I don't think I'd ever get tired of watching various culinary shows. When A used to work in the night shift, I usually keep the TV on to keep Snuz and I company. Your Japanese Kitchen was one of the shows that I would watch everyday.
I don't get to watch it much now since A keeps us company in the evenings. Watching Your Japanese Kitchen just makes you want to learn more about Japanese cooking and actually try getting your hands on it. So, that's what I ended up doing.
A and I LOVE Japanese food. I like to nibble on Takoyaki (Octopus Balls). The best one that I've tasted so far was from Gindaco. It's the only brand that I've tried that uses huge octopus chunks. You get to choose your own toppings also. Most of the ones I've tried are just full of batter. Unfortunately, we were in Hong Kong when I got to taste Gindaco.
I saw this line today in Facebook. Manila has been underwater severely for the past couple of days. People have died, many have been displaced, hundreds of thousands need our help. Being sad about the incident is one thing, but we need to do our share in helping those in need. As I watch the news for the past 2 days, I see problems pouring in and at the same time, see solutions being provided.
Many rescue and relief operations have been running non-stop. Even 12,000 inmates have sacrificed their food rations so that it can be donated to the flood victims. Every Juan has been pitching in what they can. Some have even tried maximizing the use of social media to keep everyone else informed on what the situation is, how one can help. Various establishments and even houses of the average Juan have opened its doors to help.
If one cannot reach relief operation stations, you can still help using the following mobile and online portals:
Red Cross - accepts donations via Paypal, credit card, and online banking
- if you're a Smart subscriber, Jjst text RED <amount> to 4143. (Denominations: 10,25, 50,100,300, 500,1000)
Couples for Christ - accepts donations via credit card
The rains have not dampened our spirits, but I do pray for the rain to stop so that we can reach more people in need. We're resilient people and we can go through this if we work together as a nation.
Sometimes, I don't know what to call my dishes anymore. As I try to teach A how to cook, I try to come up with with easy recipes - usually involves putting everything in one pot. If it's something that he can cook on top of a double broiler while rice is being cooked at the bottom pot, the more he's likely to try to cook it again.
It's been raining for 2 weeks and water is just everywhere! But today, Metro Manila is just surrounded with flood water. Dams have opened their gates to release excess water. Everything's fine from where we are, no flood, but I couldn't say the same to a lot of people in the metro today. From where we are, this is how the rains are pouring:
Today, I didn't have to worry about food. I was thinking about it this morning, but a colleague of mine offered me part of her home-cooked lunch meal because she brought in a lot. It was ginger chicken and rice. She just simply likes to share food. It's not unusual for us to share food. We like each other's cooking. A's a fan of her sambals and curries, goes without saying that I shall leave some of the chicken for A.
In case I forgot to mention, this colleague of mine is a bully as well, but one of the ones that you'll love in your lifetime. This one gets to bully me into eating healthy - mostly organic food and fruits. She would even share recipes with me.
Later on in the afternoon, another colleague sponsored merienda in the form of a pizza. We tried a different establishment this time - El Buono Pizza. We ordered their 36-inch 4-flavored pizza. Despite the size of the pizza, it actually tastes good. Crust isn't as oily as the other brands. The massive pizza had some leftovers, so we brought some of them home.
You might ask what makes food sharing special today when it's been going on for frequently? Every time food is shared, it's a special day because it's a blessing. We should always remember to recognize an
I've been called a bully and I've been surrounded by bullies. So, even I myself get bullied by my co-bullies. Sometimes, it can be a good thing when I don't feel like bossing people around. I choose my bullies. Certain bullies have a soft side also, it's just that they have a different way of delivering the message.
My movie bully, as the name implies, pressures me into watching a movie. Sure, I can say no at times when the my schedule is really tight, but he keeps on asking me frequently that I kind of coy away from saying "no." He doesn't watch the movie with me. He just gives the tickets for A and I to enjoy. The only downside is that we become dependent on his availability, not that we mind really as we live near the movie place.
I've been so busy the past couple of weeks that "Go watch a movie." was definitely the sweetest thing that I heard today.
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