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Vendor Splendor

If you want it, here it is come and get it
Mmmm, make your mind up fast
If you want it, anytime I can give it
But you better hurry cause it may not last

Yes, another post with an oldies song lyric opening. This is from a song penned by Beatle extraordinaire Paul McCartney and performed by the short-lived group Badfinger in 1970. It’s called “Come And Get It“. It fits in with this post’s theme of “vendor splendor” very well, I think.

Squid VendorHere in the Philippines, vendors ply their wares through developments like the one I live in nearly all day long. There’s the fish vendor, the vegetable vendor, the cooked corn vendor, the knife and tool sharpener, the small appliance repairman, the taho vendor, the beer and soda vendor (who comes through in a big truck and sells beer and soda by the case in returnable glass bottles) and on and on. I saw one fellow selling shelf units come through one day and he was carrying a full-size baker’s rack on his back!

Speaking of carrying things, the lady in the photo is a vendor who sells pusit or squid. She carries the buckets of squid through the neighborhood and along with them, bags and even a scale. I marvel at her stamina! I also admire her ability to keep the cats, like the black on in the photo, away from her squid!

A funny thing about the Philippines is that the people here will do whatever works. The first time I met the sweet corn vendor, I thought she was a friend of Menchu’s who was pushing a baby in a stroller. Not so! After I called Menchu to the door I realized that the lady wan’t calling out for anyone, she was singing out, “Sweet coooooorn!” A closer look also revealed that she wasn’t pushing a child in her stroller, either. She was pushing a big pot of fresh, steaming corn on the cob!

Living here in this neighborhood really is living in vendor splendor where fresh food is brought right past your door. But like the song lyric above says, you had better make your mind up fast and you had better hurry because the vendor’s wares can go fast.


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