Work and Play: The Channel V Trade Show Party

Vincci, Ace, Rain and I went to Encore last night for Channel V’s trade show. We partnered with them last summer in the Jabbawockeez/Kris Allen/Boyce Avenue concert and fingers crossed, we’ll work with them again soon!

Yipeee for the buffet even if I think I had too much lechon and sweets. :p Double yipee (yipee yipee mwehehe) for the open bar!

Shots, shots, shots, shots in different colors!

Beautiful ladies of General Luna and SEXY boys of Kamikaze took on the stage before [V]ideoke. Saw my friend Nicole (vocalist of General Luna) for the first time outside Handlebar and surf events. :p

Channel V’s topman JM was there of course. Too bad Joms couldn’t make it. Damn meetings. Busy-busyhan.

Veejays, Cliff, Megan, Georgina and Alvey were there too. I don’t know were Solenn was.

I don’t know who’s prettier. Georgina or Rain. Why don’t we ask Borgy? :p

This picture is dedicated to my cousin, Mafi, who’s in love with Alvey. Or so she thinks.

Cliff and Vincci were supposed to sing Little Mermaid’s Part of Your World, but didn’t get to anymore due to our Cinderella curfew. Kainis. We could have taken home (by home, I mean office) the cash prize!

Here’s what we took home though…

photo souvenirs…

a [V] swag bag with an Audio-technica headset aaaannnnd raffle prizes! Vincci and I won bottles of RL perfume and Ace won a Mossimo watch. (Rain’s prize was waiting for her online… hehehe)

There is a saying that goes All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. No wonder there are no dull Jacks (and Jills) in our team. Thanks, Channel V for sharpening the (social)blade. We want to partner with you guys again. GET BRITNEY.



listening to: Alicia Keys – Put It In a Lovesong

Drinking and Dining in Dillingers 1903

I wanted to hit my head with my phone when we arrived at Dillingers last Friday night and there were no available tables. Wisdom from this situation: call for reservation. But because we were damn hungry (F U Makati traffic) and we wanted to know if the food in Dillingers is as great as the food in Bugsy’s, we settled in sitting and dining at the bar. Yaaaay for Perry, Sean and their other partners  for getting Dillingers packed despite having been operational for just a month!

I felt guilty for finishing 3 Jamaican Patties for merienda that my goal of getting and finishing the gigantic Black Angus Rib-eye had to be rescheduled.

We first had the best Buffalo Wings in town. Wings with thick, juicy meat– no anorexic chicken here!  The hearty sauce was challeging for a spiciness-coward like me, but not lethal. It went well with the blue cheese dip. I would have licked the plate and sauce bowl if I had these delicious wings at home!

The Grilled Chicken Ceasar Salad had crisp greens and a trerrific dressing. The grilled chicken was perfect but maybe not the perfect pair for the salad. I’d have this again sans the chicken.


The Spicy Tuna Pasta was creamier than I expected. I actually expected it with red sauce. It’s a welcome surprise that the cream balanced the spiciness of the dish. Kathlene aka Kwe, our Bicolana Halfy really liked it. 

The Chicken Fingers were definitely bigger and better than TGIF’s. I forgot to ask them if they used ostrich instead of chicken. Ang laki eh! Hehehe. Even without the dip, it would still be good because of the batter used. What’s the secret ingredient? Beats me. Maybe fairy dust. Or Mafia blood. LOL.

(Chef)Joanna didn’t share my avoidance of redmeat. Hence, we had Porkchops with Lyonnaise Potatoes. Couldn’t resist, I took a bite of the delicious smelling chops (please don’t tell the diet police)… and it was tender, juicy and flavorful! Loved the potatoes, bless Joanna for giving them to me and supporting my potato-addiction. The chops and taters tasted just like how my Mama makes it– and in my dreams, my Mama is Ina Garten.

The Bacardi Mai Tai was from alcohol heaven. I’d like to thank the gods of intoxication! And just a quick fact about this popular drink: The creation of the Mai Tai happened in Oakland in 1944 by Victor Bergron, better known as Trader Vic. The name of the drink was expressed by the the guests, who were from Tahiti, when they exclaimed “Mai Tai – Roa Ae”, which means “Out of This World – The Best”. I read that here.

(Kwe post-Buffalo Wings/pre-Chicken Fingers)

Overall, Joanna, Kathlene and I enjoyed our dinner in this new Mafia-themed restaurant in Greenbelt. The menu– designed to please everyone, unpretentious with basic yet impressive dishes. The prices– relatively inexpensive for Greenbelt standards. The wait staff– quick and informed. The ambiance– intimate-cozy-fun. I can see it as the next loc for my next business meeting. And where to spend my upcoming 29th 25th birthday. Hopefully, by December, they already have more than Mango Jubilee and Vanilla Ice Cream for dessert.

I invite all of you to dine in Dillingers 1903 and I’m very sure that it will also become your fast favorite.

You can join me next time and we can share the Black Angus Rib-eye Steak and a couple of shots of the Green Fairy

… or the tequila popularized by Entourage, Avion.

Dillingers 19033F Greenbelt 3, Makati
Phone: (02) 3917978
Twitter: Dillingers1903


listening to: Sarah Mclachlan – Bring On the Wonder

No Lazy Sunday

My usual  Sunday consists of 10-18 hours of sleep, tons of junkfood and pirated dvds. Last Sunday was different, though. I have my friends, a new online magazine and a B-horror movie to thank.


Woke up before lunch to meet up with Eunice and Jeman before the  November issue of Orange Mag TV, but didn’t get to join them for lunch because my housemates, Ate Cindy and Kuya Dek asked me eat with them. Hihindi ba ako sa sopas, lemon chicken at buttered baguio beans and carrots? Shempre, hindi!

Got to Greenbelt 3 around 2pm, just in time for the location set up. It sort of sucked that I was in a bar during liquor ban. Tequila stared at me with it’s invisible disappointed glassy eyes. LOL It helped that I was surrounded by fun, creative people– stylists, photographers, make up artists and event coordinators. By 3pm, Marc Abaya arrived and the shoot began.

I was overwhelmed by the number of suits, belts and hats the stylists brought. It’s as if we were making a fashion catalogue instead of a magazine spread. :p

Too bad I still can’t share Joser’s and Eunice’s photos, because Jeman might kill me.

Anyway, trying to shoot from a difficult angle is Assistant Photographer Eunice Vallesteros. You can call me the Assistant of the Assistant Photographer.

Another title of mine that they came up with– Queen of the Props. I’ll let you know soon enough when my life is not anymore being threatened by Mr. Villanueva. Hahaha!

It was a joy to work with the guys, especially with Marc. Professional and down to earth. I hope all celebrities I get to encounter in this new venture is like him.

Look at my hat! Wow, me, wearing a hat! I don’t wear hats! I love shoots! It makes me do the unusual! BWAHAHA!

After the shoot in Dillingers, Jeman, Eunice, Misha and I went to Powerplant to check out the ingress of the Art of Dagim. It’s a week-long exhibit showcasing the creatives of Dagim, one of seven films selected for 2010 CinemaOne originals grant. Check it out! It’s a film by Joaquin Pedro Valdes. Dagim is raincloud in English.

This Sunday: surfing in Bataan or back to the usual? Don’t know yet. Surprise me, universe!


listening to: Ems and Rain talking about Laura Mercier

Le Bistro Vert

After an awesome dinner at Lu (this deserves a separate blog post next week!) we went to Le Bistro Vert for more dessert!

Le Bistro in Fraser Place, location of the old Capones

Le Bistro Vert’s selection of cakes and pies!

I wanted to try the Calamansi Pie after @chitjuan recommended it to me via Twitter. We also had the other bestseller, Pandan Sansrival and Chocolate something something.

Top to Bottom: Pandan sansrival, Calamansi Pie and Chocolate something-something.

@iyassantos with @jokoness and @kathlenemaelo :p and…

@runaholickassy and @trickoy

The Pandan Sansrival was good, chewy with just the right sweetness. I don’t know why it’s their bestseller when the Calamansi Pie’s much much better!  Perfect combo of tartness and sweetness! The chocolate cake that I call something something because I don’t remember what it’s name would have been superb if I wanted death by chocolate. Hehe, not a chocolate person here, sorry chocolovers. :p

So, if you’re going to ask me if I’m going to recommend Le Bistro’s desserts, YES! I just found the prices a bit high for not-so generous slices. But I guess I should have expected that from organic desserts! :p


Spotted: TinTin Bersola-Babao and Julius Babao

Le Bistro, Fraser Place Manila
Streetside, Fraser Place Manila, Valero St. Salcedo Village
Makati, Metro Manila
(02) 403-1481


listening to: Kylie Minogue – All The Lovers

Dillingers 1903

Bugsy’s has a new bro! Meaning, Perry has a new baby!

Welcome, Dillingers 1903. Big hugs from the foodies!

Inquirer calls Dillingers a swanky steak-and-brew resto-bar. It is on the third floor of Greenbelt 3, Makati City. It offers continental dishes and a wide array of wine, liquor and imported beer. I got to see it in it’s soft launch. I wanted to be there last night for its formal opening, but I had to sleep early. Booo.

Will be back there this weekend for a couple of mojitos and steak!

Congrats, Perry dear! I’m sure that Dillingers will be as (or more!) successful as your other ventures.


listening to: Ok Go – Invincible

I don’t make friends. I make social investments.

One of my college bestfriends has a recurring problem- her friends keep on disappointing her to a point that she doubts there was even a friendship that ever took place. I totally get her. It’s disappointing to know that we are already in our late 20’s and we still haven’t mastered the art of choosing people to let in our intimate circle. I think, sometimes, one has the desire to always see the innate goodness of someone even if one’s intuition screams BEWARE! In the end, some of the people we labeled as friends prove that they are just leeches feeding off our time, resources and energy. Disappointing does not even begin to cover the feeling one gets from this emotional treachery.

Lucky for me I have not experienced this heartache for a long time now. I am content with the number of friends I have. I have around 15 and I think that’s plenty! Thank you, God! It will not kill me if the number does not increase. It won’t kill me either if it decreases, but it will surely make me sad. I am working very hard to maintain the relationship I have with my friends. So far, so good.

I told Jap that maybe it would help if she makes an inventory of her existing true friends (hopefully, I’m on top of her list, hehehe) and just think of the next person she meets as a social investment. Someone to be with during ciggy breaks, someone to use a model for photoshoots, someone to RT your tweets… Networking is good. If that someone starts exhibiting parasitic behavior, then all she has to do is delete the asswipe from her contacts list.

If time permits that the people in her network stays with her during the happy times and more so, in times of despair then great! One more friend to add to her list. One more person she can share her cat stories and coffee recipes with. =)


listening to: Destiny’s Child – Soldier

Dirty Harry- Not The Western

Before seeing the Magalonas in the FMCC 4th anniv event at The Collective, we first saw Dirty Harry.

Clint Eastwood? In Makati???

Read on.

Dinner with my friend Sean last Friday Night was in Pasta Box is right beside the noodlehouse/deli Wabi-Sabi. Like all the other restos and shops in The Collective, it’s also small and cozy. The picture above shows the Chef and the manager on the left and my Sean and Jeman on the right (snuck out of the FMCC event to visit us).

And then there’s them with hungry but still smiling me. :p

For a small resto they have a fair number of dishes to choose from. For pasta, we chose conchiglioni and for its sauce- Dirty Harry just because I like the name. The Dirty Harry sauce is a mix of pork strips, black beans and cajun spices. I loved everything about Dirty Harry. It was savory and I didn’t need to put cheese and chili flakes, but I still did because I wanted to! LOL Yes, I like Dirty Harry better as a pasta than a western.

Their Italian Panini was very filling and to think it was just ciabatta, salami and cheese. Hmmm, I think it also had roasted bellpeppers. I only hope they change the kinds of chips they served it with. 😐 Hindi yummy eh, hindi pa cute sa picture. :\

Buti pa ito, cute sa picture….

Their Banofee Shot was delish! Graham crust, bananas and whipped cream served in a shot glass. Too cute to eat!!! Chos! I ate it of course, and I found it delightfully sweet. I suggest they serve it chilled next time though. Ours was only teeny-weeny colder than room temp.

Next time, we’ll have Popeye’s Favorite Pasta, Pinoy Panini and Panna Cotta Shot. Of course, we’ll go back.

Friendly atmosphere, prices are fair, food is good. What more could a person want?

Delivery, yes! They also deliver!

Pasta Box
The Collective, 7274 Malugay Brgy. San Antonio
Makati City, Metro Manila
(02) 881-6188



Why did I find out about this contest a week too late?


listening to: Kanye West – Power

Shirts for The Curious

Here are my colleagues Eumir and Terry wearing their Nat Geo Live Curious shirts.

They represent the words because they are smart and and and they ask a lot of questions! Hehe. I hope these shirts can really inspire people to seek for education and illumination.

I also want one!!! Only 495php @ Regatta! Goooowwwww!


listening to: Kylie Minogue – Cherry Bomb

My Redundant Sbarro Dinner

Had dinner at Sbarro MOA before the John Mayer concert. 

I had a slice of the very filling and delightfully gooey New York White Pizza (85php) and 


a slice of the surprisingly delectable, almost perfect trio-fruit cheesecake (76php). 


The pizza was good, but I’ve had better. I wouldn’t mind having it again. Meat sauce with it was a good idea. Thank you, Chef Joko for the suggestion and sharing her extra baked ziti sauce.

It’s my first time to get dessert from Sbarro and I was very happy with my choice. The crust had the perfect sweetness albeit too thin. The filling was creamy, not gelatin-ey (haha, can’t describe) and the toppings tasted fresh. Their cheesecake is much much better than a lot of fastfood cheesecakes- even better than some gourmet ones!

Yeah yeah yeah… Hindi naman halata na adik ako sa keso, noh? :p (More proof of me being a cheesoholic.)


Sbarro, SM Mall of Asia
1/Lvl., Entertainment Mall, Central Business Park
Pasay City, Metro Manila
(02) 556-0149 


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