Thursday, January 22, 2009

Confusion and a Bowl of Batchoy...

I have reached a part of my life again where opportunities present themselves. I always say I am in control of my destination, though sometimes I think I never really exerted a lot of effort to control where my life would go.

I am satisfied with my job as a part time tutor for Koreans. My students are great people and I even decided to go full time. However, there are some problems regarding my Afternoon Job, where my boss asks me for a result when he does not give me any budget for marketing. If Coke and Jollibee, giants on their own spends a lot of money...say millions of pesos for Marketing and Advertisement, why would a starting School never heard before won't spend thousands to start the machinery running.

I mean, I never really asked for too much, frankly speaking I hardly ever held money in my pocket from this boss (3x @ 100Pesos each LIQUIDATED). I just want him to support me in every marketing plan I submit, give me feedback and of course provide the money to spend in the ads.

Right now, my old company's Education Coordinator messaged me and she was encouraging me to apply for HR. HR Supervisor is a great job, but I still have a lot to learn especially in the payroll department. I am a recruitment person doing interviews, trainings, job fairs, examinations and I never get to do the payroll since before. Things can be learned though, however being generous is one of the hardest thing to assimilate.

January 22, 2009 Ilonganons are trying their best to be in the Guiness Book of World Records by making the worlds largest bowl of Batchoy, the Filipino Ramen. One of the most famous food in the country, it originated from La Paz District here in Iloilo. It is said to be invented by a certain Federico Guillergan (not sure with the first name) or Deco Guillergan in 1938 (more or less). It was said that he tried to do some experiment with the soup and voila, World famous Deco's Lapaz Batchoy...

Batchoyis a Filipino food, anywhere you go around the country you will see a lot of signs saying "Original La Paz Batchoy" though some of these imitations do not even know where Lapaz is. Batchoy's flavor comes from the bones of the cow boiled for sooo many hours to make the broth, then Miki (Pancit), Miswa and Bijon are also used. Add pork strips, pork or beef liver, innards, a dask of deep fried garlic, a sprinkle of spring onions, Chicharon and a teaspoon of death inviting, cancer starting Monosodium Glutamate (Ajinomoto in layman's term) and "TWANG" you got a delicious bowl of Batchoy.

Now what is the connection of Batchoy and my sentiments? Well for once, Ilonggos will try to make it big and to be listed in the Guiness Book of World Records... me? Im looking for the best job that will suit me.

Second? They all hope to be listed even though under the Book's Batchoy Category, they are the only one so there is no contest, so they entered it as the world's largest bowl of soup...me? I am as optimistic as they are since I really look for a way even though it seems hopeless and imposible.

Lastly, this bowl of batchoy was fed to street children after it's set goal was accomplished...me? I think after I get the perfect job for me, that is the time that I will help me needy cousins and siblings so that everybody will be happy... and burping!

pic from the Inquirer... Thanks Manong Nestor Burgos...

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Korean Food Feast

Last time, we ate at Kim's Bob. I was planning to eat a value meal lower than 100 pesos but it was decided that we will have a Sam Gyup Sal. Fankly speaking, I was really intrigued what Sam Gyup Sal is. I heard it alot of times from my Korean Students and in Kim's Bob it was only 800 pesos-free Kimchi Soup and unlimited side dish- Kimchi, Kimchi, Kimchi!!!




We went to Kim's Bob- Karen, Raymund, Mayflor, Adz and meeh... we ordered the big Sam Gyup Sal... it was made of sliced pork, lettuce, garlic, onion, sauce, and sesame oil with seeds. Here's how to cook it...

They rub a piece of pork in the skittle for the oil, put the onion and garlic at the sides and fry the pork at the center. You could also fry the Kimchi together with the pork.

How to Eat it the Korean way....

Get a lettuce leaf, put rice, pork, kimchi, sauce, and wrap it all together and put the entire thing in your mouth.... however I just knew this since I bit it in half when I ate last time. Too Pinoy!

Kimchi is very nice however, radish or petchay or chinese petchay put in salty water with a spicy sauce I still do not know.... I ate 6 saucers...

Korean food is very healthy, and very appetizing... as the Japanese peeps say...Itidakimasu!!!

The Biggest Wolf Moon

The biggest moon for this year was the Full Moon this January. Also called the Wolfmoon, the January Esbat was called that since the wolf's howls can be heard across the villages from the mountains.

This Wolfmoon as they've said is the biggest fullmoon in the year since this is the time when the Moon is its nearest position to Earth. During the Esbats, I would normally light a candle for the Gods and I would also do a moon bath.

Aside from honoring Hekate in the crossroads and Janus at the threshold. I would also leave a bowl of rice under the moon, some incense, a candle and other herbs for offering.

I would also use rock salt, bay leaves, vervain leaves, jasmine and rose flowers, lemon in the water that I will use for bathing. I will leave it under the light of the fullmoon while stirring it clockwise and programming it with the attributes or magick that I want to do this night like healing, protection, blessing, cleansing and the likes.

I would also stay under the moon absorbing all the energy I need...

" O Hail Fair Moon, Ruler of Night, Guard me and mine all day and night!"

The Birthday that was...

The birthday that was.... my birthday last January 6 was one of the best birthday celebration I ever had... I got to blow out candles from a cake... after 20 years I got to have a cake served in my birthday and it was a very nice experience. I got to blow not one but two cakes....

My birthday was international, I got to eat lunch at a Korean Resto (Kim's Bob) with Celeste and dinner at a Thai Resto (Krua Thai) with my Kennedy Global Family. I also got a wonderful icecream cake from my students from Solomon Academy so I would like to thank everyone. They gave me a mocha cream cake with candles and Nang Christia bought a nifty gourmet cake from nothing but desserts...



Bein
g 27 years old means becoming old, but a lot people say that i do not even look 27 and Im happy to hear that!!! Hehehehehe!