Peach Slices, drained
Jelly Powder pack
6 cups water and peach syrup
In a serving dish, arrange peach slices (Dole has these). Set aside.
In a deep pan, dissolve jelly powder in a tap water.
Bring to near boil while constantly stirring. Add sugar and stir. Remove from fire.
Pour in the setving dish where the peaches are arranged. Let cool and chill.
Serve as is or cubed and added in a cold iced tea.
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Saturday, September 10, 2016
Peach Slices, drained
Friday, September 9, 2016
250gms ground beef
2 cups rice
2 cups water
2 packs Asian Gourmet spice
Toasted cashew nuts
Marinate beef in yogurt for 10 minutes
Saute beef in a little oil. Set aside.
In a wok, rinse rice. Add water, turmeric and prepared spice. Bring to boil covered.
Add mushroom and carrots. Cook in low heat. Add hot water to adjust rice absorption to allow it to cook.
Garnish with cashew nuts and chopped oregano. Serve hot.
Squash, grated (Use steel cheese grater)
2 heads Onion, chopped
6 cloves garlic, chopped
Toasted garlic (optional)
Salt and pepper
Dried Italian herbs and/or turmeric
Canola oil for frying
In a deep bowl, put first six ingredients.
Add oatmeal until manageable to form into patties. Just add flour a little at a time to adjust.
Fry each patty and drain excess oil in a paper towel.
Serve with tomato ketchup or Tostitos Spinach dip.
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Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Why Echegaray did not confess guilt until his death? (Reflections on how cheap lives are these days)
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Mourning is a personal closure, since it brings humans to a full circle of birth and death, of comings and goings. When I saw the headline that a sister whose brother was missing during the Martial law era said that "Buti pa si Marcos may bangkay," (Lucky is Marcos, he has a cadaver) I just can't shake it off from my thoughts.
I lost my father this year and I am still finding myself some comfort in knowing that he rested from the physical pains. I know he died and I know we ushered him to a resting place. These thoughts actually comfort me. Thus, putting myself in that sister's shoe, I just can't imagine myself mourning without a closure. Perhaps, she will always mourn until she can no longer mourn.
There are many personal stories of loss and unnecessary deaths during the Marshal Law that we just cannot close our eyes and say that the past is past and we should move on as a nation. No, we cannot just do that because there was no positive action from the family of the late Ferdinand Marcos regarding their intention to ask for forgiveness for the human rights violations and there is no moral (if legal is not feasible) restitution of the wealth we lost during the regime. The nation cannot forgive if there is no asking for it. In fact, the insistence of FM being buried in the Libingan Ng Mga Bayani is not a national sentiment but only that of the current President (add the Ilocanos there) obviously because Marcos Jr was an ally when he ran for the presidency.
The injuries made during the Marshal law is a historical fact and the fact that one's family was not a direct recipient of human rights violation at that time, it does not mean that Marshal law is a good thing. The Presidential Decrees of FM are still being used today to enforce harmony and I am sure he had lots of good intention for an orderly society but whatever good things marshal law gave us is eclipsed by FM's abuse of power, directly or through his instrumentalities. As a nation, we surely do not want to go through that again. NEVER.
The late president Ferdinand Marcos may be physically buried in the Libingan Ng Mga Bayani but we will always tell and retell the stories of the human rights abuses that happened during Marshal law and the many infamies he caused. Go ahead, bury him there. But we will never stop telling the story so we will never forget.
To close, while the Marcos family wanted a heroes' burial for FM, there are many Filipinos who are still looking for a body to bury and put to rest. I just can't imagine the pain they feel from the mere presumption and forced acceptance of the conclusion of the death of their loved ones and the emotional abuses made to them from time to time by false news of unearthed bodies of their relatives, some fortune tellers telling them where to find their loved ones' body for a fee, some emotional blackmailers, and now, some news of forced "moving on" from Marshal law.
*Photo credit: MARIANNE BERMUDEZ, Philippine Daily Inquirer
Friday, August 5, 2016
Friday, June 24, 2016
By Gerlie M. Uy
And playing with Lola Epyon.
Crisp laughter I heard;
I am not mistaken.
I was surprised you were around
And I came near you.
You stood up beside me;
I touched your bloated belly.
Is it still painful 'Tay?
You said, "Not anymore."
"Oh, in heaven the pain is gone,
But your belly is still bloating," I teased.
Then, I held and kissed your hand;
It was warm and alive.
The kiss left a smile on my lips.
Thank you for visiting me
In my sleep.
and have a piece of your belongings
ride away with the waves
so that you will leave in peace.
This may free you
from the burden of our worldly sorrows,
from the heaviness of our longings,
from the bondage of our thoughts,
from many what ifs when you're alive,
from many unfinished business to do,
from many plans we still wish to pursue with you.
Today, we will go to the sea
and have a piece of your belongings
ride away with the waves.
This may free us too.
Saturday, April 2, 2016
Our relationship with our father was one made of love and hate.
Thursday, March 10, 2016
"Education in my family is a family history. It is worth retelling to a generation which neglects what is readily served to them by their parents."
Education in my family is a family history. It is worth retelling to a generation which neglects what is readily served to them by their parents.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
At the house.
One day, Bulawanon engaged the help of Tikum Kadlum, a hunting dog with the gift of sensing the spirits, in cooking rice for his husband Paiburong and his brother Dumaraog who will be going hunting. When the rice was cooked, the brothers ate fast. Then, while Bulawanon packed the betel nut for her husband, Paiburong and Dumaraog dressed themselves, with Dumaraog suggesting they match their sashes and belts, since he is his brother's loyal protector. To complete their hunting preparations, the two brought out their long-bladed sharp knives, shields, spears, and lances from their gold chest and wall hanger. When everything is set, Paiburong bade goodbye to his wife, Bulawanon, who reminded her husband to be careful as he might meet in the forest one named Makabagting, who is accompanied by a man-eating woman called Muwa. Makabagting is a nobleman and a warrior who is widely known as having tasted human flesh. Paiburong went out of his house, and he heard a sound. It warned him of some bad luck ahead. He ignored the omen and called for Tikum Kadlum, and the three headed to the forest as planned.
At the forest.
The brothers reached the hunting grounds in the forest. Nothing was heard by either of them but the incessant barks of Tikum Kadlum. The brothers were wondering what was the dog seeing. Paiburong and Dumaraog wielded their weapons and rushed to where Tikum Kadlum was, only to find out that there was nothing in his midst except the Buriraw, a golden bamboo tree, which he kept looking up to. Paiburong declared that he will cut down the bamboo tree because Tikum Kadlum appears like a fool gazing up to its tip where the burugsak or the golden bell is tied, and he would not leave it and even incessantly circles the same. Dumaraog stopped his brother and reminded him that he was warned of a bad luck earlier but still Paiburong can never be held back. Paiburong cut the Buriraw and there was a series of bursting sounds. The burugsak attached to the window of Makabagting sounded off.
Makabagting has awaken.
Makabagting, whose chest measures seven stretches of one's thumb and pointfinger, got angry. His Muwa was also awakened and declared that she will shred into pieces the culprit who cut down Makabagting's buriraw. Makabagting explained that the Buriraw tied with a burugsak has a tuos or sacred promise to his ancestors Makalikbo and Luon-luon, so that whoever cuts it or bends it shall exchange it with his life. The Muwa repeated what Makabagting has just explained. This revelation made Paiburong tremble with fear, and Makabagting reached for Paiburong. Dumaraog interrupted, apologized and pleaded for mercy. He insisted that they have no knowledge that the Buriraw tied with a burugsak has a tuos.
In lieu of Paiburong's life.
Makabagting, whose chest measures seven stretches of one's thumb and pointfinger, felt mercy towards Paiburong and decided to spare him his life. Then the Muwa declared that in return, Paiburong should offer his two daughters as payment. Right there and then, Paiburong and Makabagting agreed as to the month when the latter will come back for his daughters and the former can take the cut Buriraw home with him as he has exchanged it already with his daughters. Makabagting and the Muwa left for their home. Dumalaog hurried up Paiburong in completely cutting down the Buriraw which he has exchanged with his daughters. And thereafter, the latter called for Tikum Kadlum.
Back to the house.
Paiburong climbed up the steps of his house with a heavy heart. Bulawanon suspected that something was wrong and started to ask questions. Dumaraog made Bulawanon sit down first. He then narrated that "Tikum Kadlum was barking incessantly towards the tip of the Buriraw and even encircled the same as if he hears a Binanog or an eagle-immitating dance and Paiburong decided to cut down the same and bursting sounds from the bell attached to Makabagting's window were heard and it turned out that the Buriraw has a tuos because Makabagting inherited the same from his ancestors. Not long after, Makabagting arrived together with his Muwa. Paiburong pleaded for mercy. Makabagting spared his life but he has to give him their daughters." Upon hearing the story, Bulawanon weeped and asked Paiburong why he did not challenge Makabagting when he is the courageous one and why he did not offer his life when he is already old anyway and finally, why he allowed her two cherished daughters to be taken in exchange.
The time has come.
The marked day of the month when Makabagting had to come for Matan-ayon and Suranggaon, the two daughters of Paiburong and Bulawanon, had finally arrived. Bulawanon was thinking of ways to spare her daughters from being taken away. She bathed her daughters with Tagom, a plant with blue violet dye and placed them by the stove. Bulawanon bathed her maidservant and slave, and dressed them with beautiful clothes and let them lay down in the hammock. Then the Muwa and Makabagting arrived. Makabagting looked for the daughters whom Paiburong had exchanged with his Buriraw. Bulawanon, hiding her grin, pointed at the hammocks where her maidservant and slave were. Makabagting would not believe that they were her daughters. Bulawanon challenged him to look around the rooms to verify whether she keeps her daughters. Makabagting caught a big housefly and the Muwa tied it with her hair and the fly glided around and the Muwa told the fly to look for the daughters of Bulawanon. The Uwa declared that whoever the fly land to, they are the daughters of Bulawanon. And the huge housefly landed on Matan-ayon first and then to Suranggaon who were situated on the side of the dirty kitchen. Buluwanon pleaded to spare her daughters as she could not live without them. Paiburong comforted Buluwanon and explained that he could not do anything as their fates were already written on their palms. The Muwa left and Makabagting left carrying Matan-ayon and Suranggaon on his neck and shoulder.
Inside the enchanted cave.
Makabagting arrived home with Matan-ayon and Suranggaon and he instructed his Muwa sister named Amburukay to boil water in a kawa or giant wok in order to cook them. Instead, Amburukay welcomed the two maidens and she placed the two on her breast, and then, she told her elder brother that she will keep them in the house and make them as her binukot or well-kept maidens. She told Makabagting that she will hide them inside the golden chamber inside the enchanted cave.
Amburukay's motherly instinct.
Amburukay paced back and forth since she could not contain her joy for having her two daughters. She bathed them in the kawa and dressed them elaborately with her own clothes. She also decorated them with all of her accessories. She made them stand, place their hands on both waists, and walk while swaying their hips. She then stared at them and followed them with her eyes; she has nothing bad to say about them. They are all perfect for her. The two will be her playthings.
She made a tu-os on the two maidens. Amburukay pledged that whoever can get or take hold of her golden pubic hair which she inherited from Luon-luon, he will pay it with his life, but if he is a good-looking man, he will be the two maiden's husband. Then, she kept Matan-ayon and Suranggaon inside the locked golden chamber inside her cave.
Amburukay leaves the enchanted cave.
She would always check on the two binukot Matan-ayon and Suranggaon inside the golden chamber inside her cave everyday. She derived joy in looking at them. She would always feed them and make them sleep on her two laps. In some days, Amburukay would request the two maidens to take the lice off her head by the window. Amburukay would then contemplate about the future of her two daughters. She forbade Makabagting to get inside the chamber where she keeps them because he might fall in love with her binukot. Amburukay told Makabagting about her tu-os. She weeped upon thinking about the future of her two daughters and her wish to go back to the forest. She said that whoever has the fate of having her daughters as his wives will have pride in them. According to Amburukay, she will just return to the forest because she is not used to sleep in a room and when she is in the woods, she would just gather snails and turtles. But whenever she will be called for, she will come like rain drops by the porch.
*Retelling of the story is based on this blogger's personal understanding of the Contemporary Kinaray-a translation of the Archaic Kinaray-a in the Book 1 of Epics of Panay entitled, Tikum Kadlum, as told by Federico Caballero and Teresita Caballero-Castor with Dr. Alicia Magos as chief translator and published by UP Press. Copyright 2014
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Saturday, February 6, 2016
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
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Inspired by my two visits in Oslob, Cebu in 2015
and the reason why I didn't swam with the butandings.
Sunday, January 3, 2016
Owing to the new year's long holiday, I was able to watch "In the Heart of the Sea" (2015) which is a fictional narration of a true event that is supposed to be the inspiration of Herman Melville's book we now know as "Moby Dick." It is a story of how sailors braved the seas searching for oil by capturing whales and extracting oil from them on board only to be met by a big whale that destroyed their ship. Some sailors survived, but not without doing the unthinkable. By the end of the 1800's the whaling industry which provided whale oils used for oil lamps and soap is already giving way to kerosene and vegetable oils by the start of the 1900s. Whaling is now generally banned worldwide.
The movie made me think back to the Whale Sharks of Oslob, Cebu, Philippines. I did not swam with the Whale Sharks or Butandings after reading an article that such tourism industry being promoted by Oslob is actually not animal-friendly because it makes the whale sharks dependent to the shrimps being fed by the boatmen to lure them to go near the shore so that tourists can take closer look at the Butanding and take photos with the giant fish behind. If this industry continues, the baby whale sharks will no longer know how to feed themselves. This is a bane because whale sharks are already a vulnerable species.
It is known that filter feeders can play an important role in clarifying water, and are therefore considered ecosystem engineers. Thus, filter feeders help clarify the ocean waters and a natural check to the deadly red tides.
Implication to the booming tourism industry of Oslob
If the whale sharks are lured by boatmen with ready shrimp feeds every day, I believe the purpose of the natural feeding mechanism of the whale sharks will be defeated. They will no longer look for areas with planktons and other tiny organism to filter but head straight to where food is readily available and they will no longer filter the ocean because they are already full with readily available food.
Another point is when the baby whale sharks are dependent to the feeding already and will no longer know how to effectively filter-feed, it could be disruptive to the ecosystem (read: red tides), and also threaten their survival.
Observations in Oslob
Earlier photo posts on whale sharks consist of playing with it and even riding on top of the big fish. Such actions are now being policed by the association of boatmen and sea wardens and punished by an ordinance. The penalty of touching the whale shark is P2,500 fine or an imprisonment of four to six months. Marine biologists and sea wardens are watching under the sea.
I believe the organizing of the boatmen and the local people working for the tourist industry of Oslob is admirable. Rather than letting the free lancer boatmen race in finding whale sharks, it is better that the same be regulated. The synchronized movements of the boatmen pushing the boats to the sea and their manning and rowing the boat are also rewarding to watch.
Other tourist attractions when in Oslob