Filipino Cuisine atbp.

Hello !  Renxkyoko Iglesias here.

 

Ah, Philippine  cuisine  !  Where do I even begin ?  Last week,  a friend of mine  ” ordered ”  lumpia  (  meat eggrolls ) from yours truly, good for 20 people.  She’s  Guatemalan.  The truth is,  friends and co-workers have been ordering  trays of food from me for several years now, including 2 Persian friends whom I have been cooking for, for  their Thanksgiving, and believe it or not , Christmas parties.  The Persians  usually order  fried , vegetable rolls, beef stew ( caldereta ) ,  chicken adobo, leche flan ( egg custard ) and  a few desserts and salads.   It’s my underground business, but I don’t think  the government will be interested  in taxing  my  $ 75 earnings.  I do it as a favor. In fact, I don’t want to do this anymore. It’s labor intensive,  And if it’s just one tray of dish,  forget it.  I mean, after deductions, I get  what, a $ 5 profit ?     I    loath myself  when that happens.

 

Oh, wait, before anything else , here’s a video that I hope you can watch. I find it funny because I noticed it too when I was in the Philippines.  Just 3 minutes, folks, so please click, and be educated.

 

 

Compress ! !  I often heard that word in the Philippines. Ha ha ha !

Anyway, this is not what this post is all about. It’s Filipino cuisine.  Again, where do I begin ?

 

To start off……. I’ve been wondering why there are so few  Filipino restaurants  here in the US.  Filipinos are the second largest immigrant minority group in California,( after the Mexicans,)  and the third largest in the US, so where are the restaurants ?  My mother and I  have been discussing  the possible reasons and have come up with 1 million reasons for this anomaly.

a)  Filipinos who come to the US are not risk takers.  They do not come here to the US to open restaurants, in the first place.  I can say with almost 99 % certainty that Filipinos who come here are mostly professionals and college educated……. doctors, nurses, engineers, accountants, healthcare professionals, chemists,  etc.  Filipinos do not consider being  a ” chef ” as a career or a profession. Besides that, even with considerable savings at their disposal, Filipinos do not like to lose it all  on a venture that has a short lifespan,  5 years at most , if you’re lucky.  It’s preferable to toil away at a safe 9 to 5 job for a house, 2 cars, the kids’ education,  maybe for some rest and recreation in Rome and Paris , and a lifetime pension where they can spend the rest of their lives  smelling  roses ………….instead of worrying  about their restaurants  going under,  for  the rest  of their lives.  Filipinos are what my mother calls ” segurista ” ,meaning a person who makes sure things happen according to plan………… which is, oddly enough, the complete opposite of  the more common trait of Filipinos, the ” bahala na ” attitude, which means, whatever, come what may, if it will happen, it will happen.  (  this comes from Filipinos ‘ response to numerous  yearly natural disasters….. volcanic eruptions, eathquakes,  off- the- chart typhoons, floodings, dictators, colonizers, (  Spain and US ) you name it, Filipinos get it.   It’s fatalistic, but at the same time, having a positive attitude. Filipinos do not mope ! I guess Filipinos accept events that they cannot control….. but segurista for things they can .

 

Where was I ?  Oh, yeah, Filipino food…..

 

b)    Filipino food sucks.   Not true, not true at all.  Filipino food can be a bit funky,  but  oh, so flavorful and savory , umami ! !  The taste is bold and  audacious.  Example :  Chocolate soup, or blood soup.  I mean, who will order that in a restaurant, besides Filipinos ?  Filipinos eat that with  gusto, with, of course, rice or , believe it or not, bread . They dunk the bread in the soup, folks.  Oh, do I hear , Eeeeeew !   My breakfast in England for 3 days included  blood sausage,  and in Spain,  morcilla  .  In Romania, they also have blood soup, just like in the Philippines which  Bizzare Foods show’s Andrew Zimmern duly noted. Oh, wait,  they eat  blood in Romania ?  Just kidding.  Thumbs up to you, Romanians.

 

c)    Filipinos prefer to cook at home, and family home-style cooking.   Why will they go to a restaurant to eat food they  cook at home , everyday, and swearing, their moms cook it better, anyways ? They prefer to eat something different.  Don’t get me wrong…. Filipinos love dining out…. in fact , in the Philippines, restaurants are always full,  diners wait to get seated, or  they just make reservations ( 2 weeks at Vikings ) if they don’t want to wait.. Food courts are everywhere,  not to mention, the ubiquitous  street food , and numerous ” carinderias “. ( Carinderias are low – tiered eateries , usually located  at  low- income areas , schools and universities,  where customers point at the food they want to eat. They also call them ” turo – turo“……… turo means point, so it’s point-point . ( Have I mentioned Filipinos like to repeat words ? ) Unfortunately,  most Filipino restaurants here in the US are turo-turo style, with food Filipinos cook at home,  and  to be honest,  they don’t look appetizing , especially to non – Filipinos.  Blood soup, anyone ?  What in the world , is that mud-looking dish ?

 

Below is a carinderia in the Philippines. Not much to look at, but the food is soooooooo delicious ( and cheap !!!!!!! )

 

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842 words…… time to sign off, and to be continued …… 9, 997 reasons to go.

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Thanks for reading. Peace.

 

 

 

 

Happy Mother’s Day

Hello ! Renxkyoko Iglesias here.

 

In all the years I have been blogging here, this is the first time  I have posted on Mother’s Day.  It’s so ironic because my  mother is my very best friend in the world, and we have  been together so much I feel I have become like her. I have come to like her kind of music (  LedZep, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, ie, classic rock ) , her politics, her civic consciousness, even her taste in movies and books (  mystery, thriller , crime stories , and believe it or not, musicals ) so much so that I ended up majoring in forensics.  She is a recycling Nazi. I am, too. She loves the arts..,.. my sister had her piano lessons, went to a ballet school…. I had my violin and tap dancing lessons , as well. ( I readily quit the tap dancing thing… Eh ! ) She did her own thing , too.  She took up  ballroom dancing and  brought   me and my sister to her dancing lessons and we watched in awe middle aged ladies dancing with so much gusto it was almost embarrassing…. I remember one who looked like she was 100 years old dancing with handsome young  DIs ( Dance Instructors). Mom had her own favorite DI . ( Uhm, hi , Dad, nothing went on there, I assure you , he he ) Don’t get me wrong. My Mom was not a social butterfly. She was  a political and social activist who fought bravely and without fear the brutal Marcos dictatorhip and kleptocracy  in the Philippines.  Read about it here.  She was, in fact,  on the list of people who would get arrested just before The People Power Revolution happened, literally saved by the bell. (  My sister and brother  were shuttled from one house to another to keep them safe …. so  yes, it was like that ……. her activities were definitely not a walk in the park )

 

These are the only available photos that I have on WordPress.  She looks like my sister. I look like Dad.

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Happy Mother’s Day, Mom.  I will buy your favorite orchid, 2 pots, I promise.

 

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Bye for now and peace.

Busy Busy Busy

Hi, Renxkyoko  Iglesias here !

I’ve been insanely busy these past few days.  The photos below tell you why.

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So , my mother said we’d just hire some people to clean our backyard. Our backyard , folks, is one heck  of a mess. We have not cleaned it since October.  Anyway, I was totally on martyr mode and told Mom to keep the money, I’ll do it, mother dear, no biggie.  My gift on Mother ‘s Day, is all. And boy, do I regret it.  The weeds shown above are the second batch  of clean-up.

Well, that’s all, dear readers.

Oh, wait….  the  man living at the White House just fired  the FBI Director , James Comey, who has been tasked to investigate that man’s  team -Russia collution  in the 2016 election  * evil laugh *   ….. he seems to be directly trying to obstruct or stop the investigation of this collution with the Russians to influence the election.   Which makes me wonder…. isn’t Comey with this man’s  team ?  Or maybe perhaps he now  regrets what he had done , sees the consequences of his action,  ( his boss’  crazy but dangerous antics) , and now wants to do the right thing , for God and country ? The FBI has accelerated the investigation and is,  in fact, now asking  for more funds .  Heck,  millions and millions of dollars were spent investigating Bill Clinton’s blowjob  shenanigan.

Let’s see what happens.    Right now,   I feel like Nero playing the lyre and singing while Rome burned.  Sad.

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This is all for now. Peace.

Breaking my silence, but not enough

Hello, there !  Renxkyoko Iglesias here.

 

I haven’t done any blog reading ….. well, maybe 10 blogs a day this week, and these last 2 days, none at all……, and Cassie, MBBBF,  can attest to this. I haven’t been feeling well these last few days that even my boss had to let me go home  ( bad timing,  there was no one to take my shift so my boss had to do my work ) .  My cough sounded terrible , , my eyes were watery, my joints hurt, and though I had a slight fever, my hands and feet were icy cold. Weird.   Last Wednesday, I was called for a jury duty. I went despite being sick, and hoped the judge wouldn’t select me. I  usually don’t get selected because of my father’s job.  He works with law enforcement, and no, he’s not a cop nor a warden, ^_^”.  We get asked about this stuff,  so, I was sure  the defendant’s attorneys would eliminate me, assuming wrongly  there was  going to be some bias against his client.  Sure enough, I was sent home, thank goodness.  This is not always the case though , because my sister was selected  to be a juror despite the personal info.  Why was she selected ?  Well,  99 % of the people who were asked by the judge  gave the wrong answer. My sister was the only one who got it right. Okay, so the judge asked each potential juror  whether the defendant present in this court  was guilty or not.  Everyone answered they didn’t know……. my sister was the only who said the defendant was innocent.  And folks, that’s how it should be… innocent until proven guilty .

 

Another thing……. US Attorney General  Jeff Sessions just scrapped  the commission established by the Department of Justice and  the National Institute of Science and Technology  to engage independent forensic experts to improve the reliability and authenticity of forensic evidences .  Sessions scrapped this… these “meddling  scientists “, he said.  He said he would instead just get an in-house adviser.  Folks, I have a college degree in Forensics Biology, specializing in DNA Analysis,  and even if I know that Forensics analysis  is the most reliable evidence by far,  this cannot be attained with garbage evidence .  ( contaminated , etc. ) We have to be sure that the person we are sending to the gallows is  truly guilty.  Now, don’t ask me if I’m pro- death penalty  or anti.

 

I haven’t made any political statements for quite a while.  I ‘m so overwhelmed by the almost daily  screw-ups coming from the White House….. oh,  pardon me, from Mar-a Lago…. that I ‘ve decided to zone everything out.  I mean, that guy spent 25 days of his first 100 days golfing on his   resorts and visiting his other properties. Meanwhile , taxpayers spend  $ 3 M each time he stays at Mar-aLago, not to mention the $$$$$$  the government spends to maintain his New York’s Trump Tower, because Melania lives there.  Add the $$$$$ we spend every time his sons go abroad on private business. (  Hey, first family is protected everywhere they go, right ? )

 

Of course, these are just small , shallow corruption issues.  What I should be more concerned about is the abolishment of  the Environmental  Protection Agency ( EPA ) , Department of  Education, the repeal/rejection of Affordable Health Care Act ,  defunding of all agencies that take care of the needs of  the people…. ( Meals on Wheels, PBS subsidies,  Sesame Street, the arts ).Meanwhile , that man  is so ready and eager to make tax cuts for the rich.

 

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I wish .

 

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The Persona Series,or Musings of a Geek

I posted this on my manga/anime /video games blogsite.  I hope you can read the entire post. It shows  how being pathetic looks like.  But, I did say, ” I don’t quit, ” didn’t I ?

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Hi, Renxkyoko Iglesias here.

I’m currently playing the video game Bloodborne.   I only have one word to describe the gameplay…….. Dooooooood  !

But , I’m not quitting, no matter what.   Those who have played this  know exactly how hard this game is. It’s twice nastier  than Lara Croft fighting an army of samurais  at the final boss battle , which I just finished , by the way.

My love for gaming has been revived.  It’s now official. I don’t know though if that’s a good thing, because life, you know.

Speaking of which, I’m sure all gamers know Persona 5    is out…..  9 years after Persona 4, and 10 years after Persona 3 FES.  About P3FES……. this game has totally traumatized me, and still haunts me to this day.  Why so ?   I believe I hold the record  of  playing a game the longest , about 1000 hours, and yes, the game actually…

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Bloodborne

 

Hi, there, Renxkyoko Iglesias here.

Sorry for being AWOL.  I’m currently  playing BLOODBORNE, a totally bad*ss video game.   Sweet mother of  pink !

 

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I am not going to quit.  I will not quit .  Quitting is not an option.

 

To my gamer readers ….. has anyone played this ?  Please give me your thoughts on the Comment section.

 

I’ll be back !

 

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Philippine culture, part 2

Renxyoko Iglesias here, hello ! !

 

Here are some random Philippine habits, quirks, bits and pieces of culture and tradition that a tourist, like my friend @Ste J, may or may not encounter in the Philippines.

But before that, here’s something nice to watch.

 

 

Did you watch it ?  Of course,  I have to admit  there’s poverty all over, especially in urban areas ,  but Filipinos are consistently on the list of the happiest people on earth, despite the natural disasters that come their way,  year in and year out.(  off the chart typhoons, their current  president, earthquakes, volcano eruptions ….. Mt. Pinatubo’s eruption in 1991 was the biggest in the 20th century….. it caused the lowering of the earth’s temperature by at least 1 degree )  They say Filipinos eat disasters for breakfast, and no matter what happens, they just shrug them off. This is because of their ” Bahala na ”  attitude, which means, roughly, ” That’s the way it is, so live life to the fullest. ”  The exact translation is ” Whatever “, accompanied by shrugging of shoulders.  I’ve heard some Filipino friends say ” Bahala na si Batman. ” meaning, ” Whatever, Batman’s got my back. ”

 

In a crowd, Filipinos respond to ” Oy ! ! ”   ( Huh ? Who’s calling me ? )  Oy ! Comusta ! !  (  Hey, how are you ? ) However, Filipinos don’t say ” oy ” to older people.  That’s very disrespectful.

 

When Filipinos speak to older people, their language is interspersed with ” po  ”  or ” opo ” ( yes ).  It’s a sign of respect. However, the use of  po is nuanced.  Some people will not appreciate hearing ” po ” when, say,  a 25 year old person is speaking to a 30 year old woman . It’s like , ” Oh, noooooo !   She’s saying ” po” to me ! I’m getting olddddddd ! ! !”  Still…. it’s unimaginable for a Filipino to not say ” po ” to a …. okay, much older person. It’s okay, though,  for a 7- year old kid to say   ” po” to a 15 year old teenager ….. I think  ?

 

Filipinos are party animals…… and every Filipino household owns a karaoke. ( Videoke now ) We own a Magic Mic here at home, and my mother’s planning to update it to a videoke  soon. Yay ! ! I can now  sing my heart out . And yes,  Filipinos love fiestas!

 

Just like other Asians, Filipinos are big on honorifics.  I call my older sister ” Ate “,(pronounced Ah-teh,) meaning older sister, and my older brother,  Kuya (  pronounced Koo-yah, meaning , older brother ) .  Ate  Jennie,  Kuya Benjie, or just plain Ate and Kuya, unless one has other older siblings, then they have to add their names.

 

And this is where Filipinos differ from other Asians……… how they greet  each other.   Filipinos sometimes greet each other ( usually men ) by tossing their heads upwards. Oy, ‘  Pare,  comusta. ( ‘ Pare is short for Spanish word Compadre, meaning, pal/buddy), then a handshake, and a pat on the back.  Filipino women greet each other and relatives , male and female alike, with a hug and kiss on the cheek, sometimes, both cheeks. The term is beso- beso. Beso means kiss in Spanish, I think ?  Greetings are  boisterous. When we had a reunion in the Philippines, I think I hugged and kissed a hundred relatives and guests in one day. The kissing and hugging are repeated when they say  their goodbyes.    It is, indeed,  a touch culture. By the way, Filipinos greet their elders  by touching their elder’s hand to their foreheads, and saying, ” Mano po, Lola” ( grandma  or Lolo, grandpa) Mano means hand in Spanish.

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They call Restrooms/toilets in the Philippines, CR. ( Comfort Room )  ” Excuse me, Miss, where’s the CR ?”  @ Ste J, remember this. ^___^

 

This is all for now. Another one coming right up..

 

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