14 Dec2009

A Few Holiday Notes…

by Marketman

If you are like me, and crazed with holiday preparations, you would not be surprised by the erratic nature of my blog posts of late. Returning from a trip a couple of weeks ago, helping to open a new lechon venture, getting our traditional gingerbread creation done, and preparing for holiday dinners with family and friends has really kept us all very busy… But I did want to mention a couple of things for the benefit of regular readers who may be wondering why some things are sort of “hanging”…

December Eyeball

In June of this year, in this post, there was animated commentary about a possible marketmanila eyeball. I told Silly Lolo and Bettyq that if they managed to get to Cebu on a specified date, later agreed as December 12, I would treat them to a lechon feast. At first, it seemed like the event was definitely on, but unfortunately, two months ago, both Bettyq and Silly Lolo emailed that due to extenuating circumstances, they would be unable to make it this year. Hence the eyeball was cancelled/postponed. So maybe an eyeball in Cebu (as that is the only place you will get to try the Zubuchon straight off the flames) next year is possible… stay tuned for that.

Christmas Donations to the Marketmanila.com Public School Feeding Program

Towards the end of each year, for the past couple of years, I have done something to raise funds for the marketmanila.com feeding program, now on it’s third year, and with the generous donations of many marketmanila readers, has or will provide some 70,000+ meals for undernourished public school children in Manila and Cebu by the end of the 2009-2010 school year. I had put out an early request for assistance just after Typhoon Ondoy hit and devastated the Metro Manila area and other provinces, so I thought there was definitely going to be “donor fatigue” just before the holidays and decided not to do another request for help for the kids. At this stage, the feeding programs are funded through March of next year, and will break for the summer months. But I must say a huge THANK YOU to all of those who remembered, and some of whom who have emailed and I think I may have inadvertently deleted their emails without responding properly, for asking about the program and obviously wanting to help. I have encouraged many of you channel your generosity to other charities and I am truly humbled by your desire to do good. If we all did as much, thousands more would benefit.

Holiday Preparations

While I am the hugest of Christmas festivity fans, I have to say that we have really scaled back our preparations for this year. It just seems to be a bit more appropriate given the times. We have given heavily to charitable efforts instead, and while we haven’t completely wiped out the several holiday meals we typically prepare at home, they are best described as being less extravagant than in years past. Most of the presents we have sent out to family and friends were made in our kitchen, of local produce and materials, and much of what is on our menus are made up of local favorites (with a few irresistible exceptions). I haven’t had much time to experiment or perfect some classic Pinoy dish, but I realize there are dozens of holiday related posts in the archives for you to troll through if interested, and I will link to several from 2006 down below. We did, however, continue the gingerbread tradition in the marketman household in a big way this year, and we have tons of holiday candy that will all be distributed to kids who visit by the time Christmas Day has come and gone. Office parties have been nixed in lieu of larger cash bonuses for staff to spend for the holiday season.

If you would like to browse through previous Christmas related posts, try these from 2006…

Christmas Ball Garlands a la Marketman (if you are observant, you would have noticed these were recycled as decor for the Zubuchon counter at BTC)
Red & White Christmas Lights a la The Kid
Queso de Bola
Holiday Menus and Place Cards
Gourmet Christmas Cookies a la Marketman
Christmas Food Gifts a la Marketman, Part I
Christmas Food Gifts a la Marketman, Part II
Christmas Food Gifts a la Marketman, Part III
Candy Canes, Crackers & Ornaments
Gingerbread a la Marketman, I
Gingerbread a la Marketman, II
Gingerbread a la Marketman, III
Gingerbread a la Marketman, IV – the “express” edition
Gingerbread a la Marketman, the 2006 Finale
Angus Roast Beef Tagalog a la Marketman, a delicious way to use leftover roast beef from the holiday dinners…
Shrimp Cocktail a la Marketman, a great starter for your holiday meal
Crabmeat with Dill Mayonnaise, another starter
A Capiz Parol, a shell Christmas Lantern
Marketman’s Party Preparations
Galantina, did it once, never again :)
Holiday Dinner a la Marketman, 2006
Lobster Salad, another great seafood starter
Angus Ribeye Roast Beef, after all those seafood starters, here’s the beef!
Christmas Ham, from Tennessee!
Christmas Gift Wrapping a la Marketman
I Still Believe in Santa
The Crew’s Christmas Party
Recycling Leftovers from the Holiday Meals…
Poached Pears with Raspberry Sauce, a great holiday dessert
Chocolate Pudding Cake by Francois Payard

 

COMMENTS:

  1. jannah says:

    happy holidays MM. been checking your blog several times a day from work and at home to see a photo of your ginger bread :)

    Dec 14, 2009 | 9:09 pm

     
  2. steph says:

    happy holidays, MM! :)

    Dec 14, 2009 | 11:21 pm

     
  3. sunflowii says:

    Hi MM,

    so have the balls in the Christmas Balls Garland faded already?

    Dec 15, 2009 | 12:05 am

     
  4. denise says:

    Happy Holidays!

    here’s hoping the EB will be in January (my first vacation in 18 months!) of 2010 or August/September 2010 (my planned 2nd vacation)

    Dec 15, 2009 | 12:19 am

     
  5. natie says:

    thanks, MM…i was wondering about that December eyeball..Happy preparations . everyone!!

    Dec 15, 2009 | 12:25 am

     
  6. Pilar says:

    Happy holidays, everyone! Stay safe!

    Dec 15, 2009 | 6:39 am

     
  7. millet says:

    you are santa yourself, MM, and very busy in your own workshop! merry christmas to you and mrs. MM and the Teen and the Crew!

    Dec 15, 2009 | 8:51 am

     
  8. joan says:

    looking forward to the next EB. Millet game ka na ba? hahaha

    I waxed the nostalgic when I re-read the “I still believe in Santa” post. As a kid, Nothing beats waking up on Christmas morning and running to the tree to see if Santa brought you a present. Thanks for making me feel like I’m not a dolt by still believing in Santa.

    Dec 15, 2009 | 10:21 am

     
  9. Reme says:

    Hi MM!! I dont know if you still remember but I’m the guy you and your wife met when your daughter applied for a visa! Just wondering if I could join your eyeball next year and have a taste of that wonderful lechon =) and I also wanna visit Cebu for the 2nd time! Its a really nice city!

    Dec 15, 2009 | 10:49 am

     
  10. moni says:

    I look forward to the next Lechon EB. Although Zubuchon is just a 2-hour fastcraft trip away for me, the EB offers great opportunities to meet you and your family and your other readers, connecting names or codes with faces. Meeting new friends through your blog is just awesome — Millet, Lee, Artisan, Joan, Ging, Mrs U, Toping and others whose names escape me now. Happy holidays MM, Mrs. MM and the Teen. May you be more blessed in the coming year in health, wealth and happiness.

    Dec 15, 2009 | 11:40 am

     
  11. bagito says:

    Hi MM, I’ve been feeling like the Grinch lately but reading your Christmas archived entries have put me in the mood and am now feeling the spirit of the season! Thank you, thank you, thank you for all that you do. Merry Christmas to you, Mrs. MM, The Teen and The Crew! Oh, and Ginger the Lab, of course! :o)

    Dec 15, 2009 | 11:50 am

     
  12. terrey says:

    i was just telling my hubby about this blog earlier today, how you have foregone giving a party in exchange for additional bonuses for your personnel, how you helped put up a lechon business for your crew, the scaling down of your Christmas preparations in exchange for charity, etc…you have inspired us. may your tribe increase. the Lord God bless you and your family more and more. Merry Christmas!

    Dec 15, 2009 | 3:20 pm

     
  13. Ley says:

    Oh, am one of those who wondered about the December EB as I had blocked off that day in my planner. Looking forward to the EB next year MM.

    Dec 16, 2009 | 9:33 am

     
  14. Christina says:

    Ah never mind… I just read your post more carefully + it answers my question.

    Ingat.

    Dec 16, 2009 | 11:42 pm

     
 

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