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Pata Hamonado

1 pork pata front
3 cups pineapple juice
1 medium onion, diced
1 teaspoon minced garlic
3 tablespoons soy sauce
250 grams tomato sauce
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon whole pepper corn
2 tablespoons cooking oil

Cooking INstructions:

1. Deep fry pork pata until golden brown. Set aside.
2. Heat the oil in a deep cooking pot and sauté the garlic and onions.
3. Now add the tomato sauce and the whole peppercorn and stir.
4. Add the pork pata and cook all the sides for 5 minutes.
5. Pour in the pineapple juice and water. Let boil.
6. Add the soy sauce, cover and simmer for 60 to 90 minutes.
7. Add water, if needed. Put in the brown sugar and stir.
8. Now add the salt and let the liquid evaporate until the sauce is thick enough.
9. Transfer to a serving plate and top with pineapple slice and serve.

Steve’s Orange Sponge Cake

This makes only for 1 layer cake.

  • Line your tin with baking sheets, then preheat the oven to 160 degree and then bake the cake for an hr.  I used the small over.

Ingredients Prepartions:

  • Weight 3 eggs;
  • Take the weight of the eggs, then x2 for the weight of the sugar, e.g. 100g. x 1.2 =Weight of Sugar.
  • Take the weight of the sugar =the weight of margarine.

Beat the margarine and sugar together until its creamy white, and scrap them down from time to time while mixing.

Add 1 egg and beat; and another 1 egg at a time; and

  • 5ml. baking powder;
  • 5ml. vanilla essence;
  • 10ml. orange essence.

Take the same weight of Flour as the weight from the eggs and beat them in medium speed.


Lechon Kawali

SIKRETO NG MASARAP NA LECHONG KAWALI. Minsan po ay nagtataka tayo kung bakit ang lechon kawali ni ganito o ni ganyan ay masarap at maganda ang texture. Ituturo po natin dito ang tamang proseso at magugulat po kayo.. (“,)


Karne ng baboy (maganda po ay pigi o liempo na may balat at taba)
2 tasa 7-up o Sprite
2 kutsara na asin
4 butil na bawang (pinitpit)
1 kutsara pamintang buo
2 dahon ng laurel
Mantika (medyo marami po ito pang deep-fry)
patis at kalamansi pamahid
pamintang durog


Sa isang palayok o anumang malalim na cooking pot ay ilagay po natin ang lahat ng sangkap MALIBAN ang Mantika at Patis, Calamansi at Paminta. Punuan ng tubig at pakuluan sa mataas na apoy. Kapag kumulo na ng husto ay takpan, hinaan ang apoy at hayaang kumulo ng 45 minuto. Patayin ang apoy, hanguin at i-refrigerate po natin ng buong magdamag o 8 oras.

Kapag ready na po ay pagsamahin sa isang mangkok ang patis at calamansi. Pahiran ang karne ng baboy. I-prito o i-deep fry po natin ito ng mga 15 minuto o hanggang lumutong ang balat sa medium heat o katamtamang apoy (Iprito po ang karne na may balat at taba ng buo at saka chop chopin kapag pwede na). Hanguin at budbrun ng paminta. Isilbi po ito sa lechon sauce o suka’t sili na may paminta. Ito po ang sikreto ng mga masasarap na restoran sa atin.. bon apettite!! (“,)

**note: Minsan po ay tumatalsik ng malakas ang mantika kaya mag ready po kayo ng pantakip sa kawali.

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What is the nearest reasonable fast food near PE London

Just near the Philippine Embassy, there is mcdonald where you can buy nice burger and fries and drinks. Guess they have coffee too.
At the ground floor, there is toilet which is really helpful for those looking where to go toilet at early morning at Philippine Embassy.
This is the ground floor of MC donald in Trafalgar Square. We had lunch there before we proceed to St. James Park-London for time killing and sight seeing while waiting for our departure time back to Coventry.
Alternatively, if you have a pack lunch, then you can eat at any place within this area.
In July 2011, we had our lunch here from our sandwich pack we got from the shop named Tesco, however, when we came back 2016, could not find the Tesco shop, but found the MCdonald instead. Good place to eat though.
Price of the burger is £3.99 with fries,
Kids meals £3.99
Smoothie for REgular size is £1.99

The Processing

Once you got in the embassy and secure your number, all you have to do is wait your number to be called.

if you are there to renew your passport, get ready your papers on hand while waiting the number. Numbers may be called quickly depending on the person before you. Some are really quick, and some takes a while, but don’t worry, yours be called soon.

Have you organise your papers before going there?

Well, to make the transactions fast and speedy, get it ready before getting there. Take your time necessary to get ready everything before going there.   Remember, that the people who come there maybe from places far away, some took children, and some maybe old, and some maybe exhausted from travelling. Consider these feelings as well. Help as much as you can by sorting yourself.

First, if you are renewing your passport.
Get ready all the requirements.

  1. Your old passport.
    Also photocopy of these 2 copies of the data page and its back.
    sample of data page
    sample of last page, this view may change depending on the kind of your passport. Whether its readable or not, or maybe at the time of application of your passport, the passport maybe different version, but so long its the last page.
  2. As for the supporting documents, photocopy 2 copies of each of them.
    (As to my experience, the do not look at any of my original papers, but in case they may need to see it, at least you have it handy.).  After all, if you come from far away, it is better to have it there, rather than come back again the next time.Insert all the papers requirement in the old passport, then hand it to the person processing it.

Note : If you renew your passport after a period of time, meaning the expiry date of your passport due for a long time, before you renew it, you might need to execute an  affidavit. check sample…


I can save a lot of time if you download this form  and write your reasons why you are delayed in renewing your passport. In my son’s case, I write there…
…. Due to distance and work.  Travel schedule to visit PE London office was always re scheduled.  The affiant is still a Filipino Citizen.

Well, it works okay.   You need to write two original/Or, you can make one original and one (1) photocopy. Your choice.

Return of documents:

Applicants are requested to provide their own self-addressed envelope for the return of their documents.


  • Standard – 1 envelope with max of 3 passports 9.00 
    ( Not sure if this is special Delivery, though if you check on your application form, it says there, that it must be special Delivery. Normally cost £6.95, You must buy this Prepaid special Delivery Envelope from your local post office. This must carry at least 100g. and may able to carry 2 passports inside it.  
  • Additional postage (per each additional passport) 1.00
    This maybe the cheapest way to add if you have additional passports needed.  Well, I have not clever enough, I gave two (2) Prepaid Special Delivery, my husband make sure, that should be more than enough for the 3 passports we processed.    IF anyone could add, if 1st Class Sign for would be okay to use for the return documents, that should be more helpful, after all, Recorded Delivery, should be safe as well.


Once the submission of all the documents goes okay, the en charge will tell advised you to pay.  They will give you sort of like receipt with numbers on it.  The cashier window is just beside the processing window.  Just get ready the money needed, it worth securing notes like 10£20, and £5 or if you have some coins as well. Once paid, you can proceed to Photo taking (2nd floor).


This is not the exact view in PE London, but this is just give you an idea how it is done there.  It could be that you are waiting like this before your turn for photo taking..

But when its your turn, you sit down in a chair, the camera is movable and connected to the computer, well I guess, if not connected thru internet,whatsoever, its pretty quick. After the picture taking, you will be asked to have your finger print. Got picture here…

then your signature, though kind of forgot which one first, signature or finger, pretty they are next to each other….

Then reviewing the data entry into the computer by the en charge, then they will tell you roughly how long before the new passport be delivered to you. So far, it takes from earliest as 6 weeks and the longest is 12 weeks.

It worth to renew the passport at least 7-8 months before its expiry date if you have plan to travel for a holiday.

Hope this post is helpful, I encourage my friends in London to share their experiences at PE London in processing their papers, would be helpful to refresh this info from time to time.

How to sort out yourself with others who gonna be first when the Embassy is open?

Image result for falling in line in philippine embassyWe don’t really need to fall in line.   We just respect who was there first.  Unless there are already many people when you get there, but if you get there as early as like me, well, I was there as 6.20 am.  It is spring season, so it is a bit cold outside.  There was a corner near the door, so we hide there for a while, they will open at 9am anyway, still lots of time waiting.  While waiting, I send my son to look some food nearby, so he brought porridge, when he got back. I just want anything hot, after the two hour travel from Coventry, and I spit out everything in my tummy. ( Travel sickness :(. )…

About 8am, another person came, so she was the 2nd one. Then soon about 8.20 Nadia, with two kids, came with her husband.  I can’t forget she lend me her jacket, as I am trembling cold, well not really bad, but to me I am….  then she said that she still have sometime waiting so she needs to feed her kids, so, I told her, that it should be okay for her to go and have something to eat, and as soon as it opens, I will just get her number with mine.   We knows, she deserve to be the number 3 person who came earlier.

Then at 8.30, another women, came.  She looks Ilocana I guess, but maybe I am wrong. She asked who was the first one, and the second lady pointed me and my kids to be the first people who arrived.  Good with that… 🙂  She counted and put herself as number 4, and can’t believe what she did, she stood at the door, and keep  the people to be in the right number in the que… well done !

So though I was hiding at the corner, due to cold, so long people knew who were there first and respect to that, it should go smoothly….

How to get to Philippine Embassy from Victoria Coach Station London.

Once you arrived Victoria Coach Station, outside the arrival area, there are taxi falling in line. You have to approach to the one who is first in the line, or ask if you are not sure, People there will get  you in the taxi anyway, so easy no worries.

Tell the taxi driver you want to go to the Philippine embassy, telling him the address.  In our  experience, there are 5 of us, my kids and husband, and we took a taxi. From Victoria to Suffolk (the location of the embassy), it cost us £8.70, but eventually cost us £10 as I did not asked the change back, I was just happy I get there on time.  It takes us really few minutes, roughly about 10 minutes.  We arrive at the Philippine Embassy at exactly 6.20 am in London time.

It was spring time, and the temperature is roughly 6 degrees, still cold to me, but have to be there as early as I can, I want to be there, before many people in Que…


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How to melt the old lotion to good for use

I have this old Lotion actually its Vaseline medical lotion for rough palm and fingers.  I have not used it for more than a year, as I do not have problem, but then one winter season, my fingers and hands have a problem of dryness, so I have to take care of it.
However, my lotion does not came out, its dry to pump out.
Got a way of it.

I put it into the microwave to 30 degree for 2 minutes, wow, it works!

You can try!