Vlogger Mike, the host of the travel blog Fearless & Far, had a wild reaction to momma chewing in Sagada, Philippines.
Momma is a traditional Igorot chew made from betel nut, lime, and tobacco, and then wrapped in a leaf and chewed. It is said to have a number of stimulant effects, including increased alertness and energy.
Mike thought he was ready for this experience, but as soon as the momma hit his tongue, he felt a burning sensation that made him sweat profusely. His body jittered like he had just downed a 1000 cups of coffee. Mike's heart raced, and he wondered if he had just made a mistake. His whole body started to buzz with electricity, and he felt like he was going to pass out.
He tried to maintain his composure, but it was no use. He tried to spit out the momma, but it was too late. The effects were already taking hold. He felt dizzy and lightheaded, and his vision started to blur. He could hear his guides laughing, but he couldn't understand what they were saying. He felt like he was going to pass out. He ended up gagging in the bushes and had to lay down. It was INTENSE.
When he finally regained his senses, Mike couldn't help but laugh at his misadventure. He described the locals' meticulous process of preparing the momma, carefully wrapping it with a "gawed" leaf. He also said the locals do this all day long, but he could barely handle himself.
Mike learned a valuable lesson that day: momma chewing is not for the faint of heart. If you're planning on visiting the Philippines, it is advisable to steer clear of it. But if you're feeling adventurous, you could give it a try. Just be prepared for the consequences.
Mike's misadventure is a cautionary tale for those who are considering trying this traditional practice. It is important to do your research and be aware of the potential risks before you take a bite.