Cebu Farmers Market

Today was a busy day for me. I had to wake up early to do my cousin’s make-up for her graduation from college, I had to prepare lasagna as my contribution to the graduation part, and attend a highschool classmate’s wedding. In between these activities, I had to squeeze in time this morning to check out Cebu Farmers MarketContinue reading “Cebu Farmers Market”

TRAVEL | The Farmhouse in Aloguinsan

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This is my last post from our trip to Aloguinsan in early March (but of course, this does not mean my last trip to Aloguinsan). After enjoying the scrumptious lunch of humba (stewed pork), utang monggos (mung bean soup), and a bottle of cold Coke at Bojo River, we decided to check out The Farmhouse in Aloguinsan, a small farm practicing organic farming, located along the highway. I am always interested in organic farming so I want to see how other people are doing it. Unfortunately, we got there on lunch time, and the place was empty except for a man having his siesta. I had to disturb his sleep and ask him about the place. He was still groggy and all he said was “wala, Ma’am.” And I said, “okay,” and left. Maybe I’ll come back next time.

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This canopy of vegetables upon the entrance reminded me of Racso’s Park in Guimbal, Iloilo. You can book tours for Bojo River, The Farmhouse and other sites in Aloguinsan at EcotourAloguinsan.com

Papaya, and the Memories of Grandpa

organic papaya, marty’s chips, and sky flakes

There is a story of the papaya. My grandfather loved papayas. In 2005, he was diagnosed with malignant melanoma and he died just months after the diagnosis. While he was sick, he did not want to eat a lot of things although he was a good eater when he was healthy. One day while he was confined at a hospital, he asked me to buy papaya. I walked so many blocks from the hospital to the nearest fruit stand I saw selling its last piece of papaya. Continue reading “Papaya, and the Memories of Grandpa”

FOOD | Caldeo & Vegetables

green salad with roasted sesame dressing, vegetable & cheese sandwich, and miswa soup

It rained today. It also rained yesterday. And because it’s raining, I thought it might be good to share something that’s perfect for a rainy day. “Caldeo” is the Spanish word for “warming” or “heating” but caldeo also means hot soup made of leftover fish sauteed with spices, added with water and miswa, a kind of Chinese noodles that cooks easily. I’ve been eating caldeo the past weeks because I love miswa. The soup is easy to cook and can easily warm the stomach. While growing up, we usually pair our miswa with sardines and/or patola.

For this caldeo meal, I also ate wheat bread sandwich with cheddar cheese, greens and roasted sesame dressing, and organic greens salad.

This, That and Independence

Last Sunday, because Manny Pacquaio lost, I was very inspired to arrange my things and organize my “vanity” products (yes, they include cotton balls and buds).  I covered some boxes with scrap gift wrappers and placed make-up stuff into glass wares. I think the jars are really fancy, but it’s soo nice. I think using old jars and glass wares is a thrifty way of dressing up a vanity table and organizing things. And speaking of fancy, this afternoon it rained, and I thought it would be nice to drink some hot calamansi juice (like the calamansi juice my bestfriend ordered in Bigby’s) in a champagne glass. And eat some pretty snacks. And sit on the floor because there are no chairs.

Snacking on Magic Flakes cheese crackers, otap (delicious!) and sandwiches with cucumber and onion.

Before I end this incoherent entry, let me greet all my fellow Filipinos a happy independence day! Thank you to all those who’ve helped us maintain our sovereignty. I wish we would be independent from imported food supply.  We should grow more food in our country. I wish there will be organic farms here in Cebu City who would sell or deliver fresh produce every week so I won’t fall prey to fast and greasy (but really delicious) food. I wish we would have equal and fair access to government files, excellent health care and education.  I wish we would be independent from oil and gasoline and start turning to alternative sources of energy.  I wish. Happy independence day!