“Ikmo” (Betel Nuts)



Ikmo is often times used as part of a concoction called Nganga in the Philippines. Nganga is a mixture of betel nuts and leaves which is chewed by most elderly Filipinos like a tobacco.

Due to its color, the lips and tounge of the nganga chewers turn red and a distinct smell comes out of their mouth every time they talk. I find such smell quite unpleasant. It was said that the elderly gets high chewing nganga like those that are smoking marijuana.

Nganga is popular to the old folks living in the country side…

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