10 July 2012

cooking: a simple pasta salad

this salad is simple to make and also very refreshing. i think this one will be good for picnics and beach parties. you'll need:

a can of tuna, some baby tomatoes, a can of kernel corn, one carrot and cucumber, and lemon.
of course, you'll need pasta (i used penne--cook according to package directions). you can add more of the ingredients depending on how many people you want to serve.


mix everything in a pan or salad bowl.


notice that there's no dressing for this one. all you need is salt, pepper and a bit of lemon juice.


  before serving, i added some parmesan cheese. chill a bit and serve!

09 July 2012

a june wedding

it's always an honor when you get invited to be part of the entourage at a wedding. more so if the bride (or groom) is one of your closest friends. a little bit of back story:

serene is one of the first persons i met during freshman year in college. at first, we didn't really hang out a lot, but college tends to have you sift through people you meet and determine which ones you'll really have long friendships with. she's one of the handful i remain close with. and although we went on separate directions after graduation--she went to law school and i kickstarted my career, we managed to keep in touch and keep the friendship. 

go and ays
circa 2004

and i was so happy when she found her lovey-dove, ronald. to be honest, their love story is still a bit unclear to me, but that doesn't matter. we can talk about that later on. what is important is that my friend
married the love of her life and i got to be part of it.


here she is before the wedding


and since i'm part of the entourage, i got to see a little behind the scenes action. here's a picture of serene with her family.


the san agustin church is still beautiful.


and there she is, walking down the aisle.


at the reception, they stopped by our table for the customary picture with the couple.


i'm glad that my friend has found her lifetime partner -- someone to take care of her and go on adventures with. but whatever happens, we both know we're still going to be friends for a long time to come.


our friend, chesa also wrote about the wedding. read about it here.

more pictures

cooking: lechon paksiw

on my trip to cebu last may, jp's mom had lechon packed for me to take back to singapore. now, all that talk about cebu's lechon being the best roasted pig you will taste is, to my mind, true! which is why i had a little anxiety over realizing that i cannot possibly finish all this lechon by myself.

i did a little bit of research online and found a couple of recipes for lechon paksiw. i think this one was very good.


  • 4 lbs leftover Lechon or Lechon kawali
  • 3 cups Lechon sauce (follow the link for our homemade authentic Lechon sauce recipe)
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 6 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon whole peppercorn
  • 8 pieces dried bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 3/4 cups vinegar
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • salt to taste

this is the lechon i had to work with. i cut then up into smaller pieces

it doesn't look very pretty while its' cooking, but i promise this will turn out so yummy!


well unfortunately, i wasn't able to take a photo of the finished product. but i can say it was delicious.i packed it in separate containers to give away to our friends who live at jp's building.
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