Month: July 2013

Recipe: Fish Kare-kare

Kare-kare is Jeff’s favorite food. It’s been my problem since we became a couple because I don’t know how to cook it. One morning, I was out buying something and I had a light bulb moment — I will cook kare-kare today. I called my mom and asked her the recipe. Again, she doesn’t cook well, she’s just good with all the pachams. Hehe. We have a store in Antipolo Public Market so she kinda asks her suki who has carenderias. I used pork chops the first time I cooked it, but unfortunately, I didn’t have pictures. This is my second try in cooking kare-kare and I tried a healthier version. Here’s my fish kare-kare. Ingredients: 1 kilogram tilapia, filleted Pechay String beans Eggplant Unsweetened peanut butter Coconut milk Atsuete Onion Garlic Salt Pepper Let’s cook! 1. Wash the fish. Did you ever know that you can buy tilapia from Shopwise and have the fillet it for you? Man, that was the awesomest thing ever! The day we bought tilapia, it was on Buy 1 …

Hamilo Coast and Globe 3G

This has been a long overdue post. I’ve been meaning to write about this but I kept forgetting. Signs of aging I guess. So anyway, my mother-in-law had a planning session for PICPA (Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants) Southern Manila Region last June 8, 2013 in Hamilo Coast in Nasugbu, Batangas. She tagged all of us along, except of Ate who had something up that weekend. We left the house around 10AM, stopped over at Tootsie’s Tagaytay for lunch, before arriving in Hamilo Coast around 4PM. Man, this place is so far! I think it’s the farthest among all the coves in Nasugbu. They have three coves — Pico de Loro, Santelmo, and Etayo. Hamilo Coast is a leisure resort developed by SM Land. Jeff and I are not really a fan of SM, just like a lot of people out there because they promote heavy traffic everywhere, but I must say that they did a good job in this place. Hamilo is also exclusive for members only. So if you want to go …

Recipe: Ginisang Mais

I am a self-confessed probinsyana. And even though I didn’t like eating vegetable when I was young, I knew how to cook them (and eventually ate what I cooked) by the help of my mom. She’s not really a good cook, but we love her pacham recipes. Pacham as in pachambachamba lang haha. Today, I cooked one of the recipes I learned from her — ginisang mais. I thought it was a Kapampangan dish, but I recently realized that it is a proud Tagalog dish. Jeff loves this so when he went for a tripping the other day in Nuvali and Tagaytay, he made sure he’ll grab some white corn along the way.  You only need few items for this recipe. 1. Native white corn 2. Shrimp 3. Ampalaya leaves 4. Fish sauce or bouillon cubes 5. Onion 6. Garlic 7. Hot water They say the first step is always the hardest. It is very true in this recipe. Shred the corn off the cob. Jeff bought eleven native white corn so it took me …

How to Plan a Surprise Birthday Party for your Boyfriend

So his birthday is coming up. You think of something to give him, like a pair of dress shoes from Cole Haan, or a new pair of Jordans, or a Swiss watch, or an out of town trip. But have you thought that it would be cheaper to throw him a surprise party? I did. And this is how I did it. 1. Plan early. I did my planning exactly a month before Jeff’s birthday. I contacted his closest friends, or at least the one I know, from each group and told them my idea. Everyone of them agreed to help. Decide on where to do it. Make sure the venue is easy to find, there is transportation, and there’s parking. As for me, I called all the McDonalds’ and Jollibees in Makati area. The one in PBCom Tower agreed to accommodate me even though they don’t do parties. The manager said that they don’t have a lot of customers on weekends, so it’s not going to be a problem. Decide on the date as …

An Outsider's Guide to the Ateneo Basketball

This post is for the people like me — in a relationship or married to a die hard Atenean. Jeff was a member of the Ateneo Blue Babble Battalion from 2002 to 2005. His passion/craziness over Ateneo basketball is unbelievable. I’ve been going with him to see the games for two years and I’ve seen Ateneo bag two championships. I’m not really a pro on this, but this is how I see the games. Here are a few tips for newbies like me. 1. The season starts in July. Jeff and I just got back from Boracay in 2011 when the season started. He’s been talking about it in forever so I kinda know that he’s excited to take me to watch the games. I’m a huge basketball fan, but I’ve never really given a thought about college hoops. It was the busiest July to October of my life. There were games almost every weekend. So if you’re planning for trips/wedding/etc during these months, well, don’t. It is hard to pull them out of the …

Traveling 101

Jeff and I love traveling. We’ve been together for almost three years and some of the places that we’ve visited are Bacolod, Boracay, Baguio, Cebu, Davao, Bataan, Batangas, Laguna, and Tagaytay. Next month, we’re going to El Nido! While we are young and childless, we plan to travel more. We’ve stayed in so many hotels but sometimes, we get too surprised that they don’t even have toothbrushes for their guests. As much as I love Moon Garden in Tagaytay, it is a bit disappointing that they don’t have toothbrush. Another one that doesn’t have a complete set of toiletries is Forest House in Baguio. So I’ve learned my lesson and always make sure that we have everything we need.  Here’s our stash: I always make sure that we have shampoo, conditioner (for me!), shower gel, soap that I get from the previous hotels that we visited, feminine wash, toothbrush, and toothpaste. In most cases, the hotel has toiletries but it is better to have an extra.  I also never forget my facial wash and facial …