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Ayala Triangle: Simple Lang

 

When you’re so like gutom na, you better head to Simple Lang at Ayala Triangle Gardens in Makati. The restaurant is charmingly conyo; the good kind of conyo. Its modern twist on traditional Filipino dishes and its minimalist interiors scream simplicity yet no matter how hard they try, its sophistication couldn’t concealed. It makes me think of the old rich. They don’t need to tell people they’re rich, people just know they are by the way they carry themselves – simple lang with class.

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Sosy na Patis! Toyo na, Suka pa! :D

High ceilings, bold colors, and elegant interiors.

My first time there was with a friend. At first, we thought we didn’t order enough for two, but we ended up having leftovers. I was just too happy with the chicken ass that I forgot to enjoy the dinakdakan, but it was also good – tender and spicy.

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Crispy “Broken” Ukoy (P75)

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Crispy “Chop Chop” Pork Belly Dinakdakan (P195)

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Chicken Ass Skewers (P150)

After a week, I was back there when one of my cousins from Iloilo visited. The place was jam-packed so we ended up being seated outside, but it was all cool.

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Inasal Java Rice (P160)

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Tusoktusok (P120) – set of fishballs, tempura, squid balls, and chicken skin

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Sinigang Crispy Bagnet sa Watermelon (395)

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Simple Lang’s tagline says it all – it’s good food simplified. They have taken traditional Filipino dishes a bar higher by refining them. It’s definitely a good addition to the rows of good restaurants at Ayala Triangle.

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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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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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Eye Bags, Black Under Eyes

Five chapters to study for a ten-item test. Two 3-pound books to carry along with a black rectangular bag, complete with paper and plastic receptacles, several kinds of forceps and scissors neatly wrapped in plain bond paper, properly labelled, and autoclaved. A clear plastic envelope with the plain white apron neatly folded along with a binder full of photocopied Powerpoint slides and Word reviewers formatted in bullets. Hundreds of bullets. Sometimes, a black shoulder bag for the pencil case, the make-up kit, black umbrella, wallet, and cellphone. That’s only Wednesdays to Fridays. And, twice a month, a laptop bag. At 6:45 am, gathered together for the Morning Circle, the girls wear a sleek all-white uniform, with hair neatly tied up in a bun, put in place with a handful of Michael’s gel. The guys, in a fit all-white terno, clean-shaven, with hair bushed up or parted neatly also put in place probably with that Bench Fix wax. As prayers are recited altogether, all look at the leader, one distinct feature can be seen in all the students – eyebags, black under eyes.

One body system for 6 hours. Five hundred questions to answer and to rationalize for ten hours. Mnemonics to chant until midnight. Pigging out on Happy Peanuts non-stop, sipping hot instant noodles when the clock strikes twelve, and pure black coffee every four hours for survival – for four months. After two days of carefully shading the perceived right answers, one distinct feature can be seen in all the board exam takers as they come out of the testing centers – eyebags, black under eyes.

Vital signs monitoring every 30 minutes with special consideration on the pulse pressure. Capillary blood glucose taking before meals. Insulin injection and feeding right after. Oral medications every four hours. Fluid replacement and output monitoring. Running towards the patient calling. Giving Epi shots during cardiac arrests. “I’ll call the IM, you call the Surgery. Page the orderly.” As one life is taken and the shift finally ends, one distinct feature can be seen in them – eyebags, black under eyes.

The eyebags, the black under eyes are only shallow evidences. Nurses. They give a piece of their heart to each patient; stubborn or not, difficult or easy, rich or poor, young or old, male or female, gay or lesbian. They exert effort, time, energy. Well, those are essential, anyway. But nurses offer empathy without you asking for it. Emotions, willing ears, gentle touches, simple pats on the back, and sincere smiles; you get them all for free.

To all my colleagues, Happy Nurses’ Week!

And to all of my friends and readers who are not nurses, in lieu of the said celebration and the smoldering climate, I will be giving free sponge baths. That is, if you have really nice veins that I can stab!

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Breathtaking Boracay: Parasailing

We arrived in Boracay at around 11 am. After checking in and having lunch, we immediately changed to our beach clothes and headed to our first adventure – parasailing!

We were actually lucky to have someone to guide us to sign up for cheaper adventure fees. We got package deals and such. We rode on a speedboat from the shore to the station in the middle of the sea. Okay, so our first adventure was actually riding the speedboat. Parasailing came in next. Lol!

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While waiting for our turn…
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Being suspended high up in the air, you get to appreciate God’s majesty and creation in a different perspective. The multihued seas, the refreshing green mountains, and the blindingly yet beautifully white sands were perfect in aerial view. And the wind, the wind that can sway us from left to right. I cannot understand how this was only a minute portion of the world when it was actually very wide. Everything is just beyond comprehension.

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