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Random Eats: SEX, Buffalo’s Wings N’ Things, World Chicken Platter

 

Random places, random times, random dishes. Random gastronomic adventures.

And because I often forget the details of all these random stuff. ;)

SEX – Sinangag Express at Malugay, Makati. Click here. SEX never fails to resurrect you from as stupor or a terrible hangover.

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Chicksilog and Tapsilog

Buffalo’s Wings ‘N Things at SM Megamall. Click here. Yes, they are spicy, but I still don’t love them as much as I love Afrique’s Buffalo Wings.

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Champion Buffalo Wings

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Chili N’ Cheese Nachos

World Chicken  – SM Mall of Asia. Click here. A slice of chicken with two sidings is definitely worth P181.

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Asian Noodles, Potato Salad, Chicken with Corn and Mushroom Sauce

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Asian Noodles, Espanol Rice, Chicken with Ranch BBQ Sauce

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Fettucine Al Tono, Mashed Potatoes, Chicken with Mornay Cheese Sauce

I’m no photographer but I hope the pictures turn out to be appetizing. Try these places out but make sure your tummies have enough empty space!

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Chillin’ at 19 East

Most local bands and artists would say that their favorite place to hold gigs is in 19 East in Sucat. Radha, a famous singer here in the Philippines said that 19 East has the best sound system in Manila. After checking their gig guide, my cousins and I set one Saturday night for chilling there. We chose the Saturday with Nina and MYMP since my cousins are classmates with Nina and her siblings. Who isn’t amazed by Nina?
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A few years ago, Juris decided to go solo. MYMP was gone for a while until they found a new lead vocalist, Janna. At 21 years old, I must say this young woman has a promising future in music. She may not be as flawless as the legendary Juris but I’m sure she’ll get a hang of it since she’s only been in the band for 10 months. Welcome back to the music scene, MYMP. You carry on and Make Your Mommas Proud. ;) 20140621_221808_LLS 20140621_222940 20140621_223037

 

Here’s my favorite song in high school, I’ll Never Get Over You. Don’t mind me singing along. LOL.

The soul siren never fails. Most of us must wonder where Nina is now since she doesn’t appear on TV as often as before. Well, here she is, still as faultless as ever. Besides her immaculate voice, her effortless charisma stirred the crowd. She charms, she wows, and she mesmerizes.

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She sang Jealous and her other top notch songs but I can’t share them with you because you can only hear my voice in the videos. I was too carried away that I sang along so loudly. :/

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My brother with Janna. He doesn’t like taking pictures with celebrities but I was surprised he really stood up and asked me if he can have his picture taken with her. Hmmm!

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With MYMP’s Chin.

20140622_012402_1All the fans circled around Nina after her set. Luckily, my cousin was tall enough for her to see him. So we all get to have a picture with her.

That night was amazing – with all the elements to make it complete. I had some booze, listened to great and timeless music, and I was with the best people – my cousin loves.

Visit 19East’s website here for their gig schedule.

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A Happy Third

To me and my boyfriend! Ha! When the crow turns white!

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Every person’s gotta have a channel. If others compose songs and some sweat it out through dancing, I flaunt a bit of my life online. I’ve been doing it for more than a decade now so I guess it’s just fine to say that it’s one of the things that hold me together.

I wish I can remember how I really started with Xanga. That would’ve been a great post. But anyway, I really have nothing special to say except that I’m very glad that this blog is still alive.

Happy third birthday, theAppletizer!

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I’ve got a new logo coming up but apparently, the artist is still busy. Haha!

Have a happy 19th of August,ya’ll!

Click here to read my very first post in WordPress. I cringe.

 

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31st of July

It’s his birthday today. Yes, I am one pathetic lady and I don’t care about what other people will say because I’m sure that I’ve moved on. It has been 6 years, for Goya’s sake. I just looooove dwelling on the past. Yes, that is my excuse and it’s marked valid by the DTI.

So this day, 6 years ago, I surprised him with a simple breakfast. Two cups of instant noodles, a glass of milk (or juice), some packs of biscuits, and a little Hippo that he can cuddle when I’m not around.

I know for sure that he was happy to see me the moment he opened his eyes. But… that was also the day when everything was confirmed. All the suspicions, the lies, and the foolishness.

It marked the start of sleepless nights, heart-stopping nightmares, and uncontrollable sobs and wails. I couldn’t forget the day, perhaps, I never will. It made me who I am now and I don’t know if that’s good or bad.

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I’m just not feeling well today.

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Red Button Production: Pushing the Passion for Music

The thing about mainstream artists is that, they veer from their persona to compromise with their producers. Some and hopefully, not all of them forget their own genre and their own styles for the sake of delivering what the masses want to hear and see. This isn’t to say that going mainstream is unacceptable. There are lot of great mainstream songs and artists. But I think this only brings out the value and the beauty of Indie Music.

Indie Music is where you can listen to passion translated into another universal language without error. It’s the soul speaking without the influence of unstoppable fame and overflowing talent fees. It’s pushing passion with utmost sincerity, only driven by the appreciation of people who love listening to their original music. Imagine the hours they put into rendering their thoughts into words, finding the right notes to fit them, arranging, tuning their own guitars, setting up their own make-shift studios, and finally uploading their edited mp3 files online. Now, that’s not a simple DIY but Indie artists pull it off easily because of their burning fervor for their craft.

Luckily, there are people who exert effort to gather the Indie artists in one place for them to share their music. For one, Red Button Production based in Makati regularly invites brilliant Indie bands and solos in Mang Rudy’s Tuna Grill and Papaitan.

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Almost every month, a good number of Indie bands come together to share their original compositions at Mang Rudy’s. With the place jam-packed with passionate artists, it’s somewhere you should be on a Saturday night. You don’t only get to hear good music, you also get to hang out face to face with people who are in love with their art.

Here are some pictures from Red Button’s last event Rough Draft, One More Beat:

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And there’s another gig coming up this Saturday! Check out the line up:
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If you live in Makati and you don’t have anywhere to go or anything to do this Saturday, you might as well hit me up so we can chill together at Mang Rudy’s. It’s definitely going to be one great night with music, new friends, and a few bottles of booze.

Also, don’t forget to like Red Button Production’s Facebook page here. See you!

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Legaspi Village, Makati: Yardstick Coffee

Yardstick is a coffee company at heart. We just want to focus on one thing – coffee. Some call it obsession, some say it’s passion. We take small steps; but at times, we take that leap. It is never about us; it will always be about the coffee and the relationships we make along our journey.
 

You have two options in catching up with a long-time friend. You can choose to do it over alcohol or coffee. When you’re done laughing your heart out and reminiscing the foolish moments you’ve had together under the influence of liquor, you just feel the need to get together one more time when you’re sober. Of course, that’s when you need the calmness that coffee brings.

My friend and I chose this new coffee kid on the block, Yardstick Coffee in Legaspi Village, Makati. It’s a 5-minute walking distance from my office and his condo so it’s just perfect.

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Its minimalist interiors and feel-good music make the coffee shop the ideal place to hang out and talk with a friend you’ve missed so much. Its location makes you forget that you’re in the heart of a bustling city. I’d like to think that it kind of slowed down time. Maybe because I really had fun laughing and pouring my heart out or Yardstick just gives that take-a-breather vibe.
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My friend got The Yard Shake (P180) and I got the Cold Brew with Milk (P160). Of course, we tasted each other’s drink! LOL. The Yard Shake was soooo delicious, the good kind of heavy. My cold brew was perfect. But it isn’t for people who just started drinking coffee. It’s kind of strong so it’ll pretty much keep you awake for hours.

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We also had Savory Waffle with Chive Cream Cheese (P 240). My friend wanted to get some more but I stopped him because I thought two waffles is more than enough for us. And I was right! With the shake or the coffee, a piece of waffle is enough.

 

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That was a really good breakfast date. If I was still a student, I’d probably hang out there the whole day to study. It’s spacious and relaxing with nothing that’s painful to the eyes. Plus, their broad coffee selection is one reason to go back. There’s just a lot of things to try. It’s definitely a place to go back to.

 

Oh, and thanks for the yummy breakfast treat, good friend. ;)

 

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