Sunday, January 30, 2011



Another one down! The first and last time we met was middle of last year (I think) when I came over to his condo unit. I loved his place because of the beautiful clutter, soft lighting and good music which created a nice, relaxing atmosphere.

He was the quiet type but was very accommodating. Obsessed with sports, he was very fit. I can't believe he passed away.

This is depressing. It happens too often.

May you rest in peace.

Back and Forth

This weekend has been beyond hectic. I flew back to Manila Friday and now I'm back home again after juggling school and social activities which kept me up for more than 24 hours.

Buffet at 6am

I made time to have a very early breakfast with MFG just before I went to the airport this morning. As usual, he untiringly gave me yet another round of his lecture in the hopes of straightening up my life.

I have a few more days to enjoy what's left of this vacation. Have a great week ahead!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Bumming Around In Progress

Do you hear that? That's me getting fat by the minute.

First time in years.

This vacation has been all about eating, drinking and playing with the kids.

Fishing Picnic

Fresh seafood and cold beer have never been so good.

Diwal (Angel Wing Shells)

If you think mussels look dirty, the diwal actually takes the cake.

I have a hunch straight guys get a hard-on just by looking at this thing. Pictures don't do it justice.

We had a party last night and I found myself standing next to the lechon chopping table holding a bottle of beer with oil glistening on my lips. I felt like I was doing something really dirty and sinful yet irresistibly pleasurable. For a second, I thought I was going to be arrested.

This is what vacations are all about I guess, right?

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Not So Far But Away

The past few days have been pretty hectic. Good thing it's not exactly because of work and school.

Irritating Moment: Missing My Stop

I'm currently home because relatives from abroad are here. This weekend, I went from going around cosmopolitan Manille to skipping along a shallow river in a town somewhere in Iloilo where getting network reception is like asking for rain in the middle of summer. Now, I'm just home trying to have a great time with family. No rice patties nor sky scrapers. Just home---just the way I like it.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Embassy Bitch Who Needs to Get Laid Stat

You know how I abhor doing transactions in government offices and the like? Well, I just had another unfortunate brush with one of the flame-breathing monsters in this cesspit of hell.

After being slightly scolded for being late, I went straight to the South African embassy yesterday morning as an errand for my uncle who also happens to be my boss.

When I got to the embassy at RCBC, I was relieved that there was no line. I waited patiently while this foreign (Turkish?) woman with a baby on her arms cheerfully chatted with the consul. Then came my turn after not even 5 minutes of waiting.

For a moment, I thought the middle-aged, Filipino consul didn't see me because she was too busy arranging some files on a table a few feet from the window. Then she came over and had me place the documents on the bin. She removed the folder and the slide as well as the money and put them back on the bin with force. After a few minutes of reviewing the requirements, she told me the errors and the lacking documents with no hint at all of friendliness or willingness to help. Hesitant, I muster the guts to ask questions which she answered begrudgingly.

It's no different on the phone. I'm not sure if it's the same person who takes the calls in this office but bitch also has an attitude.

I came back this morning hoping yesterday was just an off-day. Maybe she was going through a hard time? Who knows? Fair enough, when the same consul approached the window, I thought she seemed more pleasant. Without saying a word, she opened the bin which I took as a sign for me to put the documents sans folder, slide and money. After expecting each document, barely moving her lips she said bluntly , "Paste the photos," and threw in the form, pictures and glue in the bin. Apparently, bitch still had a giant spear stuck up her old, wrinkly ass.

"The marriage certificate will be returned upon claiming the visa, right?" I asked.

"Yes," bitch said icily.

It was a relief we finally got it right this time. If I have to go back and face that old hag again, I swear I may just lose it and go all psycho on her ass.

Monday, January 10, 2011


Yesterday was a blast with my classmates. We went from school to Greenbelt, to school again, then Star City, and finally, Harbor Square. It's our way of starting the new term right by making the most of our time while not yet drowning in school work.

Fuck, homework just got sent via email. Who the hell sends homework on a Sunday night? Bitch needs to get a grip. I am not in the mood for this shit. I have a vacation coming up!

Anyway, Saturday was awesome... A little costly and tiring but awesome.

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Interesting Afternoon

I was in Makati today when MFG and I decided to meet up and grab a bite. He asked me to give him an hour so I used the time by depositing money for the rent. Then I had nowhere else to go so I wandered around and found this place called Alexa's Deli along H.V. Dela Costa.

I expected a price point similar to that of Starbucks so I was pleasantly surprised upon seeing AD's. They have a slightly less expensive selection of cold and hot drinks, sandwiches, pasta dishes and pastries. Being a wine shop, they also serve wine and cheese, which is awesome.

What I love is it's nestled in the middle of the business district yet it's not noisy or buzzing or crowded unlike other coffee shops.

The interiors are not bad. Although I'm not so sure about that wall vinyl.

Slightly hungry, I decided to have something light. Their chicken empanada was actually good but it's their house iced tea that's more memorable.

I'd love to go back to this charming sanctuary in the middle of the city. It really has a modern, laid back vibe that I like.

Apres AD, I decided to walk to Amici at the Ayala Triangle where I told MFG I'll meet him. Thank goodness for the cool January breeze, I barely broke a sweat.

I love this part of Makati. It's a refreshing patch of greenery amidst a jungle of concrete and glass.

It was MFG who decided on Amici. He wanted the original one at Don Bosco but I said I didn't want to go there so I informed him that I was at the one in Ayala. Despite that, he still went to the other one which was irritating. He apparently was in house clothes so he didn't want to be walking around Ayala.

Fuming, I left Amici- Ayala and tried to hail a cab to no avail. I gave up and just hopped into a jeepney. A few seconds upon settling in, MFG sent a text saying (begrudgingly) he was already on his way to Ayala. So I got off at the next stop and marched back. It was a mess. To make the long story short, we both got upset. After endless text messaging and walking, we were finally seated facing each other at Amici- Ayala.

During the first few minutes, he was being uncomfortably quiet. Then finally, he unloaded. He started to bitch about the whole thing which is exactly what I would have done had we ended up at Don Bosco. I have to say, it was really great of him to come over despite "looking like the house help". (His words! Not mine!)

The so-so meal was filled with the usual banter, his sermon, laughter; he in his house garb and slippers, me in my half-assed corporate attire with a crumpled shirt.

I forgot to mention that I actually had work today and I just stepped out for a while to be in Makati. Hence, the phone call from the office while we were waiting for the bill. It was already dark when we went out.

You know how impossible it is to get a cab around the business district during rush hour so we agreed to walk to Makati Avenue, which is where MFG lives.

We noticed a crowd gathering around this vintage looking car at Petron. I'm not sure what their deal is.

A (White) Family Driving Around the World

It was almost 7pm when MFG and I parted ways. Save for the slight misunderstanding, I wish all afternoons were like this; breezy, fun and comforting.

Sunday, January 02, 2011


If the first day of the year is any indication of how the rest of 2011 will be, then I'm in for a lot of cooking, watching Modern Family, Facebook, and hours of unproductive online wandering.

I ended up spending  new year's eve at my friend's place in Cubao and celebrated with her family. It was fun but quite uneventful. When I went home via cab, we passed by this accident at EDSA involving a tricycle (I know!) and a Montero. The cab driver turned on the radio and it turns out there were two kids involved. What a horrible, horrible way to start the year.

Today, I realized I'm out of garlic. So I decided to take a walk to the market a couple of blocks away. What greeted me is the scene pictured above. There was a riot I think. Great.

There's so much negative vibes. I, for one, haven't been great. It's been pretty boring, sucky even. Gawd. I'm not holding my breath for it since there's a ton of work waiting for me, but I hope tomorrow will be a much better day.