Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Namamasko Po!

"Sa may bahay ang aming bati. Merry Christmas na maluwalhati!" So starts the popular Christmas carol that kids sing when caroling on the streets. Where we live, we don't get that many carollers, maybe 2-5 per night. And so we were amazed when we went to Binangonan and saw the many carollers - 1, 2 or more groups of children - singing from house to house - in less than an hour while we were standing outside the house at least 10 groups sang. And some of these kids came from other barangays and walked long distances.

Amazing too was the innovative musical instruments they made from ordinary household supplies. This one boy had a make-shift drum with a little cymbal, made from a used milk can.

Christmas Light Scenes

Many people decided to tone down their Christmas light display this year. Policarpio street where we've been to twice with our family, but decided to skip this year, only had 5 houses with Christmas light displays (mainly because they wanted a quieter Christmas). Others due to the rising cost of electricity or because they wanted to do their share in reducing Global warming, had little or no lights in their homes. But others kept with the tradition. The 1st picture is of the Barretto home in Libis, Binangonan Rizal. The 2nd is of the CCP complex while we were driving by (I kind of liked the way this picture turned out - by accident of course from this amateur photographer). The 3rd is on our way home from DFA along Roxas Blvd in Pasay

Deal or No Deal?

Taken at a Christmas party at the DFA. Each department had their own unique presentations. This one by the Foreign Service dept. presented their own version of "Deal or No Deal?", which got the audience laughing. Prizes ranged from P1 to P300, with x number of kisses from so-and-so. Banker was hiding away in another room. One time the cellphone didn't ring and someone shouted "walang load!" (no load - or no cellphone credit when one uses prepaid cards). The contestant ended up winning P200 and 5 kisses (Hershey kisses :).

Oink! Oink!

We had a whole lechon this year! Well, kinda. This is actually a bread shaped into a small lechon. A gift from Ate Emma who bought it at a bakeshop in Angono, Rizal. They had another one intricately shaped like an alligator. (This is one lechon that vegetarians can eat.)

We "chopped" it up on Christmas day. I did the cutting and although I knew it wasn't a real pig I found it hard to cut up the little thing. But I did and had some butter with it. Tasted like an ordinary loaf.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Birthday Sapin-sapin

I celebrated my 38th birthday last November 28. We went out for lunch at SM Mall of Asia at Tempura restaurant - good food, but the kids couldn't sit still. For merienda we bought some pancit palabok (almost like the ones my friend Bambee and Nanay Undes makes) and some sapin-sapin instead of the usual cake. I wanted something sweet but didn't want cake. Sapin-sapin has become one of my favorite desserts. This one bought at " Kakanin sa Banawe". This place is connected with Dolor's Kakanin which makes one of the best kakanins (rice cakes like bibingka, cassava and sapin sapin) in the metro.

My favorite portion here is the one found on the outer rim, which is half cream colored and half ube and the yellow-colored cassava. Some people say they prefer the inner circle of brown bibingka. Anyway, we didn't have a candle to blow and I don't think the sapin-sapin would have tasted very nice with candle drippings.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

What not to do with a chopstick!

We went out to a Chinese restaurant - Hong Kong Restaurant along Macapagal Blvd. - for my mom's birthday last November 5. We ate there with some of mom's close friends and ex-co-workers. We don't usually eat with chopsticks. So the kids found other uses for them. While waiting for the food, they used it like drumsticks and played music with the plates and the teacups (until the waiters took the cups away). Then Joselyn found it could fit in her nostrils! Then we took the chopsticks away.