1. Anonymous said: I just wanna let you know that I find you really cool and interesting. I hope to bump into you one of these days. It would be really nice to see my "happy crush" in person. And don't worry. I'm not a dude. ;)

    That’s awesome to hear, and unfortunately I’m now on the other side of the world (If you’re from the Western Hemisphere, if not then let’s hang). Thanks for the message, I appreciate it. =)

     
  2. TEGAN AND SARA WENT TO THE PHILIPPINES AND I WASN’T THERE.

    Heartbroken, I was. But following Tegan and Sara on Instagram was a nice (not really) consolation prize:

    MusicVerse this week deals on the gay twin sisters from Calgary that were writing songs from age 15.

    I went on a trip to Cebu that date, and so the whole time, I was playing their songs. Especially my favorites:

     
  3. Alice Dixson has recently graced the cover of FHM Philippines, for December 2013.

    Everything you need to know about this 44 year-old piece of immortality is on her Wikipedia page.

    In a nutshell, here’s what she’s all about:

    She’s American Canadian.

    Her first role was a fairy princess.

    She was Miss Philippines International 1986.

    She’s a licensed real estate agent in Florida and British Columbia.

     
  4. 1. Hobbit 2 comes in FOUR days. Fellow geeks, rejoice.
    2. Vampire Weekend is SPIN.com’s Band of the Year, plus their song tops Billboard 200!
    3. Foie Gras as a “silog” FOIE-SI-LOG
    4. Pussy Riot makes Oscars. =)

     
  5. My Favorite Fast and the Furious Movie

    I remember as a teenager that the coolest thing to be was to drive one of the Fast and The Furious cars (ehem, Nissan Skyline GT-R)…the way the movie characters drove them.

    I can’t expound on this no longer. Sorry man, this is the best that I can do to honor you. You will be missed by all of the boys who wanted to be you and the girls that wanted to be with you.

    RIP Paul Walker.

     
     
  6. JOURNEY PART 1

    From the vimeo page:

    This timelapse video is a collection of footage shot over the last year and a half around the western half of the United States. The shots ranged from very different locations. From Montana to Arizona and most weren’t easy to get to but of course that makes them worth going to. The locations captured ranged in temps of 100 degrees to -9 degrees and in elevations of 12,000 feet to 225 feet below sea level. It took over 15,000 captured still images to make this video.

    I would like to thank the companies that provided motion control equipment.
    dynamicperception.com/
    kesslercrane.com/

    The TB3 eMotimo that I used along with the Dynamic Perception Stage Zero was a huge help in getting some of these shots.
    emotimo.com/

    Music: “Journey to the Line” Artist: Hans Zimmer
    itunes.apple.com/us/album/journey-to-the-line/id212408475?i=212408687

    Twitter: Drew599

    There will be a follow up video to this one that will cover the urban aspect.

     
     
  7. Every Cigarette You Don’t Smoke Is Doing You Good.

     
  8. This is Mayela Feldstein.

    See her story here:

    http://narrative.ly/the-nonagenarians/mayela-the-brave/

     
  9. What Your Barista Thinks of You

     
     

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    Chihuahua Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar

    Welcome to the first “The End-of-the-Month Eating Club” post!

    These posts, as the title suggests, will show up on the blog every end of the month, to give me time to collect friends, think of a restaurant to eat in and to enough Instagram photos.

    This November, I decided to find officemates to join me in enjoying one of my most favorite kind of food in the world: MEXICAN FOOD. Growing up in California, is basically seeing the most state of the country become an extension of almost every nation in the world. But its closest neighbor is the awesomely savory, spicy, and explode-in-your-mouth delicioso-ness that is Mexico! So I tried Chihuahiua Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar in their Greenbelt 2 branch.

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    (photo taken from Chihuahua’s Facebook Page)

    No frills, no plush chairs and expensive marble tables to be seen, Chihuahua is everything a Mexican joint in LA could be. Its home to Manila’s #1 burrito. When we got in and took a bite, it lived up to its name.

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    Some photos aren’t mine, something I couldn’t do that much since I was focusing on closing my eyes to feel every munch and chew. Margaritas were chilled to perfection, thinking this joint should be in Boracay too (just a simple yet assertive suggestion!). 

    Steak Burrito

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    Steak Burrito BOWL

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    Chicken Salad

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    I would say (not an excuse, really) that I would start enjoying food when I take poor pictures. Especially the Margarita, that gulped the half of my glass as a first sip! I promise to take better photos (or let someone do it while I stuff my face with awesomeness) in next month’s post! 

    Food: awesome. Ambience: great. Hot sauce library: awesome. Margarita: awesome as the skies in Cabo. WiFi: Super fast. People: really fun to be with in the restaurant. No stuck-up shit required. 

    Overall: 4.7/5

    Us under the colored lights: 1/5

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    'Til December's End-of-the-Month Eating Club meeting!

    Vinny

     

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    Alicia Keys in this week’s The Girl of the Week

    As everybody pretty much knows already, Typhoon Haiyan, a category 5 typhoon hit the PH this month. How does this Girl of the Week fit into this, well:

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    Just when you thought it was all about the red carpet and the latest pieces in fashion, Alicia Keys just had to come to Villamor Air Base to help out. She made me feel so helpless, when I’m already in Manila. 

    I have always loved Alicia Keys and her music. She isn’t like most of them (ehem, Miley). 

    Thankful for her and all of the people who sacrificed sleep, work, and leisure for helping out people they do not know, or usually care about! 

    Kudos, Alicia.

    To help out the littlest way you can: RED<space>AMOUNT to 2899 (Globe) or 4143 (Smart).

     

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    Bolognese and A Burger Stand

    AWESOME: Ragu Alla Bolognese

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    I found this at Erwan Heussaff’s The Fat Kid Inside. The food there are all good, so you know what to expect.

    Take a look at the ingredients. Learn it, eat it, live it.

    1 tablespoon vegetable oil

    3 tablespoons butter

    1/2 cup chopped onion

    2/3 cup chopped celery

    2/3 cup chopped carrot

    3/4 pound ground lean beef (preferably chuck or the meat from the neck)

    salt

    freshly ground black pepper

    1 cup milk

    1/8 teaspoon nutmeg (preferably freshly grated)

    1 cup dry white wine

    2 cups canned Italian tomatoes

    I need not say more. Definitely awesome.

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    NOT AWESOME: Burger Machine

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    Burger Machine was good, until they decided not to care anymore. 

    This particular stand is the reason why I included them in NOT AWESOME. One day at work, I was craving for danger. Any food that was tasty and had disease lurking around the corner was a good candidate. But other than that, I also wanted meat, so BM was the only choice at 3:45AM. 

    So this girl was working the fryer that dawn, and she looked nice enough to answer my questions, like 1) "Ilang minutes pag nag order ako ng Ultimate Double Burger?" and "Miss, anong oras na?". But I forgot that looks can be deceiving. She back-sassed me with "Sir, isa lang po ako, sandali lang." and "Sir, ayun po yung orasan oh."

    I took a moment to choose between being irritated by this wench that probably didn’t know what customer fracking service is, or remaining calm because this wench probably didn’t know what customer service is.

    So I left, and decided never to eat in that Burger Machine ever again. Aside from the fact that if I go there every morning there’s a large probability I will be seeing that fry cook, the stand was right beside a canal!

    I like a little danger, but that little flaw in relations with a customer made me realize that it isn’t worth it to be sick AND disappointed. So yeah, never again.

     

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  14. LOL NEWS: MCDONALDS EMPLOYEES HAVE A WEBSITE

    By Low Pay Is Not OK, a campaign calling for a living wage and the right to unionize for fast food workers. Found on their YouTube channel.

    Hyperlinks:
    http://lowpayisnotok.org

     
     
  15. QUOTE OF THE WEEK: Stop doing busy work…