Thursday, July 30, 2015

Fountain Of Youth

Fair warning to vegetarians: Close the browser and visit another time. Maybe then we can be friends again. For the meantime, this post is for meatatarians.

Sorry, hindi maganda pagka-picture ko. Gutom na eh.

Ginaya ko lang kay Neri Naig yan. Madali lang lutuin. Oooopps. Wait. Madali as in easy, not quick. Mabuti nang klaruhin. Baka mamaya eh may uuwi na gutom na gutom and think na mabilis lang eto maluto. No.

Soooo...I modified Neri's recipe a bit. Instead of marinating the baby-back ribs for an hour in olive oil, salt, pepper, I prepared it in the morning and kept it in the ref for ~7 hours. I also added paprika and chili flakes. I baked it in low heat for ~2 hours then in high heat for ~15 minutes to properly crisp the skin.

It was very TENDER and JUICY and so FLAVORFUL. *Yes, kailangang all-caps.*

Isang bandehadong rice pa nga!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Name Wreath By KT

This is a sample of Kessa's art.
I didn't use Sharkteeth's because it has her name.

If there is anything I truly envy, it is talent -- whether in performing arts, painting, design, body contortion, etc. Anybody can buy the latest gadget, shoes, bags, cars, and what-have-yous, but it takes someone truly talented to make something beautiful. Last weekend, an IG user posted a beautiful wreath of flowers with her name in it. I followed the e-trail, which led me to @ktnielsen24. KT, or more popularly known as Kessa, an artist, makes them and gives them away to very lucky winners. She usually holds the contest during weekends and sends you the *.jpg file after. I requested for Sharkteeth's name and it was stunning. I'm beyond happy with it and so thankful with Kessa's graciousness. And she truly is gracious. Other contest holders will make you jump through hoops for a chance to win, but Kessa just asks you to comment the name you want in the wreath. She doesn't even ask you to follow her IG. I don't think the word contest is even appropriate. :) This isn't a paid post or an ex-deal. I'm just so happy with it and thought you might want to have yours too. Head over to her IG and wait for her next contest. She accepts commissioned work if you want something unique and personal. You can contact her through her Instagram or through Viber (09175778432).

Friday, July 24, 2015

Yellow Fingers

I noticed an increasing number of people planting cacti. I was rolling my eyes, muttering to myself, "Hello!!! Cactus?! Eh super-daling alagaan yun. Saka sabi ng mommy pag nag-alaga daw ng cactus TATANDANG-DALAGA." *I know, right?*  Fast forward last weekend, may isang ale na nagbebenta ng stargazers and cacti sa sidewalk. The stargazers were so expensive, PHP650 for a flowering plant. The cacti were being sold for fifty pesos. Long story short: nakiuso ang lolah nyo. 

Yesterday, the first flower opened. I'm calling it Pinky. Well, the plant looks like it has five fingers, hence the name.

This morning, three flowers opened: Thumb, Ring, and Pinky, and the last seemed to be in a foul mood and closed its petals.

Thumb, meanwhile, is fully opened. So gorgeous, right? Perfect shade of yellow.

Apparently, prickly pears (Opuntia sp.), as they are called, are edible, high in dietary fiber, and are used in folk medicine to regulate blood sugar.

I'll just continue this tomorrow. I'm so sleepy na.


Hayan, alive, alert, awake, and enthusiastic na naman ako.

By the way, Index blossomed na. Late bloomer yata si Middle. Si Pinky, sullen pa rin. Teens nowadays...

As I mentioned last night, prickly pears fruits are edible as well as the pads and the petals. Careful though. They have tiny thorns, aside from the needle-like ones, that are so prickly. But being so tiny, they are difficult to remove using tweezers. A wiki tip is to cover your hands with glue then remove when dry. It should function like those nose masks that take take away the blackheads along with the dried glue. Perhaps when my cactus grows large enough, I can try cooking some pads and adding the petals to salads. *Salad? Who are you and what have you done with TPS?*

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Back To The Grind

It's tea o'clock!
Walang lang. Mema.
Pasukan na naman. I'm still adjusting to Sharkteeth's early schedule. Gising na naman ng maaga ang huwarang(???) ina para magluto. Nauubusan na ako ng easy recipes. The latest I've tried was chicken piccata. Masarap naman and madaling gawin, kaya lang nagrereklamo na si S -- sawa na daw sya. Kasi ang baon nya ay either chicken cordon bleu or chicken piccata. Tutubuan na yata sya ng feathers. Hehehe. Any suggestions?

Maalala ko. I had a nightmare minsang madaling-araw. I was exorcising evil spirits daw. *Delusion of grandeur na naman ako.* I got scared a bit kasi saktong alas-tres ng madaling araw. Eh diba ang sabi-sabi ay start yun ng witching hour? Paggising ko, I felt itchy all over. So I'm guessing the evil spirits I was exorcising were actually mosquitoes feasting on my fat, juicy flesh. Or could it be that I'm the Slayer? Ah, I forgot that bit about being "young". Okay, fine, not the Slayer then.


Pagdating ko kahapon sa school, I saw S, luhaan. I worriedly asked her why. Pinapanood daw sila ng teacher ng Hachikō. Nasabay pa sa early stages ng cold. Hayun, malungkot na malungkot ang bebeh gherl. She wanted to hug Kelly daw. Chika lang pala. Pagdating namin sa bahay, hindi naman ni-hug yung dog. Mabaho kasi. Hahahahaha! Hug pala ha?! Walang tibay na maasahan sa iyo ang aso.

Eksena sa bahay...
Sharkteeth:  [shaking a can with coins] Palimos po...
Me: Why?
Sharkteeth:  I need to save money to buy a book.
Me: [jokingly] Go ask your classmates for 1 peso each everyday.
Sharkteeth: Nooooooo...
Me: Hehehe, that's extortion.
Sharkteeth: Of course not, there's no threat. YET.

O baboosh muna. S has cough and colds. Saka slight fever. Medyo naglalambing. Will post my flea market find next time -- a structured Gucci bag.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Snorkelin' In Dauin

UPDATED: Added "how to get there"

Hello! Sorry for the uncharacteristic lack of inane chatter here. I was struggling with a book. Again. Well, it wasn't so much as difficult as long. Pero nakuha ko pang makapagsingit ng isang getaway in the middle of the week. KG visited Dumaguete for the first time, and Sharkteeth and I tagged along when she went snorkeling in Dauin. The marine sanctuary is just a few meters away from the beach, and at a depth of 4 feet, there are already numerous colorful fishies swimming around. Four feet na nga lang, lunod-lunoran pa kami ni S. She didn't wear a life vest. Ang lakas ng loob. Kaso nung medyo natatangay na kami ng tubig, biglang binabatak na ako pailalim. Nag-panic naman ako. *Tanga lang, nakalimutan kong naka-life vest ako, hehehe.* Buti na lang, KG helped bring S ashore. You'd think na we learned our lesson, but no. After KG returned to the resort, naiwan pa kaming mag-ina -- we went snorkeling again. Natangay na naman kami ng water. Good thing I was able to get back my bearings, and S and I were able to swim back ashore.

Sadly, we didn't find Nemo. :(

All the pictures were taken by KG.
KG, balik ka ha?!

How to get there:
1. From Dumaguete airport (which oddly is in Sibulan, not in Dumaguete), ride a trike and tell the driver to bring you Dauin terminal. Dauin terminal is at the side of the old bell tower, near the fruit market. The market is called tiangge here, not palengke.
Tip: The fare inside the airport compound ranges from 100 to 150. To cut on fare, you can go out to the main highway and get a trike there, which costs ~15 to 20 pesos to go downtown.
2. From downtown, if you prefer, you can rent a trike to Dauin for 250 pesos. Multicabs charge ~18 PHP/person. From Dauin public market, you can walk to the beach. However, we rode a trike. We asked the driver to bring us to Alar's, but he brought us to another resort. We paid 40 PHP (which, I belatedly realized, was kinda expensive, oh well).
The resort was okay. Chair and table rental was 100 PHP (includes use of shower and restroom -- Alar's charge 10 PHP, I think, for restroom use). But it's a long way from the marine sanctuary -- around half a kilometer. Vest rental was 100 PHP as well. We brought our own snorkeling gear, but they rent out gears as well.
Tip: A guy from the resort learned that we brought our own camera, and he said that we should have registered it in the municipal government, which charges 150 PHP. I'm not sure about that. Best research on that before bringing your own gear. I hardly think it's necessary though -- I mean, it was a GoPro, for goodness sake, not an Aquabotix Hydroview.
3. For the trip back, we trike driver picked us up and brought us to the public market, where we rode a multicab going to the city.

Oh, by the way, we witnessed a motorcycle accident on our way home. The driver tried to overtake another motorcycle and lost control. He crossed to the other side of the road and tried decreasing speed with his right leg. He lost his balance and the motorcycle fell, pinning his right leg. Motorcycle accidents are sadly a usual occurrence here in Dumaguete. Just a couple of months ago, an employee in a local BPO, together with her brother (a recent high school graduate) died in a motorcycle accident. Ironically, having recently resigned, it was her last day in that BPO. Saddest of all, they were the only kids of their parents. Drive safely, okay? Wear a helmet when riding a motorcyle. A couple of years back, I was so tempted to buy a Vespa. There was an introductory promo and I really wanted one in pink or mint green. Good thing sense prevailed that day. Ayan na naman, kung saan-saan na naman napunta kwento ko -- nawala na sa Dauin. O sya, visit Dauin, okay?

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Pabebe What?

Mga kampon ni mamon
Posted by Senyora Santibañez on Friday, June 12, 2015

Unang sumagi sa isipan ko: "'Nyeta! Pag nakita kong nag-upload ng ganito si Sharkteeth, suspended na ang no-sinturon policy until further notice!"

Then, "Ano ang pabebe?"
From TagDef: pabebe: "used to describe narcissistic girls or boys (mostly girls) who tries to act cute that they tend to be annoying. They usually tries [sic] to talk like a baby; squeaking their voice to the highest annoying pitch you'll ever heard."

Next thought: "But you love sass!"
Yes, I do. Pero may limit. Saka may age range. Sabi nga nung isang nag-comment: "Kwento nyo sa baby bra nyo."

Ang ending thought ko: "'Nyeta! Pag nakita kong nag-upload ng ganito si Sharkteeth, suspended na ang no-sinturon policy until further notice!"

Sharkteeth, huwag na huwag mong masubukan!!! KTnxBye!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Kwentuhan Pa More

Kakatapos lang ng fifth season ng Game of Thrones.

Pagod ako, mga teh.

More tired and beaten in spirit than Cersei walking naked on the streets of King's Landing. It was emotionally draining. Maraming namatay. There were more questions than answers, and having to wait for 10 months is unbearable. Meganon? Speaking of questions, haven't you wondered why Cersei's "carpet" didn't match the "drapes"? Or why she even has "carpeting" for that matter? I mean, there was a scene in season 2 (or was it season 3) where Bran's wildling yaya (Osha?) seduced Theon (or was it his guard?) and she had what seemed like a Brazilian, and now here's the queen mother, as bushy as the Amazon. Ewan ko. Baka iba ang body hair convention sa Westeros.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Public Service: Transferring Money Online

Public service, dear readers. Because I love you all. Char.

Seriously, online money transfer is one of the best things about having an online account, well, aside from bills payment. This is especially helpful (and cost-saving) for me in my online buying and selling. Take BDO, for example. If you deposit over the counter to an account in another province or city, you'd be charged an interbranch fee of 50 pesos -- minimum pa lang yan; the fee increases with increasing deposit amount. Ano nga tagline ng BDO, "We find ways"? We find ways, alright, ways to get more money from you, that is. Hahahaha! Seriously, at this day and age of online transactions, naniningil pa sila ng interbranch fee? I didn't even know dati na pwede palang mag-transfer ng money to an unenrolled account using my BDO online account. I've asked BDO tellers bakit may charge ang deposit, they only say na "interbranch fee", but NOT one responded, "Ma'am, actually, you can just transfer money online for free." Buti na lang a friend told me. *Thank you, Atty. R!*

I only have three accounts, BPI, BDO, and Unionbank, so I can only tell you about these three. If any of you have other accounts, feel free to share on how to transfer online in your bank.

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Pet Love: My Little Bacon

My demure little fluffball, Lady Ham Sandwich Kensington, aka Bacon.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Kwentuhan Time

Kaka-download ko lang ng Instasize -- masyado akong nag-enjoy. :)

Parang ang tagal matapos ng May, ano? O dahil napakarami kong activities -- TheHusband's Cebu birthday trip, na-hospitalize si Sharkteeth, I finished a book, McDo Kiddie Crew ni Kulet, Ebay-ing full time, trying to be fit (failing miserably, hehehe)...parang feeling pagod, pero hindi naman sobra-sobra. Just right.


May nabili akong 1 liter of fresh goat's milk. Ang mahalia pala nun, ~130 pesos. It's very good in boosting immunity, so bumili ako for S. Kaso ayaw nya, may odd taste daw, ayaw inumin. Sayang naman. Goat's milk is very good din daw for the skin, hence the influx of goat's milk soap and lotion.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Vintage Love: Lady Dior Patent Cannage Pochette

Let me get this straight, di ako brand conscious. Kahit ano, pwede sa akin. BUT it must be pretty and sturdy. And most of the times, yung mga branded ang pretty and sturdy. Bakit ba ako defensive? Hehehe. Pasakalye ko lang yan kasi I wanted to post one of my precious Baguio ukay finds: Lady Dior patent cannage pochette.

I mistakenly referred to the stitching as "cannelle" -- mali pala, it should be "cannard." Anyway, when I saw it in the flea market (ukay), I was immediately taken because of the high-quality patent leather with lambskin lining as well as the even and straight stitching. I have an obsession with even stitching. Ewan ko ba, di ako matahimik pag pangit ang tahi. I know, I know, may gamot ang mga ganitong conditions. Hehehe. While the cannage stitching reminded me of Dior, I wasn't expecting it to be one. So I was pleasantly surprised when I was cleaning it and turned it inside out. Wow! Just wow! It's marked "Christian Dior Paris"  on one of the card sleeves, and the serial code and country of origin are stamped on another sleeve. Bongga!!!

It's similar to this, but mine has a north-south design, instead of east-west. If only I can capture the softness and suppleness of the lambskin leather (*sorry, little lambie*) or the high-gloss shine of the patent cowhide. Ganda 'no? While the bag itself is flawless, it was missing its chain strap and Dior charms. I easily fixed the former, but the latter is a bit difficult to find online. Nevertheless, paying 100 pesos for a 500-dollar bag is not a bad deal anymore. Even with its charms missing. Besides, I'm charming enough for the both of us, right? Hehehehe!

Ayan, di daw brand conscious, pero kilig na kilig sa find.

Pwede na akong mag-donya-donyahan. Hehehehe.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Sea Urchins

On my morning walks along the bay, I usually bring TheDog to the water, trying to coax him to swim or at least get used to water touching his fur. Giving him a bath at home is always like a farce -- me trying to get him near the water hose by tugging on his leash, him lying down trying not to move. He always gets up and acquiesce though when I use "the" tone, but not a moment too soon. Happily, he's now at least dog paddling.

Wait, wait, where was I?

The sea urchin roe, yes.

Well, I usually see halved and empty sea urchin shells underwater when I bring TheDog to the water, and I asked the man who cleans the beach where to get some. Apparently, sellers bring the sea urchins (aka uni or swaki) to the baywalk around 10 am everyday and a bottle of roe costs 50 pesos. So cheap, right?

Fast forward to yesterday, Sharkteeth and I went to the bay to meet with friends who were going to Siquijor and on the way to the restobar where we were supposed to meet, I saw a couple along the breakwater preparing sea urchins. Long story short, I bought a bottle of roe and requested for one sea urchin shell with roe.

When we got home, I opened my pack of roe and sea urchin and thought of eating the roe from the shell. The thing is: BUHAAAAAAYYYY siya, mga teh!


Di ko kinaya. I placed it in the freezer. Death by ice. It was the merciful thing to do. I think. When I'm over my fear and awa today, I'll cook the roe in cream and use it as pasta sauce. IF I do get over my fear and awa. Wuz.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Not-Quite-Smooth Criminal

Nakalimutan ko pala ikwento ang Manila leg ng vacation namin last April.

Sharkteeth attended a writing workshop in Pasig, but before the event, she wasn't feeling well na. Tuesday after we arrived from Baguio, nilagnat sya. I thought it was just fatigue from the trip, saka naulanan kami nung last day namin dun, pero pagdating ng Thursday, she was all poopy as well. Good thing she wasn't vomiting. She thought na baka dahil sa carinderia food nung last day namin sa Baguio. Possibly. I was a bit hesitant to let her go sa writing workshop, but since she seemed to be doing better by Friday morning, gora na kami. We were supposed to meet her ninang before the workshop, pero naka-ilang rescheduling din kami.

Anyway, we ate at Robinson's Forum before I checked in sa hotel. Aba, di pa kami tapos kumain, sumasakit na naman tummy nya. Poor bebe. After I checked in, we proceeded to the venue and signed up and all. She was feeling better naman na daw. Whereas last year her school had may delegates to the writing workshop, this year, they were only three, and she was the only girl, so sa dorm, isinama na lang sya sa mga delegates from the North.

I then went to Makati to meet Leah, who treated me sa isang pasta place sa Glorietta. (Thank you, Leah! Ano nga name nung restaurant?) It was so yummy. Dapat kasama si Diane, eh wala. D-R-A-W-I-N-G. Hehehehe! Joke lang, dear Diane! Matagal-tagal din kaming nagkwentuhan ni Leah, then lipat naman kami sa Vanilla Cupcake. Then Sharkteeth suddenly sent me a text saying she wasn't feeling well. Alam nyo naman ako, may hypochondria na, may paranoia pa. Hahahaha! Nagmadali talaga akong umalis. I was not even sure kung nakapag-goodbye ba ako kay Leah. Kahit surge rate ang Uber, pinatos ko. S didn't wanna leave sana, pero I couldn't let her be alone that night. Baka hindi lang ako makatulog sa pag-aalala. Pinilit ko syang mag-stay with me sa hotel.

Nung madaling-araw na, balik na naman sya ng balik sa restroom. I decided to bring her to the hospital na lang. Buti na lang, malapit lang ang Medical City. It was our first time there, and maganda yung place. Still, hospital pa rin. Kahit gaano kaganda, I'd rather na hindi pumunta dun. Very efficient ang staff. Pagka-submit ko ng health card namin, ni-admit kami sa rehydration room sa ER. Thank goodness she wasn't vomitting, so there wasn't any need for an IV. She only had to take oral rehydration fluid. And oh, I had to catch her poop for examination, para ma-determine kung viral or bacterial. If the latter kasi, she would need antibiotics. Eh para namang tukso -- kung kelan kailangan, saka wala. I was LITERALLY waiting for shit to happen. Tawa kami ng tawa ni S kasi whenever she felt like going, we'd troop to the restroom, with me crouching by her side, my hand extended, waiting to catch her poop. Ah, the *privileges* of being a mom! Alas, shy type yung poop. Nung una, kami lang sa rehydration room. Then, another child was brought in, appendicitis-suspect. The mom was freaking out. As in sinisigawan na yung nurses. Afraid kami ni S. Eventually, ni-admit na kasi nga parang appendicitis. We couldn't decide if we should check out na, kasi nga no poop pa rin for examination pa. Then may dumating uli, a toddler naman. Same case as S. Then the toddler pooped. As in projectile yata. Kalat-kalat sa bed. *Sorry, TMI.* Di kinaya ni S, naduduwal, lumabas ng room. Seconds later, di ko na rin kinaya. After that, we decided to leave na lang. The hell with poop. Like I said, TMC's staff are very efficient. In less than 15 minutes after I asked if we could leave, they prepared our bill and we were able to leave na. Pinabaunan na lang kami ng container if case may makuha kaming stool specimen.

I brought S back to the school and nag-stay na lang ako dun for the rest of the day, just in case may, uhm, "repeat performance". That night,  nakitulog kami sa Quezon City, but she seemed to be better na. I brought her back sa school in the morning, and I went home to my parents' place to rest.

Come Monday, I picked her up, and in the evening, we met with her ninang, my dearest friend M. Kulang yung kwentuhan namin -- happy news, sad news, commiserations, triumphs. So bitin! You know how it is with good friends, right? You don't see each other for a very long time, and yet when you see each other, you just pick up from where you left off. Kilig na kilig si S kasi binigyan sya ng autographed copies ng Alice-Miranda books and a signed poster. #HappyKid


On to our trip home.

Alam nyo naman ang Team KoKo -- laging may sablay pagdating sa trips. Hehehehe. Diba I bought ceramics? Well, as expected, overbaggage ako. The day before our trip home, I asked TheHusband to buy for us 15 kg of baggage allocation. Nagkaka-problema sa communication kasi he left his phone with me. There was a lot of going back and forth. Then sabi nya okay na daw.

Pagdating namin sa T3, we had five bags with us. I thought I'd check in the two biggest ones. Nung i-issue na ang boarding pass, wala daw kaming baggage allocation, according to the ground steward. She was asking if I was going to purchase baggage allocation. But it was so much more expensive than prepaid allocation.

"Ma'am, bibili ba kayo ng baggage allocation? Kasi excess baggage na kayo," she repeated. Hehehe, I LIED.  Me (airily, trying to be nonchalant): "Ay, no need na. I'll just have them picked up and shipped via CebuPac cargo." *Liar, liar, pants on fire.*

I wasn't about to shell out a ton of money para sa baggage namin. But I couldn't leave them either. Sayang ang mga cutie ceramics!!! I toyed with the idea of throwing out some of our clothes, but didn't. Shipping it with CebuPac cargo was out of the question kasi gipit na sa oras. Saka sobrang traffic! (Ibang level na ang traffic sa Manila! Di ko kinaya! #Dumaguetefied)

Punta kami ni S sa isang corner and repacked everything. I don't know how we did it, but we were able to fit five huge bags into four. (#Talent) Sabi ko kay S huwag syang mag-rekla-reklamo or magmukhang nahihirapan sa buhat-buhat nyang backpack and maleta pagdaan namin sa guard kasi baka ipa-offload yung gamit namin. Eh na-conscious si Kulet. She plastered a fake smile on her face that will only make you suspicious. Hahaha! Thankfully, nalagpasan namin ang final check, even with a 15-kg overbaggage. Grabe. Pinawisan ako ng malapot. Parang kriminal lang. Saka, grabe ha, parang matatanggal ang braso ko sa buhat-buhat kong bag. Pati maleta ni S, buhat ko.

Suspect 1
So there. Lagi na lang, lagi na lang...

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Mga Istoryang Sinauna: Milagro Sa Agoo

Sino sa inyo nakakaalala kay Judiel Nieva? Itaas ang kamay!
Eh sa Agoo Apparition? Itaas ang paa!

Well, apparently, it was all a big joke lang daw. Quite frankly, I don't know what to believe. On the one hand, it was declared as Constat de Non Supernaturalitate (Latin, "clearly evident to be not supernatural") in 1993 by a theological commission, taking into account the financial corruption of family and Judiel's transsexualism, but I hardly think transsexualism is mutually exclusive with apparitions. On the other hand, purporting pig's blood to be divine blood does raise a red flag.

Oh, I'm straying from my kwento.

Si Madear, member sya ng DMI, and they organized a trip, and excursion if you may, to Agoo. Syempre, moi is the dakilang alalay. Ewan ko ba kung bakit lagi akong isinasama ni Madear sa mga excursion nila -- I'm not exactly the extroverted sort, wala halos akong peers na kasama, tapos usually big groups talaga yun, kanya-kanyang reklamo (maiihi, matatae, bibili ng buko pie, bibili ng bagoong, etc.). Dutiful daughter that I am, sumasama naman ako.

Mabalik tayo sa kwentong Agoo. So we rented a bus, brought food, and trudged on to Agoo. We got there mid-morning. Akyat kami sa bundok (or was it a hill?), even the old-timers and Thandercatz. Napakaraming tao. Napakainit! Glamour ceased to exist that day. (Ang tanong: Meron ba in the first place?!)

Tingin kami sa kalangitan, hoping for a miracle. Then, biglang nagkagulo!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Peter Rabbit Love

Thank you, Derdo.

How I love this. Not only is it utterly cute, it also came when I wasn't feeling particularly cheery -- the thoughtfulness that came along with it was the perfect pick-me-up. Sharkteeth has since exacted a promise from me that we're gonna SHARE the present, although truth be told, she's using it exclusively and it is I who have to ask HER permission when I want to use it. Tsssskkk...I'm such a doormat. :)

Thank you so much, Derdo.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Mga Istoryang Sinauna: Usisera, Beta Version

Bata pa lang ako, may mga senyales na ng aking, uhmmm, inquisitive nature. Read: usisera. Back when I was in Grade 2, ninakawan ang simbahan sa tabi ng school that I was attending. The thieves (I assumed na plural kasi mahihirapan kung mag-isa lang) stole the ornate silver panels decorating the altar. See the gilded gold altar? That's where the silver panels used to be.

Source: Wikipedia

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Cutie Baguio Ukay Finds

As promised, here are a few of my Baguio finds. I still couldn't find the others, so hindi ko ma-post lahat. I don't remember exactly how much each cost, but the price range was 35 (Peter Rabbit [PR] bowl) to 250 pesos (PR dessert cup+saucer boxed set). Ang dami ko nang PR stuff. I am not even actively collecting...napansin ko na lang, dumarami na sila. Derdo gave me a Peter Rabbit plate+bowl set in a quilted basket, and it's so adorable and charming. *Thank you, Derdo!* I'll post it in the future -- it needs a post of its own kasi nga super cute.

My Melody ceramic trinket box
For Sharkteeth

Friday, May 08, 2015

Easy And Filling Ham, Egg, And Cheese Bun

I'm a fan of the One-Pot Chef, and he inspired me to make these ham, egg, and cheese buns. I swear they're very easy to make.

1. You'll need some buns (something big and preferably crusty/flakey on the outside), ham slices, eggs, cheese (I used orange cheddar), pepper, and onion stalks (for garnish). I added a couple of pepperoni slices per bun (not in the picture, it was an afterthought).

Thursday, May 07, 2015


Hellooooowwww!  How are you all? I hope you all had a restful weekend. Especially all laborers like me. You know, if there is one holiday that I always celebrate (by not working), it is Labor Day. 'Cause not doing so seems sadly ironic.

It was TheHusband's birthday last weekend, and we were supposed to go to Bohol for some R&R, but apparently, Oceanjet's Bohol schedule has been moved to late afternoon and it's not worth going there paying for a whole day of hotel accommodation yet arriving early in the evening. We decided to go to Siquijor instead.

BUT WAIT, it ain't over till it's over!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Reese's Bread

With Sharkteeth home 24/7, I am constantly being badgered for food. As in kakatapos lang ng breakfast, "Mymy, do we have some spuds? Can you make me some chips?" "Mymy, what's for lunch?" "Mymy, Mymy, I'm so hungry na..." Kaya heto, ilabas ang talent sa improvisation. As always, I need something easy to cook or make. I saw this being featured online and instead of making something savory, I decided to make something sweet.

I sliced a batard, making a crisscut pattern. I then spread peanut butter between the slices and added chocolate chips. You can add as much choco chips as you want, I won't stop you. Heat in the oven at around 350°F till the chocolate chips soften. Boom panes!

Say bye-bye to the bewang!

Sorry, I haven't posted my flea market finds. Sharkteeth and I got cough and cold after we got back home and I wasn't feeling so good last week. I finished the book I was working on, and it really drained me. I spent the rest of the weekdays and the weekend resting. Hopefully, I can get on with it this week. For the meantime, feast your eyes on this delicious Reese's bread.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Baguio Sojourn Summer 2015

I know, I know, I promised I would never, ever, ever go to Baguio during the Holy Week, but it was a pretty long holiday, sayang naman. Plus ang init na sa Dumags. So gora kami.

Our bus ticket to Baguio was for April 2, 8 am, pero evening of April 1 pa lang, nasa Manila na kami. Our flight to Manila, although delayed, was uneventful. I actually thought na cancelled na yung flight. Puro day flights lang dito sa Dumaguete kasi may sunset limitation. Buti na lang we have longer days and napilit pa rin na makapag-take off ang plane. During the flight, Sam was the first to win in Cebu Pac's in-flight contest; ako na sana ang tatawagin for the next question, but oddly, inabutan ako ng hiya and I asked na iba na lang ang tawagin -- mukha naman kaming dayukyok sa prizes. I only want the glory. Hehehe. Truth be told, we have tons of Cebu Pac prizes na. Since our very first flight together, madalas na kaming manalo. I still remember the first time we won -- it was then-TheFiancé-now-TheHusband who gave the right object for the "Bring Me" game. The flight crew asked for 1000 diez (10 cents). I took the question at its face value, and I was thinking of literally 1000 pieces of 10 cents. Meanwhile, TheHusband whipped out a 100-peso bill. Yay!

Oh, nawala na ako sa kwento. Anyhoo, since we are about 12 hours early for our bus trip, we decided to queue sa chance-passenger line. Around 3 am, nakasakay na kami. Tulog kami during most of the trip, except for food and bathroom breaks. We arrived in the city around 11 in the morning. We decided to purchase our return tickets, which was a great idea kasi ubusan ang Sunday tickets to Manila. We proceeded to eat, and when we got to the hotel (Bloomfield), tamang-tama lang sa 2 pm check-in time. 

Burham Park seems to be undergoing beautification. They now have a rose garden, which, although still not very lush, has a profusion of color. I can't wait to see (and smell!!!) them in their full bloom. There are also gingerbread houses and some new gazebos.

Cuter together

Friday, April 17, 2015

Alive, Not Quite Alert, And Definitely Unenthusiastic

Hey! Hey! Hey! Sorry for my long absence. Just got back a couple of days ago from our, uhm, long "vacation" and I'm still trying to get my groove back. I'm still struggling with a job that I've been doing since March, but I hope to start chatting again next week. I have a ton of stories that I want to tell, but most are, in Diane's parlance, password protected. Oh well. I will share my Baguio flea market finds (so many cute stuff!) and a couple of tips when traveling. Till next week!

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Nothing Much Happening Here

Busy-busy-han muna ako, dear friends. I'm editing a book, and my sanity is at the breaking point. I want to cry na sa hirap, pero I can't. I physically cannot cry over such stress no matter how much I try. So when a Twitter notification came, I was over the moon. Hehehe, I'm shallow that way.

The thread is here.
I can't pretend to to understand quantum physics mechanics and parallel universes, but there's one thing I am sure of --  I'm soooooo kilig. Hehehe. To celebrate, I will re-watch Wimbledon and Knight's Tale.


I'm so excited for our Baguio trip and at the same time terrified at the possibility of being stuck in a giant traffic jam. Ticket pa lang sa Victory Liner, pahirapan nang kumuha. I can only blame ABS-CBN and their Forevermore series for the resurgence of people's interest in Baguio. For the longest time, friends seem to find it odd, to say the least, that we always return to Baguio. Then suddenly I noticed my FB feed filled with pictures of friends and relatives going to Baguio. Yung series pala ang dahilan. Boo. Hehehehe. I'm looking forward to cooler temperatures, my favorite veggie dishes, and syempre ang pag-uukay (I'm still a bit upset for not getting a boxed pair of Tiffany goblets and YSL and Sonia Rykiel teacup+saucer sets). Pero malamang magtutulog lang naman ako. Hahaha!


May your holidays bring a bit of rest to the body and the soul. Laterz!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Practical Happiness

You know the feeling...may mga araw when you simply don't feel positive or happy. When you feel like Charlie Brown or Lady Edith. When all you want to do is curl up in your bed.

Pa'no bang maging masaya? 

Much as I want to dish off my usual crappy banal lines, like "The fact na nagising ka kaninang umaga is a reason for happiness" or "Having [insert something obvious, like kids, wealth, roof over your head, food] is happiness in itself", we all know that doesn't work. If you're anything like me, self-help books never help either. Pagbukas ko pa lang ng book, my eyes glaze over and my mind flies. Motivational seminars neither work. I'd get so pumped up at first, but the glow of the inspirational talk seems to fade as quickly as the seminar is over. Plus paying for a pep talk seems stupid for a kuripot person like me.

Paano nga ba?

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Mga Istoryang Sinauna: Ipiseseseses!

Derdo shared this in Facebook a couple of days ago.

Please ignore the completely unrelated background.
It was either this or a picture of an ipis. No contest, obviously.
From Femina
So true, right? Why does it fly to you when you're trying to murder it? Burst of bravado? Or perhaps a bluff? Which usually works, by the way! And why are the so hard to kill? They're terrorists, I tell you.

Back in college, we had to dissect those damned insects for our Invertebrate Biology class. We were teamed up in twos, and fortunately, I got teamed with my best friend. Afraid na ako sa simula pa lang, but I thought na kakayanin ko naman. Walang kalaban-laban yung cockroach -- it was pinned to the dissecting pan and there was no chance of it flying.

I was feigning bravery and failing in each passing moment, PERO once I sliced it open, it emitted a smell so foul!!! I retched. My friend, who had been so patient with my kaartehan, took over and did the rest of the dissection. Grabe, I owe her my life. Friends forever, teh!

Anyway, hindi yan ang main kwento.

I was living alone in a one-room apartment in a seedy part of Parañaque near the office. Before sleeping, I noticed a tiny part of the ceiling fell. I didn't pay much attention, thinking I can tell the owner the next day.

So nakatulog na ako. Around midnight, I heard more pieces of wood falling. Kebs lang. Back to sleep. 

THEN NAGISING AKO, WITH A THOUSAND COCKROACHES SCRAMBLING ALL OVER MY FACE AND BODY. ALL OVER THE ROOM. And the all-too familiar foul smell permeating my room. I was living a nightmare. I was screaming. And I thought I'd pass out.

Thankfully, I was able to take a hold of myself and I tried to kill as many as I could and I opened the windows and the door and let the living leave (take no prisoners!) and then I swept the rest out. Di na ako nakatulog after that. I closed the hole in the ceiling. I inspected every nook and cranny and washed every surface with disinfectant. Deodorized the room. Buti maliit lang yung room ko. I felt violated. Took a bath twice. Or was it thrice?

Still traumatized till now. Seriously, can you give me one positive contribution of cockroaches to our ecology? No, I didn't think so. And whoever eradicates cockroaches deserves a Nobel Prize. But until then, I'm keeping my bug spray with me. #LoveYouBaygon! :)

Friday, March 13, 2015

Friday Favorite Five: Kate Spade Love

Matagal na pala akong walang Friday Favorite Five post. Coincidentally, a week ago, Derdo sent me a link to Kate Spade's new collection. Lahat maganda! I want them all, pero I'll limit this post to five. And believe me, nahirapan talaga akong i-trim down to five.

1. Spring forward flowerpot crossbody, $328.00: "For our spring forward line, our designers embraced their inner eccentrics, creating a collection of whimsical handbags that celebrate the season; this witty flowerpot-shaped cross-body, for example, brings the delights of the garden to any ensemble."

I love this the most in the entire spring collection. Imagine, a flower pot bag? Quirky and functional. I can imagine Zooey Deschanel carrying this.

2. Blooms fit and flare dress, $398.00: "Spring is (finally) in the air, and there’s no better way to celebrate the season than by donning a pretty dress. our flower-covered fit-and-flare certainly fits the bill—in fine cotton, with just the right amount of stretch, it’s perfect for garden parties, brunches and picnics in the park."

Nothing like flowers to perk up your day, right? Well, except for coffee, that is. Marian Rivera ang peg ng dress na ito.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Gourmet(?!) Tuyo In Oil

Madear and Fadear sent us so many packs of tuyo and tinapa, but the former was so salty, medyo naawa ako sa kidneys namin. Ayoko namang itapon. Waste not, want not. And you know me, Ms. Make Do, Ms. Improvise, Ms. I-have-a-solution-for-that. My (delicious) solution? Gourmet tuyo in oil.

1. Lightly fry the tuyo in corn oil. (You can use canola or sunflower or any other oil that doesn't taste nutty). After frying, let the tuyo soak in oil. I did that to get as much salt off as possible. Then I drained the oil.

2. Remove the scales by firmly holding it by the tail and running a knife just underneath the scales from above the tail going up toward the head. If properly fried and soaked, it should be easy to remove. After removing the scales, fillet and remove the bones. Arrange the fillets in a bottle.


3. In a saucepan, add a bit of oil and sauté minced garlic. When the garlic is transluscent, add sun-dried tomatoes, chili flakes, ground pepper, whole black pepper, and olives. You can add capers as well. Be sure to wash the olives to remove the saltiness. Turn down the heat to avoid burning the garlic.  Add half a cup of corn oil, half a cup of olive oil, and one-third cup of vinegar. Let this simmer for a few minutes. Turn off the fire and let the mixture cool.

4. Pour over the tuyo fillets. Let it rest a bit to let the flavor of the oil seep through the fillets.

Et voila!

I was supposed to give away the other jar, pero sorry, masarap eh, and naubos agad namin yung isang bottle and wanted more. :) Soweeee... Di bale, pag-uwi ko sa Bulacan sa April, I'll buy lots of tuyo and make one na pang-giveaway.