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Made gising-gising for the first time

Made gising-gising. This is a vegetarian version that uses patis and vegan bagoong for umami and chili chutney for heat because I had no chilis on hand. It’s… okay. It lacks the savory sweetness that pork offers as well as the bite that fresh green peppers can bring. But all in all, not bad for […]

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Ginataang ube from a friend

A friend sent me ginataang ube made with ube halaya from Baguio, black rice from Kalinga, and kamote and bananas from Tagaytay. I’d been craving ginataan for a while so this was a lovely surprise. And it was delicious! It was still warm when I got it, just freshly cooked. I’d never had ginataang ube […]

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Farmers shouldn’t be charity cases

A friend sent me a bag of produce which included these citrus fruits. I really admire their farm because, among other things, everything it grows is organic, and it really does try to give its farm employees decent wages. Agriculture and food security are big now, and a lot of people are taking advantage of […]

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Superman: Secret Identity by Kurt Busiek and Stuart Immonen

What happens when Clark Kent is born in a world where the Superman comic exists? Where Clark is named after the fiction superhero’s alter ego, something which hounds him all his young life but also leads him to happier times when he gets older? A friend lent me this graphic novel before quarantine happened, and […]

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When I’m feeling overwhelmed, I make tea

Whenever I feel overwhelmed, I try to immerse myself in an activity that requires a lot of physical motion and very little critical thought. Working in the kitchen is one such activity. I made masala chai, which I like doing from scratch. Masala chai is Indian spiced tea. It’s made by brewing black tea with […]

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Thinking with Type by Ellen Lupton

I’ve always been interested in graphic design but also have no idea where to start. I know what I like and can usually tell when something’s off, but unfortunately do not have the vocabulary to explain why this is so. I learn best when reading about something then experiencing it firsthand after, so that I […]

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The Changeling by Victor Lavalle

This is a late post, as I read this book when I was still using this journal, which should be around April or May. Victor Lavalle’s The Changeling follows Apollo Kagwa, a man whose father disappeared when he was young and later, whose wife commits a violent act before she too, disappears. This description is […]

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Cold brewing my own coffee

Sometimes, when I can tell what I’ll be craving for breakfast the day before, I’ll make a small batch of cold brew coffee. Nothing fancy. I’ll just let coffee grounds steep in the Fresh press in the refrigerator overnight and enjoy iced cold brew coffee in the morning. Cold brew coffee tastes smoother and less […]

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