Tuesday, March 31, 2009

3-days off for the holy week

we were only given 3 days to rest for this coming holy week by our Korean boss, April 7-9, 2009 (Tuesday-Thursday) - hmmm.. not bad, but the thing is, Friday (or Good Friday) is the holiest day for us Filipinos, but he cannot understand it. *sigh*

recipe for Korean Kalbi Jim

After pulkogi, kalbi-jim is perhaps the second most popular Korean beef dish. Meaty short ribs are marinated in traditional seasonings, then cooked long and slow, until the meat gelatins form a deep, rich glaze. By the time it is done, the tender beef is practically falling from the bones, and the sauce is thick with flavor. This is a wonderful cold-weather dish, for the heat of the stove warms the house, and the aromas of the simmering sauce tantalize the appetite. It takes a while to cook, but most of the cooking time is relatively effortless, leaving the chef to dine relaxed and unhurried.

* 4 pounds beef short ribs
* 4 cloves garlic, minced
* 1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and minced
* 5 green onions, chopped
* 4 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
* 1/4 cup dry sherry
* 1/2 cup soy sauce
* 3 tablespoons sesame oil
* 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
* fresh cracked pepper
* 1 tablespoon peanut oil
* 1 onion, chopped
* 2 carrots, chopped
* 2-1/2 cups water


Trim the ribs of excess fat. Score the top surface of the ribs in a diamond pattern.

In a container or plastic bag large enough to hold the ribs, mix together the garlic, ginger, green onions, 3 tablespoons of the sesame seeds, sherry, soy sauce, sesame oil, brown sugar and a generous grating of pepper. Add the ribs and coat thoroughly with the marinade. Refrigerate for at least 5 hours, preferably overnight.

To cook the ribs, heat the peanut oil in a heavy pot or flameproof casserole large enough to accommodate the ribs. Brown the ribs, then push the ribs to one side and brown the onions and carrots in the same pot. Stir in the marinade and the water. Bring the mixture to a boil, then simmer, with the lid slightly ajar, for 1-1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.

To finish the dish, remove the lid and boil until the sauce gets a syrup-like consistency. Serve the ribs with the glazed sauce and the remaining sesame seeds on top.

Serving Suggestion:
Steamed white rice and a spicy cucumber and radish salad are the perfect accompaniments.

Serves 4


Monday, March 30, 2009


Thank God for the sense to remember the '3' steps, STR ... Read and Learn!

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.

Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

S *Ask the individual to SMILE.
T *Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE, coherently. (i.e. It is sunny out today.)
R *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call emergency number immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

New Sign of a Stroke -------- Stick out Your Tongue

NOTE: Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: Ask the person to 'stick' out his tongue... If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other, that is also an indication of a stroke..

Guardian interview From Paulo Coelho

Some people see you as a guru. Do you accept that?

Of course not.

Is it flattering?

No. It’s totally out of reality.

Are you a political writer?

Everybody is a political person, whether you say something or you are silent. A political attitude is not whether you go to parliament, it’s how you deal with your life, with your surroundings. I am at least giving the readers the sense they are not alone. But instead of trying to answer the question, “What is the meaning of life?” I try to give some meaning to my life.

When you were 17 your parents had you committed to an asylum.

Yes, three times, and also I was in jail three times, but I never saw myself as a victim. This is part of my journey. My parents wanted me to follow their dreams, not my dreams, and the simple fact that I didn’t accept that does not make me a criminal or an outcast. I thought, “One day I will write about it,” and I did. I wrote Veronica Decides to Die, and the book was about this: accept your differences and this is how you make a difference.

You can listen 3 minutes of the interview:

Or you can read the whole interview by clicking here.
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laught trip (pops and jomari break-up)

The very solemn reason behind the Pops-Jomari breakup

Concert Queen Pops Fernandez and Jomari Yllana have each confirmed their breakup but neither has spoken up about the real reason behind it, prompting rumors that money-related matters or a possible third party caused it.
But Good Times Manila learned from a source who personally witnessed the breakup that neither of those was the real reason.
According to the source, a waiter at a five-star hotel where the breakup became official, the couple had a “long and calm” discussion until they arrived at a mutual agreement to split up.
GTM asked the source to reconstruct the scene as well as the dialogue.
Disclaimer: GTM is not responsible for any creative or dramatic license the source might have added to the source material, like what ABS-CBN’s anthology Maalaala Mo Kaya did.
The source’s account follows:
Pops: …what I’m just saying is, it’s not right.
Jomari: Ano’ng ibig mo’ng sabihin? I already said it meant nothing.
Pops: It obviously meant something. You were both laughing like crazy.
Jomari: So what if we were? Usapang lalaki lang yun, babe.
Pops: Why won’t you just tell me what you were talking about?
Jomari: Bakit? Dapat ko ba’ng ireport sa yo lahat ng conversations ko?
Pops: No naman. My point simply is I want to know.
Jomari: Why?
Pops: I don’t know.
Jomari: See? You don’t even know.
Pops: Pero why don’t you just say it kasi? Nakakahiya ba?
Jomari: No. Nothing like that. Like I said, usapang lalaki lang yun.
Pops: Usapang lalaki. But we talk about stuff like that all the time, di ba? What’s different here?
Jomari: We don’t talk about that. Babe, just leave it. Please?
Pops: I don’t want to.
Jomari: Why are you so curious?
Pops: Because you were laughing so hard and you were both looking at me! Sino’ng hindi macu-curious?
Jomari: Shempre nandun ka sa loob. Sino pa’ng titingnan namin? Nobody else was inside the pet shop.
Pops: So what were you laughing about?
Jomari: Wala nga, babe e.
Pops: Was it about me?
Jomari: No!
Pops: It’s about me yata e.
Jomari: I swear it’s NOT.
Pops: I’m going to walk out.
Jomari: C’mon babe. Sit down.
Pops: Joms, if you don’t tell me what you were talking about, I’m walking out now.
Jomari: You really want to know?
Pops: Yes!
Jomari: Okay. But before I say it, I want you to know that it had nothing to do with you.
Pops: Bakit my disclaimer pa?
Jomari: E kilala kita e. Basta just hear out the whole story first, okay?
Pops: Okay fine.
Jomari: Tito Dougs was saying kelangan nya nang janitor fish for his aquarium. To keep it clean.
Pops: Okay.
Jomari: And I said “Sa bahay namin hindi na kelangan ng janitor fish.”
Pops: (quiet)
Jomari: Then he started laughing. Babe, why are you so quiet?
Pops: (quiet)
Jomari: Babe? When he started laughing, naki-join na lang ako. I don’t know what he found funny.
Pops: (quiet)
Jomari: Babe? It had nothing to do with you, I swear. Babe?
Pops: (quiet)
Jomari: C’mon, babe? Sorry na please… You’re so beautiful. Sinong mag-aakalang janitor fish ka?
Pops: Read. My. Lips. It’s OVER! (walks out)
Jomari: (calls out) Babe! You’re beautiful!


Friday, March 13, 2009

The Master Rapper is already in his MASTER...

Sir Kiko, we love you, nag-iisa ka lang.. see you at the crossroads...

Happy White Day!! :)

i learned something new again today! tomorrow (march 14) will be the White Day in Korea, Japan also celebrate it. so what is it? my student said that it's the "opposite" of valentine's day - i'm still curious because she was not able to explain it to me very well "googled" it (oh, i love to google all the time!) :D and i found out that women are the one who give presents - chocolates to be specific to men, then it's the men's turn to give something to them on a White Day. cool. :)