Pinoy Breakfast

Filipino foods are being made available in the UAE due to the increase in the number of Pinoys working there. But nothing beats the real taste of eating home food at your real home. Tastes way more better.

Intemtem or Tupig is a popular native delicacy from Pangasinan which is made out of ground glutinous rice and coconuts strips wrapped in banana leaves. It is coooked in charcoal instead of the usual steaming. A family friend travelled all the way to bring these tupigs.

The purple food is called biko. Biko is made of glutinous rice, coconut milk, and brown sugar is the ultimate snack or dessert. This classic Filipino rice is deliciously sweet, creamy, chewy, and gluten-free! They made a twist with this one by giving it a violet color.

Pandesal or pan de sal (Filipino and Spanish for “bread of salt”), is a common bread roll in the Philippines. It is made of flour, eggs, yeast, sugar and salt.

IMG_7417IMG_7412IMG_7415

Hinulugang Taktak

Hinulugang Taktak Protected Landscape, also known as Hinulugan Taktak, is a procted area located in Rizal. Initially assigned as a recreation area, the waterfall area has been designated as a national park by virtue of Republic Act No. 6964 in 1990. Ten years later, it became a protected landscape in accordance to Proclamation No. 412. It is being managed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Rizal Provincial Government. As of 2003 and 2004, Hinulugang Taktak is the second most popular national park in the Philippines in terms of number of visitors. (wikipedia)

IMG_7362

IMG_7350IMG_7320IMG_7330

Antipolo Church

The Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage Shrine, also known as the Antipolo church is an iconic place of worship down south of Manila. Many worshipers come here, especially those who plan to travel or work abroad, to pray for safety while away from their families.

This church is even more dear to our family, as we come here for our Sunday Masses many years back, when we still own a house in a nearby subdivision – Woodrow Hills. That property has long been sold, after Didith and I moved to the UAE to work.

The visit here brings back lots of memories. They have made lots of improvements around the area.

IMG_7217IMG_7226IMG_7233IMG_7249IMG_7259IMG_7292IMG_7304

 

Lunch with the Pantanillas

Every vacation, the Pantanilla family makes sure that they get a lunch date from us. It is usually their treat, and they try to bring us to really nice restos around.

This time, we went to Jeca’s, which is a very Pinoy resto located just in front of the new Malolos Municipal Building. The food was in modest servings and the taste was perfect, especially if you long for Pinoy cuisines.

After this, we were also treated to some Starbucks frap, for I guess, dessert 😀

Thank you, Pantanillas!

IMG_2564IMG_2571IMG_8052IMG_8055

IMG_2573

The Pantanilla family are our relatives from my father’s side.

Divisoria Trip

Divisoria is a shopping place in the Philippines, where you find unusually cheap finds for almost everything.

IMG_7910

Seems like it’s daddy who’s pointing his fingers 😀

IMG_7917

Lucky pig, please bring us luck this year, and the years to come.

IMG_7941

Mommy is the official photographer 😀