I Ate My Heart Out in Singapore

I believe that food is the best way to learn about the culture of a new place. Because I usually travel locally, trying new food is not that much of a big deal — the Filipino people eat similar kinds of food from all over the archipelago. However, I still always find it interesting that there are differences. For instance, adobo in Mindanao has a thick soup, while in the Visayas region, it’s more of a thin sauce. (There’s a difference, I promise!)

When I first went to Singapore, I came with my parents and was subjected to family rules: mainly, I can’t explore the city on my own unless everyone else wants to go.  Also, my mom is not really into eating street food, which means that Hawker Centres are not high on the list.

Then I came back to Singapore with my friends, which meant that finally, I get to eat as I please, and the foodie in me was happy. For a while anyway, because I realized later on that my friends, despite being voracious eaters, don’t have adventurous taste buds.

Not that it stopped me from getting them to try, although I can never seem to get them to eat the frog. Anyway, since we were only in the Lion City for three days, I couldn’t get around to eating every single Singaporean dish they had to offer. So I went with my top five musts:

Chicken Rice

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Does it look exactly like any other chicken dish? Yes. Does it taste better than other chicken dishes? Also, yes. Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken is a Michelin-starred restaurant, so that’s saying a lot regarding it’s quality. (The chicken is incredibly tender) Their set meals, which came with a canned drink only goes for S$5. It is said to go even cheaper at their original store at the Hawker centre, too.

Frog Porridge

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Sorry for the photo, I ordered the frog porridge for takeaway, and white meat on white rice porridge just look bland in photos.

Anyway. My friends refused to take a bite out of the frog porridge. Interestingly, it tasted exactly like arroz caldo, which Filipinos tend to eat a lot of. Frog tasted like chicken, but more chewy, I suppose. I realized later on that I may have eaten some girl’s prince charming, and for that, I apologize (but she should have kissed the frog incarnate sooner).

Laksa

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Hearty, spicy noodle soup perfect for chilly days. Except that Singapore is a degree above the equator and it’s super hot out when we went there. Nonetheless, I love anything spicy, so I finished the entire bowl anyway. #NoRegrets, amirite?

Sambal Stingray

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When I told my parents I ate stingray in Singapore, they went, “Why did you go to SG to eat stingray? There are stingrays here!”

Well, there are also blowfish in the Philippines but it doesn’t mean we know how to prepare them. We don’t prepare stingray at home, either. When asked how it tasted like, I love fish and it tasted exactly like fish to me. 😀 For non-fish fans, it’s actually pretty safe as a dish: it is soft and it does not have that fishy aftertaste. The sauce that went with it (spicy, but not hot) also added to the flavor.

Singaporean Chili Crab

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Yum. I don’t usually eat a lot of crab because I find them tasking, but I would definitely not say ‘no’ to them if someone offers me the meat sans the shell. The sauce for the crab tasted a whole lot like Zamboanga’s Alavar sauce. However, I Googled recipes for the various sauces and I found that they are actually quite different! The chili crab sauce has ketchup, chili paste (duh), oyster sauce, soy sauce, and tamarind paste. Alavar sauce has a lot more ingredients that included turmeric, paprika, curry powder, and coconut milk.

Anyway, if you’re ever in Zamboanga, look for curachas served with Alavar sauce (not to be mistaken with cucarachas, which are cockroaches). The curachas taste amazing as soon as you get over their nightmarish look. (Check them out: http://bit.ly/2rZhJLv)

Meanwhile, here’s a fun fact about Singapura: According to a Reddit user, Merlions ate durian and hated it. They have been vomiting ever since.

In Re: Marawi Siege

Please do not let your ignorance get ahead of you. These terrorists are not Muslims, these terrorists are terrorists.

Don’t say you don’t care about what’s happening in Marawi. Don’t say that Maranaos deserved it for being a Muslim community, and for fuck’s sake don’t you dare say “okay lang, di naman ako kasali sa gulo.”

BECAUSE YOU SHOULD CARE.

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Photo: Inquirer

Because this is not an attack on religion — they are not Islams as they claim because Islam is a religion of peace. No true Muslim would support such violation of church and of the people. This is the time to hold our ground — Christians, Muslims, and heck, even Atheists alike should unite to stop such form of terrorism.

Because this is not an attack on Marawi and its people, this is an attack on all people. As a Filipino, as a HUMAN for crying out loud — you too, should be outraged by what they are doing in Marawi because if tables were turned, what if these terrorists are where you are now? Their lack of respect for life, for religion, and for rules of warfare will translate the same. You should be outraged for the Maranaos, with the Maranaos.

Because saying “mabuti lang sa kanila ‘yun,” and “pake ko ba wala naman akong kilala dun” says more about your ignorance and extremist ideals than it does the Maranaos. This line of thinking makes you similar to the terrorists laying siege upon civilians and innocent people. And yes, there is that line in the sand. If you are not one with Marawi at this point, then you are, essentially, part of the problem of this country.

If you believe in a deity — offer a prayer for peace, and ask your God to keep Marawi, Mindanao, the Philippines, and the whole world safe.

If you don’t, then offer help. Offer kindness. Offer hope. This is not the time for blaming — not the government, not the civilians, not the region, and certainly not the religions. This is not the place nor the time for hate. This is the time for hope. This is the time for love.

“And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
– 1 Corinthians 13:13

Beauty and the Beast

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Beauty and the Beast Beauty and the Beast | © Walt Disney Pictures

The live-action/CGI animated version of the beloved 1991 Walt Disney film-musical about a young woman held prisoner in an enchanted castle has new insights on the original story, with new songs, new characters, and backstories to help tell the tale as old as time.

STARRING: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Audra McDonald, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson
DIRECTED BY: Bill Condon
WRITTEN BY: Stephen Chbosky, Evan Spiliotopoulos (Screenplay)
MUSIC BY: Alan Menken
RELEASED BY: Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture

PLOT: 4/5 because nostalgia

Once upon a time, in a faraway land, a young prince lived in a shining castle. Although he had everything his heart desired, the prince was spoiled, selfish, and unkind… Oh you know the rest.

I love, love LOVE Beauty and the Beast — it’s one of those movies that…

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Thirteen Reasons Why

Check out my review for the new Netflix series:

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13ReasonsWhy [www.imagesplitter.net] Thirteen Reasons Why | © Netflix I tried to binge watch “Thirteen Reasons Why” over the weekend. I couldn’t.

It took me three days to watch all thirteen episodes (for comparison, I watched “ASOUE” all in one day).

It took me that long because it’s pretty emotional for me. See, I loved a Hannah once.

For a detached or relatively optimistic person, Hannah Baker was just another person girl who couldn’t deal with her emotions properly. Like many people in the story, many would think that she is just “looking for attention.”

As a person who loved someone like Hannah, believe me, there’s more than enough heartache in these kinds of things. The worse part is that the aftermath is even worse than the act itself. My version of Hannah survived, but I have been scarred forever, and there’s just no turning back from that. There’s just moving on.

Back to the series: it’s…

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