Quaint coffee shops mushroomed all around Rizal in the last few years. I am familiar with the shops in Antipolo. Recently, the town of Angono saw the rise of a new coffee shop called Wheat and Beans. And did you know that there is a small shop near Angono Private High School (APHS)? Also, there is a small cafe shop in Tanay that I really want to check. So I’m getting ready for a summer of coffee. Read my stories soon…
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,600 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.
Press Release: Extraordinary Online Video Contest Awarding & Bloggers Fest At Thunderbird Resorts Rizal
On April 16, 2011, Thunderbird Resorts awards the winning Extraordinary Video to bag the much-coveted P100k cash prize and Vacation Getaway. The awarding proper takes place at Thunderbird Resorts Rizal’s newly-opened Event Center.
“What Makes You Extraordinary?” was the question posted in the contest, wherein participants must answer by submitting a video best explaining their reasons. By the end of February 2011, a total of 58 video entries were received which were then posted online for the voting period that ran from March 1to 25 2011.
The Grand Prize Winner is determined by a panel of judges that includes Anton Diaz of OurAwesomePlanet.com, videographer Bob Nicolas, Prof. Patrick Campos of the UP Film Institute and Thunderbird Resorts Chief Sales & Marketing Officer Felbin Soto. While the Five Consolation Prizes of P10k Thunderbird Resorts GC, P5k Cash Prize and Enjoy Philippines card is based on the Five Most Voted Videos. An Apple iPad also awaits the Favorite Video shot at Thunderbird Resorts.
Happening on the same day, Thunderbird Resorts is also the host of this year’s Bloggers Fest – an activity-filled day that includes seminars and workshops with expected attendees of about 200 bloggers from various categories. Azrael Coladilla explains on manilabloggers.blogspot.com, “The objective of the event is to have a venue for free mentorship on blogging and as well as networking with Filipino bloggers and participating companies.”
“Inspired from last year’s Bloggers Fiesta Manila, the Bloggers Fest features co-bloggers to serve as speakers on different topics and to share their experiences and give tutorials on how to have a successful blog site,” Coladilla added.
Thunderbird Resorts’ thrust is to create extraordinary experiences for its guests, giving them a luxurious vacation lifestyle with each stay. It holds two world-class properties here in the Philippines catering to leisure, sports, recreation and entertainment activities. One is located in the highland oasis of Binangonan, Rizal; the other Mediterranean-inspired property is in the peninsula of Poro Point in San Fernando, La Union. Through the online video contest and bloggers event, Thunderbird Resorts shares this Extraordinary experience and more.
Special thanks to Zest Air as the event’s major sponsor and in partnership with Travelbook.ph, Nuffnang, Enjoy Philippines, Baicapture, SolidHosting.PH, Dependable Printing, Perfect Renders and Manila Bloggers Network.
For more information, visit http://www.thunderbird-asia.com.
I experimented on another recipe using cassava. It’s called Cassava Nuggets.
¾ cassava (2-3 medium sized cassava), peeled and grated
Salt and pepper, to taste
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbps cornstarch
1 cup Vegetable/Canola oil
½ cup grated cassava
1 cup brown sugar
2 cups water
1 tbsp cornstarch
Salt and pepper to taste
1 clove garlic, minced
1. Beat eggs and add cornstarch, salt, pepper and garlic.
2. Add grated cassava. Mix well.
3. Scoop a spoonful of mixture and deep fry until golden brown.
4. Drain and serve.
For the sauce:
1. Dissolve cornstarch in water.
2. Saute garlic until light brown
3. On low fire, add dissolved cornstarch, sugar, salt and pepper and cassava. Mix until it thickens. Sauce should give a sweet salty taste and coffee brown in color.
Last Sunday, my friends and I went crazy over cassava and experimented on two cassava recipes: Okoy Cassava and Cassava Cake.
Okoy Cassava Ingredients:
1 kilo Cassava (3-4 pcs medium sized cassava), peeled and grated
1 green papaya (small size), peeled and cut into strips
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlice, minced
Salt and pepper to taste
½ cup Vegetable/Canola Oil
1. Combine cassava, papaya, onion and garlic. Add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside for 30 mins – 1 hour to allow ingredients to mix.
2. Beat eggs and fold into mixture.
3. Heat pan and oil.
4. Create small patties and deep fry into oil until golden brown.
5. Serve with chili-vinegar on the sides.
Cassava Cake Ingredients:
1 ½ kilo Cassava (5-6 pcs medium sized cassava), peeled and grated
2 cups coconut milk
1 can evaporated filled milk
1 can condensed milk
½ kilo brown sugar
½ cup margarine/butter
1. Dissolve sugar in coconut milk. Add condensed milk and evaporated filled milk.
2. Add grated cassava to the mixture. Mix well.
3. Using Chefel pan, fill ¾ of the pan with the cassava batter.
4. Let it steam for about 15 minutes. Flip pan and add butter on top.
5. Cook again for another 15 minutes. Flip pan again and add butter.
We weren’t able to get actual photos of the whole activity because we got busy cooking and checking on the cake. It ended up well and everyone enjoyed the meal. Next time, we will try making homemade churros and cassava patties.
Visiting Baler, Aurora is becoming a kick-off activity for my friends and I. Ever since our first trip last January 2009, we always find ourselves going back to this beautiful surfing spot.
Going to Baler usually takes about 8 hours. Aside from the long drive, you have to endure about 2 hours of rough road. And I really mean a rough and bumpy road. It’s better to leave Manila at midnight so you will arrive in Baler at 8 am or earlier.
We left Manila last Friday, February 12 around 11 pm. We reached Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija at around 2:30 am, Saturday, February 13. From there, we travelled the next 4 hours through rough and bumpy road until we arrive in Baler.
Believe that you will forget the long drive the moment you see and hear the waves.
Bart, the organizer, usually books the group at Bay’s Inn Resort. The resort has eight classroom-type rooms and a three-storey guest house. Before, we got one of the classroom-type on the ground floor. But for this trip, Bart gave us a corner room on the second floor. We loved our room assignment plus the fact that we have our own balcony. I think Bart is being nice to us because this has been my second trip and third for Zha and Jo. We are regulars already. Hahaha
We ate our breakfast before we start our activities for the day. We ate traditional Filipino breakfasts but it seems like everything tastes so good when you eat by the beachfront.
Right after breakfast, we changed and communed with the waves. Then, we watched the first batch of surfers as they get their drills and start their lessons. Zha and I decided to pass surfing for this trip. Jo, on the other hand, decided to take the Sunday morning class.
Saturday afternoon went quiet cause Zha and I slept after lunch while Jo stayed up to read and stroll. At 5pm, Jo and I went back to the beach to watch some surfers and play with the waves. After tiring ourselves, Jo and I went back to our room to change and get ready for dinner.
There was a beach party at Bay’s Inn. Our trip coincided with the 4th Aurora Cup Championship. Surfers from La Union, Daet, CamSur, Siargao and Zambales were there.
By 10pm, we were already tired and sleepy. And so, we called it a night and retreated to our rooms.
Come Sunday morning, Jo woke up to watch the sunrise. Zha joined her and I followed them at around 6am. Unfortunately, the sun did not showed itself because there was a thick fog. We had our breakfast and Jo got ready for her surfing lessons. Our new found friends, Grace and Marie joined for the morning lessons.
It was another great weekend spent in Baler. As usual, I have compiled some quotable quotes from this trip.
“You shall be blessed!” – Cheng
“Want to know something, askcheng.com” – Zha
“Choice ko ‘to eh” – Grace
“Interrupting animals” – Jo
My friends and I dream of covering as much of the Philippine Islands as possible. Next in our destination is the famous Boracay Island. I know that WOW Philippines Travel Agency offers great Boracay Packages! . Visit Seair Philippines for more details!