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Beef (Tapa) Sisig

Have you tried Rodic’s tapsilog? I actually added a twist to their tapa, the sweet-tasting, shredded cured beef (that goes well with vinegar). Earlier this morning, I prepared sisig made of Rodic’s tapa..

I had the pan heated, put oil, threw in some chopped red onions, added the tapa, soy sauce, oyster sauce, green pepper, seasoning, pepper, and mayonnaise. Voila, tapsisig!


December 21, 2012

Today is the day, the Mayans “predicted”, the last day of the world. It is now 1 in the morning as I write this piece and still nothing happens. Partly because the timezone for the end of the world is based on the Mayan civilization coordinates.

However, I think they haven’t actually predicted the world will end ob this day, it is very much like calculating a figure with a scientific calculator and getting the “E” message, or an error message because the data you’re processing is “out of range”.

The Mayan Calendar may be limited in data, or probably, today is the last day of its last cycle the Mayans were able to calculate. So when people got hold of it, they must’ve interpreted that the world will end today.

I don’t believe the world will end today. First, I am not in my hometown with my family and parents. Secend, we have a grand alumni homecoming/reunion this coming 29th. And lastly, it is not how the bible says the world will end.

So, for me, the world WILL NOT END TODAY. And for parting words, “Faith is about taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” Happy Dec. 21, 2012! God bless us all, God bless the Mayans.

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My mother

I grew up practically under my mom’s care. From infancy until I became a toddler, she used to bring me with her to the store. We have a small store (until now) in our province that she and my dad manage.

She was an all around mom. She juggled being a business woman, a wife and a mother. She always had time for everything. At the store, she can deal with the patrons and the delivery guys in the morning, and take care of my needs (help me with my assignments, cook our dinner, watch TV–family stuff you do at night) while waiting for my dad to come home from work.

I remember when she cleans my ears, it was so fun and relaxing that I close my eyes every time an feel great after she’s done with my ears. She never left me alone when I was a kid. Even though she never did really accompany me in going to school, because it was just a block away from our place, I know for sure she loves me because she’s teaching me independence.

I had an accident when I was a kid. It was in pre-school during the afternoon break and just when I got back from our store after getting my snacks, I trip and slammed my forehead on the pavement. It was bleeding bad and I needed to medical attention. Without second thoughts, she left our store just to accompany me and Kuya Ling (who’s carrying me) to the hospital.

That’s my mom, a supermom! She’s a person who exhibits faith, hardwork and patience in her daily life. I love you ma! You’re the best! Happy Mother’s Day!


Lost art of childhood play

Nowadays, children don’t usually play the games children of my age used to play. When we were kids, my friends and I used to play games like tumbang-preso (a game where you put the slippers of the “it” player on top of a tin can and the other players try to hit it with their own slippers), patintero (a local game wherein the players draw line on the ground[in our case, the streets], a group of players ply the lines to catch members of the other group who try to cross it), shato (the objective of the game is to flick the shorter stick as far from the hole as possible using the longer stick) and agawang-base (Sometimes called maro – the objective of the game is to catch all the players of the other team to score by leaving the base later than the player you will catch).

Because of busy lifestyle, technologies and mostly lack of playing space in the urban area, children nowadays prefer playing games at home and online. They play games like DOTA (Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne), Facebook games, Grand Theft Auto series, and similar games.

It is very rare to find children playing traditional games today. You can see them play it on special occasions like the “Laro ng Lahi” part of sports fests in schools. But last weekend was different. I saw a group of kids flying kites on the vacant lot just beside our apartment. They were taking advantage of the windy weather and enjoying their childhood.



Pasta delight

I cooked something for my wife and daughter last week. It was pasta cooked with Gourmet Beef and Mushroom Pasta Sauce. Ground beef, sliced button mushroom, tomatoes and Italian seasoning (dried marjoram, thyme, rosemary, savory, sage, oregano and basil) were added to add more zest to the sauce. My daughter enjoyed it and still asking for it the next day.


Cooking at home is fun if who you’re cooking for is enjoying it.


Trip to Zambales

Today is one of the most awaited day of the year for me, the day we go to my parent’s home in Zambales. We only get a chance to go there once a year and today marks that once-in-a-year event. Yay!

We first rode the LRT (Light Rail Transit) from Roosevelt (Muñoz) to Monumento (Caloocan) terminal to get to the Victory Liner terminal. Upon boarding our bus, I found out that some of their aircon buses now has Wi-Fi™. And to my luck, our bus had one.

The internet connection is not that bad. Considering that it’s free. :)

Anyway, our home coming this holidays is like hitting two birds with one stone. Our batch will also have a reunion themed “Givin98ack” as we will be having a small gift-giving program.


Weekend treat (part 2)

Last Saturday, I was able to convince my classmates (Kat and Tina) to eat at lunch at mommy’s (Naty’s Kitchenette).

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This is an eatery located at Valencia St., Sta. Mesa, Manila. It was a typical eatery near a university, crowded during lunch time. We even experienced eating on the third floor of the building (the owner’s dining room) because the mess area was already full of patrons. But it was a different situation last Saturday, some areas in the Philippines were even put under signal #4. We were the only customer when we arrived.

I ordered a serving of Pork Sinigang (pork in tamarind stew). It was 30PhP/order and a cup of rice (7PhP). My tab was 37PhP. 082720113193 copy

It was a great lunch, as I haven’t tasted sinigang in a long time. I even ordered my second cup of rice. My classmates ordered estofado and breaded prok chop.

Overall, we give it 8 stars out of 10.


Weekend treat

Every Saturday, together with my classmates, I eat at one of the “hidden treasures” outside the Polytechnic University of the Philippines’ Graduate School campus in Sta. Mesa, Manila. It is a place named “Looban Eatery” or literally, an eatery in the interior area of the district.


For 40PhP (roughly 1US$), you can feast on a meal consisting of a meat and a vegetable viand and a cup of rice. But last Sunday was different, they ran out of vegetable viands so I opted for Lechon Paksiw (roasted pig cooked in vinegar, garlic and salt.) to go with my Sisig. This time, instead of the usual 40PhP, it was 59PhP as I also added an extra order of rice.


The Lechon Paksiw had a large chunk of pig fat and I can’t seem to notice the taste of the vinegar. The Sisig was good, it even had bits of crunchy pig skin. Overall, I give it 9 stars out of 10. It was good and it sure filled the hole in my tummy.


Bell Tower

A bell tower is a structure that contains one or more bells. It is commonly a part of a church, and sometimes in town halls. It is also called belfry, from the Old French belfrei, derived from two Germanic words which means “to protect peace”. It was originally meant to be a watch tower on the lookout for hostile incursions and fires. In case of hostilities/fires, the bell is rung to warn the people.

Churches nowadays use bell towers to call people to worship as the sound can reach far places. Some bell towers also use chimes to create melodious tunes to accompany the bell’s sound (i.e. after a wedding).

The Manila Cathedral, Intramuros, Manila


Magalawa Island Adventure

Last Saturday, we had an outing at the Magalawa Island in Palauig, Zambales. It was just a couple of minutes from our home town Iba, Zambales. From the main highway, it took us about 20 minutes of rough road trip to get to the drop-off point were took a boat ride to the island.

The sand is white (but not as white and fine as Boracay) but the place gives you a bit of a “homey” feel because unlike Boracay or Puerto Galera, it is not over-crowded.


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