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Showing posts from July, 2012

Super Seryna

It's an understatement to say that I love to eat. I have cravings to match different emotions and occasions. I always have little discoveries of where to find the best burger, best empanada, best fried chicken, best sansrival, best anything. Friends love to feed me like a growing baby boy and I really play the part perfectly.
One gastronomic experience that stand out in my memory was lunch in Seryna. It was a dear dear friend's birthday week and she decided to treat her closest friends to a holiday in Tokyo. Fabulous, right? After a morning tour of the Imperial Palace grounds, we trooped to the famous restaurant in the Roppongi district. Lunch was just glorious, one perfect dish after another and every bite of the beef was pure heaven.

There's a Seryna in Little Tokyo, Makati City

Bella Venticinque

Celebrating twenty-five years and the Filipinos love for movies, Bench recently launched Benchingko/Films with a red carpet premiere of its first series of short films - Lovi Poe in Kama, Coco Martin in Horsepower, Bella Flores in Kontrabida 101, Piolo Pascual in Perya and Lucy Torres in Star Teacher. Each short film was relevant and heart-tugging, art imitating life and what is beautiful in our souls.

Ben Chan in his first film, 25 Bens
Lovi Poe in Kama

Some Like It Hot

I'm in my most creative mood when I'm melancholic. The rains did just that, I'm listening to Ryuichi Sakamoto on repeat mode as I sketch furiously with my 2B pencils. Sometimes, I will forget to eat, and when my work day ends, I'm ravenously hungry.
The weather and Sakamoto led me to the newly opened Ryu, some ten minutes from where I live. Clean and welcoming, it reminded me of those cozy ramen bars in Tokyo. I asked for the house specialty, Tantanmen, a spicy miso base broth with ground pork and soft boiled egg. You can have it mild, hot or very hot. I had it the way I always like it, hot. Woooof! I shall return.

Ryu Ramen & Curry, Tomas Morato Avenue, Quezon City (between Scout Lazcano and Scout de Guia)

Manila Loves Albert

He fell in love with the Philippines and decided to stay. Indonesian born Albert Kurniawan's fascination for beauty pageants has brought him to Manila and made him one of the metro's most in demand make-up artists. He became a favorite of designers for fashion shows and weddings. His idol Heart Evangelista became his best friend and muse. Unassuming, funny and gentle, Manila loved him back like a real son.
Happiest birthday, Albert!

We braved Friday traffic and rain to celebrate with Albert at his favorite bar, Barcino's where they kept our plates and glasses full till way past three in the morning.