Special Chinese Tikoy


Kung Hei Fat Choi is a Chinese New Year is an important traditional Chinese holiday. In China, it is also known as the Spring Festival, the literal translation of the modern Chinese name. It is one of the richest and colorful traditions in the world and one of their most anticipated celebrations is the Chinese New Year. Today is a year of the wooden horse according to the Chinese calendar. Anyhow, Kung hei fat choi to everyone, I want to say thank you to our manager for giving this Special Chinese Tikoy to us.
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Talaba or oyster is a kind of sea food it is rough, fluted shells that are soft and fleshy in texture, influenced by the water they come from. Sweet and sometimes salty, oysters have a unique dusky flavor. Oysters can be consumed in variety of ways such as half shelled, raw, smoked, boiled, baked, fried, roasted, stewed, canned, pickled, steamed and grilled. They are rich in various vitamins and minerals and hence, benefit the young and old, men and women.

I don’t like to eat talaba, but last night our dinner is almost seafood because my manager was also won in Asia plus Excellence Award and then he treats us for dinner. I tried to eat the entire menu except talaba but according to my co agent you can try to eat talaba. The first time I taste it I don’t like the taste because they have a unique dusky flavor. But when I tried to research the internet about the health benefits of talaba, it is full of benefits I also find it. So I told to my hubby to buy talaba in our wet market J even I don’t like the taste but I like the health benefits.
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Vince Eating Siopao

After attending novena and mass in St. Anne Church at Malicboy, Quezon my hubby and I decided to eat dinner at Antigua Restaurant, Lucena City. Before we ordered the food Vince requested to buy his favorite Siopao. Siopao is a popular food item in the Philippines and they have 2 flavors which are bola-bola or asado with additional dipping sauce. The literary meaning of siopao is steamed buns.

Siopao is very popular here in the Philippines, and you can see the Vendor siopao some of the street and other restaurant as their additional food like in mall or food court. Anyway, Vince likes to eat siopao, when the first time he tastes it and every time that we go outside he requested to buy siopao. He is the one favorite food to eat, picture picture before eating 🙂 . Yum yum yum!
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PAN de MANILA with hot coffe and pandesal

It’s a cold weather here in Lucena City, today the weather forecast conditions is very cloudy with little rain and have 25degree Celsius. I also wore jacket and blazer if I go outside to feel comfortable and do not feel the cold weather. During our duty in my office I also take a hot coffee with pandesal at PAN de MANILA SM City Lucena. The coffee is worth of of 24 pesos and the pandesal is worth of 6 pesos each, so I bought 6 pcs because I also shared to my co property specialist :-).
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Bibingkinitan at SM Lucena

After the duty in our office at Camella Homes here at SM Lucena my co property specialist invited me to take a coffee and bibingka here in Bibingkitan at SM Lucena. Actually this is the first to take a coffee here just because the weather condition is very cold I tried to join them. Bibingkinitan also serves our own blend Strong Barako Coffee and I also add a little bit of sugar and cream. We enjoyed that time and have a good bonding to each other; we have a topic about our work as property specialist, about our target buyer and many more. The coffee and bibingka have a good taste and I also like the taste, anyway the price of coffee is 30 pesos only and the bibingka is 20 pesos each. The price is worth it and very affordable. I say that this is a perfect place to talk each other and perfect place for business meeting. And off course we don’t forget to take a picture.
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Empanada in Ilocos

Empanada is one of the specialty foods in Ilocos Norte. One piece of empanada is cost of 35 pesos. I am very curios this specialty food because of the orange color and excited to try something new. I also bought one piece but before I buy I just asking to the saleswoman what is the main ingredients of this food. She told me that the ingredients are egg, papaya and longanisang Ilocos. I just amazed the good taste of the food I just put the suka or vinegar for much better taste. I just try to buy more as pasalubong but the place of Ilocos Norte is very far from our hometown, and I know that the empanadas become spoiled. So I just try to cook in our home as an experience.

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Simple Banana Cake Recipe

I baked this banana cake yesterday. My nephew Vince asked me mama pls. make banana cake, exactly because I have ripe saba banana, and I also bought other ingredients in the store near in our house.

½ tbps, baking powder
3 tbps. sugar
1 pc. ripe saba banana
4 tbps. plain flour
a little bit of salt
1 tbps. oil substitute for butter
1 pc of egg
2 tbps of evaporated milk
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence

After I mixed the all ingredients for my simple banana cake recipe, I also put in microwave for 3 minutes only.

Here is the result.
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Breakfast with hot pandesal and milo energy drink

Good morning everyone, happy weekend. It certainly is a great way to start the morning than having a nice milo energy drink, with hot pan de sal, a Filipino bread literally means bread of salt and slices of cheese. I have a neighbor here and she has a bakery shop, where i frequently buy breads. I love their pandesal, because it is freshly and newly bake. Today I wake up at 3.00 in the morning, I don’t know why I woke up this early :-(, because most of the time i wake at around 6.00 in the morning. I decided to get online, first my Facebook account and then I check my yahoo mail, and my payu account. After that I just went out to walk and have some stretch, feel the cold of atmosphere, I felt refreshed and full of energy. What a beautiful way to start the day.

Tahong Shells

Tahong shell or saltwater mussel is one of my favorite food. Hubby cooked tahong as our lunch. The soup of this tahong is the best served when hot. There are a lot of health benefits that you can get the tahong such as high inn protein, selenium, iodine, and heart health omega 3 fatty acids. And for the muscles are relatively low in fat and calories.

Anyway, tahong or saltwater mussel is very affordable it cost 20 pesos per kilo. Then you can make a tahong soup. Aside from that cooking tahong or saltwater mussel is very easy to do it.


1 kilo tahong or saltwater mussel
½ clove of garlic
1 thumb sized of ginger, minced
5-6 cups of water
Salt and pepper
Cooking oil
Hot pepper leaves
Mustasa vegetables – optional


1. Using the heavy bottomed pot put the cooking oil, sauté the garlic, onion and ginger until cooked.
2. Add the water and then once boiling, you can put the tahong.
3. Add salt and pepper then add the hot pepper leaves until the tahong is open. And then add the mustasa vegetable.
4. Simmer for another 2 – 3 minutes then turn off the heat.
5. Then it’s ready to serve.

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