#EnhancedCommunityQuarantine: #SeaKingPH Squid Sisig!

Saturday, April 04, 2020

I've had this Squid Bits from #SeaKingPH for quite a while now, but I haven't had the time to cook them up.  I kept thinking that I'd use it to make pasta, but that didn't pan out.  Since I had some red and green bell peppers, I thought - why not just follow the Sisig recipe printed at the back of the packaging.

So I did!

It's very easy to prep and cook.

Here are the ingredients:
1 pack - 300g Seaking Squid Bits
1/3 cup Soy Sauce
1/4 teaspoon freshy ground black pepper
4 Tablespoons Butter
1/3 cup diced Red Onion
1 diced Green Bell pepper
1 diced Red Bell Pepper
Salt and Peppet to taste
Sili - in case you want your sisig to be spicy
Calamansi for serving

First, is to thaw the #SeaKingPH Squid bits pack, take it out and drain the water (You can set the water aside in case you'll want to use it to flavor other dishes), now in a bowl combine soy sauce and pepper.  Marinate for 10 minutes.

Second is to melt the butter in a pan, saute onions and bell peppers until fragrant

Third is to add the squid mixture and cook until squid turns opaque.

Serve while still hot!

Easy, right?

#EnhancedCommunityQuarantine: Face Shield Making by XSFS Group

Monday, March 30, 2020

When the lockdown was imposed, most of us were confused.  I was confused.  It really was a half-assed plan to lockdown the capital.  But instead of using the word lockdown, they opted for a rather 'friendlier' word - I would have wished that they just written down a plan, studied it carefully and then announce it to the public.  But what happened was that - they just decided 'Hey! Let's do this and let's just play it by ear'  When the setting is friends getting together or organizing a trip - that is quite alright, but when it's a country, the Philippines you are handling - well, it's a different ballgame altogether.

I have been silent for a while really, because I wanted to give this administration a chance.  But this administration has been falling short of every low expectation that I put out.  They have constantly gave out excuses instead of solutions.  The president of the country has been absent in the important instances the country has faced.  It makes me really wonder, is the president truly alive and well?  He has his spokesman, Mr. Sap Sap, who ran for the sanate and won (I didn't vote for him and I will NEVER vote for him) and yet - he just added being a Philippine Senator to his job description.  He  is still by the president's side.  Anyway, with the new rules of the lock down - well, I was left with nothing to do really.

So when a fellow mom in my XS Kinder group brought up the idea of making face shields, I took it as a sign and grabbed the opportunity to make myself productive.  I knew the government won't step up and we the citizens need to do our part (since we have a shitty government).  It was the only kind of contribution that I can do and involve myself with.  So I volunteered together with other Xavier School moms, we didn't know one another - but we bonded over making these face shield.  Charms was our leader and we let her lead, we listened, we sourced, we pooled connections and we worked.  We worked hard, some of us sourced materials, while some coordinated with hospitals that needed the face shield, most of us were assemblers like me.  The bottomline was - WE ALL WORKED AS ONE TEAM.  We put our efforts together because we wanted to help our medical frontliners.  We need to survive this pandemic.  We need to help these medical frontliners because without them, who will take care of us?

I am a proud member of the Xavier School Face Shield Group!  Our group has made over 17,000 pieces of face shield and distributed to so many hospitals in the metro.

Thank you to our donors, thank you to my fellow Xavier School parents, and most of all, our leader in this - THANK YOU Charms for allowing me to be part of this group.  I will always stand with you Charm, THANK YOU!!


Friday, March 27, 2020

My uncle passed away because of COVID-19.
It's serious.  
I never thought someone I personally know and a blood relative would be one of the casualties.
Who would have thought?
But it's reality, OUR reality.

Everyday we hear of deaths, infections and it looks like it won't end soon.

AND THEN WE SEE ON THE NEWS AND ON SOCIAL MEDIA THAT A SENATOR OF THE PHILIPPINES WAS FOUND COVID-19 POSITIVE!  And he went to Makati Medical Center to accompany his wife who is about the give birth.

Now, wait a minute - he knew he was a PUI YET he ESCAPED his quarantine and has endagered the LIVES of so many people and their families.


He was selfish.  I put myself in the shoes of his wife - then I realized, that I wouldn't want to compromise the safety of those around me.  Even if it's my first time to give birth - it's NOT A REASON to belittle all the rules and exempt yourself.  Yes, she needed support, she was afraid - but at this moment in time - who is not in need of support?  who is not afraid?  FREAKING EVERYON IS AFRAID!

I am angered more because I have an aunt who is in the hospital with no one to care for her!  She just lost her husband, her sons are in quarantine.  THERE IS NO ONE PHYSICALLY THERE FOR HER!  Yet the gal of this outrageous senator to go out, and possibly infect others.  Critical people, a HOSPITAL for that matter!  What kind of a human being is he?  Is he even a human being?

I am angered, very very angered!  It's rage really.  And I am using shouty CAPITALS just to make my point!

Everyone is suffering and sacrificing during this COVID-19 pandemic, not one souls is spared from this.  But there he goes.



COVID-19: Shit just got real

Monday, March 23, 2020


It's REAL and those that are at more risk are the SENIOR CITIZENS!!

Please tell your senior parents and relatives to STAY HOME!

The underlying conditions are DIABETES and HYPERTENSION.

An uncle of mine passed so suddenly.
He had diarrhea for 2 days.
The doctor gave him meds.
Then he had high fever.
They gave him meds.
He had a hard time breathing.
Hospital #1 turned them away.
Hospital #2 took him in.
He died that night.

He wasn't tested.
There was not time to test.
His death will not be included in the #Covid19 death statistic.
He had a history of diabetes and hypertension.

Deaths are under reported because some die before they even get tested.

Uncle L.  Rest in PEACE.  
You were the nicest uncle on your side of the family.
You were quiet but nice and polite and good hearted.

The NEW Gloria Maris Greenhills!

Monday, March 09, 2020

Gloria Maris has been a staple for birthdays and celebrations with the family.  I remember when my Panget and I were still dating, his parents would always choose to have dinner in Gloria Maris when they didn't want to think of a new place to go.  We know that food will be good and that everyone will enjoy it.

When they moved to it's current location in Greenhills, everyone expected it to be the same.  Well, the menu was upgraded, the price too - but the quality well, in my personal opinion it deteriorated.  Well, you see - when you upgrade the prices, people will expect the food to taste better right?  Well, that wasn't the case.

We found ourselves going to Gloria Maris less and less.  So when news that a new owner was coming in - well everyone was all on the edge.  I'm sure everyone was curious on what would happen.  Would the name be changed?  Will the menu change?  Will there be changes or will it just be maintained.  Everyone was excited to see what's in store.

Last week, we were invited to try the new dishes and old improved favorites.  And here's a photo roll of what we had.  I'm sure the pictures will be enough to entice you to go back to Glora Maris Greenhills:

Two Tone Almost Seafood Soup 
I don't remember Gloria Maris having this, but as I said I haven't visited in a long while.
This was a good introduction to our first meal at #TheNewGloriaMaris

Salt and Pepper Shrimps with Garlic 
The aroma was divine!  We were told to enjoy these shrimps with skin on.
And I did - and it was good!  I usually take the skin out, but this one was a good experience!

Peking Duck 
Two ways - this and the minced duck.
This dish needs not introduction at all

 Mini Taro Basket with Prawn Scallop
When I was younger, I didn't like taro.  I slowly tried it and I really liked this version simply because they serve it with a sauce on the side so it won't get very dry.  The shrimp and the scallops were really fresh and cooked very well.  I loved that the shrimp has a crisp bite to it, it wasn't overcooked!

Dimsum Sampler
(Siomai, Hakaw and Egg Tart) 
Really good siomai.  Really good hakaw.  Really good egg tart with a buttery flaky crust.

Fried Lamb Chop with Mint Jelly 
I don't eat lamb, so I trusted my tablemates when they said this was really good.
It was tender and didn't have an aftertaste.  
This is one of the new dishes that Gloria Maris will be serving,

Lechon Kawali 
Perfect ratio of meat and fat.  Crisp to the bite and oh so wonderful with the mustard dressing!

Australian Wagyu Beef in Black Pepper Sauce 
Wonderful tender beef.  I was just too shy to ask for a bowl of white rice.

Steamed Live Oyster with Garlic 
This has got to be my FAVORITE dish served.  There were so many oohs and aahs when they placed the dish on the table.  It was love at first bite.  The huge pieces of oyster were cooked perfectly and it was not malansa at all.  The sauce was a dream, the flavors worked seamlessly with the steamed oyster.  Have a closer look at the image below.

 Frank's Fried Rice
We met Uncle Frank - the new owner of Gloria Maris and this is his signature fried rice.
This is just one of the few new dishes to be served!

Steamed Apahap with Tongchay 
Tongchay is not usually served with Steamed Apahap, so this is a new twist to an old favorite steamed fish!

Birthday Misua 
Always a good end to the savory dishes served us. 

Almond Shake with Mango Cubes
A wonderful sweet treat to the sumptuous lauriat lunch spread.

Please do visit #TheNewGloriaMaris soon to try their new dishes and improved old favorites.  I'm so happy of this change - claim your old glory Gloria Maris!  So many of us missed it!  We are looking forward to more wonderful dishes!