Posted in Cebu,Philippines, Uncategorized

Cebu’s Lechon and Hanging Rice ” puso” + Siomai sa Tisa ; Cebu’s Trademark

I was once asked by a foreigner ,” What defines your country ? ” 
and without hesitation, I answered, ” Our food, aside from our rich history, defines Us “

and he smiled after.

– Shing

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The Philippines.My country.The land of my birth, where I enjoy my every birthright.The place where I first learned how to dream and the place where I am planning to see myself having my last breath.A place that I am certainly proud of.

A country so beautiful, it even captured every foreign invaders hearts’ before. Tag as the ” Pearl of Orient “,my country has every single thing an international palate would wish to have.We have our what-so-called ” unique Filipina beauty “,that’s why my country the Philippines is always present in every beauty contest.We have also, a what-so-called ” Filipino hospitality”, usually felt by foreigners who are welcome warmly at the airport everytime they visit our country.We love to accommodate people and host them in every event such as birthday party, wedding and etc.If I could enumerate them all, well , I do really hope and wish I could, but I think, we need a whole day for it.So, as the 7,107 diverse islands separate by waterforms, by the dialects that we speak,traditions for every tribes and respective clans that we’re from,religion that we’ve adapted,principles that we stand firm off with,may bring us diversity and  may distinguish one island to another ,but still very much united as one, so as our cuisines which uses significantly unique seasoning and spices in every recipe, make us more unique as a country.

One example for this unique palatable cuisine is what clearly defines ” Cebu ” as one of the provinces of the Philippines.As to my previous blogs,I’ve discussed some other things already about this amazing island.However, when it comes to its food itself, I think it would still really require me much more of an expertise to really unfold its mysterious cooking style describe by its amazing presentation on our plates, seasonings and spices that indeed,very rare and so unique, you couldn’t help but to visit them by yourself since you may not be able to find them somewhere else.Lechon or roasted pig is one of the best offerings of the island , along with its hanging rice called ” puso”, that until now still amazes me everytime since I grew up in an island which is not really using this one since I am used to that usual steam rice everytime.And that ” siomai sa tisa ” which was adapted from the Chinese style cooking ” dumpling “, accompanied by the spicy garlic sauce and soysauce as a combination sider.

Such a good a meal choice over there.You won’t even meet the word ” diet ” for this.

 

 

 

 

Posted in Cebu,Philippines, Food, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized

ICE GIANT, CEBU – experience GIGANTIC ICE CREAM

Friends..plus ice cream is a good TUESDAY combination.

-Shing

 

It’s been a while since my dear blogger friends.And somehow I miss seeing my pictures with my friends and I wish I could share them all here in my site.But, I need to take one step at a time since uploading all of them requires a lot of time and I’m afraid, it could be that consuming.It was such a very good realization to know that you miss people you’ve been with.The memories you had with them.. the escapades and all the adventures! Oh, how I reminisce every single moment.Those people you consider family.People who extended your network and changed your perpective towards a what so called ” bloodline”

Above all,the food we share.

It could somehow reminds me of, the laughter will always be there.And when you come to see yourself seeing being with people who matters to you the most, you will really value the saying that goes; ” the tans will fade, but memories..they last forever ”

Plates may become dirty.Friends will become noisy.Photos may become old.

Food may be consume.

Money will be out from our wallets.

But memories, they last forever.

Relationships matters more..

 

Posted in Food, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized

BENEFITS OF BEING A FOODIE

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Being a foodie is what makes me a better person and loving food makes me a more normal human being.If I could go back to my science class, I could recall my teacher telling us in the class that ” food is the basic need of a human being ” Yes.You heard me right.It’s not ” love ” the way your romance novels will tell you, tell us.Unfortunately, I was a part of that flock, though so, still I could say, I need to include myself.( Laugh )

Food.So simple to say this four letter word but actually this is a very complex study.Far, far more even difficult than solving your algebraic expressions.And you’ll end up being a geek after you got the secret of it.It is because,when one decides to be a part of this ” foodie world “, you may see yourself mentally ” thinking ” about food.Food.When do eat? How long does it need for you to have your long-awaited lunchbreak. YOu’ll see yourself checking as you go to that food-to-go counter and you end up shouting out loud because your stomach is complaining already and you’ll say” Oh, come on shut up..you’ll eat in a little while, dont you worry..”

Just like in loving food, cooking comes with it.It needs passion, dedication and commitment though.Every recipe can be modernized and renovated, as what they call it.YOu dont really need to follow the standard ones, well except if we’re talking already, the baking stuff.Hey ! Food itself is a very complex subject and it took me four years to study its nature. Even now, I am still being the ” Dora, the explorer ” when it comes to food.

I will tell you next time.. but as of this time, let me share to you , how being a foodie made me feel better ;

  1. Being a foodie, made me stress-free.

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  1. More  food-pics on my SNS ACCOUNT …add me on tumbler.com, travelfoodandmetum
  2. My life becomes even more colorful, …I think so.img_2589
  3. Made me appreciate VEGETABLES….

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  1. Smoothie, instead of soda.No to acid, as my motto

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  1. Made me appreciate pizza, which I wasn’t before.

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  1. I’ve got the chance to consider international palate

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  1. Differentiate Filipino food among others, the similarites and the differences.Filipino taste is sweet..

@Jollibee Philippines.

  1. Seafood as not a boring game..
  1. Creativity matters. Whether it’s simple or not, whatever the situation is..hunger is overcome faster when the food appears artistically-made.

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  1. It can make you understand your origin,especially your hometown’s way of cooking.

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( Mang Inasal – Bacolod’s Inasal- Bacolod Philippines Best )

 

and so on………………….

 

Posted in Food, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized

What is SELFLESS LOVE?

 

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It is when some one thinks of you ..more than you think of him/ her.

and Coffee is not an exception.

And actually, it is a major,primary thing.When someone gave up his or her coffee just for you to be awake, well..that love could be eternal.Something to treasure.Something that you should appreciate off with.

Hell yeah ! MOnday , though you’re making me sleepy, I felt loved today.

Something to last, I dont know when but I am happy as of the moment.

Live life to the fullest – Unknown.

Happy Monday to all of us, my dear bloggers!

Posted in Food, Random Thoughts

Krispy Kreme ; the kreme of my krispy life ..<3

FRIDAY …is Krispy Kreme Day ! FLY…FLY ..FLY ..

-Shing

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There are so many things that I want to post here but of course, I need to think of a very good storyline.I want my readers to be really, be at least satisfied with my article.Pleasing other people could be that kinda stressful sometimes though.I am a newbie, so please forgive me, but dont worry I am learning by reading all of your blogs.Thanks to everyone for being an inspiration to me.I am slowly making my way to this blog blog thinggy.And I am grateful everyday.

Now, the long wait is over.And the energy is everywhere.People are all dress up and good to go.As I counting down the hours of my stay here at my desk.Well, few hours from now and I’m outta here.

This eight-hour shift/agony will be over soon.LoL.

And all I look forward to is nothing but, food.Where to eat? would be my  my next question.And the first answer I came up with is – doughnuts ! And this is what I’m craving for.

Food, is like love.You crave for it unexpectedly..

And sometimes, those unexpected events in our lives lead us to ” satisfaction ”

Krispy Kreme, thank you for making our lives krispy ( crispy ).I am indeed a fan of your doughnuts.Without you, Friday would never be the same again.

Like a rainbow, your doughnuts came with different colors and so I love them all. But those are just so sweet, I couldn’t even finish them in just one seating.Well, there could be another.Tomorrow.And another tomorrow.And the next day.Well, Monday please don’t come.. I dont want to go to work yet.

I will just have to let it rain and eat.Let it rain hard, so hard so that I could finish this one box of doughnuts right in front of me

Happy Friday to all….

Posted in Choose Philippines, Food, It's more fun in the Phils, Uncategorized

Halo-Halo , the ultimate summer dessert of the Philippines

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Philippines, a country having 7,107 islands characterized by a rich culture contributed by various cultures it occupied before.From Chinese old way of trade, to the Spanish influence when it comes to the language, religion, and architecture down to Japanese business strategies and commercialism , to the American’s who gave us early basic standard of education, to which we are indeed thankful for because for without them, we won’t be the ” melting pot of Asia “. We won’t find it easy to communicate with other people internationally, and we won’t look just like some other people would say to us. That we, Filipinos look like Japanese , Korean etc in some aspects.

Well, thank you for inter-cultural marriage, I was able to achieve my mix blood. That’s why some people will tell me ” YOu know what, you look like Chinese ..”

And to that , I will just smile.

And Philippines, is not only being defined as it is, the ” melting pot of Asia ” or its up to you to define my country.

Philippines have some other definitions too.And today, I want to focus to Philippines, as home of sweetest desserts.And because it could be that hot sometimes, and so by the way, we have two seasons here. We have the summer which starts January to June, and July – December as the rainy season.But to be honest, it could be that unpredictable for sometime since, even it is already December, it could be that hot. Well, compare to other countries, my country is just s0-s0 when it comes to weather ( so-so , as defined by foreigners , means ” average ” ).They told me that the” too hot ” weather here in the Philippines, as the way we defined it, is just an ordinary thing for them and it is not that too, hot.Well, at least.

And so, every summer is a special season for us. It’s a season to buy bikinis , trunks, and other summer wears. Beach lovers, water sports enthusiasts will be everywhere as well as shops sprouting like mushrooms selling those stuffs taking advantage of the season.

As to food, well , cold drinks are certain a must try.

And so, I want to introduce to you our well-known Philippines summer dessert, HALO-HALO, ( local name for a ” mixed ” fruit dessert ).

And to start with you will be needing the following;

Tools

  • ice grinder/ ice shaver
  • cups
  • spoon
  • knife
  • plate , bowls or any flat container
  • tall glass

Ingredients

  • Ice ( shave ice is what I mean here )
  • banana
  • mango
  • jackfruit
  • pinipig ( crisped rice )
  • nata de coco ( gelatin you can obtain from coconut )
  • ube ( purple yam )
  • kaong ( sweet palm fruit )
  •         corn
  • ice cream ( any flavor , optional toppings )
  • milk ( evaporated )
  • mongo (mung  beans )
  • cheese ( optional )
  • sugar ( preferably white )

*cookies ( optional toppings )

Procedure :

In  a tall glass, Combine all the fruits,and mixed it with ice.Stir using a spoon or fork.Add sugar to taste.Add cheese and ice cream as your toppings. YOu may add some cookies if you want.

Summer is indeed more fun here in the Philippines with this amazing dessert.

Enjoy !

Posted in Cebu,Philippines, Choose Philippines, Food, Uncategorized

ROYAL KRUA THAI,SM CITY CEBU ; The taste of Thailand right in front of you…

 

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“I’d sit around dreaming that the boys I saw at shows or at work – the boys with silver earrings and big boots – would tell me I was beautiful, take me home and feed me Thai food or omelets and undress me and make love to me all night with the palm trees whispering windsongs about a tortured gleaming city and the moonlight like flame melting our candle bodies.”
Author: Francesca Lia Block

Thailand- , officially called ” the Kingdom of Thailand “formerly known as Siam,is a country at the center of the Indochinese peninsula in Southeast Asia.It adapted the Constitutional Monarchy as its government, and is the world’s 51ST-largest country.

Its capital city is Bangkok and stands north of Myanmar and Laos, has the 27th largest by GDP and PPP( according to Wikipedia.com ) .

It considered manufacturing, tourism, agriculture to be the leading source of its economy.People from Thailand , called themselves ” Thai ” people.Thai means ” free “.And so describing its people, they are all free -spirited when it comes to doing what they want, to whateve things they are passionate about.

Thai cuisines blends five fundamental tastes in their kitchen;sweet, spicy, sour , bitter, salty.Their staple food is the rice, which in return the Philippines could really relate off with since here, we consider rice also as our main staple food.So, Thai people are also rice-eaters too.In fact, as a trivia – they are the world’s largest exporter of rice.Thai food includes  garlic, chillies, lime juice, lemon grass, palm sugar, and fish sauce  ( also known as “nam pla” ).

And so, after studying some history books about this country, it made me curious about what being in Thailand may feel like.Yes, you heard me right.Sometimes, all you gotta do is to be thankful,because your curiousity ables you to do things, which for you,nothing but” unexpected”.I have friends and students who happened to be Thai, and I’ve been asking some questions about Thailand, what’s this? ..What’s that..? the this and that, and so on.

Until one Friday night, me and my students, along with some co-teachers of mine decided to have a dinner. And as agreed, we went to one of the nearest mall from our office and decided to have, ROYAL KRUA THAI as our restaurant hop for that night.

Well, the ambience seems to arouse my appetite as my stomach shouted for hunger after the 30-minute traffic jam mess.

And it actually feels like, really in Thailand…

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When the staff told us that we need to wait for 30 minutes as they cook our food, the blogger in me just came out and decided to take this oppurtunity to have my quick snaps of the resto.

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I really hope, I am just looking fine here.. although, I can’t deny the fact that waiting time can be an agony.

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What amazed me is the theme color of the restaurant.Brown for me is for formality.And I don’t think,I can apply it to myself.The table set up makes you crave more …for those food you’ve been waiting for, and continue to pray that it will arrive pretty soon.

 

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And good to know that they have options for other country people. Since I am not using chopsticks, which is something that I am not used to, well ..I have to take this oppurtunity to use this pretty silverware.

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And THAI FOOD in slides…

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RECOMMENDATION :

It is better to bring a group with you, so that you can just go dutch, since some food could be a bit expensive.However, generally speaking, their food’s price is tolerable.

The brighter side of it;

  • Good food.
  • The staff are friendly and nice,since they are willing to entertain and attend to your needs if you have any
  • Good ambience, relaxing and cozy ( too much aircon )

 

The downside of it ;

  • No wifi connection, so asking the waiter for the password is not applicable.You can connect to the mall’s wifi instead but it could be a bit slow.

 

FOr more inquiries , visit ROYAL KRU THAI in SM CITY CEBU ( Juan Luna Avenue cor. Cabahug and Kaoshiung Streets, North Reclamation Area, Cebu Port Center, Cebu City ) and experience THAILAND right in front of you.

 

Until next time , Royal Krua Thai……

Posted in Cebu,Philippines, Choose Philippines, Food, It's more fun in the Phils

BUCKET SHRIMPS, LAHUG CEBU- where shrimps and other seafood overflows.

It was a fine Sunday evening.After the usual mass attendance, we decided to find some places to eat.Well, we are done with the mall- mall thing, and so we( me and my friend) decided to have some restaurant hopping.To be honest, it was such a hard job since Sunday is a hectic schedule for some restos since Sunday is a what so call ” family day “.But as the old saying goes ” Dont give up ” is thus , applicable.

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So, we dropped by Lahug.And our eyes, didn’t fail us though.

Shrimps ? ow..i love it.I think, it was already been 3 months since the last time I had seafood on my palate and I want to try it right now.And we ended up having BUCKET SHRIMP.

Located in Salinas Drive Lahug, Cebu City, this place is definitely the home of Shrimps.I was a bit curious of how big is the ” bucket “.I was hungry.We were hungry, so we immediately entered the place.

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Uhm,not that bad….

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And I took advantage of the waiting time for our orders .. for me to take some pictures…

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They have disposable gloves.Well, good thing for them to savedetergent.Bad thing is, plastic is non-biodegradable.

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We were waiting for the menu, but actually, it was just in front of us.Funny though, the wifi password was also written at the back of this bucket, but unfortunately…it their wifi is not working as of the moment.Too bad, no SNS for one night.URGH

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We ordered…1 bucket of shrimp for 350 + BIG RICE , 100 php. Not too bad.

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Bottomless Ice tea at 50 php.Unfortunately, sharing is not allowed. So, friendship is over in this matter.LoL

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Boredom is not in here, as you are being serenaded by reggae music while eating.I’ve asked one staff if its reggae all the time, and he said “yes ”

 

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Review : THe place is good, perfect for a casual date, for barkada bonding etc.

If you’ll be looking for ” patis “, or ” pinakurat “, they don’t offer sauce.

Wifi is not functioning, well hope that the next time I’ll come, it will function already.

Aircon is not functioning.A bit hot.It is open air,however..at some point/

Good food , accommodating staff.

 

Special thanks to Angie , my friend for the photo credits.( Since I am having lowbattery during this time )

 

Posted in Cebu,Philippines, Choose Philippines, Food, It's more fun in the Phils, Uncategorized

Barikata,I.T PARK CEBU -bridging the gap towards your Japz Food hunger

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Food is our common ground, a universal experience ….

” I don’t know how to use chopsticks, so I will not eat. “…

” I think, you too should go..I will go home instead.I can’t imagine myself eating a cup of rice, for 20 minutes because using the choptick is a struggle “.

Yeah…sounds familiar though.Something that I could even relate.Relate , 120 %.Well, shameful as it may seem but actually, those were my lines.

Yup..yup ..I was kinda hesitant before to even try to eat, Japanese food. Call me bias, but it was me then.Then, which means .. past tense, former.. meaning ..” past ”

And past is past. I’ve let go of that fear already.

Well, I need to learn.Its a must for me because as a teacher, it would be such a shame if my students will invite me one of these days and I dont even know how.Well, sorry students!teacher tried, but actually, it is still a failure…

Very difficult.. huhuhuh, well, this is my own experience, so I have to be at least very honest with myself. It’s ok, I don’t have to worry, there is another option.Call it ” spoon and fork.Yey ! ..hey, shall we have a party then ?

The most important thing is I was able to satisfy myself,overcome  my hunger and boom ! My stomach is smiling..

How about making yours too? Visit Barikata Ramen Bar  in IT PARK , CEBU. They are willing to serve you from 10 am to 10:30 pm.And transform your hunger into a what so called ” satisfaction ”

They are known for authentic Japanese cuisine, food having assorted flavors.Enjoy their food artisty right in front of your very eyes.That cutie-cutie food color then,

And don’t forget your smart phone. Grab it, and post that latest snap of yours on your SNS , or to your blog site..

Food gram ! woot..woot…

Together, let’s bridge the gap of our hunger when it comes to Japanese food.