November 24, 2018
Ube Sweet Recipes

Ube for Days: Sweet Recipes

It all started with 2.2 kilos of ube that I bought from our trip to Wawa for P136. This was *gasp* the 1st time I’d ever seen ube in its raw form, and it was pretty humongous, too. I was excited to see what I could make out of it. The first thing I made was halaya, a sort of jam taken from the Spanish word jalea, which means jelly. There were many recipes for it, but most were typically made with coconut and/or condensed milk and some butter. I don’t know about you, but I’ve always found it so […]
April 1, 2018

Fasting and Faith

This week has been slow and long, and exactly what I needed to get my bearings back after a long workation-turned-holiday. The Holy Week is the only time I like Manila, because the streets are practically empty, with regional immigrants returning home to the provinces and locals vacationing elsewhere. Even social media was quieter, a little less agitated, a little more sensitive. In the religion I was raised in, this is typically a period for fasting and reflecting on our faith. While I no longer follow Catholic traditions regularly, my core beliefs are unwavering and I still find value in […]
February 7, 2016

Love and Brownies

February, by virtue of Valentine’s Day on the 14th, has now become casually referred to as the month of love. I’ve never placed any specific importance on celebrating Valentine’s, but I’ve never hated it either, even when I was single. I’d taken the opportunity to do little things for my family and friends, like writing them little notes or giving them small tokens.  My boyfriend and I also celebrate our anniversary on this month, so we’ve been extra appreciative of one another these past few days. He gave me flowers and new charms for my Pandora bracelet, and I baked some Chocolate-Strawberry Truffle […]