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Ortigas Street Fiesta

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Last Sunday morning, the Twerp and I went over to Emerald Avenue in Ortigas Center to check out the Street Fiesta. I saw a flyer at work and though it would be fun for Via. Besides, it's free!

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The whole length of Emerald Avenue was closed from end to end. There were tricycles and bicycles of all kinds. Right away Via wanted to get on the bike so we rented this two-seater for P60/15 minutes.

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There were food from Bancheto. We didn't have much to eat for breakfast and we soon got hungry.Via found the crepe to her liking. I knew she would seeing as how it's topped with chocolates and sprinkles and chocolate syrup. We watched the making of our crepe and the finished product looked super.

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After polishing off the crepe, we looked around at what else was there. There was a stand courtesy of Dong-a where children can choose a picture to color. They also had a contest with prizes.

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Via really doesn't like coloring. She never colors the whole thing just a dash of color here and there.

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There was a puppet show with stories like David and Goliath, how to brush you teeth in the morning, etc. specially for children.

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Hiphop dance class for grown ups and for kids.

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Via and  both had fun. I hope they do this again.

Linking up with Food Trip Friday.

Happy Weekend!

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The Twerp's First Day at Pre-School

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The big day is finally here! Via's first day in pre-school. Was she excited? I think Mommy was more excited :) It's a milestone after all. I wasn't planning on buying her anything but at the last minute I thought, why not get her a backpack to put her things in. She had to bring a pillow, toothbrush and toothpaste, change of clothes and a notepad. So I bought her a Barbie backpack. She's crazy about Barbie right now.  Here she is on our way to school with her back pack on and her snack box. She has chocolate milk, water, baby pancakes (which I made) and slice apple for her snack.


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We were told that uniforms (t-shirts) were already available. I didn't know they had a uniform. So we bought a couple. She didn't like it though. Via prefers wearing dresses.


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This is the play area where children can play before and after class. A lot of them do stay a little bit to play. Via loves it.


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Since I took the day off, we headed to the mall after lunch and watched a movie, Madagascar 3. Do you know that we were the only ones in the theater? There was nobody else. It's kind of scary but after the movie started I forgot about it and enjoyed the movie with Via.


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My 10 Favorite Dishes

Friday, June 8, 2012

Do you have all-time favorite dishes that you cannot say no to whatever happens? These are mine.

I have to say goodbye to them because of changes in my life. It started with wanting a simple life some years ago and spread out to other areas of my life. It's a continuing journey with its own challenges but I am happy and at peace. One of those challenges concerns food, specifically pork and shellfish. So here I am. I had each of these dishes one last time to say goodbye.

1.  CRISPY PATA at Barrio Fiesta. This was the ultimate treat for me growing up.

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2.  CHICHARON WITH LAMAN that I eat with steamed white rice. Some of my friends cannot imagine eating this with rice. It's a snack or pulutan but I could easily have two cups of rice with a few pieces of this.

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3.  TAHONG, grilled and baked with lots of garlic and cheese. Yum!

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4.  CRAB MARITESS at Crustacia. I love crabs, boiled, steamed, with coconut sauce, however, it's cooked. My mother said, pinaglihi ako sa alimasag. When I was born, the first thing she asked the nurses was how may fingers and toes did I have because having eaten a lot of crabs during her pregnancy might have given me more than ten fingers and toes. I know. I know. It's not true. It's what old folks say. But it's one of my favorite food that I always eat with my hands and I can eat a 900 gram crab all by myself.

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5.  SPICY SPARE RIBS or Pork Chops.

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6.  HOT PRAWN SALAD at Summer Palace. There are many versions of this in Chinese restaurants but I like the Summer Palace and HK Choi versions best.

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7.  CRISPY BACON is another one that makes me eat a lotta rice.




8.  HAKAW or Shrimp Dumpling




9.  PRAWN THERMIDOR

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10.  SPICY SQUID dipped in Bagoong with Calamansi at Mann Hann. One Christmas season I was shopping by myself and got hungry. I went to Mann Hann and ordered this dish with 2 cups of rice and iced tea.

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There you are. Not the healthiest foods anyway so I'm better off without them. Don't feel sorry for me because I still have lots of favorites that I can eat like Shakey's thin crust pizza, Spinach Tofu at HK Choi, Fish and Chips at Charley's, Parmesan Fish at the Cookbook Kitchen, etc. I'll be just fine.

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