces and Spain held in Playa Honda in the Philippines. All the battles were won by the Spanish. The first battle occurred in 1610. The second, the most famous, took place in 1617. The third battle took place in 1624.
Interest piqued, now for some bright, shiny searching! Oh, and do stop in to Subli, there is some interesting posts in that blog, particularly about early Philippine history.
One of my favourite YouTube channels at the moment is the Jolly channel. The main two characters of this are Josh and Ollie (hence Jolly). Josh is quite well known in Korea as the Korean Englishmen as he is fluent in Korean. Occassional guests on his channels are Reverend Chris and Major Charles – one a minister of the church (Church of England I believe) and the other a major in the British Army (Commandos). These two are identical twins. On the Korean Englishmen channel a series has been made where Rev. Chris and Maj. Charles are taken to various places in Korea. One such location was a Korean Army base.
This is one of best episodes I have seen but all are well worth the 10 to 15 minutes each one takes. Enjoy watching “British Twins go Training with the Korean Army Commandos…!!??” on YouTube
Current reading is from the series, History of Terror. This covers the period of the Allies liberation of the Philippines, and Manila in Particular.
When the Japanese invaded, the then colonial masters, the Americans, had declared Manila an open city to prevent damage and human casualties.
When the Americans along with support from local guerrillas moved on Manila to liberate it, the Japanese commander, Yamashita, ordered Manila to be fiercely defended. What followed was a liberation, almost building by building. However it was the Japanese treatment of the local population that was most horrific with estimates of 100,000 civilians being slaughtered. There is no true count however and other estimates are higher.
Review to follow when I finish reading this book. It is available from Pen & Sword however if your curiosity is already peaked.
This happened in Maui a few years ago. We were there attending a friend’s wedding and decided to head to the beach … where I learnt a new respect for the Hawaiian shorebreak. Interestingly, this video was also blocked by YouTube for breaching community standards. Took about two weeks to get it back up again. I am not sure whether to be annoyed or proud 🙂
And yes, Microsoft “Contact Us” was as useless as various cow appendages to bulls. Seriously Microsoft – your AI is hopeless and you promised me a human volunteer to help – which I was never connected on.
I guess I will just have to take Chinese lessons … was that Cantonese or Mandarin?
Uh-oh in English is an interjection for “oops, something just happened” and is generally a negative. It is used to indicate a sudden awareness of a problem or error and the resulting worry. Examples could be “uh-oh I did it again” signifying I have repeated a previous error. “Uh-oh, you’ll be in trouble when mum gets home”, something I heard a lot as a child. “Oh-oh” is the American version of “Uh-oh”.
Both variations of uh-oh sound almost exactly like the Tagalog, “o-o”. In Tagalog, however, “o-o” means “yes”. The polite form of it may be changed to “o-po”, “Yes sir/ma’am,” but o-o is heard a lot. It can be used like the English “uh-huh” as well so “o-o” repeated through a conversation from one person generally means “yep, got it”.
So now, when I break something in the Philippines, I bite my tongue and avoid saying “uh-oh”. Now I am more likely to say “oh crap” as there is no mistaking the intent of that!