The Philippines has been colonised by the Spanish for more than 300 years. The word ensaladang is obviously a Filipino corruption of the Spanish word ensalada meaning salad, and talong is the Filipino word for… you guessed it: eggplant (FYI the Spanish for eggplant is berenjena).
I never give up. I was eight when I answered my first autograph book and it asked for "motto". I didn't what it meant so I asked my mother. She said it's your philosophy in life, in a way that an eight year old me can understand. She uttered a slew of maxims but the one that resonated with me was:
What does everyone want? What do you want? Me, I want to be happy. I want success. Don't you? The problem is that most of us stumble on the meaning of happiness, because we don't know what happiness really is. Is it getting praises for a job well done? Is it shopping for vintage Dior? Is it lounging on your bed all day? Or maybe eating all you can in a five-star hotel?
There are many versions of sumans out there, it depends on what region it comes from. The best suman I have had is called Moron (yes, that's spelled correctly) from Samar Island. The most common suman is what you find in all markets across the country is arguably, a Filipino's comfort food. Shaped like a brick, brown and sweet, it's a convenient healthy snack as its made of rice, coconut milk and sugar.
Salveo Acupuncture clinic has a newly opened branch in Alam Sutera and I was given a free pass to try it! Since it's my first time to try acupuncture, I was both anxious and excited at the same time. Lucky for me, one of my friends was also given a free pass so there was two of us to cheer each other on in case of... cold feet.