Saturday, June 30, 2007
Going out for Sunday dinner has been a long standing tradition in our family.
Recently - such dinners have been mostly at the Serendra/ Bonifacio High Street area.To a large extent, this is because the place is new and is starting to blossom with one eatery after another. To perhaps a larger extent, it is simply because I can't stop swooning over Bonifacio High Street.
Kudos to Ayala Land for this development.
Almost a kilometer long with a wide (40 meter?) park area in the center, it is lined on both sides with dining and name brand retail outlets. The promenade is meticulously manicured and is dotted with water effects, sculpture, covered walks, and street lamps. It is just literally like a "walk in the park" - a modern park.
I love this place.
It is soothing and calming.
Lots of open space
A modern day Luneta of sorts ...
Park-like shopping and dining on a moonlit night
Walking with my arms around my son
The proximity of family
A hole in my wallet slowly burning .
If you have not been
It's time to go
I will see you there
I will be the one with a camera and with no more money left ....
Thursday, June 28, 2007
In it's Ilocano form it is made with "galapong" (sticky rice with water batter), small shrimps, onions, spring onions and a dash of salt. It is then deep fried ... and "voila" - shrimp fritters.
Dipped in sukang Iloko ...
Can't stop there ...
There is Vigan Empanada
Same "galapong" based batter filled with Ilocos longganisa, grated green papaya, shredded carrots, toge, monggo.
Sukang Iloko ....
Now this is a truly Ilocano merienda
Delicious in its simplicity
Mac's Deli Original Vigan Empanada and Okoy - is an oasis of Ilocandia in the middle of SM Mall of Asia. In true Ilocano frugality , it is a simple kiosk with a very simple provincial set-up. Cooking is traditional and is basically started as you order ... so you may have to wait just a while. But it is really worth it - if you like this kind of eat-on-the-go food.
And why wouldn't you?
Especially at 3 pieces for 100pesos ... di ba?
So ... fall in line
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
But already worth a visit
My favorite bookstore – FULLY BOOKED – is now at the Global City’s rapidly developing shopping strip known as Bonifacio High Street
Four stories high and a basement
Books and magazines galore
A music section heavy on jazz and classical music
A graphic arts viewing section
A forum area – for book launches, book reading and the like …
A Starbucks outlet is starting to take form at the 3rd floor
Reading chairs are scattered alongside the atrium-like central area
Music listening stations
I love browsing here
It makes me look like I am cultured and educated …
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Matutulog na ako
Watch na lang kayo ng news ...
Tapos balita nyo na lang sa akin
Di ko maintindihan e ... humitit yata ng katol yung reporter
Ano daw ????????
Sunday, June 24, 2007
And the hits keep coming on ...
Saturday, June 23, 2007
The latest addition is a colorful Chinese resto called Zhu.
Done in attractive pinks and yellows, you can hardly miss this place as you drive by.
It was on "soft opening" when we tried it
It was packed.
The menu is divided into Shanghai style appetizers, dimsum, roasting kitchen, hot pot, soup, rice and noodles atbp.
The food is tasty ... very Chinese (as it should be in a chinese restaurant...)
We chopsticked our way through
yangchow rice - 150pesos
porkchop king do style - 198pesos
braised beancurd with mushroom - 168pesos
sauteed schezuan shrimp - 240pesos
roasted duck - 280pesos
soya chicken - 180pesos
jumbo xiao long pao - 68pesos
Whewwwww ... and there were just three of us.
Friday, June 15, 2007
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
I won't be able to post anything for the next few hours
It is so frustrating
I need to call technical support for help with my system
This happens every once in a while
Things are not working as they should
My computer is not responding well
I can't print
My cursor has a life of its own
It seems that my mouse is stuck ...
psssst, kuwan, ano, pan de sal, suman, tingi, tabo, jeepney, dibididibidi, kalesa, bayanhan, sawsawan, SanMig lite, butong pakwan, simbang gabi, bibingka, puto bungbong, komiks, telenobela, kapre, multo, dwende, kamag-anak, tricycle, terno, barong, Darna, Kenkoy, tongressman, padala, pasalubong, balikbayan box, Sarsi, Jolibee, Max's, Divisoria, Baclaran, bahay kubo, merienda, mano po, kapit-bahay, makulit, mangga at bagoong, patintero, sungka, tumbang preso, tinikling, turo-turo, sari-sari, banana q, turon, ate, kuya, manong, manang, chicharon, kwek kwek, tokneneng, lambanog, gin bulag, tuba, baguio, boracay, cebu, palawan, tuyo, dilis, tapsilog, fiesta, tiangge, kain kamayan, tsismis, pakikisama, barkada, walis tambo, walis tingting, gayuma, bahala na, agimat, anting-anting, kamaganak, tsinelas, polvoron, latik, balut, dinuguan, Santacruzan, yoyo, tumbang preso, halo-halo, sorbetes, pamaypay, sing-a-long, karaoke, videoke, magic mike, sampaguita, ilang-ilang, pandan, monkey eating eagle, tamaraw, kalabaw, Dolphy, Eat Bulaga, Game Ka Na ba, Deal or "Noodle", sabong, arroz caldo, goto, ampalaya, lansones, santol, kaldereta, kare-kare, adobo, sayang, kadiri to death, kilig to the bones, midnight madness, ewan, ano ba?, pala, bading, jokla, badaf, chuva, eclavu, chever, echos, Luneta, lovapalooza, SM, Robinsons, Jhun, Ernhee, Rhon, Bengbeng, Dengdeng, Lingling, patis, toyo, calamansi, Paskong Pinoy, watusi, triangulo, bagong taon, lahat sa ngalan ng Diyos ... atbp.
Happy Independence Day.
Monday, June 11, 2007
I would really like to think that we are.
Maybe our June 12 Independence Day this year is a fitting landmark of Philippine progress.
As we look back on the landscape of post -election Philippines, it is gratifying to note that the electorate appears to have tired of showbiz, johnny come lately concerned citizens and rehash trapos. Perhaps indeed, we maybe learning the meaning of not only being free but also that of being independent.
We will see ...
In the meantime, let us focus on more important nation-building matters.
Particularly the Presidential wardrobe ...
The caption screams ...
" What was she thinking? - President Arroyo pulls at her vintage looking dress - which looks too loose for comfort, which also looks like a wardrobe malfunction ... "
A loose vintage dress for a state visit...
What indeed was she thinking?
Proud Pinoy moment ba ito?
Couturier or modista
Where in ukay ukays heaven did she get that dress?
To wear on a state visit??
As guest of honor??
Tignan mo yung mama sa tabi nya - takang-taka kung ano yung tinitignan nya.
The least that could have been done was to get an advance on someones pork barrel and buy a new dress. Or some of her closest could have gotten a balato from PAGCOR and gifted her with an Inno Sotto classic or something. Maybe some jueteng contributions could have been collected for a shopping spree in Zara or Mango ... pero 'wag naman yang suot ni Ma'am sa front page pa naman. Parang kawawa naman masyado ang Pinas. Kawawa na nga sa totoo e ... pagmumukain pang ang suot na damit ng Pangulo ay galing sa baul ng Lola ko.
If the fashion intent was vintage .... que horror . Tuloy , pati the helicopters that America recently donated to the Philippines were "vintage" - walang bago - puro panahon pa ng Vietnam .Ginawa tuloy na bagay yung helicopter sa damit ni Ma'am...
Remember a President should be a reflection of the country.
If vintage, ukay ukay, ill-fitting, and passe is a conscious choice then how in "chevers" name will anyone ever think better of us???
Wala lang ...
Haaaaaaaaaaaaay naku !!!!!!!!
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Saturday, June 09, 2007
The night was young
We gathered at my friends apartment
It was our boy's night out
Never ending stories
Lots of beer
A very guy kind of evening
I got really drunk
Weak on my knees
The room was spinning
I was close to just being totally useless
The guys decided to lay me down on the couch and just let me spend the night there
I went home
I rang the doorbell.
Wifey opened the door, and had that "psycho" look in her eyes
You could see her sweat rising in the form of steam on her forehead
Her fist was clenched in a classic boxer's form
Expecting a little understanding, I said - "Uhmmmm - I was just with the guys. I got really drunk"
Now with blood visibly rushing to her head , wifey shouts back - "HOW WOULD YOU LIKE IT IF YOU DIDN'T SEE ME FOR A FEW DAYS ?????? "
Irritated by this nagging (and thinking that not seeing her for a few days was not really a threat but maybe even a blessing) - I answered back " GO AHEAD - DO YOU THINK I CARE ????"
Almost immediately - she disappeared.
I didn't see her for the rest of the day.
Sunday - she was nowhere in sight.
Monday - still no sign of her.
Tuesday - I didn't see her the whole day.
Wednesday - the swelling around my eye subsided a little and I could see her a little.
Thursday - I could see her in all her glory, apparently still fuming but with a wickedly triumphant smile on her face.
It took two weeks for my black-eye to heal completely.
"Anger is only one letter short of danger"
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Tinda mong ice cream, gustung-gusto ko
So true ...
I stress eat.
The more problems I have - the more I will eat.
Food is my tranquilizer.
But heyyyyy ........ I don't ever remember getting sick eating dirty ice cream.
On the other hand - I once found a curly piece of hair that looked suspiciously familiar in my food in one of the metros best (but that's another story).
So, I couldn't resist when I ran into a sorbetero.
Actually, she was a sorbetera ...
Pushing one of those typically colorful sorbetes carts.
I just had to ...
Queso, ube, tsokoleyt and mango sorbetes ...
Stuffed into bread
The Pinoy "ice cream sandwich"
Ice cream in real bread
How "kewl" is that...
Totally worth the 12 pesos
I was happy
I felt better
I felt relaxed
It was ice cream therapy
I chilled ...
Monday, June 04, 2007
My wifey just got back from a month long trip to Spain.
She was with her "amigas" ...
Actually it was an immersion experience of her Flamenco Dance Class.
What better way to learn, know and feel flamenco than to be in its heart - Andalucia, Spain.
Flamenco - the music and the dance - grew its own subculture in the Andalucian cities of Seville, Cadiz, Malaga and then beyond. Developed through the interplay of Andalucian, Islamic, Gypsy and Sephardic cultures - flamenco was initially a lower society dance that has since taken its place in international perception as part of the very essence of Spanish performing arts. Flamenco is expressed through the "toque" - the playing of the flamenco guitar, the cante (singing) and the baile (dancing).
If I am to believe my Mastercard bills - an integral part of the Flamenco learning experience appears to have been sightseeing, eating in expensive restaurants and shopping. Perhaps the beat of the music is best appreciated in new shoes, new clothes, and new earrings ... worn while eating in a swanky, tony part of town partaking of expensive wine and "tapas".
When wifey is away, I would sadly look at our empty bed and be overcome by the emotion of loneliness. I would get so lonely that I sometimes couldn't even sleep in our bed ... or in our room ... and many nights, not even in our house.
Now the wifey is back.
She lives and breathes flamenco.
She talks Spanish in her sleep.
The morning after she arrived ...
She looked at our cook with Iberian passion, stomped her feet and rhythmically clapped her hands while asking for her breakfast.
I mockingly look at wifey and ask ... "queres tu el ketchup?"
Wifey gives me her irritated look - and with a flamencan sway of her hips and an emotional swing of her arms ... she barely misses my chin.
I duck with the skill of a matador.
And my son - as if watching a bullfight shouts ...."ole"
Our home ... a real nut house by many standards - is back to it crazy normality.