Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Thunder-Thunder-Thundercats! Ho-ooooo!

New Thundercats series coming in 2011 (io9.com)
First image and poster of new Thundercats (MTV)

Happy happy joy joy!

Context is important

Ads at the airport, doubling as road signs. Or are they road signs doubling as ads? Whatever.

Closed for Lunch

You have to appreciate the irony of a "Closed for Lunch" sign hanging outside a restaurant. I've had this in my phone cam for quite some time now, only just found it again while reviewing my pics.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Forceps

I don't know why but looking at a pair of forceps always leaves me light-headed and dizzy. It makes me want to go ouch! And now here's a wallful of 'em. I think I'll go faint now. (Taken at Rosemed in SM Davao.)

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Run Club wall

A wall of racing numbers at the local Run Club outlet. Nice shop, but too rich for my blood, though.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Johnny Cupcakes

Johnny Cupcakes sells, well, cupcakes. Specialty cupcakes, that is, and equal parts delicious and surprising. Emily bought a box of six to bring to her friends and we shared an extra piece she got -- the buttercake body was light and fluffy yet firm, the sweet icing on top complementing the taste. In the core was a heart of jam. Not bad, not bad at all. The find of the day, though, was Johnny's specialty ice cream, chocolate seasoned with sea salt.

Duo Commis Desserts

Desserts from Duo Commis: chilled grapes in red wine and glazed strawberries in ice cream. It's a shame they don't place them on the menu but you can ask the staff to serve them. P120 and P75 respectively.

Lyndon's World's Worst Ribs redux

Lunch at Lyndon's, this time at the Autoshop branch. Doesn't have the same ambience as the Roxas branch, but the ribs are just as tasty.

If you lose this number....

Sign found on the baggage counter of WS department store.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Taboan International Writers Festival in Davao

Dear Friends,

From February 10 to 12, we will hold the Taboan Writers Festival at the Royal Mandaya Hotel. The festival will bring in writers from all over the Philippines. This is your chance to meet those whose work you have read and to discuss with them their craft.

The main component of the festival will be conference sessions. Throughout the three days, we will talk about our roots in culture and the directions that young writers are taking Philippine literature. Supporting this activity are book launchings, book fairs, outreach visits to schools in Davao, cultural performances, and awards for esteemed writers in Mindanao.

Taboan is free and open to the public (though if you wish to have lunch at the hotel for the three days of the conference, you have the option to pay the P1,500 deluxe guest fee.)

Please visit the Taboan web site for details of the conference. We would appreciate if you could take the time to register if you are attending. And please forward this invitation to your friends.

Thank you. Hope to see you at Taboan!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Squirrel

Did you know it's so hard to take a picture of a caged squirrel? It seems they're forever on the move, staying still just for a split second. Squirrels in the Philippines? Yes, this one is sold as a pet at Pet Nannies.

Shoes

On Sundays, when the hardware stores of Oyanguren Chinatown are closed, shoe vendors take over the sidewalks to hawk their wares. The merchandise, believe it or not, are refurbished second hand goods from abroad. Believe it or not, some people do buy them. I can only hope they weren't removed from some corpse.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Tree

Yeah, yeah, I know it's late. But I forgot I had this pic on my phone and I felt it was striking enough to deserve its own post.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Bowei building toy

An Asoblocks knockoff. Not very durable, the edges of the sockets sometimes break off. But cheap, darned cheap.

Pearl Farm, at last

Ensaymada

Home-baked ensaymada at Emily's place. A song is going through my mind right now: "Don't you wish your girlfriend could cook like me?" Complete with video, yeah!

Mayor's office

Ric de Ungria, Chin Bon Lu, and I met with Mayor Sara Duterte yesterday afternoon. I held off asking for a proper photo as our meeting was quick and there were people waiting to see her too.

Sara strikes me as very professional and business-like. No airs whatsoever. She comes more like an administrator than a politician. Given our fickle impressionable voters, that may prove to be her undoing in the future. I hope not, because that would be a crying shame.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Juggling bartender

Ramel, a bartender we met during yesterday's preparations. Ramel used to tend the bar at Club 183. He now does parties and such. His specialty is juices, alcoholic and non-, though sadly we did not get to sample his work. He's also an excellent juggler.

Sunday, January 09, 2011

At Malipano Island

At Malipano Island today, helping Emily set up a cake for a wedding. It's scorching hot out but at least the wind is cool and the place is quiet.

Malipano is just off Samal, near Pearl Farm. It looks quite swanky and I would not have thought of coming here. But I'm here on a job and that means I get in for free. Ha.

Megatron bobblehead

Megatron bobblehead, a Christmas present from my former students and now colleagues Cindy and Paj.

Unspeakable!

Listening to CNN this morning, I heard this snippet from Ralitsa Vassileva:

"...President Obama called this an unspeakable tragedy. He spoke about it..."

Apparently it wasn't just CNN:

Talking Points Memo: Obama called the shooting "an unspeakable tragedy" and said that "such a senseless and terrible act of violence has no place in a free society."

Politico.comPresident Obama called the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords on Saturday an “unspeakable tragedy,” and he said she was “gravely wounded” in the attack.

All I can say is: my friend, I do not think that word means what you think it means.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Last Stand

Last night, Emily and I found our way to Margie's, the pastry shop in Damosa. Though we had had yogurt for dessert elsewhere, their Cookie Monster looked quite enticing. Chocolate cake, six inches thick, a layer of chocolate frosting on top: should we? shouldn't we? We did.

Emily and I savored the Cookie Monster in measured forkfuls. It proved to be as tasty as it looked. The cake was moist yet firm, the taste very chocolatey. A thin layer of yellow-white cream that split the cake into layers added extra sweetness. Mmmmm.

"What is this layer that looks and tastes like custard?" I asked my foodie fiancée. "It's quite delicious."

"Uh...custard."

"Oh."

Duh.

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Sunflower cupcakes

Cupcakes made by Emily for Tita Lacambra Ayala's surprise 80th birthday. Yep, we were invited, and had the pleasure of hearing the clan perform, including Joey Ayala and Cynthia Alexander.

Saturday, January 01, 2011