Monday, September 29, 2008

Hanging Rice


Puso or hanging rice or rice pouch is rice wrapped in shaped coconut leaves. Making it "portable", not to mention, biodegradable. If you're interested to learn how to make puso, check this out. It comes in different shapes and sizes.

I grew up in a household that eats puso when we go for a picnic at the beach in Mactan, Cebu. Everyday, on my way to work, I pass by a neighborhood that cooks puso in Barangay Day-as, along P. del Rosario Extension, Cebu City. It's best paired with lechon (roast pig) and street food like grilled chicken, pork or seafood and ngohiong (five-spiced fried lumpia). Many argue that it is not uniquely Cebuano. I didn't realize that it's not readily available in other parts of the country, not until a few years back, when my relatives have to order from here and have it shipped to Manila.

Puso sells between P2 to P5, depending on its size and the kind (quality) of rice used. The price hasn't gone up significantly. A restaurateur once commented that it's more viable to serve (simply) rice rather than puso. A cup of cooked rice can be priced P10 to P30 but never with puso.

During my frequent diving trips in Mactan, Cebu last year, I've been in search for the best tasting puso but I can't find any. During my trip to Kawasan Falls, I proudly introduced the puso to my friends from Manila which we bought at Carcar Market, unfortunately, it was too dry and hard, I'm sure my guests weren't happy about it. In my occasional indulgence of lechon at the mall's food court, I was disappointed with CNT Lechon's puso. 'twas dry, it can choke (an exaggeration maybe).


In my most recent island hopping trip in Mactan, my grand aunt brought puso. I haven't had that good tasting puso for a long time. She got it from Willer's Store. I can't help but ask for directions. Willer's Store is a small eatery that sells bar-b-cue, in one side street along Gorordo Avenue, Lahug (between JY Square & Sinangag Express). Puso is sold at P5, with generous serving size, they use ganador rice which explains why their puso tastes good and soft. They can be reached at +639163334779 or (032)4147145. They are open only at night, so you need to call if you need it during the day. I gladly volunteered to bring puso in our recent potluck dinner, I was sure a good puso was the perfect match for our tasty lechon and ngohiong. :D

(credits to the owner of these pics.)

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Executive Treatment

ECU stands for executive check-up. I don't remember the last time I had one, (if ever I did) so I volunteered myself to get one. I don't feel ill actually, I just felt the coming of age. Seriously, I thought I should have myself checked even I feel healthy before I feel unhealthy anyway, it's a privilege from our company's healthcare.

In preparation, I had to fast for at least 10 to 12 hours - no solids, no liquids. I have to confess, I cheated on the liquids. (hush, hush!) But I suppose small amount of water is allowed. My last meal was a bite of left-over sauteed lechon, oops I hope it doesn't affect the results abnormally.

I arrived at Cebu Doctor's University Hospital, the best equipped hospital in the city I must say, before 8am worried about long queues. As I presented the authority from my HMO, I was referred to the hospital's chairman's secretary. She gladly took the letter, had some forms filled up which shows the tests was worth more than P5,000 and informed me, she'll accompany me with all the tests. I had blood tests, (3 vials of them), urine exam, stool exam, x-ray, ecg, and ultrasound. I would have wanted a stress test but it's not included, I've tried all the tests before except for ecg, I kinda jerked at the start coz I didn't know it already started (oops!). I didn't have to queue, although not much patients were in line on a Saturday morning except for ultrasound which irked an out-patient why I was called in ahead along with other in-patients. I didn't expect this kind of service, apparently they provide extra assistance for all executive check-up packages. It was an executive check-up fitting for an executive.

An intern (Israeli or Indian?) found a cyst during the ultrasound but the radiologist said it's just physiological. As much as I don't want to think about it, the power of the mind is bothering. My dad was also asking for my blood results, I'm sure he'll take me to an alternative medicine clinic if something is wrong. The results will be available on Monday, but I will have to call to cancel my appointment, unknowingly, I have a meeting set.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Donsol, Sorsogon Travel Guide: Whale Shark Interaction

I must admit, I've been rambling too much about my two failed attempts. At this point, I'll put them into good use... I have compiled this extensive guide for Whale Shark Interaction in Donsol Sorsogon, probably the most extensive you can find on the net.

FACTS:

The name "whale shark" or locally called "butanding" comes from the fish physiology that is, a shark as huge as a whale that shares the same filter feeder eating mode. As filter feeder, these gentle giants feed on planktons, algae, and small nektonic life.

Donsol Bay has the largest concentration of whale shark in the world.


WHERE IS DONSOL BAY:
The interaction site can be reached by outrigger boat in 10 minutes from the shores of Dancalan Beach Area (Baranggay),
Town of Donsol, Province of Sorsogon, Region of Bicol, Southern Luzon, Philippines.

BEST TIME TO VISIT:

Monday, September 1, 2008

TravelMart

The 19th Philippine TravelMart happens this September 12 to 14 at SM Mega Mall. Organized by the Philippine Tour Operations Association (PHILTOA) in cooperation with the Department of Tourism, the yearly three-day event is the country’s largest travel fair and features showcase pavilions of the regional tourism offices, tour operators, hotels, airlines and transport services, plus other usual stakeholders of the local travel industry.

With the theme “Triple X: Xtreme Adventure, Xtreme Wellness and Xtreme Leisure in the Philippines“, this year’s travel mart will feature on sale a wide spectrum of adventure packages, ranging from low-impact activities to high-intensity tours, at discounted rates exclusive to the three-day fair.

If you have any travel plans, it might be worth the wait, tours and flights are expected to go on sale on these dates.

How I wish I could attend! The travel expo in Cebu was held in March, I missed that too.

Rediscover the Philippines as what I am doing, I'll be posting my own travel guide to Donsol and Banaue very soon.

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