Tuesday, February 23, 2016

A-Z Challenge: Letter V

Whenever I see the letter V, it reminds me of my childhood cartoon, Voltes V. (It reads Voltes Five.)

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Mazinger Z (1972) was the first cartoon I knew before Voltes V (1977). Daimos came after that (1978). Power Rangers is way after (1993). Yeah, yeah, call me a nerd for Japanese cartoons or TV programs. Just don't connect me with Anime stuff. They're not really as good as the Mazinger Z, Voltes V, and Daimos stuff I knew growing up.

A-Z Challenge: Letter U

For the letter U, there's only one word I normally associate when it comes to Filipino food, and that is Ukoy.

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Ukoy (sometimes spelled as Okoy) is a shrimp fritter mixed with sweet potatoes and bean sprouts. Anything can be added in it, to be honest, as long as it becomes crunchy. It's great when dipped in spicy vinegar.

A-Z Challenge: Letter T

The letter T reminds me of Tuba, Talangka, and Taho.

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Tuba means coconut wine. I've only tasted it once. It's sweet with a kick. It can also be referred to as Lambanog, which I discussed in Letter L. Double referrence, but it all boils down to being drunk. HaHa.

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Recently, I discovered that our local Filipino grocery and wet market sells Talangka. They're known as Asian Shore Crabs. They're tiny crabs and they live along the riverbeds. I normally steam them and they're full of roe. Honestly, I can never eat them all the time. High blood pressure!

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Taho is made of silky soft bean curd mixed with caramelized sugar called arnibal in Tagalog, and sago also known as tapioca pearls. In the Philippines, when the melodious shout of the Taho Vendor knocks your eardrums in the morning, you have to run out with cash and buy. I miss those days.

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The Taho Vendor carries a thin wooden pole over his shoulder and two aluminum containers hang on the opposite ends. He walks around the neighborhood shouting "Tahooooo!" with his own magnetic melody. Taho Vendors are probably great singers. Their baritone voice gets thrown from one street corner to the next two blocks. HaHa.

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The whole cup is definitely addictive. It's like morning crack. LOL.

A-Z Challenge: Letter S

I'm no longer going to apologize for my long breaks. I'll just continue this until it's done. The next A-Z Challenge for 2016 is about to begin this April. I know, I totally suck at blogging. LOL. Please bear with me. So, this is the S part of my 2015 A-Z Challenge. I'm almost done!
There's a lot of S words that remind me of the Philippines: Sili, Salabat, Sapin-Sapin, and Singkamas.

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Sili is probably here in California. I'm probably not having any luck finding them, that is. All chilis here are normally the green kind. I miss Siling Labuyo. That's the real spicy red chili I grew up with.

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Salabat is my home remedy for sore throat or cough. It's boiled ginger. That's it. No other ingredients, unless you want to add honey.

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Sapin-Sapin is one of my favorite Philippine desserts. It's layered rice cakes. It's good with shredded coconut.

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Singkamas is one of my favorite snacks. I love crunchy stuff! In fact, Singkamas or Jicama, is a great low carb replacement for French Fries. I have yet to try it at home, though. All I need is to find jicamas somewhere. HeHe.

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The best part of eating Singkamas is putting Bagoong on it. Bagoong is Filipino shrimp paste. I prefer the spicy flavored version. Yum!

Friday, January 29, 2016

A-Z Challenge: Letter R

The letter R reminds me of a nicely made Rellenong Bangus. It's stuffed milk fish full of goodies.
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Okay, that made me hungry.

A-Z Challenge: Letter Q

The letter Q reminds me of Ques (pronounced as kyoos): Banana-que and Camote-que.

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Banana-que is deep-fried Saging na Saba (a type of banana famous in the Philippines) coated with brown sugar. (Hello T2D!)

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Camote-que or Kamote-que is deep-fried sweet potato coated with brown sugar. (If you didn't know what T2D means, it's Type 2 Diabetes. LOL.) I'm bad.

My 2015 A-Z Challenge is all about what reminds me of the Philippines. I'm trying to finish it before the A-Z 2016. HaHa!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

A-Z Challenge: Letter P

The letter P reminds me of Puto Bumbong and Puto Sulot. They're famous delicacies during Christmas in the Philippines.

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Puto Sulot is made of sticky rice and sweetened with sugar and shredded coconut. It's best paired with coffee or tea.

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Puto Bumbong, on the other hand, includes Ube or purple yam. They're both cooked in bamboos.

To get the Puto Sulot out of the bamboo, you need a stick to push it. Puto Bumbong must be shaken. I wish I could find a video and embed it here. Perhaps I'd do that later.

I know there are some small mom-and-pop Pinoy places here in California who sell these. I must hunt them down! LOL.

A-Z Challenge: Letter O

I'm terrible in blogging lately. Sorry. I will dramatically improve as soon as I organize my schedule and accomplish my plans.

My letter O refers to Onoy's Lugawan.

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They serve different kinds of meaty porridge (lugaw) -- beef, pork, or chicken -- with yummy sidings (tokwa't baboy or sumpia -- tofu/pork and big eggrolls). It's been a while since I last ate at Onoy's. They might have changed their menu. Not sure if they serve "Lugaw #5." I'll tell you what it is in private. LOL.

How I wish there's a Lugawan here in California!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

A-Z Challenge: Letter N

Sorry. I totally skipped several days to attend classes connected to my work. Well, I'm back now and will continue to finish the A-Z Challenge from last year.

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The letter N reminds me of Nata De Coco. It's one of those chewy yummy things I encounter with my desserts. I'm addicted to it! It can be found in Halo-Halo. Now, this is bad. I want some!

See you tomorrow for O.

Friday, January 8, 2016

A-Z Challenge: Letter M

The letter M reminds me of Mami, Mamon, and Monay.

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Mami is the Philippine version of Japanese Ramen or Vietnamese Pho. This I can cook at home. Of course, it's not the same as eating it inside a small diner in the Philippines. The photo link has a recipe. You might want to try.

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Mamon is fluffy bread. It's called sponge cake or chiffon cake. Whenever I got hospitalized, I remember seeing packs of Mamon as something given to me as a patient. It's easy to eat. It's also something given out during wakes or funerals. Mamon is sold here through Goldilocks, Red Ribbon, or Valerio's bakery. Normally, any Filipino store has it.

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Monay is dinner roll. We can eat it at breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It's something I associate with Pansit Bihon. I love stuffing Monay with Pansit Bihon. I'm weird.

Stay tuned for N tomorrow.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

A-Z Challenge: Letter L

Fulfilling my promise to finish the 2015 A-Z Challenge that I abruptly paused. So, here's the continuation.

The letter L reminds me of Lanzones, and Lambanog.

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Lanzones is a type of tropical fruit. It's one of my favorite snacks. It resembles grapes, but the skin is off white/yellowish. Unfortunately, they do have seeds. Sometimes the taste can be bitter and dry, but with a good batch, it is addictively sweet.

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Lambanog is a locally-made Philippine wine; it has 45% alcohol. I'd consider it more like Port or a dessert wine. If you are a wine connoisseur, you must try the Philippine Lambanog.

Wait for M tomorrow...

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

When Toxic People Disappear...

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The day is much brighter when someone toxic disappear from your world. Your eyes don't shed any drop of tears because the news bring no pain. Instead, it brings peaceful relief.

I don't feel any remorse.

You can try calling me names or bully me all you want, if that's what you think would break me to tears, but nothing would change my reaction towards that toxic person.

For me, there's no more connection. It doesn't hit a nerve. For years, I've been free from their chains. A strong wall surrounds me. They can never hurt nor abuse me again. My whole journey changed me to who I want to be. I'm no longer the puppet whom they tried to control. No more strings to connect. I never want to connect anymore.

Rest in peace.