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Friday, January 25, 2008

Pleasant surprise from a friend

One of the many joys of blogging about something that is truly shared by many is that I get to meet a lot of Filipino/Filipina friends online. Whether it remains an online relationship or I get to meet them in person does not really matter. These friends are as real as my friends who live here, sometimes even better (as in no intriga, no envy, no judging, if you know what I mean).

I came home the other night very tired from work, and had this pleasant surprise: bottles of pandan essence and various mixes (palabok, tocino, and pancit bihon). Who sent it?

My new friend Deb L from NY sent these goodies. And I want to thank her for sympathizing with me, being very far from the nearest Filipino store, which, actually to date, has closed. So now I only have the Chinese-owned Asian stores to go to. She has read about my plight in one of my previous posts and was very thoughtful to ask me what I wanted/needed and offered to send some to me.

Thanks so much, Deb! No I have to marinade some chicken and pork pieces. My hubby (and of course, the kids and I) loves tocino.


  1. Hi Manang, how are you? Just wondering if you know of any good traditional filipino donut recipe, you know the homemade one's with sugar coating? I've been craving for them and I can't seem to find any on the net. thanks a bunch for your help!

  2. Hi Jane,

    I am not really familiar with any traditional Filipino donut recipe, but I made some bunuelos which I shaped into donuts, and actually tasted much like the famous fried dough sold in carnivals around here in Maine. Here's the link, if you are interested.

    Bunuelos (fried doughnuts)

    Just sprinkle ordinary granulated sugar instead of confectioner's sugar with cinnamon. I guarantee you won't be disappointed.

  3. Hi Manang...kumusta po? I just read your posted wow...may maagang pamasko na? hehehe...Mayron talagang toto-ong tao, Walang halong ka plastikan. Kaibigan mo man o hindi. Di po ba =) Natutuwa naman akong nagbasa nitong post mo. It reminded me of a pinay din na will send me a handmade card....di ko sya kilala pero nakaka touch. Di po ba?....ingat ka...keep cooking hehehe...nakakabusog ang pics...mahilig din ako magluto at bake kaya walang blog eh lol....kaya andon sa friendster naka tago ang food pics ko....muahhhhhhh

  4. Hi Ano (short for anonymous)...hehe, corny ko!

    sana magblog ka rin para ma-share mo rin ang talents mo. I can always use more tips and ideas from fellow cooks/bakers.

  5. I know what you mean when you said that "These friends are as real as my friends who live here, sometimes even better (as in no intriga, no envy, no judging, if you know what I mean)." I hear you on that one :-)

    I have met so many friends online and I've met some of them already and they are so nice. I even had one that went home to Cebu and I asked her kindly if she could get me some Masaryal and just ship it to my house when she gets back, then I will just pay her. She came back and she sent it to me and she told me not to worry about paying and that's her pasalubong to me for being so nice to her, awwwww!

    It does suck living in an area where we don't have any source of filipino food or stuff that we can buy. The one we have, about 3 minutes away, just closed but there is one next to it that is a huge Chinese store that still carries our stuff. I also have families in NJ that sends me stuff if I need them :-)


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