Have you heard of Tocino? No it’s not the hottest celebrity of this generation. Tocino is good, of course. I mean what else am I going to talk about here if not food? Maybe my still delayed USCIS application, but that’s for tomorrow.
Anyway, Tocino is probably one of my mostest most favorite Filipino food. It’s pork marinated in loads of sugar and salt. It sounds gross but the finish product is soooo good. I am not as much fan of rice as most Asians (mostly Filipinos) are, but if there’s Tocino..mmm. I eat it with loads of steamed rice, vinegar, and tomatoes.
I’m pretty sure you can tell which on me is Tocino in that photo. I fried up a batch yesterday for lunch. I was so lucky to find a legit, no frills Filipino eatery when we went to Suffolk, VA. I ordered two big tubs of uncooked Tocino to take home with me. The lady who runs the place is just so mega extra super friendly. She even gave me her recipe!! I can’t share it with you though. It’s her business recipe and she entrusted me with it 🙂 so happy!!
Okay that’s my Filipino entry for today. I’m trying my best to write more. Ugh. Such a task.
After moving to the great ‘Murica, I quickly realized how much more expensive services cost here are (well, if you convert all the time like I do). Back home a good full body massage will cost you around $5 before tip; here it’s around $1 per hour, before tip. A simple haircut is easily at least $15. Back home, it’s like a dollar 😀
So after several Youtube videos and words of wisdom from my mother, I finally chopped of my hair. Not by a lot and it’s not a stylish cut. Just a straight no-nonsense chop! *cries* I now have to enlist the help of my husband to fix the ends cos of course, it’s a crap job.
oh damn, what did i do…gasp!
May is my birth month and also the month I moved here in the US from the Philippines. It’s been a full year although it doesn’t feel anything like it at all! What has happened since I first moved here?
- I got married.
- Experienced my first winter (SNOW!) And all the other seasons.
- Moved to Maryland from Georgia.
- Turned a year older.
- Finally got a Kitchen Aid mixer! (Thanks, hubs!)
- Finally perfected chocolate chip cookies!!!
- Missed my family a lot.
- Became a volunteer for SPCA
- America has a new president.
- Got my permit to work.
There’s definitely a lot more things that happened, but what has not happened yet is for me to finally get my temporary green card. It’s been 9 months since we filed it and for whatever reason, USCIS still doesn’t want to properly handle cases. I am sure we are at no fault, they probably just want us to spend more money on a lawyer or just take their sweet time because they know we can’t do stuff about it anyway…or so they think. It’s not fun anymore, they’re messing with people’s lives.
Oh well, it’s been a year in this country. I guess I’m somehow settled and it’s now time to get off my ass and start looking for work!! It’s like being 21 again- don’t know what to do after graduating. Should I try corporate or something simpler? Where do I start??
Uprooted and confused.
Let me tell you the ~GOOD~ feedback I get every time someone identifies me as a Filipino. To be honest I don’t know how they can tell; it amazes me! Yes I am Asian and I make jokes about it. You can, too. It’s’ fine.
So I was eating a Harris Teeter and I guy asked if I can look after his cart of goodies cos he forgot to buy one thing. I guess he didn’t want to put his groceries to the car and run back inside to get that one thing he forgot. He’s efficient. Doing small favors for random people is really not a big deal. However, depending on the situation we shouldn’t always say yes to strangers asking if they can leave their stuff with us for safekeeping. Tell yo kids! Anyway, when Mister Shopper came back he asked me if I’m from the Philippines. As usual I was surprised. He then proceeded to tell me about the Filipinos in his life and a Filipina his relative married and how her family is so nice to them, the kids are so polite, and all that feel good stuff. It made me proud.
Another guy at Harris Teeter, Mister Shopper 2, talked to me while I was waiting for my uBer ride on Valentine’s Day *hearts*. He asked me the weirdest ‘Are you Asian’ question. He said, “Are you a Filipina or just a general Asian?”
*What is a general Asian?*
Apparently Mister Shopper 2 has a thing for Filipinas because “You have fuller lips and you guys just have a pretty face.” Well I am very flattered. He wanted to take me out on a V Day date but then I’m married 🙂
Next up is Korean Bestie. She is so cute. Korean Bestie is an older lady who runs a dry cleaning business. Friendly Koreans are cute and I find it amusing that she adores Filipinas. Apparently she’s got some Filipina friends and she likes our eyes cos it’s round and “looks happy”. Hmmm, I visit her soon. I need some good vibes.
My favorite one is Mister uBer. He picked me up at a local SSA office. uBer put me in a weird location for pick up and I told Mister uBer that I can jsut walk to where he is so he won’t have to go around. In the car I can see him looking at me in the rear view mirror. After confirming that I am Filipina, he then said, “You people are so polite! You don’t want to be a hassle and even offered to walk!” Mister uBer once dated a Filipina. He adored her so much. No idea what happened but sounds like she is his “the one who got away”. He was all praise for this lady. She managed her money well, he took care of him, she cared for him, and he misses her. You can sense the regret in his voice but he’s also so happy recalling his memories of her. It was sweet!
I hope more people would have a positive experience with Filipinos. I know we are not doing so well in the news recently and that there are bad apples no matter what race or country it is. Bottomline is we just have to respect each other as human beings and do our best to be kind even during times when it’s difficult to do so. At the end of the day, all we got in this world is each other.
I found it! I’ve figured out the chocolate cookie recipe that works for me, and it is OH SO EASY TO MAKE. I’m still finding it difficult to accept that these babies have a ton of sugar. Sometimes it helps a lot to try to make a favorite food from scratch to know what’s in it. Sadly in my case it’s sugar. Anyhoo, cookies are for comfort so I try no to feel so bad.
I got this recipe from Anna Olson’s Youtube video but I reduced the sugar just by a bit. I wasn’t able to make 24 cookies like she did in the video but I think it’s probably because I used a cookie scoop. Interestingly enough this recipe includes cornstarch! Anna said it helps create the crunchy outside-chewy inside finish, and judging by the finish product, it does help. Continue reading “The struggle is real: Chocolate Chip Cookies!”
Just saw the movie Life. Major spoiler alert!!!
Oh dear heavens, intense. Death. Lots of death. And Ryan Reynolds, really, you killed him too!!!
Patience is a virtue. Patience is what I have although I don’t really have much choice So like a good citizen, hubby and I followed this whole process diligently. Unfortunately though, they (you know who) are not making this easy for us.
The bad: It’s been 7 months and I still don’t have my AOS result. I have not done my ROM at the Philippine Embassy because without the finalized AOS, I don’t want to be without my IDs. We keep receiving letters asking for documents we have already provided.
The good: I have received my EAD and was able to get my SSN. With the SSN I can now move forward with several things like military ID, banks, etc. I can look for work!
I’ve been talking to a friend who moved to Washington state around December. She’s got hers all sorted out by February and here I am still waiting. I think luck is not on our side with this one. Looking at the brighter side, at least I got my life-changing SSN 🙂