Easy chicken and dumplings

I’ve been a really bad blogger. Forgive me for neglecting my blog.

Chicken is always the easiest to cook among beef, pork and fish, and cooking it feels like a no-brainer. But, of course, you need to put a twist to your chicken recipes so that you won’t get tired of eating the same thing over and over.

Found a recipe online, Easy chicken and dumplings. I think, I will try to cook any recipe I find online if it has the word easy or quick attach to it. Haha

OC tendencies! Created a circle of the dumplings. Hahaha If I remember correctly, there was a dumpling in the center.

This dish was really easy to make, BUT Continue reading “Easy chicken and dumplings”


Finding my fairy tale

Let me take a break from posting my kitchen (mis)adventures and let me post something life related.

By now, I guess you’ve heard about the Ai ai Delas Alas-Jed Salang break-up. The Philippine showbiz was rocked when one of the best comedians in the industry announced her separation with her husband of 1 month, Jed Salang. Everyone didn’t expect it to come so soon. They’ve only been together as husband and wife for more than a month!

Photo courtesy: Pep.ph
(Photo courtesy: Pep.ph)

Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries’ marriage lasted longer, can you believe it?! Continue reading “Finding my fairy tale”

Salisbury Steak

During weekends, I usually just stay at home. I am the total opposite of a party girl; I love being at home where I can extra lazy. If I’m not reading or surfing the net, you would see me baking or cooking. Cooking (and baking) relaxes me, even if I have to wash tons of utensils after every dish, but it’s always worth it when my brother and my dad love the food I’ve prepared.

As you all know, my brother is a picky eater. Unless he tells me or my dad that he wants seafood, it should always be meat –steak, pork chops, ribs are his favorite! During college, whenever my dad’s too lazy to cook or there’s no food in the fridge, he would tell us to order from a fast food chain (I guess that’s why I’m fat!). If we buy from Jollibee, we order chicken or burger steak. We’ve always enjoyed eating their burger steak, though it’s always bitin since it’s super thin and small!

Patties on steroids!
Patties on steroids!

Never did I thought of looking for its recipe, until Continue reading “Salisbury Steak”


I’ve been eating champorado (sweet chocolate rice porridge, usually eaten for breakfast) all my life, but I’ve never learned to cook until it recently. It was always my Nanang (grandmother) who cooked champorado for the family. Nanang decided to teach me how to cook champorado, when I was craving it one afternoon.

Breakfast of the champions!
Breakfast of the champions!

Forgive me, but I don’t have a recipe for champorado; my Nanang always “wings” it. She doesn’t need measuring cups, spoons and recipe book in order to make the rice porridge; she just relies on taste. BUT, as always, Mr. Google is there to help.  Continue reading “Champorado”

Soy-glazed dory

Cooking fish is always easy. Among pork, beef, chicken and fish, fish is my go-to ingredient when I need to cook something fast and easy. It really gets tiring when you always cook fish fillet, I needed something new and of course, easy. When I created my 2-week meal plan, I was scouring through Pinterest, and that’s where I found this recipe. Btw, another thing I consider when cooking is the ingredients to be used. I don’t want to cook extremely hard recipes which requires tons of ingredients; I would only have the patience to that IF it’s my favorite food or it’s something that’s been occupying my mind for weeks.

Soy-glazed dory

One evening, after an extremely stressful commute back home, I started preparing my soy-glazed dory. Continue reading “Soy-glazed dory”

Buffalo chicken wrap

It was one of those days where I was unlucky enough to ride a shuttle that’s really slow, I could drive faster! But then I have to be patient because I don’t have any choice, might as well suck it up. I got home a bit late and I still have to cook! I didn’t what I should prepare… I have a meal plan but the fish has not been thawed, the pork would take longer to cook and the beef, well it’s harder to cook. So I was only left with one choice, chicken!

My brother has been craving for burrito since last Saturday. He told me, “I want to eat burrito, like what Wyett (his best friend) cooked.” So burrito it is!

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Barbecued Pork

I love experimenting with new recipes and just like any of you, I get my recipes through (drum roll) Google! Sorry people, my mom doesn’t have a handwritten, yellowish and a bit tattered cookbook. I just scour through the net and let my gut decide if it’s worth cooking or not.

Last weekend, I decided to make a 2-week meal plan, so that we’d get to eat whatever we want and not have tons of leftovers in the fridge. Making a meal plan is hard! So I salute those who are dedicated in making weekly meal plans. Anyway, me and my brother went grocery shopping which made me super excited (I’m more excited to shop for food than for clothes, trust me!). Bought the basics and of course, the ingredients on my meal plan.

I didn’t start cooking until Sunday’s lunch. First on the menu is this Barbecued Pork. Continue reading “Barbecued Pork”

Deep-fried Ham and Cheese Sandwich Wheels

What could ever go wrong when you put together ham and cheese? Both are yummy and you easily eat it without fancy-schmancy.

It’s a Sunday afternoon, I’m craving for a sandwich and guess what we have…ham and cheese! I remembered this recipe from Pepper.ph. On a whim, I decided to make these bad boys!

Photo credit: Pepper.ph
Photo credit: Pepper.ph

It looks really nice, so I was really excited to make these. Continue reading “Deep-fried Ham and Cheese Sandwich Wheels”

Visiting the Queen City of the South

My parents are not really the type of people who would just let me go anywhere I want, when I want. They’re pretty lenient, but when it comes to traveling my parents are the strictest. It’s always hard to convince them to let me go somewhere. There’s no point in arguing with them. Instead of asking them, I sometimes just tell them I’m going somewhere without exactly telling them where I’m going. I know it’s a bad idea, they should know…just in case something bad happens. But I’m feeling a bit rebellious, so I go somewhere. Tsk!

Out of boredom and stress, I decided to book a flight going to Cebu. It was January and I’m feeling restless at work. I decided to go to Cebu on April because there’s a holiday and it’s the start of summer, plus the flights are cheaper!

Before booking my ticket, I’ve already been dropping hints to my dad, that I’ll be going to the Queen City of the South. He didn’t agree at first (what’s new?!), but after enough convincing and sweet talking, he finally agreed. I was super excited. It’s my first time to go somewhere alone and it’s my first time in Cebu.

One of my closest friends in college now lives and works Cebu. She was kind enough to let me crash at her apartment, so I didn’t need to book for a hotel. She was also the one who toured me around the place. When I think of my 4 days in Cebu, I get this fuzzy feeling. Maybe because I felt at home? Haha but I totally enjoyed my stay there. No regrets in filing a leave and not having a money the following week! Hopefully, I can do it again. Go somewhere and just enjoy the scenery, good food and hospitality of people.

Thank you, Cebu for welcoming me with open arms! I can’t wait to go back and explore the other places I’ve missed.

Where we went:
Where we ate:

Side story:

When I got to Cebu, my friend picked me up at the airport and we went straight to Maribago Blue Water Resort. Just before lunch, we were at the pool, swimming. Because I’m weird and reckless, I sort of dived on the pool. I “kissed” the bottom of the pool and got my lips busted. My upper lip was bleeding and it swelled up; I looked weird and pathetic. What a way to start my vacation in Cebu, no? 🙂

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Uplifting communities through basketball

It always awes me how the Philippines seem to never run out good basketball players. Behind these players are stories of hard work and dedication to fulfill their dreams. It’s inspiring to see how one’s passion can pay off in achieving your dreams. 

Recently, Alaxan FR held a three-day basketball camp, called Alaxan FR Galing Mo Camp, where a group of young, aspiring cagers from Visayas and Mindanao showed off their basketball skills.

Ten Youth rise from 50 VisMin hopefuls as basketball legends culminate Alaxan FR National Galing Mo! Camp (L-R) 1st Row: L-R Ronnie Magsanoc, Benjie Paras, Alvin Patrimonio, Jerry Codinera, and Johnny Abarrientos 2nd Row: Top 10 Winners of Alaxan FR Galing Mo Natonal Camp! L-R John Ballentes, Tyke Bano, Gabriel Dagangon. Dan Audris Lagbas, Carl Soreno, MVP Rhys Jefferson Flores, Rhodelle Nagac, Miguel Plata, Michael Kent Salado,  Josuel Macarines
Ten Youth rise from 50 VisMin hopefuls as basketball legends culminate Alaxan FR National Galing Mo! Camp (L-R) 1st Row: L-R Ronnie Magsanoc, Benjie Paras, Alvin Patrimonio, Jerry Codinera, and Johnny Abarrientos 2nd Row: Top 10 Winners of Alaxan FR Galing Mo Natonal Camp! L-R John Ballentes, Tyke Bano, Gabriel Dagangon. Dan Audris Lagbas, Carl Soreno, MVP Rhys Jefferson Flores, Rhodelle Nagac, Miguel Plata, Michael Kent Salado, Josuel Macarines

John Ballentes and Tyke Bano of Iloilo; Carl Soreno and Josuel Macarines of Dumaguete; Gabriel Dagangon and Miguel Plata of Davao; and Dan Audris Lagbas, Rhodelle Nagac, Michael Kent Salado, and Rhys Jefferson Flores (MVP) of Cagayan De Oro bested 40 other representatives in the three-day basketball camp through their dazzling display of heart and athleticism.

The young cagers were each awarded a P100,000 infrastructure project for their respective barangays, on top of a P20,000 cash incentive. Their stellar performance got the nod of the camp directors, led by no less than basketball legends Alvin Patrimonio, Jerry Codiñera, Benjie Paras, Jojo Lastimosa, Johnny Abarrientos, and Ronnie Magsanoc.

A tradition of hard work and dedication

Last year, the same basketball legends inaugurated the Courts of Inspiration, which are volunteer-built basketball courts made by the local volunteers from the partner villages in Iloilo, Bacolod, Dumaguete, Tacloban, and Cebu for the Visayas, and Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, Butuan, Davao, and Saranggani for Mindanao. Their aim was to inspire communities to achieve greatness through hard work, after building a basketball court entirely on their own. The legends themselves even left handprints on special concrete markers within the structure, reminding people of what hard work and dedication can bring to a community that works together for a noble cause.

The Basketball Legends leaving their handprints as a reminder to the people what dedication and hard work can do for a community.
The Basketball Legends leaving their handprints as a reminder to the people what dedication and hard work can do for a community.

The same hoop icons returned to the partner communities early this year to continue the advocacy—not to build more sports venues, but to see how hard the youth have worked to improve their basketball skills on the Courts of Inspiration. After conducting basketball clinics, the legends handpicked the best players, who then flew to Manila to represent their communities in the national leg of the Alaxan FR Galing Mo Camp.

The aim, this time, was to reward those who trained hard in the Courts of Inspiration to perfect their basketball skills.

Giving back to the community

After winning the tight competition, the winners are now set to return the favor to the communities that hand-built their hometown basketball courts.

My friends and I plan to help promote the game of basketball further by improving the basketball courts back in our province,” said MVP Rhys Jefferson Flores, who bared his plan to add roofing and proper lighting to existing playing venues.

 What I learned from this experience is something that I will remember from this day forward: always give your 100% not just to improve your character but, more importantly, to help others make their lives better.”