Simple French Toast

Who doesn’t love french toast?  French toast is one of the first dishes taught to me by a good friend so many years ago. It is simple to make and I have perfected my own variation of french toast recently and my children enjoy it every now and then.  It is great for breakfast with or without maple syrup or honey.

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Kimchi Fried Rice, anyone?


Kimchi fried rice is one of the first korean dishes that I have tried making in my kitchen. Intrigued with that famous kimchi scene on Coffee Prince, and loving so many korean dishes served at my favorite Korean restaurant here, I successfully tried and tested kimchi friend rice in my kitchen using Maangchi’s recipe. Continue reading

77 Bar Kamuning

When I went to Manila for the Wordcamp Philippines, I decided to meet up with my friends from UP-ORG.  I have not seen most of them since 1997.  Anyways, because of Facebook and text messaging, we all managed to converge and we decided to meet at 77 Bar Cafe Resto in Kamuning.

The trip from Cagayan de Oro was swift.  I arrived at the Kabayan Hotel at 6pm and after a swift check in, I unpacked my things and decided that the best mode of transport from Pasay to Cubao is my MRT.  I cringed.  Its funny how I have lived in Manila for many years, not counting the 4 years in UP…  I never had the chance to take the MRT.
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How about a pizza from Yellow Cab Boracay?

One of the places we liked while in Boracay was the Yellow Cab Pizza place at Station 2, Station 3.  The children simply had a blast sitting there and watching people walk by.  The Yellow Cab Pizza Branch in Boracay only has a few tables, and the place was a little cramp, but hey, the food just like any Yellow Cab was fab.

We had our all time favorite Hawaiian Pizza, Hot Wings and my favorite mouthwatering, Twice Baked Potato Halves.  For dessert, the kids had 1/2 pint of vanilla icecream each!  It was a well spent lunch, what else could I ask more, the kids as always loved it.

Is it Possible to Travel to Boracay with Toddlers?

When my sister told me she is taking us all to Boracay, I was hesitant mainly because I will be traveling with 4 children.  Just imagine me in the airport lagging along small children plus a luggage.  Number 2, although I will be traveling with my father, he is ancient and has a hearing problem, so I actually consider myself traveling with 5 children.  Whew…

Anyway, since my lovely and generous sister paid for our lodging and airfare, I really have nothing much to complain about– so I decided to brave the crowd.
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Starbucks in Boracay

My children and I love Starbucks.  Despite the cost of coffee and dessert, we love to frequent Starbucks in Manila.  So after moving in Northern Mindanao, we have been missing our night prowls to Starbucks.

I found Starbucks accidentally in Boracay.  My children and I were having lunch at the Yellow Cab and waiting for my sister and her family to pick us up for island hopping when this young man approached the security guard of the place for something.

The security guard obviously had a hard time understanding the guy so he beckoned to me, and the young handsome fella approached me and asked, “Do you know where Starbucks is?”  To which I responded, “I have no idea, we just got here… you sure there’s a Starbucks here?” “Yea, saw a girl drinking her coffee earlier…”  So anyway to make it short, I asked the security guard and the security guard pointed to the left and the guy and I looked and found the oh so familiar green logo further down the street.

Aha, so there is a Starbucks in Boracay… much to the excitement of my children.  The girls made me promise to take them over to Starbucks after dinner…
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Rice Production– A Learning Opportunity

I had the opportunity to watch a friend operate her rice business. She owns  hectares of land grown with rice and she co-owns a couple of hectares with other farmers as well. I watched her bargain with a farmer about buying their unmilled rice and drying and milling the rice herself and selling it through her thriving store here in rural Misamis Oriental.

It is really amazing watching her actively bargaining the purchase from P11/kg to P10/kgs of unmilled rice. According to her, one sack of unmilled rice would net her 10-15 kgs of rice which is currently still sold at a thundering P35/kg here. The price of rice has gone down a bit from P46/kg. From where am at, I guessed that she must be profiting P20-25 per kilo of rice. Not bad!!!

I asked her how she manages her farms and she said as usual the key is finding a reliable and trust worthy farmer-overseer. Having worked with a huge production farm in Negros years ago, I had more or less some understanding on land preparation needed for rice production. What I lack right now is land. My friend actually asked me if I am interested in financing some farmers in our area, since most farmers here have problem with money to start seeding, planting to fertilization of their rice. Not mention, harvesting, drying and threshing of rice during harvest season… I asked her how much it would cost to do so. She quickly whipped her calculator out and said more or less P2,000 for 2 square paddies and that usually yields to 30 sacks of unmilled rice, which would in turn yield 12-15 sacks of 50kgs of rice. At the current price of P35 let’s say, gets P1750/sack. In total she’d get P26,250 total for 15 sacks of rice.

I am interested in co-sharing or financing rice production with some of the growers here. I do have P5,000-10,000 to pay around with and with P2,000 or more for a couple of paddies which would yield P20,000 or more… that is actually NOT so bad at all. The thing with rice production is it is labor intensive. Like for example, land preparation and planting would take a couple of days and a couple of people. Not to mention the one week of drying period before the rice is milled.

I asked my friend how she pays her farmers and she said she pays them with rice also. Sharing usually goes 60-20-20. 60 for the financier, and 20 to the farmer and another 20 for the rest who helped with the planting and fertilization. But mostly, these other farmers needed more cash and they end up selling their share to her also.

Not bad at all… Now if only I could find a farmer who needed a financier soon…

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Breast Milk in Ice Cream

Would you eat ice cream made from breast milk?

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has requested ice cream maker Ben and Jerry to consider using breastmilk as opposed to cows milk in order to “reduce the suffering of cows and calves and give ice cream lovers a healthier product.”  PETA has written the honchos behind Ben and Jerry stating that ice cream eaters would benefit more with ice cream made from breast milk than from cows since diary products are the main cause of obesity anyway.

PETA‘s proposal has been dismissed by Ben and Jerry and why wouldn’t they?  The idea of using mother’s milk for public consumption is ridiculous.  And besides, how can you process mother’s milk into ice cream?  But first things first…

Would you eat that ice cream?  Personally, I would, only if it came from my own mother’s breast!  (LOL)

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