Caramoan, a 2nd class municipality in the Province of Camarines Sur is the so-called Emerging Paradise of the Pacific known for its pink and white beaches. It’s where the Season 26 of Survivor which premiered in February 2013 was shot. This brought the island’s name into international fame. It is also where we discovered an inspiring story of pure determination and perseverance.
Welcome to the Philippines, where most dishes are cooked with coconuts, even our desserts. Here, I feature our Ginataang Halu-Halo or root crops with ripe jack fruit and sweet corn in coconut milk. It’s sweet, tasty and carbohydrate loaded snacks!
Our past has shaped our current state. Certainly our future will depend on us and how we value our freedom and democracy. Speak now or be forever dead, others say. We have two ears to listen well, eyes to see what’s happening and a mouth to share our voice. Let’s use them well as if we’re leaving a legacy for our children and our next generations.
They say rivers are a symbol of how far we’ve come and of selfless love. Its crystal waters symbolize purity. Rivers continues to flow until it reaches the ocean as its final destination. I wish that I’ll be like the rivers, pure and selfless, until I reach my own final destination. It’s an idyllic place, where happy memories happen.
What would it look like come the opening of classes in August? Education in the New Normal has been a hot topic among parents, like me. Sending our kids to school and enlisting them for school year 2020 to 2021 is scary for some, considering that COVID-19 infection is still on the rise. Are we to take this challenging task to continue our kids’ learning or wait for another school year, when the pandemic is over?
Oftentimes, our feelings and thoughts influence our actions and even our food that we cook, hence this dish – Spicy Stir Fry Squids in Dark Sauce, which we call, Gisadong Pusit. In our place, we love chili so much, that we can’t eat without it, so, I’ll make our version, spicier than the usual.
Being on a diet doesn’t mean starving yourself. It’s about healthy eating, consuming the right food in moderation and getting physical exercise. This is a classic recipe, mouthwatering keto-friendly dish – Bicol Express.
They say, the next vegan star that has caught the attention of international market is the banana blossom/heart which can be made as veggie burger and veggie fillet. Here’s a hearty dish, that’s made of banana heart/blossom! A typical Filipino dish.
Buntod Reef Marine Sanctuary and Sandbar ranks the Philippines’ second most resilient coral reef area in the broad scale – local scale factor. It boasts of turquoise waters, powdered beaches, big clams and colorful reefs. You would never go wrong to try snorkeling and/or scuba diving here. The relaxing, peaceful ambience offers you a restful retreat.
The time has become so uncertain, we can’t predict anymore what will happen next. During these very difficult and trying times, I just want to watch the sunsets to remind me that there’s someone who’s on top of everything. Sunsets are nature’s gifts, a piece of art, a priceless painting.