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Anton Diaz

Musicals

Avenue Q-Manila: Is Manila ready for the Puppet’s Full Frontal Nudity?

Avenue Q – Final Run June 2008. 5 Reasons Why You Should Not Miss the Opening Night of Avenue Q’s Final Run!

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Avenue Q, Broadway’s smash-hit 2004 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, will soon be opening in Manila on September 7, 2007. I can’t wait to see the great cast which includes Rachel Alejandro (dual role of Kate Monster and Lucy The Slut,), Frenchie Dy (as Christmas Eve) and Aiza Seguerra (as Gary Coleman). Chari Arespacochaga is co-directing Avenue Q with Bobby Garcia, so expect that this will be a world class show, similar to Rent.

What is AVENUE Q about?
” AVENUE Q is the story of Princeton, a bright-eyed college grad who comes to New York City with big dreams and a tiny bank account. He soon discovers that the only neighborhood in his price range is Avenue Q; still, the neighbors seem nice. There’s Brian the out-of-work comedian and his therapist fianceé Christmas Eve; Nicky the good-hearted slacker and his roommate Rod — a Republican investment banker who seems to have some sort of secret; an Internet addict called Trekkie Monster; and a very cute kindergarten teaching assistant named Kate. And would you believe the building’s superintendent is Gary Coleman?!? (Yes, that Gary Coleman.) Together, Princeton and his newfound friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.” (About Avenue Q the Musical)

Here is another fun fact:
“As it turns out, Avenue Q, the Tony Award winning Broadway musical that continues to run on Broadway, has Pinoy blood behind it. Bobby Lopez, who wrote the show with his collaborator Jeff Marx, is half-Filipino.” (The Pinoy who wrote Avenue Q)

Start listening to songs such as “Schadenfreude”, “The Internet is For Porn” and “It Sucks to be Me”, etc.. So that you are not left out — there is still time. Do you think Filipinos will be ready for the Puppet’s full frontal nudity and explicit, vulgar lyrics? What’s your Favorite Avenue Q song?

Anton

P.S. 15 Sept 2007 3pm matinee performance
On the 15 Sept 2007 3pm matinee performance of Ave Q, P&G Employees are entitled to a 10% discount (yahoo!). Although the tickets for the 15 Sept 2007 3pm performance of Ave Q will be available mid-August, you can start reserving tickets for those interested. Ticket prices are (P&G employees are entitled to a 10% discount):

Balcony Php 500
Loge Php 1,000
Orchestra Php 1,250

Update 8/7/2007
FYI, Atlantis has decided that all the Saturday Matinee shows, including ours on 15 Sept 2007, will be moved from 3pm to 2pm.

We have decided as well to give Early Bird Discounts for Cash Purchases for the 15 Sept 2pm show:
10% Discount—Tickets bought from 06-19 August 2007
5% Discount—Tickets bought from 20-31 August 2007
5% Discount— On every 10 Tickets bought from 01-14 Sept 2007

They may only avail of the discounts if the tickets are bought directly from me. My contact details remain the same.

Contact Lorna Lopez for ticket reservations:
(Sun) 0922.3875729
(Globe) 0917.9256505
(email) [email protected]
www.thebachelorgirl.com

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T-House Dining’s Fluffy Pancakes!

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T-House Dining is a great addition to the competitive eating scene in Tagaytay. It serves the best fluffy pancakes in town that will put Pancake House’s pancakes to shame. It also serves a yummy and oh-so-healthy 4 course dining menu for only P550 net with no additional hidden charges. Lunch and dinner are by reservation only. The 4 course menu consist of two choices of soup, a salad, a main entree and dessert.

Thanks to Emy Mendoza, chef and food consultant for T-House dining, for the great food @ T-House. Their team is committed to improve the menu over time by retaining the best sellers and introducing new ones.

They should improve the desserts which are just OK. Also, they need to replace the dishes with tuna which tastes like canned Century tuna. This is contrary to their gourmet commitment of serving food with fresh ingredients.

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The Definitive Guide to T-House, Tagaytay

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T H E D E F I N I T I V E G U I D E T O T – H O U S E , T A G A Y T A Y
T-House embodies the luxurious charms of a Boutique Hotel with the service and warmth of a
Bed and Breakfast Place, and affordability of a typical hotel outside Metro Manila.
It is a blessed place with sacred grounds because of its close proximity to the Ina ng Laging
Saklolo Parish Church. It redefines your definition of a weekend escape in Tagaytay!
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Bawai, The Best Home Made Vietnamese I’ve Ever Tasted

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Banh da Lon (P20). Vietnamese sapin sapin, made of pandan and monggo beans.

Vietnam is a hot tourist place these days because of its cultural sights, cheap shopping places and interesting Vietnamese cuisine. However, I’ve never tasted Vietnamese cuisine similar to the one you enjoy in Vietnam. I’m glad that Yong and Virgilio Tatlonghari decided to open their lovely home for weekend dining. Bawai is a 4 month old Tagaytay Vietnamese restaurant which serves close to authentic home cooked Vietnamese food. Yong, called Bawai (grandma in Vietnamese), is the person behind this refreshing new restaurant.

I would highly recommend the fresh spring roll and just about anything with the special sweet patis sauce. Also, they don’t get a lot of guest lately so they will entertain you as their own guest. You need to reserve and order in advance since each meal is cooked by Bawai herself. I do hope it remains that way, and the food don’t get commercialized like most Vietnamese restaurants in Manila. The secret to Bawai’s food is authentic imported ingredients from Vietnam sent by Bawai’s friends and relatives.

So next time you are in Tagaytay, be sure to check out this hidden Vietnamese treasure..

Best Vietnamese Restaurants in the Philippines:

 

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Tsukiji @ Century Park Hotel

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So the rumors were true that the Japanese Chef behind the famous Tsukiji in Makati is now in Century Park Hotel. Tsukiji Makati is now run by the Filipino partner. Thanks to Jinji for the lovely dinner treat and for the excellent restaurant choice! The food is deliciously expensive because of its innovative serving presentation, its imported Japanese ingredients and a rare Japanese Chef. I like the authentic japanese Samurai armor display and the overall very Japanese ambiance of Tsukiji. If you are looking to impress a Japanese guest with Japanese food, you won’t go wrong in Tsukiji @ Century Park hotel.

Check out the menu @ Tsukiji:
Century Tsukiji Appetizer
Sake, Shochu, and Seasonal Recommendations
Udon/Soba and Dessert
Tofu Dishes, Donburimono, Gohanmono, Zosui (Porridge), Ochazuke, Onigiri
Seafood and Vegetable Dishes
Pork, Chicken and Seafood
Steak and Fish
Sushi, Chirashi Sushi, Maki Sushi and Wagyu Beef
Shirumono Soup, Otsukemono (Pickled Vegetables), and Sashimi
Kaiseki Course, Sunomono, Salads
Limited Sushi Promo, Set Meals, Bento, Teishoku

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Lovely evening with Jinji and Riza (fiancee) can’t wait to have their own little monster…

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Aidan and Seiji Kamura, the japanese chef behind Tsukiji!

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Beat Ateneo, ANIMO Lasalle!

Reminiscin’ La Salle

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After 12 years, it was good to reminisce the formative days in college with a few alumni who can relate to our nostalgic sentiments. The towering Don Enrique T. Yuchengco Hall crushed our memories of the central gym where all the La Salle Basketball greats used to play.

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This Green and White scene is energizing to see with the usual tambayan crowd and young casual dressed students passing by. I would like to share with you some of our nostalgic thoughts and please free to share your own as well in the comments.

What do you remember most about your La Salle college days?

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Beat Ateneo, ANIMO Lasalle!

Reminiscin’ La Salle

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After 12 years, it was good to reminisce the formative days in college with a few alumni who can relate to our nostalgic sentiments. The towering Don Enrique T. Yuchengco Hall crushed our memories of the central gym where all the La Salle Basketball greats used to play.

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This Green and White scene is energizing to see with the usual tambayan crowd and young casual dressed students passing by. I would like to share with you some of our nostalgic thoughts and please free to share your own as well in the comments.

What do you remember most about your La Salle college days?

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Vivere Suites’ Skyline

“Vivere Suites nestled in the heart of Southern Manila’s premiere business centers, Vivere at the Richville Regency Suites is the first 5-star 30-storey high full service residence — hotel equipped with amenities for the discerning businessmen.”

The Vivere Skyline view never cease to amaze me. When it first opened, we immediately fell in love with this place. This is a must place to visit when you are in the Filinvest area.


The infinity pool and the banahaw touches give a boracay feel to the entire 31st rooftop bar and restaurant.


I want to jump into the pool overlooking Laguna de bay.


This is the look of the room where we stayed last night.

Anton

Food

Zhu.CC (Chinese Cuisine)

Zhu is the latest addition to the chinese cuisine options in the Fort. You can’t help but think that this is a Gloria-Maris affiliated restaurant because of the distinct similarity of the menu options. Its bright pink and bright yellow motif was enough to entice us to spend our Father’s Day celebration in Zhu. It was on its first week of operation so expect faulty aircons/ exhaust systems, and inefficient crew. Despite that, I knew that it was a winner after I tasted the soup of the Xiao Long Pao dimsum and the secret house sauce of Zhu’s Hot Pot. Our Hong Kong style meals ended with the taho similar to the ones we order in Gloria Maris. For me, I like Zhu because it is away from the crowded friday night scene in Serenda and the usual Mall establishments. It is conveniently located beside Secret Recipe’s so you can end your meal with its award winning Cheese Cakes!

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Thai Pad, Hole-in-the-Wall Reincarnation of SukhoThai


Check out Thai Pad Menu (Bigger Version)

Most of us regarded SukhoThai as the standard of Thai food in the Philippines. When it closed down in the malls due to high overhead costs, we felt some sadness in our hearts. For a few months now, SukhoThai was reincarnated as Thai Pad in Marvin Plaza (where Canon Service center is located) along Pasong Tamo. At first, I was skeptical every time I see Thai Pad when I send my Canon 20d for repairs. I thought, oh no, not another one of those Thai restaurant wannabes. If they are really SukhoThai, why change the name?

Here are some stories that I heard about Thai Pad. The SukhoThai chef got sick and had to leave SukhoThai. Eventually, he setup his Som’s hole-in-the-wall restaurant in Rockwell and eventually along N. Garcia. While Thai Pad, reinvented their concept to be more hole-in-the-wall setup which means, basic ambiance and affordable prices (around P100 only). It is owned by the same owner and uses the SukhoThai recipe except that their chefs are the “sous” chefs of the original SukhoThai chef. So expect same SukhoThai quality (I felt it was diluted) at 50% serving size and 50% the price.

Even if we felt the food is not as rich as before and the ingredients are kinda diluted, I would still recommend Thai Pad if you are craving for Thai comfort food. Although, Som’s is the clear winner between the two in every Thai food aspect except for the Pad Thai. For some reason, Som’s Pad Thai does not taste as good as Thai Pad’s Pad Thai (I wanted to say that :).

Related Posts:
Som’s Noodle House – cheap authentic version of SukhoThai
Som’s Noodle House

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