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September 2008

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Awesome Sale That I Don’t Want You To Miss!

I just came from the Ultimate Ilocos Norte Trip which included surfing sessions in Blue Lagoon. While I’m getting back to the blogging grove again, I don’t want you to miss five (5) four (4) awesome sale events that are happening in Manila this coming week.

19th Philippine Travel Fair Triple X:
Xtreme Adventure, Xtreme Wellness and Xtreme Leisure in the Philippines
Date: September 12-14, 2008
Venue: SM MegaMall Mega Trade Hall
What Makes it Awesome: This is where you can get the cheapest airline tickets, and hotel rates you can use for 6-12 months.

The Big Garment Sale
Date: September 11-13, 2008
Venue: STAC Warehouse in Meycauyan, Bulacan
Blog Posts: The Great Bulacan Sale
What Makes it Awesome: Otherwise known as the Bulacan Sale that only happens 3x a year. This is the best and much anticipated factory sale event in Manila. This is where we buy cheap fashion branded clothes.

The 29th Manila International Book Fair: Words without Borders
Date: September 12— 16, 2008 10:00 A.M.— 8:00 P.M.
Venue: Halls 1-4, SMX Convention Center Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City
What Makes it Awesome: This is where you can find really good books at a good price.

Oakley Sale
Date: September 18-20, 2008
What Makes it Awesome: This is where you buy Oakley from the distributor sale.

Style Therapy Sale
Style Theraphy at Trinoma
Date: September 11-14, 2008
Venue: Various Brands, Trinoma Mall
What Makes it Awesome: Fashion Brands Sale. We will check this out this weekend.

(got feedback from OAP reader that the selections are not that good so I’m scrapping this from the list)
Live an Awesome Life!


Text and Photos by Anton Diaz. Copyright 2008.


Kawayan Cove Photography Class

Here is an official invitation to Bloggers who would like to learn photography skills with an excellent subject like Bamboo Beach! Please let me know if you would like to join this photo class by texting me +63917-LOVEOAP (5683627). It is sponsored by Kawayan Cove so it is FREE to join but you need to be a blogger or photographer to join this activity.


Text and Photos by Anton Diaz. Copyright 2008.


Meralco Theater Views

Click here for the full Meralco Theater Seat Map Version.

The most frequently asked question when buying West Side Story tickets is what is the best seat to buy. This is a matter of preference based on eyesight, company, status, and budget. Most of the views are generally OK for me except for the extreme A334 in Orchestra Left and A101 in Orchestra right which have a blind side. As an OAP exclusive, here are the different views of Meralco Theater based on the highlighted seats in the West Side Story seatmap above. Enjoy!


Text and Photos by Anton Diaz. Copyright 2008.

Related OAP Posts on West Side Story:
West Side Story Complete List of Direct Show Buyers
The Most Romantic or Tragic Love Story Ever Blogged Contest
West Side Story -The Most Romantic and Tragic Love Story Ever Blogged Winners
West Side Story — The Two Faces of West Side Story
Meralco Theater Views

Orchestra Center H225 View

Orchestra Left H343 View

Orchestra Right H101 View

Balcony Right X101 View

Balcony Center V217 View

Balcony Left X311 View

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West Side Story — The Two Faces of West Side Story

Christian Bautista’s West Side Story is the best West Side Story to date in Manila. WSS has been shown once in every decade in Manila and this version is focused on the young generation. (Young is generally defined as <40 years old.)

You will fall in love with the romance between Tony and Maria. I’m sure everyone can relate to Tony’s struggle of loving Maria with a different cultural background. Tony is American and belongs to the Jets while Maria is Puerto Rican and belongs to the Sharks. I’m sure that the people who submitted entries to the Most Romantic and Most Tragic love story ever blogged would be able to relate.

Also, the dance fights between the sharks and jets are engaging and fun. It has a variety show production appeal with a broadway twist because they have to sing, dance, and act at the same time. I wanted to give a standing ovation to the AMERICA and GEE, OFFICER KRUPKE! dance performances.

There are three technical rehearsals before the opening night on Sept. 5, Friday. The first one was held last tuesday for the Meralco employees, last night was for the press and tonight is for ABS-CBN. Also, there are two good versions of the show, the Joanna Ampil version and the Karylle version. We watched last night’s Karylle’s version of West Side Story.

The Karylle West Side Story version is fresh and entertaining in a showbiz kind of way. What I love about her version is the chemistry between Tony and Maria. They both share the same vocal range so their voices blend perfectly well. Karylle’s and Christian Bautista’s version of TONIGHT and SOMEWHERE are memorable and you can’t help but fall in love with the characters.

Since both of them don’t have that broadway vocal range, there are times when you would feel that their voices fell short of what the song demands. But they compensate it with a loving performance that looks real. With Joanna, I’m afraid that her voice would dominate the love song duets and would ruin the loving moment. (Anybody watched Joanna Ampil’s version yet ?)

I wonder how Dingdong Dantes would feel when Christian Bautista kisses Karylle more than 3 times in West Side Story. Multiply that with the number of West Side Story shows, and…

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West Side Story -The Most Romantic and Tragic Love Story Ever Blogged Winners

The Most Romantic or Tragic Love Story Ever Blogged Contest

And the winners are…
Thanks for sharing a part of your most romantic and tragic story ever blogged. It was very tough for us to decide the winner because each love story is special. We decided to award an OAP second choice as a third prize. Here are the winners:

OAP’s Choice:
Chocolate Stars and Sapphire Dreams’ The Best Night of My Life.
Thanks for sharing your most romantic adventure, Cat! A must read for romantics like us 🙂

OAP’s Choice (P4,400 Prize)
Two (2) Orchestra Center Tickets (P2,400 worth) to the Sept. 6, Saturday Opening Night of West Side Story
One (1) P2,000 Gift Certificate in Alchemy (Manila’s Only 3 Floor Euro Superclub)

Mrs OAP’s Choice
TheFool’s Notebook Regrets.
Mrs. OAP’s Winner for the WSS Contest

Mrs OAP’s Choice (P 3,400 Prize)
Two (2) Orchestra Center Tickets (P2,400 worth) to the Sept. 5, Friday Opening Night of West Side Story
One (1) P1,000 Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Gift Certificate

OAP’s Second Choice
Like it Or Not’s The Last Quarter of 2004.
Thanks for sharing your detailed tragic love story via email. We really appreciate it.

OAP’s Second Choice (P1,400 Prize)
Two (2) Balcony Center Tickets (P1,400 worth) to the Sept. 6, Saturday Opening Night of West Side Story

Congratulations! Email me at [email protected] to arrange for the shipping of your prizes.


Text and Photos by Anton Diaz. Copyright 2008.


Mom and Tina’s Bakery Cafe

The hottest restaurant in Makati these days is in the corner of Perea and De La Rosa St. in Makati. Barely a month old, Mom (Belen Vergara Torres) and Tina’s (Torres-Santos) Bakery Cafe is creating an unstoppable foodie buzz and long queues during lunch time. I’ve never seen such excitement and warm welcome for this Bakery Cafe originally based in Ortigas.

Mom and Tina’s formula for success is simple. They promise to serve home-cooked meals with fresh ingredients and fresh-from-the-oven pastries and baked goodies. I was pleasantly surprise about how affordable gourmet food is in this cafe.

The cafe can accommodate roughly 100 people and opens daily (10am to 11pm at night). This is a favorite hangout for late night dinners or weekend hangout in Makati. It is often difficult to find a good restaurant open during weekends in Makati.

Mom & Tina Bakery Cafe Menu:
Soup of the Day, Starters, Salads, Pasta & Tomato Dishes.
Pasta & Tomato Dishes, Hearty Main Dishes
Hearty Main Dishes & Sandwiches
Desserts, Hot & Cold Beverages

Chicken Spinach Lasagna (P125). Layers of chicken and tomato and cream sauce with homemade spinach lasagna pasta. Served with Garlic Cheese rolls.

If you don’t know what to order, just give this rich lasagna a try. You would savor the thick cream sauce in every bite. The garlic cheese roll is crunchy and shape like a flower you can peel one layer at a time.

Next time, I’m coming back for Paella Valenciana (P170), Chicken Relleno (P160), and Lengua con Setas (P295). I heard they are great from other foodies and the price is quite reasonable.

Mini-Oreo Cheesecake (P125).

According to Marbee Go of Wedding Essentials and Manila Bulletin Travel, this is the best Oreo Cheesecake in town. We have to agree and this is a must try!

Mom & Tina’s Bakery Cafe
Perea corner De La Rosa, Makati City
Telephone: +632 894 3598, 840-4299

106 E. Rodriguez Jr, Avenue Ugong, Pasig City
Telephone: +632 571-1540 to 41, 914-0833

Text and Photos by Anton Diaz. Copyright 2008.


Cucina Gayuma’s Laing Pasta

The name Cucina Gayuma intrigued us for some time now. We were hoping to try it sooner but it was closed on a Monday when we visited the area. Gayuma is a filipino term for love potion or food that will make you fall in love with a person. In a sense, the Gayuma term is misleading because the food is actually experimental meals on Filipino fusion. Gayuma is used to refer to food that seduces your senses. I remember that there was a Gayuma restaurant before (in Katipunan?) but this one is not related to it.

Laing Pasta (P190). Taro Leaves, coconut milk and cream topped with smoked fish and crumbled white cheese.

The Laing Pasta of Cucina Gayuma is getting a buzz in the foodie community. It is the best and if you have only one dish to try this is it. We love laing made from gabi leaves and authentically made in Bicol. It is a little bit creamy and the laing taste blended well with the pasta.

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NAIA T3 Food

So far, Delifrance is the best food available in NAIA Terminal 3. A sandwich would cost anywhere from Php 120-Php 240. We would order it to go and bring it to the airplane with us. Yes, you can eat on the airplane as long as the tray tables are stowed during take off.

Finally, I’m happy that we have a world class airport for our Cebu Pacific and PAL Express flights. Just another tip, Philippine Air Line EXPRESS terminal is in NAIA Terminal 3 and not in NAIA Terminal 2.

I made a mistake last Friday of assuming all Philippine Air Line flights are in NAIA terminal 2. My brother Rommel dropped us off in Terminal 2 and found out that we are in the wrong terminal. I’m glad that we had enough time (45mins before the flight) to transfer from T2 to T3 and catch the PAL Express flight to Busuanga. Did you make the same mistake before?
Text and Photos by Anton Diaz. Copyright 2008.

PS. Here are the other food options in NAIA Terminal 3…

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