I am a closet kikay.

One night, while I was undergoing my (sometimes) nightly rituals, I realized something. For a person that professes to be simple, basic and far from being kikay, I had a loooot of said stuff in my room. Hand lotions, moisturizers, bath soaps and salts, hair products, perfumes, oils, and makeup items are situated along my shelves and tabletops, not unlike soldiers waiting to be called into service. Another lightbulb moment: I hardly bought any of them.

kikay loot

It’s not a secret that I am crazy about pasalubongs. I love it. I ask for it, actually, (sometimes verging on the inappropriate). Whenever I hear/read online that a friend or acquaintance is traveling, it’s usually among the first (or last) thing that I’ll mention. Heaven forbid, I forget to remind my friend for my pasalubong.

And admit it, when you’re overseas or on a trip, and you’re thinking of getting something for a female friend/relative/co-worker, the easiest thing that comes to mind (and are relatively safe choices) are body products such as lotions and perfumes. It’s also the go-to gift for bridal showers, birthdays, anniversaries, christmas.. It’s clichéd because it works. I, for one, love getting these as gifts. And I think I’m not alone.  I am a sucker for all these, especially when they come in yummy scents! Personally, I generally go straight for citrusy/minty scents or green tea (never could go wrong with that). But because of gifts, I have been exposed to a variety of scents, textures and products that I might not have known.

So, in short, I would like to thank everyone (relatives, friends, neighbors, companies) that have contributed to my little stash of kikayness. and also.. to keep ’em coming. 🙂

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Food Post Monday

The fiancé arrived yesterday and brought a ton of goodies back with him. Mostly not for me though. :p But along with a few trinkets that he picked up during his trip, he did bring a few food items that he managed to squirrel away.

First up, madeleines!

perfect with coffee!

He also brought home some cheese..

cheese overload!

While running errands, we stopped by the weekend market at Eastwood Mall and picked up this white chocolate chip cookie (Php 120).  I’ve been craving chocolate chip cookies the whole time we were being barraged by the rains. This hit the spot perfectly!

yummy yummy cookies!

And lastly, a food experiment. (Really, I was just sick of eggs and tuna for breakfast. :p) I really want to get better at cooking (and at my current cooking level, there’s really nowhere to go but up. haha, can’t get any worse. :p)

Without further ado, I present my tuna in oyster sauce dish.

perfect with crackers!

I wasn’t really following any recipe.. mostly a hodgepodge of ingredients and spices that I had on hand.

What you’ll need:

1 can Century Tuna Hot and Spicy (better if you use tuna in water – so that no competing flavors are present)

1/4 small onion, finely diced

1/4 garlic, finely diced

oyster sauce (use sparingly, at your discretion)

canola oil (but other types of oil should work too)

ginger powder, cumin powder, white pepper

1. Sauté the garlic and onion in oil. Be careful not to burn the garlic (there’s a fine line between the browned and burnt garlic.. browned tastes awesome, burnt not so much.)

2. Add the tuna (minus its oil or water) and the oyster sauce. The oyster sauce should be used sparingly. Better if you add it a few at a time.

3. Add the spices. The oyster sauce should provide enough sodium for the dish (the one I used was actually low sodium but had enough (of it) to complete the dish.)

Surprisingly, it was very good. It would’ve been great with rice but I made do with 1 pack of Skyflakes. Yum!

On Why I Love Pasalubongs

Whenever anybody I know leaves (for a business trip, another city or even for the day), I often tell them to remember my “pasalubong”. It doesn’t really have to be something extravagant or expensive – just something that would make me feel special and loved. That even if we were miles apart, at one point wherever they were, they remembered me. Nothing makes me happier than a loved one coming back home, safe and sound, with my pasalubong in their hands. 🙂
I thought I’d share the recent pasalubongs that I got from some of my favorite people.
oatmeal bars
1. Oatmeal Bars from Claudette’s – Ian usually buys this for me when he’s not able to buy me anything from wherever it was he went to. Or sometimes he brings me this just because. These oatmeal bars are very delicious – chewy and moist – with chocolate chips generously sprinkled on top. Claudette’s have a stall in Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3, near one of the exits in the ground floor. Perfect last minute pasalubong to family and friends.
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2. Borneo White Coffee from Kota Kinabalu – My friends Chat and Lyn went to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia last month and brought these coffee grounds back with them. As a coffee lover, I love this pasalubong! I’m just waiting for the right moment/equipment/container in order to brew it.
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3. Kindle Power Adapter from Amazon.com – I ordered a Kindle last June but unfortunately, my shipment was sans a power adapter. Fortunately, my Tito Jeff was scheduled to arrive in the Philippines and was able to bring my power adapter with him. Nowadays, charging my kindle is easier and faster thanks to direct charging (and not thru USB cable).
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4. Round Necklace from Mansoureh – My Iranian friend Mansoureh came to the Philippines to renew her passport and she brought with her this awesome necklace. I love it! The chain is light enough that I don’t feel like I’m being strangled and the pendant is very colorful. The photo above shows us together with me wearing the said necklace.
I love, love pasalubongs! Not only because of what they are (gifts!) but more importantly because of what they mean (I’m thinking of you).