Sungka versus Wii (Sports)
5 May 2009, 11:39 pm
Filed under: Entertainment, Family, General

I visited MarketManila today and made a comment on his article dated 3 May 2009 on Chicos & Indian Mangoes in Season Now! Millet reminisced on her childhood summers spent playing sungka.

I am also part of the statistics on millions of Filipinos who spent summers playing sungka.  “What is that,  mum?”,  my 6-year old daughter asked as I cleaned the sungka for this article.  How do I start? Could I explain the rules to her properly? My son is most likely to ask for the manual or instructions on how the ‘game’ is played.   How much effort can these computer kids spend learning the old game before boredom sets in?

The only similarity I can think of when comparing the old game and new technology is the excitement and anticipation that your turn is next.



Bread Pudding
5 May 2009, 9:56 pm
Filed under: Cooking, Food

The Food Magazine I bought in Manila years ago features a very simple bread pudding recipe.  I tried the recipe several times and I do admit that the same ingredients are used but the results are totally different in flavour and look each time I bake it.
The customary and familiar ingredients were already in my panty; condensed milk, evaporated milk, sugar, vanilla extract, raisins, brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon Instead of using a day old bread, the newly bought sandwich sliced bread was used.

The bread pudding I baked for May Day holiday (4 May) tasted like leche flan.  How will it taste next?



Bend it like a ballet dancer
5 May 2009, 9:52 pm
Filed under: Family, General

My 14-year old daughter is wearing the number 13 jersey in her soccer team. The #13 is associated with bad luck or considered unlucky in other countries and in different religions. In sports the #13 has been worn by many great players, so they say. We attended her first game last month and my 7-year old son commented that his sister’s team sucks. The team is a mixed team and only has 2 female members.

Was it just my imagination? She pointed her toe like a ballet dancer’s foot on point after kicking the ball.

She had 7 years ballet classes – she started when she was 4 years old. Her kick looked so inelegant and graceless but she played exceptionally well – as a first timer- and helped win the game.