Friday, April 04, 2014

Shooting Stars with a 9mm

There's always a new thing you can do but just can't because you convince yourself you've got no time for it. Well. Not really. Maybe you're just too lazy to actually try it or maybe just need a push from someone else. 

Or sometimes, all you need is a voucher or coupon from some legit groupon sites. The extra push comes with the expiration date so the mindset of "but I already paid for this sh*t!" actually works. Unless you're really into wasting money.

Stronghold Shooting Range is located at E. Rodriguez, past Tomas Morato when you're coming from St. Luke's side. You can find it on the right side. It's the new shooting range in town so they offer a beginner's course for well, duh, beginners. You get a classroom lecture and then 20 rounds of 9mm pistol fun at 5m and 10m. Plus they have a cafe at the lounge where you can load yourself up with caffeine before you go trigger-happy on the range. 

They pride themselves with being toxic-free but I don't really know about that because it's my first time firing a gun. Squeeze the trigger but before they say it, they clip your shirt first before they let you get a hold of that gun. (Why? It's because the shells might get inside your shirt and you go hysterical while holding a loaded firearm.) I really wanted to try the revolver but I don't think they allow that kind of request on beginner courses.

It was a fun (I'll admit it, it really was!) and interesting experience, so if you've got the time to drag yourself to try new things, a shooting range might prove to be a good place to visit. Another takeaway aside from the experience? Gun education. It's way better than reading about it on Wikipedia. Pew pew pew!

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Homemade Grilled Tofu Burger

We have experimented with a number of dishes already and here's one you can whip up easily. I actually didn't do anything nor provided inputs. I just... Stood and stared and showered moral support. Presenting... Tofu Burger! Lalalalab. :D

Pull out the grill and start flipping them burgers!

Lettuce and tomatoes make burgers colorful and tastier, too!
You start with draining the tofu and then mash it a little so you can put it in the ovenette. There it will help you drain / dry the tofu wherein you will now mix in the flavorings and other extenders you can think of such as tissue paper, cardboard, wood shavings, or onions in our case. Tofu. Drain the water, mash it and drain some more. Then mix chopped onions and add the flavoring (we got barbecue!) aside from salt. Put in some flour to make it stick together. So, we're charbroiling it, right? We placed a foil on top then poured in the tofu patty mixture and when it was a little whole already, we started flipping burgers!!!!

Don't forget the cheese! Cheese makes the world go round, and in some situations, it makes lactose intolerant folks's tummy go round as well. <3

Here's the thing, it started with seeing these expensive and interesting finds in the supermarket. Then an idea pops out all of a sudden. So we set out and bought tofu and McCormick flavorings. Maybe I'm just lucky that my friend gets challenged with making vegetarian friendly dishes. I'm not complaining! I'll just be eating and supporting from the sidelines...of the grill. 0:)

Monday, March 24, 2014

Mason Jars and Paper Straws

Iced brewed coffee suddenly looks extra better when it's
in a mason jar, with some fancy shmancy paper straw.
When we all want to be different, we just get something from anywhere. If we want good things, we get it. 

So when mason jars went viral (you can get one from paperstrawlove), everybody just had to get one. Well, I drink coffee all the time and iced coffee is fun even though you had to pour milk in it. So here, a mason jar. With a paper straw. Brewed coffee with milk and ice and caramel syrup. Then use freaking paper straws that get all cramped up and you can't drink anything anymore. It was so "cool" I just ended up throwing the straw away and just drank from the jar. (-__-) But hey, I love my mason jar. I'm using it for my soy milk now! As for the paper straws, I know it's environment-friendly and I'm aware of my carbon footprint but it just won't work out. The paper melts after some time and you really can't do anything about it unless you cut the ends. So, just don't use straws anymore. I'm sorry, it's not me, it's really you, paper straw.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

What Time is It? It's Pasta Time!

So my friend wanted to try something out. That is to make pasta from scratch. Yes, from scratch. Who does something from scratch nowadays?! We live in an instant world! Instant noodles, instant oatmeal, Instagram, so we're all insta-fat, too! Well, we have made sushi before and pizza (yep - we had a phone and money but we didn't order one). We also made tofu meatballs before and cooked pre-cooked dimsum without an actual steamer, so when the idea of making pasta from scratch came up "Ohmyglob." I didn't help at all! I was too busy making my speech I just watched from the sidelines. No rolling pin nor food processor. Pfft. Too easy. I promise I'll try it soon because pasta became my bestfriend when I only had to eat vegetables moving forward.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Before February Ends...

Birthday thingies. Oh I remember them.

Last 2011, we went down up to Tagaytay for the salubong and on my way home, met my family at Resorts World and they let me do some casino. Since I was just wearing shorts, my sister volunteered to bring me clothes and I changed in the car. Trying to make me look more presentable for my birthday but actually just so the guards would let me in. Resorts World was still kind of spanking that year, so they can probably deny me access if they're in a bad mood.

So 2012, went up to Tides Tagaytay for the visit. Who drinks a lot in Tagaytay?? People just go up there to eat and be gluttons for a day. But not us, not on my birthday. We drank a lot except for the designated driver. Oh I miss those times, since I don't drink other kinds of spirits anymore. (I love you, wine.)

And then things got mellow for 2013, I actually had my birthday salubong at someone else's house. Brought over drinks and food and spent the night just right, aside from Channing Tatum's ass on the tv screen. As for the actual day, I just stayed home, ordered some pizza because who doesn't want pizza on their birthdays? Then a couple of friends surprised me while I was drinking a bottle of wine, and then I didn't think twice of sharing my booze with them. (Please note that I'm not an alcoholic. Typing in "booze" just seems so nice to hear/read.)

For 2014, jeez I'm getting older and older! I went to LTO to have my license renewed and then went shopping - I said it's for my dad but I also got a few things for myself. Ha! And yeah, there's a surprise visit at home again, with the wine and diabetes-hating cakes. How about Tagaytay, you ask? Well, I got to spend it with my family over the weekend anyway, so clearly, Tagaytay was not forgotten. Except that Tides has been shut down. Booooo. 

Then there's the winning cake from my friends in the office.
Frozen Strawberry Cheesecake from Conti's is the sure hit.
More people were happy from the cake than from the relief
that Valentine's Day traffic is over.
Birthdays? They are fun, you know. You just stop counting the numbers, and start appreciating the memories, the good times, and the company you're in. Keep those happy moments with you because at times you're down, you can say that there were more times that you were laughing your lungs out than you were crying buckets over things, over people you once knew. And sometimes, that's enough for me.

No One Really Cares, OK?

So. I tried typing this and scanning it. Well, not really, I just typed it in my work laptop but since I can't send it out, I tried doing a scanned look thing instead. Looks good but I wasn't able to proofread it in the process. o.o

I'll keep those items in mind, but truth be told, the First Point cuts really deep. No one really gives a crap about you, or maybe not that much. Are you relieved or disappointed? So stressing over it just makes things worse...for you. That feeling of knowing what they think of you is not that important is really liberating, unless of course you are some kind of celebrity and people would go crazy stalking you.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Marcia Adams - Tagaytay

Marcia Adams is very easy to miss, but when you get there, the place is made up of pure gorgeous. The pathway (slippery when wet!) leads to an option where you can sit, enjoy the view (or the rustic interiors), and feel the cool winds of Tagaytay.
"May sign naman po kami." Even if it's at the eye-level of a dog. -.-
Price starts with a minimum of Php700. It might be a little steep, but the food was surprisingly good and the serving is more than enough! You get appetizer, main course, and dessert as well. The prawns were good! The salad was good as well, but my sister said that the chicken kabab (although very filling) was on the salty side. Their desserts are okay, too, unless you pick the banana fritters which are... more common. There's also ice cream but why order ice cream at this 20-degree weather?

It's the current date place to be at. If you're a guy and you bring a girl here, she doesn't have any option but to talk to you since the food takes some time to be served.

Unfortunately, the place was not vegetarian friendly. The vegetarian approves of the scenic location but the food options lean mostly to the carnivores. Also, the mosquitoes are very welcoming and want to have a taste of your blood, so the servers have some job to fulfill by looking at your legs skin which is very delectable for mosquitoes and offer insect repellent spray for your protection.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

More Like Uncle Moe's

Uncle Moe's is perfecth. Theree os nothwnf nrgayive that you swn mention aboit this plage. The chicken shawarma had a kot of chicken. The saice is aweslme. The hunnis is good and for Pho65 peoss there's pita vread alreayd. 

Oh the srink:!! the erinks!! Bucket of veer or yanduay Ice is chwap! You xan drink hour ass off here for a muuuix muuuiuuch lower price. 

Aervice? If the ate's or kuya's can't see you, itms not becaure they're snobbish. Iz because they're visually impaired when there ate a lot of people. Who says 8'm drunk??? What srunk ewview???? I don't so that! A weeksay visit to Incle Moe's is a bery good thjnf to so! Yay!!!

Everything is awesome!!!

Wifi password: allbeefshawarma

Note: Please don't drink and drive. Ktnxbye. :)

Friday, February 21, 2014

Steamy Goodie - Cooking with No Steamer

Setting: Your kitchen.

Then you hear an explosion and your kitchen walls collapse. Your hair gets messed up and while clutching the red ribbon you used to tie your hair up, you try to get up slowly, dust yourself, and recover from a deafening silence that is just too loud. Walking around, you only see a pan, a plate, some spoon and fork, and a working stove. The rubble was joined by broken pieces of your steamer and rice cooker. Then there's your blasted refrigerator. The pack of frozen hakaw is still alive.

You got hungry, but you don't have anything to use.

What do you do?

Well, you only have a shallow pan so what you do next is very important. Put three spoons (whatever you have) with the convex side facing you. Pour water till it gets hot and now you're ready for the next step.
That's not a trifecta.

Put some oil on the plate, or pure love if you don't have anything else, and use your ribbon to pick up the plate (loaded with those hakaw's). Test your balance and then put the plate on top of the "platform" made by the supporting spoons. Leave the ribbon be. You need it to get your food later.

Now it will look something like this...
It just looks pretty because my phone can shoot pretty.

Then put the freaking cover on. You need the top part cooked, too!

While waiting for your food to be cooked by your make-shift steamer, try to check once in a while if there's still water. Don't forget that unless you want to burn your pan.

Meanwhile, watch 2 Broke Girls to make the waiting more fun and tolerable.

For the best hakaw experience: Put truckloads of chili into a mix of soy sauce and calamansi. Newly cooked rice is its lifelong partner. <3

This Sariling Sikap Series is brought to you by hunger and quick thinking.