Foodie Fridays: Tsokolate Batirol, Isaw at Fishball

Hindi ko alam bakit nung naiispan kong mag blog ay English ang ginamit kong wika. Hindi madaling magsulat o magsalita ng English. Aminado ako na hindi ako maalam sa proper grammar at kung saan  dapat ilagay ang mga puncuation marks. Basta hindi pangit sa pandinig pag binasa ng malakas, okay na yun. Siguro ego yun, para mapakita ko na kaya ko mag English, pwede ding para maintindihan din ito ng ibang lahi, universal language nga naman hindi ba. Hanggang ngayon wala akong maibibigay na siguradong dahilan bakit hindi Filipino o Kapampangan ang ginamit kong medium.

Ito ang unang post ko na sariling wika ang gagamitin ko. Pinoy street food ang topic ng Foodie Fridays ngayon at  sa palagay ko mas bagay gamitin ang sariling wika. Nakakapanibago.  Sanay ako magsalita ng Filipino pero ang huling sulat ko ng ganito ay noon pang college. Hindi ako dalubhasa sa pagamit ng purong Filipino kaya malamang maghahalo halo ang English, Filipino at Kapampangan sa post na ito. Iyon ang gusto ko sa pag bablog, walang istriktong panuntunan, basta naiintindihan ko at ng mga magbabasa, ayos na. Iyan naman e opinion ko lamang.

Kagabi, nagkaroon ako ulit ng pagkakataon na sumali sa pratice ng bago kong nalaman na ehersisyo. Matapos nito masarap at magaan ang isip at katawan ko pero gutom ako. Gusto ko ng inihaw na isaw! Noong nakaraang taon ay inayos ang harap ng Museo ning Angeles. Nagtayo sila ng cafe sa loob at may mga nagbebenta din ng samut saring street food sa may bandang gilid nito. Magandang ideya ito dahil malapit ang lugar sa simbahan at mga eskwelahan. Tila pinagsama ang bago at luma dito, mula sa disenyo ng lugar at mga pagkain na maaring orderin. Kaiba sa mga naunang Foodie Fridays na mga unexpert food review, ito ay simpleng pagkukwento lang ng experience ko kagabi.

Una kong nalaman na may nagbebenta ng inihaw isaw dito mula sa isang kaibigan. Masarap ang sauce at mura ang tinda nilang isaw. Tila isang naglilihi, ilang araw ko din inisip at ginusto kumain ulit nito. May mga iba pang maaring bilhin gaya ng hotdog, pork at chicken barbeque, at betamax. Pero nung gabing yon, isaw lang talaga ang nasa isip ko.

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Tsokolate batirol at fishball naman ang cravings ng kasama ko kaya pagkakuha namin ng puwesto, kanya kanya kaming lakad papunta sa aming kaligayahan. Sa pagkakaalam ko, ang tsokolate batirol ay isang old school na inumin na bumabalik sa mainstream ngayon.   Unang beses na matitikman ko ang inuming ito. Excited ako. Nakalimutan kong mainit pala at napaso ako mula dila, lalamunan at gumihit hanggang tiyan. Hindi talaga magandang magsama ang katakawan at excitement.

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Masarap maupo sa isang open na lugar, kumain at magkuwentuhan. Maganda sa mata ang paghahalo ng luma at bago. Mula sa kinauupuan ko tanaw ko ang simbahan ng Holy Rosary at sa gilid ko naman ay ang dati kong eskuwelahan. Presko ang hangin.  Sa harap namin ay ang mga pagkaing simple pero masarap. Samahan mo pa ng makabuluhang usapan. Solb na ang gabi! Sa madaling sabi, nakuha namin ang gusto namin.

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Ayos! Nairaos ko ang unang Filipino post ko! Masarap pala sa pakiramdam. Uulitin ko ito.

more adventures coming..

Peace out!

Foodie Fridays: YMERLEE

I recently discovered a new way to exercise. It’s something different than what I was doing before. This new practice engages not only the body but also the mind. More on that later, for now I will focus on what I did after.  What’s the best thing to do after an intense workout? Eat of course! After our practice one of us craved for the tapsilog of a certain eatery in Angeles City. He sounded so enthusiastic about it and we were all hungry, so it was decided that we have dinner there.

It’s fairly easy to get to this place, but since I am not very good in giving directions(I sometimes get confused between right and left. *sad face.) you will just have to bear with me with this one. From what I can remember we rode a gray Check Point Hi-way jeep until a place in Angeles City called Crossing. I think the place got its name because back then it was the part where the railroad tracks crossed paths with the streets.  The train and its tracks are now long gone and in its place is a newly landscaped public park. Crossing is quite popular due to the long line of eateries here that serve delicious Kapampangan dishes including the famous sisig. Sisig was not the reason we were there that night though, we started walking to this tapsilog place.

Interesting but embarrassing fact. It was my first time to go to Crossing. I only pass by it on my way to places but I’ve never had the chance to actually experience it. I was fascinated with what I was seeing while we were walking, as I always am when in new places. I tried to be discreet about it though since I did not want my companions to notice my fascination and explain it was my first time there. Lol.

After about  five minutes of walking we reached our destination.

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The place was packed. It’s either all of these people had the same idea as we did or the place was really popular. I think it was both. We ended up getting a table outside by the side of the eatery. Eating alfresco was fine by me, my only concern was that the ground slanted downward hence the table was slanted too. I got the honor of sitting on the side where table slants downward. One wrong move from anyone of us will send all the contents of the table down to my lap.

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I was hungry. The place was packed. I did not want my companions to be in the same predicament I was in. I took it as a challenge. Hehe. When our food arrived, it looked normal. Nothing out of the ordinary.

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My thoughts on it changed after my first bite. Man, it was good!! My companions were engaged in a conversation while eating but I was too busy stuffing my face to join their conversation. I finished the entire meal plus extra rice roughly ten minutes ahead of them. To say I enjoyed it will be an understatement. Haha. Here’s the best part, if I remember it right the meal cost less than P70! San ka pa?! I joined the conversation when my plate looked like this.

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My brother, the one who suggested we eat there pointed out to me that directly behind us was the building of the old train station. Being a Potterhead, I had flashes of platform nine and three quarters after he told me this. Haha.

The only bad thing I can say about YMERLEE is the face and attitude of the cashier when we were paying our tab. Her face was sour and scrunched up when she told us they do not have change for one of my companions bills. Maybe she was just tired. The taste and memory of the food I just ate was stronger, so I still left the tapsilogan a happy customer. It’s another place I will return to for another meal.

My unexpert ratings? Alright.

Food = ☆☆☆☆☆

Place = ☆☆☆

Price = ☆☆☆☆☆

Service = ☆☆

more adventures coming..

Peace out!

Thoughts Ni Tolits: Chapter 2

Random rants. Random thoughts. These are mine.

Sorry is just a word until it is backed up with actions.

Life will be less complicated if we knew how to say No when we don’t want to, and Yes when we do.

Being a part of someone’s life, no matter crucial you feel you part is, does not give you control over that life. Sometimes all you can do is stand by and watch them make their decisions and be there to cheer if it succeeds or help pick up the pieces if it falls apart.

There are certain things that we know will hurt us but we still do anyway. Self inflicted torture.

One day you will meet someone who will be an exemption to every single rule you have lived by.

Learn to let go of what weighs you down.

There is a thin line between making your absence felt and being forgotten all together.

Honesty is sometimes like pouring rubbing alcohol on an open wound. It disinfects it making the wound heal faster. A lie will not hurt at the time it is said, but it will let the wound fester.

When someone leaves, never think you are not good enough. You are. That person was just not bright enough to see it.

My promises come by rarely. But when I make them, I keep them.

Just because you are always there for everyone when they need you, it does not mean that they will all be there when you need them.

I always have my back turned so that I will never see when people leave.

Falling in love just happens. Staying in love is a choice.

Change is constant. The earlier we learn that the sooner we can accept it when it happens.

The connection people have when alcohol is involved is amazing.

When the person you love does not love you back, it does not mean you are unloved. Someone loves you, its just that you are not aware of it or you just don’t love them too.

These days it’s quite difficult to find someone who actually listens and not just hears.

I am not sure what will happen or where it will go, but I am willing to take my chances.

Challenges are the crayons that make life colorful.

Let no one take that smile away.

 

Peace out!

Weekend begins Thursday

When life gives you lemons don’t just make lemonade, sell it! Make money out of the d#mn thing! (Cliche alert!) This is exactly  what I always try to do, metaphorically of course.

In this story my lemon is my ambiguous work schedule. That will be as much as I will say because I don’t want this post to turn into a full on rant fest. This is a feel good story on how my weekends now begin on Thursdays.  It was supposed to consist of three parts, unfortunately the turn of events did not permit the third one to happen.  So yeah, I owe you that ONE coffee, you know who you are. The story is now down to two parts, the unexpected 24 hour challenge and the awesome session with my brothers. Both of these involve booze and good friends. Don’t judge and drink responsibly.

My phone alarm goes off by 2:00 am and my day begins. Wake up. Eat. Shower. Leave home. Work. Leave work. Home. That was the routine for the whole week. Thursday ends that routine and begins my weekend of adventures!

I as much as I can, I never pass up invites from friends. Kaladkarin is the word I often use to describe this trait of mine. I am a firm believer that time is the most important gift we can give people. This belief of mine lead to a adventure packed weekend.

Adventure number one, the 24-hour challenge one involves a good friend who is like my brother, awesome new people, food, booze, love and life talks, sexy singers, a motorcycle, and elementary school buddies. I joined my brother and his work buddies for a couple of beers. What I found amazing about this session is how comfortable I immediately felt. Except for my buddy, it was the first time I had met these people and yet it somehow it felt we had known each other for quite some time.

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The night progressed into more stories and laughter with the voices of the sexy singers slash dancers serving as our background. When a familiar song is played we sing along, we swapped stories and views about love and life like we were indeed old friends. New friends, new adventure, life is good.  It was around 12 in the morning when this part of my adventure ended.

A buddy from elementary school happened to work nearby. I was lucky to be able to hitch a ride on his motorcycle, since public transportation to my place at that time of the morning are hard to come by.  My elementary school friends and I kept in touch even though we don’t get to hang out that often. This was our topic till we reached our hometown.  Imagine our surprise when we saw one of the people we were talking about having an after work session at a store owned by one of our friends. we joined them for a few beers and planned a full scale reunion.

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It was past two in the morning by the time I got home. The unexpected 24 hour challenge accomplished! #feelingproud Haha.

The next day I had to wake up early (I woke up at 10:45am. Haha.) to prepare my place for visitors. This is adventure number two. My brothers from college, the Busy Boys, were coming over later that day for one of regular sessions. These sessions are held alternately on each of our places. I was able to convince them that it was now my time to host. This was one of our longer sessions since they will be staying the night. These guys are the people I see myself hanging out with when we all have our own families until we are all old dudes. We were not complete, which was usually the case since we all have different commitments to attend to, but those who can always come to these session. After a dinner of home cooked sinigang, store bought sisig and Kapampangan chicharon (the one with a bits of meat stuck to the skin. Sarap!) We started the session. Stories from this session will be for us to know and for you to find out. Altough I will say this, it was quite uncomfortable since I found myself being the one on the hot seat. Haha.

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Session continued till the wee hours of the morning. The next day was movie marathon day and before we knew it it was 5:00 pm. Before they went home, a sudden craving for samgyeopsal led us to this place.

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I have eaten in some Korean restaurants before but It was my first time to try eating at this place. I must say I enjoyed it. I have had samgyeopsal on a different restaurant in the past and this experience is way better than the first one.

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This unlimited samgyeopsal meal is complete with unlimited rice, egg soup and ice tea for only Php 289 per head. Sulit na! Lalu na kung matakaw ka. Haha.

Adventure number three sadly  did not push through and had to be rescheduled at a later date. That’s how I made my lemonade and earned from it. Hehe. Looking for next weekend’s adventures!

more adventures coming..

Peace out!