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Introduction of Aiza

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:

I also blog about Filipino food ideas and recipes, my original creations and many more of my cooking adventures. Check my blog here:

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.




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    Sep 2017

    前回のレッスンの料理がとてもおいしかったので今回二度目のリピートです! 今回も大満足で、Aizaさんのレッスンは本当におすすめです! 料理が、おいしいのはもちろんのこと、Aizaさんの明るくて優しい人柄も素敵で、いつも楽しくレッスンを受けています。 少人数のレッスンなので、一人で参加しても他の参加された方とすぐ仲良くなれて、和気あいあいとした雰囲気です。 ぜひ、またリピートしたいです。
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    Sep 2017

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    Sep 2017

    ★ Pick up レビュー Aizaさんはとても明るくて、優しい方です!タダクに一人で初めてね参加でしたが、ずっと笑い声が絶えず、和気あいあいとした雰囲気で、とても楽しかったです。 お料理も簡単なのに、美味しく、またフィリピンの調味料も使って、フィリピンの文化も知ることができました! Aizaさん、ありがとうございました!
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    May 2017

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    Jan 2017

    Aiza-san, I had a lot of fun on Saturday, thank you sooooo much for your lesson and your hospitality+nice chat!! All recipes were delicious and explained very well, so it won't be difficult to cook again at home. Infact, my husband loved the left overs, too:) Other students were also very nice, easy to get along with, so I felt quite lucky. Thank you everyone! I am looking forward to participating another lesson soon.
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    Nov 2016

    ★ Pick up レビュー とっても日本語が上手で楽しかったです! フィリピンのことも料理のこともいろいろ話しながら料理ができて、普通の料理教室では体験できない時間でした。 初めて利用したので不安もありましたが、Aizaさんの笑顔と美味しそうな匂いでとっても楽しめました。