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11 posts from September 2007

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September 26, 2007

Run for FAME

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I have a lot of backlog lately on my blog posts so I'm sorry for the multiple posts in one day. I have a lot of stories to tell and I can't wait to post all of them.

Congratulations to the H@ppy Feet runners who finished the Run for FAME last Sunday at Mall of Asia! FAME stands for The Filipino Association for Mariners' Employment. It aims to unite all legitimate shipmanning companies for a more formidable presence in and source of the world's maritime labor force.

I try to keep running 10Ks to balance off all the food trips with my wife. Recently, we went on a food trip in Marikina and I can't wait to share with you our discoveries. We ran a total of 11.5K around Mall of Asia and my legs hurt a bit probably because of the additional weight gained from the food trip.

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Screaming O of Cuptails & Dreams

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Have you tried this cocktail-inspired cupcakes branded as Cuptails?

I particularly like Screaming O which is a chocolate cupcake with Kahlua topped with Bailey's buttercream frosting. I can eat this everyday for dessert and I like the alcohol kick from the Kahlua and distinctive taste of Bailey's from the icing. This is a heavenly dessert for people like me who loves Kahlua and Bailey's.

We also tried Cosmopolitan, Mojito, Margarita and I particularly like the fresh lemon squeeze after taking a bite of the cuptails. The cupcakes are a mild version of the cocktails so you don't have to worry about getting drunk nor tipsy from eating these.

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The Greatest of All Time LT Presentation

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The LT team dancing to the tune of Fame.

Every year, P&G Philippines has this unique tradition of celebrating how successful our pension plan fund is. (I know it is kinda weird). This is the biggest celebration in our company which is held around September. It is bigger than Christmas because this is the only time we have a joint celebration with the plant, the shared service center, and the sales and marketing organization. One of our pride as P&Gers, is to retire in P&G and this night also serves as a venue for honoring the retirees.

Every pension plan celebration night, there is an inter-department competition on the best musical presentation given a particular theme. This year's theme was 80's Ballroom Dancing. For the first time in the Pension Plan celebration history, the leadership team of the company presented in the Pension Plan. Thanks to Direk Mel Soriano and team for creating a memorable fun presentation (that we won't forget and won't happen again :)

We really had fun with this presentation. I wanted to capture that joy and share it with you (even if this post is kinda personal). Here is a glimpse of the LT presentation.

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September 25, 2007

Kanin Club, The Pride of Paseo de Sta. Rosa, Laguna

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If BF Paranaque's best kept secret was Conti's (before they expanded), Technopark's best kept secret in Sta. Rosa Laguna is Kanin Club. After two years, the restaurant has doubled in space size and this is the only place packed during lunch time. On a Sunday lunch, we had to wait for 30-45 minutes before getting our seats which is a good indication of how successful Kanin Club is.

Kanin Club @ the Pink Kitchen

Located at the center of Paseo Sta. Rosa, this is a good place to start or end your weekend trip to Tagaytay. They serve filipino dishes with a one of a kind twist that I've not seen in any restaurant. Their best seller is the Crispy Dinuguan and the Kanin's Club Turon. They serve different kinds of rice (Kanin in Tagalog word) and the best part is they serve healthy brown rice! You can also opt to order All-You-Kanin which is an eat-all-you-can white rice for only P40 per person.

Shame on me for ignoring this gem when I first heard of this a year ago. Don't forget to try out Kanin Club on your next trip to Tagaytay. (Just a tip: when going to Tagaytay don't exit via Sta. Rosa, use the exit right after Sta. Rosa which is Greenfield and this should take you to Paseo Sta. Rosa faster and without any traffic)

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September 21, 2007

Shroud of Turin

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Is this the face of Jesus Christ?

I was hoping that the exhibit would have a profound effect on us. Unfortunately, it did not and I'll tell you why.

The exhibit proves that the cloth is authentic and a documentation of a man who was scourged, speared, crowned with thorns, and crucified during the time of Jesus Christ, as depicted in the bible. But there is no conclusive evidence that suggest how the full front and back image could occur on the Shroud without any distortion and by only residing in the outermost surface of the weave. This is the core of the mystery, how could this even be possible to have a silent account of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ as depicted in the Shroud of the Turin. It was amazing to see how the cloth survived through centuries and how it nearly escape destruction with some burn marks to prove it.

So when reason ends, faith begins. The Risen Christ theory suggest that the image was formed by the radiation created during the resurrection of Jesus Christ. I believe that the shroud is a miracle art where it depicts the brutal crucifixion but also the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. How can a piece of cloth be this powerful?

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In Yo Turns 1!


I'm truly honored every time a restaurant that I reviewed invites me to their first year anniversary or any special occasion they have. They acknowledge and know how to say "thank you" in a special way for the objective review I did about their restaurant. This is one of the "perks" of my blogging because I pay for our own dinner. We just love to eat and share our experience about the place for others to try it out.

Sa In Yo

After one year, In-Yo has bloomed to be one of the awesome restaurants in Metro Manila. The anniversary coincided with the victory of De La Salle over Ateneo to take the second spot in the UAAP 2007 games. So I was shouting "Animo La Salle" inside me as I passed by the Ateneo campus on my way to In-Yo.

Congratulations to Chef Nino Laus and Cris Orocio for a very successful one year anniversary! It was one of the best anniversary dinners we have attended. Only thing was we missed was taking a picture of Aidan with Imee Marcos because Aidan fell into the Koi fish pond after the dinner. We were shocked with what happened to him but he was alright, just half drenched. Hope he learns his lesson to stay put with Momma.

On that anniversary night, Aidan met his shadow. It was fun looking at him being fascinated about where his shadow is coming from. He would often look under his shoes to see the origin of the shadow or trying to jump over. He was even amazed at how big his shadow can be and how it changes as he ran in circles.

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September 19, 2007

When it matters most... Animo La Salle!

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As I clinched my fist and pumped it in the air as the entire La Salle gallery sang "Hail, Hail, Alma Matter," in unison, I can't help but shout "Go La Salle" as a second voice after each stanza of the song. Each word was shouted with pride and somehow we knew that when it matters most, the Green Archer delivered the 70-69 win over Ateneo. It never felt this good this UAAP season. Yes, like most die-hard Green Archer fan, I was in Araneta to support La Salle specially in the crucial last two minutes of the game and smell the sweet victory after the final buzzer.

Securing the second spot is crucial because La Salle gains the twice to beat advantage while Ateneo needs to beat UST to get a chance to play with La Salle again. Since UE swept the entire eliminations, they advance to the finals and a step ladder elimination is followed. I do hope Ateneo wins over UST so that we would have another Ateneo-La Salle game.

All of the big players delivered including JV Casio (21pts), Rico Maierhofer (13pts), Tyrone Tang (10pts), Peejay Barua (9pts)?, and Cholo Villanueva (7pts) who scored the winning point via a split free throw shot.

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P.S. I noticed the Gang Green discouraging the La Salle gallery to do a wave. Why?

September 18, 2007

Back to Back

Hi OAP friends, I've been pretty busy lately with back to back trips to Shanghai and Singapore. I'll be posting my adventures soon and the yummy treats I discovered. As you all know I love Shanghai and if ever I move out of Manila for an expat assignment that is the only place I want to be.

My mac crashed on me back to back as well over a two weeks period. I'm an expert already on how to reinstall OSX 10.4.10 and all the software that I use. I lost some data but the important thing is that all of my photos are intact. I started to do back to back back-ups to a spare hard disk and to an iPod. Let me know if are encountering the same problem because I might be of help.

I was also got invited back to back to write an article for Inquirer which was released last Sunday and another one for Yummy in the November issue. Thanks for all the greetings on the article. We are thrilled to write that fun article for Sunday Inquirer Magazine. Thanks to Penny of SIM and Margaux for recommending me to write for SIM. I'm updating the links and contact information in the blog posts for those who want to try the awesome restaurants.

It is sad that Lasalle lost to Ateneo back to back and this is the first time I've seen it happen ever since college (I think). But the last game was a great game and it was a shoot out between the two squads. It was mentally and physically draining for both such that they lost in their subsequent games. But Ateneo's happy days will be over today after the playoffs for the twice to beat advantage. Animo La Salle!

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