Thursday, December 27, 2007

The Tracks Of My Tears

"People say I'm the life of the party
Cause I tell a joke or two
Although I might be laughing loud and hearty
Deep inside I'm blue"
- Go West, Tracks Of My Tears

Funny how we hide our true feelings from people. You know, like most comedians are truly serious in real-life. Their act is just a mask to cover up what they really feel, trying to turn a negative into something positive or use their miseries and turn them into something to laugh about. Being humans, we tend to mask our real feelings with laughter. Laughter is, infact, the best medicine. It can help you get through life's hardships and hurts with a smile. But still it remains, how do you mend something already broken by covering it? Is it even healthy to do that? I don't know, I guess I'll find it out next time...

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Christmas Wishlist 2007

Ok, I'm just riding the bandwagon here:
(Arranged from possible to IMpossible)
  1. iPod Touch 8GB
  2. Dive watch/computer - bought it last month already, Xmas gift from myself to myself
  3. Angel-eyes and HID Kit for my car
  4. Canon EOS 400D Digital SLR (40D, y not?)
  5. Tag Heuer Kirium
  6. (black) Macbook
  7. Chrysler 300c - don't worry about this, nikki will buy me this when she becomes a doctor :)
  8. My own condo unit
  9. Peace in the world and Goodwill towards man/woman

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Avenue Q

December 15, 2007
Avenue Q
RCBC Plaza, Makati City

Thank you Jacko for the extra ticket. Watching Avenue Q was really really worth. I'd even pay more for better seats! I loved the play. Perfect comedic timing and the actors were really really good. Even with puppets, the actors interacted with the crowd and acted along the puppets. I mean, just think about how they practiced everything to perfection. Noticed just one miscue but that's it... The rest of the play was PERFECT. Funny and satirical. One thing though, I wish they could have changed it to a more Philippine setting (version). Some jokes were very "American", meaning normal Filipinos would not get it because it pertains to an American setting. Some adlibs were done and it was well received by the audience. I hope more adlibs to suit the Philippine taste would be added. I could just imagine not being able to stop laughing with that! Love the songs: "If You Were Gay" and "The Internet Is... For Porn"! And of course the infamous "sex-scene"! Very entertaining! I'd watch it again... who has tickets?

Myron's: Wagyu

December 14, 2007
Myron's
Rockwell, Makati City

Met up with Jen and went to Rockwell for some dinner. We decided to try Myron's and test their Wagyu burger. It's good but I was comparing it to La Maison in Greenbelt 5 and that was awesome! This Wagyu burger was kinda dry and a bit crumbly which was not the case with La Maison's version. Maybe this was the reason why I didn't like the burger. I'll try Malcom's next and finally go back to La Maison to take some pictures cause I kinda forgot my camera when I went to eat there.

Friday, December 14, 2007

WTF?!? (2nd)

Second of the WTF?!? Series: Saw this jacket on a colleague in Malaysia. Probably made in China. Can someone try to explain to me what the author of this jacket was "trying" to say?

Or a case of being lost in translation...

Question is: Who's lost? The author or us?

Malaysia 2007: The Jimmy Choo Experience

Jimmy Choo and I

Met the one and only Jimmy Choo in our recent Malaysia trip where we were the delegates of the Philippine footwear industry invited to attend the Malaysian Footwear Showcase 2007. For those who don't know Jimmy Choo, here's his profile from wikipedia:

Dato' Jimmy Choo OBE, born Jimmy Choo Yeang Keat, is a London-based luxury fashion designer best known for his hand-made women's shoes. Jimmy Choo was co-founded by Simone Lindsey of Essex, and she now models the shoes full time.

Choo is a Malaysian of Hakka Chinese descent who was born in Penang in 1961 into a family of shoemakers. He made his first shoe when he was 11 years old, but managed only to complete six years of formal education at Shih Chung Primary School in Penang. He is perhaps the most famous of alumni of Cordwainers' Technical College in London, from which he graduated in 1983. The college is now part of the London College of Fashion. Choo has divulged that he worked part-time at restaurants and as a cleaner at a shoe factory to help fund his college education.

Choo's humble beginnings can be traced back to his workshop in Hackney, East London, which he opened in 1986 by renting an old hospital building. His craftsmanship and designs soon became noticed and he came to the verge of international fame when his creations were featured in a record eight pages in a 1988 issue of Vogue magazine. Patronage from Diana, Princess of Wales from 1990 onwards further boosted his image.

In 1996, he co-founded Jimmy Choo Ltd with UK Vogue accessories editor Tamara Mellon.

In April 2001, Choo sold his 50% stake in the company for £10 million. He has since concentrated his work on the exclusive Jimmy Choo Couture line produced under license from Jimmy Choo Ltd. This is available, by appointment only, at Connaught Street off Oxford Street in London. The Jimmy Choo London line, also known as Jimmy Choo ready-to-wear or simply, Jimmy Choo, is now under the purview of Tamara Mellon and Sandra Choi. Choi, who was an apprentice under Choo, is the Creative Director at the company. She is the niece of Choo's wife Rebecca. The ready-to-wear line has expanded to include accessories such as handbags.

Choo now resides chiefly in London. He is involved in a project to set up a shoemaking institute in his country of birth Malaysia, where his iconic status is often evoked to inspire budding shoemakers and fashion designers.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Am I Ordinary?

Got this from Cheska:


Find out what heroes character are you at LiquidGeneration.com!


Crappy! But at least I know, I'm not just an ordinary person... I'm a HERO, a BOLLYWOOD HERO! Hahaha!

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Dive Acacia: First Pawikan

November 30, 2007 - December 1, 2007
Oli's Resort: Acacia
Anilao, Batangas City

A new dive computer tested, a night dive aborted, a lobster, one giant snail, and a pawikan!!! no sharks though... next time...

Friday, November 23, 2007

One Night Stand

Saw this short film on somebody's multiply: Short and concise. This one goes out to those picky people who always whine about not finding love and not finding THE ONE:
1. Maybe you found him/her already, you just didn't take the chance or it was just wrong timing.
2. There is no such thing as THE ONE so stop looking for IT! It's upto you who you make THE ONE.
3. Love is a leap of faith... and it will come at the right time. Just you wait. Life is too short to worry.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

The Environmentalist In Me

Ok! Saw this new trailer for a new documentary ala Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth and Leonardo DiCaprio's The 11th Hour called Sharkwater by Rob Stewart, a Canadian director. Cat and Oli sent me a link to it and at first I thought it was about diving and shark attacks but when the trailer was over, I was in awe. I remembered how I used to eat Shark's Fin Soup and love it. I don't eat it anymore and that's what I do in my part to save the sharks. I know, Shark's Fin Soup is yummy but what can I do, destroy the environmental balance for my personal pleasure? I can't risk that... what will my children, and my children's children fear next time when there are no more sharks?!? Hahaha! Seriously, I don't know, growing old you think of more important things other than yourself. You think about the future more and how what you do today will affect the people of tomorrow. You become more selfless and act upon your sense of how you only borrow the life you got right now so why waste it and leave nothing for others. Luckily for me, I started thinking this way for almost 10 years now, I started thinking about the environment at a fairly early age. Now that I started diving, I became more in-tuned with nature and the way it affects us physically and spiritually. I became more Earth-conscious and I try to live each day with the future in mind. This is what I do, and even though it is only a miniscule act for the environment, I still do it. Sad to think that others still take the environment for granted but I've learned that you CAN'T force others to be an environmentalist, you just have to do your part and hopefully pray that things eventually turn out positively, and that your little act, small as it may seem, can help one way or another...

Diet OVER

I'll be going to Palawan on Sunday and was on a strict "no rice" diet when out of nowhere comes:

Dinuguan

Bopis

Two of my favorite Filipino dishes! Damn! And now, like the title says: DIET OVER!

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Dive Acacia: Underwater Case 101

November 2-4, 2007
Oli's Resort (Acacia)
Anilao, Batangas

Stayed at Oli's resort (can't get enough of it) again. This was the first time I was able to actually use my underwater case. It worked beautifully! Next thing I need to do is get more experience so I can perfect my underwater photographs with the right settings. You know what they say: "practice (indeed) makes perfect". Nudis (Sea Slugs) are the easiest to subject since they don't move. Clownfishes are the most difficult since they get so agitated when you get close to their anemone home. Thank's to Oli for yet another great diving weekend (and for the sunset photo tips). Sorry, next time my underwater pics will be better... I promise!

Other pics found here!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Breakfast At Antonio's

Breakfast At Antonio's, Tagaytay City

It was a long weekend and we decided to go to Tagaytay for some R&R. We decided to go to Breakfast At Antonio's since we figured, if we were gonna lose all our money in the casino, we might as well have a great meal before... I was mistaken though... Good news first: The ambiance of the Breakfast was really nice... cozy! You can describe it as a high-end Heaven And Eggs... The weather was really cold and foggy so I think that added to the coziness of the place. Warren said that the waffles were amazing and so were the hot chocolate choices but I didn't listen and got the burger instead. What a mistake that was... First off, the waiter didn't ask how I wanted my burger to be cooked (should have seen it coming, huh?). Don't get me wrong, when my order arrived it looked really nice. Took a bite and it was fair... Not the burger I expected from a "high-end" place. I think the prices are a bit high for the dishes they serve. On the other hand, don't take my word for it since I still haven't tried the other food choices. I only tried the burger... Not worth it, go and try something else.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Pet Peeves

Saw this in one of the testimonials in friendster:

>elow pow muztah nah pow????????????? xenxa nah if now lang pow aq nkagwa ng testi q sau.................. ei ng pal ate testimonial q antay q ha!!!!!!!
>psssst nga pla ganda ng lyrics ng heaven knows moh eh... gawa moh q ha........................
>oi nga pla muztah nah utol moh??????????? pkiask naman pow mizq na xa i pwede........
>elow moh na rin aq ha......if ok lng pow en pkiask na rin pow kng meron nah xa......?? if meron na pow xang gf now.................?!?
>ate jhen antay q testi q ha........ ei nga pla xenxa na f naging mataray aq lately ganon lng talaga pow aq...... but this time i"be good en nice friend to u why? coz urvery nice 2 me nman eh................ryt??????

I just HATE people writing and texting like this! There should be a ban on this stupidity!

Oh another pet peeve of mine is FRIGGIN metal windchimes (goosebumps)! I HATE THEM!!!

Friday, October 05, 2007

Desperate Senator?

When asked about the Desperate Housewives issue:
"I am mortally offended by the statement because it betrayed the racial prejudice and denigrates the excellent performance of world-class Filipino doctors in the US," said Senator Miriam Santiago, whose sister is a doctor working in Los Angeles.

Weren't she the one who said that the CHINESE were the ones who invented corruption?!? Isn't that also a "racial slur"? Kinda Ironic, huh? I wonder why is Miriam so vocal/KSP nowadays? Is she running for any presidential seat (AGAIN)?!? I mean I admire Miriam Santiago's genius and I love her quick thinking, but it apears that her quick thinking ability goes straight to mouth...

Think first before you talk Miriam, it's just a waste of your talent if you don't...

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Mr. Potato Head Is An Addict

Good move na sana... Hehehe!

Australian Customs Officials Discover Large Ecstasy Stash Inside Mr. Potato Head Doll

SYDNEY, Australia — Customs officers discovered nearly 300 grams (10.5 ounces) of ecstasy tablets hidden inside a Mr. Potato Head toy sent to Australia from Ireland, the agency said Thursday.

Upon opening the parcel, the officers were greeted with the smiling face of the popular children's toy, which features a potato-like head and removable facial features. But when they removed a panel from the back of the toy, the officers found 293 grams (10.34 ounces) of ecstasy in a plastic bag.

The Australian Customs Service referred the matter to federal police, but no arrests were immediately made, the agency said. The maximum penalty for importing drugs to Australia is life imprisonment.

"Whilst this is one of the more unusual concealments that we have seen in recent times, people need to be aware that Customs officers are alert to unusual and often outlandish methods of concealment," Customs Director Post Karen Williams said in the statement.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Dive Acacia: Close Encounter With Death

September 29-30, 2007
Oli and Brad's Resort (Acacia)
Anilao, Batangas

Went with Cat and Jim to Oli's resort. We didn't do anything but we still had a lot of laughs and a lot of fun! Just chillin' seaside doing nothing is the best thing to do over a lazy weekend. We wanted to dive but the waves were too strong for boats to dock. So the whole Saturday was an official "pig lifestyle" day! The whole day just eating, sleeping, and hanging out! When we woke up on Sunday, the water was really calm, so we decided to push through with our dive. Paolo, Me, and Jim suited-up for our dive... The first dive was fine but the surface interval (rest) was the actual highlight since we went to the hot springs near Mainit divespot and cooked eggs on the actual hot spring! It was my first time to do that and it was cool! :) I thought this was the ultimate adventure of the day until we went for our second dive... it was literally a KILLER! Down current dragged us from 60 feet to 80+ feet and we had to hold on to corals for dear life! This was the scariest thing I've experienced so far underwater and it gave me such a rush!!! Actually hanging by the brink was an exhilarating experience! If we let go, we'd actually be dragged to open sea! Scary! Oh well, good thing we're still alive... on to the next underwater adventure! :)

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Let's Cali-Fornicate!

I was watching this new series entitled Californication starring David Duchovny (yes, he has moved on from being Mulder on the X-files). I was kinda hesitant in watching this series since I really find David Duchovny boring but I had no choice, all the other series that I was watching are all on their respective hiatus. I watched the pilot episode and it was surprised to find a really intriguing series. Just the right blend of comedy and drama. It's about coping with life and dealing with the people you love (and hate). I'm on the 7th episode already and I'm starting to get really addicted to it... I love the dialogue and I tip my hat to the writers of each episode. There's this one dialogue between David Duchovny's character and his daughter where they talked about disappointment and I love how his daughter stated her reaction to disappointment, it goes something like: "You know, its all well and good to talk about happy endings. But if the person can't deliver, if he keeps screwing up, well eventually I guess you kinda just have to say fuck you... or words to that effect."

People have disappointed us one way or another. And we have, in return, disappointed others. I think it is but human nature to disappoint and be disappointed but it's free will to CHOOSE not to do it. I've been disappointed so many times and I know it happens. I've been disappointed by the things I could not do but wanted to do. I've been disappointed by love so many times. I've been disappointed by life. The difference is that I accept what happened, say "fuck you", and move on...

Thursday, September 20, 2007

+Mark Lester Lim (XS Batch 95) RIP

I was saddened to hear of our batchmate's passing... Ven, Kirbs, Jerome, and I went to his wake last night. If I'm not mistaken, this is the first of our batch to die of natural causes... cardiac arrest.

I remember him being a batchmate also during my Days With The Lord (XS Batch #92). Rest In Peace pare!

Makes us think about how quick life can end. Enjoy life to fullest and make the most out of it people...

Oh yeah, for people who know him... the wake is at Sanctuario Forbes. I forget the room so just ask around, it's easy to find. Visit if you can. Last day is today.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Sunscreen

This is an excerpt from Mary Schmich's column entitled Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young where she wrote her own version of a graduation speech. This was later turned into a song by Baz Luhrmann, the director of Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge! I heard this song last night on the way home and I remembered listening to this in 1999. It has lots of nice advices on life which I really put into heart:

Wear sunscreen.

If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they've faded. But trust me, in 20 years, you'll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine.

Don't worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4 p.m. on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing every day that scares you.

Sing.

Don't be reckless with other people's hearts. Don't put up with people who are reckless with yours.

Floss.

Don't waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind. The race is long and, in the end, it's only with yourself.

Remember compliments you receive. Forget the insults. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

Keep your old love letters. Throw away your old bank statements.

Stretch.

Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn't know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don't.

Get plenty of calcium. Be kind to your knees. You'll miss them when they're gone.

Maybe you'll marry, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll have children, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll divorce at 40, maybe you'll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do, don't congratulate yourself too much, or berate yourself either. Your choices are half chance. So are everybody else's.

Enjoy your body. Use it every way you can. Don't be afraid of it or of what other people think of it. It's the greatest instrument you'll ever own.

Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room.

Read the directions, even if you don't follow them.

Do not read beauty magazines. They will only make you feel ugly.

Get to know your parents. You never know when they'll be gone for good. Be nice to your siblings. They're your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.

Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need the people who knew you when you were young.

Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard. Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft. Travel.

Accept certain inalienable truths: Prices will rise. Politicians will philander. You, too, will get old. And when you do, you'll fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders.

Respect your elders.

Don't expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund. Maybe you'll have a wealthy spouse. But you never know when either one might run out.

Don't mess too much with your hair or by the time you're 40 it will look 85.

Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it's worth.

But trust me on the sunscreen.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Guilty?

I was saddened by the announcement of our former president Joseph Estrada's verdict. The 6-year case has now reached it's end and it has been declared: Joseph "Erap" Estrada is found guilty beyond reasonable doubt in his plunder case and is sentence to life imprisonment. He was acquitted though of his perjury case.
I'm not a lawyer or anything and I don't really care if he's guilty or not, I just really felt sad for Erap... The betrayal of his friends and the people who conspired against him. Yes, maybe he cheated millions of Filipinos with bogus funds and secret accounts. But the question is, WHO HASN'T?!? If every government official would be tried in their so called RULE OF LAW, Erap would have a big PARTY in his cell. It would be like a rave inside Muntinlupa! Well at least the government would all be united, BEHIND BARS! Imagine Jose Velarde and Jose Pidal in one cell! That would be fun! Well I guess It's just that the others had the brains to get away with it and Erap didn't. Too bad for Erap, he trusted so many people around him and didn't really think things over. I'm not sad because I'm PRO-Erap. I'm not sad because I think he's innocent. I'm sad because of the fact that he was betrayed and conspired upon. It is sad to think that you can do anything, even the most gruesome things imaginable but with money and power get away with it... JUST DON'T TRUST ANYBODY!

Ouch!

Mom went to visit Our Lady of Manaoag... The driver was the one doing the driving and on their way home, this happened to our Fortuner... Good thing she's ok! OUCH!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Manos Po!

September 8, 2007
Tagaytay City

It was gonna be a boring weekend so the NEW tripod (Ven, Jen, and I) decided to go to have a roadtrip to Tagaytay to eat at Manos Greek Tavern and maybe go up Taal Volcano cause I really haven't gone up there... Ven backed out so Jen and I decided to push through with the roadtrip.

First stop Manos Greek Tavern: I've heard so much about this place from friends and other blogs but this is actually my first time here. The place is easily accessible since it's on the side of the road and highly visible. It was raining so hard so I had fewer photos outside the place, I only had the chance to take pictures after our lunch and when the rain subsided. The ambiance is quite simple and doesn't actually resemble Greek culture. It is more adapted to the Filipino carinderia style. We tried their Tatziki (a dip composed of cucumber and yogurt) and their Greek bread. The dip was really nice and refreshing but our only comment was that the serving was a bit small. The bread was nice though, but the bread is much better with butter than with the dip. I guess if the dip was served with pita bread or something, it would have been a better appetizer.

Onto the main course: To test if the ANY cuisine is really any good, you must try the specialty of the cuisine. Like in Greek culture, they're most famous for their Gyros, Lamb, Moussaka, and Baklava. I was not in the mood for gyros so we decided to try their Grilled Lambchops and their Moussaka. The Grilled Lambchops was very tender and from our seat, you can smell it grilling in the kitchen. The lamb's actual smell was really unnoticeable, good thing since lamb has this weird smell if not marinated or cooked correctly. The lambchops were really tender and cooked just right. It was a bit dry but since it was grilled, the dryness was quite normal. The moussaka was our carbohydrate. A Moussaka is like a potato lasagna. Lasagna is one of my favorite dishes so this Moussaka had to be good. To my surprise, I liked their Moussaka. It was not dry and the cut was just exact and you can see the layers of potatoes and ground meat. It was really nice! The ground meat was flavorful and so are the potatoes. (While browsing the menu when we arrived, we decided to save the Baklava for dessert but completely forgotten to order it and left without tasting it... What a waste! Next time we come back, I'll surely be trying the Baklava.)

To conclude: I always see Manos Greek Tavern everytime I go to the Tagaytay and think of the location as a poor man's Greek resto but I was really wrong. This is a perfect example of the saying: Don't judge a book by it's cover! The facade doesn't really give credit to the food's closeness to actual Greek cuisine. I think this is the best Greek food I've ever tasted. The service is quite good. The manager/owner is very hospitable. And the price: Php 350-400 per head (Not bad for something worth it!)

Next stop on our roadtrip: Bag of Beans. We stayed there for coffee and I went a little camera crazy... check out the pictures here. Coffee and conversation is a perfect combination.

On the way home, we passed by an organic farm and looked at some of their products. There were so many herbs and I'll come back to get some for my "planned" herb garden.

That was our foodtrip slash roadtrip to Manos Greek Tavern... tune in to the next one! :)

Thursday, September 06, 2007

New Ipods Are Out

New iPods recently announced by Steve Jobs! I hate you! Now I have to save up for a new gadget AGAIN!

I think it speaks for itself... HUWAW! Next item to buy: iPod touch

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

In Search Of Everybody

August 26-27, 2007
Subic/Pampanga

The gang decided to have an impromptu roadtrip during the long weekend. We were looking for Everybody's Cafe, a restaurant which serves exotic food like crickets, frogs, and deer. After our awesome win during our basketball game, we decided to go on a roadtrip since it was a long weekend and we all didn't have work on Monday. We decided either we go south to Tagaytay or north to Pampanga and Subic, and since there were construction along the SLEX, we went to the north side. Matthew picked up the Binondo Badminton Squad (Peachy, Nikki, Michelle, Tin, and Sher). I was with Jen and we picked up Ven, War, and Din. We all met up at Shell SLEX and it was raining so hard!!! We tried to let the rain die down so we can continue our roadtrip.

First in our agenda was to find Everybody's Cafe. Since we couldn't find it, we decided to push towards Subic cause Sher already booked us lodging there. We opted to search for Everybody's on the way back. The roadtrip was great since we were all laughing throughout the whole ride. Thanks Jen for the entertainment! Hahaha! We stayed at Legenda Suites in Subic. Ate pizza at Aresi. Ate Max's chicken and Crispy Pata as "pulutan" and Drank vodka/sprite in our room.

Next day, we had breakfast at Extremely Espresso. Thanks to Jen for leading us to this awesome breakfast place. We had a great breakfast! After that, we went looking for Zoobic but the whole tour would take 2 hours so we didn't push through it anymore! What a waste!!! Next time, next time!

After checking out, we went back to Pampanga to eat at The Original Razon's, we just ate "merienda" here since our plan was to eat at Everybody's for dinner. The Binondo Badminton Squad went ahead to Manila so we decided to continue looking on our own. We located Everybody's and we were so excited in trying the exotic food... We only had one problem: We were still so full from our "merienda" at Razon's! :( We all decided to at least try the food via ordering half-orders so we can at least taste everything.

The crickets were surprisingly good. The stuffed frog was a little tough and overcooked but nice still. The best thing for me was the Kapampangan Dinuguan. I love dinuguan! :) Bloated and full, we went back to Manila satisfied and glad that our trip was safe and for, at the last minute, we accomplished our goal!

I love roadtrips! We should do this everyweek! Or at least every long weekend! The company was great! Food was great! And I think in every roadtrip, good food plus great friends is always a good equation for fun.

(click here for the pictures)

Friday, August 24, 2007

Chef Oliboy

Due to the lack of tv series to watch (well, except from Entourage), I started looking around for cancelled shows. I'm thinking that since some of the current tv shows are on a hiatus, I'd watch cancelled tv series and get over at least a season or two to make up the long break. The current shows that I watch come back around end of September so it's perfect timing.

I was watching ETC one time and came across Kitchen Confidential during one of its promos. I've heard about this before from my sister Steph (Chef Steph) and wanted to download it but I was, like I said, busy with current shows that I didn't have time to download this one... I'm watching it right now (well, episode 1 and 2 since the series download hasn't finished yet) and I can say that it is really funny... It's based on Anthony Bourdain's book Kitchen Confidential and is about the crazy life of chefs in and out of the kitchen. Kitchen Confidential caters to a niche audience and shows the ins and outs of the kitchen. If you've tried working in a kitchen, you'll really love this series. It brings back all the times I've been in the Edsa-Shangrila kitchen and when I studied at AICA's kitchen under Chef Pete Ayson and Chef Rob Pengson (shameless plug: Chef Rob has a show now at QTV entitled Chef To Go. Watch it!) and I MISS IT! I love being in the kitchen! I miss the smell. I miss the pressure that comes with it! I hope our new kitchen at home would be much better so I can fullfill my frustration as a chef. It won't be until next year that I take a crash course again in a culinary school (I wanna take a crash course once a year to keep me up with actual restaurant-style kitchen movement so I won't be rusty) so I hope I can practice my skills at home as much.

What can I say, I'm a frustrated chef and I salute those who are chefs or are in the restaurant business... more power to you guys. If only I could do what I love as a profession... sigh...

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Forbidden Questions

from ren:
ala "Goodtimes with Mo" @ 89.9

Worst thing done to a friend?
"i made the biggest mistake of falling in love with my bestfriend" (marvin agustin to jolina)

Craziest thing done when drunk?
too drunk to even remember...

Lost virginity when?
18

Did you have any plastic surgery?
nope

Which friend had plastic surgery?
does eyelid surgeory count?

When was the last time you watched porn?
yesterday

If you were to make a Pinoy Brokeback Mountain, it would be with?
eww! i don't like birds

Which friend has the worst BO?
none

Cellphone's 5th message in inbox?
from chinang - business message

Worst dresser friend?
all are cool dressers

Most plastic person you know?
my mom? hehehe!

Ever had one night stand?
does one "morning" stand count? hehehe!

Feeling pogi or maganda?
me, but i'm pogi talaga (sabi ng mom ko -- then again see 11th question)

Drama Queen?
me, i'm emo e... hahaha!

Maganda or Pogi sa mga friends? Least liked?
sa barkada ba to?

Couple friend that will not last?
sharon and gabby, ay hiwalay na pala sila... sharon-gabby ibalik! ibalik!

When was the last time you pleasured yourself?
yesterday

Have you ever picked up a guy/girl before?
nope

How big is your "wang" (for guys)/ boobs (for girls)?
you know what an anaconda is? hindi ganon...

Who is your ultimate girl Crush?
before: midy nacague, now: nanin guevara

Have you slept with someone famous?
nope, i want to though

Man crush?
david beckham

Have you ever cheated on a GF/BF?
technically, no :)

Have you ever slept with a friend’s BF/GF?
of course not

Who would you like to go out with among your friends?
i go out with everyone... gimik e :)

Do you have any sex videos?
"click" *deleted*

Drugs that you have tried?
i will try everything at least once...

Have you ever been intimate with a non-human?
does chatting count?

How far you went to checked on BF/GF’s Fidelity?
i trust my gf

Craziest place you’ve done it?
swimming pool ata... baduy!

Who among your friends have you had sexual encounter?
none

teka, do i have the option to tap-out? DAMN I FORGOT! hehehe!

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Miller Doing A Jordan?

c/o http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=2966170

Celtics call Miller, who is considering return to NBA
By J.A. Adande
ESPN.com

Reggie Miller says he is contemplating a return to the NBA, this time with the Boston Celtics.

Miller, who turns 42 on Aug. 24, played his entire 18-year career with the Indiana Pacers before retiring in 2005. Since his playing days ended he has worked as a television analyst for TNT."I'm always flattered when my name is mentioned as someone who can still help an NBA team win a championship," Miller said Wednesday in a statement relayed to The Associated Press by the TNT network. "I've had li mited discussions with Celtics management about their roster and a potential role for me. At this time, I'm enjoying my role as an analyst with TNT."

Miller was all set to continue that job when Celtics general manager Danny Ainge and coach Doc Rivers asked him to think about joining their revamped team in a reserve role, playing about 15 minutes per game.
"[I have] contacted Reggie and he is contemplating a comeback with us," Ainge told The Associated Press through a team spokesman.

Miller said he is calling friends and peers, seeking their advice and listening to their feedback before he makes his decision. He still plays recreationally, but must determine if he wants to go through the physical and mental grind of an 82-game season. He also wonders how his body would respond to the intensive training it would take to get him back to NBA shape.
The lure of playing in Boston is simple: with Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen added to Paul Pierce, the Celtics feel they have a shot at an NBA championship. Like those three players, the only thing missing from Miller's list of accomplishments is a championship ring. Miller, a five-time NBA All-Star, is seventh on the all-time list of games played with 1,323. He is 13th in scoring (25,279) and holds the NBA record for the most made 3-pointers in NBA history with 2,560. Since the Celtics' trades that brought in Allen and Garnett, the team has been filling out its roster with less heralded players, including guard Eddie House and center Scot Pollard.


My thoughts:

I'm a big Pacer/Reggie Miller fan and as much as I would love to see my idol on the floor again, I don't think this is a good idea for the already 42 year-old veteran. He's been regarded as one of the best pure shooters in his time and not until the end of his career, this has been proven otherwise. So my question is, why tarnish a stellar career? I think this decision all boils down to legacy or gold... would you exchange your legacy as one of the best just to get one of those rings? Damn, will all the money in the world, he can have somebody make him one! Y eah I know! I know! It's different but what is the assurance he'll actually get one? Yeah the Celtics, now with the addition of Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen is now the team to beat but that doesn't assure a championship. Look at Kobe-Shaq Lakers VS Detroit, Dirk VS Golden State, Shaq and Wade's 2007 Heat... Getting a championship is not by how strong your team is but by how you unite as a team. It's not about the players, it's about the team. So I think Reggie should stay retired and not do another Jordan move. Less be called a poor-man's Jordan yet again.

Better Simpsons Avatar Maker


Thanks Ainee for this link! You upload a real-life photo and it generates a Simpsons character based on your own picture! It's cool and better than the one on the official website!
Check it out at: http://simpsonizeme.com

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Two Firsts In One Tagaytay

August 4-5, 2007
Richmore/Bawai's, Tagaytay City

They say there's always a first time for everything and I guess everyday, we all come across things we experience only for the first time and eventually never forget it. Our getaway to Tagaytay was one of these and I was surprised by the way I felt afterwards...

Tagaytay was a usual place we go to every now and then to chill. Chinang asked all the people close to him (hint hint hint Arlyn!) to go to Tagaytay over the weekend to have some karaoke and eat at Bawai's (a Vietnamese restaurant) unknown to Arlyn the events to come. After a night of some singing and some booze, we ate breakfast on the 5th at Pancake house because everybody was soooo hungry. We chilled back at our place and waited for lunchtime.

Lunchtime, Chinang had reserved us a big table at Bawai's had a heavenly lunch. The food was great and a cool breeze was blowing throughout the place. It was perfect indeed. And then it happened, Chinang had a speech and all and knelt down on one knee to ask Lyn to be her wife. Although I knew what was about to happen, I was moved by the whole event. This was my first time to experience an actual proposal. Call me sentimental and all but I was really touched. You see, I forgot how love felt. Shut it out when my heart got broken. But with this experience, this is the first time I've ever felt hope... Our hearts can be broken and we can forget about love but the fact still remains, somehow love will find a way back into our hearts. Making us realize that all the heartache and the pain we felt in the past was all worth it... just having a moment like this makes it all worth it...

Congrats to one of my dearest kabarkadas Chinang and Lyn. Thank you for making me believe again...

(click here for the pictures)

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

My New Toy

Got this during my recent trip to Singapore... Got it pretty cheap but like any bargain-hunter, my mom and I hit some rough spots in our camera-buying quest. Well, I can't give an actual tip in buying a camera, but here are some things you should know when buying in Singapore (or any Hong Kong style sellers):
1. Buy with a purpose: Don't go there NOT knowing what you want to buy... research on the item you want to buy and don't let the seller persuade you to buy something else. That is their tactic, since they can't sell you the item you want at a more expensive price, they'll sell you another item that may not be of the same quality.
2. Buy quality: Don't get tricked into buying an item which is cheaper than you expected. Sometimes they change the items included into 3rd party accessories or remove some free items from the package.
3. Don't trust anybody: Check on the item's availability first before asking the price. Some sellers shout a lower price making you return after "canvassing around" and low-and-behold his/her stock mysteriously is now out of stock. This is a Hong Kong seller's technique and is
very rampant at electronics shops. They tell you what you want to hear, only to find out your item is out of stock.

Good thing a guy from the shop we bought this camera told us all about this and even showed us an article about camera-buying and seller's tactics (still we didn't listen -- see tip number 3) and learned the hard way by spending a lot of time going around the whole Sim Lim Building in search for a bargain... only to come back to him... hehehe! I'm happy though, bought it cheaper than the Philippines' selling price so it's all good! :)

Monday, July 09, 2007

I've done 102 out of 144 stupid things' -- 71%

Just wanted to see how I enjoyed being ALIVE! (thanks ainee for this!)

Level 1
(x) smoked a cigarette
(x) smoked a cigar
(x) done weed
(x) drank alcohol

SO FAR: 4

Level 2
(x) been in love
(x) been dumped
(x) shoplifted
( ) been fired
(x) been in a fist fight

SO FAR: 8

Level 3
(x) snuck out of the house
(x) had feelings for someone who didn't have them back
( ) been arrested
( ) made out with a stranger
( ) gone out on a blind date

SO FAR: 10

Level 4
(x) had a crush on an older person
(x) skipped school
(x) slept (not sex) with a co-worker
(x) seen someone/something die

SO FAR: 14

Level 5
(x) had/have a crush or liked on one of your friends.
( ) been to Paris
( ) been to Spain
(x) been on a plane
(x) thrown up from drinking

SO FAR: 17

Level 6
(x) eaten Sushi
( ) been snowboarding
( ) met someone BECAUSE of myspace
(x) been mosh pitting

SO FAR: 19

Level 7
(x) been in an abusive relationship (emotionally abusive)
(x) taken pain killers
(x) love/loved someone who you can't have
(x) laid on your back and watched cloud shapes go by
( ) made a snow angel

SO FAR: 23

Level 8
(x) had a tea party
(x) flown a kite
(x) built a sand castle
(x) gone puddle jumping
( ) played dress ups

SO FAR: 27

Level 9
(x) jumped into a pile of leaves
( ) gone sledging
(x) cheated while playing a game
(x) been lonely
(x) fallen asleep at work/school

SO FAR: 31

Level 10
(x) used a fake/someone else's ID
(x) watched the sun set
(x) felt an earthquake
( ) killed a snake

SO FAR: 34

Level 11
(x) been tickled
(x) been robbed/vandalized
(x) robbed someone
(x) been misunderstood
( ) pet a deer

SO FAR: 38

Level 12
(x) won a contest
(x) been suspended from school
(x) had detention
(x) been in a car/motorcycle/4-wheeler accident

SO FAR: 42

Level 13
( ) had/have braces
(x) eaten a whole tub of ice cream in one night
(x) had deja vu
(x) danced in the moonlight

SO FAR: 45

Level 14
(x) hated the way you look
(x) witnessed a crime
( ) pole danced
(x) questioned your heart
(x) been obsessed with post-it notes

SO FAR: 49

Level 15
( ) squished barefoot through the mud
(x) been lost
(x) been to the opposite side of the world
(x) swam in the ocean
(x) felt like you were dying

SO FAR: 53

Level 16
(x) cried yourself to sleep
(x) played cops and robbers
(x) recently colored w/crayons/colored pencils/markers
(x) sang karaoke
(x) paid for a meal with only coins

SO FAR: 58

Level 17
(x) done something you told yourself you wouldn't
(x) made prank phone calls
(x) laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose
(x) kissed in the rain

SO FAR: 62

Level 18
( ) written a letter to Santa Claus
(x) been kissed under a mistletoe
(x) watched the sun set with someone you care/cared about
(x) blown bubbles
(x) made a bonfire on the beach

SO FAR: 66

Level 19
(x) crashed a party
( ) have traveled more than 5 days with a car full of people
(x) gone rollerskating/blading
(x) had a wish come true

SO FAR: 69

Level 20
( ) worn pearls
( ) jumped off a bridge
(x) screamed "you suck" in class
( ) swam with dolphins

SO FAR: 70

Level 22
(x) got your tongue stuck to a freezer/ice cube
( ) kissed a fish
(x) worn the opposite sex's clothes
( ) sat on a roof top

SO FAR: 72

Level 23
(x) screamed at the top of your lungs
(x) done/attempted a one-handed cartwheel
(x) talked on the phone for more than 5 hours
(x) stayed up all night

SO FAR: 76

Level 24
( ) picked and ate an apple right off the tree
(x) climbed a tree
( ) had/been in a tree house
(x) are scared to watch scary movies alone

SO FAR: 78


Level 25
(x) believe in ghosts
( ) have/had more than 30 pairs of shoes throughout your life
( ) gone streaking
( ) gone to jail

SO FAR: 79

Level 26
(x) played chicken
(x) been pushed into a pool with all your clothes on
( ) been told you're hot by a complete stranger
(x) been easily amused

SO FAR: 82


Level 27
(x) caught a fish then ate it
(x) almost drowned in a pool
(x) caught a butterfly
(x) laughed so hard you cried
(x) cried so hard you laughed

SO FAR: 87

Level 28
(x) mooned/flashed someone
(x) had someone moon/flash you
(x) cheated on a test
(x) forgotten someone's name
(x) slept naked
( ) French braided someone's hair
(x) gone skinny dipping in a pool
( ) been kicked out of your house

SO FAR: 93

Level 30
(x) rode on a roller coaster
(x) went scuba-diving/snorkeling
(x) had a cavity
(x) black-mailed someone
(x) been black mailed

SO FAR: 98

Level 31
(x) been used
(x) fell going up the stairs
( ) licked a cat
(x) bitten someone
(x) licked someone

TOTAL: 102


Repost this with:
''I've done 102 out of 144 stupid things" -- 71%

So much more to do... hehehe! LIFE IS GREAT!!!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

RIP: Chris Benoit (1967-2007)

c/o http://www.wwe.com

Chris Benoit, family found dead

Written: June 25, 2007
STAMFORD, Conn., June 25, 2007 – World Wrestling Entertainment was informed today by authorities in Fayette County, Ga., that WWE Superstar Chris Benoit, his wife, Nancy, and his son were found dead in their home. Authorities are investigating, but no other details are available at this time.

Instead of its announced programming for tonight on USA Network, WWE will air a three-hour tribute to Chris Benoit.

Chris was beloved among his fellow Superstars, and was a favorite among WWE fans for his unbelievable athleticism and wrestling ability. He always took great pride in his performance, and always showed respect for the business he loved, for his peers and towards his fans. This is a terrible tragedy and an unbearable loss.

WWE extends its sincere condolences and prayers to the Benoit family and loved ones in this time of tragedy.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Okay, What Now?

Okay so I've finished all the series I wanted to watch namely: Smallville (Season 6), CSI Las Vegas (Season 7), Lost (Season 3), Heroes (Season 1), Prison Break (Season 2), and Grey's Anatomy (Season 3). I thought I had Entourage (Season 3) left to watch until I found out that the last episode was on June 3,2007 then it'll be one episode for every two weeks thereafter... WHAT!!! So this means I don't have anymore TV series to watch?!? Hence the title of this blog: Okay, What Now? HEEELLLPPP!!!

If you guys have any suggestion on other TV series to watch... drop your suggestions below! Thanks!

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Dive Pier Uno: Certified Scuba Diver

April 27-29, 2007
Pier Uno Resort
Anilao, Batangas
Attendees: ven, ainee, cat, oli, nikki, jim, say, jojo, and me (special mention to erica, mark, andrew, and the pier uno dive resort staff)

I am now officially a scuba diver... passed the open water dive skills and the final exam... not with flying colors but at least I passed... hehehe! The experience was definitely something to remember. Scuba diving is one of the best experience I've had so far... Cross this out from the list of "things to do before you die"...

Being underwater is so awesome! Everytime you go down, it's like a totally different world down there... Imagine 3/4 of our world is made out of water and we haven't even scratched the surface with our first dive... What else is there in store if we go on with this lifestyle... I really can't wait... So many different species, so many beautiful things that lie in this new world we've had our first glance into... They say, everytime you dive, it's a different experience... we all look forward to this... hopefully in the near future.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Happy Fucking Valentine's!

Came across this quote by Neil Gaiman on love... this is perfect for those lonely , bitter hearts out there on this cold cold Valentine's Day:

"Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn't it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build up all these defenses. You build up a whole armor, for years, so nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life... You give them a piece of you. They didn't ask for it. They did something dumb one day, like kiss you or smile at you, and then your life isn't your own anymore. Love takes hostages. It gets inside you. It eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness, so simple a phrase like 'maybe we should be just friends' or 'how very perceptive' turns into a glass splinter working its way into your heart. It hurts. Not just in the imagination. Not just in the mind. It's a soul-hurt, a body-hurt, a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart pain. Nothing should be able to do that. Especially not love. I hate love." -Neil Gaiman
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