art & design, filmmaking, movies, musings, sketch

on the boat

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im pleasantly surprised the effect of sea breeze and being on a ship have inspired me and afforded me time to write! In the last 24 hours ive posted 3 articles with photos and currently reviewing and editing 3 more prior to publishing. That’s more than what ive done in the last few months.

im also surprised to find myself writing more about food than my design work haha actually, im currently dishing out articles using my phone so i only have access to photos of food we’ve eaten via my camera phone. Years ago most people would say grace before eating. Now they post on instagram before praying. Most of my design materials are in my laptop so ill post about the new eq lapu lapu commercial and tide’s newest commercial with vic sotto, plus the relaunch of breeze detergent when i get back on land.

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carlo makes it work

will be leaving for cambodia soon so i hope to write more about that. purchased tickets last year hoping my dad could make the trip but he passed away last august so we’ll be keeping his wishes alive by proceeding with the trip. thank God cebu pacific air agreed to reimburse his tickets after we filed an appeal and submitted a copy of his death certificate. carlo and i will be travelling with my mother, sisters tina and ana, aunt temay, and cousin mia, plus a friend of tita temay.

by march, my art department team and i will be busy shooting pepe diokno’s 2nd feature, Above the Clouds. We’ve already done locked in most of the locations so far and the artdep will resume preparations when i get back from cambodia. Let’s see if i have time to write about it while shooting.

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We’re almost back on land so ill be missing the bunk beds and the food here aboard 2go. Also excited as my family from mindanao will be arriving in the morning! Wohoo

Cheers!

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food trip, musings

Rocci Chocolate Kitchen

Our favorite preshoot dinner tradition is eating bagnet at Stoops in malugay street, Makati. Fat and full one night, we noticed a new cafe in the strip 2 shops down from Stoops. Glad we decided to stop by!

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The interiors in that small space was quaint but modern. The belgian chocolate wafer biscuits were really good that we decided to stop and have those with coffee before heading home.

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The chocolate bars they had available were also amazing. so far, we’ve tried the ย decadent brownies: cookie dough (topped with chocolate chunks on a moist brownie made with dark belgian chocloate) and dark chocolate (dark belgian chocolate baked in rich brownie and topped with walnuts). Kada kagat napapa-wow kami รผ We loved their selections. Took a photo of their coffee and hot chocolate menu.

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They had little red notebooks on the tables where guests could write a greeting or a short rave review. I decided to leave a sketch ๐Ÿ˜‰ yey!

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Rocci Chocolate Kitchen is located at the Zone strip, malugay st corner buendia, Makati. Tel No 840-2085.

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food trip, laundry therapy

PINO

carlo and i wanted to have a not so ordinary dinner one night so we headed off to pino at teacher’s village. this is near the bayantel office in maginhawa street.

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we’ve eaten here before when i steered our production staff to dine here after researching online for vegetarian restaurants because we were running out of options in feeding our vegetarian director from mumbai. a quick call from ex-vegetarian jerrold tarog led to links which led to this resto.

the vegetarian choices were awesome, very simple but extraordinary in their execution. i had the stuffed tomatoes, some had the portobello mushrooms and so on and so forth. they ran out of tablea cheesecake that night so carlo and i swore to come and maybe taste everything else they had to offer.

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and so we did. the place was half full when we arrived. impressed with the mix of cooking styles and ingredients but our choices that night had us at bagnet. we ordered kare kareng bagnet with bagoong rice, tempura oysters with wasabi and something (basically three of our favorite things in one dish; awesome), sinigang na salmon ulo sa miso and bayabas, and their home-brewed iced tea. also ordered the tablea cheesecake, which was available that night, and the turon with ice cream.

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we were surprised that the oysters were too salty for our taste, probably the batter. that was a big letdown. everything went downhill from there. the bagoong rice made sense with the kare-kare but it made the dish really salty, adding to the fact that they also served bagoong on the side. their bagnet was sadly only lechon kawali status. we could have a gorgeous mound of real bagnet at stoops in makati for p90, less than half of what they were charging us, instead of this poor offering at pino. the kare kare sauce also tasted like it was reconstituted from a ready made powdered mix.

the sinigang was almost not that salty yet the miso had already rendered the stock salty and the chef’s heavy hand had rocked that boat with additional salt.

the iced tea unfortunately was too sweet and i had to thin it down with service water. for something that was a home-brew, their iced tea tasted like nutrilicious, a commercial premixed iced tea.

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the dessert could have been the saving grace but alas it would not be so. while the cheesecake was not bad, it wasnt particularly mindblowing as id hope. the turon was better (but i hated how it was plated).

we normally wouldnt mind paying for a rather expensive meal if the food was good. this did leave us with a bitter taste in the end as it was not cheap at all to charge to experience. will have to think hard if we’re ever coming back because in fernez to them, the vegetarian fare was good. too bad.

pino resto bar is located at 39 malingap st.,teacher’s village, quezon city

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food trip, musings, sketch

roku ramen

there’s a nice little ramen place at the 5th floor of the oracle building in katipunan, where serenitea and sizzling pepper steak is situated on the not-so-ground floor.

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the place is called roku, a japanese ramen restaurant. eaten there twice now and their food is alright but reasonably priced. most of the dishes were below 200 and may fit the budget of most of the students on katipunan.

i do have to confess my only reason for posting about roku was because i thought my phone camera’s hdr function was awesome and the interiors looked amazing haha im rockin a galaxy note 2 so yeah, hdr is awesome! ๐Ÿ˜‰ well, there was another reason for carlo and i to go back to this resto but we’re not saying what ๐Ÿ˜‰ cheers!

roku is located at the 5th floor of the oracle building in katipunan, quezon city. and im being redundant ๐Ÿ˜‰ cheers!

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musings

out at sea

it’s been awhile since ive been on a ship. back in college my first trip was on april of 1995 when my grandfather invited me to join him on a trip to manila when he planned to buy a car from a 2nd hand dealer. i was fresh out of high school and the only university i took entrance exams for and passed was the UP. my parents and aunt encouraged me to “check it out” so my dad helped me pack a very big bag with most of my things because if i do find myself liking UP, i would go straight to enrollment and start my first semester in college.

the trip to manila took almost three days on board the negros navigation. my grandfather booked a cabin room and i snuck in and slept there with an ordinary ticket. it went well except during meals where my grandfather could eat at the designated resto for cabin and suite passengers while i had to pay for meals there because of my ticket and p80 per meal was really expensive then.

20130214-172807.jpgafter my first semester i was excited to finally take a break and head back to mindanao. ive never been away from family this long. a friend and i purchased a tourist ticket to superferry on october 1995. we lined up at sm north to get the tickets, which were printed using a dot-marix machine and inserted into a sleeve with sharon cuneta’s face on it.

And so began my frequent trips to and fro cagayan de oro via ship. sometimes i stayed in the tourist section (air-conditioned semi private bunk bed style accommodations, sometimes with curtains) or aircon deluxe (not so private bunk bed style accomodations, sharing bed with strangers and no divisions between your bed fellow and you except for a handle bar). on occasion i took the cabin room when with friends from university but it was a tad too expensive at p2000 with meals.

i do remember riding most of the major shipping companies william lines, gothong lines, and aboitiz superferry, before the big merger and the three companies became known only as WG&A Superferry, still with sharon cuneta on the ticket sleeve. also remembered when trips to manila became faster. from 3 days, the trip from cagayan de oro to manila now took only 1.5 days!

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one time while on the ship in the middle of the sea, the movie playing all over the tv screens was james cameron’s titanic. talk about irony! this was then followed by dolphy’s titanic spoof, tataynic, which was shot in a superferry boat.

i stopped taking the boat when airplane fares got cheaper as cebu pacific came into the picture and began offering promo fares, including their famous piso fare promos. id book 6 months to a year in advance for tickets in june and december and never took the boat again.

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it may as well have been 10 years ago since i took the ship and i was pretty excited to join carlo in his event dressup aboard 2Go from batangas to caticlan (boracay) (on what used to be a cebu ferries boat). i learned from one of our clients that wg&a has long been gone. negros navigation has acquired the aboitiz superferry group and restructured the brand to 2go, which was originally a courier service company. the amenities and design have been upgraded. we have cable tv onboard! also ive noticed the phone network signals are better out at sea today than it was 10 years ago. i have signal! erratic yes, but signal nevertheless.

ive long invited carlo to take the boat with me to mindanao but he’s always declined. with this trip, he’s converted and maybe we might just book ourselves on 2go next time en route home ๐Ÿ˜‰

bon voyage!

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