Sisig Tilapia

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INGREDIENTS:

3 medium
size Tilapia
1 big white onion, chopped
3-5 pieces green sili, chopped (I only used 2, I don’t really like spicy food)
2 tablespoon liquid seasoning or soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black ground pepper
2 tablespoon cooking oil
3-4 pieces calamansi
1 stalk onion leaks, chopped thinly

PROCEDURE:

  1. Fry fish in a large frying pan until golden brown and skin is crispy.
  2. let it cool. Flake fried fish and discard bones.
  3. In a bowl, combine Tilapia flakes, salt, black ground pepper, liquid seasoning, onions, onions leaks, sili and mix well.
  4. In a hot pan (or sizzling plate) put cooking oil and stir-fry tilapia mixture for 3-5 minutes.
  5. serve hot with calamansi on the side.

I’ve added plain mayonnaise when I ate it, it gives a bit of a moisture, it tastes good. you could also (I guess) try garlic sauce.  or not… lol

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Vigan Longganisa Pasta

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INGREDIENTS:

1/2 kg
Vigan Longganisa filling (or any longganisa variant of choice, casing removed)
1 tbsp crushed garlic
1 onion chopped
1 small red bell pepper chopped
1 small green bell pepper chopped
2 packs 250 ml all purpose cream

1 (400g) pack spaghetti pasta cooked
1/4 cup water
salt, pepper, sugar to taste
** 1 sachet magic sarap (optional)

PROCEDURE:

  1. Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Set aside.
  2. In a pan, cook longganisa for 3 minutes or until oil is extracted.
  3. Add garlic and onions
  4. Continue stirring until fragrant and longganisa is cooked.
  5. Stir in the red and green bell peppers
  6. Pour in all purpose cream and water.
  7. Season with magic sarap (optional), salt, pepper, sugar to taste
  8. Toss in cooked pasta and mix.

Serve immediately. Enjoy!

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10 subtly stupid things I did during my younger years (not that I’m OLD)

1. Took the exams drunk.
          It was during our senior year in high school, and our exams doesn’t start in the afternoon; So my friends and I met up at our usual place, and bought 500ml of beer for each one of us, and got ourselves drunk early morning that day (we’re not alcoholics, just plain bored; and probably we just wanted to see if we’ll get caught) comes afternoon, we went our way to school and was late. My teacher cornered me outside the room asking for my permit and why I was late. I was handing over my permit and giving her some lame excuse while backing away from her (because she’s walking closer and closer to me. I don’t want her to smell the beer!)

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2.  Snuck in a friend at an exclusive school event.
          I have this friend that got kicked out of our school; Our principal hated her. (she was a  “trouble student” – a pain in the ass to most of our teachers lol) Anyway, she wanted to attend this school event, and we wanted her there as well, so we planned to snuck her in. We managed to do that but seconds later our principal appeared and he was scolding us, specially me, in front of the entire school. (I didn’t really cared much about what he was saying, I was more concerned of what our plan B would be)

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3. Went home REALLY drunk.
          So my friends and I were drinking almost the entire day that day (again, we’re not alcoholics) and I was so drunk, so I went home because all I wanted to do was sleep. So once I reached home,  my mom greeted me, she was saying something about me smelling like beer (I object your honor) and I went right up stairs (drunk walking) accidentally hitting all the paintings on the wall on my way. My sister shouted at me (don’t remember what she said)  but I was in a hurry ’cause I feel like vomiting already, so I went straight to the bathroom, vomited, then my bedroom and slept. My family never woke me up for dinner, I guess they figured I was drunk. LOL (I’m not proud tho)

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4. Got into a fight.
          Okay, so my friends and I hang out at this sari sari store, and of course other people would come by, there’s this group of girls that are so annoying but we just ignored them for peace sake. One of our common friends told us that they’re actually irritated with us; and their sort of “leader” hated my friend the most (they confronted each other), and to make this story short, one of their friends gave my friend the bad finger while passing by, and my friend told us about this.
One day, this girl and a friend of her happened to pass by, and then my friend told me “there she is”, I dropped everything I was buying at the store and charged like a bull towards that girl with my arm stretched out reaching for her hair, once I got hold of her hair I yanked it back so hard, that made her head tilt backwards, and so I looked her straight in the eye and asked her what’s her problem, then shouted some hateful words at her face (she kept denying what she did); her friend ran to their other friends looking for help, eventually my friends and other people started gathering around us and broke the fight, I let go of her hair afterwards, she never hit me back, not even to defend herself. (What a wuss) We returned to the store, nothing ever happened to me.

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5. Pretended to be a boy.
          Well, remember my “trouble” friend? turns out she was a lesbian, AND is into this girl; She pretended to be a boy to make her fall for her and to make things more real, she asks us to pretend to be boys through text and friendster; anyway, long story short, things got out of hand, our group of fake good looking guys got so popular with the girls from different schools, that they would fight over us (crazy), send us mobile credits whenever we don’t respond, they would call us but we rarely answer ( i mean, we can’t answer unless we’re with guy friends), Our male friends are the ones who talks to them (our guy friends never asked why, guess they’re good with just being able to talk to girls haha) Some of them would even tell us “Hey I saw you yesterday at (enter location here)” seriously girls? It’s not real! Although, I’m not really proud of what we did, we played with their feelings just for fun which isn’t right. (WE’RE REALLY SORRY) We stopped pretending after awhile and just disappeared from the scene, my friend admitted everything to that girl and they eventually got together FOR REAL.

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6. Ruined a band gig.
          I was in a rock band back at high school, I was the lead guitarist (lol to this, I’m not good with ad libs haha) Anyway, we were auditioning for this event,everything was going smoothly, but I stopped playing the guitar once we reached the end part of the song. I didn’t know the rest of the chords, so I just stopped. I was just standing there looking at the crowd. eventually the drums stopped as well, and it was only the bass who finished everything lol it was so embarassing. Hahaha!

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7. Got caught smoking at home.
          So… it was a weekend, and I have the house all to myself. My parents were out grocery shopping, and I assumed they won’t be back soon, so I got my pack of cigarettes, and went inside this room that we have over the terrace and smoked it there; while I was enjoying my cigar, I heard mom, and she was close! (I was at the second floor, and I closed all the doors and windows of that room – stuuuupiiiid.)

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I did managed to put out the cigar and throw it somewhere in the room before mom opened the door, but the room was still hazy because of the smoke and of course, the smell, there’s no denying that; well I was smoking Gudang at that time, so it didn’t really smelled like the usual cigar.

     MOM: what’s that? are you smoking?!!
     ME: No, that’s paper. I’m burning paper.
     MOM: and what’s that smell???
     ME: I don’t know…. the carpet?

LOOOL. Well, my family didn’t talk to me for 2 days. You could feel their disappointment. But eventually dad talked to me, and everyone started talking and surprisingly they weren’t mad. However, I didn’t stop smoking yet, just figured out that smoking in a locked room is a bad idea, so I smoked outside, where the wind could easily get rid of the smell, and there will be no evidence.

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8. Joined a sorority, then quit.
          Fraternities / Sororities are a big deal during my high school years, people would think you’re “cool” if you’re in one. (but not really, it depends on which one you’re joining, if you’re with a Frat/Sorority that sucks, then you suck as well) anyway, my friends and I planned to join this sorority that’s really big, it’s an international sorority (I’m not gonna say the name) and recruitment is very discreet. So when my friends and I were invited to join, we’re like oh hell yes. So we did all the things they asked us to do, etc, etc. days passed and we got into the “final stage”, they wanted us to dress up, formal attire with matching hair and makeup and go to class. and to be honest, even before this point, I was losing interest already; I don’t really see any sense in it, I told my friends and they felt the same; and when they asked us to wear formal… I’m like…

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9. Curse A LOT.
          Yeah, I curse a lot back in the day. It was like an expression, and sometimes I don’t really mean it. Just feels right saying it.

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          I was able to somehow curse less. It just didn’t sound right to my ears anymore, so I just stop  cursing when it’s not necessary. (It makes cursing more special. LOL) Today, whenever I hear people curse during conversations with their friends, specially young ones, it made me think… am I like that back then? It’s too annoying to listen to, and I seriously want to smack the shit (sorry) out of their mouths.

10. Snuck out to a concert.
          Every year there’s a festival at our place, where local bands would come and perform and you can watch them live  for free. And of course, everyone you know will be there. Friends, Schoolmates, Everyone. So we went there but we never told our parents because the place was too far, and they wont let us go if they knew. Concert was amazing. The Mosh Pit was crazy. All of our friends were there, we had so much fun and we didn’t care if we’re all sweaty and smelled like shit (beer + our sweat + other people’s sweat + smoke) Anyway, my mom called my friend’s mom to check on me. What my parents know is that I’m at my friend’s house and my friend’s parents know is that she’s on my house; and they both found out that this was a big fat lie. So we got calls from both our parents, telling us to get home right at that moment. My friend and I although we were scared, we decided to stay. YOLO right? lol We thought that if we go home now, we’ll be scolded and probably be grounded, so what difference would that make if we go home in the morning? (which is a lot safer btw) so we decided to finish the event and it was all worth it.

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I can’t say that I’m proud of my actions but I’m glad I did all these things during my younger years. I did learn a lesson or two. also, my conclusion is: I’m such a stubborn girl. LOL but I’m proud to say that I’ve outgrown all of my bad habits. (somehow)

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Cardillo Tilapia

Bored of your ordinary fried tilapia? then try this easy recipe. :)

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INGREDIENTS:

2 pc Tilapia
2 small diced tomato
diced onions and onion stalk
5 slices ginger
5 cloves garlic
1 cup water
1 tbsp fish sauce
salt & black pepper powder to taste
oil for frying
olive oil for sauteing

PROCEDURE:

  1. Rub fish with salt. Let sit for 30 minutes.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and shallow fry fish until both sides are light brown.
    Remove from pan and place on a paper towel lined plate to drain excess oil.
  3. In a sauce pan, pour olive oil then saute in it the garlic, under low fire.
  4. Add in the ginger, then onions and tomatoes. Stir until tomatoes are soft.
  5. Pour beaten egg on the sauce pan and stir briskly.
  6. Add water, fish sauce and black pepper powder and bring to a gantle boil.
    Adjust taste by adding salt if needed.
  7. Add the fried fish and onion stalk, mix a bit, and let it simmer for another 2 minutes.

Now you’re done! Enjoy your meal!

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Kalanggaman Island

I never knew about this island until I saw a photo of it on Instagram, one of the many travel accounts posted it.  I read the description, and it says Philippines…….

 I GOTTA TELL MY FRIENDS!! 

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WANT TO SEE THE ISLAND?  Watch this video ♥: Kalanggaman Island is LOVE

and sooo…… we went there. lol we spent 2Days & 2 Nights. Actually it should have been 3Days & 2 Nights but our flights got delayed so whatever.

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anyway, let’s get to it. :)

HOW TO GET THERE:

The island is located at Palompon, Leyte. There are two ways to get there, via Air or Land travel. We chose to travel by air since travel time would be shorter.

This is our route: MANILA TACLOBAN – PALOMPON – KALANGGAMAN ISLAND

1. MANILA -(air)- TACLOBAN

There are available flights from Manila to Tacloban at AirAsia, Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific. Travel time is approximately 1 hour.

We arrived at Tacloban around 10pm-ish..or is it 11-ish? …it was late, is what I remember. ’cause our flight got delayed due to heavy rain.

Anyway, upon arrival at Tacloban Airport, ride a jeepney (terminal is just outside the airport) tell them to drop you off at Downtown McDonalds. then ride a tricycle going to the van terminal; just tell the driver to drop you off at Palompon Van Terminal.

If you’ll be arriving late (like us) you could stay at hotels in Tacloban. We stayed at Hotel Consuelo. There are a lot of hotels/hostels/lodges that you could stay at. just google ’em :D

2. TACLOBAN -(van)- PALOMPON

Once you’re at the terminal, look for the vans going to Palompon. Travel time would take 2-3 hours. Drop off would be at Palompon Eco Tourism.

REMEMBER:
Last trip going to Palompon is 5 PM.
Last trip going back to Tacloban is 11:30 AM.

3. PALOMPON -(boat)- KALANGGAMAN ISLAND

Going to Kalanggaman Island from Palompon town is more or less 1-hour boat ride. Tourists are advised to call the Palompon Eco Tourism beforehand so they could assist you with boat reservations. You could book the entire boat, or share with other tourists.

THINGS you  MUST BRING:

  1. TENT – you could bring your own, or you could rent. There’s a shop just beside Palompon Eco Tourism. You could also rent solar lamps if you need.
  2. FOOD – yes, there’s a store at the island that sells food and drinks, however it’s very limited, so it’s advisable that you bring your own food specially if you’re planning to stay overnight.
  3. WATER – just like the food, water is scarce. (I brought one 1500 ml and one 4000ml just for myself)

By the way, before going back to Manila, we decided to eat at this famous seafood restaurant in Tacloban, Ocho Seafood & Grill. They serve fresh delicious local seafoods. and MY GAAAAD! ANG SARAP! Haha

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However, If you’re not into seafood, they also have a variety of meat you could choose from. Or you could try this other restaurant Calle Z 

anyway since we had A LOT of extra time before going back to Manila (due to our, AGAIN, delayed flight) we decided to visit Sto. Nino Shrine and Heritage Museum. They’re open daily from 8am to 4 pm. A guided tour takes 30 minutes.

It was one of the rest houses of the late President Ferdinand Marcos. It was built for his wife, Imelda Marcos, who was born in Tacloban.

The place was beautiful. I don’t know how many times I’ve said “WOW!” “ANG GANDA!” “GRABE!” It was like being in a victorian dollhouse-ish place.  The interior designs of each and every room, the details of the furniture, the walls! the chandeliers! LOL

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just look how big that chandelier is compared to me.
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(I was planning to stand right under it, but decided not to as it might kill me #finaldestination haha)

So if you’re ever in Tacloban City, I highly recommend that you visit this place. Everything is just WOW.

BUDGET: (for 1 person, group of 3)

1. AirAsia (roundtrip) – PHP 1,533

2. Vans (roundtrip) – PHP 300

3. Boat (roundtrip) – PHP 500

    ** in our case, there are 6 of us. (we shared with 3 other tourists)

BOAT RATES: (roundtrip)
– Php 3,000.00 for 15 capacity & below
– Php 3,500.00 for 25 capacity & below
– Php 4,000.00 for 30 capacity & below

4. Overnight Fee to Kalanggaman Island – PHP 225

REGULAR RATE (day tour)
– Foreign Tourists : Php 500.00
– Local Tourists : Php 150.00

OVERNIGHT RATE
– Foreign Tourists : Php 750.00
– Local Tourists : Php 225.00

5. Tent + Solar Lamps – PHP 200

  ** Php600 (1 good for 4 tent + 2 solar lamps)

TENT + SOLAR LAMP RATES:
– Php 300 / night (4-Person Tent)
– Php 250 / night (2-person Tent)
– Php 150 / Solar Lamp

6. Hotel Consuelo (overnight) – PHP 600

 ** Php 1800 good for 3 persons

7. FOOD: (island & ocho seafood) – PHP 1,000 (approximately)

8. Sto Nino Shrine Museum – Php 77

** Php 230 good for 3 persons (we only used 1 camera)

TOUR RATE:
– Entrance (5 persons) – Php 200
*exceeding 5 persons- additional Php 20
– Per Camera – Php 30
– Per Video Camera – Php 200

TOTAL: PHP 4,435

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CONTACTS: (as of August 2016)

Palompon Eco Tourism:
09173037267
09173037269

Hinablayan Outdoor Shop (Tent rentals)
09227228218
09989994276

Hotel Consuelo
09176283588

When someone leaves you

and when you leave them,

You will feel it. They will too. Even before it happens.

There’s a tug in your heart that would bother you, like a storm brewing.

You knew, someday it will rain.

When you leave someone you love, and someone who loves you leaves you, it will hurt.

For both of you.

because you knew it will happen, but you hoped that it won’t.

 

Getting Lost: Hong Kong – Macau

Lats month, we finally went on with our Hong Kong – Macau trip.

Actually we were only planning to go to Hong Kong, but we found out that you can actually travel to Macau via ferry, and it only takes an hour, so..why not? :D

We got our money changed into Hong Kong Dollars before we left, if there’s no HKD available, I suggest you change it into US Dollars, as it’s accepted at any money changer in the world.

Here’s our itinerary (4 Days, 3 Nights)

DAY 1:

We left Manila around 2:50 PM  and arrived at Hong Kong at roughly around 5:30 PM

Upon arriving at Hong Kong International Airport, I highly suggest (specially if you’re planning to travel around the city) to buy an octopus card. 

Where can you buy this? It’s at the center of the airport. (sort of… LOL it’s there on arrival area, you won’t miss it.)

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This will cost HKD 150. It already has a stored value of 50. You can add more load on your card at 7-11 stores. Also, one octopus card = one person. You and your friends cannot share in one octopus card.

You can watch this for more info: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AY8-Q2c2Bpk

Taxis are expensive, but if you’re willing to spend money on that, then forget the card.

Anyway, after we got our cards, we went around searching for… where the buses are… We finally found it. Yey! This is our bus! :D

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Unfortunately, the place we’ll be staying at is a bit far from the center, it’s located at Lam Tei, but the place was cozy, so it’s all good.

We booked this room at Airbnb, and our host was very helpful and accommodating.

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When we got there, it was almost 8 PM-ish. we left our bags, freshen up a little, then went  out again. This was the first night we got lost. LOL

We were supposed to go to the Ladies Market, but when we looked at the bus routes on the screen of the bus — it was not the same as the ones we have on our notes.  Man. We’re lost. Haha!

so we drop off at wherever that was, and from there just walk around, look for a place to eat because we’re starving (and lost) until we felt really hopeless (because we couldn’t find where the E33 bus stop was) and went home.

Most of them don’t speak english, so if you don’t speak chinese, better have a photo or a Chinese translation of where you want to go, so they’ll understand you better.

We got back around 12 past midnight, and then we just slept. lol

DAY 2:

We got up early at 8am. Then went our way at 9am.

Our first stop was the The Ngong Ping Village + Tian Tan Buddha + Po Lin Monastery

I forgot which bus to take though lol but you’ll have to go to the Ngong Ping Cable Car Terminal, from there you can take the cable car going to the village, or in our case, since the cable car was under maintenance that time (booo)  we rode a bus. The bus ride took almost an hour.

aaaand…Here we are!

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Once we’re done here, we’re off to Disneyland!!! :D

From here, go back to the Ngong Ping Cable Car Terminal, across that  is the Tung Chung Station. Take the train going to Disneyland Resort, go down at Sunny Bay Station.

This train will get you to Disneyland! ♥♥♥

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Do not miss Disney Paint the Night and Disney in The Stars! It was amazing. :)

DAY 3:

Woke up early again, then went directly to Hong Kong – Macau Ferry Terminal. We got lost (again) lol but we eventually found our way.

We took the Cotai Water Jet Ferry going to Macau, there’s also Turbojet Ferry, but Cotai is cheaper. :)

Transfer from Hong Kong to Macau took almost an hour. Upon arrival at Macau, if your hotel offers free shuttle service, look for the bus. if not, take the cab.

By the way, before going to Macau, change your HKD or whatever money you have into MOP / Pataca. They don’t accept other type of currency most of the time. 

We stayed here at Inn Hotel Macau.weqw

The room was spacious, and clean and at a very affordable price.

After checking-in, we went our way to the Ruins of St. Paul.19

Near the Ruins of St. Paul is the Monte Fort as well as the Macau Museum.

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We were planning to stay the night in (because we got lost, AGAIN) but one of our high school friend (that works at Macau) contacted my friend and asked that we go out for dinner.

We went to The Venetian Macau (Food Court Area) and then at Fisherman’s Wharf.

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This is our friend Brian, beside him is his girlfriend Carla. Thank you guys! :D
(They taught us how to read the bus routes lol )

DAY 4:

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Since our flight leaves at 8:00 PM, we decided to go to the Macau Wine Museum, and The Grand Prix Museum. Both are on the same building.

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Before we went there, we found out about this App that functions even without data. It tells you where to go, where the bus stop is located and what bus to take.

THIS @#$%^@!!  APP! —> Macau Bus Guide & Offline Map

I KNOW. WHY haven’t we thought about that earlier. come to think of it, Hong Kong might have an app like that as well -_-

Anyway the Macau App was very helpful and accurate. WE DID NOT GET LOST. #proud lol

At around 8:00 PM we’re already on our way back to Manila.

BUDGET: (for 1 person)

Airfare (Airasia) – Manila to Hong Kong    – PHP 2419
Travel Tax (Manila to Hong Kong                 – PHP 1620

* Hotel Prices are as follows: Airbnb: PHP 3868, Inn Hotel: PHP 2812
but since there’s two of us, we split the bill)

Airbnb Room (2 nights)                                   – PHP 1934
Inn Hotel Macau (1 night)                               – PHP 1406

Airfare (Airasia) – Hong Kong to Macau    – PHP 2425

For the pocket money, I’ve allotted PHP 10,000 for this 4 day trip.
***this includes the bus/train/taxi fares, food, ferry fare, disneyland entrance fee, etc

TOTAL: PHP 19,798  you might want to add a little extra on that, just in case. :)

We also found out from our friend Brian, that you can actually do
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