Jappy Birthday!

Janice May Aquino Hernandez aka Jap / Jappy / Jap the Cat /Janis Panis celebrated her ??th  birthday last Sunday. Her birthday salubong was at Mulligan’s Irish Gastro Pub in BF. It was the fitting setting for the mini-party because we used to frequent the place way back when it was still Cafe Francais. It’s conducive for reminiscing and building happy memories. Plus, guests can smoke inside and the food’s gooooood.


It was a terribly terrific (yes, I got the adverb and the adjective right) night of…

white wine, tequila, and imported beer
2006 memories (c/o the barkada journal that Jap brought and Dave forcefully snatched and read… handsdown journal superstar is Colleen)
fish and chips and pizza
Opera Cake from Bizu (which is now my favorite…  classic gateau of sponge cake with coffee butter cream and dark chocolate ganache… omg!!!)
make-up updates (the strong bond between Jap and Eunice)
getting old and looking young
verbal kungfu– Jap vs Donnie / Dave vs me
and of course, fantabulous friendships!

Went to Jap’s after Mulligan’s and we had coffee in the backyard before going to sleep. Yes, coffee before zzzzs. That’s how we roll! Took a picture of her that I think is very pretty.



listening to: Better Than Ezra – Juicy


May mga bagay ako na hinahanap-hanap. Tulad sa pulutan.

Matakaw ako. Saksakan ko ng hilig kumain, pero may mga tulad ng tokwa’t baboy, crispy kangkong, chicken wings (hassle lang simutin) at fish and chips (may angal? kung gusto kong pulutan ito?) na lagi kong gustong kapareha ng inumin kong beer, kahit anong may vodka, o actually… kahit anong matatamaan ako. Kahit pa gin bulag. Napaparami ang kain ko kapag mga ganito ang mga nasa hapag kainan. Keber sa diet. Tataba kung tataba. bawal ang tumatanggi sa grasya.


May mga bagay ako na hinahanap-hanap. Tulad sa pagkakaibigan.

Nabiyayan ako ng marami-raming grupo ng mga kaibigan– sa trabaho, sa church, at sa kung anu-ano pang mga lugar kung saan ako napadpad. Pero ang college barkada ko pa rin ang lagi kong binabalik-balikan. Sila ang grupo ng mga tao na kilala ako– kabaitan at kamalditahan pero mahal pa rin ako. Marami sa amin, nasa ibang bansa na o busy-busyhan sa trabaho o pamilya, pero panigurado na pag nagkita-kita, parang hindi naman kami nagkalayo. tatawa pa rin sa mga lumang jokes. Masesenti pa rin sa kahit ilang beses nang inulit-ulit kung paano nakilala ang isa’t-isa.


Ilang beses ko na itong sinabi at hindi ko ito pagsasawaang ulitin. Salamat sa Diyos sa masasarap na pagkain at mabubuting mga kaibigan.


Ang mga litratong ito ay kuha kagabi, sa mini-get together sa tavern Asia sa BF Homes (ang lugar na hinahanap-hanap ko rin madalas) namin para kay Joel. Ang baby bro namin na nagbabakasyon dito from Sg. We love you, bro!



listening to: El Debarge – Starlight Express (‘pag nagroadtrip sa CamSur, Bicol express… Bicol express…)

Paranaque Weekend

I had a really happy weekend in Paranaque with my longtime friends. I had more fun than I expected. 😀

Saturday afternoon, I went to Bricktown (near Merville) to visit my inaanak Marcus. My besty Jap also joined us. We talked about sharks, dinosaurs, Sleepy Hollow and getting good grades in school. I’m proud of my inaanak. Makus is growing up to be very smart, sweet and goodlooking. Manang-mana sa Ninang! ❤


And aside from those positive qualities, he’s also artistic! Here’s a picture of him drawing the Phantom of the Opera for me and Jap. Fine, kay Jap na siya mana sa pagiging artistic! :p


And kids say the darnest things, right? I can’t remember what our topic was when Makus said, “I care about love more than myself. I want them to be happy.” Wow, wow lang di’ba? 🙂


Another wow was the food Ate Myla cooked for dinner. 😀 Binagoongang baboy, steamed kangkong and okra, ginisang munggo and pritong bangus belly. Sarap sarap sarap! I do hope that Makus also got his mom’s talent in cooking! 🙂


Saturday night, Jap and I went to BF to see some of our college buddies Donnie, Colleen, Dave and Jim. Too bad Chie fell asleep and didn’t get to join us. :p Anyway, it’s always great to be with my college core group. 🙂


I missed being with my (straight) boybuds. And that’s even if for them all other boys are fags, pussies or wants to forcefully finger someone. LOL I can’t wait for Joel to vacay here in Manila so we can have another reunion! So that should be late March or early April! Yeaaahhh!


Another thing I liked about being with the gang was I got to drink and eat a lot without paying anything. Hahaha. Love you boys! Nakakatuwa na galante na kayo ngayon. Kuripot kayo nung college eh! Mwehehehe! :p We drank in this new bar called Recovery (in front of NLos) and drank some more in my fave bar Tavern Asia and had coffee and shawarma at Behrouz in Santana Grove.


Slept at Jap’s and when we woke up, Tita Marilyn cooked us lunch! Hotdogs, fried chicken and nilagang buto-buto! 😀 After lunch, Jap and I had coffee (for her) and tea (for me) in their backyard and just talked about stuff. And God knows how much I enjoy talking to my friends about stuff.


And by stuff, I mean all sorts of things. You know how girls are in conversations. We are very talented in jumping from one topic to another. :p before I went back to Makati, we went to Bon Heure and met up with another good friend of ours, Cindy. Of course, to talk about more stuff! Hahaha!

I hope your weekend was as fun as mine! 😉


listening to: 911 – Love Sensation

Steady Tuesday

Spontaneous decision to go to BF last night because Dagim’s tickets were sold out. :p


After visiting the Adoration Chapel in Phase 1 (the only place of worship that nobody has to force me to go to) and checking out the trends in Good Shepherd Bazaar (would always be Ruins to me), it was time for me to decide where to spend the rest of the night with 3/4’s of my bestestfriendsintheworld.

I originally wanted to try Serenitea, Drift Burgers and Cabooze with them but I was overwhelmed by the dozens of new establishments in Aguirre that I just opted to spend the night in a familiar place– a place that always remind me that I am home.


I love this place because the food and booze are good and cheap– like Central’s. Unlike Central, Tide’s crowd is waaaay better.

Koreanbeefsilog for 85php and Bisteksilog for 65php

Cheesy, creamy nachos (120php me thinks) and a shot of Buzz Lightyear


How to make a Buzz Lightyear! Throw everything in the pitcher and add ice. Be brave and enjoy. LOL

Jap bought a cup of coffee from Cafe Boheme (across Tides, besides Le Souk). I think she didn’t like it much.

Donnie and Eunice had too many Herbert and Harlene moments captured in photos. This one’s my favorite.

Don’t know who was happier with Enzo dropping by. Me or Donnie. Si Donnie yata. :p


There. Steady, steady Tuesday. The kind of steady that only BF can give.

Well, yeah. I’d also blame it on the alcohol.


listening to: colleagues talking about makeup and rosters

Southsidesteady Reunion

I cannot relate with the 420 celebration, but I did have a happy 4.20! 🙂

Reunion with friends + Gian + Ed + Ledi + Jomari at Tavern Asia, BF Homes.

we miss the rest of the bene barkada!!!

with yo, gian e. and jap

with jomari

with ed

with knock-knock girls cielo and ledi

we take cuervo shots when we’re happy, eunice and i

carlowww, dooneh and mameh (jejemon version of carlo, donnie and mommy colleen)

the ressurected triad :p

with my besties minus joko (who attended quiznight hehe)

gordon.villar.gibo (pero malayo pa ang May 10)



listening to: roosters and airplanes

What’s up, besides my bloodsugar…

Makati, Fort, BF…

I’m fine.





Before the Basagan Bote Incident (awesome!!!)




Starbucks 6750 after Mag:Net


Thai Dindin at Tavern Asia


Chillaxin at Grub


Back toTavern


with Mr. Tavern hehe


date with J and J – Kitchen, Greenbelt


Hoy Hoy Ondoy Benefit @ NBC Tent




listening to: the AC

Another Southsidesteady Saturday

Planned a small get-together with my bene friends. I invited 10 and 6 attended! Wahahaha! Pwede na rin! But still, fuck non-repliers and flakers.

Had dindin first with Cindy at A Veneto. We ordered the eggplant parmigiana and New York style pizza. Not too crazy about both. The pasta was bordering on bland. The pizza was good, but my stomach still belongs to Figaro’s Mexicali pizza. Cindy probably didn’t enjoy her food either because she lost her Moto-phone 10 minutes before we met in the resto. I should have picked Las Paellas instead. Haaaaruuumphh.


After the not-so yummy dindin, we went to Tides. This was where Colleen, her friend Mike, and Donnie followed. God bless nachos and Tequila Rose. I have no idea what mixed drinks we had but I loved the buzz the bluegreen liquid and redorange concoction gave me. Topics included summer plans, the Ateneo parking lot accident, surfers, jokes, stalking, and tarsiers– swimmer tarsiers to be exact. Why? Dahil dito:

Iya: Kala ko ba galing kang Palawan. Asan pasalubong namin?
Donnie: Nakalimutan ko yung mga pasalubong kong mga tarsiers sa bahay eh!
Iya: Dude, sa Bohol nakatira ang mag tarsiers.
Donnie: Eh sa nagswimming silang papuntang Palawan eh!

Ain’t my bestfriend witty? Deluded too!


Yo, Donnie, and Cindy had to go home already and Colleen, Mike and I thought of going to Tabu but we didn’t want to take the chance of not being able to get in because Mike and Joel (we met up with him in Nlo’s) were both wearing slippers that night. Ayokong ma-bounce sila ng bouncer. Checked out Nlo’s 1st anniv party instead. Looked for our friend, Kram but we didn’t find him so we transferred to Tavern Asia. True to the opinion of the majority, their food’s good. Well, we ordered sisig but I believe that if a resto has good sisisg, then everything in the menu is already good. Hehe. :p

Everything was nifty aside from several witches who just won’t grow up and Joel’s lango state. It really pissed me off that it took forever for him to arrive using work as an excuse– when Donnie and I also came from work. Si Donnie nga kakagagaling pang Palawan eh at nagmeeting pa sa Makati! Siya Batangas lang! Plus I had only 2 hours of sleep because I went out the previous night with Jessie and Jeman. Got home almost 5am and I had to be ready for work by 8! Sucked that Joel knew he was going to meet us but he didn’t even control his alcohol intake in their teambuilding or whatever it was he did in Batangas. Tsssh. I didn’t even bother to stop him from leaving come 3ish. Better zero than negative.

Last stop, was NLos again. Saw former schoolmates Leah and Caloi. Kram already left, but it’s ok. I had enough good mems from the night to help me overlook the small negative things the universe dishes out.


Just wanna share my most over-used joke of the night…

Sa bakery…

Pulubi: Aling tindera, palimos po ng cake…
Tindera: Aba, sosyal ka ha! Namamalimos ka na nga lang, cake pa gusto mo. Eto pan de sal!
Pulubi: Duh ate?!??! Birthday ko kaya ngayon!

There. I hope your weekend was as good or better than mine! =)


listening to: Garbage – Supervixen

In Between Blogging

This is my last weekend here in BF and I’m spending dinner here at Tita Cay’s with Cara and Mikel. Blog blog muna while waiting for the torta to cook.

Earlier, went to the mall with my folks, early Father’s Day celeb. Ate my dad’s favorite pinoy dishes. Shopped for them and Tita Nida. Watched Ate Shawie’s movie, Caregiver.

Saw Sir Padolina from Bene and he said I should teach in my alma mater.

Well well well… that’s the original plan but with the fulltime job, change of address, and not wanting to be in the same city with a certain person… teaching in Bene has turned into a big blur.

Oh well. More of my thoughts about teaching again next time.


2 Weeks 2 Go

Woe is me.  I have not blogged anything decent for the past few and I have my paucity of raw talent and meagerness of quality time to credit.

Been engaged in important things that are reviving my gastritis attacks. While the Chinese are distraught because of the earthquake aftermath, and the Burmese because of the cyclone, I am frenzied by the Big Move-Out.

At the onset, I was thrilled to be leaving the South. I thought I spent too many years, 16 to be exact, being southside-steady. I was ready to break out of the BF-Bubble and enjoy the North (of the metro) way of life.

The idea of living in Mandaluyong 2 weeks from now with my cousins,  visiting Ate Bec in Katipunan, spending Saturday mornings jogging in UPDil, foodtripping in Tomas Morato, beer guzzling in Metrowalk all appealed to me– until I spent one night in Bicutan with two of my best girlfriends, Jap and Yo. We spent the evening bonding over boys, career, and kalokohan- something that we didn’t get to do much in our Bataan trip. I thought, when I leave Paranaque, Yo will be going to Jap’s house without me. They’ll be talking about the things I also want to talk about while I juggle building my career and budgeting my finances in Mandaluyong. If I get to be lucky, they might just include me through a phone patch interview. Jealous much? Boo hoo. 😦

And when I was on my way to BF last night, I looked at the old and new establishments along Aguirre. All are too familiar, yet strangely comforting. How I will miss the spur of the moment drinking sessions in Tides and N-los! I wouldn’t be even there to see The Pergola Mall flourish.  😦

It’s not like I’m never going back to the South, I’m just feeling a scrap of misery ‘coz of the budding separation anxiety. And worse, I’m having trouble which place I am to consider home.

I’ll be damned if I can’t be forced to good by the Big Move-Out. Mum’s already fretful that I might spend too much time out of the pad partying and destroying my life. I told her with utmost confidence that I’m already 26 and I’d be an idiota and a half if I decide to fuck up my life at this stage. But admittedly, I still need her to remind me to take my vitamins religiously and to coach me on how to properly hasang a fish. :p

I’m sleeping over at Manda tonight so that I can check out the room I am going to stay in. In the coming days, I will finish packing the things I will bring there and sending to our house in Bataan. (Post about my parents moving back to Bataan soon.) I’d also be preoccupied shopping for stuff like a new bed, dvd player, junkfood healthy tummy staples, and booze. Yeah, I’m not going to cross the last thing out. Haha. Don’t tell my mommy. :p


I digress, David vs David in the A.I. Finale! Cookie, beat the crap out of Archie!


listening to: David Cook – Dare You To Move 

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