For: Sunday Trees – 328
The Singapore Botanic Gardens is a 158-year-old tropical garden located at the fringe of Singapore’s Orchard Road shopping district. It is one of three gardens, and the only tropical garden, to be honoured as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Gardens possess an array of botanical and horticultural attractions with a rich history and a wonderful plant collection of worldwide significance.
A gradual crescendo in life
The gravity of what we do and like
All of a sudden we’re shattered by experience
When jealousy and greed is rife
Rattle your teeth and fly with birds
Bare truth is what comes around goes around
Electrifying moments which give us a kick
We also hurt others with words
Spread love with honey and jam
Always be kind and enjoy the blue seas
With excitement keep us on the edge of our seat
And we follow our own programme
Be positive and don’t worry
We don’t care about what we cannot change
Even when we are hurt, somehow karma is there
Be happy for we are all free*
(c) ladyleemanila 2018
* RemyLa Rhyme Form
Our national dish, adobo! Filipinos can cook it anywhere in the world, as long as we have the main ingredients: chicken or pork, vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, salt and pepper. Marinate all the ingredients, fry them with a little oil, then simmer them until cooked.
Stir-frying is my favourite style of cooking – chop all ingredients in small sizes, like julienne. Fry garlic, ginger and onions, first, then add beef and the vegetables. Add oyster sauce, chilli sauce, soy sauce and voila – stir-fried beef!
Preserved ampalaya and atsara – good accompaniment for any grilled or fried fish, chicken, pork or beef.
Pancit palabok – is the first meal I ask when I come home to the Philippines because I don’t cook it here. It has some seafood like shrimps, dried fish or tinapa, boiled eggs, glass noodles, etc. Delicious!
Siomai is dim sum, steamed bun with vegetables and meat inside.
Favourite breakfast – also known as tapsilog which is a short form of tapa, sinangag (fried rice) and itlog (eggs)
Grilled squid – yummy! Stuffed with tomatoes, onions, garlic, some herbs, salt and pepper.
Lovely soup – chicken, unriped papaya, ginger, onions. Good when one has a cold. Or when one is homesick.
Our favourite dessert! My brother has got this super recipe and it’s to die for! 10 egg yolks, 1 can of condensed milk, 2 cans of evaporated milk, some rinds of lemon. The secret is to caramelise some sugar in a dish, sieve the mixture then steam it, or bain marie it.