06 Sep2010


“A Blur of Green Mangoes & Cazuela with Fabada” Marketman, 2010.


It’s been a week since I wrote a post. Yes, I did write that farewell post several days before I went on “sabbatical”. And I have to admit, I was a bit overwhelmed with the responses that readers left on the post, and the several dozen more private emails I received. So I told myself maybe this is a bit like quitting smoking, maybe nicotine patches are good all around to modulate the withdrawal symptoms for myself and some readers. So while I am very much in relaxed sabbatical mode, here are a few snapshots of the past week to keep you amused. Up top, an accidental photo that turned out pretty cool.

On my first blog-free morning, we baked two batches of wild blueberry muffins. Later the same day, The Teen’s friends were over and while munching on the muffins, one of them said “these are really good muffins, where did you buy them? oh, no, they are probably home made, right?” Yes, they are homemade, and I wish more kids these days experience coming home from school to the aroma of home-baked goods…


There are some dishes I have been unable to do right, or was simply too intimidated to try, so they are on my personal food challenge list. Pan de sal is one of them, dinuguan another. I have never managed an acceptable plain white puto, nor have I perfected a chicharon. And for some reason, I never made a Pancit Malabon, thinking it must be difficult to get it just right. Well, I was wrong. Nailed Pancit Malabon on the first try. :) Made a spectacular platter of the dish for the birthday lunch of Mang Jun, our part-time gardener for the past 10 years, and I have to say this was a definite 8.5/10.0. Will have to put that recipe in a book. Chock full of flaked tinapa, shrimps, squid, chicharon, eggs, shrimp sauce, etc. Decided to make it at 10am, had to hit a market and managed to get this platter onto the table at 12:30pm!


Without much warning, a box filled with 40 kilos of airfreighted, organically raised, carabao mangoes arrived fresh from an orchard in Guadalupe, Cebu. We were leaving town a couple of days later, and plans to make these into mango jam experiments were scuttled since they didn’t ripen fast enough.


So I have left instructions for the crew how to use them all up. Several kilos sent out to friends and neighbors. One platter worth to be ripened and their meats/pulp frozen in little plastic bags (two mangoes per bag) for instant fresh mango shakes to be enjoyed in the future. One platter to be made into a mango and dalandan jam. We made a couple of bottles of mango chutney with the unripe-ish mangoes today that tasted a bit too acidic but might mellow in the days ahead…


We finally put the clay pot cazuela that Mrs. MM purchased at Terry’s several weeks ago to its first use, perfect for a fabada (bean and pork/sausage stew) for three with leftovers. Remember to “season” your cazuelas before you use them for the first time…


A trip to Cebu to take care of business, and we brought the Teen along to participate in another “tree-planting” activity at a family related company. The local public high school was happy to get involved and we didn’t realize that the Department of Education requires all sixth graders to plant at least one tree before they can graduate and move onto high school.


So we provided the 400 mahogany seedlings, the trowels, hats, snacks and the rather barren land to plant the trees on, while the kids planted a few trees each. We will continue to do this type of activity over the next few years, and it is my hope that we are able to plant several thousand more trees.


While in Cebu, Mrs. MM and The Teen picked up a VERY, VERY SPECIAL box that was ordered as a birthday present for MM several months ago. Proudly filipino-made and of a classically beautiful shagreen (and no, it’s not endangered, nor on the CITES list), this is the most opulent, uniquely designed and spectacular box I have ever received. I guess you could say I collect boxes, so this is now the absolute gem of the collection. I post a photo of it here for one special reader, Apicio, who is apparently away on holiday at the moment, but I trust he will return someday… :)


And as seems to happen when the Teen is around, serendipity struck with a capital “S”. We were at the shagreen box manufacturer, and she and Mrs. MM were browsing through shagreen minaudieres (small evening bags), and flummoxed by the different materials and colors on offer, one of the salespeople said “aha! I have the perfect bag for you, young and colorful!” and she ran back into the workrooms and emerged with this absolute beauty. A hand-painted, extremely colorful and one-of-a-kind piece. They make other ones, but as they are hand-painted, none are exactly alike.


For an impressionable teen, who was already swooning at this point, the owner of the business said “ay, may ganyan si J. Lo” and that sealed the deal. :) One spectacular piece that will last many years… yes, just like single-use silver implements, as reader Socky might say, “frivolous and fabulous!”. And no two month wait for production plus acquired at a fraction of the retail price, I gather. Many thanks GG for making this possible. Serious bag aficionados amongst you will figure this one out, but keep it to yourselves. :) The Teen may never walk a red carpet, but she has THE bag, just in case.


Finally, a note on a FANTASTIC book that is the perfect present for someone to remember the Philippine seas by… “Bahura” by Scott “Gutsy” Tuason. I was at the bookstore looking for a book to give someone and while I had wanted to give a book of photos of the Philippines above sea level, I was mesmerized instead by this book of underwater photos. It is BEAUTIFUL. A bit pricey, but quality costs. If you can’t get yourself to buy one, at least stop by a bookstore or library and glance through its pages. So timely now that newspapers report that our reefs are dying at a scary pace.


One of my favorite photos in the book is the one above, of a male cardinal fish that is keeping unborn fish eggs safe in its mouth until they are ready to venture out into the big scary ocean. Amazing. Now that’s fatherly love, if you ask me. And while on the topic, did you know male seahorses give birth to their young? Enjoy the rest of your week… Thanks for all the comments on the previous post. :)



  1. portugalbear says:

    Your blog is indeed a breath of fresh air. Will drop by again tomorrow.

    Sep 6, 2010 | 5:02 pm


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  3. Butch says:

    Welcome back, MM! Missed you so much… ;) I’m so happy you’re blogging again!

    Sep 6, 2010 | 5:09 pm

  4. ka_fredo says:

    Now That is a beautiful looking Pancit Malabon.

    Sep 6, 2010 | 5:14 pm

  5. JENNIE says:

    yayyy you are back! and so the reading with my cup of coffee continues…

    I am so happy! shokran sir..

    Sep 6, 2010 | 5:27 pm

  6. Mimi S. says:

    Yey! I can’t imagine not reading this blog everyday. Out of habit I still click it from my bookmark folder everyday.hehe

    P.S. For Apicio, I think you’re my uncle. Hope I’m correct. hehe

    Sep 6, 2010 | 5:38 pm

  7. Gerry says:

    Growing Cebu mangoes at this time of the year, and to do it organically at that is quite an achievement. Mango fruits get hit by diseases when they get wet, that’s why it’s at its best during summertime. They must have wrapped each of these fruits to protect them from rain and disease, but even then it’s still quite a tricky venture. Most mangoes at this time come from Mindanao, where there is less monsoon type weather.

    Great to see you back MM.

    Sep 6, 2010 | 6:06 pm

  8. Margaret Y. says:

    Dear MM,

    I am one of your readers that just lurks but actually read and participate in the surveys. I read your blog dialy here and have tried the recipies, tried your fresh lumpia and love it! Also like to read the restaurant reviews…

    Ate and Ate the zubuchon especially the sisig.

    So happy you are back MM!



    Sep 6, 2010 | 6:14 pm

  9. Angela says:

    Yaay! been checking your site everyday, am so happy to see a new post..Ang pagbabalik!!

    Sep 6, 2010 | 6:37 pm

  10. Mom-Friday says:

    What a nice surprise for all of us readers! :))) keep the posts coming!

    Sep 6, 2010 | 6:40 pm

  11. aji says:

    Woot! Thanks for another MM fix!

    Sep 6, 2010 | 6:48 pm

  12. Thel says:

    As ever, great post. I’m so happy for this. It made my day!! Thank you so very much for your kind heart. Isa pa nga!

    Sep 6, 2010 | 6:57 pm

  13. tintin says:

    YEHHHEEEEY! ang saya anjan na ulit si MM! Super ganda ng bag, The Teen, let’s be friends! magkakasundo tayo ng bonggang bongga! ;-)

    Sep 6, 2010 | 7:06 pm

  14. Mae Blanco says:

    Hi MM,

    I am one of your “silent readers”. I may not have posted comments but i converted some of my friends to follow your blog. I sent you an email last year asking if you ever thought of coming up with a book. When you posted your farewell blog i was hoping it was your cue that you are cooking up a book :-) and i really hope to one day own a book penned by Market Manila.

    Mae Blanco

    Sep 6, 2010 | 7:27 pm

  15. Ley says:

    Yehey! I’ve been waiting for a dinuguan recipe. Welcome back MM!

    Sep 6, 2010 | 7:43 pm

  16. Joey in Dubai says:

    Wow! And I mean, really WOOOWW, to see you back! Even after “that” post, I check your blog 3 or 4 times a day to read the new comments and and to check whether you’re back. And it’s not been a week since “that” post and I’m just so glad to see a new post. Thanks MM again for making our day complete.

    Sep 6, 2010 | 7:47 pm

  17. Joey in Dubai says:

    I can’t wait to read your pancit malabon recipe….

    Sep 6, 2010 | 7:48 pm

  18. Vickie B. says:

    Welcome back! So how do you season a cazuela? I don’t have a pot like yours but the almond shaped trays they sell in La Tienda.

    Sep 6, 2010 | 8:35 pm

  19. calorie-shmalorie says:

    a soothing balm to an incomplete day. thank you for easing the withdrawal symptoms MM. and yes, the pancit is a beauty!

    Sep 6, 2010 | 8:39 pm

  20. Susie says:

    Welcome back :-) Very cool minaudiere the Teen got…she must be thrilled!

    Sep 6, 2010 | 8:45 pm

  21. ichabod1973 says:

    woohoo! you’re back!!!

    Sep 6, 2010 | 8:48 pm

  22. Pilar says:

    MM, you can’t just let us down. Thanks for writing again….got something worthwhile to read. :))

    Sep 6, 2010 | 9:02 pm

  23. chinky says:

    so happy you are back!

    Sep 6, 2010 | 9:06 pm

  24. Rhea says:


    just a lurker, but it’s been one of my daily “foodie fix”.


    Sep 6, 2010 | 9:14 pm

  25. Rowi says:

    Ohhh, you are full of wonderful one-of-a-kind surprises! I love the photos, the variety of contents and the aha-expressions they generate! Enjoy your leave and but do post whenever you can and feel like it. Your posts will always be read.

    Sep 6, 2010 | 9:22 pm

  26. Rhea says:

    Shempre nag comment kaagad bago ko binasa the whole post. what a wuzz. anyways, is it Celestina?! wowzers!! i want one too! i want the Teen’s color in Your box. Nice one. :)

    Sep 6, 2010 | 9:23 pm

  27. Divine G. says:

    Those are very colorful pictures and I love reading you again aside from reading all those comments from your site lately and the palabok looks so yummy I might cook some for my coming birthday if you can teach me. By the way the mangoes is making me salivate .

    Sep 6, 2010 | 9:27 pm

  28. sheryllann says:

    welcome back MM! i know you will not fail us. we look forward to reading your blog daily..

    Sep 6, 2010 | 9:43 pm

  29. Clodette says:

    Yipeee!!! You’re back!

    Sep 6, 2010 | 10:01 pm

  30. kyang2x says:

    I’ve been checking your blog several times in a day since you posted your sabbatical. My heart skipped a beat when I saw a new post! Yay! Thanks so much MM, my day won’t be complete without reading your blog.

    Sep 6, 2010 | 10:14 pm

  31. KUMAGCOW says:

    and he’s back… heheh =)

    Sep 6, 2010 | 10:15 pm

  32. Betchay says:

    Hayy salamat! Di mo rin kami natiis!!!!!!!!ok Lang kahit not everyday as long as you enjoy your writing.sometimes daily becomes a chore…..we understand MM.
    Your pancit looks so delicious with all the “sahogs”

    Sep 6, 2010 | 10:24 pm

  33. Betchay says:

    Yes,I’m on vacation too!

    Sep 6, 2010 | 10:24 pm

  34. wisdom tooth says:

    yehey!!! it’s labor day here in the U.S. and we’re having your famous paella!!
    Welcome back MM!

    Sep 6, 2010 | 10:58 pm

  35. Chris Davis says:

    Dear MM,
    I am sure that many like me, appreciate being eased off gradually :)
    The pics of the Pancit Malabon and the Carabao Mangoes are excruciatingly heartbreaking though, for someone exiled in faraway NC.

    Sep 7, 2010 | 12:30 am

  36. Guits says:

    This is a much needed shot for an admittedly MarketManila addict :). I am glad that even with your “farewell” last week, I still visit your site every day. I will continue doing so.
    Enjoy your sabbatical Mr. MM, and thanks again for sharing your precious self to all of us.

    Sep 7, 2010 | 12:37 am

  37. Enteng says:

    Yey!!! :-)

    Sep 7, 2010 | 1:00 am

  38. juli says:

    Great surprise for Labor Day.
    Yes, you’re having withdrawal symptoms.
    Perhaps moderate blogging is the cure.

    Sep 7, 2010 | 1:10 am

  39. Sandy says:

    I’ve been a fan for a couple of years now…… never commented, just lurked, drooled, chuckled, and answered some surveys like a lot of other people. Your blog has been my connection to home from the US. I live in an area where there aren’t a lot of Pinoys; and work and everyday family life has kept me from going back to the Philippines for years. I’ve been very homesick, especially for the food, and Marketmanila has helped eased that. It’s also been lovely to see and vicariously experience the beautiful places you’ve featured. Marketmanila the first thing I open on the computer everyday after I check my e-mail.

    I have yet to taste Zubuchon but it’s definitely at the top of my to-do list when I finally go back to the Philippines for our family vacation next year. (You just don’t know how I’ve been dreaming lechon for the past 6 years!…. the taste and feel of perfectly crisped skin with its thin transluscent layer of fat underneath…… It’s haunting me!…….and I doubt anything but Zubuchon would satisfy that craving). I was so jealous watching Bourdain crack that piece of skin off the freshly-cooked lechon and savor it. I would have killed for a taste! I masochistically watch the reruns even if it’s painful to see what you can’t have.

    I was so sad to read your post about possibly not continuing with the blog anymore and I went into MM withdrawal thinking “What do I do in my free time now?” I’ve been checking the site multiple times a day since your farewell post, hoping you’d write that you’ve changed your mind. Imagine my joy and surprise to see this today. I feel like an addict getting a little fix. Such guilty pleasure! It made my day! :)

    I would have loved to have the privilege of meeting you and your family, and dining with you. I also hoped to one day be present at an EB to meet the very nice people who have become very familiar to me through your blog even if I’ve never met or so much as chatted with them. Marketmanila has brought together so many interesting, intelligent people from all over the world who have a passion for food and for life. I’d hate to think that I would never get that chance to meet them once you stop blogging. Sister and BettyQ merit special mention for sharing their beloved recipes and knowledge so unselfishly. The pearls of wisdom you all share are precious to inexperienced cooks who are food enthusiasts like me.

    I just wanted to say thanks for all your wonderful posts in the past and for writing again, even if it’s just to give us MM junkies a little nibble now and then. More power to you in whatever you do. Please do not take the site down even if you do decide never to write a single word on it again (though I selfishly hope that you choose to continue). It’s such a treasure trove of trusted recipes and insights that a lot of people like me would like to keep going back to it whenever we need it. I would certainly love to purchase a copy of your cookbook when it comes out and I would be honored if you sign it.

    With much respect and admiration,

    @BettyQ: Just made your suman langka recipe. Sarap! It’s easy too! Thank you very much.

    Sep 7, 2010 | 1:15 am

  40. gabby says:

    wow…so happy, you are back mr. MM.

    Sep 7, 2010 | 1:16 am

  41. jakespeed says:

    Great to know you didn’t go cold turkey.

    Sep 7, 2010 | 1:22 am

  42. cwid says:

    Thanks for the visit. I enjoyed reading this post very much. I hope you’ll drop by again.

    Sep 7, 2010 | 1:39 am

  43. ECJ says:

    Maraming salamat po for the ‘post patch’…it’s Labor Day, I slept-in a little and this is just wonderful to wake up to! As you can see, this very good habit is hard to break…or shall I say would rather not break…

    Sep 7, 2010 | 1:45 am

  44. joy =) says:

    welcome back MM… I did not comment on the previous post as I was (and still am) in serious denial…. =)

    Sep 7, 2010 | 2:13 am

  45. Nina says:

    Yahoo…..he’s baaaack even if sporadically….antidote to MMIWS (MM Intense Withdrawal Syndrome)…….thank you MM, great Labor Day gift!

    Sep 7, 2010 | 2:14 am

  46. sha says:

    My ex boss she decorated the master cabin with a beautiful green shagreen box.. and few photo frames… next to the Hermes vases she got.. I saw the label … made in the Philippines… nice..

    Sep 7, 2010 | 3:38 am

  47. jack says:

    grabe nagutom ako sa Pancit Malabon! tagal ko na din gustong magtry magluto non. hope you can share your own recipe too :)

    Sep 7, 2010 | 3:41 am

  48. Noel Vera says:

    I was poleaxed by the news. No, can’t be, I thought. We need you blogging and writing. And you did. So now I’m conflicted–hoping you keep posting, at least once in a while, hoping you manage to move on to bigger, different things.

    Anyway, nice to hear from you again.

    Sep 7, 2010 | 3:53 am

  49. j says:

    what a nice labor day treat! while nursing a cold and stuck at home, I was more than thrilled to see your update on my google reader, kaya takbo ako sa blog mo.

    can the teen and I be friends? haha my passion for IT bags is out of control, in fact, it’s crazily insane as I’m on the waiting list for my 2nd H bag.

    that pancit malabon got me drooling.

    Sep 7, 2010 | 3:53 am

  50. beARHUG0127 says:

    Yay!!! Got my fix today!! Thank you very much for the new post!!
    Wow, those mangoes make me green with envy!! It would be really good to have a taste of fresh green mango juice! (But then again, I have a bag of sweet santol )

    Sep 7, 2010 | 5:53 am

  51. steph says:

    Gahhhhh that pancit malabon is, seriously, calling my name!!!

    MM, what if we do a cook-along with your recipes? That would be a lot of fun.

    Sep 7, 2010 | 5:57 am

  52. atbnorge says:

    I ordered 3 kilos of pancit bihon because I intended to go into comfort eating mode to get over the shock of not reading a Marketman blog…I am taking your advice and shall make a blueberry pancake for my son (he loves it so much)…Will also bake an apple cake…A carrot cake…I am into mushroom hunting mode these days and will be browsing over your recipes for it…I am glad you didn’t go cold turkey on blogging!

    Sep 7, 2010 | 6:54 am

  53. linda says:

    I’m overjoyed seeing you back! What a relief! Just like Nina I was having MMIWS.

    Your pancit malabon looks fabulous! Makes me want to book a flight there and feast!


    Sep 7, 2010 | 7:00 am

  54. Joanjean says:

    Welcome back MM! Is sabbatical now considered as one-week-leave? ;-)

    Sep 7, 2010 | 7:05 am

  55. FernNina says:

    Welcome back MM!!!
    Today is going to be a good day indeed!

    Sep 7, 2010 | 7:08 am

  56. Ellen says:

    I’m so happy to see a new entry!

    Sep 7, 2010 | 7:16 am

  57. deirdregurl says:

    welcome back, MM!

    Sep 7, 2010 | 7:52 am

  58. lalaine supan says:

    I missed you so much marketman! love you, love you! today will be a good day. if i read your posts everyday my paglilihi will be a breeze. i hope, yesterday, i’ve been throwing up everything i ate since morning till evening. whew!, seven months to go…. and i have been in a state of panic since your last post trying to save all the fave recipes in the site. talk about stress for a precariously conceiving woman. anyways, it’s so nice to be hearing for you again.

    Sep 7, 2010 | 8:21 am

  59. ctl98 says:

    Hi MM! I didn’t comment in your farewell post because it was just too hard for me to deal with the fact that the blog I read the most was coming to an end. I moved away from the Philippines 6 years ago, and reading your blog, I feel, has helped me stay connected to my roots. Daily, and I mean daily, I would look forward to each new post. And so since that farewell post, I have checked your blog…every single day…hoping against hope that a new post would pop up. I’m so happy to see that it happened today!

    Thank you all those years, MM. Whatever you decide, I wish you and your family all the best. Cheers and happy eating!

    Sep 7, 2010 | 8:22 am

  60. boo says:

    I am so so HAPPY to see you back mr. marketman!

    Sep 7, 2010 | 8:25 am

  61. mudra says:

    I’ve been checking the site since your farewell post, hoping you’d take a peek and visit us again. Imagine my joy and surprise to see this today. OMG! It made my day! :)

    Sep 7, 2010 | 8:36 am

  62. aprilful says:

    Glad to see you in blogosphere again, still hoping the leave is only temporary! Please keep the posts coming!

    Sep 7, 2010 | 8:45 am

  63. natie says:

    YYyeeeeeyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i’m so thrilled!!

    MM, I just want to mention I took up baking again because of your blog. I have mastered pan de sal, but puto also intimidates me. the steamer remains on display..i have recently made a cupcake tower for a sweet 16. you’re right, there’s nothing like home made…

    Sep 7, 2010 | 8:56 am

  64. mary chen says:

    to joey of dubai–u got it right!! even though i click the bookmark page for marketmanila everyday and has to settle reading the new comments on the comment section on the farewell post just to make the day complete kahit walang post!! tawa ako ha kasi ganun din ako!! but i cant bilibit!! MM is back. and i a good post for us women. how i love bags too!! thanks MM for returning again.

    Sep 7, 2010 | 8:59 am

  65. Cris says:

    Just the kind of post that makes me visit day after day. I thought I’d never see one again.

    Thank you very much, Marketman, for giving so much of yourself to the readers of this site.

    Sep 7, 2010 | 9:11 am

  66. charlie says:

    Mr MM welcome back… I was checking your blog for the Cebu Zubuchon phone number before we head to the airport for our flight to Manila tonight. Glad to hear from you…

    Sep 7, 2010 | 9:25 am

  67. elit says:

    my everyday visit to this site paid off today heeheehee

    Sep 7, 2010 | 9:27 am

  68. joyce says:

    an mm post! yes! lovely pics and an even lovelier bag. i think i know which bag brand you are talking about, since there’s only one phil brand i know of that deals mostly with shagreen and has hollywood connections. teen is lucky to have hit the bagholic jackpot.

    Sep 7, 2010 | 9:47 am

  69. tamale8888 says:

    Don’t go…stay, Marketman! Sniff! Sniff!*:(

    Sep 7, 2010 | 10:21 am

  70. bagito says:

    Click and ye shall find… yeah!!! Thanks for not totally abandoning us, MM. :)

    Sep 7, 2010 | 10:21 am

  71. junb says:

    Am I dreaming? ;)

    Sep 7, 2010 | 10:26 am

  72. jigs says:

    You’re back! I’m doing the happy dance now…. :)

    Sep 7, 2010 | 10:30 am

  73. Bubut says:

    yahoo! MM is back.. a one post a week would be fine for us.. enjoy your day!

    Sep 7, 2010 | 10:42 am

  74. lian says:

    thanks for the post MM. see, i still come back to check if you have new posts. hahaha.

    Sep 7, 2010 | 10:46 am

  75. shasha says:

    yey! :) back to happy mode! looking forward to your future posts!

    Sep 7, 2010 | 10:50 am

  76. bluegirl says:

    Yehey!!! MM is back!!!

    Wow, MM, you’ve had a busy week.

    Love that watercolor of the jellyfish. The photo of the cardinal fish looks surreal… Can’t really beat mother nature and her wonders.

    Sep 7, 2010 | 11:00 am

  77. Joy says:

    I’m so glad you are back.

    Sep 7, 2010 | 11:28 am

  78. Connie C says:

    MM, so happy to see your post today.

    Just made sister’s plum cake. It was a hit and I’ll do it again. When I said I just baked it for the first time, a guest’s response was:”I’d like to be invited for the second time”.

    MM, let me know when you decide to make puto the old fashioned way. I will send you a closely guarded recipe, but sorry for the rest of the readers as I am not allowed to give it away. The purloined recipe is strictly somebody’s business and I am not supposed to share it. MM is an exeption.

    Sep 7, 2010 | 11:46 am

  79. Tina says:

    welcome back marketman :)

    Sep 7, 2010 | 11:57 am

  80. Margszie says:

    oh my gosh im so happy youre back!

    Sep 7, 2010 | 12:00 pm

  81. trish says:

    Woohoo! MM is back! Salamat po!

    Sep 7, 2010 | 12:10 pm

  82. grace says:

    WOHOO A POST A POST! been checking the site daily just to see how many have commented so far on the farewell post – glad to find a new post!

    Sep 7, 2010 | 12:10 pm

  83. chreylle says:

    elo MM! Im very glad ur back, i tell to my husbnd later ur back (their sustem in office blocked non related sites) :D he used to read ur blog also before sleeping, he bacome his habit also

    Sep 7, 2010 | 12:26 pm

  84. chreylle says:

    elo MM! Im very glad ur back, i tell to my husbnd later ur back (their system in office blocked non related sites) :D he used to read ur blog also before sleeping, he bacome his habit also..

    Sep 7, 2010 | 12:26 pm

  85. Gia Mayol says:

    I still start and end my day with Marketmanila. Bisan once a week, ok ra na. Tnx

    Sep 7, 2010 | 12:27 pm

  86. marcial bonifacio says:

    thank you for the new post! life is good again!=D

    Sep 7, 2010 | 12:47 pm

  87. becky says:

    my heart almost skipped a beat then said ‘YEY! a new post!’ :))

    and i prolly would buy the bag like the TEEN did, knowing that i shared a taste in bags with another celebrity..hehe

    Sep 7, 2010 | 1:05 pm

  88. jo says:

    yepeyy=) even pix will do!

    Sep 7, 2010 | 1:18 pm

  89. wendy says:

    aaahhhh WELCOME BACK!!!!!!! Hope you are fully recharged.

    Sep 7, 2010 | 1:20 pm

  90. Gigi says:

    I am so glad you are back. I was just about to comment on your last entry to say I was going through withdrawals. Glad you decided to post again. Just to let you know, your blog is a permanent fixture on My Yahoo page so I can monitor all your new posts. Hope you decide to stay in touch.

    Sep 7, 2010 | 1:31 pm

  91. sisteract says:

    Yey, you’re back MM!!!!! I love saying “hello” than “goodbye” so today is a happy day indeed!! Just got back from a day trip to Sausalito (CA) to catch up on the last day of its Art Festival. Being a purse aficionado myself, I must say Teen is so fortunate to have the uber stylish shagreen piece. Wish I can have one, too! (sigh) :=) If these shagreen items were on display at the festival, I’m sure folks will be lining up to purchase. Welcome back, again, MM. Now I can sleep tight knowing my favorite blogger has done a MacArthur. :=) And hopefully for good.

    Sep 7, 2010 | 1:42 pm

  92. jannah says:

    hep hep hooray!!!!

    Sep 7, 2010 | 2:10 pm

  93. Richard says:

    Hello MM, just try clicking your site, hope you will be back… and HORRAYYY, you are back… WELCOME BACK..

    Sep 7, 2010 | 2:41 pm

  94. leigh says:

    Just like most people, I didn’t think there would be a new post on my visit, but I still always do click and hope against hope and the reward today is seeing a new post from you! Enjoyed it as always …

    Sep 7, 2010 | 2:54 pm

  95. DPM says:

    Yahoooo! Glad you’re back on your blogging. Now, I can’t be a silent/lurker anymore. Really liked this blog a lot.

    Sep 7, 2010 | 3:02 pm

  96. anna jacinto says:

    many thanks for coming back. just like DPM im an ex-lurker. =)

    Sep 7, 2010 | 4:04 pm

  97. cindz says:


    Sep 7, 2010 | 4:05 pm

  98. ge says:

    So happy for the new post! I admit I’ve been returning everyday since your farewell post hoping you’d change your mind. Yipee!!!

    Sep 7, 2010 | 5:31 pm

  99. Vicky says:

    Welcome back. Mr. Marketman!! I You have placed a big smile on my face and to everyone who reads your blog everyday!!!

    Sep 7, 2010 | 6:16 pm

  100. Lex says:


    Sep 7, 2010 | 6:26 pm

  101. moni says:

    MM, just stay. Every day I would check if you changed your mind and seeing your post put a smile on my lips. Thanks MM. Please reconsider.

    Sep 7, 2010 | 7:09 pm

  102. Maricel says:

    A very pleasant surprise to see a new post! Eagerly awaiting for your book – no matter how long it takes to get to the bookstores.

    Sep 7, 2010 | 7:42 pm

  103. k. ramos says:

    I (kind of) wanna buy a print of the “accidental” photo. But first, I have to save hehe :D

    Sep 7, 2010 | 8:20 pm

  104. Sarah says:

    Yay! So glad to see you back. The blueberry muffins look YUMMY.

    Sep 7, 2010 | 9:11 pm

  105. Clarissa says:

    i went back to your site ever after your last post to browse through the other archives i have yet to go through :) i am so happy to find a new post! :D

    Sep 7, 2010 | 9:36 pm

  106. Ingrid says:

    YEHEY!! Are you back!? Can’t wait for the palabok recipe. My aunt makes the best dinuguan. Her secret: super fresh pig’s/beef’s blood and Iloko vinegar. :)

    Is the bag Celestina?! My friends flock to Cebu just to find the workshop where they make Celestina bags. :) The Teen must be excited to own one.

    Sep 7, 2010 | 10:22 pm

  107. Kron says:

    Since your last post I was thinking “Kaya kayang tiisin ni MM yung blog niya, eh parang anak na ata turing niya dun…” Haha! I was still checking almost every day, just in case, and lo and behold, this pleasant surprise. Way to go MM!

    Sep 7, 2010 | 10:38 pm

  108. marilen says:

    Days of mourning turned into joy!! MM. I just saw you yesterday in that great segment of Tony Bourdain declaring ‘best pig ever’. No Reservations was on the entire day for Labor Day here in the US. So that added to sadness when – lo and behold, you are here this morning. Please, cong capoy ca na – just post once in a while – we love you and the lessons we learn from you and from each other, together, that is close to priceless.

    Sep 7, 2010 | 10:40 pm

  109. Eileen says:

    HOORAY, YOU’RE BACK!!!! I hope for good! :) Please continue on posting MM! :) Missed reading your posts…

    Sep 7, 2010 | 10:48 pm

  110. britelite says:

    That’s it! We can’t resist each other! Glad to be back—:)

    Sep 7, 2010 | 11:01 pm

  111. Mama Mia says:

    Welcome back! Relax, no worries, enjoy!

    Sep 7, 2010 | 11:29 pm

  112. Pam says:

    Haha.. I’m so happy that you didn’t leave for good. :D I always look forward to a new entry. Reading your blog is one of the highlights of my day.

    Sep 7, 2010 | 11:47 pm

  113. bellicious says:

    thank God!

    Sep 7, 2010 | 11:55 pm

  114. Melissa says:

    So happy you’re back again MM!!!

    Sep 8, 2010 | 12:12 am

  115. joy from la says:

    kept checking everyday just in case and whoa…..
    you’re back!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    so glad you’re back!!!!!!!

    and as usual, now i’m hungry for pancit malabon….

    Sep 8, 2010 | 1:03 am

  116. Meg says:

    I knew it, you will not leave us hanging out there like a baby weaned from its milk bottle. That pancit malabon is so adorable and real, i want to snap it right out of the screen. I make pancit malabon too, and i can say that this is one of my late father’s legacy to me. Everytime i cook pancit malabon, i silently thank him. And MM, you are very right in including the kalamansi in your serving. Pancit malabon is not pancit malabon (PM) until you chomp it with fresh kalamansi juice. Even here in the US, if i have a supply of kalamansi, that is when i make panciti malabon. I never attempt to make PM if the ingredients are not complete. PM is so sacred for me to tamper with. Welcome back.

    Sep 8, 2010 | 1:25 am

  117. sophie says:

    thanks for being back, MM! you put a smile in my face when i saw a new post at 2am (wee hour it is)…it’s like a balm reading your posts to an insomniac like me…trying to read what’s in store in the archive. whoaaahhh! welcome back!.. c”,)

    Sep 8, 2010 | 2:19 am

  118. thelma says:

    so happy that you’re back, mm!

    Sep 8, 2010 | 3:09 am

  119. Roberto Vicencio says:

    All is right in the world again. We missed you.

    Sep 8, 2010 | 4:29 am

  120. ltp says:

    Yey!!! Stayed at home for Labor Day, trying to avoid the beach crowd, flipping through different cooking channels…. And whoooaa…… there was you!!! And that famous lechon!!! Bourdain was on all day for his 100th episode. Just when I thought that I was already starting to wean myself then I get teased and saw you on TV. Cruel…Counting the days till I get to taste that heavenly Zubs. Going home in only 240 days…

    Sep 8, 2010 | 7:14 am

  121. Angela says:

    SOOOO happy to have you back :)

    Sep 8, 2010 | 8:26 am

  122. millet says:

    whew! now i can breathe again, and the world is normal again. wonderful post, MM..

    was struck by “I wish more kids these days experience coming home from school to the aroma of home-baked goods…” my siblings and i looked forward to coming home from school because Mom always had merienda waiting for us, and most of the time it was something she baked or made herself. i tried to do the same thing with my kids, although it was on a more sporadic basis, but they were always more enthusiastic when it was something homebaked rather than store-bought.

    until now, they’re enthusiastic even with the flops that result from my experiments! talk about a captive audience!

    Sep 8, 2010 | 8:42 am

  123. jean says:

    I checked the blog daily even after you posted your farewell. I’m so glad I did!

    Sep 8, 2010 | 9:15 am

  124. Melanie says:

    Yay! You’re back! I thought we were doomed to reading all your older posts na lang! Looking forward to all your wonderful posts again, MM! And may all the outpourings of love for your blog make you guilty for making all of us sad….and never allow you to think of quitting! We’ll understand if you’re uber busy and can’t post everyday but please, please,please don’t stop, as in, for good! yay!!!!

    Sep 8, 2010 | 10:25 am

  125. Ric says:

    It’s like Easter Sunday on a Tuesday! Nice to see you again.

    Sep 8, 2010 | 11:37 am

  126. ragamuffin girl says:

    boy am i GLAD i dropped by. beautiful pictures. beautiful bag. :)

    Sep 8, 2010 | 11:40 am

  127. Eva says:

    So glad you decided not to go cold-turkey! Lovely way to end the evening!

    Sep 8, 2010 | 11:43 am

  128. Marketfan says:

    He’s not back..he never left..ha ha..
    Maybe MM, you don’t have to go on sabbatical. You just have to take a more relaxed pace in so you have time for the book and other things. One blog a week would still be fine.

    Sep 8, 2010 | 12:26 pm

  129. terrey says:

    out of a habit, i clicked on the bookmarked site this morning…and im over the moon to see you back…thanks again!

    Sep 8, 2010 | 12:41 pm

  130. teth says:

    Thanks God you are back! Yehey! I can tell my friends again my favorite blog is no longer offline.

    Sep 8, 2010 | 12:51 pm

  131. Ellen says:

    Ohh MM how i missed u so!!! Thank goodness ur back!! Was lamenting to a friend of mine the other day that my favourite food blogger is taking a sabbatical and won’t know if he’s coming back! Even if i’m mostly a lurker, i do make sure to check u everyday, sometimes 3 times a day! I love ur blog! I love the food pics, the recipes, ur anecdotes, ur ultruism and especially ur rants! hehe! =) i practically swoon over the places you’ve traveled to! I’m going to be in london and paris for xmas and guess where i got the ideas for tourist spots to visit? from u in this blog! i hope u stay and keep writing =) thanks!!

    Sep 8, 2010 | 2:47 pm

  132. cora says:

    good you came back! i’ll have fun checking the food blog again.

    Sep 8, 2010 | 3:11 pm

  133. andrea says:

    hooray! yehey! MM is back!!!!! you do not know how much i missed you! and how much you made me happy now!! thank you!

    Sep 8, 2010 | 3:34 pm

  134. andrea says:

    nice bag! i love clutches!

    Sep 8, 2010 | 3:34 pm

  135. Cheryl says:

    welcome back mm! congrats! tnx for posting again! God bless u and ur family.

    Sep 8, 2010 | 4:36 pm

  136. Aqua Maldita says:

    Thank you!!! :D

    Sep 8, 2010 | 7:31 pm

  137. chloe says:

    Wow, you’re back MM!

    Sep 9, 2010 | 12:06 am

  138. chiqui says:

    luv this post

    Sep 9, 2010 | 3:25 am

  139. agnes says:

    This is a very pleasant surprise. I knew you couldn’t stay away :)

    Sep 9, 2010 | 7:22 am

  140. Ethel says:

    I’m so happy that you’re back Marketman.

    Sep 9, 2010 | 8:52 am

  141. allen says:

    You came back! You missed us! Thank you! :)

    Sep 9, 2010 | 9:22 am

  142. Len says:

    I had a bad day today so I checked your blog just incase you changed your mind and you did so now i am smiling again! thanks!

    Sep 9, 2010 | 12:02 pm

  143. mutya says:

    I’m so glad you’re back sir!

    Sep 9, 2010 | 5:49 pm

  144. romwell says:

    for some reason even after I have read your farewell blog i must say it is a bit of a obsession of mine to come back and see if you just might change your mind.

    I certainly hope you do. you will be missed bro.


    Sep 9, 2010 | 8:30 pm

  145. rose says:

    Thanks MM, nice to read your blogs again!!!!Yippppeeeyyy!!

    Sep 9, 2010 | 9:53 pm

  146. Mrs. Froggie says:

    MM, what a pleasant surprise! Thank you. I maybe a lurker but I talk about you to my cousins, my friends, my son. I encourage everyone I care about to read your blogs. I’m so happy to see you back. Please do not quit blogging. My computer seemed empty without you. My brother-in-law is Gil Carandang from Herbana Farms and my cousin Marilou E. B. also knows you in Cebu & told me that you had dinner w/ Gil & my sister when they were in Cebu. See, I talk about you. You complete my day.

    Sep 10, 2010 | 6:03 am

  147. itzuy-Sydney says:

    Welcome back – missed your blog for awhile, but so glad you’re back. I was also a lurker before but I always visit your blog almost everyday. You are my link to Cebu and I can’t wait to spend Christmas this year with the rest of the family.

    Thank you for your blogs.

    Sep 10, 2010 | 8:28 am

  148. panache says:

    Welcome back po Mr. MM!

    Sep 10, 2010 | 9:46 am

  149. noes says:

    Glad your back MM!

    Sep 10, 2010 | 10:10 am

  150. henry, Los Angeles says:

    Glad you’re back. Hopefully for a very very long time!!

    Sep 10, 2010 | 10:39 am

  151. chibi says:

    woohoo!! welcome back!!! =)

    Sep 10, 2010 | 11:43 am

  152. lola vi says:

    thank you so much….your blog is a part of my daily life. kahit nga nagpaalam ka na, nagbabakasakali pa rin ako… and now you’re back.

    Sep 10, 2010 | 5:23 pm

  153. sleepless in Seattle says:

    wonderful pics.sooo happy to see you back and a wonderful posting!! Love it MM.My day doesnt complete if i dont visit your site,was a surprise!Thanks.

    Sep 10, 2010 | 5:45 pm

  154. Meg says:

    hi MM, welcome back!!!!!!!!!

    Sep 10, 2010 | 7:20 pm

  155. josephine says:

    Ah yes, some dreams come true. Thank you for coming back.

    Sep 10, 2010 | 9:13 pm

  156. Vyan DP says:

    Yahoo you are back! I think less intensive posts like these would all satisfy everyone. :)
    Btw, that Pancit Malabon photo is enticing to make one myself and hopefully nail it on the first time too. Welcome back MM, and looking forward to your “weekly” posts….

    Sep 12, 2010 | 9:35 am

  157. ness says:

    hi mr. mm, is this the recipe you used for the muffins? they look delicious. by the way, have you tried baking cheesecake? thanks :)

    Sep 13, 2010 | 9:04 am

  158. Lbay says:

    Welcome back MM. I know, hindi mo kami kayang tiisin. I hope you will not get over with that “withdrawal syndrome” :)

    Sep 13, 2010 | 2:09 pm

  159. quiapo says:

    Perhaps you are feeling liberated now that you have established you can go from this blog when you want. It is important that we realize we can walk away from any of our tasks, so that the tasks don’t own us.
    It is good to see you are posting again.

    Sep 16, 2010 | 11:45 am

  160. Fards says:

    Welcome back MM. Have not checked your blog since the “leave message” as I was afraid you had not come back. Just now my curiosity got the better of me. Wooowee!! Very very happy/joyous to see several postings na. Beautiful mangoes, the pancit malabon, also the blueberry muffins. Must make those. Lucky Teen to have such a beautiful bag. And I really join in the sentiments of Sandy up in #38. Couldn’t have stated it any better.

    Sep 26, 2010 | 7:57 pm

  161. Fards says:

    Welcome back MM. Have not checked your blog since the “leave message” as I was afraid you had not come back. Just now my curiosity got the better of me. Wooowee!! Very very happy/joyous to see several postings na. Beautiful mangoes, the pancit malabon, also the blueberry muffins. Must make those. Lucky Teen to have such a beautiful bag. And I really join in on the sentiments of Sandy up in #38. Couldn’t have stated it any better.

    Sep 26, 2010 | 7:58 pm

  162. annecortez says:

    The bag is really beautiful. Can you please give me a contact number where I can buy for my big date? Thanks MM

    Apr 1, 2012 | 12:50 pm

  163. Marketman says:

    annecortez, I think the name of the company was Cebu Inter-Trade Export Corp…

    Apr 1, 2012 | 1:41 pm


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