Time

Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock.
Time passes by,
Barely noticed by man.

The mind is clouded
by many thoughts.
The heart is surrounded
by nursed pains.

Time is scarce for the engrossed mind
Cramming before the day closes.
Time is abundant for the hurting heart
Slowly mending what has been broken.

But for the waiting…
Time is abundant for its anticipating mind.
Time is scarce as the heart could grow weary.
Time… may actually take forever.

Sunday Special: Pasta in Coconut Milk

Last June 30, it was my mom’s turn to cook for us and she made this unique dish: pasta in coconut milk. I was pretty excited to taste this since I never thought of coconut milk being the pasta sauce. I just don’t know where my mom got the recipe but this dish is really worth a try! ­čÖé

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Honestly, I forgot that there was coconut milk in there. It somehow tasted like carbonara but with a tiny-itty bit of different flavor. Haha! I dunno how to describe it but it was REALLY good! Hahaha ­čśŤ┬áFor dessert, my mom fried slices of┬ásaba or cardava banana and drizzled coconut jam over it. Simple but yummy!

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And with that we closed the Sunday Specials for the month of June looking forward to what each of us will cook for the next month haha ­čÖé

Sunday Special: 4-course Meal

Last June 23, our family’s Sunday Special resumed with our dad as the “chef” and wow! He prepared a feast for us! Haha! We had a 4-course dinner! ­čÖé

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To start, we had pumpkin soup. It was smooth and very tasty. Not being biased since my dad was the one who cooked but this soup was one of the best!

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Then we had vegetable & apple salad in vinaigrette dressing. For our main course, Papa prepared Roast beef in Korean barbecue sauce. I thought it would be spicy (haha) but it wasn’t and it was really good!!

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For dessert, we had ice cream sandwich with honey-cinnamon frosting ­čÖé surely, our tummies were happily filled from all those dishes my dad prepared. We also felt the pressure of preparing something that grand whe our turn comes! Hahaha

P.S. the frosting came from the cupcakes I made the day before. I’ll blog about it in a few days!

Food Trip in Bicol

Tinuktok and Mother Bangus
In Guijalo Port, my dad and my brother bought kinunot and fried saltwater milkfish from a canteen. Kinunot is made with shark or stingray meat cooked in coconut milk with malunggay leaves. The milkfish, or Mother Bangus as the locals called it, is a huge one and it tastes better that those grown in freshwater. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take photos of it :\

Bigg’s Diner
Bigg’s diner offered burgers and spaghettis since their atmosphere is somewhat like an American diner. But since they’re based in Bicol, it only seemed fitting that they offer Bicol’s delicacies as well, like laing and pili pie ala mode.

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Porkchop with laing

Porkchop with laing

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Fried milkfish with pinangat

Fried milkfish with pinangat

Pili pie ala mode

Pili pie ala mode

Pinangat and Tilmok
The town of Camalig is known for their pinangat and tilmok and so of course, we didn’t pass the chance to buy some! ­čÖé Pinangat is made up of folded layers of taro leaves cooked in coconut milk. Tilmok consists of shrimp or crab meat wrapped in layers of taro leaves which is then cooked in coconut milk. Customers have the option of buying spicy and non-spicy ones ­čÖé

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We bought ours from two stores: Let’s Pinangat and a store near it but I forgot the name :\ it was cheaper in the other store though ­čśë

Laing is somewhat similar to┬ápinangat except that the taro leaves are not layered and folded up ­čÖé

Smalltalk Cafe
After our ATV adventure, my family had late lunch in a cozy restaurant called Smalltalk Cafe. They offer Western food with a Bikolano twist ­čśë

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Laing pasta

Laing pasta

Laing ravioli

Laing ravioli

My dad and I had laing/pinangat pasta, my brother had laing ravioli and my mom had tilmok (no photo). We were asked if we wanted or dishes spicy or not. My parents and I said we’d want ours to be a bit spicy and my brother had his dish regularly spiced. To our surprise, our dishes were muh spicier than we expected!! Haha! And for someone like me who has LOW tolerance for any spicy dish, this was very overwhelming. Hahaha! Well, I guess these local cooks are very used to spicy dishes that what they served us was just a bit spicy for them. LOL ­čśŤ

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On the way to Legazpi, we passed by locals selling maruya (banana fritters), kalingking (sweet potato fritters), etc. along the road. I got no pictures of those food though as I was driving when we bought and ate them hehe ­čÖé

Road Trip: Bicol – Naga

Ack! Late post again. Been very busy :\ Anyway, here is the last leg of our Bicol trip ­čÖé

Our second to the last stop for our vacation was Naga City. We arrived the place at around 8pm so the first thing we did was check in at Sampaguita Inn, a cheap but clean hotel near the center of the city. Right after that, we had dinner then we strolled around the plaza. The place has several food stalls; there was also an area where people play chess. Too bad I wasn’t able to take a photo of it. When I was a kid, there used to be a giant chess board and pieces in the plaza.

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The next day, we visited the Shrine of Our Lady of Peñafrancia.  Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia is the Patroness of the Bicol Region. A church was built for her honor near a river bank because of a promise made by Fr. Miguel when he was miraculously healed from his illness. Many more miracles have occurred through Our Lady of Peñafrancia a reason why devotees are increasing in number.

Our Lady of Pe├▒afrancia Shrine

Our Lady of Pe├▒afrancia Shrine

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The image of Our Lady of Pe├▒afrancia

The image of Our Lady of Pe├▒afrancia

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A stained glass window in Our Lady of Pe├▒afrancia Shrine.

A stained glass window in Our Lady of Pe├▒afrancia Shrine.

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Pe├▒afrancia Basilica Minore

Pe├▒afrancia Basilica Minore

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Ateneo de Naga. My mom's alma mater :)

Ateneo de Naga. My mom’s alma mater ­čÖé

Naga Metropolitan Cathedral. St. John the Evangelist Parish

Naga Metropolitan Cathedral.
St. John the Evangelist Parish

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After visiting relatives, we started on our long trip back to Manila. Along the way, we stopped by Daet and┬áBagasbas beach — a local surfing destination┬áin Camarines Norte.

Altar of the church in Daet we visited. My mom used to live near this church when she was young.

Altar of the church in Daet we visited.
My mom used to live near this church when she was young.

The vast beach of Bagasbas on my right!

The vast beach of Bagasbas on my right!

The vast beach of Bagasbas on my left! :P

The vast beach of Bagasbas on my left! ­čśŤ

After buying local produce from the market, we went back to the road bound home. And that ended our 5-day vacation. 

Aside from going back to Donsol, Sorsogon, we also plan to go to the beautiful, undeveloped beaches in Calaguas, Camarines Norte ÔŁĄ I can’t wait! With so many vacation destinations here, it truly is more fun in the Philippines ­čśë

Read about our previous activities in Bicol too!
–┬áCaramoan
–┬áTo Legazpi
–┬áSorsogon
Around Legazpi