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Juicy Seafood Please
Feb 17th, 2016 by niceyfemme

The main reason why I love travelling is FOOD. This I know for sure. In the Philippines with all our islands I’ve been hunting that delicious fish and other seafoods but so far I have not had any luck yet. It’s not that they’re not fresh; but because it’s always overcooked! Which for me is the worst you can do to seafood. They get so dry and rubbery you’ll give your jaw crazy exercise. Oh like the fish we ate in Coron in one of the tours there last year, so fresh but overcooked. 🙁

So yum and so cheap!

So yum and so cheap!

So last weekend I bought some fresh fish and was looking for fresh big enough squid with the intention to stuff it with salsa but nada. Only very small squids are available I still bought them that can do.

I haven’t been feeling this excited with cooking since time I can’t remember well since I became a mom! So excitedly £ cleaned the fish and seasoned them with just sea salt. Then I basted them with my special basting oil (hehe) and was careful not to overcook it.

Wow this has been one of the best meals I have had in a long time! They fish tasted fresh and juicy there’s really something about perfectly cooked fish! The squid was cooked great too and was awesome. I just realised this is why I lost interest in grilled seafood because I never get them cooked properly. Now I’m waiting for weekend to come (it can’t come any sooner!) for another grilling session. Yum can’t wait.

Finally the sun is shining
Aug 10th, 2012 by niceyfemme

Whoah after almost two weeks of strong rains and floods (thank God we were safe from floods in our village), the sun finally made it’s awaited appearance today.

Photo from dawn.com

I am so grateful that we were spared. We actually had it easy. No floods, and we had electricity. The television was on the whole day for news and my heart felt a constant pinch every time I see people suffering. They really had it hard. People in the roofs of their houses because the whole first level was already submerged in water, people needing food, and people in evacuation centers squeezing their bodies to be sure they are safe.  Some billionaire can give them TAG Heuer watches and they’d thank you just as much as if you give them a plate of rice.

Mr. Bean Soya Ice Cream now in the Philippines Part One
Jun 29th, 2012 by niceyfemme

Since I first step foot in Singapore years and years ago I couldn’t help but fall in love with their food. Their dry beef hor fun (which we thought was the same as char kway teow  are two different dishes we later knew), chinese fried rice, the other version which is nasi goreng (from malay stalls), curry puff from Old Chang Kee which I successfully made at home, grass jelly and Mr. Bean’s Soya Ice Cream. I love it so much I was already thinking of buying my next cup even before I finish the current one I was having. I would have a total of 3 servings a day. I doesn’t help that it’s always crazy hot in Singapore and you have to walk everywhere.

So I guess it is understandable that I’d crave for it whenever I’m home in the Philippines. I so wanted to bring Mr. Bean here in the Philippines if only I had the capital to do so. (I still want to bring Old Chang Kee here. Ok walang uuna saken ha!)  Same with authentic chicken rice. So I tried to make my own soya ice cream at home.  It’s just not the same. I kinda gave up.

Then after my last check up last week in Alabang I headed over to ATC to try Wee Nam Kee’s chicken rice. I don’t know I just had the baddest kind of craving then. Did I like it? Hmmmn. I like their chili. That’s it. Then I was about to leave when I saw a poster of Mr. Bean which made my heart skip a beat. I was in a hurry to leave then so I made a mental note to check them out next time.  I learned that they just opened a couple of months ago. Will do a part two once I get to visit Mr. Bean Philippines and try their soya ice cream.

P.S. This made me want to try my hand at making my own soya ice cream again since I have a tried and tested taho aka tau huay recipe. Hmmmn let’s see if the local Mr. Bean’s soya ice cream will revive my past obsession with it.

It’s raining cats and dogs!
Jun 22nd, 2011 by niceyfemme

It’s been raining here. A storm passed by and about to leave but a new one is already queuing up to visit us next. It’s great weather for sleeping but if you have to go out of the house and go somewhere then you might come across some flood. Yeah, third world country that’s why.

But then, we must focus our attention to the factors  we can do something about, like our outfits! Different rain gears to ready. I’m thinking fishing clothing with pretty heeled rain boots? So cute!

With flood comes scary rat diseases like leptospirosis that’s in flood water and get get through your skin especially if you have some cuts. I’m crazy paranoid about this things. Please help me where to buy affordable ladies rain boots please?

But please not another typhoon. I don’t think we can all handle that again. Remember Typhoon Milenyo (Xangsane).

 

This scared the hell out of me.

Gypsum: Found!
Jun 15th, 2011 by niceyfemme

Where we live, a real market is not close by like a stone’s throw away like in our place in Singapore. Here, either you settle for SM supermarket where produce is much more expensive and the freshness is compromised or go to Imus Market (where price is reasonable but fresher produce) which is the town next to where we live and go through exhausting traffic. Oh and there are two small village stalls which is really expensive, so this last one is not an option for me as I feel I’m being ripped off. So I only have only two options where to shop, until today. 🙂

Two years ago, Mommy together with the helper went to a market on the other side of the town, side of the town I’m not familiar with. I only drove past it a few times only. Every time, after marketing in Imus, I complain of exhaustion. The last time, Mommy mentioned the other market she only went to once. That it’s nearer and more option of fresh produce. Then I remember something.

I’ve been wanting to try make taho or soya beancurd at home for ages;  ok a few years now. But not knowing where to but the thing that solidifies the soya milk hinders me. I asked the vendor about it and at first he said he didn’t know. I did my research and turned out you can make taho or tau huay using calcium sulfate aka gypsum or with GDL (Gluco Delta Lactone)  aka lactone. The street vendors use gypsum. I was able to find lactone in Phoon Huat.  A few months ago, I went crazy over making taho at home. I successfully did it with the lactone/ GDL I bought in Singapore. Oh I haven’t posted it here I totally should post it asap. So next I want to try and see the difference of using gypsum myself. An online forum mentioned where I can buy it in Singapore but it’s available in bulk at 5 kilos and priced around $7 which I think is too much for an experiment that’s only needing 3 tsps the most. And buying it there would be hard as I need to explain to them that I need the gypsum that’s cooked or else my beancurd will fail. I don’t speak Mandarin so that’s a problem so I didn’t buy.

Then I asked again for the nth time our favorite beancurd vendor about where they buy their gypsum. He said it’s in Zapote market. I remembered this when Mommy told me that market is better so I decided to drop by and try finding it.

I totally loved this market! So many choices! Fresh veggies and lots of fruits available! It’s like I’m seeing diamonds in the fresh pineapples and bananas everywhere! It’s like almost everything is available. I even saw native/free ranged eggs which is not easy to find and even steel drums from the shop in the corner. I was like in market heaven and grinning to myself. Then I tried asking around where I could buy the ingredients for taho and as usual they didn’t know (it’s been years that I’ve been asking around in different markets wherever I go and no one knew). Then I bought coconut milk and asked again while they were pressing the coconut. They didn’t know. BUT the woman on the next stall overheard me asking and said, “Ah, calcium sulfate?” I was like, “Yes! It’s so nice that you know!, then she said, Oh I took beancurd making seminar.” She’s so nice! I loved her at that time hehe and she totally get me why I like making bean curd at home. It’s a different feeling, maybe contentment, knowing that you make one at home and it’s better quality than the one you buy from vendors. She said that I could buy it at the bakery supply store across the street. Thanked her many times and I almost hoped to that supplies store. I asked again for it which is a pain to explain, and they said, “ah calcium?” I was like, “I guess.. if that’s what you call it here..” So I asked if I could buy just half a kilo and they said it’s fine and I asked if I could see the “label” of the powder I bought and I almost shrieked when it said, GYPSUM. Oh yes! After what 2 or 3 years I finally found it! I can’t wait to try making bean curd using gypsum. And I saved a lot because I didn’t buy the 5 kilo gypsum available in Singapore. Whoot! Even though my fingers hurt like hell because of the heavy stuff I bought, I was still so happy with the discovery of the better and nearer market and of course, finding gypsum! Yeah baby!

P.S. Many people are scared of using gypsum aka calcium sulfate aka plaster of paris as they are scared to turning their insides into something solid. But they say it’s safe as long as you don’t eat way too much every day. Many tau huay/ taho stalls in Singapore prefer to use GDL aka lactone as this is a natural ingredient that is naturally existing in fruits I think.  Let me try my hand at gypsum and let’s see which one gives better result. 🙂

Loving fruits again
Jun 11th, 2011 by niceyfemme

Red juicy and ripe papaya. Yummm! Sweet pineapples is divine. Yellow ripe Philippine mangoes in heaven on earth. Let’s not forget the ever reliable sweet bananas.

For some reason, I’ve been craving and eating mostly fruits these past weeks. Whenever I’m in Singapore, I let myself indulge in bananas and red papaya. It’s cheap and readily available always. In Philippines, I can almost eat anything, especially pineapples. It’s more affordable back home than in Singapore. Watermelon too. I’m so drooling right now just thinking about those fruits. I’m so glad I’m rediscovering the love I had with fruits, during the time I was so healthy. Oooh I remember during those times, I eat half of a large size whole watermelon, and I can finish a whole piece of pineapple until my tongue get itchy. I guess, I was letting myself indulge in fruits as I was limiting myself to eating only healthy stuff like fruits and veggies and during those times, I still wasn’t used to the idea of eating in moderation.

So an hour ago, I went to the market. Main reason of going there despite the traffic? So I could buy the freshest quality fruits. Pineapples and watermelons in SM are disappointing for me. Not nice and so much more expensive. We really are paying for the convenience there. So I bought two pieces of perfectly ripe and sweet pineapples, I large piece of red papaya, a kilo of the sweetest mango in the world, some plantain bananas (I want them boiled) and some avocados. I didn’t bring a car with me so I was only able to buy those I’m able to carry. I am so happy with the fruits I bought. The pineapple is sooo sweet! I ate a large chunk when I was cutting it up in smaller cuts.

I guess the reason why I’m eating more fruits now is because deep inside me, I know I want to be healthier to prepare and make myself and my body ready for “THE DREAM”. No I’m not talking about Christina Millan’s douche ex-husband. See I have PCOS. So the healthier I am, the sooner I’ll be able to have the dream that I’ve been dreaming about for 16 years now. So because of this, I’m thinking of doing some workout at home to go all out. I’ll look for those workout dvd’s I already forgot where I stashed. To help me with it I’m thinking of a  pre workout supplement that could help me too. Ooh I really need to be serious about this. I need to follow through.

Honda Recall 2011
Mar 3rd, 2011 by niceyfemme

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. Announces Voluntary Recall

February 18, 2011 – Honda Motor Co., Ltd. recently announced a voluntary safety recall of some Honda Fit (Jazz in the Philippines) and City models to replace lost motion springs and retainers with countermeasure parts.

Consequently, Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) would like to inform its customers that a total of 5,468 units of combined 1.5 liter Honda Jazz and 1.5 liter Honda City, distributed from September 2008 to April 2010, are included in the safety measure.

Findings show that the high surface pressure between the lost motion spring retainers and rocker arm slippers results to increased retainer movement that might lead to spring breakage. The broken spring will then come into contact with other moving parts within the cylinder head and this will initially produce noise and in worst case, may cause engine to stall. No crashes or injuries have been reported related to this defect. With the total safety of Honda vehicle users as priority at all times, HCPI is taking this voluntary safety recall to replace lost motion springs and retainer parts of affected units. Jazz and City models with the following frame numbers are included in the voluntary recall:

Letters of notice will be sent to concerned Jazz and City owners starting February 21, 2011. To conduct the voluntary recall in an orderly manner, customers are requested to call their respective dealers or the Honda Hotline at 1-800-1000-Honda (46632) or (02) 857-7240 and visit our website, www.hondaphil.com, for inquiries and details of scheduling. Replacement of affected parts will be carried out in all 28 authorized dealers and 3 service centers nationwide, free of charge.

Owners of Jazz and City models not included in the list above have no reason to worry since the affected parts are of different specifications. Other Honda models such as the Civic, Accord, CR-V, Pilot, Odyssey and HR-V sold and distributed by Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. are likewise not affected.

-Hondaphil.com

Alright. I’m getting stressed with this. Unfortunately, our car, a Honda City 1.5 E is included in the list. Of course, I have no problem with getting the car checked and fixed as it is for us car owners’ safety and our passengers safety as well. BUT. I tried calling their numbers and they were able to give me a date that’s more than a month from the time I called. What if you are out of the country then? Like I will be? So how? And it bothers me every time I drive to know that there’s some fixing that’s needed to be done. I’m such a safety paranoid even before all this came out so can you just imagine the stress I’m going through now?

As stated in their advisory above, there’s some replacing of lost motion springs needed to be done. I’m just glad it’s not something like the brakes that needs to be fixed as soon as possible. So far, our unit has been in perfect condition, running smoothly, engine so quite there’s an instance I forgot the engine is even on and I restarted it (BAD! I know…) and I had no idea there’s some fixing needed if not for the recall.

I’m just saying, the woman receiving the calls could be a little more nicer, sympathetic and flexible with this kind of situation and stop giving false hopes which they can’t follow through. Edit: The woman I talked to was not nice, but the woman Mommy talked to was very accommodating. She didn’t promise anything but that she will try her best to give us a new appointment date as I won’t be here on the later date they gave us. Then this morning, I woke up with messages in my phone saying I have a schedule this Monday! Perfect date! And she did really try. I honestly gave up hope that I could have Matty (the car) fixed before I leave and I don’t know I’ll be back so this new schedule is heaven sent. So thank you Randy or Rendi? Thanks again so much truly appreciate it.

Still I believe that if you love your car and you treat it like a human being, care for it like you would your girlfriend/wife, then it will also be good to you and it will not give you something to frown about. And I’ve been in love with Mattie ever since I first drove him so I know that I could still trust him with keeping us safe on the road.

Larsian
Feb 21st, 2011 by niceyfemme

Updating. 🙂

photo: edelweiza.com

When we went to Cebu, we wanted to experience local life and local food. We were there for only a few days so to experience local life would not be possible but local food is doable. So I did a little bit of research and I learned about Larsian.

Larsian is a barbeque or grill place the locals always head to when craving for ihaw-ihaw. There would be grilled chicken of different parts including breast, leg, wings and even liver and intestines. So after we went to hear mass in the Basilica of Sto. Niño of Cebu (or Basilica Minore del Santo Niño) we headed to Larsian branch closest to where we were and it was in Fuente Osmeña Circle.

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Pawned Babies
Dec 8th, 2010 by niceyfemme

I’ve been sleeping late this past days and I somehow decided to sleep a little early last night. But then the teaser for GMA 7’s Reporter’s Notebook was shown and the topic really caught my attention; it’s about pawned babies.

Whoah! I haven’t heard about this before and had no idea this was happening. My life having the softest spot for babies decided that I was going to watch that program even when it will be shown very late, actually way past midnight.

I have heard about all kinds of scams, from debt settlement scams to housing scams but not this one. Again, the reason why they do it is because of poverty, of hunger. They have no choice. They pawn the baby for only three thousand pesos Php 3000. One woman lost her baby when the person with whom she pawned her baby left and moved. Must be heartbreaking.

I don’t know; it may be illegal but I don’t mind helping them. I don’t mind taking care of a baby and helping them too. I know how it feels to be so helpless and even desperate. You will really consider the things you usually wouldn’t even think about out of desperation.

Oh Daniel Henney
Sep 14th, 2010 by niceyfemme

You make me feel kilig. Why you have to be so perfect? Physically you are perfect and the attitude, wow! Please don’t make me fall for you. I have my Bee already hehehe.

I really have a thing for chinito (chinky eyed) guys. I remember that most of my crushes when I was young were all chinitos. 🙂

His smile is like he is saying, “You know you like me…” Hahhaha

Far better looking than Brad Pitt.

Wow. I just noticed that I’m acting like a tween now. Oh no, you have a bad effect on me Daniel. I have to forget you haha. But I hope to see you in person someday. You seem interesting and I kinda hate Ruffa Gutierrez now. 😉 Jealous much?!

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