Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Heaven on Earth: A Myth?

I miss writing on my blog. No time right now since I'm busy manning a bazaar somewhere in Binondo, Manila. Kinda having fun though, seeing other people. Really getting fed-up with seeing the same people each and everyday in the office, so this is a good escape for me.

Do you sometimes think your life is going around in circles? Well, that's how I feel right now with work... I need some new job, damn it! Some job I can get to meet different people and where everyday would be a surprise to me... I hate monotonous jobs like the one I currently have! Another job that would interest me would be something that would do good to the world. A job that would make a difference. Something like what Angelina Jolie does as a goodwill ambassador and how Bob Marley united his countrymen through music. Making a difference. I think that would be a beautiful way to give back to the world.

When you think about it, anybody can do something small or big but why do government officials think about wars, oil, money, and power? Why do they fight against each other and not fight against poverty? Those who have power doesn't use it. Maybe it's human nature but isn't love and compassion a part of human nature too? If only love and compassion would be much stronger than greed and hunger for power, this world would be a wonderful place. Heaven though, is not on earth so i guess peace, unity, and love is impossible in this crazy world.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Perfect Combo

Drinking the perfect combo at Chinang's house.

1 part Absinthe
2-3 parts Cherry Coke
ice cubes

Pour all ingredients in a glass cup and enjoy.

Absinthe is a strong herbal liqueur distilled with a great number of flavorful herbs like anise, licorice, hyssop, veronica, fennel, lemon balm, angelica and wormwood (the flavor of anise and/or licorice, at least in contemporary forms of the liquor, tends to predominate). Wormwood, the one that's gained the most notoriety, is Artemisia absinthum, an herb that grows wild in Europe and has been cultivated in the United States as well. Much of the liquor's legendary effect is due to its extremely high alcohol content, ranging from 50% to 75% (usually around 60%), plus the contribution of the various herbs. It has been assumed by many that the so-called "active ingredient" in absinthe is wormwood, although that is apparently not really the case.

It was traditionally served with ice water and a cube of sugar; the sugar cube was placed on a slotted "absinthe spoon", and the water was drizzled over the sugar into the glass of absinthe (typically in a 3:1 or 4:1 ratio). The sugar helped take the bitter edge from the absinthe, and when the water is drizzled into the the liquor it all turns milky greenish-white (the effect is called "louche").

The drink was referred to in France as "La Fée Verte", or The Green Fairy, which is a reference to its often dazzling green color (depending on the brand). The color usually came from the chlorophyll content of the herbs used in the distillation process; however, some disreputable manufacturers added toxic chemicals to produce both the green color and the louche (or clouding) effect that in reputable brands was caused by the precipitation of the essential oils of the herbs. It is quite probable that the bad reputation absinthe developed was due to these low-grade and perhaps quite poisonous version of the real thing.

Around the turn of the century, after observing a subset of alcoholism referred to as "absinthism", and noting that heavy absinthe users had a propensity toward madness and suicide, by the second decade of this century it became banned in the Western world, unfairly lumped in with opiates, cocaine, and marijuana when it is, in fact, just another alcoholic beverage (although one with unique properties). Although the effects of thujone can be toxic when consumed in very large quantities, this substance is found in properly made and distilled absinthe in only the smallest trace amounts. The most popular misconception about absinthe is that it is a drug.

Source: http://www.gumbopages.com/food/beverages/absinthe.html

Friday, September 23, 2005

Pinoy Big Brother Suspended?!?

WTF?!? MTRCB (the Philippines' lousy censorship board) just issued a 1 day suspension notice to our local version of Big Brother (Pinoy Big Brother). The suspension notice states that Pinoy Big Brother is suspended from 1 episode because of the kissing scene between Chx and Sam. Furthermore, they said that Chx wore a very skimpy swimsuit. WTF?!? Suspended a show for a lousy kiss and a skimpy swimsuit?!? What the hell is that?!? Nothing even happened?!? It was only a friggin kiss!?! And what's up with the swimsuit?!? Hell, people see models and noontime beauty contestants in skimpy bikinis?!? I think the Philippines has this TOO "holier than thou" attitude that is simply getting really really annoying! These censorship people really suck at their jobs! The censorship board here have no idea what the hell they are doing!

Then again, looking at this issue as a conspiracy theorist, maybe the MTRCB got paid by a rival network (I won't say which --- GMA Channel 7! Hehehe!) to hassle ABS-CBN Channel 2 since the reality show is sucking all their ratings! Pinoy Big Brother has been grabbing all the ratings lately with all the hype and instead of fighting back with their own kind of shows, you go below the belt in "hiring" the MTRCB to suspend or cancel a show. What kind of fair network battle is that?!? On the other hand though, suspending Pinoy Big Brother will definitely increase the hype and fuel the rebellious spirit of the Filipinos which in turn will make them watch it even more. I hope that if indeed GMA-7 is responsible for this move by the MTRCB, it backfires on them and even more people watch it!

I think all this is about network battles (as usual) and I can't wait to see who wins... (The economy's in ruins, so there's nothing else better to do! Hehehe!) Until next time, tune-in once again to the greatest TV drama of all, The Philippines...

Missing UP...

I was browsing through other people's blogs and I found out that mostly students from the University of the Philippines in Diliman or Ateneo have tons and tons of journals on blogspot. Yeah yeah! I know blogging has been a fad in the states for more than a year now but why haven't I started it before during my UP days??? I could have filled this blog to the brim only if I had started blogging during college! I could have filled it with crazy stories about hardass teachers, deadly exams, friends gained, friends lost, love gained, and of course, love lost. I miss the smell of UP, the look of UP, the life in UP!

ID Number: 95-09177

I miss hanging out at the AS steps and the parking lot with my barkada smoking until our lungs bled while looking at college girls. I miss eating at the Greenhouse or the CASAA where you need to have a strong enough stomach (and some strong tissue paper ready) for the Salisbury Steak. I miss buying bluebooks for exams and photocopying notes, reviewers, and sample exams. I miss the fishballs and quail eggs at the College of Home Economics where I personally think have the best fishballs and quail eggs in UP. I miss eating Tapsilog or Hotdogsilog at Rodicks. I miss eating street-foods like isaw, balunbalunan, and barbecue at the Post Office. I miss book-binding at the shopping center. I miss cutting classes. I miss the long lines during registration. I miss everything about UP! Have plenty more things that I miss but if you're reading this and you're not from UP, I think you'll get pretty bored with this. But trust me, when you have experienced the things that I have experienced during my college life, you'll enjoy it like I did and will never forget it.

Looking back, I've learned so many things and met so many people during my college days. Until now, the experiences and the friends are still in my heart. I don't think they'll ever be out of my heart though because my heart is UP! When I die and God asks me what is it that I love about life, one of the answers I will give him can be summed-up in 2 letters: U and P.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Top Three

three names you go by:

  • oliver
  • oliboy
  • oli

three screen names you have had:

  • oliboy
  • lord incubus
  • pedro hilaga (hahaha!)

three physical things you like about yourself:

  • eyes
  • mind
  • heart

three physical things you don't like about yourself:

  • fat
  • butt (or lack thereof)
  • skinny legs

three parts of your heritage:

  • chinese (by blood)
  • filipino (by heart)
  • vampire

three things that scare you:

  • woman's scorn
  • losing loveones
  • not being happy

three of your everyday essentials:

  • cellphone
  • ipod
  • money

three of your favorite musical artists:

  • Bob Marley
  • Incubus
  • John Williams

three of your favorite songs:

  • "I Think God Can Explain" by Splendor
  • "Redemption Song" by Bob Marley
  • "What Might Have Been" by Lou Pardini

three things you want in a relationship:

  • honesty/openness
  • loyalty
  • love

three physical things about the opposite sex that appeals to you:

  • eyes
  • smile
  • feet

three of your favorite hobbies:

  • watching TV/Movies/DVD
  • surfing the net
  • window shopping

three things you want to do really badly now:

  • go to the beach
  • travel
  • sleep

three careers you're considering/you've considered:

  • commercial model
  • chef
  • filmmaker

three places you want to go on vacation:

  • Hong Kong
  • Hawaii
  • Europe

three kid's names you like:

  • Seth
  • Nikki
  • Joey

three things you want to do before you die:

  • Play professional Hockey
  • Travel
  • Make a difference in the world

three celeb crushes:

  • Heart Evangelista
  • Eva Longoria
  • Brooke Burke

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Rockstar: INXS Finale

It's official! JD Fortune is now the lead singer of INXS! I think INXS made the right choice with JD... All the contestants were actually really good... You know these reality shows are all scripted but I believe INXS truthfully had a hard time choosing who to vote out or who should be their new lead singer! The 3 left were Mig, JD, and Marty! I like Mig but I'm kinda biased just because he's a Filipino and all... honestly, I think INXS made the right move in voting him out since he's really not right for the band... Mig's roots are of theater and acting, he knows how to carry a tune and speak to the audience but I think JD draws the audience more with his bad boy attitude! This bad boy attitude is something that INXS would want to lead their bad in order to appeal with the younger generations. They need somebody who has the charisma and I think that amongst the 3 left (or everybody for that matter), JD had the most! Not to take anything away from Mig and Marty, they're great! They have fantastic voices and can draw big fan-bases but I don't think they can get much people listening to INXS. Easy choice: If you are an old band on a comeback, who'd you guys get as a lead singer; a) theater actor, b) grunge rocker, c) bad boy with charisma? Maybe next time Queen can get a new lead singer and surely Mig will win this one... hands down!

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Updated Blog

I recently updated the layout of my blog... it now includes an "Items for Sale" and "Contact me" on the sidebar... you guys are welcome to browse through the items that I have and leave a comment anytime... Thanks for your time in visiting my blog!

Monday, September 19, 2005

AICA Pictures

How Was Your Weekend?

Mine was great! I fetched Dang at around 5pm and we ate at Omakase Japanese Restaurant in Libis, Quezon City! The most affordable Japanese Restaurant in that area since their dishes are good and the price is not that expensive... Well, I'll critique on that restaurant on my next post... After eating, I had to bring her home to Bulacan so we had very long roadtrip but it was really worth it... It feels like a really long time since I've been with her... She's been so busy at work and she has been giving me the cold shoulder these days. Last Saturday was different, she was back to her old self again, the old dang that I fell in love with... We talked and had coffee by the North Luzon Expressway... we talked about life and our future together... I missed her so much... When we arrived at Bulacan, we watched TV (The Misadventures of Ariel and Maverick) and laughed so hard! We had a great time! I left Bulacan at around 10:30pm and went to Greenbelt 3 to meet up with the gang at Max Brener. We went to The Mezz (I think), a bar at Greenbelt 2 near Temple Bar, and met up with Warren's friend Jowi... Since it was her birthday (Happy Birthday Jowi!), we had a couple of drinks and had a fun time with them! I left Warren with them around 3am and went home... All in all the weekend was great... as usual it was not enough for me but i guess that makes you more wanting for another weekend to begin...

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Converse 95-98

LOSERS!!! HAHAHA! O well, we'll bite back in next year's Xavier School Alumni Basketball League!!! GO TEAM!!! (at least we had fun)

Thanks Lesley Ng for the photo opportunity!

(L-R: Jerry, Paul, Troy, Enggoy, Venice, Hoz, Bengo, Oliboy, Relucio)

(not in picture: Warren, Chinang, Matthew, Leslie)

Friday, September 16, 2005

AICA (16th Day) - Finals: Green Chicken Curry

For our Final Day, we had a Thai inspired feast... Our group made this:

Green Chicken Curry
The others made this:

Green Mango Crab Salad

Pad Thai Noodles

Sweet and Sour Fish

Pineapple Rice

Tapioca Pudding

Last Day of School

Aww... this is the last day of our Culinary School... We will have a Thai theme later and our group will cook Green Chicken Curry. That will be our final exam and I hope we do good. You guys be the judge if it looks good since I will post some pictures once the digicam pics are uploaded. Damn, nothing more to look forward to for the day... Back to the old boring life... Some more of this and I will surely get out of the Philippines and go migrate somewhere else... My life is at a standstill right now... I don't see any future as of now in my life... DAMN!!!

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

AICA (13th Day) - Chicken Tajine and Pita Bread with Hummus Dip


Food Critique: Masuki

Last night, after gym, we ate at Masuki in Greenhills... sounds like a Japanese restaurant huh? It's actually a Mamunlok-clone (or whoever first came to be in the streets of Binondo) from my childhood days. I remember when I was still living with my grandparents in Paco, Manila when they would bring us food from Ongpin and we would always wish it to be Mamunlok. Their menu is pretty simple, the standard thing to order is mami or noodles soup with a side order of either siomai or siopao. They have the original chicken-asado mami which is the menu item that is almost always ordered. You can choose if you want the regular size (Php 68) or the special size (Php 78). My favorite is not actually the mami but the siomai... It's a monster siomai packed with lotsa meat (or flour) which makes it really filling... Siomai from Select or Starmart are ants compared to this. What makes the difference though in the food is the sauce, although it is not the same as the original Mamunlok sauce, it's pretty much close to the original. You actually put the sauce into the mami and mix it together. It gives an added boost to the mami and its flavor. You also put the sauce over siomai and squeeze calamansi over it. WOW!!! Trust me, it's heaven! Masuki or Mamunlok is soulfood for us Filipino-Chinese 80's kids and I love it! When you pass by Ortigas Avenue make sure you pass by this restaurant and sample one of the best and classic foods in our childhood.

Masuki
2/F Sekai Center
Ortigas Ave. corner Madison
Greenhills, San Juan
Tel. 744 2720 - 21

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Signs Of The Times

It's been a long time since I went bar-hopping. My friends and I went to Ponti and drank a few pitchers of strawberry margarita and coco-lychee... the strawberry thing was not that good but the coco-lychee was very very good!!! It kinda kicks you in the end though just like any other cocktail drink... It was 50% off on pitchers so who cares how it kicks you! It's all good! We got out of Ponti at around 12am and decided to go to Embassy to meet up with my brother and his friends, it was packed as usual with beautiful and sexy people. We had a couple of beers, hung out. We went out at around 2am... We wanted to come back though but our designated driver Matthew was getting messed up and sleepy so we decided to go since we had no way home... The sad thing here is in both Ponti and Embassy, just when we were on the way out more hot people started coming in... I guess that's a sign of old age when you are on the way out and people are still fighting to get in the place... Hehehe! When our "designated dave" brought us to back to our cars (we all parked our cars at a friend's house and car-pooled together), we had a "rumbly-in-the-tummy" and decided to go to Bherouz at Wilson Street in Greenhills. I had a small shawarma courtesy of my friend Venice while they had a couple of kebabs... All in all, it was a great time being drunk, hanging out, having fun with friends... I won't be doing it anytime soon since my budget for an entire week was spent in just one night but I promise I'LL BE BACK!!!

Friday, September 09, 2005

AICA (12th Day) - Chicken Burger and Taco Salad


NA-NU NA-NU NA-NU

Did you see the latest addition to the iPod family??? It's the new iPod Nano... it's an evolution of the iPod mini. Apple made the mini even more smaller and thinner. It also changed the screen to a colored screen capable of showing photos and album covers. This is cool but the only downside I see here is the memory. The Apple Corporation only came out with a 2GB and a 4GB iPod Nano forcing people to buy it since it has great design and all but eventually, they'll be releasing a 6GB or more iPod Nano so the people who bought a 2 or 4 GB iPod would upgrade to it... that's how the electronics business works... so I guess I won't be buying an iPod Nano as of the moment but I will - once a bigger capacity iPod Nano comes out... for now, I just have to settle with my 6GB iPod Mini... when it comes to design, it doesn't even come close to the new iPod Nano but capacity-wise, I WIN!!! Hahaha! For you guys who haven't seen the iPod Nano, here it is:

Thursday, September 08, 2005

AICA (11th Day) - Fish Curry, Pad Thai, and Spring Rolls



Gym Withdrawal

Didn't get to go to the gym last night because it was freakin' traffic... Just stayed home and watched TV... So tonight, it is a must that I go to the gym!!! I don't know, going to the gym is really addicting... maybe it's a refuge for me or it's something to take my mind off my problems... I'm not a big wrestler guy though (and don't intend to be one) but I just wanna be healthy and ripped... So starting October, I'm going back to my low carb diet (no rice at all) and start getting back on the treadmill... I wanted to start on September but with this culinary school, all that cooking, and all that eating... who can diet??? Speaking of the gym, I hope that I see more girls there tonight cause the gym is really becoming a sausage-fest nowadays... Where have all the women gone?!?

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

AICA (10th Day) - Seared Mahi-Mahi with Mango-Butter Sauce and Beef Stew


Bonding Session

Audio: Office Radio (Am too embarrassed to tell you guys which song)
Emotion: Kinda Refreshed

After culinary classes yesterday, I went straight home since Dang didn't want to see each other (so what's new)... Don't wanna talk about that here so ANYWAY... Jench, my besfriend since highschool sent me an SMS and wanted to have a bonding session... It's been a long time since we had one of those so I was really excited. So I went home first and took a little nap, I woke up at around 8:30pm and fetched Jench at around 9:00pm... (wait up, need to go to the bathroom)

I'm back!!! Now going back, we really had a great time bonding... we talked about the recent events in our lives and other changes in our lives since the last time we talked... I really miss bonding with Jench... She's one of the bestest friends I have and I'm so lucky to have her... Thanks Jench for listening and for all the advices... Until the next time...

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

AICA (9th Day) - Chicken Provincial and Seafood Risotto


Sleep-Deprived Ramblings

Audio: Office Radio (We Belong Together - Mariah Carey)
Emotion: Sleepy

Haven't been getting that much sleep these past few days... usually get to bed early but because of TV, I get to sleep later than I would have hoped... Don't get me wrong, I love watching TV, the only thing I hate is when I do get to sleep, I wake up in the middle of the night for no reason at all... I don't know why this happens, I just hate how it feels... It's bad enough you can't sleep at the right time but waking up in the middle of your beauty rest is just hell! More Valiums please??? Hey I realized something... I haven't been dreaming anything for sometime now... I think when you get older, you lose a little of the dreaming part of your brain... why is that? Is it because some of your dreams are realized??? Is it because you lack the ability to imagine when you get a bit older??? I think children dream more than adults because children look forward to the future while adults tend to look back to the past...

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Movie Critique: The Longest Yard (2005)

Just watched The Longest Yard with my sisters (Cat and Nikki)... This is a remake of the 1974 original which starred Burt Reynolds (who is in the 2005 version as well and is playing Coach Nate Scarborough)... his original role as Paul Crewe is now played by Adam Sandler... The movie a very simple and entertaining movie where you don't need that much brain to analyze with (as it was intended to be)... There were many funny scenes in the film which I won't tell you guys here and ask you to go watch it yourselves to find out... Watch out for Rob Schneider cause that is when I really laughed my ass off... Many wrestlers were also in the movie like Stone Cold, Goldberg, and Kevin Nash, they were really funny since they weren't afraid to act dumb for the sake of comedy... Watch out for Kevin Nash, he was actually the funniest one amongst the wrestlers... All in all, the film was a very entertaining movie to see... If you need some time off from problems and heavy thinking, this is the movie to watch... It was a good remake in my opinion and would probably get it on DVD for my collection... Oh yeah, only negative thing here: NELLY... (I hate that guy!)

WTF?!? (1st)

This picture was taken along Balara, Quezon City Near UP Diliman... My sister and I were on our way to the IBC 13 studio and we came across this truck... This is the very first entry in the WTF?!? series (stay-tuned for more WTF?!? in the posts to come)

Friday, September 02, 2005

AICA (8th Day) - Fish and Chips with Tartar Sauce, Chicken Fingers Sandwich with Honey Mustard


Smallville Season 5

Season 5 begins on September 29... I can't wait! The problem is we have to wait until season 5 is about to end before it is aired in the Philippines. I guess I don't have a choice but download torrents and torrents of episodes. Hehehe! I'm so excited really... Can't wait to see what will happen next (Honestly, it's all about Lana Lang, who cares about the story! Hehehe!)
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