When our goals and dreams are crushed by circumstances let us remember that “it is well with my soul”. He provides.
Sunset at Sunken Cemetery, Camiguin Island.

When our goals and dreams are crushed by circumstances let us remember that “it is well with my soul”. He provides.

Sunset at Sunken Cemetery, Camiguin Island.

I finally cooked a Japanese Curry

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Just because I’m watching waaaay too much animé, I’ve decided to cook a Japanese Curry to satisfy my cravings. Good news is that the taste is commendable considering it’s my 1st time to cook this and as usual full of “estimation-mode” (So lazy to read instructions when it comes to viand style of cooking.). Bad news is that my so called diet has been cancelled another day! (^o^)v

So I went to the market to buy some ingredients. Luckily, I was able to buy them all including the curry roux (instant form) which is the basic ingredient.

Note: Before we begin I would like to emphasize that I am not a chef by profession nor have any professional culinary experience or whatsoever.  I’m just a simple food lover who loves to cook in my own kitchen.  I also believe in estimation whenever I cook some viands.  I’m kinda lazy on reading instructions or if ever I have read it sometimes I tend to have this “intuition” in cooking that I use most of the time.  So if any of you who reads this recipe and is a professional, pardon some of my instructions whether it’s the way I slice, choose an ingredient (personal preference) or the way I explain it (though I’ll try to use a culinary language as much as I can).  On the other hand, I am open to any suggestions and clarifications, that will also help me grow. Thank you. (^_~)v

Below are the procedures and the basic ingredients that I have used.

INGREDIENTS:

  • Carrots
  • Potatoes
  • Onions (I used white onions)
  • Meat (of your choice but I have used pork.)
  • Oil
  • Curry Roux

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After gathering all the ingredients (washing the veggies, etc.) and materials that are needed we can now start. (^_^)

1.) Peel all the carrots and potatoes using a peeler (or manually, just like what I did. Unfortunately, I misplaced our peeler.) and then chop them into bite-sized cubes. 

*For the carrots don’t forget to cut off both edges.

2.) Also slice the onion.  Don’t forget to cut off the edges of the onion in the same manner as with the carrots.

*Whenever I’m cooking different viands that has onions on it, I usually minced it whenever I’m using red onions so as to not feel it later when it gets in my mouth but for this recipe I cut it horizontally because I’m using white onions.
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After chopping the veggies, set it aside. In my case I covered it with a plastic cover and placed it in the fridge.

3.) Next chop your meat of choice into bite-sized pieces.  In my case I used pork because I can easily remove the fatty area and it’s faster to cook it compared to beef.

*I was planning to simmer the pork before sautéing it but I was so hungry I couldn’t afford to simmer it my effort in waiting will be doubled but for the beef I guess it’s much better to simmer it if you can’t cut it thinly, just like me, to make the meat more softer (still it depends on your preference).  (^_~)v

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4.) Now heat the pot and put a little amount of oil on it then spread the oil all over the pot.

*We usually use olive oil or canola oil in our home but for this recipe I used a small amount of canola oil.  Other kinds of oil may be used but I’m not quite sure what oil is best to use when cooking Japanese Curry (golly, I only realized this matter now).  Anyway, if any of you have suggestions don’t hesitate to comment. (^_~)v

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5.) Add the meat (of your choice) and sauté it until it’s brown/slightly cooked.

*I also covered the pot a little bit around 1-2mins.  Just make it sure not to burn one side of the meat.

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6.) After which you add the Onions, Potatoes and Carrots.

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7.) Then add half the amount of water you are going to use for your curry. (By this time I only used about 300cc of water.)

*I’m using only half of the Golden Curry roux (S&B), so I estimated about 700-750cc of water to put all in all.

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8.) Close the pot and let it simmer for about 5-7minutes (my own estimation).

9.) After simmering add on the curry roux.  For this recipe I used the Golden Curry brand by S&B. 

*In the right lower portion of the box you can see the numbers from 1-5. I can’t read Japanese (Nihonggo) but because of the word HOT just beside the number 5 we can tell that it refers to the spiciness of the curry roux.  I love spicy food but unfortunately this was the only curry roux available in the market.  Spicy lover or not, the good news is that everyone can still enjoy this curry roux mix. (^_^)

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10.) Before opening the seal bend the curry roux container crosswise to break it into small cubes.  So you can spread it evenly in the pot and estimate the desired viscosity of your curry.

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11.) Place the cubes in the pot and stir it properly to spread and mix it well.  Continue stirring until it’s all melted.

*For those who are a lover of estimation I suggest to gradually increase the amount of water in the pot to achieve your desired viscosity for your curry.  I really want my curry to look like in the anime, so I have decided after putting 300cc to add about another 300cc then 125cc.

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*I also closed the pot and let it simmer for about 5-6mins but continue to monitor the curry to avoid overcooking the veggies or to under cook the meat and veggies.

Fortunately, for my first ever curry I’m glad I was able to cook it well.  Beginner’s luck?  Well hopefully not! LOLS! (^o^)

voilà! and Itadakimasu!

Bon appétit tout le monde! Je présente mon curry japonais.  C’est délicieux. (^_^)y

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P.S:

Next time I think I’ll use beef although pork is my favourite meat but the quality of the curry roux’s taste will blend well with beef or tofu.  Still whatever meat you used it’s still delicious.

Disclaimer:  All photos used in this blog are mine except for the 1st photo (anime collage) which has been searched via google, all rights reserved.

December 17,2013
Day 17: #tree
#fmsphotoaday #christmas #holidays #愛 #love #life #happy #사랑 #amour #davaocity #davao #instamood #instagood #instapic #igdaily #picoftheday #photoaday #photooftheday #xperia #xperiaactive #vacation

December 17,2013
Day 17: #tree
#fmsphotoaday #christmas #holidays #愛 #love #life #happy #사랑 #amour #davaocity #davao #instamood #instagood #instapic #igdaily #picoftheday #photoaday #photooftheday #xperia #xperiaactive #vacation

(n_n) A snapee artwork and a late vacation post. #meow #nekko #cats #ilovetraveling #dumaguete #instamood #instapic #instagood #instadaily #igdaily #photoaday #photooftheday #philippines #xperiaactive #xperia #kawaii

(n_n) A snapee artwork and a late vacation post. #meow #nekko #cats #ilovetraveling #dumaguete #instamood #instapic #instagood #instadaily #igdaily #photoaday #photooftheday #philippines #xperiaactive #xperia #kawaii

Living the Yoko life

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Seigi no Mikata.

It’s been a long time since I have been a fan of Japanese series and movies and I think it all started with Gokusen and since then I spent most of my free days watching Jdramas at home.

Firstly, I am a big fan of suspense, comedy-romance and horror films.  I’m really not much into heavy dramas that’s why it took me almost 2-3 years I think before I took a chance and successfully watched Koizora, I mean it’s not that I hate dramas, it’s just that I’m really kinda emotional I’ll eventually cry while watching such films and the fact that I’m not alone in my room (with my sister) makes it even worse. In the end I was happy that I watched Koizora it was an amazing heart-felt film. Now my task is to try and watch One Liter of Tears (dunno when I’ll be brave enough to watch this film.)

Anyway, speaking of living with a sister that connects me to this topic.  Seigi no Mikata was a film I finished watching last June and boy it was so fun! Basically it’s about Yoko (Shida Mirai - the younger sister) who’s in deep agony under her “devilish” older sister Makiko (Yamada Yu). However, despite of her sister’s “devilish” acts eventually her actions bring good fortune to others that is why she is being praised by many despite her real unfriendly and selfish attitude.  Unfortunately, only Yoko knows her true nature.

I have a lot of Japanese Actresses/Actors that I really adore but I really don’t get to research them that much to get to know them personally except for a few like Sato Takeru-san and most specially Narimiya Hiroki-san.^^ Then I stumbled upon Yamada Yu-san I was so amazed how she portrayed Makiko it was so so so irritating! Kinda like me and my sister! lols  I really know how Yoko feels, I mean my sister is not that mean to me but overall we have the same life especially when I was still a child! Eventually we’ve grown up and have less irritating incidents but still have irritating incidents! whew! Talk about confusion?!

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Look at this face above! This is the face of perfection actress Yamada Yu-san has that really makes me think about my sister! So scary and I know by this time something is up with my sister! lol (~_~)

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And this picture, is the ultimate picture that says to bow down to a sister’s dictation. I am a brave girl but when it comes to my autocratic sister this is what happens eventually. Oh Yoko that is exactly what I look like expression and all! lols (T_T) (^_^)

Overall, this drama is really good especially to those who can relate or have the same situation as Yoko does I really recommend this you will really have fun! I also decided to write this on my blog because just now I just finished watching Mei-chan no Shitsuji and again Yamada Yu-san is also one of the characters. Again she did well in that series her character again is really irritating.^^ Think I’ll search her dramas and try to watch it sometime next month. (^_^)

By the way maybe my sister get to read this blog (really felt like Yoko while doing this blog..lols), in all fairness to my sister she’s really not that hard on me like what Makiko does to Yoko but then again there’s that 50-70% reality in Seigi no Mikata’s story that is applicable in our daily lives.

(^_~)y

A friendly reminder.. (^_~)v #negrosoriental #dumaguete #forestcamp #bridge #nature #instapic #instadaily #instamood #instagood #igdaily #ilovetravelling #ilovenature #nature #photoaday #philippines #photooftheday #xperia #xperiaactive

A friendly reminder.. (^_~)v #negrosoriental #dumaguete #forestcamp #bridge #nature #instapic #instadaily #instamood #instagood #igdaily #ilovetravelling #ilovenature #nature #photoaday #philippines #photooftheday #xperia #xperiaactive

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It&#8217;s good to be back! After 3 years and also my 3rd time. Yes to 2013! (^_~)v #hagimit #hagimitfalls #samal #samal island #davao #davaocity #philippines #instamood #instapic #instasweet #instagood #instadaily #photoaday #photooftheday #pinoy #pinoytour #pinas #travel #xperiaactive #xperia #nature #love #life #ilovetravelling #adventure

It’s good to be back! After 3 years and also my 3rd time. Yes to 2013! (^_~)v #hagimit #hagimitfalls #samal #samal island #davao #davaocity #philippines #instamood #instapic #instasweet #instagood #instadaily #photoaday #photooftheday #pinoy #pinoytour #pinas #travel #xperiaactive #xperia #nature #love #life #ilovetravelling #adventure

My friends and I had a little break for this week. A one day trip just to satisfy our longings. (You see, when we were students we love to take a trip especially at the beach, the waterfalls or go island hoping or travel to other cities just to relax a bit but with a tight budget. Up until now that we are blessed to have a little bit of money, compared before, we tend to have that “a must affordable adventure”).

Anyway yesterday, after about 2-3 years, we went back to Hagimit Falls, Samal Island, Davao del Sur. It was my third time to be back and I must say there have been a lot of changes regarding their beautification.

I can’t upload all the photos so I’ll just type all the instructions needed on how to get there the “locals’ way” (without spending that much).

Hagimit Falls is located at Peñaplata, Samal Island which is about 45mins-1hour travel time from Davao City.

NO NEED TO WORRY, this travel estimation covers:

a.) Depending where you are in Davao City or how far are you from the Sasa Wharf(Km.11). There are 2 ways to get to the wharf, you either ride a bus at the Magsaysay Park and your sure to have a good seat(if it’s not peak hours or holiday) or ride a jeep going to Sasa Wharf (Km.11) and wait for the bus but the possibility of standing inside the bus is 80-90%.

b.) When in the barge, you can either stay inside the bus or walk around the barge and find a spot to take a picture of the sea, the island, etc. But mind you the travel span is only about 5-7mins. So be sure to hurry with those photos.

c.) Upon reaching Samal Island, your good to go. Until the bus reaches Peñaplata Central Warehouse/Bus Terminal.

d.) From there you will ride a “habal-habal"(motorcycle transportation usually good for 2 persons) or a "Tricycle"(it’s actually a 4-wheeled vehicle good for 6 persons, describing this makes me realize why do we even call it TRIcylce..??lol). Just tell the driver your heading to Hagimit and they’ll take you there. Voila! (^_^)

Total Costs:

1.) Jeepney going to Magsaysay Park or Sasa Wharf (Km.11) depends where your staying in Davao City. Minimum fare would be -> Php8

2.a.) Bus fare: Magsaysay Park up to Peñaplata Central Warehouse/ Bus Terminal ->Php40

2.b.) Bus fare: Sasa Wharf (Km.11) up to Peñaplata Central Warehouse/Bus Terminal ->Php30

3.) Habal-habal fare going to Hagimit: Php20-25. Unfortunately, I really don’t know how much a Tricycle cost because we usually ride a habal-habal, sorry!)

4.) Entrance fee in Hagimit Falls ->Php40

5.) Table and chair with umbrella (the cheapest), as shown in the photos ->Php150 (So Php150 divided by how many you are in a group.  Again, we haven’t tried renting a cottage or a room so we really don’t know how much it costs (‘-_-)y

Overall, our expenses was Php300-380 per person and there were 4 of us. We bought ready to eat viands and rice then soft drinks and water. It’s cheaper when you bring homemade cooking each and share it but we were lazy that time. We are so happy our expenses was much less than our expected Php500 budget. (^_^)


F.Y.I:

-The good thing about Hagimit is that they don’t have any corkage for food and drinks!^^

-Although, Hagimit Falls is a lot smaller compared to other waterfalls like Tinuy-an Waterfalls in Surigao, still an hour travel away from the city to detoxify yourselves is really a good deal!

Enjoy everyone! (^_^)v

Continuation of our Forest Camp adventure..^^ #forestcamp #nature #instamood #instapic #instagood #instadaily #photoaday #photooftheday #negrosoriental #philippines #xperiaactive #xperia #ilovetravelling #travel #love #life

Continuation of our Forest Camp adventure..^^ #forestcamp #nature #instamood #instapic #instagood #instadaily #photoaday #photooftheday #negrosoriental #philippines #xperiaactive #xperia #ilovetravelling #travel #love #life

Fine weather for #travel . Leaving #dumaguete so soon! (~_~) I&#8217;ll be missing this place. Till next time Dumaguete! (^_^)v #instamood #instapic #instanthome #instagood #instadaily #photoaday #photooftheday #philippines #sky #ilovetravelling #airplane #life #love #xperiaactive #xperia

Fine weather for #travel . Leaving #dumaguete so soon! (~_~) I’ll be missing this place. Till next time Dumaguete! (^_^)v #instamood #instapic #instanthome #instagood #instadaily #photoaday #photooftheday #philippines #sky #ilovetravelling #airplane #life #love #xperiaactive #xperia

Pulang bato which literally means &#8220;Red Stone&#8221;. #negrosoriental #photoaday #photooftheday #philippines #instamood #instapic #instagood #instadaily #nature #redstones #sky #ilovetravelling #travel #xperiaactive #xperia #adventure

Pulang bato which literally means “Red Stone”. #negrosoriental #photoaday #photooftheday #philippines #instamood #instapic #instagood #instadaily #nature #redstones #sky #ilovetravelling #travel #xperiaactive #xperia #adventure