25 Mar2006


My previous post on a totally benign fish pan elicited an incredibly negative reaction from Mylai Dimaculangan, in her first comment on Marketmanila.com. I was prepared to take it at face value or with perhaps “it’s a bad hair day” explanation. But it didn’t stop there. She added several comments (that I deleted) that took personal swipes not only at Chris, a chef and regular commenter, and me as well. I thought it best to simply ignore the comments but on second thought decided I should perhaps address the issue of elitism after the equally strong reaction other readers had to the initial and most innocuous of Mylai’s comments. I found this brilliant photo of me (above) at the tender age of 3, furious when my 17 year-old brother teased me incessantly, probably about my plastic fish pan…heehee. Got your attention, didn’t it? And no, I am not furious about this incident, more amused, possibly saddened, really…

But first of all, to Mylai, since I am almost certain you have returned to the site to see what reaction you may have gotten to your comment(s)… let me just say that before you place a comment on the world wide web for all to see, you better think about the content and make sure you can defend it. Taking pointed personal attacks on me or any of my readers when you have never even met us, let alone know us, is irresponsible at best. At worst, some of the things you wrote may actually be legally construed to be disparaging and even potentially libelous. And in case you think I can’t trace where you sent those messages from, I can. Unless you move from internet café to internet café, that means I can actually physically locate you at the time the comment was made and the computer you used; though not without some effort, of course. I also hope, for your sake, you didn’t send those comments from an office computer, say if you worked the late shift at a call center or perhaps while doing an internship at a hospital, as I am certain your company would not be amused that you are using their property for personal and offensive purposes. Further, the net is surprisingly transparent, so though I don’t know this for a fact, a brief search suggests that if you used your REAL name on the comment on my post, your middle name MIGHT be Man….tas and you COULD be the same person as the Mylai M Dimaculangan who attended De La Salle University for medical school…but then again YOU MAY NOT be that person as “Mylai Dimaculangan” is such a run-of-the-mill name, don’t you agree?

Now to the issue of elitism. Since your posts elitist2obviously suggest you have obtained a decent education (making you only one of a few thousand to attend a “top” local school when compared to the 2 million Filipinos or so who should be finishing college every year) and use words with some complexity, let me take you to task with your definitions. First, the noun “elite” is defined by most well-known sources (such as the Oxford Dictionary) as “a group of people regarded as superior in some way and therefore favored.” The noun “elitist” refers to “someone who believes in rule by an ‘elite’ group” or the opposite of “egalitarian.” As an adjective, the form in which I suppose you mean, “elitist” is someone who is “snobbish, snobby, stuck-up and uppity.” While snob, since related, means “a person who has an exaggerated respect for social position or wealth…and who despises people whom he considers inferior.” Finally, to be comprehensive, “elitism” refers to “certain persons who deserve favored treatment by virtue of perceived superiority – intellect, social or financial.” I am taking a guess that you made your comment that I am “elitist” in that I am a snob because I happen to have a fish pan that most Filipinos or Americans or Norwegians, for that matter, don’t have, don’t want, or cannot afford. I do not in any way believe I am “superior” simply because I have this fish pan, or any other kitchen gadgets that are not deemed essential, nor do I look down at folks who do not have the fish pan. If you read my post carefully, you would not have any reason to believe that at all. And if I had only a snobbish interest in the lifestyles of the rich and famous, then why would I post entries on, “utan” and “pesa” just a few days ago or traipse through the dried fish market in Cebu or share some sea urchin roe with my bangkero in Bohol?

I have this blog because food is one of my passions. I spend about an hour or two on it every day – that is my choice and if you think it frivolous, elitist3you are entitled to your opinion. But there was absolutely no need for the rude and baseless comments you placed under the guise of attacking an elitist. You haven’t the foggiest idea what I do the rest of the time. Instead of using the term “elitist,” if you had used the phrase “bloody fortunate” then I would have wholeheartedly agreed. I worked hard for 15 years, spent little and saved a lot. I retired at age 38 or so though I still work part-time when I want to. My family (wife & daughter) are my strongest passions and I was at home perhaps 75% of first ten years of my bulilit’s life, a luxury most fathers just don’t get to experience, RICH or POOR. I also helped set up and run a non-profit school, sit on the Boards of private companies, provide pro-bono work for the government, donate to causes I believe in such as public school libraries and generally lead a very quiet and nondescript life. Everything I owned when I turned 40, I earned myself, the good old fashioned way, through hard work and perhaps, a smidgen of luck. Yes, I am fortunate and I recognize that every single day. So if you think that makes me an “elitist” by your own dictionary, so be it. But frankly, I think you have simply misused the word. Someone once said: “There is only one thing worse than a poor person acting rich, and that is a rich person acting poor.” Not all folks who have some money or assets are bad. End of tirade.

But in typical Marketmanila manner, I thought I would EXPAND on the fish pan discussion for the benefit of my regular readers… the pan I featured yesterday was 16 inches in length, 10 inches wide with the handle on one of the longer sides of the oval…if that description makes sense. It is Teflon coated and works well with filleted fish, whole small fish and lots of other things you can fry. elitist4It is the more affordable version of the copper fish pan turned over in the second photo up above. The copper version is terrific precisely because the material conducts heat well though it is more expensive and a pain to keep clean. The handle on the copper version is at the shorter end of the oval. I have two versions of this copper fish pan, one from Williams Sonoma, which was sent to me for FREE after they screwed up a shipment of mine and a second thick copper fish pan that I got from Dehillerin in Paris – “le specialiste du materiel de cuisine…depuis 1820” – the mecca of all elitist cooks and chefs who want the finest in kitchen equipment and gadgets. And since we are going full blast on fish related stuff… I served the rellenong bangus on a white Limoges porcelain fish platter that is roughly 26 inches long and can accommodate a 2 kilo lapu-lapu easily. And finally, for all those that care and maybe even some who don’t give a damn, I show you a stunningly large fish poacher also made of copper that can easily flank 2-3 burners on your stove and it is meant for particularly large fish such as a 7-10 kilo salmon or perhaps a massive striped bass. It is roughly 30 inches long, 16 inches wide, 10 inches deep and 25 pounds (that’s a can of sardines in the photo to give you some perspective)! I actually purchased it a garage sale of Jeremiah Tower (a chef of Chez Panisse and later Stars fame) for roughly 1/20th its original value. It also works well for cooling drinks for a large party. Are any of these pans things I NEED? Absolutely not. But should I apologize for having them? Absolutely not.



  1. wysgal says:

    That’s a really cute photo! =)

    I’ve never heard of a fish pan … not sure why these things aren’t more mainstream to begin with. I’m sure there are a bunch of fish-shaped foods that would benefit from being cooked in a pan befitting their size and shape.

    And I haven’t been keeping up with this elitist brouhaha that’s been going on, but do hope things get sorted out (or miraculously disappear into cyberspace).

    Mar 25, 2006 | 11:01 pm


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  3. fried-neurons says:

    Holy guacamole that is a big pan!!!

    Hey, didn’t Jeremiah Tower retire in Manila? Or was that just weird chismis?

    Mar 26, 2006 | 12:13 am

  4. mita says:

    OMG, now I’m salivating! That’s one of my dream “kaldero” MarketMan – copper pans along with le creuset pans and a fish poaching pan and frying pan…mmmm. I think I’ll go to some garage sales this weekend.

    As for “the one whose name we shall not mention” – I’m glad I don’t have to live with her, we all should be. We’d all be old way before our time if we did. I’m happy you’re doing so well, MM…it shows in your blog. But the reason I come here is not because you have nice “stuff” which we all WANT only because we enjoy cooking…it’s just part of natural evouliton.

    I like your posts about OUR foods too and I learn so much from you. I’m truly happy for your success in life, along with other Filipino food bloggers and commenters all around the world who sound like they are living life to the fullest. TRULY happy.

    So there.

    Mar 26, 2006 | 12:34 am

  5. peng says:

    Hey! what a commotion about the fish pan!!! I’ve just went for a few days and when i came back all this anger from so many fans hit me in the face.lol

    I too had a fish pan which i bought few years ago in Harrods, London, it cost me an arms and a legs but i find it handy for frying daing na bangus and other big meat that doesn’t fit in the usual round frying pan.

    The thing i found out about the fish pan was its okey to used it if you have a gas stove but since i’ve change to electric stove i couldn’t use it as well as when i was in gas.

    Hey MM is that your face when you’re angry! Its scary!![just a joke]

    Mar 26, 2006 | 12:45 am

  6. eat matters says:

    i rarely post a comment on your blog but just the same i make it a point to visit it regularly behind the scenes. one of the reasons for it is that i enjoy reading your gastronomic and culinary experiences which i may not able, try as i might, to experience in my lifetime.your other posts which tread into to the commonplace is a pleasure to read as well because it affirms and bonds what other foodies have similarly experienced. this after all is what blogging is all about.

    it is just unfortunate that a few with pent-up insecurities would use the democratic climate of cyberspace to release at their pleasure, those raw and unexamined emotions at the expense of others.

    as the saying goes: we can always disagree, without being disagreable.

    Mar 26, 2006 | 12:46 am

  7. Karen says:

    Oh my gosh, that pic just looks like a shrunken (cute!) MM, hehehe! I knew it, I knew it – the age difference explains why I’ve always thought you’re the youngest, the baby of the family. :-)

    By the way, I’m Ms. Peasant Cuisine but I have a copper pan that large, inherited from my lola. We call them tacho in Capampangan (I don’t know the Tagalog or other Filipino language terms).

    Mar 26, 2006 | 12:58 am

  8. Bay_leaf says:

    aww, poor bawling baby MM! lol.

    Mar 26, 2006 | 1:45 am

  9. Marilou says:

    Thanks for featuring the fish pan. I never knew it existed until you wrote about it. I found one I can order and I am looking forward to saying goodbye to contorted fried fish! By the way, just I thought I’d let you know. A family friend’s expat father has late stage terminal cancer and one of the things that brighten his day is your ensaimada. It’s a lot of work to make, but how can I say no. He said it takes him back home. Thanks again.

    Mar 26, 2006 | 1:52 am

  10. peanutbeanma says:

    MM – thats a big a*@ copper pan! i can use it as a baby tub…. i love the wawa baby pic. and yes – i did buy the sainted fish pan. and my daing ROCKED last night! daing for dinner – “da” best! hahaha thanks again!

    Mar 26, 2006 | 3:06 am

  11. Chris says:

    I’m disappointed I didn’t get to read the personal swipe at me! It surely would have been entertaining. Hehehe. Can you imagine that? She reads three sentences I wrote and that was enough for her to get personal! How promiscuous can she get with her outbursts?

    Mar 26, 2006 | 3:29 am

  12. Chris says:

    And about the fishpan, I think it should be in every Filipino kitchen. Fried fish is a staple for rich and poor alike, so why not the implement that makes frying fish so much easier?

    Mar 26, 2006 | 3:35 am

  13. lee says:

    it’s 5 am, i’m cramming on grad school stuff, bloody brain drained, am reading this and laughing but not too loud. This is one of the marketman’s best posts i have read so far.

    I’m craving for a crisp proletarian galunggong fried in an elitist fish pan…. with a serving of working class rice in my middle class plate…

    Mar 26, 2006 | 5:22 am

  14. schatzli says:

    that large poach copper pan you have there, I nearly got one
    but M kept remindiing me we dont have such space to store it.

    I own few coppers pots and pan, I love polishing them too.
    I also collect copper moulds…

    is that how u look MM when your copper pots dont get polished hehehe…..?

    Mar 26, 2006 | 6:58 am

  15. Hchie says:

    Hmmmm….I have to get one of those fishpans. To Ms.Dimaculangan….geez such angst, cool it girl.

    Mar 26, 2006 | 7:45 am

  16. kulasa says:

    WOW! Now that’s what I call a pan.

    Love your picture. Everyone loves to take pictures of kids brawling their hearts out. I have one too but I wasn’t piqued over a fish pan – I think it was the time someone stole my yema.

    Mar 26, 2006 | 7:55 am

  17. Rowena says:


    What a cute boy!!!! Ignore that Ms. Dimaculangan-you are loved by a lot of us…..Your site is something I look forward to see each day….Thanks for what you do and for the information that you share with the rest of us. God Bless….

    Mar 26, 2006 | 8:53 am

  18. linda says:

    Nakakagigil naman ang photo mo,MM! I love the way you share with everyone all the beautiful things and the mediocre stuff whether it’s food or fine china or the humungous enviable copper pan featured at the above,from pabitins to your blue table settings,etc. One can see that you are one articulate,successful,kind-hearted,down-to-earth,a good father,and a generous human being! I admire you for all these qualities! I always look forward to your excellent posts and btw,the lawn in your copper pan photo looks lush and well-manicured.I wish my backyard lawn could look like yours!

    Mar 26, 2006 | 10:16 am

  19. avatar says:

    It appears, from a quick googling of the name, that a Mylai Dimaculangan, a medical student, may have been suffering from a serious nervous disorder since June 2005. It involves violent vertigo, crushing-type headache, ear-pain and blurring of the right visual field. It must have gotten worse since then. And if she were the same Mylai who wrote the contemptuous comment to MM, (whicm I’m not sure she is) she could have been suffering an attack while she was reading your column. I ask everyone to please give her more understanding.

    Mar 26, 2006 | 11:12 am

  20. Marketman says:

    Avatar, I actually read that question posed by a certain “Mylai Dimaculangan” on a medical forum but didn’t bring it up earlier as it sounded a bit personal in nature and the problem, she states started in March 2003 (not 2005)if we are reading the same item. I was, in fact, prepared to ignore the first comment, but subsequent comments were uncalled for and EVEN if a result of an attack, then she could easily have recalled it with a simple email in the 36 hours since she made it. Assuming the attack had subsided. At any rate, she SHOULD get serious help if she needs it, instead of surfing the net and launching missiles at folks who haven’t a clue where she is coming from. And if she is the same person who is/was at medical school, she should know better than most how to take care of herself. I do not wish this lady ill, in fact, I hope she gets better, but leave innocent other blogs out of it.

    Mar 26, 2006 | 11:25 am

  21. Marketman says:

    fried neurons, it wasn’t chismis. Jeremiah Tower moved to Manila for about a year to open the Stars restaurant at Glorietta 4. I ate at that Stars and the food was mediocre to disappointing, at best. It failed soon after opening and Jeremiah Tower moved back to New York where he has recently released a new cookbook. But before he left, he held a whopping good garage sale and that is where I got the humongous copper pot for a song. If I had gotten there earlier, he had over 100 copper pots for sale but some chef who arrived before me bought nearly everything!

    Mar 26, 2006 | 11:43 am

  22. Kid (Market Man's daughter) says:

    WOW!!! :O Can you belive that that is:
    1. Market Man
    2. My father???

    Mar 26, 2006 | 1:02 pm

  23. jr says:


    It was disappointing to read those nasty personal attacks against you. I remember a story that if somebody throws a stone at you. You should throw back a piece of bread instead of stone. Just make sure to take the bread out of the “garapon. “

    Loved the fish fry pan because it is so practical. I can’t find one when my wife & I went out last night at Macy’s. I believe I saw it at a Williams Sonoma store last time. I will try to get one next time.

    Thanks for that great info.

    Mar 26, 2006 | 1:10 pm

  24. Mary A. says:

    MM, My husband and I were enormously entertained by this post. Such an adorable little boy, love that picture!
    It takes character to find humor when faced with adversity or in this case criticism.

    Mar 26, 2006 | 1:42 pm

  25. ana says:

    I’m lost here. Haven’t been visiting lately because of internet restrictions at work. Anyway, whatever it is, I’m on your side MM. Smile ka lang =D

    Mar 26, 2006 | 3:28 pm

  26. chicky says:

    The fish pan is a great idea and I will get one when I can afford it. Thanks for your informative and fun posts. Its fun and inspiring to read your blog. Keep posting!

    Mar 26, 2006 | 10:10 pm

  27. Zita says:


    I look forward to your posts weekly. Suffice to say I am a fan. Keep up the good work manong.

    Mar 26, 2006 | 10:18 pm

  28. gastronoma says:

    cute photo, Marketman! i always enjoy visiting your site — takes me to places i’ve never been, and introduces me to such yummy treats and all those slick and shiny gadgets. great ideas too! thanks for everything. :)

    Mar 26, 2006 | 10:55 pm

  29. Jean says:

    Absolutely LOVE the pic! Reminds me of my days… lol.

    Don’t let Ms. Thang get to you. She got the raw end of the deal, that woman has to live with her self. ;)

    Mar 27, 2006 | 12:00 am

  30. maddie says:

    Say ni MM: “WaaaaaH!!!!! Bakit di nyo ginamit ang fishpan ko sa daing na yan!!!!! Ayoko ko na kainin yan! Di na sosyal yan! (dabog here. dabog there SFX) Itapon! Itaaaaaaaaapon nyo! Waaaaaaaaaaaah!!!!!!!

    Mar 27, 2006 | 3:03 am

  31. spanx says:


    if Cong. Joey Salceda weren’t from Bicol,
    I’d swear this was a pic of him as a toddler.

    Mar 27, 2006 | 3:14 am

  32. frayed says:

    Dear “Kid” – you must be really proud of your dad (and vise-versa).

    Yes, am still wondering why Jeremiah Tower, who’s a famous chef worldwide, bombed in Manila. I mean why was his food mediocre here? (and I agree that it was). I went to an afternoon swimming party at his place once. He was a very friendly easy guy. Too bad things didn’t go well for him.

    Sounds like it’s the same person (that Avatar googled) since the spelling of her first name is unusual. It does explain things.

    Mar 27, 2006 | 6:53 am

  33. Blance says:

    I’ve been visiting your website for very long time,but writing comments is not my cup of tea, but anyway..your website give me a glimpse, taste and knowledge about our country whom I miss dearly. And with respect to you and your dedication in providing such informative website I couldn’t just let some envy individual to leave such comments..Having something that other can’t afford or don’t like to have, does not mean something, is just you wanted it or you can afford it. and I do have fish pan and here in Cyprus this equipment is very useful….Stay well and don’t let those comment affect you…

    Mar 27, 2006 | 7:12 am

  34. ichabod says:

    Yup, I’m getting a fish pan soon, really useful for even frying and could double as a tool to give “whats-her-name” a good whack on the head.

    Mar 27, 2006 | 8:22 am

  35. stefoodie says:

    LOL. ms. dimaculangan probably wasn’t expecting all this when she posted her comment. hmm… or maybe she was!

    if you do a google search now for her name marketman’s post comes up! way to go, mylai. putting your full name on one of the most googleized pinoy food blogging sites. this should be a tip for anyone wanting more attention :D.

    Mar 27, 2006 | 9:04 am

  36. Marketman says:

    I too, am surprised she would use her real name…but actually, I thought she meant no ill will with her first comment, she just posted what she was thinking. And she had a related yahoo address to go with it. It was the subsequent comments where she went out of control and I don’t think she put her full name there, forgetting perhaps that she had already identified herself with the first post. Worse, it seems there are other references to someone with the name she used so it’s all out there for everyone to see…I emailed her and the mail didn’t bounce back but I didn’t get a response either…yup, she probably did not know what a few inappropriate comments would result in…

    Mar 27, 2006 | 9:19 am

  37. MM says:

    Well, sharing the same initials as you, I was inclined to feel a burn of indignation on your behalf. Having had no clue what all the hooha was about, I can only offer a solution. To avoid all fishy comments and accusations, how about you send me the fish pan? Huh? I think that will work …

    Mar 27, 2006 | 9:24 am

  38. ajienaissant says:

    I do agree that i sometimes feel a bit left out and envious because of some of your posts but i dont think you’re snobbish at all. I appreciate tips on where to get cheap but awesome stuff that you feature regularly. But please dont let her insecurities stop you from continuing this wonderful blog.

    Oh by the way, I would suggest minimizing the use of teflon as there are concerns that it might cause cancer.

    Mar 27, 2006 | 10:57 am

  39. mojitodrinker says:

    hi MM – wow, all this over a fish pan! Great idea, btw. Just wanted to add my voice to the fray and say that this site is great. To me your site is a celebration of food in the world, whether expensive or dirt cheap. Based on most of the comments on the site, most foodies don’t care either way. Of course, we’d all like to be able to afford the expensive stuff but then again, not being able to afford everything makes us appreciate the good stuff whenever we get it…

    Mar 27, 2006 | 4:41 pm

  40. relly says:

    bonjour Monsieur “Marche Manille”, (hello mr. market manila)
    There is one Pinoy shop in Paris at 16em named “Marche Manille”… at the debut of rue Mesnil, Victor Hugo..and at the end of the same rue is the “Pinoy Store”. Both in the 16em arrondissement of Paris.

    Mar 27, 2006 | 5:47 pm

  41. Lei says:

    Wow!!!! That picture must be priceless in your household =)

    Mar 27, 2006 | 6:04 pm

  42. w says:

    ms d must be gloating for all the attention she’s been getting from your blog-fans! i myself have been on stealth mode and i have to extend my gratitude to your generous posts regarding food and lifestyle. brings me back to the good old childhood-yuppie days in the phils.

    i see nothing wrong with extravagance, if you can call having a fish-pan that, as long as you can afford it with your own money and you don’t forget how the other half lives. apology for fine living is definitely not necessary for someone who steps up to do what’s right and who doesn’t walk with an upturned nose at other people. look at oprah, she guiltlessly enjoys the fine things in life because she knows she also does her part for the world. that’s the best compliment i can give you marketman – to mention you and oprah in the same post and more importantly in the same light. mabuhay ka!

    Mar 27, 2006 | 11:55 pm

  43. aleth says:

    hi MM! i was just reading this article about the fish pan.. gee… i was wanting this fish pan too since i saw it on TV!!! but it was not that big as your pan. anyways, so the issue was only about the fish pan(s) thay you have??? gee that lady must be pretty jealous of your fish pan!!! or maybe she was in that garage sale too, but was not able to get a pan for herself?!?!?! hmm..simply asking … he he he

    Mar 28, 2006 | 1:08 am

  44. Skunkeye says:

    Yikes… try not to let the turkeys get you down….
    your site is an incredible resource and labor of love and thee’s nothing “elitist” about the selfless hard work and thought you put into it. I know I’m not alone in my gratitude and respect for you.

    Mar 28, 2006 | 9:15 am

  45. dodi says:

    I’m certainly amazed with your “detective sense”! I do agree with you that Mylai exists and she may have been once my student in med school! In fact I have records to confirm the fact! Hahahaha, the world is closing in indeed!

    Mar 28, 2006 | 1:07 pm

  46. marisa says:

    I love visiting here MM… to each his own. Your articles are interesting. I’m learning a lot. Never got that “elitist” vibe, actually… hehehe… nautusan pa nga kita. You looked for the yema with crystal arnibal coating for me, if you remember… you’re my slave? hahaha… Keep it up!!!

    Mar 28, 2006 | 2:14 pm

  47. gonzo says:

    ah yes, the 16th arrondissement, the Daly City of Paris!

    anyway, i think it’s the proverbial mountain out of a molehill. there are and always will be weirdo cranks on the internet. i reckon it’s time to give it a rest. let it slide. so much ado over a fishpan for god’s sake!

    that is one hell of a pan, btw. and, bought for 1/20th of its value, a hell of a good deal as well!

    as for jeremiah tower, i hung out with him a bit while he was here, and so have a slight idea as to why Stars Manila sucked. (Actually i was never impressed with Stars SF either). One of the problems was there were too many ‘bigshot’ owners with equally massive egos all throwing in their two cents. A classic case of too many cooks spoiling the broth.

    Mar 29, 2006 | 9:41 am

  48. acidboy says:

    i think that poster, or a clone of hers, wrote in the “letter to the editor” section of the inquirer a while back throwing fire and brimstone at gloria arroyo and calling her unfit and worthy of being thrown out of malacanan because she gave her granddaughter a pony for her birthday. well, it also included that dreaded word “elitist”.

    on a personal note, i have been working my a’s off for how many years. and being fortunate enough to be educated in a proper environment, i have both a sense of social responsibility AND an appreciation of the finer things in life. i may not be rich, but that is my goal and in the meantime i want to have a taste of things that some might find expensive. i can afford it, why not? why do doing such things be an “elitist” offense?

    i think the bigger mistake is boxing oneself in that hopeless attitude that ours is a country that will be a nation of poor, oppressed, underpaid people manipulated by the rich who are all evil (that will forever use super kalan and drink from a nescafe baso) …. unless of course you’re a bleeding heart marxist who profits from it.

    Mar 29, 2006 | 11:26 am

  49. anna gan says:

    wow, tempest in (or about) a fishpan…i’m just happy to have my daing na bangus turbo broiled -i’m one of those slobs who are think it’s ok to have slightly mangled daing as long as it’s mostly in one piece and tastes better than it looks : )
    poor MM always seems to have run-ins with people with issues. wasn’t it last year some silly person tried to max out his fax paper with some unwanted real estate business?
    btw, beware the 1st of April, MM! I remember your kid loaded the shower head with that boullion cube (neat trick!)

    Mar 29, 2006 | 1:39 pm

  50. Lourdes says:

    I can’t believe having a boss who is so cute… The team were so delighted seeing your wonderful picture…

    Mar 29, 2006 | 2:04 pm

  51. Lani says:

    MarketMan, elitist, snobbish? Oh come on, that’s a crap! One of the nicest bloggers I’ve known is MM, very generous pa. Aba, with all the informations he shared with us, grabe na ito.

    Love your pic MM, cute pa rin kahit ngumangawa.

    I want to fry my “tuyo” in that pan.

    God bless!!!

    Mar 29, 2006 | 4:30 pm

  52. liza m.c. says:

    sayang! didn’t get to see mylai’s deleted comments… =)
    Marketman, after all the posts, isn’t it nice to know you’ve got all these people (including, ehem, me) on your side?

    Mar 29, 2006 | 11:48 pm

  53. wabbitga says:

    I think…if you can afford a purchase, go ahead. If it will sincerely make you happy, and was not done to keep up with the Jones’s, by all means spend.

    I know of line cooks and commis crew who would love to own high-end kitchen equipment if they had the chance. In fact, I let my crew fool around with some of my personal stuff (with a warning that they will immediately be made into dinuguan if they so much as dent the damn things), and you should see their eyes light up like kids with new toys.

    But here’s a challenge, MM (yeah, yeah…. I know the Mrs….same clan… hee hee!). Serious question, this one. In your experience, what would be the closest — and most reasonably priced — substitute you can recommend those of us who still can’t get their hands on such a fish pan :)?

    Mar 31, 2006 | 9:51 am

  54. Erika says:

    Hello, I just finished browsing thru your blog and i think its the greatest. It is now in my favorites task bar.

    I wanted to ask where i can get lids/covers for my pots and pans (i just “inherited” them from my mom,she just sent it to me when she saw i was using the cheapo kind i bought in a hurry with my husband…),my Mom sent me around 6 of them lidless! I love these pots because of the memories of her mechado, meaty spaghetti sauce…

    Thank you!

    Apr 4, 2006 | 4:38 pm

  55. Marketman says:

    Erika, not sure if anyone sell the lids only but you could check with the manufacturers if you were in the States. In Manila, it might be tough. Actually, lids are usually a plenty in homes as it is the bottoms that wear out… garge sales perhaps? Sorry, I haven’t been much help…

    Apr 5, 2006 | 9:40 am

  56. Mona Caccam says:

    Hi Marketman,

    I’ve been a regular reader of yours for some time, and it’s my first time to comment here.

    I read your blog with delight, because of the mouthwatering photos and descriptions, and the funny/wry/aghast comments about your foodie experiences. There were a lot of things I took for granted about dining at home, going to market and dining out. A lot of your posts opened my eyes to new ideas (recipes, food presentation, ingredients sources) and somehow, they add to the things that enhance my day-to-day living. Now when I go anywhere and try any new food/restaurant/market, I learn a lot of new things about the simple and the sophisticated.

    Your fish pan post made me think my mom would probably love something like that. We do have a narrow oval stainless steel fish poaching pot/bain marie from 15 years ago that we use from time to time. I have no idea where my mom bought it, but it’s been really useful. And in these high-cholesterol times, it’s about time my family and I ate more fish!

    Anyway, I believe anything to do with food is a pleasure (of course let’s not go into strangling chickens and all that). The people who are in denial about the vicarious joys of reading blogs like Market Manila need a reality check and an attitude adjustment, wouldn’t you agree?

    I hope you don’t mind that I linked to your blog from mine.
    Please keep up the good work, and thanks very much.

    Apr 5, 2006 | 11:58 pm

  57. Marketman says:

    Mona, thanks for that! Yes, of course, feel free to link up…

    Apr 6, 2006 | 9:22 am

  58. Marinel says:

    You are bloody lucky…..and so are we to be reading your blogs. I am new to this blogging business and your site is the first one I’ve thoroughly enjoyed. I look forward to your posts.

    Jun 1, 2006 | 9:11 am

  59. Diane says:

    Hello Mr. MM!! I really love browsing market manila because of your remarkable recipes.. Since i discover this website (from a friend 3weeks ago) i read your column everyday and get some tips on cooking, I never had a chance to say thank you and i really adore you for such a big help to people like me who doesn’t really know how to cook hehehehe..but when i saw this archives, this MYLAI DIMACULANG-CULANG really made me so mad!!!!! Nakakagigil!!! syang my comment was really late na, but still i agree with some readers, correct!! mukha syang fish pan sa kapangitan!!!..

    Please keep up the good work!! Thank you very much

    Jun 25, 2006 | 8:40 pm

  60. Cupcake_diva says:

    Hello Mr.MM, love the pic!! Had we been playmates, that’s how you’d probably look everyday….manggagalit ako eh! =)

    Jun 29, 2006 | 8:27 pm

  61. Luis says:

    HMMMMM. That is the exact same look you had when you found out I was showing up to the dinner. Heheh.
    Please don’t have the Mrs. whack me on the head with that elitist frying pan of yours. She’ll dent it on my hard head. :-)

    Jul 5, 2006 | 4:50 pm

  62. dhayL says:

    MM, with all the kitchen gadgets you have, your pots and pans and im sure you have more than one set on each type, stainless steele, copper bottom, non-stick, ypur paella pans, your baking pans, your fine dining sets et all, you must have a really biG kitchen to store all these precious items!!! Maybe next time you can show us a photo or photos of your kitchen, more like your pantry and storage area! What do yah think? hehehe

    We don’t have a big house and kitchen storage is an issue, but that doesn’t stop me from buying kitchen stuff, my husband says that i’m obsessed! I tell him, hey, I’m the cook in the house I gotta have all the stuff I need! (or not) :)

    May 28, 2007 | 6:03 am

  63. Rico says:

    Mylai Dimaculangan, CULANG ka lang talaga sa pansin! It’s just a fish pan wag kang OA

    Nov 16, 2007 | 2:27 pm

  64. Cecilia says:

    Yeah, perhaps it was full moon? Kaya naculangan si Dimaculangan?

    Apr 6, 2009 | 7:02 am

  65. Cecilia says:

    And by the way, that photo is just sooo cute! Like Cupcake_dive, I used to make my playmates look like that almost everyday! ;)

    Apr 6, 2009 | 7:05 am


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