Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Manila Public Restroom Patron

In Quiapo under the Carriedo MRT, you'll find a pay per pee public restroom near Scotts Burger that charges P5 per pop, it ain't the ritz, but it's the only clean one in a mile and SM Carriedo CRs don't count! Also bring your own TP! 

The most patriotic one is in Intramuros and it does kinda remind you to channel Maria Clara while you whiz.

Ginintuang Kasilyas: Where all the ladies go to do their business

The Shang and Glorietta's classy WCs cost P10, more than you're jeepney fare! It's when your pee weighs more than gold.

The quirky one for me is the public restroom in a monastery in Pampanga which includes instructions to pray while dumping and thanking God after thee flush. Amen.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Masarap ang Regla: Yummy Filipino Bread Rolls

Masarap ang regla, malinamnam lalo na yung ma-init-init pa at galing sa pugon

It's that time of the month when the craving hits and you want that sweet bloody roll from the neighborhood pinoy bakery called Regla or Pan De Regla or Tinapay Regla. A direct translation would mean 'Menstrual Bread' or "Menstruation Bread Rolls'. It was aptly named because of its bright red filling.

In Waltermart supermarket, they've politely renamed the bread "Pan de Pula" or Red Bread. Hmm... how dare they change the name of the iconic pinoy artisan bread? What's next then the "putok" bread (a type of pandecito or bun) will be renamed Pop or The Bomb? Ewan...

Anyhoo, this sweet red or dark pink roll has a sugary custard in the center and goes well with Sarsi after siesta time.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Christmas in Kamuning

'Tis Christmas in Kamuning when the Barangay Captain gets the yearly Santa out of storage and into the streets.

Like everything pinoy, anything pricey should remain wrapped in plastic.


Reminds me of my Aunt Cely who still has her sofa wrapped in plastic for the last 15 years. To keep it clean, fresh and dust-free since the day it was bought.  Weh! 

Friday, December 4, 2009

Ortigas and its Hundred Kitchens

The idea of hanging out in Ortigas is strange to me. I had lived there for 2 years and it was a complete bore. Things turned a lot different since I left which means once I vas out ze ztarted partying ja. They seem to have crammed every concept resto, bistro, coffee shop, grill at every street corner- so many foodie places! Emerald Avenue used to be a ghost town at 10pm. Now it's just great!

Every minute walking with Yoshke & V was a treasure. We wandered around Ortigas, spending more time walking, than eating in search for the perfect spot (which was supposed to be a Thai resto that closed rather early). My legs were killing me. We ended up at the most accessible place- a beer & grill joint.  It was the best we could do considering the Friday night crowd. I was there for the conversation anyway and Yoshke never disappoints. 

It was great to see you again Yoshke!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Ang Kung Fu

Kung saka-sakali...
kung mamarapatin lamang... 
Kung pwede lang dinggin
pero Kung ayaw mo, huwag mo!