Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Damn You WAGYU Why Can't I Quit You???
for reservations: 245-1234
5th Level, Hyatt Hotel and Casino
Pedro Gil cor M.H. Del Pilar, Malate, Manila
Saturday, June 26, 2010
SICK and TIRED . . .
Thursday, June 24, 2010
YAKULT ICE CREAM!!!
"It took us a while to perfect this,
but we're delighted to announce that we finally did it!
This is pure Yakult goodness in smooth, creamy, ice cream form!
Made with Pure Yakult with no additional cream or milk,
this is your favorite tangy-sweet delight
in scoopable, spoonable form!"
Available starting June 26 Saturday,
- Alabang Town Center Mall
0917 405 7678
- Podium Mall,
4th floor, near escalator
ADB Avenue, Ortigas
0927 453 7426
- The Block, SM North Edsa
3rd floor, near Cinema Ticket booth
0927 290 1633
- Trinoma Mall
3rd floor, center atrium
0915 232 4253
- Glorietta 4, Food Choices
0915 440 9662
COLD COMFORT Ice Cream Parlor
SM Mall of Asia
New Entertainment Mall, 2nd Floor
(near IMAX exit)
0915 489 5753
The FOUR BOOKS I'm Reading SIMULTANEOUSLY
The FACEBOOK BOOK
All You Need to Know about our addiction:
The PHILIPPINES is the #8 country with the most Faceboinkers!
This is the better FACEBOOK "biography";
"The Accidental Billionaires", is full of "imagined conversations.
BOURDAIN serves up a sizzling dish of
The most unique, most radical Foodie of All returns
with an addicting, appetizing new non-fiction book!!!
Enjoying this book's tales is like
"This is the kind of book that makes you proud to be a sportswriter,
-Rick Telander, Senior Sports Columnist,
Height or not,
Basketball will always be Beloved in the Philippines,
FOOTBALL may never really
catch on here because of the following:
1. Low Scores/Draws :
no instant gratification like Basketball
2. Not Really a Contact Sport:
not enough blood and fights like Basketball
3. Requires a Large Grassy Playing Field:
can't be played on concrete city streets like Basketball
Finally, I found a book about
After YEARS of searching, I found this new edition
of a collection of essays that was last published in 1993 (!).
featuring works by Max Soliven, Louie Beltran, Teddy Benigno,
Nick Joaquin, Melinda Quintos De Jesus, Jaime Cardinal Sin,
Cory Aquino, and practically all the key figures pre-EDSA.
The Return of MANILA BEER!!!
Mon Fernandez is smiling:
once upon a time,
when real Pinoys still dominated the PBA,
after the Toyota basketball team broke up,
El Presidente became the MVP of Asia Brewery's Manila Beer team,
while his then arch-rival as the alpha male of the league,
Robert Jaworski, became the playing coach of Gilbey's Gin.
just in time for Manila Boy's Manila Day, Manila Beer is back,
The Big J will be the adviser of the new Meralco team in the PBA.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
TUKSO, Layuan Mo Ako!!!
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
TOY STORY 3: Bar None Absolutely No Doubt The BEST MOVIE of the Year!!!
1. It's a poignant story about letting go, and holding on.
I can sooo relate.
I still have my most beloved of toys,
and the one time, years ago, when my mom
"donated" some of them to charity without my consent,
I had a major meltdown. I still miss those Matchbox cars.
You know how it is with us men and our toys; we never really let go.
Visit any grown-up boy's office,
and you'll surely see some sentimental keepsake
proudly and prominently displayed.
Toy Story 3 captures this yearning for childhood perfectly,
and that's the reason why so many grown men cry. . . discreetly.
Which is exactly why those 3-D spectacles really come in handy:
for surreptitiously hiding our suddenly itchy, red, weepy eyes!
2. It gifts us with closure.
The Toy Story Trilogy is now undeniably
one the Greatest Movie Series in history.
It's as thrilling as the original Indiana Jones,
and as originally character-driven as Star Wars;
welcome to the pantheon, Buzz and Woody!
From the grand opening sequence of Toy Story 3
to its simply exquisite, silently eloquent ending,
this is the highest level of storytelling, the true art of cinema.
3. Pixar's traditional short film? Sheer Genius.
Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz have a movie coming out this week
that's almost got an identical title to the "bonus feature"
that's attached to Toy Story 3.
Cruise's is "Knight and Day"; Pixar's, "Day and Night".
I'm betting though, that years from now,
after Tom's action-comedy will have been long-forgotten,
this outstanding blend of classic cell animation and digital wizardry
will still be profoundly influential.
Monday, June 21, 2010
PENGUIN was here...
for most of the first half of the 1990s.
I wooed women and got mind-numbingly wasted there so often
that I eventually became the only regular who was
invited to the serving staff's Christmas parties.
It was The Bar of Bars of my reckless youth, and to this day,
no other has come close to replacing it in my affections.
Well, it's gone now.
There's a gaping vacant lot
by the Remedios Circle in Malate
where that most Bohemian of Bars used to be.
Practically all my beloved bars and restaurants in Old Malate
Patio Guernica is now a poker club, Moviola turned Japanese,
Camp Gourmet and Hard Rock, abandoned and empty,
and even Tia Maria will soon be a Cowboy Grill.
Garlic Rose, Cafe Caribana, Patio Mequeni:
one-of-a-kind restaurants, still very much missed;
Insomnia and Iguana, Sala and Blue
Weinstube, arguably the greatest date place ever,
now just lives on in the annals of Malate's romantic history.
However, the hidden Cosa Nostra
lives on, still with the same waiter and
the same cashier and the same five tables...
But Penguin, my Penguin, is finally extinct.
MILLIONS of CHICKENS will DIE!!!
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Saturday, June 19, 2010
How SWEET It Is!!!
The Greatest Basketball Player in the World.
One of the commentators, at the start of the fourth,
saw Kobe Bryant suffer through a horrible shooting night,
but still insisted, predicted: "I'll bet on greatness every time."
L.A. had never beaten Boston in any Game 7.
when he couldn't score from the field. The Lakers won in the end.
Greatness every time.
And Derek Fisher,
The Best KRISPY KREME of the Year!!!
Friday, June 11, 2010
Like Water for XOCOLAT...
with your chocolate, sir?"
I do mean a full service, full menu restaurant
from appetizers to main courses to dessert,
where practically everything,
I repeat, EVERYTHING is infused with chocolate.
It's a Willy Wonka dream come true.
Where is this chocoholics' paradise?
when you're comforted by a cup of hot chocolate?
across the Ateneo and Miriam College
will give you that exact same cozy feeling,
that pleasant, grateful feeling of coming home...
it's a converted split-level residence, very 1960s,
and it reminds me very much of my Lola Sally's house in
San Fernando, Pampanga, including its happy food memories!
172 B. Gonzales St.
Loyola Heights, QC
Economia cor. Calle Industria
XOCOLAT The Fort
Lobby, The Promenade
Greenhills Shopping Center