There was a power outage in my area last week that lasted for five days because of the storm – Glenda (International Name: Typhoon Rammasun). I wasn’t able to work since Wednesday, which means I won’t be receiving any salary for that week. I was just glad that by the time I arrived home Sunday night, the power was restored.
For the last five days, Starbucks and SM malls were my home for the day. I was one of those people (turned vultures) scouting for power outlets to charge my power banks, laptop, mobile phone, and lamps (Yes, my handy rechargeable lamps). I also had to cook all the meat that was in the freezer before they went bad. Unfortunately, some had to be thrown away. What a waste of money…
Let me give you some power-outage-survivor tips, if this happens to you in the Philippines.
Tip 1: Make sure you have rechargeable lamps, batteries, candles, lighters, water, and canned goods.
Tip 2: Do not buy a rechargeable stand fan.
Don’t be stupid. If the power outage lasts for 5 days, how are you going to recharge it? You can’t bring it to a restaurant, Starbucks or to the mall to charge it. Instead invest in a power bank that can hold up to 11 hours, and buy a USB fan. Make sure to test the USB fan with your power bank.
Tip 3: Bring an extension cord with more than three power outlets so you can charge multiple things at once.
Tip 4: Go early. You will definitely get a nice place/post/table for you to stay.
If you don’t have extra money for coffee in Starbucks, go early to the mall and look for power outlets. Try near the bathroom area, security personnel don’t usually go there unless they need to go to the loo.
Tip 5. Be discreet. Don’t let anyone know you have power cords. Security personnel or employees might ask you to leave.
Tip 6: If you have extra money and no pets to attend to, book a hotel.
Tip 7: Never use public WiFi specially if you are working.
I was trying to blog on my phone, after just 10 minutes, I received an email that someone was trying to hack into my WordPress account.
Tip 8: Bring some friends.
It’ll be quite boring if you’re all by your lonesome, don’t you think?!
Anyway, let us go to the food section of this post.
I love adobo. If you are in the Philippines, it is a must try to eat the “national dish”, ADOBO. YUM YUM YUM! I made a different version of adobo, Spicy and Slow Cooked, and named it – Slow Cooker Spicy Filipino Chicken Adobo. I really love doing it in the slow cooker, the chicken isn’t dry and it is very tender. Serve it with boiled eggs and garlic fried rice or Jasmine rice.
- 5 chicken legs, skinned
- 5 chicken thighs, skinned
- 10 gloves garlic, crushed
- ½ cup soy sauce
- ¼ cup vinegar (I used sugarcane vinegar)
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 5 pcs. cayenne pepper, finely chopped
- ½ tsp ground black pepper
- 3 bay leaves
- cooking oil for frying
- Heat oil in frying pan; cook chicken in batches, until golden brown all over. Transfer chicken to slow cooker.
- In same frying pan, leave 2 tsp cooking oil. Saute garlic and cayenne pepper. Add soy sauce, vinegar, chicken stock, ground black pepper, and bay leaves. Bring to a boil. Simmer for one minute. Transfer sauce mixture to slow cooker.
- Cook, covered, on low for 4 hours.
Increase or reduce cayenne pepper to your liking.