Saturday, October 17, 2015

Basil Pesto: Fish Pasta

An easy to prepare Basil Pesto Fish pasta.


• 2/3 cup Basil leaves
• 2/3 cup Walnuts
• 4 pieces Garlic gloves
• 2/3 cup olive oil
• 1/3 cup Grated Parmesan cheese
• 1 pinch salt
• 3 tablespoons Olive oil, for grilling
• 4 pieces Tilapia fillet
• 8 cups Whole Wheat pasta, cooked


Basil Pesto:

1. Combine basil, walnuts and garlic in a food processor or blender and blend until ingredients are chopped finely. It may be necessary to clean up sides two to three times to get everything chopped evenly.
2. Add oil slowly (1/3 cup at a time) and blend. Add remaining oil and blend.
3. Transfer mixture to a bowl and add parmesan cheese. Stir to mix.
4. Taste and add salt only if necessary.

Basil Pesto Fish Pasta:

1. Reheat pasta in salted hot water and set aside.
2. Coat fish with 1 tablespoon pesto and grill both sides until done. Transfer to paper towel to drain oil from fish.
3. Slice fish into strips.
4. Combine pesto and pasta. Top with fish strips and serve.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Yummy Ham and Pickle Roll Ups

Are you in charge of making a food dish for a gathering? Ham and Pickle Roll Ups taste great and are easy to make. Learn the five easy steps to making Ham and Pickle Roll Ups.


If you have been given the honor of making hors d’oeuvres for a baby shower or family gathering, don’t panic. There are a lot of easy hors d’oeuvres that take only minutes to throw together. One favorite of mine is ham and pickle roll ups. These roll ups not only taste great, but they look classy. Below are the ingredients, the 5 easy steps, and some tips to making this tasty hors d’oeuvre.


• 1 Package of Ham Lunch Meat
• 1 (8 ounce) container of Cream Cheese (softened)
• 1 Jar of Whole Dill Pickles


• Lay out a piece of ham lunch meat so that it is lying flat.
• Spread a layer of softened cream cheese on the sliced ham.
• Take the pickle and roll it up in the ham.
• Repeat Step number 3 until all of the pickles are rolled up. Place them in the refrigerator until the cream cheese hardens. This may take a couple of hours.
• Slice ham and pickle roll ups into ½ inch slices. After they are cut into slices, you may also want to insert a toothpick. This will both enhance the presentation of your hors d’oeuvres and make them easier to pick up.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Camp John Hay Homeowners and Investors -- Victory is Achieved!

Victory is achieved! After months of agonizing days and sleepless nights, it is safe to say that justice is now served in Camp John Hay’s third parties. These investors who bought properties inside Camp John Hay can now breathe a sigh of relief after the Court of Appeals rendered a final decision to let these third parties stay and manage their properties. In a recent decision, the Court of Appeals permits Camp John Hay Development Corp. (CJHDevco) to stay and continue operations until the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) paid the company P1.4 billion as compensation.

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The investors, locators, and sub lessees hardship & difficulties finally bear fruits. The road to this victory was long, taxing and winding to the extend that some lessees thought it is best to just pack their bags and abandoned their hard earned properties. But the wheel of fortune turns to their side - from a picture of hopeless case, from a that it even reached to a point wherein homeowners started packing their bags ready to leave and abandon their properties; and just when everybody thought that this could turn into a hopeless case, justice still prevailed through the Court of Appeals’ final decision.

Finally, the legal issue between BCDA and CJHDevCo has been resolved after more than a decade of battle. The court's decision has affirmed that the lessees has availed the properties in good faith. The recent development also proved that justice still prevails in our judicial system.

This is a victory for CJHDevCo and more importantly, for the Camp John Hay Homeowners and Investors who finally get their wish to live without worrying that they can be evicted from their properties until 2046. The recent development also proved that justice still prevails in our judicial system.

With this development, the people of Baguio City through the initiative of its mayor and the City Council can now pursue its dream of making their city a haven for both local and foreign investors as well as a world class tourist destination.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Broccoli with Mustard Sauce

Broccoli is among the vegetables that is best served is best if not overcooked. Tossing it with this lemony mustard sauce is one of the fun ways my wife serves it. Prepare one and who knows, this Broccoli with Mustard Sauce be a favorite of yours.


• ¼ cup butter
• 1 tbsp chopped onion
• ¼ cup flour
• 80 ml milk
• 80 ml chicken stock
• 1.5 tbsp lemon juice
• 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
• 1 tsp sugar
• ½ tsp salt


• Melt butter in medium saucepan.
• Add onion and cook gently 3 minutes, stirring.
• Add flour and stir to blend.
• Remove from the heat and add milk and chicken stock all at once. Stir to blend.
• Return to moderate heat and cook until boiling, thickened and smooth, stirring constantly.
• Stir in lemon juice, mustard, sugar, and salt.
• Keep hot. (If you are making the sauce ahead of time set it over hot water).
• Cook broccoli in a little boiling salted water until just tender.
• Serve immediately with mustard sauce spooned over.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Camp John Hay Investors Gallant Stance Against Casanova's Cruel Intention

War is brewing up at Camp John Hay. The more than one thousand investors, locators, shareholders and sub-lesses inside Camp John Hay is gearing up for a possible all out war against BCDA continued defiance of the decision handed down by the Philippine Dispute Resolution Center, Inc. (PDRCI) a couple of months back.

Another decision made by presiding Judge Cecilia Corazon Dulay Archog of the Regional Trial Court of Baguio issued last March 27, 2015, confirmed the Final Award on an earlier decision by the Philippine Dispute Resolution Center, Inc. (PDRCI). The court so ordered BCDA to reimburse CJHDEVCO the 1.42 B pesos rentals and in return Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) will have control of the leased properties inside Camp John Hay.

The decision also pointed out that the rights of the current locators, sub-lessees, and owners are to be protected by the law. Whatever contracts made in good faith should be honored by the BCDA.

The concerned third parties have all the needed tools to put on hold BCDA's planned forced eviction. Their rights are well protected by law. These investors, locators, shareholders and sub-lessees will not be again a party to Casanova's dirty tactics. For they know, their stay at Camp John Hay is in good hand and no harassment, coercion or deception will intimidate them into siding with BCDA.

Still, Arnel Casanova known to be harsh on his enemies continued to defy the law and is now unleashing his dreaded kamikase harassing tactics. He continues to sow clouds of uncertainties and wanted to still fear in the mind of these individuals. The hapless but not helpless locators has no recourse but to seek help from higher authorities to finally put an end to their woes.

Through an open letter, concerned property owners have sought the intervention of President Aquino to meddle with the issue. They even brought the issue to the attention of Congress wherein a lawmaker has filed a resolution calling for a congressional inquiry into the alleged mismanagement of BCDA of Camp John Hay. And if Casanova still refuses to honor the court's order and they are forcibly evicted from their property; an appropriate suit against BCDA is ready to be submitted to the court. When will this CJH saga ends? Nobody knows, but one thing is sure-the City of Baguio is the big loser here.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Casanova Commits Another Blunder

If the ongoing City of Baguio vs BCDA word war can be likened to a chess game, then Casanova had committed a fatal blunder. His last move is a dubious and a fatal one. Let's now leave the chess game and go to the actual facts surrounding Arnel Casanova's latest mistake.

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Recently, the BCDA terminated its contract with Camp John Hay Development Corporation. Thus, the Baguio City council scheduled a meeting to discuss the 19 conditions involving the turnover of authority from the JHMC to the BCDA.

The city dads wanted to resolved a very sensitive issue. They wanted to discuss with BCDA if it will honor the honor the conditions, despite the termination of the lease agreement.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan even issued a statement stating that city government is prepared to take over Camp John Hay as soon as the litigation battle between BCDA and CJHDevCo has finally be resolved.

The city government has in their possession a “19 conditions,” document it deemed vital to the smooth handover of CJH. Melchor Carlos Rabanes, the city Legal Office Officer-in-Charge has a firmed conviction that BCDA must stick it out to what the conditions stipulated. Specifically mentioned is Condition 16 of Resolution 362 that stated once the contract between the BCDA and the developer ENDS, all improvements will be turned over to the city government (Baguio City). The smart lawyer even went further by stating that BCDA recognized the '19 conditions' when it inserted it in its contract with the developer.

And now comes Arnel Casanova's dubious move. He and JHMC President and CEO Jaime Eloise Agbayani snubbed the meeting! Casanova can't make it since he and his other officers conducted a corporate planning. Damn reason, he could have set that corporate planning to a later date just to accommodate that vital meeting.

I wonder what's on Casanova head. Perhaps, he is biding for time up to situation wherein BCDA has 1.4 billion pesos it owed CJHDevCo. Another case of self interest winning over the welfare of the common people. Gosh, Mr. Casanova, just give the people of Baguio what they wanted ever since - a better, secured life. Is it too much for you to give in to the poor people demands? Prolonging their agony is the same as keeping justice away from them.

If Casanova continues with his arrogant antics through harassment and delaying tactics, there is no recourse, but for Baguio city officials to file a case against BCDA. Observers believe that BCDA and JHMC would not surrender Camp John Hay to Baguio City, but instead go all out to have the former base back in its control. Therefore, this legal battle over Camp John Hay control is far from over and will have another chapter.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Yummy Broiled Shrimp

Another awesome shrimp recipe to try at home. This can be served as an appetizer or main dish. This is how I do it. You absolutely can make it also.


• 900 g large raw shrimp
• ½ cup olive oil
• ½ tsp salt
• ¼ tsp pepper
• 2 tbsp chopped parsley
• Pinch dried leaf tarragon
• ¼ cup butter
• 3 tbsp lemon juice
• Hot cooked rice


• Shell and clean shrimp.
• Mix oil, salt, pepper, parsley, and tarragon thoroughly in a small bowl.
• Dip shrimp in mixture to coat well.
• Lay on shallow metal baking pan.
• Heat broiler.
• Slip shrimp under hot broiler and broil about 3 minutes a side or until cooked.
• Put shrimp on hot platter.
• Heat butter and lemon juice together while shrimp are cooking.
• Add the oil mixture left in pan shrimp were cooked in.
• Heat well and pour over shrimp.

Serve with rice and lemon slices.