Do you know what that is?
Taklobo, in Tagalog, I think? Or a similar specie? Whatever, I just know they call it “tilang” - pronouced 'tee-lung' in the speed as how you would say "fillet", "obey", "belong", "along" etc.
Seeing that the pot was not yet ready, and seeing that I was tailing him eager to see more of the tilang, this manong instead placed it on a low side-wall of their barangay stage. I took pics of course. I was curious about that shiny slimy flesh protruding out of the shell. It kept moving! I attempted to touch it just at the tip.
Well, their being alarmed, alarmed me, I swear hehe! In my mind I was saying “I know, I know, I watched this thing on NGC" – but how would they know, right? All that the man saw was my finger starting at the rim of the tilang! Bad me!
Ahhehehe, part of my crazy brain was hoping it would suddenly shut hard with a loud crack or suddenly open wide in my face and say “bulagaaaa”!
Let's go have lunch next!
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