Back from Beijing!

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Just wanna say… I’m back! Yeah I had such a great time spending holiday with my family in Beijing.

When I first came to Auckland, I saw its difference from China’s capital. But when I came back to Beijing, I felt how great the difference are in so many ways – food, culture, architecture and more… but hey, I oh so love both cities.

Love my photo here. Reminds me of Marvin over at Burnt Lumpia.

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I am not a professional cook. My only claim to having a culinary background is a short stint as my dad’s teen ‘sous chef’ in his carinderia ages ago. Dad ran small eateries since I was a young kid - serving standard ‘turo-turo’ food ranging from the likes of menudo, adobo, pritong isda, dinuguan, binagoongan, bopis, munggo, pinakbet and giniling to merienda fares like goto, ginataan, pancit bihon, halu-halo and saging con yelo.

My father, a farmer in his hometown before working his way to becoming an accountant, definitely influenced my cooking in a lot of ways than I thought. My siblings and I were raised in a backyard full of fruit trees and vegetable garden. We spent weekends and the summer breaks running around with ducks, chickens, goats and pigs. I had wonderful memories of gathering eggs, butchering chickens, selling vegetables and the sweet aroma of preserved fruits. But my love for art led me to a degree in Architecture. Just few months after getting my license, I went abroad and lived independently at age 23. Definitely no maid, no cook, and a totally different food culture. Along the way I met lots of friends and spent what seemed a lifetime learning new tricks and recipes.

Now living in Auckland, I am a work-from-home mum who juggles time between work, fun and family - in pursuit of work-life balance. No matter how busy I am, I love the idea of cooking for my family. My blog chronicles home cooking greatly influenced by life outside my home country from Southeast Asia to Beijing and Auckland. And most of the time, being busy also means easy (sometimes quick), affordable meals.

6 thoughts on “Back from Beijing!

  1. Kung hei Fat choy eh! What’s happening?

    I just came back from a short vacation in Manila and experienced the glamour of food preparation there. Pinas is not lagging behind eh. If you’re around the Fort Boni area, I suggest you check SERENDRA. It’s the hottest place in town, and everybody, well I mean everybody, is talking about it. I tried 2 restos: PORTICO & MAMOU. They stood out, in terms of menu, from the others. Too bad, I didn’t take some shots. Later. Cheerios!

  2. Thanks Marvin & Toni! When I saw the pic natawa na agad ako at naalala ko si Marvin agad!

    Hi JMom! Yeah I also noticed it’s been all about rice in this blog for a while hehehehe but that’s just the way it is, right? Kahit sa tunay na buhay puro rice din talaga :-)

    Elbimbo, xinnian Kuai Le! Good for you to be back home!

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