a long weekend in brunei

the sultanate of brunei is squeezed in between two malaysian states: sabah and sarawak. the small and rich country is a gateway to north borneo and getting around the country is easy. assuming one is coming from • manila – there is only one flight with cebu pacific and it arrives/leaves at an odd hour…

simple rice salad

the kitchen is a wonderful laboratory for experiments. and today, it’s leveling up rice and making it a bit adventurous. diced carrots diced tomatoes cucumber mint parsley (roasted) sesame seeds dressing: olive oil, lemon, salt note that rice has to be cold when mixed with the above ingredients. it is better to cook the rice…

little things and bits of thoughts at mount pulag

the moon shines softly on the curves of the mountain. the clear night sky is sprinkled with numerous stars but venus and mars glow more brightly on the skydome. it is 05:00hrs and the temperature is freezing below zero. but i embrace the cold. a few more minutes and the show will start: the golden…

spinach and tofu soup

one of the good things about cleaning a pile of junk is finding some best kept secrets. don’t know where i got this recipe from but allow me to share a very delicious soup. **note: serves four people. and oh, if spinach is not available, lettuce can be used instead.** one cake tofu 115 grams…

affirming my faith in mount batulao

the pope is in the philippines. and today, he bravely flew to tacloban* despite intense tropical warning signals. in his words: “i am here to be with you – a little bit late, but i’m here.” as i watched the grasses start a rigaudon dance, creating a calming ripple along the soft curves of mount…