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Friday, January 29, 2016

A-Z Challenge: Letter R



The letter R reminds me of a nicely made Rellenong Bangus. It's stuffed milk fish full of goodies.
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Okay, that made me hungry.

A-Z Challenge: Letter Q



The letter Q reminds me of Ques (pronounced as kyoos): Banana-que and Camote-que.

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Banana-que is deep-fried Saging na Saba (a type of banana famous in the Philippines) coated with brown sugar. (Hello T2D!)

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Camote-que or Kamote-que is deep-fried sweet potato coated with brown sugar. (If you didn't know what T2D means, it's Type 2 Diabetes. LOL.) I'm bad.

My 2015 A-Z Challenge is all about what reminds me of the Philippines. I'm trying to finish it before the A-Z 2016. HaHa!


Thursday, January 28, 2016

A-Z Challenge: Letter P



The letter P reminds me of Puto Bumbong and Puto Sulot. They're famous delicacies during Christmas in the Philippines.


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Puto Sulot is made of sticky rice and sweetened with sugar and shredded coconut. It's best paired with coffee or tea.

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Puto Bumbong, on the other hand, includes Ube or purple yam. They're both cooked in bamboos.

To get the Puto Sulot out of the bamboo, you need a stick to push it. Puto Bumbong must be shaken. I wish I could find a video and embed it here. Perhaps I'd do that later.

I know there are some small mom-and-pop Pinoy places here in California who sell these. I must hunt them down! LOL.


A-Z Challenge: Letter O


I'm terrible in blogging lately. Sorry. I will dramatically improve as soon as I organize my schedule and accomplish my plans.

My letter O refers to Onoy's Lugawan.

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They serve different kinds of meaty porridge (lugaw) -- beef, pork, or chicken -- with yummy sidings (tokwa't baboy or sumpia -- tofu/pork and big eggrolls). It's been a while since I last ate at Onoy's. They might have changed their menu. Not sure if they serve "Lugaw #5." I'll tell you what it is in private. LOL.

How I wish there's a Lugawan here in California!


Thursday, January 21, 2016

A-Z Challenge: Letter N



Sorry. I totally skipped several days to attend classes connected to my work. Well, I'm back now and will continue to finish the A-Z Challenge from last year.

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The letter N reminds me of Nata De Coco. It's one of those chewy yummy things I encounter with my desserts. I'm addicted to it! It can be found in Halo-Halo. Now, this is bad. I want some!

See you tomorrow for O.


Friday, January 8, 2016

A-Z Challenge: Letter M



The letter M reminds me of Mami, Mamon, and Monay.

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Mami is the Philippine version of Japanese Ramen or Vietnamese Pho. This I can cook at home. Of course, it's not the same as eating it inside a small diner in the Philippines. The photo link has a recipe. You might want to try.

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Mamon is fluffy bread. It's called sponge cake or chiffon cake. Whenever I got hospitalized, I remember seeing packs of Mamon as something given to me as a patient. It's easy to eat. It's also something given out during wakes or funerals. Mamon is sold here through Goldilocks, Red Ribbon, or Valerio's bakery. Normally, any Filipino store has it.

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Monay is dinner roll. We can eat it at breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It's something I associate with Pansit Bihon. I love stuffing Monay with Pansit Bihon. I'm weird.

Stay tuned for N tomorrow.


Thursday, January 7, 2016

A-Z Challenge: Letter L



Fulfilling my promise to finish the 2015 A-Z Challenge that I abruptly paused. So, here's the continuation.

The letter L reminds me of Lanzones, and Lambanog.

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Lanzones is a type of tropical fruit. It's one of my favorite snacks. It resembles grapes, but the skin is off white/yellowish. Unfortunately, they do have seeds. Sometimes the taste can be bitter and dry, but with a good batch, it is addictively sweet.

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Lambanog is a locally-made Philippine wine; it has 45% alcohol. I'd consider it more like Port or a dessert wine. If you are a wine connoisseur, you must try the Philippine Lambanog.

Wait for M tomorrow...


Wednesday, January 6, 2016

When Toxic People Disappear...



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The day is much brighter when someone toxic disappear from your world. Your eyes don't shed any drop of tears because the news bring no pain. Instead, it brings peaceful relief.

I don't feel any remorse.

You can try calling me names or bully me all you want, if that's what you think would break me to tears, but nothing would change my reaction towards that toxic person.

For me, there's no more connection. It doesn't hit a nerve. For years, I've been free from their chains. A strong wall surrounds me. They can never hurt nor abuse me again. My whole journey changed me to who I want to be. I'm no longer the puppet whom they tried to control. No more strings to connect. I never want to connect anymore.

Rest in peace.

Monday, December 28, 2015

After My Hiatus...


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Long absence.

My thought was never to use this blog again. For months, it sat in the cloud as I occupied myself with notebooks, journals, letters, library books, and Netflix. I unplugged myself, sort of. To be honest, it was more like I isolated myself. I became anti-social or introverted. My interests focused on writing by hand, reading actual books, or binge-watching TV shows. I avoided parties (not all of them); I stayed away from people. I became sick at home. It gave me plenty of time to be in bed. Normally, I'd lurk in social media, but I became more knowledgeable about NCIS and L&O-SVU instead. LOL. Not to mention the horrific episodes of American Horror Story, they were fascinating! The gory gothic world of dark black embraced me.

Maybe, I'm allergic. To people? Not really. More like, allergic to their bullshit. Everybody's full of BS. That includes me, of course. You smiled? See, I knew how to make you smile. I got tired of reading online news, politics, religion, crimes, etc. They're full of hatred. I even avoided Facebook posts because tons of people are fighting on their wall, having a divorce on their wall, etc. An invisible bubble appeared around me. I did step out and that was when I got sick. Boo.

I'm sorry. I owe you the remaining A to Z 2015 challenge I started. I promise to finish it soon. For now, I'm trying to catch up on a lot of things, fighting off depression, staying away from toxic people. Please bear with me.