I spent many years in Assumption, mostly feeling like an alien or misfit. But didn’t we all, at some point as teenagers?
One of the things I remember was the food. There were three things I ate in Assumption during the ’80s:
1) The best sampaloc, packaged in a big ball and wrapped in cellophane.
2) Siomai, which I used to eat with toothpicks.
3) The best cottage pie ever.
I didn’t really like food or eating until I turned 26, so when I liked a dish I would eat it everyday if I could.
While siomai and sampaloc could be bought everyday, cottage pie was a treat whenever it was served in the cafeteria, and I looked forward to those days.
My school mate Biden taught me how to make cottage pie, and this is how I remember it. I’m pretty sure there was no tomato sauce or celery, because if there were, I would not have eaten it.
Feel free to comment below or post a link on how you think it’s made.
If there’s anyone from Assumption reading this, please post a picture of cottage pie if they still serve it now.
There are three main ingredients: ground beef
1) First, boil the potatoes
2) Put some oil in a large pot, throw in chopped garlic and sliced onions before adding the ground beef (sorry this picture is wrong). Add Knorr beef cubes to taste. Season with salt and pepper.
3) Add chopped cabbage. Do not overdo it, otherwise it will be called cabbage pie.
4) Secret ingredient: add some patis to wake up the flavor
5) When potatoes are soft, throw out the water. Add milk and salted butter and you can mash it straight in the pot.
Add salt for flavor.
6) Put the ground beef mixture in a pan or in smaller portions.
7) Top it with mashed potato and clean it up with a fork, like a zen garden.
8) Finish it off with bread crumbs on top. Any kind. We just happen to have Progresso at home
9) Put the pan in the oven just to brown the top at 180 degrees celsius, about 15-20 minutes
I like to eat this with rice and feel like I’m in a plaid skirt again.
Thank you Chef Jeroen for helping me. 🙂
This August 25th, H&M Philippines will open its 16th store at Abreeza Mall, Davao.
The 1500-square-meter store will offer a wide variety of the latest, affordable fashion trends as well as timeless basics at the best prices.
It will carry the full assortment of H&M apparel and accessories for ladies, men, teenagers and kids, as well as a full sports, denim and underwear department for both men and ladies.
The mindful shopper will find an array of Conscious and sustainably-produced items, and have a chance to donate used clothes in exchange for discount vouchers to use on their next purchase, under H&M’s Garment Collecting program.
Those shopping on opening day can expect great offers, such as gift cards of varying amounts from Php 300 to Php 2,000 that will be handed out to the first 200 in line.
A special prize worth Php 5,000 will be given to the first in line.
The next 300 will receive H&M umbrellas and tote bags.
A special treat also await the five most fashionable shoppers in queue before the opening and will be given Php 3,000 gift cards each.
The store will open on August 25, 2016 from 11 AM-9 PM. Regular operating hours from 9 AM- 9 PM will resume thereafter. https://www.hm.com/ph/
If there’s a new supermarket, I’m in.
Supermarket is love, even when I’m traveling. I like to discover products we don’t normally see at home.
When we were kids in the ’70s, we had limited choices for anything. If you wanted imported chocolate, you had to go to Dau, Pampanga to buy PX goods.
Now all you have to do is go to the supermarket. Better if the supermarket stocks mostly imported goods.
The newest shopping destination to open in Manila is Landers Superstore in Balintawak, Quezon City, which opened last June 22, 2016.
As someone who lives in Pasig, I thought it would be difficult to go to, but it took us less than an hour. It is super near Trinoma, about eight minutes away, according to Waze.
What every Filipino wants to know: who owns this?
It’s owned and run by a new corporation called Southeast Asia Retail Inc.
How to become a member:
For a personal account you’ll need to present one valid ID and pay Php 800 for a primary card and Php 400 for a supplementary.
For business accounts, you’ll need to present a business permit or mayor’s permit. Fee is Php 1000 for primary and Php 400 each for up to four extension cards.
If you apply before September 15, you can enjoy a 20% discounted rate.
It only takes minutes to apply.
First impression: it’s very spacious. The compound—which includes gas station, barber shop, dining and selling areas, and more—spans 8,000 square meters.
After getting my membership card, I grabbed one of these new carts and went through every aisle.
I’ve been thinking about getting a commode like this in case of earthquake and no water. I’m deathly afraid of no water and no flush. But then how am I supposed to clean this?
The folding shower bench is also a good idea cause sometimes you just want to sit in the shower.
I kind of went nuts with the doggie treats for Anwar
I ended up buying the Burt’s Bees doggie shampoo
Because we all need Frozen wipes by Huggies
And pre-cut Reynold’s foil sheets
Can’t wait to make Southern Fried Chicken at home using these
and homemade tempura
and spicy fried chicken for Christian
Speaking of Chris, they have Pillsbury Funfetti cake mix and frosting
and Jif-to-go individual portions of chocolate silk and peanut butter
Tempting Oreo pie crust
Classic yellow cake reminds me of my Easy Bake Oven childhood
They have all sorts of gluten-free choices for Mich
Giant Lily’s peanut butter for Martha!!
I spotted Woolite do-it-yourself dry-cleaning kits
and this exercise set for Php 3,000
Could have used this palabok mix when I was studying in New York 20 years ago
My favorite Orbit gum is here! Php 180
I love the retro glass cake displays
Wanted to buy this for my son Chris, but he’s eight years old….
Wish I needed a new trash can but I don’t. This is so pretty
Junior Advil chewables for kids who can’t swallow pills yet
Earwax kit for Cedric 🙂
Epsom salt, for all sorts of aches and pains, is Php 800 for a pack of two
I could really use this heat wrap for my back pains. Php 1500 for a pack of six. Hope it works!!
Cadbury chocolate ice cream—how I really wanted to take this home…
Because Chris needs an anti-allergy pillow
For grilling at home
and homemade sisig
Don’t forget the pork rinds from Cebu—a best-seller at Php 335/tub
My favorite Biore makeup remover wipes and refills are here
A whole range of Every Man Jack shampoos and washes
Not sure what it’s for, but I love the graphic design
Again, for Chris who has sensitive skin
Takeaway roast chicken for Php 210.
Here’s my loot
for a total of:
Thank you for the friendly service
After shopping, my friends and I had a quick snack at the dining area. They have large pizzas, fried chicken, fries, and more. I love their packaging.
and the comfy seating
Don’t forget to try the Nathan’s hotdog, which I haven’t had since the New York ’90s.
Best to visit from Monday to Thursday because Friday to Sunday are crowded shopping days.
I think it’s great that they’re located in Balintawak for the convenience of North-side dwellers who shop like crazy (based on Trinoma and SM North Edsa sales).
It’s also great to provide jobs for people closer to provinces.
The second branch will open in Otis, Paco, Manila this September, so watch out for that.
Landers Superstore is at 1240 EDSA Balintawak, Apolonio Samson, Quezon City
Open daily from 9 AM-9 PM.
To know more, like them on Facebook.
For more shopping finds, follow @chuvafinds on Instagram.
I’m excited to show you my latest collab with National Book Store!
It started when Rajo Laurel presented his NBS collab last October 2013, followed by Daphne Oseña Paez in January 2015.
To make a long story short, nainggit ako.
Luckily, our friends at National Book Store gave me a chance—thank you Xandra and Miguel Ramos and Charles Dee for the opportunity.
First, I contacted my friend, graphic designer Yodel Pe to help me, and I found this amazing illustrator Keeshia Felipe on Instagram.
Last week, we photographed Stef Lim for our lookbook.
Together, we present to you our labor of love.
It is composed of more than 15 items for travel, gift giving, organizing and personal indulgence 🙂
It includes gift wrappers
A tote bag in two sizes—Large
Shoe bags (cause I hate packing shoes in plastic bags)
Note cards with envelopes
and Gadget case
Please come early to get fist dibs at our pop-up store this August 18th at SM Mega Fashion Hall from 10 am to 10 PM. See you there!!