Thursday, December 30, 2010

Inside our old BUDDY last Christmas

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Dengue = Water Therapy, Durian and Tawa-tawa

Dengue Fever is a disease transmitted by mosquitoes mostly occurring in the tropics. It is a life-threatening disease that is currently been attacking people from all ages here in the Phillipines. Most common victims are the children. 

Even me, I suffered from this horrible silent killing disease brought to us by mosquitoes. When I was admitted to the hospital, I felt very weak and somewhat lost my appetite. Also before going to the hospital, i think it was about 3-4 days that I had an on and off high-fever. What's funny about it was during my working hours I felt very fine. So when my girlfriend knew about my on-off fever, she told me to drink lots of water so i wont be dehydrated because we already suspected that i had a dengue. So I did continue the water therapy even when I was admitted. 

When I was in the hospital, my 2 other roommates there also was diagnosed with dengue. One was very critical who had a 4 platelet where in the normal was 150 up and the other one was just same as mine, not that low in platelet count. Their families advise us to let me eat some anti-dengue fever foods. One of them was the Tawa-tawa tea. ewww. I already knew about this tea cause I was hospitalized with dengue before and this tea made me even more sick with just having a small zip. Even though they said it could be very rewarding and could make me recover faster, whew, I really refused taking it. Even smelling it I felt like throwing up already. Plus! My doctor said some of this tea could make a patient acquire diarrhea so I had a very concrete reason not to have a dose of that deadly alternative med.   

The next item they want me to eat was durian. Durian by the way is a very delicious fruit native here in Davao City. During the time when I was in the hospital, that was inline with durian season. Lots of durian vendors along the streets with very reasonable prices. So I told my self, "there, thats what I like". So I told my sister about that too and she planned to buy some durian outside immediately. While I was having lunch that day, I over heard the nurse telling the other patient, "know what, Durian is not allowed here inside the hospital cause its smell is very strong." Damn! There goes my favorite. There goes the food I wanna eat even I kinda lost my appetite. Whew! So, after the nurse left the room the other person attending to my roommates said, "nah, we can always sneak in some durian meat guys don't worry too much". And immediately, I texted my sister to hide it when they get in. Hahaha. So, when my sister came back she had this 3 durian seeds, coated with very rich and delicious smelly meat inside a small transparent cellophane. And I enjoyed it even I still want more. Hahah. 

Now, if ever you will suffer from dengue or on-off fever try this combination: 
Drink Lots of Water

Take Paracetamol for Fever

Eat Durian

Have some ewww Tawa-tawa Tea

And Eat A Lot!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

BH for Desert

Young coconut meat and juice with milk. They say its good for those people who have urinary problems. By the way the ingredients came from my mother's friend's birthday. They have too many ingredients so they gave some to their visitors and my mother was one of those who received. That is why its "BH" short for "bring home" foods from a party or any other celebration with lots of food in it. 


Friday, September 3, 2010

Have a Drink for Your Heart

There many medicines that people created in order to give care for our hearts. Among the very popular technique to give care to our heart is to have a healthy diet and exercise. But as time pass by, there are many studies that resulted to the manufacturing of artificial drugs to care for our hearts. But there are many researchers and health specialist said that wine, which is an alcohol drink has a very good effect to our health especially with our heart.

According to Wikipedia, Resveratrol is found in the skin of red grapes and is constituent in red wine. Because of resveratrol, some studies indicated that red wine do increase the formation of good cholesterol and decrease bad ones. Thus, drinking red wine can help us for caring our hearts, especially those with heart diseases.

But as what everybody always said, "Too Much is Bad for your Health". So just drink moderately and responsively.


or should i say, Kampay!!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Sorbetes, Sorbeteros and Customers

Sorbetes is our version of ice cream. It is usually peddled by Sorbeteros from street carts here in the Philippines. It is usually served in a small wafer or sugar cones and bread buns. The main ingredient of sorbetes is coconut milk. Unlike other ice creams which are made from cow's milk or any other animal milk it is more cheaper so, everyone can afford it. And here are the actor and props in action during Davao's Kadayawan festival this year in the street of San Pedro. 




Happy Customers

Thursday, August 26, 2010

How about Squid and Pork with Vegetables for dinner?

I had a very fine diner today. Thanks to my mother, I always have. Now for our menu for our dinner, Ginisang Squid and Pork with Vegetables. By the way, the Pork was what was left from our morning meal. We normally do not cook during lunch. My mother cooks our meals during morning to be enough to reach for our lunch also, that is what we call budgeting 101. She cooks extra amount of viand and even rice.

Ginisang Squid

Pork with Vegetables

I did placed the squids on top of the rice and separate the vegetables in another small bowl. I eat the squid with rice, then after that I eat the vegetables alone. I just love these vegetables, I love eating them. Cheers!

Feature Filipino Word
Gisa is a way of cooking. For us, Gisa or Ginisa is making use of onion and garlic. First is add oil to a hot pan. Then add the garlic, when its in golden color you can now add the sliced onions.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Grilled Pork with Radish

I did a last minute decision yesterday when my mother asked me on what we would be having for our dinner that night. Normally, I do request for any viand with soup or we call is "sabaw". I dunno why but i always eat more when we have soup on the table. Maybe it does help in swallowing the food. It's easier to swallow the rice though when there's a little tasty liquid with it or soup. But the situation yesterday was quite different, we lack time for preparation that is. So i went to have a look what we have inside our ref. Then I saw lots of onions and the first thing that came to my mind was grilled pork! Weird, but that's how it was. So i went out to and bought about half kilo pork then my mother grilled it. I also bought some radish to garnish our meal. After about half an hour, we have our very delicious Grilled Pork with Radish.

Now, you may wonder what's the connection of the onion and grilled pork and radish. Actually, our family loves to mix our sauce and grilled pork in one dish. Other people call it "Kilawin", but i don't cause plain pork is not the ideal meat to use for that dish. That is my opinion only. Maybe some other time i can also blog about it. So, regarding the onion thing, our dipping sauce is the one with onion on it. I, personally do this dipping sauce almost all the time. I chopped onions and tomatoes, then mixed them with soy sauce and vinegar. After that, add some chili, and pinches of salt and powered pepper. Slice some calamondin or calamansi then squeeze and mixed to soy sauce vinegar mixture. Now make sure that the whole mixed sauce would be enough that there will be extra for dipping when it is poured or mixed with the chopped, grilled pork. Normally, after the pork is grilled its dry. So, that sauce will be absorbed by the meat, thus making it juicy again. Also, I almost forgot about the crushed ginger, it adds a very good aroma when soaked in the hot(when the pork is still hot, the sauce would also be heated a bit) sauce. Now, when we have this in our meal, after eating I always have this after effect due to the presence of the onion. Cause I dunno again what is with it but I love the taste of onion with moist rice, tasty and juicy grilled pork, semi-spicy and sour sauce and quite crunchy radish. Wew, that makes me hungry just describing it. Here are some of the pictures, by the way.

  • Pork, stomach area is the best 
  • Radish, chopped in thin circular slices
  • Onions, makes your breath smells eww..hehe
  • Calamansi, this can replace vinegar
  • Chili, hot! hot!
  • Ginger, aroma
  • Soy Sauce, main sauce
  • Vinegar, sour taste(optional)
  • Pepper, powder is recommended, crushed will do also
  • Salt, if the soy sauce is not that salt enough or very sour

  • Grill the pork. Chop it after.
  • Mix them all up! The taste it, if it's fine then EAT! And have a BAD BREATH!

Featurre Filipino Word
Sabaw or Soup

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Midnight Snack: Balut

Phee.. phooot.. phee.. phot.. pheee.. phoooot..

Whew, I really dunno how to put the sound of the rubber horns these balut vendors use into words but its something like that. By the way, about a week ago, I started buying balut outside of our house. Everytime I hear the sound above, I go out and wait for the vendor to come back to buy some. I normally buy about 2 or 3 baluts then I will go back to our house and eat it there. Some folks eat balut in the streets where balut vendors are. They cracker the egg shell open the put a pinch of salt or add coco vinegar with chili and spices then eat it. But me, i prefer salt and balut only.

Now, earlier about 11:30pm PH time i heard the balut sound again. Since i'm a bit hungry I went out to buy. When I arrived outside near the street, i did not expect what i saw. Hahah. Three balut vendors were waiting for me. Wow! They really waited for me to come out at those time. Then the young boy vendor said, "sir sa akoa baya ka ning palit tong isa ka adlaw". Its like he wants me to buy his balut over those two other vendors but those two older balut vendors also wanted the same. Hahaha. That was weird for me, so i decided to buy 3. One balut from each of the vendor. As I was going back to the house, the young boy shouted, "sir! ugma sa akoa nalng palit beh?!". Hahaha, he wants me to solely buy from him in case those other vendors are around next time. Wew! His job must be very hard for him. But after that, I enjoyed my 3 baluts and hungry stomach solved! Now some insights to what balut is.

Feature Filipino Word
Word: Balut
What is that: Balut is usually a fertilized duck egg with a slightly-developed embryo inside. It is boiled and eaten in the shell. Yummy!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Typical Sunday Routine

For us Filipinos, Sunday normally is for family day. Families go to church, eat together, do some recreational activities and also relax. After all of the days of work, we relax during Sundays.

As for me, I do too do the same. Of course if important work deadlines don't get on my way. But typically I also follow the same pattern as all Filipinos or Pinoy do. Now in my case I start my Sunday routine welcoming Sunday itself. That is I stay late during Saturday nights, sit on my chair, sometimes surfing the internet and waiting for sleepiness come and get me. I do normally see or watch my clock as it shifts from 12 to 0, and that marks the start or "simula" of my typical Sunday.

After a hour or so, I'll be off to bed and take a very nice sleep. About more than 8hours of sleep would be great for me, to coup up with those busy weekdays with work. So i usually wake up before 11am then have something to eat. After which, i'll help do some house chores, cook for lunch or sometimes just sit down and watch TV with my family. Then when 12noon strikes, its feeding time for us. After we eat, I will then prepare for church time at 1pm. Either with my family or with my girlfriend. Then me and my girlfriend would go somewhere, strolling on the mall, go to parks or either go to their house or our house for dinner. If we'll be at our house during dinner i do accompany my girlfriend when she go home to their house.

After that, i'll go back home and sleep again. Taking some rest for a working week ahead. And that's my typical Sunday routine. i dunno if I really did have some rest but sleeping 8hours+ is one hell of a good rest for me. Hahaha! Because during weekdays I can't have enough sleep and i dunno why. hahaha.

Happy Sunday everyone!

Feature Filipino Word
Word: Tulog (to-log)
Meaning: Sleep, go to sleep.
Example: After that, i'll go back home and tulog again.

Saturday, August 14, 2010


Everything in this world has its own story of beginning, and this is the beginning of my blogging activity as Dady Long Legs (DLL). I'll be posting technology related items, experiences, life, love etc. As what I write on my blog description, anything under the sun!

Also, I will include a Filipino word on every post for non-Filipino readers to give them some new vocabulary straight from Philippines. Who knows, they or you might find it handy along the way. So here is the first Filipino word, enjoy! Cheers!

Feature Filipino Word
Word: Simula (see-moo-la)
Meaning: The start, commencement, time when anything begins.
Example: This will be the simula of my blogging life.