Wednesday, December 31, 2008

National Shrine of St. Anne

It's Christmas season at the National Shrine of St. Anne in Hagonoy, Bulacan.
Photo taken a day before the start of "Simbang Gabi" (12/15/08).

Saturday, December 27, 2008

My Bestfriends' Wedding

John and Lei,
I thank God for giving me such wonderful friends like you whose friendship i'll always treasure.


Happy Together!

Glad to be together again on Christmas day!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

FlipTrip 03: Oyster

"Ang pag-ibig ko sa iyo'y parang Talaba,
Patay na, Kumakapit pa."
(My love for you is like an oyster, it sticks even if its already dead.)

Isa ito sa mga Pamosong linya ng kwelang Rakista na si Kus Amante, Jr. Alay sa kanyang iniirog na si Riza. Pa pa ra pa pa.....

Photo taken by Kus.

Saturday, December 13, 2008


Magkakapatid sa gimikan,
magkakapatid sa inuman!
Cath, ubos na ang pulutan,
Tagay pa tayo d'yan!

My siblings from left to right Fashionistang Amor, Pretty Cath, Cool Chette, Rockstar Kus, and yours truly - promotor ng kalokohan!
Tulog na si Kuya Red kaya naiwan.
Antu, ulitin natin ito pagdating mo!
Sama-saya together!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

We love to celebrate!

We're a family who loves celebrations - birthdays, anniversaries, graduation, Christmas, New Year, etc.. we do celebrate and "Who would cook?" was never a problem. Both my Mom and Dad's side of the family has it's own specialty, like my Dad's Mother, Lola Isyang (RIP), whose line is into Kakanin, she's made the best Kutsinta with Monggo and Puto (steamed rice cake). Aunt Glo, Dad's sister, however managed to learn the way Lola cooks it, but because she's busy with her own "halamanan" she can only share with me her bestest "Atchara" or pickled papaya. Ta'nio (short for Tito Onio) is loved by his famous Kare-kare.
While Tita Rosie, Mom's eldest sister, never ran out of "Suman" the one you dip into a little sugar, she sells it almost everyday in Calumpit and Pulilan where they live. I also love the way Tita Letty cooks "Kilawing Labanos" and "Dinuguan". TF or Tita Fanny is the best nowadays, she knows a lot of pinoy food, name it she can do it. She was our cook when we had our "Greenyard Coffeshop and Kambeerngan sa Halang" and when we were catering for Tierra International or TICC. She's there for most of the occasions in our life, anytime we need her, she's just a text away.
Below is a photo of TF's dishes - Tiffany (inside white cups), Lumpiang Shanghai, Pancit Malabon, Spaghetti and Biko. I did the Macaroni Salad in the bowl.

Until now TF never fails to please us whenever we have occasions at home.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Vacation 08: The day we went fishing

Skye is very excited to go fishing. Since the day we arrived home from Shanghai first Monday of December, she's been asking my siblings - Tito Kuz and Ninang Chette, to make her a fishing rod, but he is busy with the upcoming battle and gig, and she has to go to work for a week. She's been asking me everyday, "Mom when can we go fishing? I'm very excited!" I just said we should wait until Saturday because that's when everybody's available.
She woke up so early that morning, which is very strange, and went to her Ninang Chette's bedroom and ask her to make the fishing rod. Everything's all set by 9am. Chette made 2 fishing rods and we borrowed 2 extra fishing rods from our cousins. All of us were excited because it's Skye's first fishing experience, and I am excited, too, because it's been a long time since i did this.

So, we're on our way now to the fishpond

setting up...

placing worm on Skye's fishing hook

waiting for her first catch.......

after changing spots

she caught her first big Tilapia fish, Yay! When she felt her rod moved she asked for my help and I told her to pull it up and she did and we were all shouting for joy. She stopped to pose with a smile after covering her face and all from the splashes of water because of the wiggling of the fish, I think she's got mixed emotions. After that first one, she's on her own. She was the first one to catch the biggest fish among us, I caught a what she calls a kid fish and her tita Cath had a tiny fish, my cousins caught some, too, and Chette got all sizes. Skye caught 7 fishes in all, and she was very happy.

Snowe, my younger daughter, was also there trying to catch some fish but she wasn't able to get one, but she enjoyed being there shouting with us evrytime we caught one.

we had our lunch there and caught some more and headed back home.

and the fishes that we caught went into the grill that night, dipped with calamansi juice and soy sauce, Yummy!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Congratulations, BananaMangoe!

Rakistang Kus, my youngest brother, again proved his guitar talents together with his Reggae bandmates - Jon, Odie and Boogie as they grabbed the -First Prize- in the battle of the bands entitled "Kabataan sa Musikahan" held in Bulacan State University on December 03, 2008. The program was organized by KALIPI-Kabataang Liberal ng Pilipinas - BulSU Chapter.
Banana Mangoe played Jon the drummer's original composition "Himig Kapayapaan" and a cover song Night Club by the Specials.

From left: Odie-bassist, Boogie-Vocals/guitars, Kus-Lead Guitarist, Jon-Drummer

Himig Kapayapaan - Banana Mangoe

NightClub - The Specials

Monday, December 1, 2008

home at last!

It's good to be back.
Sarap ng sinigang na bangus at adobong pusit, pangat na ayungin at banling alimasag.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

FlipTrip 02

Kung ayaw mo, huwag mo!
Iyan ang kabaliktaran ng kasabihang "If there's a will there's a way!"
Huwag mong pilitin ang ayaw, kasi kung gusto maraming paraan, walang dahi-dahilan. Kung ayaw, ayaw! sanlibong dahilan na walang kabuluhan.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Special Salted Eggs and Tomatoes

I have nothing much to say about this salted-egg-tomato-salad. I just called it “special” because my dear daughter, Skye, prepared this for dinner. It’s one of her favorite ulam these days (at least my kids are prepared for the crisis, because that will be all for tonight). He he he…
Skye loves assisting me in the kitchen. She likes peeling and chopping vegetables under my supervision. Today, I think she’s ready to do it alone. So, while I was busy on YM chatting with her Dad (who’s in Hongkong for 2 nights and is in an internet cafe), and because we came home late from Century mart, I asked her to prepare our dinner. I instructed her to chop some cherry tomatoes and salted eggs and there, she's ready for dinner.She can prepare dinner by herself, Yahoo! (proud Mommy *winks*)
This combination of salted eggs and tomatoes usually goes with fried or smoked fish, but to us, we can have it as the main meal. We also sometimes have hardboiled eggs, tomatoes and fish sauce and the girls will feast on it already.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

FlipTrip 02

15 days to freedom! wooohooo!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Pinagpalang Talong

Di ba ang ibang tawag sa lawit ay talong?
Ano naman kaya ang tawag sa talong na may lawit?
Walang ka-berdehen, ang isip ay nagtatanong lamang.

-etchus lang-
Salamat kay Leon sa pamagat nitong ka-etchusan kong ito. :-)

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Talangka or Hairy Crabs

There’s a lot of food scare going on these days, and I'm thinking “what’s next?” Wala na bang safe kainin!? From Milk to Eggs to crackers and so on… do we still have any options? Well, for me I just don’t mind them, because I know everything eaten in moderation is just fine. Besides, healthy or not, our time will come and we'll all die. Nyahahaha!
Just like eating Crabs. Oh, I soooo love crabs! Small crabs, alimango (mud crabs), alimasag (blue crabs). I even tried eating damuko.
In our childhood days (oh, don’t count back!), my siblings and I walk a kilometer long to and from our school. Along the road are lots of rice fields and a number of prinsa (it’s a wooden gate for letting the water in and out of the rice fields)
-or irrigation canal, and on these prinsa we can see baby crabs or pakot swimming and climbing up and down the wooden gate. Sometimes, we’d be curious and take a handful of them only to put them back and wait for the peak season of catching small crabs or “talangka.” It’s during the rainy seasons when you’d be able to find lots of talangka in the ricefields. We’ll use a fishing rod with fish bait or bintol (a square net with bamboo frame) or bikbik (made of coconut shell) to trap the crabs. We don’t only have fun then; we also earned some money, especially if we were able to catch more female than male crabs, because it’s sold separately, the female costs higher than male. (Of course females are more valuable… biased me… hehehe).
I really miss that part of my childhood, sighs...
Talangka is now rare in Hagonoy (Bulacan), maybe one of the reasons is the change from rice farming to fish farming and another is the use of fertilizers and processed feeds.
Gladly, I still can enjoy female crabs in this part of the world… not as how I enjoyed it before but a bit close. They are called hairy crab here, very much like talangka but bigger, but I'm sure it’s talangka.

I asked my suki in the wet market for this, “ci maoxie” or female crab, and this is the "smallest" i get when i asked for small ones.

I washed them clean and put it in the casserole. Place it covered on the stove top, of course you should turn the heat on...

and wait till they turn orange-y...

and there they are trying to run away from me….ha ha ha!

That's how i usually cook my talangka - steamed or halabos. I also make burong talangka whenever there are smaller ones available.

The Rain

I don't know why I feel blue when it rains.
I don't really hate the rain, in fact, back home i feel glad when it rains because my Mom's plants in her halamanan will be happy. And of course, she can save a lot of time watering them. Also, it's time for Champorado and Tuyo (fried dried fish) Or Chicken Sopas Or Arrozcaldo. Oh, how I love to eat when it rains.
But, still it makes me sad and I don't know why....

Saturday, October 18, 2008

For my Mom

I thank God for you....