Cook-Then-Shoot: Ginisang Sayote

Ginisang Sayote
Ginisang Sayote

Since I’m lacking any motivation to do photography these days, and I’m going serious on this dieting bit, I’m going back to the first sort of subject I took photos of: food. Food I cook.

Nothing special inside the ref these days, but we do have lots of pork, and some vegetables we need to cook soon. So I did the type of dish I’ve been cooking since I learned how to cook: ginisang gulay.

I had sayote, so that was my base ingredient. However, anyone can do this with ampalaya, spinach, sitaw, and pretty much any green leafy vegetable or bean variety.


chopped garlic, onion, and tomatoes
hibe or dried shrimp
toyo or part of chicken bullion cube (not the whole block) + water
fried pork
fried tokwa

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Stuffed in Baguio

About this time last week, I was nursing a headache over sleep and ingested two paracetamol tablets over at The Manor Hotel in Camp John Hay, in Baguio city.

Dessert after lunch at The Manor Hotel, in Camp John Hay, Baguio City

No, it wasn’t exactly a vacation.

I was invited as a delegate to the Carnation Family Food Trip Tour organized by Appetite Magazine. The invite was a starred email for sometime over my Gmail account, until I realized that the event will be held in Baguio, and that it starts on a Friday, ends on a Saturday, my official days of rest from work. I’ve been meaning to go back to Baguio for some time now, since my last memory of it was spending the night with the family in the car en route to Ilocos years ago.

The first stop was a the Lenox Hotel in Dagupan, where we had past-noon lunch. The Peppercorn Crablets were easy, delicious targets, and the Steamed Milkfish  in Cream Sauce was another highlight. Photos? Oh I’d refer you to the sites of the other bloggers who attended the event. I couldn’t find the mood then to go on photographer mode.

Entering Baguio was a welcome visual experience. The rain, the fog, and the odd fact that most of the commuter stops usually had two people seeking shelter: a man and a woman. Right then I dearly wished I just wouldn’t be spending one night in the city.

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Rangefinder Filipinas Updates

Just had what probably is the most cheerful Rangefinder Filipinas (RFilipinas) gathering at Quezon City last friday, where one convert was actually blessed to be sold a Yashica rangefinder camera himself, his first RF.

Picture slideshow from Eddie, our gracious host, can be found here. Other photos from Jay Javier here. All taken with the shooters’ respective Epson RD1s digital RF’s.

RFilipinas’ new project is undeniably a great opportunity for everyone in the group, that its not really a question anymore if we should undertake it. Details to follow when available.


And the old family camera is now working, charged with four LR44 (watch or calculator batteries), and some tinfoil:

S-s-s-something From Old House Crap: Minolta Hi-Matic F

This is now my point, focus, and shoot RF camera 🙂

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Why A Cook in a Travel Show Matters More

Anthony Bourdain on Rachael Ray: Complain all you want. It’s like railing against the pounding surf. She only grows stronger and more powerful. Her ear-shattering tones louder and louder. We KNOW she can’t cook. She shrewdly tells us so. So…what is she selling us? Really? She’s selling us satisfaction, the smug reassurance that mediocrity is quite enough. [source] It gets better.