Retty and Iya’s Pininyahang Manok

My new rule is that Mama and I have to cook something together whenever I’d be home in Bataan or in what we call the Dar and Retty’s Farm House in Iya’s Farmville. :p

It’s Pinanyahang Manok or Pineapple Chicken for this month. We used the following ingredients for this classic:

1 kilo Magnolia chicken
1 head of garlic, crushed and chopped
1 red onion, sliced thinly
1 1/2 small cans of Alpine evaporated milk
2 pouches of Del Monte pineapple tidbits
2 large potatoes, chopped
1 medium carrot, chopped
1 red bellpepper, chopped
2 tablespoons patis
1 Knorr chicken cube
1/2 a cup of water
black pepper, crushed
green onions, chopped


Sauté the garlic in oil until lightly brown then put the onion. When onion is transluscent, lightly sauté the chicken and crumbled chicken cube. Kung ayaw mo gumamit ng chicken cube, okay lang. Pero mas masarap kapag meron. Lumilinamnam.


When the chicken is slightly brown, add the peppercorn, pineapple syrup, and water. Simmer for 10-15 minutes. be patient. Huwag silip ng slip sa loob sa kaserola para mabilis ang cooking process, okay?


Then add the potatoes, carrots, bellpepper, pineapple chunks, and 1 can of milk. It has to be Alpine or Mama will get angry. Alpine is the best cooking milk for her for as long as I can remember. Totoo naman, mas masarap kaysa carnation or Alaska or the other popular brands. :p


Simmer until the vegetables get cooked. Add some patis and more pepper according to your liking. Put the rest of the milk just a few minutes before serving. Why? Para hindi mag-curdle ng bongga. Sige ka, hindi Instagram-worthy if you don’t follow my advice. Hehe.


Remove from the casserole and garnish with some green onions. Serve with some patis with crushed siling labuyo. Oooh-la-la! Sarap! Sweet, savory, creamy, slightly sour, slightly spicy… Wow! Extra rice nga!


Watch out for the next Santos family recipe! I think we will be cooking fish steamed in soy-ginger sauce. Kami naman yata ni Daddy ang magluluto. :)

// listening to Coldplay – Violet Hill

Dinner at Early Bird Breakfast Club

“I toast to all things breakfasty, and especially I toast to toast. I would toast to love, but that’s not breakfasty enough for my appetite.” 
― Jarod Kintz, Love quotes for the ages. And the ageless sages


I was ecstatic to eat some real food after being stuck with cookies and noodles in my several days on the night shift. I was ecstatic when Jan agreed to spend our catch-up date at Early Bird Breakfast Club in Century City Mall. Keber kung ang topics namin sa chikahan session eh love, loss, at mga babaero. Kalam ng tiyan > kirot sa puso (mwehehe)


Early Bird Breakfast Club is a pretty and cozy. I also liked the look and feel of the place. Maraming spots na pwede mag-photo op! Hahaha! I also liked their newspaper-style menu. May games like word search and sudoku pa sa likod, but I was too hungry to play.


Started off my meal with Butterbeer! It’a slightly fizzy, nicely sweet, creamy, and refreshing! I wonder if the ones in Hogwarts are as yum. Early Bird’s butterbeer (155php) is def better than the one from Starbucks! Yes, it’s on their “secret” menu! 😜


The caramel thingie on top was delicious. It was not cloyingly sweet. I want some more. And yaaaay mini mallows! Jan had the Lemon and Mint Iced Tea (125php), which also looked great. But hey, Butterbeer!


Jan had the Sunny Salpicao (325php). It’s one of their bestsellers and it’s not hard to believe why. It’s pefectly seasoned, and pampa-feeling healthy kasi it’s chicken. Sarap pa with egg. It’s so good that we wanna copy it!


Then there’s the French Toast Fondue. Loved how they served it, with eggshells containing cinnamon sugar, maple syrup, and melted chocolate. Not bad for 210php. I wish there’s an option to choose the dips. I’d love some strawberry sauce or peanut butter with my french toast, too.


Then there’s the Sausage Skillet. It’s 275php worth of spanish chorizo, English bangers, hashed potatoes, and caramelized onions. It was so-so but I liked the salpicao better. I took the leftover chorizo home and added it to some spaghettini, chili flakes, lots of garlic, and cheese the following day. Fabulous.


Items that I’d like to try next time are their Yin & Yang Champorado (has dark Belgian choco and white Belgian choco… Kaya kaya itumba nito ang Chocnut Champorado with Tuyo Flakes ng Kanto Freestyle? 😁), Viva Longganisa (their heirloom recipe) and their Nutella Cheesecake.


Not all bright reviews about this place thoigh. My friend who’s soooo choosy when it comes to food found their Eggs Ben and Katcino disappointing. The former daw eh nalunod sa PikNik-looking potatoes, and the latter just didn’t make the katsu-tocino hybrid work. Oh well. To each his own!


Basta kami ni Jan, we had an enjoyable experience at Early Bird. Even my new stuffed toy from Sg– Brekky The Hungry Puppy (I named him after the place) found it lovely. :)

Early Bird Breakfast Club
GF Century City Mall,
Kalayaan Ave, Makati
02 4031897
Facebook and Instagram: earlybirdbreakfastclub

// listening to Maroon 5 – Secret

Gotham: The Good. The Evil. The Beginning.


Been very busy again with work, but my 7-year love affair with ePerformax didn’t stop me from watching my one true love– Batman.

Well, he’s still little Bruce Wayne is this new series, Gotham, which premiered last September 22 in Fox.

This tells about Detective James Gordon’s early days in the Gotham City police force. I loved how the creators show the history of how Gordon relates to the future Caped Crusader and how Bruce learns how trust the future Commissioner Gordon.

“However dark and scary the world might be right now, there will be light, Bruce.” – Detective Jim Gordon

Arrrggghhh. Feels.


Gotham also will tell about the origin of Batman villains such as Penguin, Riddler, Catwoman, Joker, Poison Ivy, Scarecrow, Hugo Strange, Harvey Dents, and Mr. Freeze.

Well, we already got to meet the future Catwoman, Riddler, Poison Ivy, and Penguin in episode 1.

And of course, our favorite butler is already there! Alfred has a thick accent in this version, though.


The first season order consists of sixteen episodes.

Liked it so far. I just hope the acting improves and the scoring/soundtrack becomes interesting.

The Cast includes Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and Erin Richards.

// listening (again) to Gotham s01e01

The 2014 UAAP Cheerdance Winners

Thr National University was successful in their aim to defend their crown in this year’s UAAP Cheerdance Competition. Congrats to all you bulldogs!


I can’t say it’s a well deserved win because I think UP’s dance was better, plus I think NU’s performance had more pasabog last year. Pero oo naman, ang galing naman talaga ng NU ngayon. I’m impressed that over the years, they managed to become a force to be reckoned with. At ayun na naman si ate na kalurkey na parang walang buto kung maka-bend!


My fellow iskolars ng bayan, cheer UP! You did great! Medyo napahaba lang ang arms nung Oblation na ginawa niyo, pero sobrang astig ang concept niyong equality this year. Sino pa ang makakaisip na haluan ng advocacy ang cheerdance routine, kayo lang! Tayo lang! Agawin na natin ang championship title next year, ha? :)


Congrats also to USTe for making it to the Top 3! The Salinggawi Dance Troupe is back and growling! I’m sure mas matinik kayo next year now that you’re back in top. Sorry, Archers, nalaglag kayo this year. Go, panain niyo ang Tigre sa 2015! Nawa ay makaiwas ang mga Isko at Iska!


Again, congratulations to UP, NU, and UST! And to FEU for winning having the best stunts! Thanks to all UAAP schools for consistenly wowing us with their pep squads’ stunning performances.

You can watch this years’ cheerdance videos by clicking on the following links:

1st place – National University
2nd place – University of the Philippines
3rd place – University of Santo Tomas

Please visit for the other vids. :)

// listening to Going Bulilit

Ikkoryu Fukuoka’s Tonkotsu Ramen

It was Wolfgang night at 12 Monkeys and we needed to fuel up before the rocking and the headbanging. (Hehe.)

Miko and I were both newbies in Century City Mall, so we just went in the first Japanese resto we saw, and I’m glad we did.

It was another ramen night for us FBFFs. I wasn’t sure if it will be better than the one we had at Urameshi-ya in Little Tokyo.


Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen Bar has been around since 1970 in japan and since last year in the Philippines. It specializes in Tonkotsu soup with Chikuho noodles.

Tonkotsu ramen is characterized thin, straight noodles in rich creamy pork broth. Chikuho is a region in Japan known for its special ramen.

Miko had the Ajitama Tonkotsu (380php) which is the Ikkoryu Original ramen + egg. It’s tonkotsu ramen garnished with chashu, green onions, bamboo shoots, wood ear and dried seaweed, and of course, the soft-boiled egg that was marinated in soy sauce.


I had the Black Garlic Tonkatsu (380php) which is the Ikkoryu Original ramen + special roast garlic oil. I love garlic, so I liked this a lot. Mikmik also liked his ramen, but I think he liked his Enma Ramen more. :p

I liked that we were asked our preferred texture of the noodles. I don’t remember the exact choices, but my bowl had firm, springy noodles, just the way I like it. And the chashu was terrific- juicy and tender.

Other recommended dishes are their gyoza and karaage. I was saving some tummy space for drinks/grub in 12 Monkeys so I decided against getting some.


But I couldn’t say no to ice cream. Their Matcha Ice Cream (150php) was a (not too) sweet treat to end the satisfying ramen dinner. I’d like to try black sesame flavor next time. :)

Ikkoryu has branches in SM Aura Premiere, Alabang Town Center, Bonifacio Highstreet, Powerplant Mall, and–

Century City Mall
Level 3, Kalayaan Avenue, Brgy. Poblacion, Makati
Monday – Thursday 11am – 9pm, Friday & Saturday 10am – 10 pm, Sunday 10am – 9pm
Facebook: Ikkoryu PH
Twitter: @ikkoryuPH

// listening to Etta James – At Last