August 28, 2008

Litratong Pinoy # 22 : Ayaw ko! (I Reject)

Bawal na


Grilled (street) food
captured using Canon Powershot a460 last 24th of August 2008 in
our community market

Noong ako'y nasa kolehiyo na. Madalali lang ang kumain nag kung ano-ano. Palibhasa may baong pera. Sa eskwelahang pinapasukan ko, maraming pagkaing tinintinda, tabi-tabi sila. Dahil sa hindi naman ganun kalakihan ang baon ko. Yung mga pangkaing kanto lang ang nabibili ko, mura na, busog pa. pero ngayon iba na.Hindi na ako makaka-kain ng mga ganito. Sa kadahilanang bawal sa puso namin “Family History”.

When I was on college, its easy for me to eat anything my heart & my stomach desires because I have an allowance. In that school, food peddlers & kiosk are all around. I buy from street food retailers because its all I can afford & heavy on the stomach. But now, I cant eat these kind of foods, Its bad for our heart due to family history.

captured using Canon Powershot a460
last 23rd of August 2008
in Cubao MRT, Quezon City

Sa panghuli…nagtataka ako bakit nila tinapon ang chicharon nila? Hmm, bawal din kaya sa kanila??? Masayang LP Huwebes sa lahat :) Pagpalain nawa kayo ng Maykapal :)

To end, I wonder why someone threw this pork cracklings??? hmmm, probably it is also prohibited to them??? Happy LP Thursday to all :) God Bless :)


August 24, 2008

Lasang Pinoy Sundays # 11 : Breakfast

I made this breakfast so that I could use my new bread toaster which I won from a culinary magazine publication house as a prize. Its just a simple toast with strawberry jam & scrambled egg. I partner it with a mug of coffee w/c is not seen on the pix, sorry :)

But you know what, my favorite breakfast meal is ToSiLog (Philippine bacon, fried rice & sunny side-up egg). Unfortunately, fatty meals are not good for me/us so I can't eat that meal anymore, I'll just have to be contented for either breakfast cereals or bread and hot choco.

Have a happy & blessed Sunday :)

Strawberry Jam: Clara Ole Sugar Free (Philippine made brand name)
slice loaf from the local bakery, toasted
Egg: 1 egg, milk, onions and rosemary

Photo herein is captured using
Canon Powershot A460 in
Our Home
last 09th of February 2008


August 21, 2008

Litratong Pinoy # 21 : Mithi (Wish)

makapunta ng Cagayan de Oro
to go to Cagayan de Oro

newspaper advertisement re: flight fares

Sa tuwing sasapit ang buwan ng Agosto, Lagi kong naaalala at minimithi na makapunta sa Ciudad ng Cagayan de Oro. Minimithi ko rin na maka sakay sa eroplano. Kaya pag pupunta ako sa Cagayan de Oro, sasakay ako ng eroplano. Pag nagkataon, dalawang mithi ang natupad kagaad. At ang ikatlo kong mithi, ang madalaw ang aking sinisinta. Fiesta kasi sa Cagayan de Oro sa Agosto 26 – 28 (Kagay-an Festival)

When the month of August comes, I always remember and wish to go to Cagayan de Oro City. I also wish to ride an airplane thus, 2 wishes will come true. And my third wish is to visit my love interest. It is the feast of Cagayan de Oro on August 26 to 28, its called the Kagay-an Festival.

At isang taon ko nang minimithi ito. Pero di nayata ito magyayari sa taong ito kasi walang pera. Kasi gagamitin ko ang ipon kong pera sa pag punta ng Cebu sa Pebrero 19 – 24, 2009. Magkikita rin kami ng aking sinta doon. Sa sapalagay ko sa Abril 2009 pa ako makakapunta sa Cagayan de Oro para naka bakasyon s’ya sa trabaho. Sana samahan nyo akong ipagdasal na matuloy ang plano kong ito.

I wished this since last year, but I think it won’t come true this year because I will use my savings to go to Cebu on February 19-24, 2009. I will also meet her there. I think I can go to Cagayan de Oro on April 2009, during her vacation at work. I hope that you’ll be with me in praying for this wish will come true.

Bukod sa pagdalaw sa kanya, magliliwaliw din kami doon. Noong huli kaming nagusap tungkol dito, ang maaari naming puntahan ay ang: St. Agustin Cathedral; Macahambus Adventure Park, kung saan may zipline, rappelling at hanging bridge skywalk); White River Rafting sa Ilog de Oro; ang kanyang pinagtratabahoang eskwelahan(isa syang guro); ang kanyang eskuelahan noong kolehiyo sya (Ateneo de Cagayan - Xavier University) kung saan may moseo din; ang kapitolyo; at City Hall; at ang aking inaaabangan Divisoria weekend night market; at ang taniman ng pinya ng Del Monte Corp.

Besides from visiting her, we will stroll the city. The last time we talk about this, we will go to: St. Agustin Cathedral; Macahambus Adventure Park where there is zipline, rappelling & hanging bridge skywalk; White River Rafting on Cayayan river; to her workplace, it’s a school were in she’s a teacher; her school in college, there is also a museum there; the Provincial Capitol, the City Hall; my much awaited to see – Divisioria weekend night market; lastly the Pineapple plantations of Del Monte Corp.

newspaper article re: Tourist spots in the Philippines

Kung swe-swertirhin, makakapunta kami sa Isla ng Camigin na malapit lang din sa Cagayan de Oro, sabi nya mga 3 oras na viaje. Pero syempre, puro plano lamang ito, marapatin sana ng Maykapal.

If I’m lucky enough, we can also go to Camiguin Island which is also near, about 3 hour trip from Cagayan de Oro. But of course, these are just all plans. I hope that the Lord may Will it.

Ang Cagayan de Oro ay ang kabiserang syudad sa lalawigan ng Misamis Oriental. Matagpuan ito sa Hilagang Mindanao sa Pilipinas.

Cagayan de Oro is the Capital city of the province of Misamis Oriental. Found on the Northern part of Mindanao, Philippines.

Paghuling Pananalita :

Pasyensya na po kung walang gaanong litrato dito, wala po kasi akong litrato ng nsabing lugar. Marami sa Internet kaso ayaw ko naming kopyahin yun kasi bawal at di dapat na ilagay sa Blog ‘di po ba? Hayaan nyo, pag nagkamit ko ang mithing ito, i-blo-BLog ko agad. Abanagan nalang ang sususnod na kabanata. :) Sumainyo ang magandang Huwebes. Salamat :)

Closing Remarks:

Sorry if this contains few pictures, I still don’t have a photo of the place. There’s a lot on the internet but I don’t dare to copy it here because its not appropriate to place it on a Blog, isn’t it? Don’t worry, if this wish came true, I Blog it immediately. Until then… Have a Great Thursday. Thanx!

Maligayang huweBEST sa inyo mga ka-LP

Photo herein is captured using
Canon Powershot a460 in
Our Home
last 15th of August 2008

August 14, 2008

Litratong Pinoy # 20 : Liwaliw (stroll)

Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Nature Center

Quezon Avenue Entrance Gate
using Canon Powershot a460

Ang karaniwang tao, sa parke madalas nagliliwaliw. Masaya na, matipid pa. Isa sa mga tanyag na parke dito sa kamainilaan ay ang Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Nature Center na matatagpuan sa Quezon City.

Common folks usualy stolls in the park. Its enjoyable yet cheap. One of the well-know parks here in Metro Manila is the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Nature Center which is located in Quezon City

me during 1980's
digitized from a positive using Canon CanoScan Lide 20

Bata pa ako, dito na ako pinapasyal ng aking mga magualng at kamag-anak. Maraming beses narin akong nagliwaliw dito noong akong tumatanda na, lalo na noong kolehiyo ako.

This is where my parents and other relatives usualy stolled me. I strolled here too when I was still in college.

me 28th of January 2008
using Canon Powershot a460

ang pinaka huling punta ko rito ay eto nga nkaraang enero 28, pagkatapos namin - ako, aking ina at mga kapatid na babae - kasing magliwaliw sa Lung Center Weekend Market na pag pasyahan naming magliwaliw dito muli.

The last time i went here was last January 28. After we - me, my mother, and 2 sisters - strolled at the Lung Center Weekend Market, we decided to stroll here too.

Maligayang huweBEST sa inyo mga ka-LP

Thank you so much Litratong Pinoy for the very enjoyable meet-up. Because of our EB, I will now officially enter to the blogging world. I registered this blog spot months ago, unfortunately due to lack of interesting topic to blog upon, it went to an indefinite halt. Starting from this entry, i do hope and pray that I'll be a better blogger.


Kitchen Lab # 01 : Yummified Media Notche

Jan 1, 2008

Being the one who is pointed out to be the head cook for the media notche, as early as December 5, I’ve been scanning & re scanning the pages of my most favorite “yummy” magazine for what I can prepare, cook & serve. With more than 86 recipes per issue with 8 issues at hand reading it again & again is very pleasing but I have to admit its tiring. And this is my first list:

Main dish: Grilled Lamb chops
Yummy Magazine – July ’07 – page 36)
Pasta in creamy Clam Sauce & mushroom trio
(Yummy Magazine – April ’07 – Page 35)
Side dish: Mashed Potato, Coleslaw, Garlic Mushroom (Yummy Magazine – March ’07 – page 32)
Dessert: Mango Pearl Layers
(Yummy Magazine – Aug ’07 – page 86)

The next thing to deal with is that I don’t have a starter meal. Green Salad is the only thing I can thing about. Good thing after we (me & my sister jenn) done the grocery, I stopped by the magazine stand and fortunate to get my two lacking issues of yummy – May & June 07. While reading these two, I now had a solution to my salad as starter.

Starter: Strawberry & Arugula Salad(Yummy Magazine – May ’07 – page 26)

The next problem was how I can make these dishes fit my budget & the availability of some ingredients. The only solution I had in mind is to re-create these meals not only to solve the problem but to make the dishes show my personality, creativity & passion on food. Using the said meal plan as a template I now created the following menu.


Mixed Greens w/ Dried Mangoes in Italian Dressing

Toss Mixed Greens, chopped Dried Mangoes & Gourmet's Italian dressing in a serving platter. Serve Immediately

Pasta w/ Creamy Clam Sauce & Mushroom Trio

Sauté sliced mushroom trio (shiitake, straw & button) in a buttered pan until brown. Pour in a can of clam chowder, a can of cream of mushroom soup, salt & pepper, bring to boil, simmer for 5 min. add grated cheese, dried basil leaves & Italian seasoning, simmer for another 5min or until cheese melts.

Turbo Broiled Pork Chops

Mix ¼ cup canola oil, dried herbs (rosemary, tarragon, thyme, sage & Italian Seasoning), salt, pepper & lemon juice. Boil a slab of uncut pork chops/pork ribs in water w/ 1 pork broth cube for 30 min. drain & let cool. Rub oil mixture into meat and marinade for 30 min. broil the meat for 15 min at 200C for 15 min each side. Let it rest for 5 min before slicing to serving pieces.

  • Sidings: Coleslaw (left)
    • Mix blanched thinly sliced cabbage, grated carrots, mayonnaise, all-purpose cream, salt & pepper to taste.
  • Sidings: Mashed Potato (center)
    • Mash boiled potato in all-purpose cream, salt & pepper to taste.
  • Sidings: Garlic Mushroom Trio (right)
    • Sauté garlic in butter, until lightly brown, add sliced mushroom trio. Stir fry until golden brown.

Fruity Pearl Ice box

Whip all-purpose cream & condensed milk. Chill in the fridge. Layer the cream, finely chopped puto seko, cream and sliced fruits(strawberries & peaches) & sago. Do another layer, chill overnight.

All photos are captured using Canon Powershot A460

A day in the Market – Salcedo Community Market

Dec. 22, 2007

Salcedo community market – or simply Salcedo market – is always featured in magazines, newspaper & even some episodes on TV. They always have a good thing or things to say about this small community market. Opens on Saturdays only, from 7am to 2pm in a small parking lot adjacent to a simple garden park. Now curiosity is eating me. So we – me & sibz & mom - decided to give it a visit as a simple family bonding tour last 22 of December 2007.

When we are finally there. Wow!!! It is really amazing, more amazingly that what is written or featured in the media. It’s a one-stop market of all hard to find - even seasonal - goodies delight, from seafood to delicacies, from vegetables & fruits to flowers, wow, virtually everything in one place.

They also have ready to cook delis & ready to eat meals. They also have an eating area for hungry folks, somewhat a food court. Really a yummified foodies heaven. Besides from food, you can easily met warm-smiled friendly people both merchants and buyers. Foreign guest or immigrants interact and mingle with us locals. Yes!! Food for the heart.

The only catch here is the items come with a hefty price. If you are on a very very tight budget, this place is not really for us. Fare alone for me is a big price tag.
BUT!!!!WAIT!!!!! as I said, it’s a one-stop market for hard to find items. So I admit, even if it is a bit pricey, it is still a good deal. Take a tour from stall to stall, who knows, the other stall is cheaper from the first one.

To get there, from EDSA, proceed to ayala ave. turn right to rufino st, right to leviste st. its the park with a lots of stalls or tent. The entrance is one on the tordesillias st and one in the corner of Toledo & leviste sts. As for me, since it’s a Saturday, I can un-board on ayala triangle/ayala stock exchange. Then I’ll walk from there to philamlife bldg. then turn left to sedeno st. then right to leviste st. until Toledo st. entrance.

A trip to this community market is definitely the best one. Seeing good food, eating good food. Seeing people, took a pic on kuya kim. Well what more can I ask for? Ah! I have two things in mind, “kelan kaya ako babalik dito?” “mas better kaya sa ibang markets like market-market & tiendesitas?”

All photos are captured using Canon Powershot A460

Boarding MV Doulos

Dec. 21, 2007

I can’t recall when was the first time I heard of the name “M/V Doulos”. By that I time I was determined to pay her a visit. But going to manila pier is not a walk in a park. It is walking on thorns. The fear of getting hurt is the only excuse & the only reason for me to stay home.

Now, MV Doulos berthed again in manila last November 29 and she will stay there until the 26 of December. Then she will proceed to subic bay until the 16th of January 2008. My eagerness once again called me to give a visit. Meet her crew, buy some of her books on sale.

At last, we (me & sib jenn) visited her last December 21st. as expected, getting there is not an easy task. Trusting on my own navigational gut feelings. We walked from luneta park to pier 13 where she is berthed. Making a wrong turn made my “map in the mind” updated and seen a lot of unfamiliar places.

It was high noon when we reached south pier had lunch on a local canteen. Every step on her way was a step to excitement. At last we’ve seen her, camera shots were fired. Paid ten pesos for my entrance fee since my sib will be using a free pass coupon from the newspaper.

It is really amazing that a ship deck was turned into a bookstore. Complete with lights, fans, information desk, POS cashiers, and shopping baskets. Its price tags are on “units” and a unit is equivalent to a Philippine Peso. Hmm???, I wonder how much a unit cost in US dollars?!.

Scanning every shelf makes a lot of fun. Being a mug collector, I immediately grab one. I only want to have a cookbook and a souvenir item. The selections are not readily available in a local bookstore thus; even if the price is hefty it is still a steal, a win-win deal. Come to think of it, the books are rarely displayed in a local bookstore, that the crews are volunteers, that the money is spend on charitable cause. The only problem I had is my budget. Alas!!! I only got a two-in-one cookbook and a postcard.

For more information regarding the MV Doulos visit and/or

All photos are captured using Canon Powershot A460

About Me and this Blog

Jerry "Jay" Valmonte, II

Im Jay Valmonte
born in Quezon City
lived in Caloocan City
now living in La Union.

a member of CFC Singles for Christ
a servant volunteer for Gawad Kalinga

Saguitarian in year of the Horse

In relationship to a lady from Cagayan de Oro City.

This Blog is myLife for life adventures and misadventures.
This Blog is myCooking for edible dishes from TV, Magazines, Books, internet or just my own.
This Blog is myScenery for places where i wish to go and places i've been to.
This Blog is myMarket for monkey biz and markets i've been.

This Blog is a Meme Blog.
This Blog is a Food Blog.
This Blog is a Photo Blog.
This Blog is a Travel Blog.
This Blog is a Personal Life Blog.

I used a Canon Powershot A460.
I am using a Canon Powershot A580.

Im borrowing my sister's
Canon Powershot A1000is or her
her Sony Erickson K800i.

If positive/photo print im using,

Canon CanoScan Lide 20 or
Canon CanoScan Lide 25
to digitize it.

Post Edit Positive/Scanned and Digital Photoss using
Photostudio 5 by ArcSoft which was provided from Canon CanoScan 20/25 package.

Some pictures are courtesy by other person and/or entities which will be indicated on the post.

I made this blog to express my view & opinions and to share to my readers about my experiences.

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