Monday, July 28, 2014

This provincial life: Homecoming

It's been more than a decade since I last spent the night in my Mom's hometown. My first reaction was: "why does everything look smaller now?" 

The answer, of course, is one that can be part of the script of a  homecoming drama film: "No, they're still the same, you just became bigger."

So, on my first morning in the province, I retraced the steps that I took as a young boy, and revisited the places that were a huge part of my summer childhood.

The Regalado ancestral home where we'd spend the summers with Lolo Doring and Lola Pining.

The corner where we would wait for Lolo Iking's car - aka "The Pony" - to pick us up and bring us back to the beach.

The view of Mayon Volcano from the veranda.

The portraits of Lolo and Lola - both former Mayors of the town.

The Municipal Hall where Lolo and Lola worked. And the statue of the soldier which was our sign that we've arrived in Malinao.

The market or "saod" where we'd buy snacks and soda as kids.

The school where my cousins went and where my Tita taught.

The church in front of the school where Mom and Dad were married.

 The tower where the Easter Salubong was held.

The rice fields where we used to play. (Which now has an eerie carnival.)

That 30-minute walk I took was worth decades of memories.

I'll do this again sometime soon.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

This provincial life

You know you're in the province when there's a collection of ceramic "arinola" in the bathroom.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Fowled out

 In the continuing sandwich saga...

Since I bought a big pack of Ciabatta bread, and had leftover ingredients in the fridge, I decided to make another sandwich at the office last week. Now, the 4-cheese sandwich was good, but I thought it was the time to "lift" the sandwich and add some smoky flavor.

Enter the fowls - chicken and turkey ham in particular.

These 2 hams each offered a different flavor and texture, so bringing them together gave the sandwich a very bold flavor. I started layering the ingredients, starting with herb and garlic butter, then lettuce, then caesar dressing, chicken ham, cheese, turkey ham and mozzarella cheese.

The 2 cheeses and the 2 hams really upped the flavor ante for this sandwich.

I made sure that I took a photo of the finished product before chowing down.

I added a side of potato chips, and I was good to go.

After finishing the sandwich, there was still one ciabatta bread left. Now I have to figure out what to do with that.

Friday, July 25, 2014

FMM: I'm digging this

There's this viral video going around featuring a group of Fil-Aussie contestants in The X Factor Australia. They're composed of 3 girls who sing and rap, and are dubbed as this generation's TLC.

Yes, they're good, but I must say that there will only be one TLC. And I'll always equate their song with the cool, laid back vibe of the 90s. Not to mention working overtime in Adformatix.

And here's one of their songs that I really dig.

The original is always the best.

Thursday, July 24, 2014


Today is a rainy day.
Rainy days usually call for comfort food. 
Therefore, today calls for comfort food.

Yes, I still remember my Philosophy and Logic classes in college. Harhar.

One of my favorite comfort food is grilled cheese sandwich. Since I have the basic ingredients here at the office, I decided to make myself one. And not just an ordinary grilled cheese sandwich, but a 4-cheese sandwich.

I had mozzarella and quickmelt cheese in our office fridge. I checked out 7-11 downstairs and found Cheese Pimiento spread and Eden cheese, so I bought those to add to the ingredient list.

What I did was simple. First, I spread ranch dressing on both sides of the ciabatta bread. Then, I placed two slices of quickmelt cheese and filled cheese on one side, then spread Cheese Pimiento on the other side, and topped it with mozzarella.

To give the sandwich added flavor, I brushed butter on the outer sides of the ciabatta before grilling it in my sandwich maker.

This is the part where the finished product is supposed to go. But the sandwich looked so good,  I ended up eating it the moment it came off the grill. After all, a grilled cheese sandwich is best served hot.

After that sandwich, I can really say "Cheese!"

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Here's an article about 12 of the most boring films ever made.

What's wrong with this picture?

Maybe it's a new version, and "Hodd" is his family name.

Proofreader please.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

More Mouret!

Just when I thought the first 2 photos were smashing enough, here are 3 more reasons to anticipate the Roland Mouret collection at Banana Republic:

I really hope they'll bring this collection to their stores in Manila.

Monday, July 21, 2014


Still on the subject of lyrics, my colleagues and I were talking about songs with misheard lyrics.

We had a barrel of laughs talking about friends who would sing songs the wrong way just because of the lyrics. And among the plethora of songs we talked about, here are 3 of my favorite songs that were actually sang by people I knew:

1. "Whoops now" by Janet Jackson

Lyrics that my SMC officemate sang: "Whoops now, sabi ng Tita ko... Whoops now, sabi ng Tita ko..." (I didn't know Janet Jackson could speak Tagalog.)
Actual lyrics: "Whoops now, sorry I can't go. Whoops now, sorry I can't go."

2. "Lanca Perfume" by Rita Lee

Lyrics that our former maid sang: "Lasang, lasang Kankunis" (She was drinking tea, perhaps?)
Actual lyrics: "Lanca, lanca perfume."

3. "New Age Girl" by Dead Eye Dick

Lyrics that my officemate sang: "She don't eat meat, but she showers like a boy." (She does what?)
Actual lyrics: "She don't eat meat, but she sure likes the bone."

In the course of the conversation, there were also a lot of funny Tagalog ones. But I'll leave that for later.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Hey, hey, Mouret!

Since news about the Roland Mouret and Banana Republic collaboration came out last April, I've been actively looking for the sneak peek and look book on-line. 

Month in and month out, I'd check on-line to see if someone published something already, and most often, there wasn't any news on it.

Finally, after months of patiently waiting, some of the look book images are up. And as expected, the dresses
 look smashing!

I hope they carry these in the Philippines.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Question of the day

Yesterday, there were two guys who went to the office. They talked to our new receptionist, and here's how their conversation went:

GUY: Nandiyan po ba si Raymond?

RECEPTIONIST: Ano po ang pakay nila?

Pakay! Now that's a word you don't hear anymore. And it made my day to hear it.