I believe this is ampalaya (or as we call it in English: bitter melon). It's apparently miraculous if you're diabetic or something. I just like the texture of it. It's so fascinating.
Anyway, I promised I would explain why I've been digging around my archives for quite some time now. It's because I had to pre-write over 25 days worth of entries because I've been in the Philippines since the beginning of the month (and all my photos are in LA). If all things have gone according to plan, I will have arrived tonight but will be too exhausted to post anything. So this should be the end of my archives for now :).