I was a banker by profession with BSC-BA and MBA degrees. During my school days, I took Journalism, spent writing articles and became school News Writer and Science Page Editor. My maternal aunt, Dr. Anacleta Villacorta Agoncillo (medical doctor and author), wife of the late Prof. Teodoro A. Agoncillo (author of "History of the Filipino People", essayist, poet and a great Filipino historian), inspired me to pursue writing. Traveling and living in foreign lands, from Far East to Middle East, influenced my exotic taste and ways of cooking. Settling in different countries gave me opportunities to venture in different professions like teaching in International/Cambridge Schools in Riyadh and Karachi respectively. I continued writing in spite of my tight schedule. I have written 99% successful UK appeals. My life dealt with adventures and experiments. It was self-fulfilling to hit the targets and succeed in my undertakings. Cooking is one of my passions. I have tried and tested cooking different foreign dishes based on my own styles and formulas. Writing my own recipes is my hobby. I learned different foreign cuisines which paved the way to the making of my recipe books, "FOREIGN CUISINES FROM FAR EAST TO MIDDLE EAST" and "ASIAN & MIDDLE EASTERN CUISINES". I used to enjoy my own recipes but it's more satisfying if I'll share it to others. One of my recipes was published by Allrecipes.com. I named it LIPARDO'S PUTO SECO. Try it!
Cooking is an art. It needs practice to polish culinary skills. Interest, self-confidence, patience, common sense and creativity are the main ingredients to succeed in this field. I started cooking at the age of 10. My mother was sick one day when I decided to cook for my family our native Filipino dish. When my mom tasted it, she was amazed that I could cook at the very young age. By that incident, I was motivated to explore in cooking. I grew up in the South East Asia (Philippines) where I was exposed to Filipino, Chinese and Western cuisines. My Pakistani friends encouraged me to cook traditional Pakistani/Indian dishes. On the other hand, during my momentous time in Riyadh, KSA, Aunt Munawar, wife of Dr. Obaidullah (former doctor of the Late King Faisal), introduced me some mouth-watering Indian and Middle Eastern cuisines.