Reminiscing the Past: The Filipino Way

This is a forwarded email that I would like to share to recall how great the past was! These were the times where internet barely exists and all those high-end gadgets.  These were the times that you can really experience all Filipino culture!


1950’s, 60’s, 70’s and early 80’s!

First, some of us survived being born to mothers who did not have an OB-Gyne and drank San Miguel Beer while they carried us.  While pregnant, they took cold or cough medicine,  ate Linunod, balikutsa, bukhayo and didn’t worry about diabetes.

Then after all that trauma, our baby cribs were made of hard wood covered with lead-based paints,other hammocks were made of blanket that is tied with rope and when you sway it hard, the baby might bump in the wall.

We had no soft cushy cribs that play music, no disposable diapers (just the diaper that is made of cloth that has a General Milling print which has a faded picture of a general saluting), and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, no kneepads, and there were no brakes the worst.

As children, we would ride in hot un-airconditioned buses with wooden seats, or cars with no air-conditioning & no seat belts (nowadays there are lots of buses that has cool ventilation coming from the air-con and with loud sounds playing inside).

Riding on the back of a carabao  on a breezy summer day was considered a treat (children of  today do not even know what a cow is).

We drank water from the garden hose and NOT bottled mineral water produced by Nature Spring, Viva, or Absolute Mineral water (sometimes we would drink straight from the faucet, water pump or deep well).

We shared one soft drink bottle with four of our friends, and NO ONE actually died from this or contacted with hepatitis.

We ate rice with star margarine, cold rice seasoned with pork oil and salt, drank raw eggs straight from the shell,  and drank sofdrinks with real sugar in it (not the diet coke or Pepsi Max), but we weren’t sick or overweight because…


We would leave home in the morning and play all day, and get back when the streetlights came on. Syatong, Bato-Lata (Tumbang Preso), Bagol, Dakop-Dakop, Tago-Tago (Hide and Seek), Finding Spiders.

No one was able to reach us all day ( cellphones those days were not popular). And yes, we were O.K.

We would spend hours building our wooden trolleys ( the ones where the tires are bearing) or the cariton that is made of bamboo and old slippers were formed as tires and then ride down the street, there were no news of hit and run case at that time!  After hitting the sidewalk or falling into a canal (sewage channel) a few times, we learned to solve the problem ourselves with our bare & dirty hands .

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo’s, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 100 channels on cable, no DVD movies, no surround stereo, no IPOD’s,  no cell phones, no computers, no Internet, no chat rooms, and no Facebooks. …….. …WE HAD REAL FRIENDS and we went outside to actually talk and play with them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no stupid lawsuits from these accidents. The only rubbing we get is from our friends with the words..does it hurt dude? but if it comes from our enemies we would shout, KARMA bitch! LOL

We played marbles (jolen) in the dirt , washed our hands just a little and ate biscocho (recycled bread).  We were not afraid of getting germs in our stomachs.

We had to live with homemade guns (made of wood then tied up with chinese garter or rubber band).  Nonetheless, it was pure fun!

We made up games with sticks (syatong ), and cans (Tumbang Preso)and although we were told they were dangerous, there were no casualties of blindness but only a lump on the forehead.

We walked, rode bikes, or took tricycles to a friend’s house and knocked on the door or just yelled for them to jump out the window!

Mini basketball teams had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t pass had to learn to deal with the disappointment. There were no childhood depression and damaged self-esteem.  The one who gets angry is a loser.

Parents or guardians were just in the corners to watch their children playing not to pick a fight with other parents.

That generation of ours has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers, creative thinkers and successful professionals ever! They are the CEO’s, Engineers, Doctors and Military Generals of today.

The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

We had failure, success, and responsibility. We learned from our mistakes the hard way.

You might want to share this with others who’ve had the luck to grow up as real kids. We were lucky indeed.

And if you like, forward it to your kids too, so they will know how brave their parents were.

It kind of makes you wanna go out and climb a tree, doesn’t it?!


Romantic Restaurants in Cebu

If you happen to be here in Cebu or a local and wanted to dine in a romantic restaurant that offers delectable dishes, then read on the following lists that I think have a lovely ambiance.  These eating places are not only fit for Valentines Day celebration but as well as anniversaries, birthdays and dates with your sweethearts or special someone.

1. Anzani Restaurant– the newest Mediterranean cuisine in the Queen City of the South that dishes out authentic Mediterranean fares prepared by a well-known chef, Marco Anzani.  He is dubbed by New York Times Magazine as one of the founders of New Mediterranean Cuisines.

The food may be pricey but it is worth every penny as the restaurant offers an astonishing view of the city with sparkling metropolis lights  gleaming the whole place and a fresh breath of air in their al-fresco dining area.   I went there months ago with my friends and we had a lovely date as the staffs are courteous and friendly.

We tasted different kinds of wine but I got dizzy easily (LOL) and a glass of Baileys, I forgot the exact name of the beverage.  Our British friend ordered the courses for us and he said that the taste of the foods are really authentic.  As far as I remember we had the foie gras, risotto and soufle.  All are mouthwatering and the beef dish was so tender and it was served in bigger sizes! I was so full that I cannot finish the dessert.   I do not know what was the name of that dessert.  haha I am so bad in remembering names.  LOL

2. Maya Taqueria and Tequila Lounge– one of my favorite Mexican restaurants as the foods are sumptuous and affordable.

I have been here thrice and it never disappoints me.  They play feel good music and the atmosphere is perfect for intimate dates and group dining.  Among the dishes that I love to eat here at Maya are its NewYorican Burrito, Maya chicken hot wings (though I have an allergy I cannot help but eat..hahaha) and the fish fillet.

There are wide array of Mexican dishes available in this quaint restaurant.  It is located in Crossroads, Banilad if you want to check it out.  I had an order of their Bacardi Mojito and it is so bland. LOL It is because I have colds at that time.

3.  Chateau de Busay- basked in a stunning place in Nivel Hills, Lahug, Chateau de Busay is among the most famous restaurants in Cebu City.  The restaurant exudes sophistication and loveliness.  The place is a great destination for wedding receptions, debuts, intimate dates or a spot to have your proposal.

The overlooking panorama of city lights adds a romantic taste to the place.  Their foods are well prepared and only the finest ingredients are used.   A must visit eating place to drop by when you happen to travel here in Cebu or for locals you should dine in here to experience the loveliness of Chateau de Busay.

These are just several of the romantic restaurants in Cebu City that you would like to bring your apple of the eye.  Oh by the way, photos are taken from the net.  Just had to add a disclaimer. 😀 I love to dine again in any of those restaurants with my Handsome Nurse soon. ^^

Seque: Have a romantic Valentines Day folks!

Sweet First Year Anniversary

I will be cheesy and mushy today since tomorrow we will be celebrating Heart’s Day and our 1st year anniversary as a couple with my Handsome Nurse.

To my Handsome Nurse:

Every moment I tell I love you.
I’m really trying to say so much more than those three little words.
I’m trying to say you mean so much to me that life without you is nothing.
I’m trying to let you know that I adore you and that I cherish the time we spend together.
I’m trying to explain that you are the one that I need and want
and that I get lost in wonderful thoughts every time I think about you.
And each time I say  “I love you”,
I’m trying to remind you that you’re the best thing that has ever happened to me.

I love you Handsome Nurse, thank you for everything.  Even if we are shaken by trials yet we remain strong and hold on to each other to make the relationship work out.  You are the best part of me.  No perfect adjectives and superlatives could describe how grateful am I to have you in my life.  Hopefully, we will remain strong against all odds and keep the love burning! Sweet and happy 1st year anniversary to us! I do, cherish you Handsome Nurse.

Trivia: Why Azkals?

I found an interesting article in the net about the Philippines’ official representative to football- Team Azkals. Here’s an excerpt why it was name as such:

1. It refers partly to the color the team play in—azure—in a way that a number of other teams do (i.e. “the blues”)

2. It is a unique mixture of askal with azure.

3. It is not strict Tagalog (and is) more Filipino belonging to all Filipinos.

4. It refers to a pack or team, not an individual.

5. Mongrels are known to fight best as a pack (team).

6. Not many people could claim to be pure-blooded Filipinos, so the references to mixed lineage are also fitting (same with host countries, if we are honest).

7. Askals are common throughout the Philippines as we wish football to be.

8. So-called “pure breed” dogs tend to be more susceptible to genetic weaknesses.

9. Purebreds tend to be more predictable by nature and in football you do not want to be too predictable.

10. Translated into American-English, it would be “mutt,” which is often an affectionate term.

11. Filipinos and non-Filipinos know the name, and to change it now would be like giving a beautiful girl a facelift she does not need!

12. The name is starting to be feared by other national teams.

13. A German study found that “mongrels require less veterinary treatment,” and health care in the Philippines is expensive.

14. Mutts live longer than purebreds and we want our players to have long careers.


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Team Azkals: Who are they?

I was inspired to blog about Team Azkals, the official representative of the Philippines to football, after their victory against Mongolia’s Blue Wolves.  The game was intense and heart thumping.  I screamed at the top of my lungs to join the bandwagon of Filipinos cheering loudly for our team to hit that goal in order to win the game.  Team Azkals did not disappoint me as the first goal was made by Caligdong and before the game ends Phil Younghusband added another point  via a strategic kick that nobody anticipates that it would hit the goal.  I am no football expert hence I will not talk about the technicalities of the game but I would talk about the overly hot and drop dead gorgeous players of Team Azkals.  LOL

This is in no favorite order since I love all the boys! They made me feel like a proud momma who’s son achieved a great triumph in their field but I don’t want to be their momma I wanna be their girl.  LOL Just kidding

Jason de Jong or goes by the full name of Jason Nicolas Maria Dantes de Jong, plays as a midfielder or the wingman.  He is my personal favorite because of his striking looks and oh those red lips that I wanted to kiss! LOL Yeah, I fantasize him.  He was born on February 28, 1990 in Breda, Netherlands.   This international Filipino football player stands 5′ 7 1/2 inches, not that tall but heck football is not for tall players but for someone who has the agility, brain and endurance to last in the game. He wears jersey number 17.

Mr. de Jong is such an eye candy [drooling emoticon here].  According to Wikipedia, Jason [my future husband..LOL] has also represented the Philippines in futsal.  He featured for the Philippines during the 2009 AFF Futsal Championship and scored three goals; a brace in the 10–2 victory over Timor Leste, and once in the third place play-off defeat to Indonesia.  If you want to be included in the legions of crazy girls admiring Jason, you can like his facebook page here.

Next on the list is Philip James Placer Younghusband or popularly known as Phil Younghusband.  This guy is oozing with sex appeal as many fan girls are clamoring for his attention, oh and even socialites and celebrities.  I cannot disagree with them as he is smoking hot! Phil was once an artist in the local entertainment industry but did not make it big to the limelight.  I thank God that he did not make it big as being an actor is not his forte, I am happy that he stayed on where he belongs, a football player because he has so much potential.  Number 10 is the jersey he wears.

Mr. Younghusband was born in Ashford, Middlesex, England on 4th of August 1983 to an English father and Filipino mother.  He is a part time model and appeared in different pages of some glossy magazines.  Phil likes to sing in fact he joined this singing contest in GMA 7, the defunct Celebrity Duets.

This English-Filipino forward player spent two years unattached in Chelsea, an English football club in London.  After being released he pursued to play with the Philippines National team wherein he participated in the 2005 Southeast Asean Games and ASEAN Football Championship.

Another handsome Team Azkal football player is Phil’s brother, James Joseph Placer Younghusband.  This guy exudes so much charisma that I wanna be his all time girl.  LOL Seriously, James plays as the right winger in Team Azkals wherein he made his first goal during a friendly competition against Singapore, which I think he was part of the Chelsea at that time.  I am not sure though as I just made a hunch upon reading the entry in Wiki.  LOL

Towering at 6′ 1″, James is 24 years old as he was born on September 4, 1986 in which he had his first youth career with Chelsea.  Being attractive plus a good football player run in Younghusband’s blood.  Geez, don’t you think it is unfair? LOL By the way, James is sporting the # 7 jersey.

Oh this guy that goes by the name of Neil Leonard Dula Etheridge is such a stunning man that his parents has ever created! LOL Every time I stare at this goalkeeper I am mesmerized that I forgot what my name is! hahaha Anyway, Mr. Etheridge was born on February 7, 1990 in Einfield, London, England.  In the year 2003 he attended Chelsea academy together with James and Phil Younghusband.  Before, he started to play as the forward of the football team but switched to a goalkeeper after being asked by his coach.   He made full international debut during 2008 AFC Challenge Cup wherein he kept three clean sheets.  It took some time for Neil to play for Team Azkals as he dreamed to play on England’s top team but  he realized that he will give it a try because after all he has the blood of being a Filipino and as well as Phil convinced him to join the team as he will enjoy the experience.   I can say that Mr. Etheridge made a smart move because aside from being added to the roster of great football talents in Team Azkals, he added joy to the fan girls and fan gays of being an eye candy! LOL If you want to spot Neil during football competitions look for  the guy who wears a different color of shirt t and is on uniform #1.

The team’s captain, Alexander Charles Luis Borromeo who is known to his friends and family as Aly.  This full bloodied Filipino previously played as the goalkeeper, central midfielder or center forward for his club, the Kaya.  He was born on San Francisco, California on June 28, 1983.  Holy smoke, he can be a perfect candidate to be my husband.  LOL Marry me Aly! hahaha This 6′ 2″ guy started his career on the Philippines during 2000 AFC  Youth Championship qualifiers.   I cannot believe that he is purely Filipino because of his features and the towering height! Can somebody confirmed if I get the right information of Alexander being a full bloodied Filipino? hehehe He dons jersey # 11 in every football competition.

Wearing jersey #13, what can I say about the guy? Oh man, he is one of a kind! Nicknamed as Chieffy, this left winger from Philippine Army F.C is among the pride of Team Azkal as he scored the first goal during the Mongolia vs. Philippines match held in Panaad Stadium located in Bacolod.  With his 5’5″ height, he can play as a striker and forward.  Emelio Asada Caligdong was born on Pototan, Iloilo on the 2nd day of September 1982.  He made his first goal during the 2004 Tiger Cup in which two of these goals came from 89th and 90th minutes of the game against Timor-Leste.  The Philippines won this game.

Another good looking guy in the team! He is Robert James Dazo Gier or Rob Gier.  This gorgeous lad play the defender position for Hellenic Football League Premier Division.  Rob was born on January 6, 1980 to an English father and Filipino mother in Ascot, England.  He started his football career with Team Azkals on March 2009 as he was called upon to be a part of the team for the 2010 AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers.  Gosh, with his 5’10” height and drop dead gorgeous looks, Rob is another handsome football player that I would love to see playing in the field everyday.  hahaha

Who would have thought that Anton del Rosario is a part of Team Azkals wherein he plays in the defender position? He could be mistaken as an actor or a model.  Dang, this gorgeously hot guy is an American born Filipino footballer that was born on December 23, 1981.  Standing at 5’11” tall, Anton Edward Quimson del Rosario has been in the national team since year 2000.  He had his first goal during 2007 ASEAN Football Championship qualifiers.  By the way, this guy reminds of me Adam Levine because they have some similarities in their physical appearance.

Geez, Team Azkals has full of fine-looking players and Simon Clive Barbon Greatwich is one of them! Oh well, I cannot complain.  This center midfielder started his career in the football field with Brighton Hove and Albion.  Simon is the brother of Christopher Greatwich.  He made his international debut for team Philippines in 2008.

Cebu’s pride, my very own kababayan, Paolo Pascual.  Born on January 22, 1991, Paolo was among the shorted listed players for Team Azkal.  He gave up his studies and left home in order to pursue his dream and passion- to play football in international arena.  Paolo enjoys listening to the music of Lifehouse and Chase Coy.  He studied at University of San Carlos and went to PAREF Springdale School.  This goalkeeper who stands at 5’11” was been asked to stay and train for the incoming 2014 Word Cup qualifier and the U23 Southeast Asian Games in Indonesia this coming November.   Mr. Pascual describes himself as simple, hardworking and patient with huge turn ons to girls who have a nice smile.  I have a nice smile Pao! LOL

That’s it for now since I realized that there are numerous players of Team Azkals and posting them all on one entry is not enough.  I will make a write up to some delicious and eye catching Azkal players on the next episode. LOL I hope I will not be hit by lazy syndrome.  haha