Hello lovely people of Tadaku! I'm Aiza from the sunny island of Cebu, Philippines. I first arrived in Japan last April 2013, 4 years ago. I am an environmental research scientist by profession but I also work/volunteer as a chef twice a month at MAFGA (箕面市国際交流協会).
My love affair with cooking began since I was 4 years old when my mother asked me every single day to chop garlic, onion, tomatoes and vegetables for dinner. My parents grew up in a very traditional Cebuano family and it was instilled in us that cooking and dining together should be a family celebration. So we (including my brother and sisters) were never used to eating in restaurants. From birthdays, wedding ceremonies, Halloween to Christmas celebrations, we cooked our own food. When I was 20 years old, I left Philippines to study in South Korea. It was then I had an eye-opening experience about the intertwining relationship between food and culture. Dining is not just for filling the hungry stomach but a chance to understand new perspective and promote dialogue. Living in Japan, I met and found new friends from all parts of the world. We usually hold parties at home where each person brings authentic food from his country, then tell the stories behind each dish. We also teach each other how to cook these authentic cuisines.
You can see more of my food adventures here: https://www.instagram.com/aizamariec/
I also blog about Filipino food ideas and recipes, my original creations and many more of my cooking adventures. Check my blog here: http://aizamariec.wordpress.com/
If you are interested to know more about Filipino food, culture and Philippines in general, please join me and my lessons. Let us journey together from the beach life of Cebu to the vibrant life of Manila through dining.