My Dad vs.  Gangnam

Dad takes all!!

I’m slowly getting my mojo back. Life’s been a country song lately and I’m gettting these monkeys off my back one day at a time.  So I’m switching it up a little…

So check it. I’m dedicating this post to my pops because this video was playing the other day and my children said, “Look mommy!  That looks like Lolo.” And I was like, “Shoot! Lolo’s got more swagger than that.” Apparently they forgot to check the swagger polls when they found this guy because my dads got this fool beat. He could clear the dance floor any day and cut a rug like no other.

Here’s yours truly. And my father. What can I say about him.  He is everything I could ever ask for in a father in this lifetime.  I’ll make it short and sweet. Strong father figure, fear thereof.  And anyone that knew him knew that he was a bad ass mother fucker…


I love my dad.   He is one of the hardest workers I know.  There needs to be more strong men like him.  He is a survivor.  Always will be.   He’s dang near 80 and he’s still got it like that.

image(6)He’s given me many gifts.  Courage.  Strength.  Endurance. The gift of respect. The gift of fear.  The knowledge that  you are loved but you are not above authority and to honor the law.  It’s funny the stages a daughter goes through with her dad.  I remember  when I was a wee bitty girl, melting in  his arms at night before I fell asleep.  Then came my teenage years where I thought he was the worst parent ever.  He was always a protector.  Now that I’m grown, and have the knowledge of experience underneath my belt, I wish he would re-appear from out of the blue like  a superhero and protect me from adult life.  I remember clearly the kind of protector he was.  Like back in the day when he  would pick me up from cheer practice and he always had that, don’t fuck with my daughter look because  I have a loaded shotgun therefore I will shoot your ass ambiance. His number one goal during my high school years……to protect me from trifling creepers aka teenage boys.

Matter of fact, these are how some of our conversations went down…..

Me, “I’m going out. Is that ok?
Pa, “With a boy?”
Me, “Ummmm… yes.”
Pa, ” It’s 4:30 in the afternoon, (laughing). You ain’t going anywhere”
Me, “Ugh, ok”

Lol’ing.  These conversations happened on a daily basis.  So naturally, I found ways to be sneaky.  But that never ever went copacetic.  Like when I dated the captain of the football team in high school, Jeff Tapp. It was a Friday night And  I was caught off  guard when my dad came home.  So I did the first thing any teenage daughter who didn’t want to get caught would do.  I hid him in the closet.   And of course, my dad, being the ex soldier he was sniffed him out with a quickness and caught him red handed in my closet. After my father struck the fear of God in him, I thought I was in for it and going to die that night.  But that never happened.  My dad laughs about it now after he told the story over and over again to people through the years. I would be so embarrassed because he never let me live that down.  Guess that was punishment enough.


Yup. My dad was a man to be reckoned with. I hope that someday I can frighten my children this much. But my children hardly get afraid of me or their daddy. I’ve become a softee and I’m starting to think my softee approach is turning into a problem. I am hoping to teach my kids not to be part of the entitled generation. That they should be a little afraid of things. And to be grateful. To honor their elders.  And to be a little scared shitless of authority.  

Yes my father was a hard ass that didn’t effin play games.  Now-a-days, he’s better known as Lolo, the big teddy bear to my kids. He has and always will be one of my biggest idols.  The mans got swaggar.    Now that I’ve become a parent, I understand perfectly…


In honor of my dad, I am blogging adobo pusit, a very popular Filipino recipe.   My dad was and still is the iron chef.  He would be proud. For those of us natives who grew up eating this shit, we all know just mentioning  adobo pusit makes our mouths water.



2-3 pounds squid cleaned
1 packet mamasitas adobo mix
1 cup water
1 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbs soy sauce

1 tbs vinegar
1 large tomato cut
1 diced onion
3 cloves minced garlic

1.) Cut and sautée tomatoes onion and garlic in large sauté pan

2. ) Add cleaned squid

3. ) Mix packet of adobo mix, soy sauce, salt, pepper, vinegar and water and poor over squid

4. ) Cover and let cook on high for 7 to 10 minutes stirring occasionally.

And there ya go.

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