Monday, June 25, 2012

Cooking 101

I am no chef. I don't even consider myself a cook. When I was single, my bestfriend in the kitchen was oil. With oil, you can cook anything! Just heat it then drop anything in the pot then voila!

But that was me when I just needed to feed myself (and when I lived with my parents and we had Ate Annie). Now, I need to feed the wife as well.

Recently, the only one always full in the house because of food is the trash can.

We even bought a new one this weekend! Was the wife hinting? Hmm...

Hey, I'm trying. I should get credit for that.

The first dish I tried was Pork Adobo. Yeah, yeah, that's an easy one but hey I'm a first-timer!

According to the wife, I didn't boil or tenderize the meat well. This dish ended up as Adobo Flakes (hello, lunch in the office for two days).

Then, I surfed the net and found an easy recipe for Beef Steak. It turned out to be the best Beef Strips I ever had! Hey, who said there is no experimentation in cooking? The taste does not justify the means. Hehe.

Oh, I also tried Sweet and Sour Meatballs. I should boast a little here. Even without bell peppers and pineapple, the dish turned out pretty okay. Even the wife said so. Well, "okay lang" means "good" to me so shut it! Though she said it was kulang (damn you, bell pepper and pineapple!), she ate around three to four meatballs so I guess she sort of liked it. Or she was just really hungry.

Hey, maybe I should only cook when the wife is REALLY hungry! Haha.

My last adventure was this weekend. I tried a very simple Hamburger recipe. The meat didn't cook well again. The fries stuck to the pan too. It was a disaster.

I ate two (hey, it was fine for me! yes, i'm biased) and the wife ate...wait for it...half of her burger. Sob sob.

Maybe there's something wrong with our electric stove. I should check on that tonight. Tsk tsk.

Anyway, the struggle continues. I know I will be able to whip up one decent dish soon.

I need to reorient myself when it comes to food.

"Not everything chewy can be eaten. Not everything chewy can be eaten." Repeat 10 times.

I will learn how to cook.

One drop of oil at a time.

I am saying sorry to the wife in advance.

See you in the kitchen, guys.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

You're Not As Young As You Think You Are (Pinoy Style)

Still feel that you're 23?

Well, you're not. Hehe.

Here are people and other things that will make you feel just the way you really should feel--old:) 

 Matet – got known for her signature line “Takot ako eh!”. Her first film was in 1986. More known for her being the daughter of showbiz legends Christopher De Leon and Nora Aunor than her acting. Yes, she is now 29 years old and she's still in showbiz.

 Aiza Seguerra – we first saw her when she competed in the Little Ms. Philippines way back in 1987. Yes, 1987. Became steadily known for her role as the daughter in “Okay Ka, Fairy Ko” and in Eat Bulaga. Shot to status as singer sensation for her hit song “Pagdating ng Panahon”. She is now also 29 years old and has short hair and has a girlfriend.

 Jericho Rosales – You first saw him as a Mr. Pogi contestant way back in 1996 when he was just 17 years old. You saw him but you didn’t mind him. Now, he’s 33 years old and you can't take him off your mind. Oh, he also knows how to speak English now.

Michael Jackson Concert – Yes, the King of Pop actually went here. That was way back in 1996 in an open area in Paranaque City. Were you there? He died in 2009.

Carmina Villaroel“Ang hirap talagang umakyat ng ligaw…” Do you remember her in that Jollibee commercial? She then became a mainstay in Palibhasa Lalake. Now, she is happily married with two kids and we still see her on TV and in more commercials. She is turning 37 this year. She became more beautiful as time went by.

John en Marsha – 1973-1990. Starring Dolphy, Nida Blanca, Maricel Soriano and Dely Atay-atayan. Most famous line was "Kayà ikáw, John, magsumíkap ka!" Maricel is 47 years old. Dolphy is turning 84. Nida Blanca is now dead. Dolphy followed this series up with Home Along da Riles. Do you feel old now?

Palibhasa Lalake –1986-1998. Originally had Miguel Rodriguez, Richard Gomez and Joey Marquez. John Estrada replaced Rodriguez when the actor passed away. Other memorable actors were Cynthia Patag and Gloria Romero. Gomez is now 46 years old. Marquez is 54 and was a former mayor of Paranaque while Estrada is turning 39 this year. We don't know where Patag is. Can anyone tell us what usually happened to guests during the endings of this show?

Atong Redillas – The former child star is a professor at UP Manila, last time we heard. Recognized as the first “Little Mr. Pogi”. We couldn't trace how old he is but we're guessing he's now in his 30's too.

Rene Requiestas – Broke into the movie industry in 1993. Most famous role was as Starzan’s sidekick, Cheetae. Died at the age of 36 in 2003. Cheetae gandang lalake?

Death of Ferdinand Marcos – the Father of Philippine Martial Law died in 1989 in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was 72 years old. He still is not buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani as the case should be.

Bagets – Was released in 1984. William Martinez suffered a stroke recently. Herbert Bautista, 44 years old, is now Mayor of Quezon City. Aga Muhlach is now 42 years old and seems overweight. JC Bonnin is now 44 years old too and is a pastor in London, England. Raymond Launchengco, still single (hmm...), is now 47 years old and is still a singer.

Mello Yello – a popular soda back in the 80’s and early 90’s. Tasted better than Mountain Dew. Used to see bottle caps of this buried in our asphalted village roads. Now only available in Canada, Fiji, New Zealand, Tonga, United States and Vanuatu.

Nokia 5110 – was first released and became popular sometime in 1998. 14 years ago. Mine, I converted to antennae-less. What was your first cellphone?

Quad Makati – probably one of the more famous malls in the early 1990’s. Glorietta was opened in 1991. I miss Glico's.

Anne Curtis in TGIS – Broke into your television sets when she was just 12 years old in Anna Karenina and TGIS. She is now 27 and has become one of the sexiest women on TV. We always feel guilty looking at her photos from TGIS.

Film Fest Scandal – happened in 1994 with former Ms. Mauritius Viveka Babajee and Gretchen Barretto and Rocky Gutierrez. Where the line “Take it, take it” (Babajee) became infamous. Barretto is back into acting and Ms. Mauritius committed suicide in 2010 allegedly because of depression. Lolit Solis, the alleged mastermind of this, is still in showbiz. We Filipinos are truly a forgiving nation. Oh well.

Ang TV – "4:30 na, Ang TV na!" Who can forget the catchy opening song, Do Wah Diddy? Started airing in 1992. Where “Nge!” became the response for all jokes around the country. Was ABS CBN's That's Entertainment. Some are still active in show business. One was recently very active at the airport. Last episode aired in 1999. Yes, my first crush there was Jolina Magdangal. Shoot me, please.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – The cartoon show that got almost all our friends glued to the TV on Friday nights starting 1987. 25 years ago. Radical, dude.

The Triplets - Manilyn Reynes is now 40, Sheryl Cruz is now 38 and Kristina Paner is now 41. Uhm, they're all still baduy.

Bangkang Papel – Three young children from the Payatas trash slide tragedy was introduced by then-president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2001. She promised that their lives would be better. Their scholarships were stopped when GMA stepped down as president. Lumubog na ang bangka.

Josephine “Banig” Roberto – caught everyone’s attention back in 1989 with her singing voice in Star Search where she won for seven consecutive weeks. Also beat out Christina Aguilera in International Star Search at the age of 10. She is now about 29 years old and a few years ago went back to the Philippines and promoted her international album. Are banigs still being used for picnics? Oops, off topic.

San Mig Light – When was the first time you tasted this “light” beer? SML was introduced sometime in 2001. 11 years ago. If we're wrong about the year, it's probably the alcohol typing.

Eraserheads – Released their first album electromagneticpop in 1993. 19 years ago. They recently held their reunion concert. No love lost among the band members. But great times.

Michael Jordan – Retired for the second and last time in 1999. 13 years ago. He is now 49 years old. His new girlfriend is a model much younger than him. He is still my idol after all these years.

Gwapings – Were introduced in 1991. Jomari Yllana is now 36. Eric Fructuoso is also 36 and Mark Anthony Fernandez is now 33 years old. The three are still active in showbiz. Who here didn't dance to “Extasy, Extano” with them?

Reality check. Hehe.

Yup, I can't believe all those years just zoomed by us.

At any rate, don't stop feeling young, everyone!

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