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The other day, Feyma offered to cook me some biscuits for breakfast, and I readily accepted her offer.  It sounded good.  She told me that we had some honey, and asked if I wanted to have some honey on my biscuits.  Sure thing!  Sounded delicious, so I was looking forward to a delicious breakfast.

I usually eat breakfast in my office while I am working, and that day was no exception.  When my nephew brought my biscuits and honey, it looked quite good.  The honey, though, did look a little different from what I was used to seeing.  It was dark brown instead of the more normal golden color of honey.  But, hey, I didn’t really think much of it, honey does come in different shades of color, I suppose.  So, I put some honey on my biscuit and had a bite.

Tagalog Buddy

Hmm.  Is that honey?

I asked Feyma if that was really honey that she sent up to me, and she said that it was.  My next question was, “what’s in the honey, honey?”  It sure didn’t taste anything like honey.  In fact, it tasted like Rum, or as they spell it here in the Philippines, Rhum.  What?  How could honey taste like Rum? Well, it did!  I asked Feyma to taste it, and she confirmed to me that it tasted like Rum to her too.  Strange.

But, I figured out why, or at least why I think it tasted like Rum.  Want to know why I think?

Well, this may be quite surprising to many people who have not spent significant time in the Philippines, but a lot of liquid type products are packaged in used rum bottles!  Yes, it’s true.  The old pint sized bottles from the Tanduay Rhum are recycled, and used to put other products in them.  Honey is something that I often see packaged in a used Tanduay bottle.  In fact, the honey bottle even says on it (part of the molding of the glass) “Tanduay Rhum” right on the glass at the bottom of the bottle!  So, you see, I am figuring that the bottle was not empty, still had rum in it, and honey was added, by accident.

These used rum bottles are supposed to be washed before being re-used, but there is just no way this was washed.  And, not only was it unwashed, but it had to have a significant amount of rum in the bottle, because what is inside is more the color of rum than honey, and also tastes like rum, with only a slight sweetness to it.  Also, while honey is usually very thick, this was thin just a little thicker than water!  Ha ha… can you imagine?

Some may not believe me that products are re-packaged into used rum bottles, but it is really true, and it is very common here in the Philippines.  In addition to honey, I often see vinegar in old rum bottles.  And, guess what?  I am not talking about stuff being sold on the streets, roadside or whatever, I am talking about products on the grocery store shelves!  This honey that we had was purchased at a grocery store here in Davao.  In fact, I have seen products (particularly vinegar) from major manufacturers that is in used Tanduay bottles!  Isn’t that amazing?

Anyway, I did not eat my biscuits with honey the other day, I just could not handle having biscuits with rum for breakfast!  So, I just had butter on my biscuits instead.  It was my first time, though, to have a product in a used Tanduay bottle that actually tasted like rum!

What a breakfast!

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Bob Martin is the Publisher & Editor in Chief of the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine. Bob is an Internet Entrepreneur. Bob is an American who lived in Mindanao from 2000 until 2019. Bob has now relocated back to the USA.

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maynard

Geez Bob,im glad you didnt eat that wheres the quality control hahaha?Probably the same place as meat in the markets lol.Im telling my age , you just reminded me of the glass bottles being reused by the milk company when i was young when we had milk brought to our door.Recycling is good if done properly.

MindanaoBob
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Ha ha, Maynard, quality control? What’s that?

mark
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What a breakfast!
Ahaha.Last week my Aunt bought a bottle of (Tanduay rum) in a store and handed it over to my uncle who is by then drinking with his friends.When they opened it, they immediately noticed the smell, it wasn’t rum at all.

It was GAS! LOOOOOOL.

And yes, in Sari-sari stores they sometimes recycle Tanduay Bottles and put Gas on it.
LOOOOOOOOOOL.

MindanaoBob
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Ha ha, that’s true, mark. I forgot about gasoline in the tanduay bottles! I see that all the time!

Rob
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Rob

It easier to fill a motorcycle gas tank with a 1 liter coke bottle than with a tanduay bottle.

MindanaoBob
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Ha ha… you are probably right on that!

Jason
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Jason

they sell the 1 liter bottle, but i guess some also sell gas by the pint, that is where that rum bottle comes in handy lol, but yeah quality control would be nice, but due to trying to make everything as cheap as can be, they sort of skip that part 😛

MindanaoBob
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Hi Jason – Yes, they use any size of bottles that they can get their hands on! 😉

Neal in RI
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Neal in RI

Bob
Well I like the idea of recycling but there should be some steps is place to ensure the bottles are washed clean and disinfected before re use.
You should have used the honey in your morning coffee to start your day off with some swagger.

Henry
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Henry

Bob, doesn’t Neal have a great point there? Just imagine that happy feeling while dining on those heavenly biscuits. What a way to start your day?

MindanaoBob
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Hi Henry – Absolutely… it would have been an early start to a “happy” day for me! 😆

MindanaoBob
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Good morning, Neal! Yeah, washing clean and disinfecting should be a big step in the process! Should be, I said! 😉

Paul Thompson
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Bob;
Do you want to sell what you have left? (lol)

MindanaoBob
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Ha ha… good idea, Paul! Maybe I can start up a whole new industry!

Sugar Ville
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Honey on a biscuit? Guess I’m not so cultured after all. Heh. I only use honey when I eat pancakes or drink ice tea 🙂

Randy W.
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Randy W.

Sugar Ville

Also good on peanut butter sandwiches

Roberto
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Bob: You may have stumbled upon a great marketing idea. “Honey and rhum double your fun”, or “Just a dab get’s your taste bud’s dancing”or “flapjacks never had it so good”. (lol)

Cheers my friend:

MindanaoBob
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Hi Roberto – 😆 It could be a whole new trend!

chasdv
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chasdv

Hi Bob,
Ha Ha,free Rum with the honey!
Although i’m all for recycling,just don’t hit the Rhum and honey bottle too often Lol.
regards,Chas.

MindanaoBob
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Hi chas – But.. actually I got ripped off, because honey is much more expensive than rum is here! So, they held back on the expensive stuff and loaded up the bottle with dirt cheap rum!

Bob Martin
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Hi Sugar – ha ha… putting honey on biscuits is very, very common in the States.

El Moro
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El Moro

Hi Bob, Don’t throw the honey rhum my friend. You still can consume it as a perfect skin moisturizer. Dab a little amount on your face then wash with warm water. Voila!! your skin becomes smooth and supple (also your palm because of effect of Tanduay,, LOL). Am too is fond of natural honey. Yes, sometimes it tastes a little bit of alcohol especially when the honey is quite mature already. (So, real honey tastes better when aged, as opposed to the usual honey we see everyday. Please, no offense to the honeys on board. Just a JOKE to spice… Read more »

MindanaoBob
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Hey, El Moro… long time since I’ve heard from you! I hope you are doing ok, and staying away from the honey pot!

El Moro
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El Moro

Hi Bob,

Am always okay my friend. Try banana con honey. The best. One of the favorites of Elvis Presley (I read it somewhere…)

MindanaoBob
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Hmm.. banana with honey? Never heard of that. I know that one of Elvis’ faves was Peanut Butter with Bananas, but I didn’t know about the honey! 😀

sugar
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sugar

Bob… now I know. The honey biscuits looks yummy. Maybe I’ll try doing that too.

El Moro… so, I guess the same with the real honey, age old wine tastes better than a young wine. ^_^.

MindanaoBob
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Give it a try sugar!

El Moro
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El Moro

Agree Sugar. Real Honey is just like wine. Just get better everyday, and mellows as time passes by. So, maybe that’s the reason why I get tipsy sometimes (LOL) !!!

brian
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brian

Might be a healthy idea to pass on anyting in those bottles Bob..could have been a heck of alot worse !!

MindanaoBob
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That’s for sure, brian! 😆

Don
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Don

Seriously though. Now I am concerned about quality control if your buying products in a grocery store in which the container has not been cleaned. So there may be other bacteria present in other containers. Is it something to be concerned about or just stay away from recylced containers in the PI?

MindanaoBob
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Hi Don – Truth is, I have never really concerned myself with the healthiness of such or quality… but now that I think about it… hmm….

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