to oriang and back

in two consecutive weeks, A and I have been to the same restaurant because we feel we’ve found a relatively quiet place — a diamond in the rough(?) — in the middle of the busy and noisy Market! Market! bars and restaurants!

Oriang is located outside the main mall of market! market! and near the air-conditioned bars/restaurants area near the parking lot (as opposed to the open-air ‘food court’ type of restaurants). you need to walk into something like a side street to find it. it’s not as frequented by mall-goers since it gets less foot traffic. still, it was a great idea for curious eaters like myself to find it.

on our first visit, we tried the Nilagang Bulalo and Tuyo Fried Rice. we were served crispy crackers (or ‘noodles’ as they described them, i recall) dressed with pesto while we waited. i also ordered their Okoy for a veggie appetizer. thinking about this meal already makes me salivate. (yuck! kadirs. i know. lol!) the bulalo was one big bowl that could easily serve 4 people with small appetites! and the broth… THE BROTH! i’m a sabaw person most of the time. and it was just pure awesomeness so i kept on ladling the broth into my bowl. it’s the kind of broth you want to have when you have to stay inside the house because of the stormy weather outside. it really hits that spot.

the tuyo fried rice was A’s favorite. very filling with strips of cabbage but it was kinda hard for me to deal with raisins in the fried rice. it was ‘different’ but not totally weird. i like raisins! just wasn’t sure about it in my fried rice.

the okoy was a non-event for me. though it took a while to prepare, i may have gotten used to the flour-filled and soggy okoy i had in pampanga and just craved for that. it didn’t spark memories or tastebuds but it was nice and crispy outside and a bit firm. we didn’t finish everything and had them packed and we had that awesome food for the following day!

while we left rubbing our food babies after that meal, we thought we just had to come back. so the following week, we did!

that week, we tried to confirm our hunch that this is one great food place. we ordered the Kare-Kare for the both of us and I still wanted some soup. I ordered something that had molo wrapper and dumplings (was it Molo soup? cant’ remember really) and the tuyo fried rice made a reprise in this visit.

the first time i took a sip of the soup, i had some regrets. which made me even regret it more when i regretted hesitating in telling the waiter when he asked how the food was! in hindsight, i think it would have been better if i really said that the soup was a bit too salty for my taste. i was caught off-guard, maybe, or i just wasn’t used to complaining about food. it’s something we grew up with as filipinos i guess. you eat what’s on the table. if you don’t like it, then starve. we didn’t have that luxury at home. i digress. the dumplings were yummy and meaty but the broth just really bothered me. still, i took the rest home and ‘fixed’ it by adding water and ate it heartily the next day.

kare-kare is one of my most favorite things in filipino cuisine. the veggies were cooked but still crunchy, the beef was tender but not stringy and the sauce was smooth. a bit too smooth for my liking but it was really good sauce. i was looking for a little more sweetness but it was fine, really. of course, the kare-kare wouldn’t be complete without the bagoong. and that bagoong was mighty good. kung pwede lang ulamin eh. haha!

as usual, we didn’t finish everything knowing we could take it home as we did the last time so we still had some room for dessert. A had a scoop of vanilla ice cream and we shared the Turon de Gregoria – crispy wonton with banana slices topped with caramel. The caramel seems to come from muscovado sugar or something very coconut-y. i may be wrong but it’s not your usual caramel, i think. it was a really nice surprise which capped off our second visit. and i promise you, it will not be the last. there are still a whole lot of items on the menu we haven’t tried and i’m pretty confident it’ll be worth coming back to.



Tell Me, Rep. Lagman

Tell Me, Rep. Lagman

The way I understand it:
1. A fertilized ovum is not a human person/being.
2. Only human person has human rights
3. Abortion is illegal for humans, not ‘living organisms’
4. Supreme Court doesn’t want to define ‘conception’ in relation to Article II Sec. 12 (i.e. fertilization? implantation?)
5. If it’s not a human person and not yet ‘conceived’, it’s practically legal to terminate it.
6. Abortion made legal.

this RH debate is getting to me

you probably all know by now that i am against the RH Law. i do not appreciate its disregard for one’s conscience and some of its guiding principles. now that it is being argued in the Supreme Court, almost everyone can see who sides with who. even if the judges say that they are merely asking questions, we all understand where each justice leans. and because of this, there lies the question of the objectivity of the judges — pro or anti.

my views and reasons are both secular and religious. but most of all because i am Catholic.

i can’t recall my reversion story ever posted here. but now that i have rediscovered Catholicism, what a TRUE Catholic believes and does, not just “being good” and “being nice to others” and “not being judgmental” with other people’s views, i am even humbled by how little i know about the richness of the faith.

hindi mahirap intindihin ang lohika ng Katoliko. mahirap lang itong isabuhay dahil napakataas ng hinihingi ng pagiging tunay na Katoliko. gaano kataas? “Be Perfect!” Mt. 5:48

if you think you are persecuted because you are Christian, try persecution holding on to true Catholicism. not your own version of Catholicism (nudge nudge C4RH, nominal Catholics). we are accused of being overly dogmatic, close-minded, irrational, and intolerant. the only thing in my mind, however, is that after learning all these truths from Catholic teaching, people don’t understand things completely. people sometimes don’t get to sense the bigger picture as i do in the light of real Catholic teaching.

and these things get misinterpreted into narrow-mindedness. and because of this, the RH Law oral arguments tend to hurt me… how people twist things so we look like fanatics who are disconnected with reality. and sometimes, some free-thinking individuals see this as a danger, a threat, and diminishes our credibility.

yeah. it’s another rambling-about entry today.

di ba kayo naloloka kay napoles?

kaya hinayang na hinayang ako sa Ang Kapatiran candidates noong eleksyon. Sila lang ang partidong ayaw sa pork barrel. yung candidates ng administration and opposition eh iba-iba pa ng views. ano’ng klaseng partido yan? ngayon may ganitong issue kay Napoles and the corruption using the PDAF, ano na ngayon? kahit na obviously eh pinanggagalingan ito ng korupsyon, lalong hihigpit ang hawak ng mga senador at kongresista sa perang ito. hay buhay…

sa mga taong nahalal na hindi ko binoto, utang na loob. LET IT GO! iwanan na iyang PDAF na yan para magka-alaman na talaga kung kayo eh para sa serbisyo publiko o para sa pansariling interes ang pagkaka-upo ninyo sa puwesto. basta sigurado ako, iyong 3 manok ko na hindi na-upo eh uunahin ang iba bago ang sarili. my goodness!

president PNoy, please… dahil may election tagline ka noon na “Kung Walang Corrupt, Walang Mahirap,” habulin mo itong mga senador at congressmen na corrupt. better yet, find a way to get rid of this corrupt-ridden PDAF.

senators and congressmen, makunsensiya naman kayo.

I’m Keeping This Here


I’m keeping this here just to commemorate the day that I never imagined would happen.

To my online friends who probably experienced shock and/or shame browsing my “old” safe blog, I hope you weren’t deterred. Things are now back to normal (if you consider me normal) and I’m once again in control. I have the Conn.

what can i say? it’s nice to be back. pero sana hindi na maulit ito. sana.