Monday, January 19, 2015

For reasons I could no longer remember, it has been an annual ritual for me to write a last will. I didn't have assets or anything of value to give. In a way, there was some release in knowing that nothing I own had been left behind or forgotten.

I stopped when someone important felt it was too morbid. That, and I realized that writing a will that makes your pet dog a benefactor of your old stuff is just plain silly.

I got tired of that, so I decided to get a colonoscopy and a gastroscopy today.

I had a few episodes of gastritis this year and a number of severe hyperacidity-so I really didn't have much of a say in the matter.

The preparation required a day where I was not allowed to consume solid food, then had to completely avoid ingesting anything in the last 8 hours before the procedure.

When the doc said I should eat now, it felt like it was an important job to eat what I love the most so I'd have enough strength to keep myself from eating the next day.

Being the drama queen that I am, I said to myself "If this was my last meal and I could eat anything, keeping in mind a few reasonable limitations like not blowing my entire paycheck, my stomach's capacity, and whatever was in the Glorietta-SM-GB area, what would I eat?"

It took me about an hour of aimlessly walking before I decided on my first meal.

Kaya's 육개장 (Yukgaejang) 

A thick spicy soup with shredded beef, 고사리gosari (bracken fern), bean sprouts and other vegetables. There's something about soup that make everything seem alright. I would have preferred the 8-side dishes but that would mean going out of the mall. meh.

Oddly enough, I just discovered as I was writing this that there are several studies linking bracken or gosari  to colon cancer. While studies remain inconclusive, it would be sound advice to minimize consumption. 

I ate all the paper. hardcore. XD

White Rabbit

Ah, the classic, chewy treat. I can't believe these babies have gotten so expensive--around 50php for 8 pieces. It felt like I needed to pay a huge sum for a trip down memory lane.

Didn't you get a false sense of rebelliousness whenever you ate the paper wrapper? I know I did :p

Carabao's Milk

Albeit a tad more expensive than the normal cow's milk, Some say it is considered as "the most complete food". I drink it because it tastes so much better and doesn't make me bloat as much.

Roasted Chestnuts

This last one is a no brainer. I love chestnuts.

Given the considerably big budget I allowed myself, I was surprised that instead of going for the restaurants I've been meaning to try, or large buffets up for grabs, I opted for a taste of things I loved in the past. Tastes that reminded me of home.

I guess what I'm trying to get to was that, there were too many meals I took for granted because I didn't have the time, money or energy to eat proper food. And forgetting that some of the best pleasures in life, are experienced by your mouth-that sounds a bit wrong but I think Leopold will be proud.

So from this day forward, I pledge to always remember to not just refuel, not just to satiate hunger, but to relish, savor and delight my taste buds.

How about you? What will your last meal be like? Why aren't you eating those more often? 

I meant to write about it for days but my meds are keeping me extremely exhausted (or it's just lazy old me using that as an excuse.)

Since all our birthday plans were foiled, we decided to just head on to Enchanted Kingdom for a day and we won a gorilla. Yay, I guess.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

So last night, I had this need to eat some hot, decent food that wasn't fastfoody-esque. I had so much trouble deciding because of the following very compelling reasons.

1. The chicken will take too long to thaw. 
2. The fish will take too long to thaw. 
3. Anything frozen in the fridge will take too long to thaw because I didn't want to handle cold stuff. 
4. The canned tuna wasn't frozen. 
5. I live in the 4th floor and I do not have enough energy to descend and climb that flight. 
6. I just couldn't decide. That was really it. 

I eventually settled for tuna salad with some balsamic, only because I didn't have the electrolytes to make honey mustard.
It's not bad, except I just took too long to decide.
Tuna,  cucumbers , apples,  cashews and romaine drizzled with some balsamic

Not that's catastrophic, but if I found this site telling me to just fucking cook the fish,  I probably would have.


There are days when you just don't have any fucks to spare. On those days, this site may just be exactly what you need.

Sad, that I didn't find you last night, but I'll keep you in mind when those days come up again. Thank you kind sir for your work. I will buy the fucking cook book when I get the money.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

One of our pretend chefs (we're all pretend chefs that's the beauty of it) Jan, will be performing this Saturday at the  SpinDependence 2014: Flow Gathering +Year-ender Party this coming Saturday, November 15 at The Collective in Makati from,7pm to 2am

Image from Planet Zips and the SpinDependence page
SpinDependence is an event by Planet Zips as a "celebration of flee flowing arts".
The event will feature workshops, an open fire jam, live bands, and of course flow performances from different flow artists using hoops, led wands, fire wands fire poi, and staffs.

Jan will be performing "Luna" with his prop Buugeng.

Visit The Spin Dependence Page for more information.

Entrance is free and you get to ask Jan for a photo of him doing the macarena.  See you!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Alright, there's nothing too innovative about this dish. What I love about it, is how you can cook this while watching a movie or doing chores half heartedly.  I meant with gusto.

I spend most weekday mornings wondering what happened to my weeknight, why it's difficult to fit the things you need to do and manage to squeeze in a good night's sleep.

Being a fan of home cooked meals, I sometimes just substitute dinner with a piece of fruit, icky fast food or I just head to sleep, too tired to even try ingesting anything. It's nothing new, just some of the problems of the newly independent.

Don't get me wrong, I love the freedom of not having to eat when you don't even have the energy to chew without launching into an hour-long debate why dinner should be skipped.

So dishes like these that you can leave while attending to other things are godsend.

Boil sweet potatoes for about 10 minutes, depending on how big they are. You
want them to still be firm enough to hold their shape when you slice it.

Take the bacon out. Frozen makes for easier and more uniform cuts. Smaller pieces are easier to cook too. 
Who has time to thaw anything?

On a non stick pan, fry on medium heat.  I had a small portable stove so I was stirring it while Evil Ex #2 was filming in Toronto.

Assemble! Add more cheese.

Bake! Or not.  It really depends if you still have the time. 

And you wonder how I managed to squeeze a blogpost after all that. 

The answer is simple: overcaffeination.

I have but enough energy to brush my teeth (hopefully), so I bid you good-night and congratulations on surviving Monday.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

A day devoid of alarms.

The coffee maker slowly churns hot water to make a fresh brew.

Today the coffee is weak. Beautifully weak. There's nowhere to go but here, nothing to do but dissect old songs we never had the time to really listen to.

Crisp, toasted bread playfully filled the air. Butter? Jam? Cheese? Doesn't matter, we have time for everything, choosing isn't necessary.

Today, it is "someday".

We should have more of these.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Johnny Depp's character in Chocolat, Roux had good reason to make Hot Chocolate his favorite. For one thing, it cures all ailments, curses, and maladies-plus it helps me replenish my supply of crazy ideas on gray days.


How do you say no to that?

Today I was feeling a bit down and anti-human for no reason. I'm not contemplating wiping out the entire human race, it's just that today, I like them less than usual.

So I went loco and made some choco. Not just one mug, but 7. Different ways I like my hot chocolate. No, there was no gluttony involved.

First the type of chocolate:
You can use either powdered cocoa,  semi-sweet dark chocolate, or tablea.

Milk (don't tell my doc I'm indulging in dairy)

Sugar or not.

Whipping cream. Because the world is a better place with whipping cream.

How to make it?
Heat 1 cup milk, add 1tbsp cocoa powder or about 2tbsp of dark semi sweet chocolate chips (or more, if you want it thicker) , sugar, stir/melt.

Old school plain and creamy.

Rich thick cocoa, milk, a dash of sugar and a helping of whipped cream. Might help resurrect the child in you.

With vanilla and cinnamon.

Classic flavors that I also like with my coffee. The vanilla complements the richness of the cocoa while cinnamon gives it a pleasant kick. I'm thinking pumpkin spice will work as Halloween treat.

Sexy Chili.

You know how they often say chocolate is an aphrodisiac? Hot cocoa and chili is a stronger version of it. One that makes you instinctively bite your lip, feel your curves and electrifying your skin when it comes into contact with your hand. One that helps you realize how attractive you are.

Okay, this one really is cinnamon. The chili one is the first photo :p

With coffee.

Two beautiful things come together to make a cup of world peace.A former officemate liked to call his version "chofee" instead of mocha. He's rebellious that way.


Who doesn't love Starbucks' Peppermint Mocha? It was one of the reasons I got the yearly planner. A dash of peppermint syrup can be very refreshing to the palate as it counters the thick cocoa.

You can add some coffee in the mix to make your version of PM.

The Ultimate Mug of Happiness.

More chocolate. And not just chocolate but a big helping of Nutella. +14 INT, +8 STR , and +10 Resistance to Idiots.

The Ultimate Mug of Happiness is excellent, but isn't my favorite.

This is

The Greater Mug of Happines. It's your usual TUMG but with a dash of peppermint syrup.

Clearly playing too much Diablo while making hot chocolate isn't a very good idea.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Cravings are exempt from reason.

Today, I'm dreaming of Flavored Ice / Shaved Ice / Snow Ice (an Ice by any other name) from Mei Heong Yuen.

[water]Melon Lychee Ice
A few years back, a then new friend showed us around Chinatown in Singapore. We were greeted with stalls of souvenirs, trinkets and thingamabobs. While it was tempting to splurge the remainder of our budget over small items that our friends back home will probably never use, we were here for something more important: cold dessert on a hot day.

It was around $6SGD about two years ago
It was a good idea to take a picture of the receipt after all. I could never have remembered the name of the place. A short walk from Chinatown MRT, Mei Heong Yuen serves as an oasis for exhausted shoppers and dessert lovers.

Mango Strawberry Ice
Sheets of thinly shaved flavored ice drizzled with syrup and topped with fresh mangoes and sago filled with flavored syrup-I have no idea what they called it. I found a local store who sold something similar called it "poppers". It was a pleasant experience compared to when I first tasted seaweed that was bursting with fishy seawater. eck.

While the Mango-Strawberry Ice was more on the rich, creamy side, the Watermelon Lychee was more light and refreshing. It was really good to have someone who knew what to pick, otherwise we'd be lost in the long list of flavors.

Our friend said an order was good for sharing. Looks like they didn't consider sweet-toothed gluttons like us. In any case it melts QUICKLY so eating it fast is a good idea. Thanks for the awesome time, Erik and Vermon :D

Mei Heong Yuen
67 Temple St, Singapore 058611
2 Orchard Turn
#B4-34 ION ORchard

Thursday, August 14, 2014

I wasn't sure if this was something I should share.

I felt sad when I learned that you passed on.
Hook Screencap

You were a part of my life that I wasn't always ready to face, you reminded me too much of him.
I spent too much time with him admiring your work, your brilliance, dreaming that we'd be able to ask you to do our eulogies.
So much that it feels you're like his horcrux minus the murder and black magic.

You who showed how it was okay to be a little more crazy than society would suggest.

I always thought you'd be the kind of dad who'd drive beside a grass fire just so we could burst out the other end, pretending this was an action movie. Then you'd say "That was a very stupid and dangerous thing to do!" while laughing until we had runner's stitch.

At a very young age I was able to understand that some people are better parents on their own. That I was going to be okay. All that while your fake boobs burned and and ongoing crash course about dinosaurs.

Lastly, you gave me a reason to write. I don't do it regularly and my grammar sucks in many occasions, but that part is my fault. To woo. To go about to see a girl--or boy in my case--that was all you.

It must have been very hard. I hope the pain has stopped now.

Maybe if we all have someone to give us a spark to hold on to. Someone to say "Stay. I'd like you to keep trying for me"
Because we can only give that to others, never to ourselves. Maybe, just maybe if we keep on doing that, we'd have enough for everyone to keep a fire going.

I have no idea what it's like to go, to leave everything and find what's really out there---or the lack there of.  But I know what it's like to be left behind.. There is not one second of it that I didn't like. So if it's not too much to ask, it'd be nice if you didn't have to go.

It doesn't help that you left the same day someone special in my life did. Wherever you are sir, thank you, for sharing your spark.

Friday, August 1, 2014

The sky outside hid behind a white veil that concealed everything.

That was yesterday.

Today, the metro is surrounded by growling nimbus-es waiting for their cue to unleash their load.

I have been mulling over this post for more than a month, never convinced that it is good enough.
This time, I will heed Seth Godin's advice and just fucking ship.

Yes, by this time, we are all aware that the rainy season is upon us. One of the things I was taught to do during this season, was to replenish our disaster bag or as my dad fondly called it; D-Bag  (Now you know where I get my irreverence).

We were supposed to have two, one for home and one that we carry everywhere.

The biggest challenge for me was the dent it put in my grocery budget--the perils of living alone. This is why it's best to start small and build it with every passing salary.

I'm sharing this in the hopes that it could help you the same way it came handy for us.


Clean Drinking Water

Small separate bottles are ideal for mobility and prevention of contamination. I started with 500 and 350ml bottles. While big containers allow you to stock more drinking water for the fam, these are mobile-friendly.

Non-Perishable Food
Canned goods

While I can never be as good as that dude in Resident Evil (dammit, I hate that movie adaptation) who had an uncanny ability to tell what's inside your unlabeled can of goodies, it is wise to stack up on cans that do not require can openers. Unless you can open it with your teeth, then by all means, go ahead, and make sure to join my party when the Z-invasion happens.


These babies do not need to be cooked and will provide the salt your body needs to prevent cramping. It is not healthy to consume these regularly, but on rainy days Ready-to-Eat is your best bet.

Instant Noodles

Nothing helps beat the cold better than a hot steaming soup. And since one is expected to have limited resources at this point, instant is ideal.

Portable Cooking Device

How else are you going to cook a pack of hot noodles without electricity? The idea is to stay warm, just in case you weren't too sure.

Plastic bags/ziplock bags

The problem with placing things in an elevated surface is that you have to keep putting them in a higher place as the flood gets higher. I learned that the hard way during Ondoy, after all my clothes have been dyed a muddy chocolate brown.
Just put them in a plastic bag, seal, and keep away from any sharp objects.

The same goes for your devices. Zip, secure in your pocket, and fearlessly face the rain.
No? Sorry. Bad humor.

Tool Kit/ Swiss Knife

Can opener-busted door opener-loom band cutter. A Swiss Knife is portable and will help you in many sticky situations.


The D-bag I usually bring with me consist of folded ziplock or plastic bags, a Swiss Knife, some crackers, and coffee. Because coffee is of paramount importance. 
If you've ever been stranded, you'll be thankful you had these on hand. 

There is a fine line between being disaster ready and hoarding. If it's just the essentials, you're still good.

I didn't add umbrellas because I have a history of accidentally hitting random strangers with my umbrella

The red cross suggests this survival kit.for home use.

Stay dry everyone!
Now for that soup :3

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Sharpen your knives, and get ready for Global Taste of Korea 2014!

On June 24, 2014, The Korean Cultural Center of the Philippines will be holding a cook fest showcasing the best traditional and contemporary Korean dishes our Filipino chefs can come up with.

I think I wouldn't last 5 minutes before horribly embarrassing myself, then finally fainting in front of everybody.

Interested? You have until June 15 to join. 
Head on over to and register! 
I'd love to root for someone :3

See you there!