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Another unintended effect of travelling: Imported na pamerienda

July 24th, 2013 No comments
Who doesn't like merienda? It involves two Pinoy past times in one go - eating and gossiping.
In merienda, I think, like anything else simpler is always better like pandesal with spread.
Now during the past few weeks, I have - slightly - upped the ante on our merienda fare.
For now, we're putting away the Cheez Whiz and focusing on the sweet spreads in my cupboard.
The first holds a special place in my heart and pancreas (insulin) - the Coco jam! Now I may not be a zealot for plain Coco jam like the time I was into the sushal version Nonya Kaya but it (Coco jam) is a timeless favorite. I started trying out newer spreads around the time I discovered Kopi Roti along Magsaysay. It was also the time Breadtalk started selling Kaya spread and I started hoarding.
Then a hotel we stayed at in Belgium introduced me to the Speculoos spread (They say it's the new Nutella). I scrounged in Carrefour and found some to bring home. I've had the little Speculoos biscuits before; they usually serve them in proper coffee shops - but the spread was something else. It was sweet yet not overwhelming.
A friend of mine sent a special variety of it - Speculoos Cookie Butter - saying it was the best spread and is quite limited, only sold in the States blah blah. Tasted it. I preferred the original Speculoos spread.
At the end of the day my promdi sweet tooth will probably always crave for Coco Jam though; even if I may have the occasional Nutella, Lotus Speculoos, strawberry jam and marmalade on the side. 

But what about pantulak? If possible especially in this warm-ish weather, Pimm's. We were served once with this British drink daw half swimming in ice and pieces of fruit and fell in love straight away.
One time, I'm not sure if it was the weather but I had a throbbing headache (I think because of the heat) but still managed to finish a litre of Pimm's with three friends. Headache gone.  True story.
Coincidence? Probably but don't  they say alcohol is suppose to make your headache worst.
I wish I could find one in Manila. They say they might sell some in Ayala or Rustan's. Fingers crossed.
I mean it's not just for Wimbledon it's the perfect drink to have with friends.
 

For guys and girls; it's a summer drink
It's a bit hit and miss though with imported food. Case in point: Marmite.
Marmite is a British spread put on toast which has a very old, yeasty very salty flavor. My friend told me it's a love it or hate it kinda thing and OMG do I know which side I am on.



Not a fan. But you have to try things at least once right? I mean I've already tried snails in Morocco  (not that bad, btw) and at this day in age there's only a few things I won't (willingly or knowingly) eat.

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Antoine & Mikki

July 22nd, 2013 No comments

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Le temps qui s’arrêta, ce jour là, pour nous. Le temps qui nous fit la révérence de nous oublier, s’inclinant devant le miracle d’une rencontre,
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de deux coeurs qui se joignent et qui, l’espace d’un instant, ressent le pouvoir de l’éternité, et de se comprendre en silence
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Il suffisait d’un battement de cils, d’un sourire pour que mon coeur sursaute. Il suffisait d’un regard. C’était une évidence.
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Time stopped that day for us. Time which made us forget the reverence of us,
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bowing to the miracle of a meeting of two hearts that join and the space of a moment,
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feeling the power of eternity, and to understand silence.
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I live on the edge of a sleepy soul, a moist rose, and an infinite lilac sky beneath my chin.
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My dear, I think of you always
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at night I build myself a warm nest of things I remember and float in your sweetness till morning.
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How we need another soul to cling to, another body to keep us warm. To rest and trust; to give your soul in confidence

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I need this, I need someone to pour myself into.
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Mes lèvres en tremblent encore, sous son poids mon coeur vibre plus fort.
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La patience me va, et en t’attendant
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c ’ e s t  t o n  c o r p s  q u e  j e  r é c i t e  p a r  c œ u r ,  t e s  b r a s  s i  d o u x ,  t e s  l è v r e s ,  l ’ o d e u r  d e  t e s  c h e v e u x .
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E t  t e s  g e n o u x .  D i r e  q u e  m ê m e  d e  t e s  g e n o u x ,  j e  s u i s  a m o u r e u x .
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Patience is me, and waiting for you,
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it’s your body that I recite by heart, your arms so soft, your lips, the smell of your hair. I’m even in love with your knees.
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Tes yeux. Immenses. Ton regard doux et patient où brûle ce feu qui te consume. Où sans relâche la nuit meurtrit ta lumière.
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Tonight I will be the traveler of you.
I will travel the valleys and hills of you, the faraway deserts of you, I will drink from the rivers and streams of you

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I will travel you without a map or compass, I will navigate by the stars and the moon, the planet we live on,
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my own bones, they will tell me how to crawl inside your laughter and I will sleep there.
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There are filaments of your eyes nn the surface of the water and in the edges of the snow.
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It’s clear to me now that I have been moving toward you and you toward me for a long time.
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Though neither of us was aware of the other before we met,
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there was a kind of mindless certainty bumming blithely along beneath our ignorance that ensured we would come together.
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Like two solitary birds flying the great prairies by celestial reckoning, all of these years and lifetimes we have been moving toward one another.
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The world has extended its carpet so you may walk upon it,
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i t s  w a r m  a r m s  r e a c h  o u t  t o  e m b r a c e  y o u ,
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lure you toward the floating island, the outback of cloud
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With your foot extending from your rolled-up pants, you touch the edge of the known.
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Water and sky.
Feet and sand. Cloud and hill. Hand and rock.
In the end
everything is one

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ANTOINE NICOLE & MIKKI RAVELO _ Chateau de Pierry, Reims,  Champagne, France
Video : Aira UK | Gown : Monique Lhuillier | Accesories: Richie Ortega-Torres | Calligraphy: Fozzybook

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Forget Me Not

July 19th, 2013 No comments
The feline philosopher, Immanuel Kat, mulling over the possibility of life on the other side. How often it rains in gardens where no heart can grow, or how frequent the sun burns crimson against...

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Music festivals

July 6th, 2013 No comments
I must go to a music festival before I turn 35. These are proper music festivals - off the beaten road, camping, booze and tail (daw) kind not the one held in school auditoriums with Muslim inspired music danced by school teachers or a high school dance crew fumbling around or a duet na pilit na bumibirit or - egad - doble cara

 Choices:


My country has the Wanderland.


Wanderland had a great start - but a lot of catching up to do, I heard.
There are many foreign bands and they seem to be headlining the acts. Nothing wrong with that but I'm not sure why that was the case. I don't think I'm bigoted when I suggest we give equal prominence to our local (struggling) artist. The way Glastonbury did for Mumford and Sons.
But I heard ( from a very reliable source/judge), it was alright. They should, I think, switch to wristbands. They're more efficient and look way cooler than paper tickets.

P.S. I don't know who the hell the chap is but he was blocking the view...jk. Great vid though


Glastonbury
Merry old England has the most number of musically gifted people in the Billboard Hot 100. Glastonbury highlights that and then some.
Let's  talk about the elephant in the room - don't expect to shower for three days. Wet wipes lang daw. That' the Glastonbury way..haha. Pero I reckon I might be able to tolerate that for this...


  
Saka where else can you wear rain boots without looking like a dork?
I'll bring a Philippine flag para pag nag sweep ang BBC camera - boom. haha. I discover amazing singers when I watch Glastonbury (sa internet lang) like Maverick Sabre...


and the world discovered Mumford and Sons - who headlined Glastonbury 2013.
Yun lang nga medyo magastos. Napabili kasi ako ng album ni Maverick Sabre. Why oh why did I activate one-click purchase in Amazon?!

Boom na Boom sa Boom, Tomorrowland
What a fitting name for this town. Okay so it's in Belgium so I have to apply for a visa yet again. Unless. How do you say marry me for visa in Spanish? haha
I was 'researching,' right, apparently this place is close to Antwerp and has loads of accommodation to boot so di masyado stressed maghanap ng toilet at shower.
A Portuguese work mate told me, he was also keen on going here so it's not just my Asian curiosity for techno that draws me at lalo na dahil sabi nung DJ we are young, we are beautiful and we deserve the buzz around this festival...ano pang pipigil satin, di ba? Well beside the immigration desk.

Coachella for realz. Crabs - the good kind
Kung mobile app lang ang labanan Coachella wins hands on. Aside from the fact that it's in California so sunny weather and awesome beaches they also have....


Crab fries!
Mind you like Glastonbury they have umm young at heart people... who some (not me) might say is having a midlife crisis trying to recapture their youth.





I just hope I'm able to go to at least one proper festival before I turn 35. Otherwise, move over Danny boy, I need to take a photo as well.


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Wadi al-Mujib: Added to bucket list

July 6th, 2013 No comments
There are a lot of history in the middle east.  While I probably won't find myself backpacking around Iraq and Israel anytime soon, I do want to visit the middle east for a couple of days and I do understand a lot of countries are dry (the not-so-fun what are we going to drink on a night out dry) fun can be had entirely alcohol free.
I've always been intrigued by the richness of their culture and geography. The closest I've been to culturally speaking was Morocco. I kept an open mind and had a great time.
Although, Islam has been getting some flak no thanks through the action of a few extremist it has shaped the middle east  into something so unique and beautiful.
Before I get to preachy, I'm going back to this additional entry into my bucket list. Wadi al-Mujib.
It's apparently a trail where you are  knee-deep in water at the start, and you basically get wet for the 1 - 2 hour scenic trek to get to the top where there is a huge waterfall.
Internet Photo...Just need to do the more awesome pose when I get there
Egypt could be great as well but I guess I'm gonna wait a little while after the protest dies down. Baka ma stranded lang pag nag kagulo., mahirap na. ahaha
There are beaches and resorts as well in Egypt but my plan will really revolve around the pyramid - mounted on a camel.

I've said it before I need travel while I'm still (fairly) young. I guess you can still travel when you're older and when you've got a family but I reckon that's a different kind of fun.


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Iguang Saldang Baya Sa Camarines Sur

July 1st, 2013 No comments
Source: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com
Toma posicion ngonian can mga nanggarana sa eleccion local sa enterong nacion. Sa Camarines Sur, sarong familia an nagluluas na istoria. Alagad baco sana ian an istoria can pirilian na nacaagui. Satong purbarang himaiuon an 2013 eleccion sa provinciang Camarines Sur.

Sarong halipot na osipon can politica sa provincia. An Camarines Sur bistadong baluarte nin oposicion. Ini guican pa sa cawaran nin daculang projecto o cawaran nin tultol na atencion can gobierno nacional sa mga pangangaipo can ordinariong Camarinense. (Caya iguang duang gobierno na narereinar sa provincia. Seguro aram man can cagabsan an realidad sa seguridad na aroaldao na nagigimatan can majoria sa cabuquidan.) Nagimatan co an pagpadara can Camarines Sur nin apat na aguila sa 1984 Batasan Pambansa. Guinardiaian an voto para qui Cory-Doy sa 1986 Snap Eleccion. Dinara si Salonga sa 1992 presidencial eleccion. Duang veces tinulod si Roco para sa pagcapresidente, 1998 asin 2004. Dangan si Noynoy can 2010 eleccion. Gabos ini mga candidato can oposicion. Ini an parte can historia can provinciang Camarines Sur na sacong inoorgullo. Sa hiling co, iguang pagmate an mga Camarinenses na unico sana sa Camarines Sur.

Napano ta sarong veinte-tres a?os an matucao na gobernador sa capitolio? Baco lang 'yan, sia an pinacajoven na gobernador sa enterong historia nin nacion. Cun  baco lang sa apellido, daculang orgullo ini can provincia.
Source: http://www.bicolmail.com

Halat!

An pagpili sa joven na Villafuerte contra sa gurang na Villafuerte sarong manifestacion nin paorootrong icot nin aldao. Tibaad ini sarong pagsirang nin saldang. Bagong aldao alagad dating saldang. Ano an satong malalauman sa bagong aldao na ini? An paqui-olay co, dae pagmansaiuon an saldang. Hemateon an sirang sa liuanag na iwinawaras caini.

Igua pa man sarong istoria sa nacaaguing eleccion. Labing ciento mil o veinte tres porciento an habo sa mga Villafuerte. Daculang porciento ini para punan nin danai na paglaom sa pagdatong nin matalingcas na aldao para sa Camarines Sur.

Aco nagtutubod, siring saimo, na iguang saldang na mabutwa sa provincia. Bacong dating saldang. Alagad mataong sirang sa gabos na naglalaom nin bagong aldao sa Camarines Sur.

Caya lang, garo mahalat pa quita nin haloi na panahon. Nuarin pa? Pagal na aco maghalat! Sabaton ta na caya!


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Iguang Saldang Baya Sa Camarines Sur

July 1st, 2013 No comments
Source: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com
Toma posicion ngonian can mga nanggarana sa eleccion local sa enterong nacion. Sa Camarines Sur, sarong familia an nagluluas na istoria. Alagad baco sana ian an istoria can pirilian na nacaagui. Satong purbarang himaiuon an 2013 eleccion sa provinciang Camarines Sur.

Sarong halipot na osipon can politica sa provincia. An Camarines Sur bistadong baluarte nin oposicion. Ini guican pa sa cawaran nin daculang projecto o cawaran nin tultol na atencion can gobierno nacional sa mga pangangaipo can ordinariong Camarinense. (Caya iguang duang gobierno na narereinar sa provincia. Seguro aram man can cagabsan an realidad sa seguridad na aroaldao na nagigimatan can majoria sa cabuquidan.) Nagimatan co an pagpadara can Camarines Sur nin apat na aguila sa 1984 Batasan Pambansa. Guinardiaian an voto para qui Cory-Doy sa 1986 Snap Eleccion. Dinara si Salonga sa 1992 presidencial eleccion. Duang veces tinulod si Roco para sa pagcapresidente, 1998 asin 2004. Dangan si Noynoy can 2010 eleccion. Gabos ini mga candidato can oposicion. Ini an parte can historia can provinciang Camarines Sur na sacong inoorgullo. Sa hiling co, iguang pagmate an mga Camarinenses na unico sana sa Camarines Sur.

Napano ta sarong veinte-tres a?os an matucao na gobernador sa capitolio? Baco lang 'yan, sia an pinacajoven na gobernador sa enterong historia nin nacion. Cun  baco lang sa apellido, daculang orgullo ini can provincia.
Source: http://www.bicolmail.com

Halat!

An pagpili sa joven na Villafuerte contra sa gurang na Villafuerte sarong manifestacion nin paorootrong icot nin aldao. Tibaad ini sarong pagsirang nin saldang. Bagong aldao alagad dating saldang. Ano an satong malalauman sa bagong aldao na ini? An paqui-olay co, dae pagmansaiuon an saldang. Hemateon an sirang sa liuanag na iwinawaras caini.

Igua pa man sarong istoria sa nacaaguing eleccion. Labing ciento mil o veinte tres porciento an habo sa mga Villafuerte. Daculang porciento ini para punan nin danai na paglaom sa pagdatong nin matalingcas na aldao para sa Camarines Sur.

Aco nagtutubod, siring saimo, na iguang saldang na mabutwa sa provincia. Bacong dating saldang. Alagad mataong sirang sa gabos na naglalaom nin bagong aldao sa Camarines Sur.

Caya lang, garo mahalat pa quita nin haloi na panahon. Nuarin pa? Pagal na aco maghalat! Sabaton ta na caya!


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