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Life thoughts: a Sendong Christmas

This might be one of the saddest Christmases in the Philippines as more than 900 Filipinos died and more are missing in CDO, Iligan and surrounding cities in Mindanao and Dumaguete as Typhoon Sendong showed us its wrath Friday midnight of last week.

It really breaks my heart to see images of death and grief in a time where joy and peace should abound.

This picture, popular all over Facebook, struck me as I was sitting in front of my laptop with my dad looking at the pics. He was brought into tears looking at this photo.

Kung mangyari yan sa isa sa inyo, sana mamatay nalang din ako. Ang sakit nyan.”

It’s easy for us to say that, yes, there is a reason behind this horrifying tragedy, but try telling them that. It’s going to be difficult for them to understand such a thing at the present, especially when you know that almost your whole family died, you have no more house to live in, and all other Filipinos around the country are celebrating, except you. That is much more difficult than how it sounds.

When Ondoy struck in 2009, our neighbors here in Marikina where one of the most devastated by the tragedy. After 2 years, I am proud to say that most of them got through hell on earth. I know of one family whom I see almost everyday in school who got through it. They’re safe, happy now, even though most of their belongings where washed away by the flood.

For the victims of Sendong, the most that we can do is donate. Tama na Christmas party. Maybe we can set aside some luxury this Christmas to give to those who are in dire need of water, clothes and food. I am proud to say that I did my part by donating to the Philippine Red Cross.

It is my first time to donate to the Red cross and it actually feels good to know that what you’ve worked for so hard will go a long way helping people who are hungry and have no houses to live in for Christmas.

If you’re reading this, I am urging you to donate to the Philippine Red Cross for the victims of Typhoon Sendong. It will go a long long way.

Donate here: http://www.redcross.org.ph/donate


And above all else, let us pray for those people who have loved ones who died in this horrifying tragedy. It will be a very different Christmas for them. God bless you!



Food blog: Calda Pizza

This year was the first time I have ever laid eyes upon a pizza bigger than my tires.  And it is also apparent that a lot of big-sized pizzas have been sprouting around town.

Yesterday, a friend of mine who passed the LET bought this big pizza for the gang–Calda Pizza. The funny thing is, it’s just a 5 minute walk from my house, and I don’t even know.

Nop, this particular piece did not come from Cebu, it was bought in Marikina. It’s 30 inches around 900php according to my friend.

There was no other way to manage this huge thing but to put it on top of a grand piano. Poor piano, good thing it was pretty damn old.

The pie itself is good. Thin crust, cheesy. I just thought that it needed more meat though. And I also thought that it was toooo thin, really. But, otherwise it was good. We managed to wrap up the whole thing. I got to have around 10 slices. (How dare me complain!) It’s good. And the price is almost standard with what the other pizza places around Manila are priced.

And I did tell you that it was too thin. There was no other way to eat it but to either roll it like a burrito, or have two slices and make a sandwich. CALDA PIZZA! At least I have somewhere to go nearby if I’m REALLY hungry, I can finish 36 inches of pizza!!

Food blog: marinara pasta with ‘tuyo’

Cooked dinner for my parents tonight with this pasta recipe that I got from Jamie Oliver.


What you need:

  • ‘tuyo’ (dried fish)
  • capers
  • olives
  • tomatoes
  • basil/oregano/italian seasoning
We actually went to the public market in Marikina this afternoon. I was asking them if I could cook for dinner (which I rarely do), and we bought stuff in the market along with our weekly supply.
How to cook:
  1. Flake the tuyo. I used 1/3 kilo of tuyo for four people.
  2. Sautee garlic and onions. Add the tuyo flakes. Add some chili if you like a bit of spice.
  3. Add the olives and capers with the syrup.
  4. Add seasoning. I used dry basil.
  5. Add tomatoes
  6. That’s it!
It doesn’t need any more salt because the tuyo and the olives and capers are all salted already.
It was really good! I really love the pasta and my parents liked it too.