FEATURES & EVENTS

The Kanin Habit

October 08, 2015

“Filipinos smell like rice.” The way it was said didn’t sound like a compliment. Our foreign colleagues at a luxury resort in the Middle East found it unusual how we – Filipinas especially — brushed our teeth at break time (this damages the protective enamel, they say), washed our hair every day and wondered how we managed to look fresh all day. Those who became our friends knew that Filipinos had a penchant for baths – not quick showers – at least twice a day. Exceptionally conscious…

Traditions, rituals and the things that we’re used to

October 08, 2015

Once upon a time, man looked up to the sky and saw something in the movement of the heavenly bodies. He observed that the changing positions of the stars and the planets foretold the way he and his fellows did things on earth – the best time to plant, the right time to harvest. This, they say was the beginning of tradition. Soon, society gained structure and we called this civilization. But as generations passed, populations grew faster. Suddenly, people wanted so many things and to accomplish…

Mushrooms For Everyone

October 08, 2015

Feeding Big

October 08, 2015

  Instead of the standard “Hello, how are you?” Filipinos like to greet each other with, “Kumain ka na?” (Have you eaten) or “Kain tayo!” (Let’s eat). Because food is such a big part of our culture, whatever the occasion – a business conference, a wedding, or a funeral, the meal is always the main event. But I think many of us find joy in feeding others as much as in eating. This is our way of showing off – our love, our hospitality, our cooking skills, our home, our wealth, what…

Shrimps and A Practical Paella

October 08, 2015

  Will you go for shrimps or prawns? What is the difference? For many of us, shrimp could be anything that resembles a small, swimming crustacean, and prawn is usually a big shrimp. While the big and meaty prawns are considered a privileged treat, the shrimp – as they say about things that come in small packages – are much tastier. Japanese tiger prawns Baby Shrimps Japanese tiger prawns This makes the little shrimps a popular pansahog to soups such as ginisang munggo, for which their empty…

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