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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Lunch Date at Kamay-Kainan

Lunch Date!

It's been months since Hubby and I had eaten out together.  We were supposed to meet a friend for lunch, so we didn't bring "baon" for lunch.  But since she cancelled our meeting, we decided to push through with our lunch date, sans our friend.

We chose to eat at Kamay Kainan along Kalayaan Ave., Diliman, Quezon City. 

We chose a place that we would have our fill and the price would not be too much.   We haven't tried eating here yet, so we went in to take a look. Hubby said, "Okay na ako dito." So, Kamay-Kainan it is.

There are over 35 dishes to choose from. There's plain rice and garlic fried rice, sinigang, nilaga, tinola, bopis, dinuguan, ensalada, itlog na maalat, daing na bangus, crispy hipon, crispy crablets, ginatang kuhol, ginataang langka, and lots more.  At P298 per head, eat-all-you-can, sulit na talaga. 

Sumugod agad ako sa Crispy Hipon 

Lotsa Many Foodie!

Chicharong Bituka. Earlier there was Chicharong Bulaklak 

Sisig, tinola, sinigang (na taba)
Crispy Crablets

The interior is okay

Siyempre, super anghang na suka para sa hipon at crablets!

They have a bar too. But the lunch crowd isn't noticing this.

Clean Tables

My chief complaint:Ang haba ng bigot ni Mr. Shrimp
The ice cream was not yet done but the customers
couldn't wait anymore. Ayan tuloy, sabaw ng ice cream!
But there's a big revelation here: Hindi na ako kasing-siba nung panahon ko na teen-ager pa lang ako. Ang bilis ko nang sumuko. Huhuhuhu.

I was too full to eat this gelatine with sago. Sayang!

Side Entrance of Kamay-Kainan. I like their Bamboo Plant
Overall, it was a nice lunch experience.  The crew were not friendly though. I didn't hear any welcome greeting or a thank you greeting.   My glass of water didn't get refilled also.  Ang hirap humagilap ng crew para mag-refill kasi madaming tao. Wala namang nagkusa na magrefill. Buti hindi ako nabulunan. 

Will definitely go back there next time.  Their store hours are from 10 am to 10 pm daily. Buffet is whole day.  From 7 pm onwards, during weekdays, they offer 20% discount. The P289 will become 230+.  It's a steal already! Make sure you're hungry when you go there para sulit.  

Race to Serve or Race to Thirst? CSC, Answer Me!

Photo credit: Roy Pogi Calangian
Last September 8, I joined the R.A.C.E. To Serve II Fun Run organized by the Civil Service Commission as part of its anniversary celebration.  It was touted by websites on fitness/running  as better and bigger.  Bigger, maybe. Better? NOOOOO!!!!!

 Hubby and I were in front of Dr. Jose Rizal's Monument along Roxas Blvd at around 4 in the morning.  The starting point was teeming with civil servants all excited to hear the sound of the starting pistol for the 10k, 5k and 3k.

I joined the 3k race and finished it in 26 minutes and 21 seconds. Hahahahah! Oh I ran, till I was short of breath, but it still took me that long.  One reason is that, my rubber shoes, because of non-use for a long time, gave up on me and was snapping its jaws one kilometer into the race.  I had to stop from time to time and tell each pair to behave or else I'd run barefoot. Mercifully, it didn't disintegrate on me.

I join races just for the heck of it.  It's nice to see all those faces from different walks of life running for a cause: be it for fitness, charity, environment protection, for the free singlet and other freebies or just like me, for the heck of it.  But this was the worst race I've ever joined! To think the office paid P350 for those who ran the 3k race, and more, for the 5k and 10k.

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First:  The race started late.  The 10k should have started at 5:30, but I think they had to wait for Vice President Binay (who joined the 3k race) to arrive before the starting gun was fired.  So it started at 5:45 or 6 am. I don't think he was able to run though, what with his bodyguards surrounding  him and all those fans who clung to his side so that they'd have a picture with him.

Second:  The maps that they gave out did not identify where the water stations would be, except at line 0 (assembly point).

Third: Well, they didn't identify the water stations because there really were only TWO water stations for the entire race! One at line 0 and one at the finish line.

That's the water station at line 0.
Photo credit:  Roy Pogi Calangian
Fourth:  I swear I could have died if I tried the 5k because there was no water along the race route.  A lot of the runners were already complaining midway into the 3k race because there was no water station to be seen! Imagine the 10k runners who only saw Manila Bay as the only source of water in the race.

Fifth: What's worse than worst? At the end of the race, there was a big queue of runners begging for water at the water station in the Quirino Grandstand.  Imagine, the water was no even ready - cups filled on the table so that runners could just pick them up and go.  It was a nightmare! Runners had to fill their own cups, scrounge for empty cups, because the people manning the water station were just looking at the runners. I forgot the name of the sponsor for the water.  And their water is not even delish!!!!

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Sixth: When I got to the water station, got my plastic cup, there was very little water left in the containers.  The man behind me (there was no line, only chaos) cursed, because he was only able to get half a cup of water.

Seventh:  Before the start of the race, it was being announced that bags may be left at the bag station.  The bag station, it turned out, was an L-300 van.  Hubby and I were one of the early birds, so our bags were placed near the back of the driver's seat. After the race, I tried to claim my bag and I was told that only the bags on the top of the van are available.  They put the bags under a cordoned tent for easy pick-up.  The rest, or the earlier "worms'" bags were still inside the van.  According to the people manning the baggage station, they didn't anticipate that the runners would finish early so they did not take them out yet.  Geeez, I had to wait 30 minutes for my bag to be taken out of the van.   Imagine, I was dehydrated, tired and squished by all those people claiming for their  bags!

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Eighth: The hosts were already announcing the raffle winners when there were still people who have yet to claim their bags, get a drop of water or not yet even through with the race! I wonder if any one was able to hear that they one and claim their prize.

Ninth: I had an officemate who did not run, but was able to get a certificate for completing the 10k! Beat that!  A friend from another agency told me that the race ushers were giving out certificates by the bulk - like 1-inch thick certificates.  If it's any consolation, those people didn't sweat and I felt healthier that morning -the healthiest I have felt in months!

Hubby's race bib. I threw away mine out of extreme "asar."
Tenth: The organizers failed to organize the exact race route. While they identified the southbound lane of Roxas Blvd.  as the starting lane, some runners used the northbound lane as the starting lane because people couldn't run because there were THAT many runners - it's like we were on a procession and not a race.  So some runners counter-flowed, using the lane for those who have already made their designated turns, and on their way to the end of the race.  What's sadder is that for us, 3k runners, our turning slot was somewhere in Pedro Gil and they did not designate a proper turning slot. Instead, we were made to step on the island with those plants.  I bet a lot of the plants were destroyed because the runners had no choice but to trample on them since there was no way to take the turn.  

There should have been warm-up exercises before the start of the race instead of the useless info being announced from time to time.

The run was announced months before the race.  Why couldn't they have organized it properly! It was a Race to Thirst, not a Race to Serve. I don't think I would still join the race next year.

The tired, thirsty pissed off, but stil happy runners!
Photo credit:  Roy Pogi Calangian

Sunday, September 2, 2012

CheesKeyk Recipe in Tatie's Kitchen

OreO CheeseKeyk by Tatie
My little boy is at that stage when he wants to try everything that he could get his hands on.  He loves helping me out in the kitchen.  Whenever I'm cooking, if he's not bugging me to stop and go up the room with me, he forces himself so I would have no choice but to make him help me.   At a young age, I want him to learn the value of food, nutrition, cooking your own food and initiative.

Since he is still only a toddler to me, errr, a giant toddler, I can only ask him to help me in slicing ingredients using a plastic knife. But when making desserts, he is usually my sous chef.

One of our favorite desserts is cheesecake.  We aren't really fond of eating cheesecake, but making it is fun. It is Kuya Berbee who is really into cheesecakes.  He told me that his favorite dessert is my cheesecake!

How we make our Banana CheeseKeyk:

1. Prepare the crust. Ground graham crackers and add butter.   Put in round baking pan.    Press for an even crust. Add slices of banana for flavor.

2. Mix the cream and cream cheese until light and fluffy.  Smile at the camera.

2.  Transfer the mixture into a round baking pan.  Take extra care that the mixture does not pass through little fingers holding the mixing bowl.

3. Sprinkle some more ground graham cracker to prettify the cheesekeyk and add some texture to it.

4.  Waste not, want not. Make sure that all the mixture is poured into the pan. Avoid wastage. Use tongue to scrape off excess mixture. 

4.  Use wire whisk attachment to scrape off more mixture from the bowl.  Remember, a lot of kids all over the world are hungry.

5.  Voila! Instant taste test!

6. Remember, if your kids "attack" your own creation without waiting for it to freeze, set, or cool down, that means it was a success.  Remember, why bother with presentation if your fans are already drooling, and ready to devour what you made? Isn't that what food is for?

When Was the Last Time You Went Inside a Library?

When I was kid, I wanted to be a teacher for one very special reason:  I loved erasing blackboards.

Decades later, that one dream came true.  And I came through a very nasty realization: Erasing blackboards is not so fun after all.  

Oh well!  On another note, becoming a teacher has a lot of perks (emotionally and spiritually, NOT financially). That includes free access to the school's library!  Erasing a blackboard is definitely not a perk! 

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One time, while waiting for my next class to start, I dropped by the library to get a few reference materials for my classes.  I realized that the last time I really stayed in a real school library was before I took the bar exams in 2005!  That was soooo long ago! 

Going to the library is like going inside a time space warp
So, I enjoyed the moment and relished going over books, checking the card catalogues, signing the library cards.  There's something really uplifting with books, libraries and reading.  I have a long-time love affair with those three - oh but I prefer leisure reading of course!

Not sure what year this was copy was published
New acquisitions!

I encourage you all to drop what you're doing once in a while and visit your local library. Who knows what treasures you may find there!

Fourth Year: El Fili

Do you remember when's the last time you entered the library?