Sunday, October 24, 2010

Sweet and Sour Fish

Sweet and Sour Fish
1 whole fish Tilapia
1 carrot, juliened
1 onion sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 thumb size ginger, juliened
1 medium tomato, sliced
For the sauce:
1/2 tsp salt
dash of pepper
2 tbsp. vinegar
1 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tbsp. brown sugar
1/3 cup catsup
1 cup water
1 tbsp. cornstarch
1/2 cup cooking oil for frying
Wash and clean fish, remove scales and guts. Wash properly, make 2 diagonal slits on each side of the fish then rub with salt. Deep fry fish in cooking oil until fish is crispy on both sides. Remove from pan and set aside.
In a deep bowl, combine ketchup, water, vinegar, sugar, pepper, salt, soy sauce and cornstarch. Mix well and set aside.
In a separate saucepan, saute in 2 tbsp. oil, ginger, garlic, stir fry carrots, onions and sliced tomatoes for about 2 minutes.
Pour the prepared sauce ketchup-vinegar, bring to a boil. Remove from heat immediately and pour all over the fried fish.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Fried Vegetables Lumpia

Fried Lumpia
I always liked lumpia be it fresh or fried lumpia with bean sprouts.

Mung Beans Sprouts

close up of fresh tawge

Spring Roll Wrapper

Pastry Wrapper

Sweet Potato


1/4 kg. mung beans sprouts (tawge)

1 pc. garlic

1 pc. small camote (sweet potato), sliced diagonally

1 small pc. carrots, sliced diagonally

dash of pepper, salt, msg

Pastry Wrapper

1 cup Oil for frying


Saute garlic in 2 tbsp. oil, add sweet potatoes, carrots and lastly the sprouts. Stir fry for a few minutes. Season with salt & pepper. Don't overcook the veggies. Turn off heat. Cool veggies before wrapping. Lay wrapper on a flat surface. Put about 2 tbsp. of the veggies on the pastry wrapper. Roll and tuck both ends. Dip fry in deep hot oil about 3 pcs. at a time or until light golden. Drain on paper towel.

Dipping Sauce:
1/2 cup whitevinegar
1-2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 chili, crushed
1 tbsp. white sugar
dash of pepper
dash of salt
Mix all ingredients, stirring thoroughly until sugar dissolves.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Barbecue & Grilled Fish

Chicken BBQ

Pork BBQ

Grilled Alumahan Fish
Marinated Pork

Soy Sauce
Calamansi & Chilis

I have some cravings for pork and chicken bbq. So I marinated the meat overnight in calamansi, soy sauce and some catsup.
I prepared sauce consisting of soy suce, calamansi juice & chillies, add more chilis for a hot, hot diping sauce.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Our Ancestral House Part 2

Ancestral House in Cantilan. The original paint of the house was white and dark green. The roof is corrugated galvanized sheets which until now has been retained. The original structure has three parts, the living room with two bedrooms, the second part is the dining room and has two bedrooms, the third part is the kitchen, the three toilets and bathroom and a terrace (pantao) where my grandma displayed her numerous herb plants like Lemon Grass (Tanglad), Mint, and Oregano. She used the herbs in cooking her favorite Tinoling Isda (Fish Soup) and Bas-uy (Beef Stew). Sad to say that the kitchen and dining area are all in ruins now. What remains is the huge living room.
My cousin-Flor in our large spacious sala. The sala is also painted in white and green. A huge antique mirror hangs in the middle wall between two bedrooms.

Dark Balayong and Pale Tugas Wood Planks

I have been searching in the internet for the molave-mulawin hardfloor planks that is the flooring in our ancestral living room. It is naturally shiny, no need to put floor wax to make it shine. As far as I knew, there are only two ancestral houses (including ours) that has this kind of floorings in the town of Cantilan. Ancestral houses in Taal, San Juan, Batangas, Bohol and a coastal town in Balingasag, Cagayan de Oro have the same colored wood planks.

I found similar flooring in the American magazine which featured a house built in the New England town in 1790's

Another molave floorings in an ancestral house in Batangas. Alternate dark & yellow planks. This photo credit to Daily Inquirer

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Pita or Pan De Sal Bread with Pork Adobo Floss

Meat Floss Sandwich

Pan De Sal(Philippine Bread)

Pita Bread

Pork Adobo

I cooked pork adobo last night and set aside the leftovers to use for my pita or pan de sal sandwich. Meat should be tender so it will be easy to break up the meat by using fork or just your fingers. This is a very simple recipe.

about 1 cup of shredded Meat floss, mayo, mustard, catsup, onions(optional) and Pita or Pan de Sal bread.

To prepare the pita filling:
Add 3 tbsp mayo, 2 tbsp mustard, 2 tbsp. catsup, 1 onion minced (optional). Mix and combine ingredients. Open up pita bread or pan de sal and put the meat floss inside.

Note: you can also use chicken & beef meat floss. There are other ways to prepare meat floss if you don't have a ready cooked pork adobo which I will post next time.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

My Little Sister's Wedding

J & M - New Orleans Wedding

Joe & Maria

Exchanging I Do's

The Stunning Bride

The happy couple flew to New Orleans for their wedding ceremony. The wedding was also Maria's birthday so it was a double celebration. Wish you the best of everything on your blissful union.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Santacruzan 2010

My niece Melisa
Melisa - as Reyna del Cielo (Queen of Heaven) she carries flowers and has two Angels

Santacruzan 2010 (May 22, 2010)

The Santacruzan is a popular religious festival held in many towns and cities throughout the Philippines as the highlight of the month-long celebration of Flores de Mayo during the month of May. It is usually celebrated with a parade of decorated floats and elaborately dressed characters, representing various aspects of the Virgin Mary and other figures. The festival was introduced to the country during the Spanish period and continues to be celebrated by Filipinos all over the world.

Flores, from Spanish flores or "flowers," also known as Flores de Mayo (flowers of May), Flores de Maria (flowers of Mary) or alay (offering), may refer to the whole Flower Festival celebrated in the month of May in tribute to the Virgin Mary . The Santacruzan was a novena procession remembering St. Helena's mythical finding of the cross. St. Helena was the mother of Constantine the Great. According to legends, 300 years after the death of Christ, at the age of 75, she went to Calvary to conduct a search for the Cross. After some archeological diggings at the site of the Crucifixion, she unearthed three crosses. She tested each one by making a sick servant lie on all three. The cross where the servant recovered was identified as Christ's. St. Helena's feast day falls on August 8 but the anniversary of the finding of the Cross is on May 3rd, in the Philippines, this celebration took the form of the Mexican Santa Cruz de Mayo.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

19th Year Anniversary

Webcam shots
L-I-F-E is the greatest Gift from GOD

Today is my 19th year anniversary as cancer survivor. I was diagnosed with peri-ampullary cancer in 1991 and had whipple surgery in May 16, 1991.

When I passed the 5-year marker for this type of cancer I rejoiced and my doctor told me to celebrate. The journey is not over yet. I looked at life through new eyes now and I take pleasure in the little things in life. I appreciate life and value my relationship

Above all I thank GOD and Mother Mary for my second life.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day

A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials, heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine, desert us when troubles thicken around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts. -- Washington Irving (1783-1859)
I love you Nay. Happy Mother's Day to one and all.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Pat's Graduation

8 Gold / Silver Medals (Senior High School)

Proud Mama
Salutatorian/Best in Math, Science, Technology, School Topnotcher NCAE inAcademics, Entrepreneur, Science, and Math categories, 3rd placer in Quiz Bee 2010 Parlas Division.


Bong & Edna

My nephew's graduation. It was Pat's great day.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Uncle Oloy's 77th birthday celeb

Mee & the ladies behind .. Edna, Maria & Maita
Me & Edna relaxing after a hearty lunch

Pat the great in one of his rare photo shots.

Maria & Uncle Oloy looking gwapo at 77

Pat, Bong, Vince & Winwin

Blood Moon

I captured this Super Blood Moon last January 2018 from our balcony.