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Yeah It’s Me, Cooking: Pancit Bihon Guisado

I’m no expert in cooking but I love good food. Now it’s time to stay longer in the kitchen and see if the magic WOKS with me, one recipe at a time.

Happy first year to me, happy first year to me...I did cook pancit but what a nice way to cap off the dinner night with delicious slices of cheese! One of the few Swiss dining experiences I enjoy now is eating some cheese after meals. Swiss cheeses (and French too) are OH, so yummy!

This is it, pancit! Isang taon na! (It’s one year already!)

I celebrated my first year of stay in Switzerland by simply cooking pancit last Saturday. Next to rice, pancit is another big star on the Filipino dining table. In every celebration, pancit is a must. It goes with a lot of varieties, but the most common of all, which I cooked for myself is what we called pancit bihon guisado.

Pancit (or pansit) is a Filipino term for noodles in Filipino cuisine. The Chinese introduced noodles into the Philippines and it has been adopted into a local cuisine since then. There’s also a food lore handed down from the Chinese, that noodles should be eaten on one’s birthday because noodles represent long life and good health. In my case I don’t only wish the same for myself, but also for a much longer, much enjoyable stay. Though it wasn’t my birthday yet, that must have been the other reason why I served pansit to celebrate!

I wasn’t alone in making the verdict this time around. That night I’ve got a family of three to feed; and the couple who shared the dish with me are not definitely new to cooking. As a neophyte, I was at their mercy. What’s even more perplexing, it is my first time to cook this fancy dish.  I could have felt more relaxed when I learned that the term pancit in Hokkien language (pian i sit) means “something conveniently cooked fast,” but it didn’t turn out that easy for me. Wawa (Poor me).

Continue sipping…

So Swiss: 10 Things I’m Loving About Switzerland Now

How ironic it is for me that I haven’t written anything much in detail about my stay in Switzerland for the past 11 months since I arrived. Yes, few more days to go and it’s going to be my first year. There are supposed to be so many stories to tell, as a matter of fact, but then again, the daily run of my life couldn’t seem to accommodate this another new idea in mind.

Until one day, someone asked me this question, “Do you feel your Swissness growing in you?” I couldn’t say the magic word that I ended up replying, “Maybe I’m getting there.”

It could be nice to look back, reflect and write about the events and experiences so I can better appreciate the life I have here and assimilate well into the Swiss culture (before it’s too late?).

I won’t be painting a rosy picture for Switzerland all the time because I’m equally eager to share the rest of the Swiss quirks too! Everything that is Swiss from a Pinay POV, and that Pinay must be, me.

For now though, it’s better to create a good impression first. So here are the ten things I like about Switzerland.

1. Swiss time is really gold.

What time is it, Swiss?

Switzerland is well-known as a watchmaking country. Most of the top-of-the-line, luxurious watch brands in the world originated from here. The Swiss are legendaries for their dedication to detail and accuracy. A luxurious watch for one, comprises of more than 300 precision parts and long hours of meticulous craftsmanship. As Switzerland has a reputation to uphold, it appears to me that everything here has to be in sync and everyone’s wired to be on-time.

Public transportation is one good example. I have always been an avid commuter ever since in the Philippines. Most of the time, I find pleasure in going through the Amazon-like traffic of Manila. Of course, since Manila traffic is very unpredictable, making (valid?) excuses for being late had become a part of the morning routine.

On a side note, I couldn’t entirely blame Christopher Lao for speaking out loud that he should have been informed (that the flooded road is impassable for a car like his) but when you particularly drive around Manila in torrential downpour that day, common sense is a must; and unfortunately his lack thereof, as well as his lame excuses, being seen on national TV has made him become a laughing matter (and lately, an Internet quick sensation).  However here in Switzerland, it’s au contraire. Waking up late can be the only reason for being so, and should foreseen circumstances ever occur, believe me, the Swiss will also inform you beforehand.

Unless there’s a traffic jam, technical problems, bad weather, life emergencies or any uncontrollable situations along the way, which also seldom happen, the buses, trams and trains in Switzerland arrive on-the-dot, and even earlier than usual.  Undoubtedly it’s good I left my Filipino time behind.

A very funny, creative satire on Lao, but, WTH is Christopher Lao? Here’s one for you in YouTube. This ain’t funny if you can’t read/understand Tagalog, so better skip this video. Definitely, in German, Hitler’s expressing seriousness here.

NEXT: The hills are alive.

Spend a Friday Night with Mig Ayesa’s Best Performances in INXS: Rockstar

One of  the very few reality-based talent shows that my brother and I followed until the end. We’re rooting for Mig Ayesa, the Pinoy from Australia. He was one of the final three, together with fellow runner-up Marty Casey and winner J.D. Fortune. Well, my guts is telling me it’s going to be J.D. but then again, typical of us, of course, Mig is Pinoy…

Mikey Bustos Videos About Being Filipino (Part Two)

Here is Mikey Bustos, who is initially known as a Canadian-Pinoy who made it as one of the finalists in Canadian Idol many eons ago, providing us an entertaining resource about the quirky, twisted side of us, Filipinos. This goes to show how diverse and fun our culture is. Follow him more via YouTube.

Proud to be Pinay!

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