San Juan to Makati

The ‘Precedential’ Debate

Posted in food,linguistics by yangiwei on October 26, 2010


Momo Cafe Eastwood sparked the 'precedent' discussion.


Last Saturday over dinner, I pointed out to my friend that M accepted my pronunciation of ‘precedent.’

This sparked an email-and-Fb-wall exchange.  I’m posting the emails here:

‘That’s ok,[ J], Filipino English yun, like there’s Singlish, HK English, even British English, if you like.

It’s saying ‘lodge’ instead of ‘lowj’ to the ticket vendor.  Or sooma koom lawde instead of some-muh come loh deh.


The ingredients were fresh.

It’s just that I tell [my friend], it’s one thing to speak Pinoy English knowing that it’s Pinoy English, it’s another thing to think that Americans can understand you because you think that Pinoy English and American English are the same.

Actually, linguists, like psychologists, shouldn’t be judgmental.  No such thing as ‘wrong grammar‘ or pronunciation.  More of, does she sound like a native speaker or not?


I thought that this was almost as good as Fish & Co.

MoMo! Cafe

Pati si [my friend’s mom who looked up the prononunciation of ‘precedent‘ the adjective], ‘presidentna ren.  May her tribe increase.  [J], it’s chicken-egg, eLanguage is fluid.  Speakers make a language.  There was a move to change the spelling of ‘friend‘ to ‘frend’ or ‘fren,’ but it didn’t catch on.

Yours truly,

On Mon, Oct 25, 2010 at 11:28 PM, [J] wrote:

I saw your note.. but it was only after I sent my comment..    I don’t think I’ll get used to pronounce it as ‘president’ unless everyone starts using it.  😉



From: [San Juan to Makati]
Sent: Monday, October 25, 2010 10:07 PM
To: [J]


Hi [J],

Didn’t you read my email?

Precedent the noun is pronounced ‘president.’

Yours truly,

On Mon, Oct 25, 2010 at 8:27 PM, [J] wrote:

Haha, glad to hear this!




merriam webster also says the same thing.  click on the 2 sound buttons.

Meg =)

Carnation Squash Soup

Posted in food,soup,Uncategorized by yangiwei on February 20, 2010
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3ima said that she tried to duplicate Caymen’s squash soup, but couldn’t, so she called up Caymen for the recipe.  I have a Carnation pumpkin soup somewhere–hard copy is with me and the CD is with Efren for her to copy for me, from the Carnation Food Trip in Batangas, but thought searching for it online would be faster, and I was right.

I liked it that it says calabaza soup, so you know that it’s a local post.

I plan to print this recipe for 3ima.

Incidentally, JU said that Alaska tastes like Carnation, but the former is cheaper.  I asked Caymen why she used Carnation.  Did you she ever try Alaska?  She said no.

Well, I’ll leave it at that.  JU and I don’t have the same taste.  She liked Chinatown’s Best Food, which I find overpriced compared to Kamayan and Somethin’ Fishy, the last two Triple V restos having better quality and ambience.

I guess the most effective way for Carnation to disseminate info is by emailing us bloggers, the

Photos in this postI know, I know. I use pumpkin and squash soup interchangeably.

Remember the "Ana" knock-knock joke?

Knock knock! Who's there? Stella.

Knock knock. Who's there? Dallas.

courtesy of Jehzlau.

links to their recipes, etc.