8.21.2013

For Those Who Want to Help With Habagat and Typhoon Maring Victims #reliefph

For those who want to help with donations and relief operations for those affected by Habagat and Typhoon Maring:

DSWD needs volunteers to re-pack relief goods. Please go to National Resource Operations Center (NROC) NAIA Chapel Road, Pasay City. Call 851-2681 or 511-1259.

Call the Red Cross chapter nearest you to find out how you can help.

Drop off your donations in kind at the Sagip Kapamilya Headquarters at 13 Examiner St., West Triangle, Quezon City.

Drop off your donations at LBC branches. They will be turned over to Red Cross.


Air21 accepts donations in all Mail and More branches nationwide and will distribute to areas affected by the flood.

There are many more ways to help, just visit your local parish church and ask what you can do to help. Every little bit will go a long way.

When Habagat and Typhoon Maring Raged

Almost same time last year, the Philippines was pounded with habagat (southwest monsoon). Last year, there was no storm, just ridiculous amount of rainfall. Waters still rose and many suffered. This year, hanging habagat came with typhoon Maring (typhoon Trami) and actually made it worse. The wind wasn’t that bad but the rainfall just wouldn’t let up.

Habagat and Typhoon Maring (TRAMI)
Splashing in the flood, without boots... not very wise I know...

Rains actually started last Sunday. Hubby and I got caught in the heavy rains during a photo coverage in Greenhills. It was raining on our way there, during the shoot (it actually worsened) and on our way home. Thankfully, it was announced that night that classes were suspended the next day. Whew! No need to drag our tired butts off the bed on a Monday morning. Yep, we’re still nanny-less.

It rained hard on Monday, but I think the South area got the brunt of habagat and maring’s fury. Edsa wasn’t passable, so was SLEX. I really feel sorry for office workers who felt they had to risk their lives just to go to work. Safety first people! Stay home and be with your family instead. These are the times when I really feel grateful for being a WAHM.

Wading through flood waters but still smiling
Pic from ph.news.yahoo.com

Tuesday, it was our turn. Marikina and San Mateo got a beating. As expected, the Marikina River rose and overflowed. But having to deal with this problem every year, our local government was prepared. They had rubber boats and rescue teams in place. In the afternoon, when the River reached critical levels and forced evacuation was enforced, the concerned people left their houses voluntarily. I guess they finally learned from past experiences. Unlike residents from other places who choose to stay at home and just ask for food. I can understand how they want to protect their property, but if the waters continue to rise and they get trapped where they are, rescuers will have to risk their lives just to get them, when they were already asked to evacuate previously. I just think it’s a waste of time and energy.


Habagat and Typhoon Maring (TRAMI)
Nangka, Marikina City
Wednesday was a holiday, to remember what Ninoy Aquino did for us Filipinos and our country. Despite the many Aquino antics, primarily by Kris and Noynoy, I still do love this family, especially Tita Cory. Rains continued but not as much as before. Maring finally left the Philippine area of responsibility. All streets of Marikina and most of the metropolis are flood free.

In the early evening, Makati announced that classes up to high school level are suspended until Friday. Shortly after other cities including Marikina followed suit. Monday is another holiday (National Heroes Day) so kids will be back to school on Tuesday. Bakasyon en grande! Thankful that we're safe and together in our home, we cherished this bonding time by ordering pizza and pasta from Shakey’s.

Wednesday night is rainy pizza night!  #pizza #shakeys #bertoandkwala #growingupwithbea
taken from our instagram

If you want to help by volunteering your time or giving donations, please read this post. Thanks!

8.13.2013

Nilagang Baboy with Corn and Vegetables on a Rainy Day


It has been raining these past few days. Just days ago, Typhoon Labuyo, raged through the country. We all know masarap kumain kapag umuulan, food just seems tastier! While rain poured on and off outside, Bea and I bugged hubby to cook one of our favorite Filipino dish, Nilagang Baboy! Even Bea, who’s a really picky eater can’t resist this pork dish.

Nilagang Baboy ala Berto


Here is the recipe for Berto’s Nilagang Baboy:

Ingredients:

1 kilo pork cubes or kasim, cut to serving pieces
3 pieces sweet corn on cobs , cut into 4
1 large head cabbage or repolyo
3 medium size potato, skinned, quartered
3 large size onions,
1 tbsp. peppercorns
String beans
Patis to taste
2 tsp sugar

Cooking procedure:

Wash pork thoroughly, put in a large pot, cover with water, bring to a boil. Discard scum off the boiled pork. Add more fresh water to cover pork and add in the peppercorn and onion, patis; bring to a boil, and simmer until pork is tender. This takes around 1 hour.  Add more water as necessary. Remove whatever scum that rises to the surface. Add in the sweet corn and continue to simmer for 5-10 minutes. Add in the potato and simmer for 5 to 8 minutes. Season with salt to taste. Add in the cabbage and string beans, cover the pot and turn off the flame. The heat is still enough to cook the last vegetables. Serve with hot with patis and kalamansi dip on the side.

Nilagang Baboy served with freshly cooked rice is so good. We had to scrape the last bit of rice off the cooker, we really ate more than our usual fill. My dad, who is usually careful with his rice (carb) intake even asked for seconds.  Yes, it was that good! Hmmm, writing about Nilagang Baboy is making me hungry. Maybe I can bug Berto into cooking this again for lunch.


8.07.2013

Trying Out Antonio's Coffee and Bibingka at SM Megamall


We were in SM Megamall to buy original Epson inks for our printer. Well, you know how it is, you to go the mall intending to buy something specific but you end up aimlessly going in and out stores just for the heck of it. That’s what hubby and I exactly did until we got a bit hungry and started looking for coffee and something to eat.

We found a kiosk in the middle of the 5th floor of Megamall called Antonio’s Coffee and Bibingka. I’m not really a big bibingka fan, but I am a coffee addict and I really needed a caffeine fix so we decided to try it.

Antonio's Bibingka and Coffee


Antonio's Bibingka and Coffee

The first thing I noticed was that they were offering Puto Bumbong alongside the Bibingka.  Puto Bumbong is a Philippine kakanin that is distinctly purple in color while the Bibingka is a rice cake that is soft and spongy in texture and cooked over coals. Both Philippine desserts are often associated with Christmas since they are often seen during Christmas Season when they are sold outside churches after Simbang Gabi. 

Puto Bumbong is sold at P60 per order. Too bad they were already sold out when we wanted to buy some. For the bibingka, you can choose to order the special, super special or the original variety. Then you can choose whether to get the small, medium or large size. We decided to try the original Bibingka (P115) since according to the salesperson,this was the best seller. 

Antonio's Bibingka and Coffee

The bibingka was served warm on top of banana leaves. It was big enough for two people to share. Since we ordered for take out, it was placed in a box to preserve the shape and the flavor.  When we tried it, it was really soft and fluffy. The big slices of salted eggs (itlog na maalat) on top was not only pretty to look at but it was really tasty.  Just before it was served, margarine was generously placed on top that melted almost immediately.  Of course what made this dish even more yummy was the fresh grated coconut scattered on top. Heaven! Berto and I loved it!

Antonio's Bibingka and Coffee

Antonio's Bibingka and Coffee

Antonio's Bibingka and Coffee

Antonio’s offers a wide choice of drinks to go with your snack. They have traditional Filipino faves like hot choco tablea and hot salabat  or you can opt for the hot tea. For coffee drinkers like me, Antonio’s do not disappoint. They have hot, frappe, and iced coffee varieties. Too bad though, I think their coffee cup could look a bit better than just the generic kind that you buy in the grocery stores. Plus, (at the time we ordered) they didn’t have a cover for take out orders.  Clumsy coffee drinkers who order freshly brewed coffee can burn themselves with the scalding coffee if not careful. Ok, that clumsy coffee drinker was me, and my hand was indeed burned.  I asked the sales person why didn’t she warn that they didn’t have a cup cover, she just smiled apologetically. If I had known, I wouldn’t have ordered the hot coffee. 

Antonio's Bibingka and Coffee

I love that you can now buy Puto Bumbong  and Bibingka in the mall anytime, whenever you feel the craving for it, no need to wait for Christmas!
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