Archive for February, 2008


Suso at Sabaw

February 28, 2008

If you’re a pinoy reading this, you might misinterpret this a li’l bit 🙂 This was about a seafood dinner I had with Vietnamese friends. Compared to our Dampa, it’s a little different since they cook the seafood here more fresh and the flavor really comes out. None of that fancy butter-garlic stuff which I do really miss!

Thanks to Chi Thuy for her treat, we ate at a simple seafood place within Hoan Kiem (I’m used to sitting on the streets by now) with good company and enjoying delightful dishes. We started off with grilled clams followed by its lemongrass-ginger soup version (Halaan), then grilled shrimps and steamed crabs! How about that for a change from my chicken-pork-beef diet! *LOL* 

The highlight of the night was this little sucker. It’s quite common here and also in the Philippines but for me, it’s classified under exotic food! First reaction would be.. stay away from it! This was highly recommended by the team and it was my first time to try this…



..and it wasn’t that bad at all 🙂 A li’l bit of hesitation to pick out the meat inside it (poor snail) but down it goes the hatch! I can’t describe the taste though but it was steamed and cooked with soup. Maybe a light-tasting version of a raw oyster and I’m still okay as of this writing.. hehe! It was a good experience and that was only the single piece I had.. hehe 🙂 Only eating one snail was enough for me to you all about it.  


Converted to Viet

February 24, 2008

Xin Chao! After being here for more than half a year, you know the Vietnamese culture is rubbing off once you start noticing the following:

1. You pronounce Doom as Zoom. I actually did this when I asked my colleague what was he watching on HBO.. he said Doom and I said “Oh, Zoom!” The ‘d’ here in Vietnam is pronounced as ‘z’ except for the hyphenated one. Silly me! The effort was good but it was a bit out of place 🙂
2. You like motorbikes now more than cars (Vespa, PS and Dylan rocks!)
3. You don’t miss Starbucks. The best coffees in the world are already in town!
4. You aren’t afraid to cross the street anymore! They are the ones who avoid you. Just do not hesitate and you’ll be fine. (Warning: This is only applicable to motorbikes avoiding you while Cars, Trucks and Buses are excluded!)
5. You have your shoes shined while eating lunch (for only 5,000 VND = 15 pesos!)
6. You like eating noodles more than rice and know the difference between Pho Bo and Bun Bo.
7. It takes you around 20 seconds to select a good pair of wooden chopsticks.
8. You eat more frequently on the streets rather than indoors!
9. You call everyone “em oi” even when you’re not in Vietnam anymore.
10. You finally understand football and even watch the sports highlights! I couldn’t care less about this sport back in the Philippines but it’s really big here! Even enough to play goalie for a couple of games 🙂


Sand Art

February 20, 2008

If you’re stressed from the daily hustles and bustles of work or life in general, I suggest it’s time to take a break. To do that, I recommend you look at the work of Ilana Yahav. I’ve never seen anything like it and there’s more of her work on youtube. Here’s a sample of the artist’s masterpiece! *speechless*




Chef Ricardo is Back!

February 17, 2008

Voila! I’m finally updating my repertoire and instead of the regular cooking of pork adobo, honey-ginger chicken, bistek tagalog and pork tonkatsu, I’ve become adventurous for a bit and need to explore more spices for the tastebuds.

Here’s one of my *well-done* (with emphasis) beef steak that I’ve prepared this morning:


Looks good eh? Who wants to give it a try? *LOL* Who wants to test the true meaning of friendship?! 🙂

I keed, I keed… it’s actually my Pillsbury chocochip pancake for breakfast (sent all the way from Manila by the wifey and delivered by RedEx, thanks Red!) and this is what happens when you haven’t watched the NBA All-Star weekend live coverage for a couple of years! I was running back and forth from the kitchen to the living room and didn’t want to miss a moment of this much awaited NBA event! I left the skillet heat too high and I’ll call this.. Pancake ala Tusta!

Hoisin Chix

 On the brighter side of the day, lunch was better and cooked it with some TLC. Here’s my latest creation and it’s a hoisin chicken with the recipe from pinoycook. It took some grueling preparations as I had to toast the sesame seeds separately, deep-fry the chix, remove the oil, put in the hoisin sauce and add the chix and toss to mix with the sesame seeds! I just made it sound complicated but it really isn’t. I wanted to narrate like a chef from the Travel and Living channel 🙂

I’ve now become fond of cooking and hope I can continue this when the wife is here.. 🙂 I’m spoiled and the wife usually cooks for me.. Anna usually hears these two words coming out of my mouth.. Feed Me! That’s what Baby Justin is saying often these days! Like father like son eh?

Hoisin Ric
The Smell of Success!

Baby Justin’s 2nd month Birthday! :)

February 15, 2008

Preparations, preparations! The wife will be cooking pasta to celebrate kiddo’s second month birthday. We’re so proud of him and he already weighs 13.2lbs! He’s two months old and continues to use his charm and cuteness to get his way! haha 🙂 The Simbol’s couldn’t be happier right now — well, we probably could be if the three of us were together! Here’s my digiscrap to celebreate baby J’s birthday. This was a work of love and it was difficult to get the creative juices flowing. It’s all for Justin!  

JD’s second month bday

 We love you our adorable li’l chap!!! 🙂 Happy 2nd month birthday from mom and pop!


Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 14, 2008

I never thought I’d be so far away from you,
Being there is all I wanted to do..
God’s plan for us will only make us stronger..
If I had one wish, it would be you and me being together.

Wishing my better half a Happy Heart’s Day!
Happy Valentine’s Day Anna Luv! 🙂


Tips: How to Take Care of Your Baby

February 11, 2008

Nothing beats some old school advice. For the newbie parents like the Simbol’s, here are some helpful tips on how to take care of your baby. If you are planning to have one soon, here is your manual 🙂 I found this hilarious but make sure you strictly follow the DO’s only!!!


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