Saturday, September 06, 2014

Cactus, Cactus, I Love You

Do you know how awesome my Wednesday last week was? It was August 27. Happiness is when someone brings you what you've been asking for so long. And you just smile so much your face hurts. Hudosdfuiewuiohfiovnvoiverjfp[ermoghmvg iohaiosdhowhruhoia!!!
My mini-babies!!! <3
Hello, Cact1 and Cac2s!!! I'm so happy I'm breathing out so much carbon dioxide on them. 

Oh btw, Cact1 is a Haworthia attenuata. :]

Friday, September 05, 2014

The Best Rootbeer Float Ever

Hi. Do you know how to make the best rootbeer float ever?

The ingredients are complicated. They are simple to procure but they tend to be depleted at a very fast rate. 

What are the key ingredients?
Rootbeer. I'll go all the way to your place and smack you if you ask me why we need rootbeer. No, non-cola products are to be poured into your toilets. 

Ice. Even if your rootbeer comes from a soda dispenser, ice pretty much makes life more interesting and rootbeer float more floaty. 

Ice Cream. Vanilla. Everybody loves a classic vanilla - a classic vanilla ice cream. So, the only point of contestion here is which brand is best for the challenge?

If you're a cheapskate tightwad (the redundancy is important), you can get Big Scoops's classic vanilla ice cream. I think they sell the cheapest vanilla ice cream that tastes good. You can opt for a Ben & Jerry's when you visit S&R, but Nestle (and Big Scoop) can easily do the trick!

Procedure:
Put ice. Then pour rootbeer. And then scoop in lots and lots (and lots) of ice cream. Shoot in a straw as a final touch. 
I tell you, mason jars make everything look pretty.
Freaking enjoy your treat!

Words of caution!!! Don't say I didn't warn you! Rootbeer float is very addictive. Watch your sugar and be careful when the sugar rush kicks in! Avoid breaking things when it hits you.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Going Down

I'm now becoming a lazy blogger. I blame not having a laptop for this wherein I can just type away my thoughts on the whim. 

So what do we have lately? Traffic is really bad here in the metro. I was born with traffic being bad and currently experience it to being awful. Let's see a few more years from now when it notches the "unbearable" status. Can't even bike or have other forms of transportation because the roads are unforgiving and the air is so close to giving us lung cancer. Guess we're just waiting for a miracle to happen or when teleportation is made available now. 

Then the taxes. Check Facebook and your feed has either exploded with the comparison of income taxes of the different nations in Asia or you just ignored it because you have felt so hopeless already you just microwaved something from your parents' refrigerator because you're too functional to cook for yourself. 

Where do our taxes go? They actually go to a lot of places. They are properly and smartly allocated, we can see that in budget reports. Basically, in paper. We can see that in paper. Only in paper. Then the money probably gets lost in translation. A million pesos allocated in paper, gets a quarter of it in reality. The rest just go to blackholes. It's just so funny this is all too common even in high profile politicians - those whose faces you can see everywhere, even in your worst nightmares. What does COA do? I think they're not doing their job or they probably are doing a good job but corporations or dirty politicians threaten the daylight out of them. "Good folks don't last too long" type, I guess. You remember this whenever you go out. The roads are horrible, the traffic is just depressing, the news gives you a wrinkle or two in an instant. 

Oh gosh. There's Manny Pacquiao joining PBA, too. As coach and a player, people! This just proves how ridiculous we are and how much we value freedom. Everyone's free to do everything here, especially if you're a sports icon or a politician, or the kid of a sports icon or a politician. You can be a professional boxer and a professional basketball player here. Oh, plus coach. Don't forget about that. Be a professional thief while you're at it, too.

In a way, our country just killed a huge part of whatever hope I have that we can still do something about our situation and not abandon ship. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Barber's Tales: Mga Kuwentong Barbero

Barber's Tales (Mga Kuwentong Barbero) is a 2013 film starring Eugene Domingo, written and directed by Jun Lana (of Bwakaw), and is currently enjoying a commercial release just this August 2014. It runs for 2 hours and is being showcased at select cinemas particularly at Ayala Cinemas.

Patriarchal Society, Gender Roles, Politics, and Freedom

It was set during the Martial Law era, so the crew had to be smart and gather memorabilia and props that are well-thought of. There should be no slips of anything modern (just like the more recent Downtown Abbey failed promotional teaser). The film was shot tastefully, it shows how women were treated both in their familial roles and by society, how men look down on women both explicitly and implicitly with hints that no one would have his hair cut by a female barber, and that women should take care and concede to their husbands' needs and desires.
grabbed from http://www.fareastfilm.com
In spite of all the gender role tones, the film showed that women in their own ways (if they want to) can challenge the notion that men and the society have on them. they can fight back their libido-filled husbands, they can prove that they can cut hair as good as their male counterparts, and that they can make a change on their own - whether through a societal or political rebellion.

Eugene Domingo has really established herself on being a very versatile and effective actress. Hands down, she can bring out different emotions and pass them to the audience without difficulty. She is that good and is always a delight to watch whether in a comedy or drama environment.
grabbed from http://thepoc.net
Barber's Tales is not a comedy. The title might mislead you into thinking it's a funny movie (Mga Kuwentong Barbero - who won't think it's not a comedy??) with Eugene Domingo (yes, Kimmy Dora?) billing it, but it's not. It's an irony. It is a sad story of a compelling truth beautifully told by classic performances of artists and talented filmmakers.

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Sariling Sikap Hakaw - Shrimp Dumplings

Hakaw or shrimp dumpling is an all-time classic favorite by everyone with or without allergies from seafood. What's that on your hand? Anti-histamine?! Drop it, lady!

What is hakaw or shrimp dumplings?
Noun.
Minced shrimp with other ingredients put in the middle of a wrapper, formed to perfection and then steamed on bamboo for your pleasure.
Best paired with chili garlic.
And lots of steamed rice.

So. My dear friend, Kathy, who believes we should all learn to cook (she says we can start by watching Cooking with Dog in YouTube) has embarked on this journey of making hakaws. Hakaws from scratch. Yes. She wants to make everything herself. I was fine with being the audience but I realized there is audience participation required that is not just taste testing. :( 

Ingredients for Wrapper:
- Tapioca Starch (note that after research, we found out that it's the same as tapioca flour)
- Wheat Flour (if you only found whole wheat flour, your hakaw is going to be brown and that's weird)
- All Purpose Flour (we used this instead because whole wheat flour made our hakaw brown :( duh )
- oil
- sweat salt
Healthy Options is dang expensive.
Go to Ongpin instead!

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Your Own Roasted Tomatoes with Basil Pesto and Mozzarella Cheese

How about Starbucks' Roasted Tomatoes with Basil Pesto and Mozzarella Cheese on Warm Italian Bread? What about it?
One focaccia serving can have 3 slices. Just to fool yourself that you're
eating small pieces but you're really on the way to being fat. Nyuknyuknyuk.
It's the only thing I can eat at Starbucks. Sweet sugary drinks are not real food. They are not real coffee either. They are sweet treats with forgettable espresso. Okay? Anyway, here in the Philippines, the roasted tomatoes with basil pesto bread costs Php115. I love it. I'm poor. I don't love being poor. So what do you do? You try to make your own version of it!

What to do? Prepare basil, dried oregano, mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, blender, and a few garlic, salt, and oil to saute your basil. Saute them and then dump into the blender. Whirrr whirrrrr. Blend blend. Chop chop smash smash kapow! Slice your mom's ciabatta or focaccia then spread lots of pesto on one side. Place sliced tomatoes on top and then murder it with mozzarella cheese. Be generous. The world is your oyster. And theeeeen, offer them inside the oven toaster and then when cheese already melted, "close" your sandwich and there you go!!!!

The only problem here is that when you're in Starbucks, you're contented in buying just one order. However, when you're the one making this one, you'll be eating 2 servings easily. Pair it up with your hand-brewed coffee and then laugh at Starbucks. Or you can forget about the laughing part so people won't think you're crazy. Obese is fine, crazy is not.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Coffee Ain't Dead, Electricity Is!

So, typhoon Glenda blew Luzon away and NCR experienced really strong winds. The power was out by 4am and fortunately in our place, it was back by 2pm. However, coffee time can't wait until 2pm. Here's the problem: How can I grind my beans (medium-fine) for my moka pot? :(
I just can't smash them or drive over them. I want coffee. :(
I just can't soak them or chew the beans. I really want my moka pot. :(

Instead of sleeping or crying in the corner, I decided to rummage through my sealed caffeine box and found my brother's unopened Trung Nguyen coffee. Ohmyglob. Vietnamese coffee!! I got one pack that says "2" meaning it's a mix of arabica and robusta beans (my personal favorite is "S"). VN coffee are pre-ground and so I got my filter out and saw we had condensed milk to complete the experience.

Seriously. Buy a clear cup (or a mason jar, whatever floats your boat). It makes you appreciate your drinks so much more. Look at the condensed milk lying so peacefully at the bottom of the cup. 

Nyumnyum. Coffee. Condensed milk. Nyum. 

Side - have you seen my friend try out making foam art? I haven't even tried making latte art but she's proving to no one she can make foam art, too. Not sure though how to put the markings. :|

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Cagbalete Island - Quezon

And you thought I have never gone elsewhere. My new friends (from the office haha) managed to sneak in a weekend trip at Quezon. It's called Cagbalete Island.

The water was clear and very swim-friendly but when we got there it was low tide. Kayaking is fine but you can just lounge idly at the sand and let the water calmly bathe you. There is no electricity in the morning and scheduled it from 6pm-6am, just in time for you to get up without feeling all sweaty from the heat yet. 

We brought hammocks (okay, our friend brought 2, set it up, and the girls took turns on it) and lounged lazily. 


How to get to Cagbalete Island?

Ride the JAC Liner bus at Kamuning going to Mauban. It's around Php275 I think and then you ride the trike to the Pantalan, tell the driver you're going to Cagbalete. From there you pay for the environmental fee and the boat rode. Boat ride to Sabang Beach is Php50 one way and the environmental fee is the same. 

The boat ride takes less than an hour and  then depending on the location of your lodging, you can choose to either walk 2kms to get there or ride a boat around the island instead. We chose the trek to Villa Cleofas and just paid the kid-guide. 

The place allows you to set up tents if you prefer and they have a food area, too, if cooking your own meal is not your type. Or basically, if you're not prepared for camping, you glamper. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Feeling of wanting to be so mad but you can't because you don't have that authority. You don't have the right because you were not part of the picture yet.