HOME | Impromtu Table Setting

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My grandmother is an unbelievable hoarder. I know that’s very typical of most women (and most grandmothers) who find use for even the oldest and most dilapidated can or bottle in the house. My grandmother never throws things away, and it’s impossible to start a conversation with her on purging. Purging is not in her dictionary. Often times though, my grandma’s being a hoarder is put to good use, especially when it comes to impromptu events when we need to set her table for guests — even if it’s just family.  Continue reading

FOOD | Spicy Breaded Eggplant

DSC_6606In an attempt to (i) live a healthier life, and (ii) save money, I am always in the hunt for new vegetable recipes. One of my vegetable obsession nowadays is eggplant. Eggplant is not my favorite vegetable — in fact, I almost hate it, especially when the fruit is too ripe and it has lots of seeds already. The only time I was able to love an eggplant dish was when my mother made tortang talong using small organic eggplants from our town’s TESDA garden. That dish was delicious, so now I am obsessed with eggplants.  Eggplants are quite versatile. In the Philippines, aside from tortang talong, they can be used as extenders for meat, in soups, and in salads. Eggplants are low fat but they also contain almost no nutritional value.

Anyhow, back to my search for new vegetable recipes… I love donburis, so I attempted to replicate one using eggplants. Continue reading

Before Sunrise

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With dawn, there is the promise of a beautiful sunrise and a new day. But, unfortunately, before the new day is the unfathomable darkness and a painful good-bye to yesterday. Such was/is my life in the past weeks. I welcome the mornings these days, especially the opportunity to move on to life. I would be dishonest when I say I don’t fear what tomorrow will bring, but alongside fear, is my excitement over happy and better things the new dawn brings to me and my family.