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March 31, 2009

Kalamunda by Sylvia Miguel

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"Dear, it's Kalamunda and not Sylvia's Garden...," Sylvia Miguel corrected me last Sunday. Kalamunda is an Australian aboriginal term, which means "home in the bush." (Yeah, Sylvia's Garden could be easily confused with Sonya's Garden...)

You have to literally drive to uncharted Tagaytay area with no signs and just views of one farm after another. Kalamunda is right beside the new Massimo in Tagaytay, hidden just behind the borders of Tagaytay and Silang, Cavite.

The main highlight of this foodie trip is the cleanest-tasting lechon by Sylvia and Carlos Miguel.

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March 27, 2009

Manila loves Jack Canfield

UPDATE 4/22/09: Jack Canfield had to be hospitalized due to a serious back injury. This event is cancelled and postponed indefinitely. 

"The problem is that most people focus on their failures rather than their successes. But the truth is that most people have more successes than failures."

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Manila loves Jack Canfield because of his Chicken Soup for the Soul series. His claim to fame is that he was rejected a number of times before he was able to successfully publish his book. Jack owns the record of having the Most Books on New York Times Best Seller list in the Guinness Book of World Records. He is one of the role models / mentors, Filipinos can learn from. 

In an interview with Dennis Hughes of ShareGuide.com, Jack shares his story about Chicken Soup for the Soul book:

"ShareGuide.com: Did you approach a number of publishers prior to it being accepted?"

"Jack Canfield: Yes! We were rejected by 123 publishers all told. The first time we went to New York, we visited with about a dozen publishers in a two day period with our agent, and nobody wanted it. They all said it was a stupid title, that nobody bought collections of short stories, that there was no edge--no sex, no violence. Why would anyone read it? We then kept going to publishers for another couple of months. It was rejected by another 22 publishers and then our agent said, "Sorry boys, I can't sell it." So we went to the American Bookseller's Association Convention in Anaheim and walked the floor from booth to booth asking publishers if they would be interested in our book. There were 4,000 booths there! I don't think we hit every one of them, but close to it. 

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March 26, 2009

Talking Tongues Chinese Indonesian Cuisine

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I love Southeast Asian flavors. Fortunately for me, there's a new foodie spot for Chinese-Indonesian cuisine in the eskinitas of Salcedo Village. Talking Tongues is owned and managed by (KK) Gertruida Nelwan, an Indonesian who decided to live in Manila.

This is one restaurant where Rache and I agree to disagree in our foodie assessment. I love it because of its spicy dishes (they appeal to the Bicolano in me) and unique flavor, but she hates it because she feels there is something missing in its ingredients, flavor or the way the food is cooked.

I'm not sure if this is just a guy or girl thing, but let me know your own assessment of Talking Tongues...

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March 20, 2009

Le Souffle 38th Wedding Anniversary

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Happy 38th Wedding Anniversary to Momsy and Popsy!

I would like to link back to this post after 30 years. I think only by that time would I understand how my parents are feeling -- becoming sentimental about life and looking forward to their golden anniversary. Hopefully, by the time we celebrate our 38th, we have some apos to blog about.

The family celebrated my parents' March 11 Wedding Anniversary in Le Souffle @ the Fort for classic French cuisine. The Le Souffle staff was kind enough to create this cake with greetings after I reserved for this special occasion.

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