Friday, April 11, 2008

Lechon, Finally!

March 30

Pangga and I went to downtown San Francisco today and went shopping for new jeans and dress shoes for him at Gap and Burlington. After shopping, we planned to go to a Chinese buffet restaurant near Civic Center.

On our way to the restaurant, we came across a Filipino market. We went inside to check out their goods. We bought a couple of things like palabok and sinigang (Pangga's favorite) mixes. When we were at the counter to pay for it, something caught my attention. Lo and behold! LECHON! Yipppeeee!

We have been trying to look for it, for a couple of months now. We heard it's sold in Daly City where there's a huge Filipino community but it was quite a long travel. But we were planning to go there anyway, the following week.

It's such a find! Right in downtown SF too! Whoopie! The cashier told us it's sold only on weekends. Now, we can finally have our Lechon fix whenever we want it, without traveling far. YUUUMM!

Philippine lechon is usually roasted for 4-5 hours depending on the size of the pig. The cavity is slathered with salt and pepper, then loaded with cloves of garlic, lemon grass, onions and bay leaves. It really depends on what spices you prefer. The belly is sewed to keep the spices marinating inside while roasting. (I'm salivating already, hehehe).

To keep the skin crispy and evenly roasted, it's brushed periodically with a sauce mixed with sprite, soysauce, spices and a little butter. Again, there are many ways the sauce can be made but that's how we made it back home.

My family in the Philippines love lechon and it's always the main "viand" during birthdays and holidays. Pangga had a taste of it when he visited the Philippines and has become a fan of it. Who can resist a slow- roasted, moist pork oozing with aromatic spices? I say that anybody who doesn't like it, is not human. hehehe.

The Hawaiians have there own version of it too and they call it kālua pork. I've tried it here but the spices used are not all the same, but pretty close. I prefer our own Philippine lechon! (bias- of course, hehehe).

Here are some photos on how lechon's roasted.

My sister Letlet is having fun trying it out.

During my birthday.

Beli and Ivy during our FU- College of Nursing fiesta, sa Pilipinas.

Horton Hears a Who!

March 29

Pangga and I watched "Horton Hears a Who!" in Berkely. We totally enjoyed this fun, family movie packed with good moral lessons. One favorite motto from the story is, "A person's a person, no matter how small."

"When a kindly elephant hears a faint cry of help from a floating speck of dust, his attempts to protect the tiny particle cause his neighbors to question his sanity in this animated adaptation of Dr. Seuss' classic 1954 children's book of the same name." ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

Cast & Crew:

A scene from Horton Hears a Who - 2008. Horton (voice by Jim Carrey) and Kangaroo (voice by Carol Burnett). Photo credit: Blue Sky Studios

Horton – clover in tow – attempts to cross a long, rickety bamboo bridge overhanging on a deep gorge. Horton (voice by Jim Carrey). Photo credit: Blue Sky Studios

Horton is relieved to find the precious clover (on which rests the microscopic city of Who-ville)-- that had been lost in a field of hundreds of millions of identical flowers!. Photo credit: Blue Sky Studios.

The Mayor of Who-ville is always proud of the town over which he presides. Photo credit: Blue Sky Studios.

Pilipinas: Recent Family Photos

Aiedre's younger sister Francesca with Lola Grace.

Frances with Lolo Oskie.

above: Aiedre and Tito Eric
below: Mama and Letlet at their temporary abode.

The house in Bagacay was sold. I liked that house a lot but I guess what matters are the memories that we bring along with us. Another house is being built in Mangnao and my family rented a house for a time being. At the end of three months, they could probably move in to the new house. Oh, well..

My beautiful sister, Letlet.

Inday Sheila.

Aiedrean's Birthday

March 26

It's Aiedrean Leanza's birthday! She's growing up to be a very pretty young lady.


Ay, makalaway!

Tornandizo- Singson family.

Raffe's Birthday

March 23

Rafe is one (1) -year old! His full name is Rafa Lorenzo. His mother chose to name him after the famous tennis player Rafael Nadal who's nicknamed "Rafa" and her father's first name, Lorenzo. I call him "Rafe".

"pray-over" for birthday blessings.

His actual birthday is March 24, 2007. But Ces decided to celebrate it on Easter Sunday so that his godparents could come to the party and at the same time, celebrate Easter Sunday.


At Jollibee with friends.

With Ninong Cyrus and Ninang Eva holding Bev's child.

Easter Sunday

March 23

On Easter Sunday, we decided to go to Berkeley and watch 10,000 BC. Before we went out, Pangga made me close my eyes for a surprise he prepared for me. I didn't know that he bought Easter egg chocolates, hid it inside our room and made me look for it. It didn't take me long to find six Easter "eggs", hehehe. We had so much fun!


10,000 BC

"Director Roland Emmerich weaves myth and legend together in this epic love story. As the Ice Age is ending, the Yagahl people are struggling to survive. When Evolet (Camilla Belle), a young, blue-eyed girl is found and brought back to the tribe, their esteemed elder, Old Mother (Mona Hammond), realizes that the child is fulfilling a prophecy and will be instrumental in saving the Yagahl. D'Leh (Steven Strait) swore his heart to Evolet when she first came to the tribe, and after many years claims her as his own. But no sooner are the young lovers together, than they are torn apart by mysterious men arriving on horseback who kidnap many of the Yagahl, including Evolet, for slave trade. Determined to save his love and their people, D'Leh embarks on a rescue mission with his father figure Tic'Tic (Cliff Curtis). Along the way, they encounter different lands, new people, and strange creatures including giant birds akin to a killer ostrich." -

The preview was great, it offered a glimpse of the prehistoric world were mammoths and gaint saber- tooth tigers roam. When the movie came out, Bee and I were so eager to watch it. The CGI was great but the story line's common. Girl abducted- man rescues. We wanted to see more of the saber-tooth tigers but it was only shown in two short scenes. There were a lot of mammoths which made up for it and left us both satisfied.

The synopsis above which mentioned "giant birds akin to a killer ostrich" are called in the scientific community as Phorusrhacids or "Terror birds", which could reach up to nearly 10 feet (3 meters) tall and weigh over half a ton (500 kilograms). That's according to my man, who is an avid national geographic aficionado. I've watched one of his DVD collection and these kind of birds were nasty! You'd be glad they don't exist today.

The movie didn't get a lot of good reviews but Pangga and I loved it anyway. It wasn't so bad. The fight scenes at the end was exciting esp. when the oppressed triumphed against their slavers. What can I say, we were fascinated with the CGI and we always like happy endings.

I will give it 3 stars out of 5.

For Cast & Details please check website:

Camilla Belle and Steven Strait

Berkeley: Pro- Troops Rally

March 22

A lot of people in Berkeley wanted the Marines Recruiting Office, closed. This issue had been debated for weeks accompanied by rallies on different sides.

Eric and I chanced upon a Pro- Troops rally, on our way to Tilden. I was able to take some photos before we went on our way. For more photos, please refer to this site:

(photo above retrieved from:

TILDEN PARK: Meadows Canyon Trail

March 22

Pangga and I decided to go hiking today at Tilden and discover more trails. We wanted to go to another lake this time, Lake Anza.

Waiting for our BART ride to Berkeley.

Started hiking towards Meadows Canyon Trail. It starts at the beginning of Lone Oak Road and its length is 1.4 miles (2.3 km).

"This trail is a fire road that connects with the Curran trail and is used by hikers, runners, and dog walkers. It offers scenic views of the valley and of the bay. The trail has moderate grades and may be tough hike for some."

A beautiful day to go hiking and bicycling with family and friends.

Time to take a rest and eat our snacks: boiled eggs and beef jerky. (mmmMMMMM) A very good combination.

Going up to a different trail, the Seaview. Trail length is approximately .51 miles.