Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Automation Abomination

Kinundisyon ko na ang sarili ko na mainit ang panahon at tiyak pawisan ang aking paglalakbay papuntang Novaliches. Hindi kasi ako nakapagpalit ng location kung saan ako makaboboto.

Hindi naman congested ang daloy ng trapiko kahit na nag MRT ako. Kokonti ang mga sasakyan sa EDSA. Madali akong nakahanap ng FX; as in hindi na sya tumigil sa station para magpapuno. Walang gaanong pinagbago ang mga dati ko nang nakikita na buildings, mga bahay.

Along Quirino Highway, may mga development na. Meron nang ginagawang SM Novaliches; about a few meters away from Uniwide. Marami rin akong nakita na mga bagong hospitals. Ganito ba kasakitin ang mga tao dito? Hahahaha!

Bumaba ako sa bayan, lakad nang konti. Sakay ng jeep papuntang San Agustin Public School. Sa entrance pa lang makikita mo na ang pila. As in lahat puro pila; hindi mo alam kung san pupunta.

Hindi ako nahirapang hanapin ang aking prisinto. Nahirapan ako sa pila. Lalu na pag SOBRA haba ng pila! Pinaka ayoko yung may pila na, nakabilad ka pa sa araw. Napaisip tuloy ako kung itutuloy ko pa bang bumoto o umuwi na lang at magpahinga. Kung uuwi ako, makakaligo ako, makakain, makakapagpahinga. Wala pa akong tulog coming from an 11:30PM - 8:30AM shift, was up as early as 7PM. Kung uuwi naman ako, papano yung boto ko? Alam ko kasi pag hindi ka bumoto, may ibang boboto para sa yo. Parang SSS Loan yan, pag hindi mo ginamit, may mangungutang on your behalf; worse, ikaw pati ang magbabayad! Ayoko nga1

So tiniis ko na lang ang isang oras na hindi paggalaw ng pila. From 10AM yun hanggang 11AM. Nakinig na lang ako sa mga chismisan ng mga katabi ko sa pila. Magaling akong magkunwari na hindi nakikinig pero daig ko pa talaga ang may radar. hahaha!

Napansin ko na lang na medyo bumilis na ang pila mga bandang 11:30AM.

Natapos ako 1PM. Panalo di ba?

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Ingredients:

1 kg Chicken fillet (breast or thigh)
1 pack pancake mix or flour (for dredging)
2 packs sweet or smoked ham (cold cut)
1 pack cheese (cheddar or quick-melt); cut into 1cm x 1cm x 3inch sticks.
1 tbsp salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
eggs
bread crumbs
1 pack Cream of Mushroom Soup Mix
1 can all-purpose cream
toothpicks

Using a mallet or rolling pin, pound chicken fillet to flatten until it is 0.25cm thin. Season with salt and pepper.

Place flattened chicken onto a plate. Place 1 slice of ham and cheese on top and roll. Use toothpicks to hold the rolls in place.

Dredge rolls on pancake mix, make sure it is evenly coated. Dip rolls onto beaten egg and then dredge again onto bread crumbs.

You can either bake or deep-fry the rolls under low heat. Cook until golden brown.

Prepare the sauce by fixing mushroom soup mix but less 1 cup of water. When mushroom soup starts boiling, remove from fire then add cream, stirring constantly. Then simmer for two minutes until desired thickness is achieved.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Chicken Curry

Ingredients:

Gata, extracted from 2 old coconuts.
1st extraction – 2 cups hot water. Set aside.
2nd extraction – 1/2 cup hot water. Set aside.
1 kg. chopped chicken pieces
3 medium-sized red onions, chopped
2 medium sized white onions, chopped
6 cloves minced garlic
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
4 medium sized potatoes, quartered
1 cup carrots, cubed
2pcs chopped sili labuyo (optional)
3 tbsps fish sauce (patis)
2 tsps ground black pepper
4 tbsps cooking oil
3 tbsps curry powder.

Wash chicken pieces thoroughly. Let excess water drip for a few minutes. Add fish sauce and ground black pepper to chicken in mixing bowl. Mix for a few minutes to allow mixture to penetrate the chicken. Set aside for 15 minutes.

Fry chicken in cooking oil; cook until the meat has turned very light brown. Set aside cooked chicken.

Using the same oil, sauté garlic, onions and sili labuyo. Add bell peppers. Sauté for 1 minute.

Add 2nd extraction. Simmer and let liquid reduce, constantly stirring to prevent sauce from sticking.

Once sauce has been reduced (barely having any liquid at all), add chicken, curry, and 1st extraction. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sauce from sticking. Add potatoes and carrots. Simmer until potatoes are cooked.

Serve with steaming rice.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Pig-Out at Dad's Megamall

We went to Dad's a few days ago at SM Megamall. For only 139 pesos, you'll get the merienda buffet - over 25 choices. Merienda is served from 3PM to 5PM.

Beginning with the best and tastiest (for me of course!):

1. Puto
2. Pancit Palabok (I got two servings)
3. Carbonarra
4. Siomai (box-office ang pila... nyahaha!)
5. Siopao

They also served bananacue and kamotecue though I'm not a big fan of it. Palitaw and biko were there. Special chocolate cake - i thought it was dry at first as it was exposed. I wonder how they kept it moist?

Lumpiang toge and sariwa, tokwa't baboy, dinuguan, pansit gisado, spaghetti. These are all I can remember.

Two of my friends asked me why do they have yellow and blue service plates? I just assumed jokingly, "Yung blue para sa mga mayayaman."

"Eh yung yellow?"

Girl attendant sa likod namin: "Para sa matatakaw!!! Joke lang po sir!"

Panalo talaga tong waitress na to! Panu na lang kung yung taong nasabihan nya will take offense di ba? Namula na lang ako at nakipagtawanan. Sabay sandok ng palabok.

Make sure that you finish everything you got in your plate or you will pay extra. The buffet is not for those who have weak digestive organs. Dapat yung panunaw nyo kayang tunawin ang interior ng gulong! Nyahahaha!

Dad's - the best so far.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Sa May Bahay...

Call me Mr. Scrooge if you want. I just have to write this. Have you tried listening to kids going around caroling? I mean literally. Here they are knocking at every door like doing trick or treating, "Namamasko po!".

What's annoying is they ALWAYS sing the same songs over and over again. I mean my next door neighbor's door is just about 3ft away and the apartment I live in is in a building with a common hallway; so you could just imagine hearing gossipers doing their thing. By the time these carolers reach my door, I already mastered the song and lyrics by heart!

The tune is pretty monotonous; much like they reading rhythmically. Here is the exact lyrics they are using. Note the first three lines have a uniform beat. But pay attention to the last line... you can compare it to a roller coaster ride.

"Sa may bahay ang aming bati (with rattles going *shik* *shik* *shik*)
Merry Kreesmas NAWAWALHATI (huh?)
Ang Pag-ibig ANG SYANG NAGHARI
Araw-araw ay magiging lagi.
Ansanhi po ng PAMPARITO (huh?!)
hihingi po ng aginaldo
Kunsakali kami'y perwisho

here is the part wherein they have to sing it double time

PASHENSYA NA KAYO KAMI NAMAMASKO!"

And it doesn't stop there... in fact, may karugtong! As in akala mong part sya talaga ng song:

"WEE WEESH YU AMERI KREEEEEEEEEESMAS (*shik* *shik* *shik*)
WEE WEESH YU AMERI KREEEEEEEEEEESMAS
ENAHAPI NYU YEER"

Asan yung 3rd na WE WEESH YU AMERI KREEEEEEEEEEEESMAS? Di ba tatlo yun? hahaha!

Then when you give them a coin - one peso will do, but try to observe them. Parang ayaw tanggapin na tipong wala naman silang magagawa. Anyways, you gave them the coin already. As soon as it touches his/her hand (whoever their point person is), the song changes immediately to the Thank You song:

...to the tune of the last line of My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean...

TENK YU... (*shik* *shik* *shik*)
TENK YU...
*TENK YU BERI MATCH, TENK YU!

Oh well we have to consider the time and also the distance these little ones must have covered. Hey but wait! We live in the same building - damn it! And they're doing it every evening. Hahaha! So next time, before shoving the one peso coin into their hands (I don't do that - that's extremely rude!) or closing the door, try listening to what they are singing - kakatuwa lang pakinggan.

Seems like I haven't done that when I was a kid. Honestly, I haven't experienced doing caroling like the little ones do. Let's just say that my family is strict. They treated me like a monk. Bawal lumabas! Mongha?!

So am I a perfect candidate for Mr. Scrooge 2008?