Thursday, August 28, 2008

Psyched!

Eraserheads Reunion Concert on Saturday!
This is gonna be EPIC!

I'm takin' the boots out for some rockin'. Booyeah!
It's not going to rain. It's not gonna be super hot.
Everything is going to be swell.
This is gonna be FUN FUN FUN!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

The Best Meal

An order of sisig. An order of lengua. Cup of rice each. Tamang timpla. Tamang dami. Tamang panahon (umaambon-ambon). Tamang crowd (it was just us, a couple 2 tables away, and a barkada having a reunion at a far corner of Mang Jimmy's). Tama lahat.

Sinamahan pa ng tag-isang bote ng ice cold San Mig light. With matching yelo sa bowl pa.
Ang sarap sarap!

And for dessert, 3 donuts, brewed coffee, and hot chocolate with marshmallows. Hay ansarap kumain.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Melbourne Pics

Finally got pics from Martin of our few nights in Melbourne together. Yipee!
Met up with Marts and his Monash friends at Public House in East Richmonde. It took me more than an hour to get there. Waited for the bus, 20min drive to the station, waited for the train, then transfered trains, but it was a good thing that the pub was just a stone's throw away from the station.

It was my first night out in an unfamiliar city. I was alone pa! Martin's friends were so shocked that I got there even before they did. Hahaha! My map reading skills did not let me down.

This was actually Martin's birthday celebration. Everyone was so warm and friendly. United Colors of Bennetton ito! It was a challenge trying to understand different accents at the same time!

Had a great time with the girls :) Whatever nationality you are, girl talk is the same. We chatted over cappucinos and chocolate cake, while the boys wandered off to another pub.

It was freezing that night! As in smoke coming out of the mouth freezing! My layers of clothing did not prevent my tropical butt from freezing.

In the photo: me, Ayesha, Rodney and Flo (who drove me home that night!Thanks guys!) and Karen.

I love this photo! Haha That's me, Martin and Vivek. The two were quite drunk and were bitchtalking the whole time. Haha I think this was before we got lost in the freeway where traffic was so bad coz there was a police check point. Martin wailed, "Alchohol breath test! Oh no!" but only the driver, Flo, was asked to breathe into the test thing. On the way to the house we had to pull over to let Rodney puke and bring Vivek home. Malamig yung gabing yon! Malamig!

It was a fun night, and I didn't feel out of place at all :) Ifever the Monash people come to Pinas, I'll help Martin make them all get piss drunk on Tanduay and San Miguel. Beer was so expensive! $7 a schooner! Buti nalang libre :) (Thanks guys!)

This shot was taken at Degraves. It's this small laneway that had cafes, restuarants, and tables in the middle. The waiter was not pleased that we didn't order the chocolate cake, even after he said it was the best in the world. Haha
And alas, my only decent pic in Melbourne! We chanced upon this wall as we were looking for this dimsum place Martin wanted to go to after mass.

I miss walking in the city!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

More food

It's weird that Dencios is now branded as Pugad Dencios. The Pugad Baboy characters are in all their collaterals. It's quite cute narin. I love Pugad Baboy! Hmmm I wonder if Pol Medina is already a part owner.

This sisig would have been better had it had an egg and more meat than chicharon.

Caught Anthony Bourdain's New York episode the other night. This Sabrett hotdog is the closest I can get to a Gray's Papaya. Oh well, I can imagine that Gray's Papaya will taste much mcuh better, but since I can't jet off to the Big Apple, masarap narin to. It is a New York brand after all. I like hotdogs that are meaty. You can hear the skin snap when you take a bite. It had a bit of chili also. Reminded me of A&W's chilidog from back in the day. Oh yum.

I loved A&W's! The ice cream sundae waffle was my absolute favorite! I always picked marshmallows and choco fudge as my toppings.

Food Trip

I love food! Lately I've been craving food that's made with love. I have this philosophy that good food entails a lot of passion from the cook. If the cook/restaurant is just out to make some money and are not concerned if their customer's taste buds are satisfied, it really reflects on the food. Kaya ayon, that's just me justifying not eating junk food. (Thus my I-will-not-eat-if-its-not-masarap diet Hahaha)

We were supposed to go in a Binondo Food trip last Saturday, but the plans did not push through. We've been foodtripping in the metro instead.

These are meals we've had spread over the last few days.

Rodics Beef Tapa is one of my comfort foods. It's so simple and delicious, and it somehow reminds me of my childhood.

I used to go to Rodics with my dad when I used to train for swimming or gymnastics in UP. I used to love Rodics spaghetti and bopis, but now Beef Tapa is what I always order. I love mixing it with heaps of vinegar and breaking unto the runny egg yolk. Yumyumyum.

I like that Max's Fried Chicken is crispy and a bit salty. I eat it plain. Banana ketchup tastes too much like, uhm, banana. Haha

We also ate kare-kare at Max's. I ate it with bagoong and didn't DIE! Yey! I used to be allergic to shrimp, bagoong, even any shrimp smell, but I guess it's gone now. Yipee! I also ate a plate of pancit malabon last week at my godfather's wake. I took a mild antihistamine before sleeping though. But I think I'm finally cured of my allergies!

Oh look! Max Fried Chicken only cost P5 back in the day! Wow

I love Pasto's Arrabiata! Pasto really has become one of my favorites. The restaurant in Eastwood looks nice and modern, and the food really is great.

I super love their pizzas too. Thin, crispy and delicious straight from the oven. I also like that Pasto uses good ingredients. The pizza we ordered had prosciutto and baby spinach. I absolutely loved the prosciutto! And the tomato sauce and cheese were just right.

This Pasto meal was just perfect. We also had a couple of beers, but we didn't end up too busog. It was just right. Sarap!



Saturday, August 16, 2008

Girlfriend Bonding

Spent the afternoon chitchatting about her wedding, about her new life as a wife and mom, about our future kids and plans, while eating at Cibo, while walking and looking for accessories at Shangrila, while driving in the rain to Makati, while looking at gowns at Greenbelt 5, while waiting for her husband and family.

I only see this girl every few months, and when we do meet up, the kwentos are absolutely endless!

Monday, August 11, 2008

My happy thought

Whenever I'm feeling a bit down, I just look at his photo and I instantly feel happy :)

I don't have a decent photo of him because he was always wriggling out of my hands, jumping up and down, running around, climbing on to beds, and clearly just not staying still!

I miss this cheeky little boy! (and my other kiddie cousins as well)

And I do feel a bit sad that he's growing up fast and that he might not play with me anymore when he comes for a visit in some years time :(

I miss his chubby cheeks, his alien language and his weird little dances.

Joejoejoejoejoejoejoe!


Sunday, August 10, 2008

Flowers for my Godfather

Today, I made a flower arrangement for my godfather's wake. He was 56.

I apologized to my Tita for not visiting them sooner. It's been a month since I got back from Australia, but I didn't take the chance to visit my godfather even though I heard that he was already struggling. Maybe, at the back of my mind, I didn't want to accept that the inevitable just might happen. My aunt said, "It's ok. I didn't want you to see him anyway. Bad memories. I just thought that we'd be able to have him for much longer."

I am thankful that Tito Andoy has been a part of my life.
I am thankful that he is no longer suffering.
I am thankful that he was a fun, happy person.
I am thankful that he has been a great friend to my dad and that he has genuine love for our family.
I am very, very thankful.

Thank you, Tito Andoy. I'm pretty sure you're already enjoying an ice cold beer in the great beyond.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

I love pizza!

I WILL have a wood fired oven! And with it, I will whip up yummy, fresh pizzas all the time. Yumyumyum!

*pizza from Amici. Loved the wood fired taste. Although, it would have been better if they offered better condiments and not just the usual tabasco, chili flakes and olive oil. Garlic and chili infused olive oil would have made this pizza great!

Heel-o

Since I read this article in an aussie magazine that girls in heels tend to be more succesful at work than their drably-dressed colleagues, I've been leaving my white shirt-faded jeans-slippers combo at home. Well, I've been trying to, at least.

Consider this office dressing training. Just been making rounds in the mall, but considering my inclination towards comfy (not to mention, borderline pambahay) outfits, I've been putting so much effort in choosing my (simple) get-ups lately.

This shirt/blouse will help me land my first official job. I bought it with that very intention in mind.

I've had this Schu for more than a year, but have previously worn it only once.

Taking inspiration from Sea of Shoes, I've been dusting off my shoe collection and actually putting them out for heavy rotation now.

It's so ironic that though I have dozens and dozens of shoes, I would always just wear slippers!

Well, not anymore. My feet are hurting and I'm sure my big toe of my left foot is starting to hate me, but so be it. The heels are coming out of the closet and taking over!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Homecoming (well, sort of)

I went to Kamuning today. Needed to kill time before picking up my brother from school, so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to go to the market to source out materials for a project I'm currently working on.

I felt quite comfortable walking through the narrow, cluttered walkways of the palengke. I'm sure some of my friends would break into hives just at the thought of stepping foot into that crazy place, but I felt at ease. Weirdly enough I felt so nostalgic being there, and being amidst kitschy products, yards and yards of cloth, weird toys, shirts, slippers, tawas for the kilikili, chinchanchu, merthiolate bottles, walis tambos, baskets, and other knick-knacks.

I missed my bestfriend! Back when we were in gradeschool, we'd walk around the market looking for the latest songhits, a booklet of (mostly wrong) lyrics and guitar tabs of the most popular songs of the moment. She lived in the area, while our house was just a jeepney ride away.

We also used to go to this bookstore in the main road to buy scented stationery (mostly with bears and rabbits with bows), beads and yarn. Whenever we had plans to adventure off somewhere, that was our designated meeting place. The building is gone now though.

Come to think of it, Kamuning will always have a special place in my life. A lot of my childhood years were spent there, and most memories were fun and adventure-filled.

I'll probably be back soon. Sometimes, shopping in Kamuning beats going to Divisoria. At least the commute isn't that long.

I love these pops

If I had a choice, I'd want to cook and eat all day!

Since I am still unemployed (but hopefully not for long), I spent most of the day surfing through my favorite websites. Of course, food is on top of the list.

I absolutely love Bakerella! If only I had a nifty oven, I'd be whipping up yummy pastries all day. I absolutely love these cupcake pops of hers! They'd be perfect party give-aways, yeah? Soon after she first blogged about this, she was booked as a guest on Martha. She's made more pop designs but this first one is my absolute favorite! The cake inside is Red Velvet! Yuuummyyy!

Photo Credit: Bakerella

Monday, August 4, 2008

Kimchi on my mind

There's this Korean Barbeque restaurant just across UA&P that we visit every so often. If you pick 2 grill dishes, you get a whole plethora of side dishes ranging from the traditional kimchi, fresh greens, types of pickled veggies, and what not.

Masarap siya.