Saturday, November 26, 2011

The last two weeks

I won a very prestigious award at work.


Heehee Mind you, the award came with a nice gift cheque, which I ordinarily would have used to buy new shoes. But lo and behold, I used it to buy some clothes and a pair of teats for Malik. I've turned into such a mom. I love it!

Pao scored Steve Job's only authorized biography on a trip to Singapore.


The biography was commissioned by Steve Jobs, some time after he learned that he was suffering from a terminal illness. The author, Mathew Isaacson was Chairman of CNN and Managing Editor of Time Magazine. He has written books about Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin, which says a lot about how Steve Jobs thought of himself. hee


I can't wait to start reading it. Well, as soon as the Christmas break comes along and I actually find the time. I cannot say Steve Jobs was a good man. My theory is that he must have been pretty much of a slave-driver to get to where he was, professionally. Anyway...

Malik turned two years old this week! Woohoo Can you believe it?! The person I most love in the world was this small a few months ago -


Now he can't get his hands off the iPad (parang namomroblema lang) -


Ooh, by the way, Malik knows his shapes now. I downloaded a shape shorter app from the iTunes store, with very little expectations. After several runs at the app, Malik starts picking up the right shapes in the real shape shorter. Amazing (and Thank you, Steve).


Speaking of birthdays, we're almost ready for Malik's party.


Did you notice his new hair cut?

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Borough

Someday I'm going to give up meat. It'll be just vegetables and possibly fish for me in steamed, broiled or baked dishes. Yesiree, I will be passing up on the oil too. Someday. BUT until that day comes, allow me to stuff my face full with greasy comfort food like the ones they serve at Borough, Podium. Woooha.


Named after the five boroughs of New York, Borough serves NY comfort food from their kitchen at the Podium in Ortigas. Here's our willing taste tester for the day. Say hi.


First off, our drinks of choice. Cranberry juice for me and iced tea for Pao -


And then we had The Elvis: fried peanut butter and banana sandwich, served with caramel and sour cream (P170) -


I shouldn't complain that they're making me eat sweets for my appetizer. After all, I was the one who picked it out of the menu. But a slice of this sandwich ruined my appetite a little, just as mom had always predicted.

Cheeseburger (P400) -


Good well-seasoned all-meat patty, served with properly seasoned french fries. But can you see all that grease?


And can you also see the price? Huwat.

NY Strip Steak (P680) -


The meat was tender all right, but this isn't as good as the Cheeseburger. Plus, you may call me cheap, but it'll take a lot of convincing for me to like a sandwich that costs almost double the minimum wage.


Overall, Borough does serve comfort food, if by comfort food we mean, greasy, salty and sweet stuff. It is not a place for those watching their health, since healthy often means bland and bland is the antithesis of comfort.

Secondly, Borough is probably targetting the AB crowd that is outside of my social range (I like to think of myself as middle class). This is probably why I was not happy with their price. Between Pao and myself, a good P1,200 was spent, which is waaaaay more than I would consider spending for an a la carte lunch. (By the way, you know me, we went with coupons so the meal only costs us P600. Do not panic, mom.)


Borough is at the ground floor of The Podium mall, ADB Ave., Ortigas Center, Pasig. Follow the arrow -


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Monday, November 7, 2011

Imitation to the second degree

You'd think that I'd find these at a stall in Greenhills or Divisoria, but nooooh.


These were spotted yesterday at the SM Department store! The tag reads "Grab" and these bags now retail for P799 each (from P999), which is 16% the price of a Banane Birkin and about 0.16% the price of a cheap real Hermes Birkin.


So let's see. Banane Birkin of Taipei printed images of a bag similar to the Hermes Birkin on canvass bags. Hermes has sued the makers of the Banane Birkin before the intellectual property office of Taiwan. Banane's defense is that what they printed on the bags aren't actually images of an Hermes Birkin but of a bag that only looks like it. Besides, it is unlikely that consumers will mistake the Banane Birkin for a real Hermes because of the huge difference in price.

And then here comes another company knocking off a knock-off. Will Banane Birkin sue? If so, on what grounds? I just think it's interesting how the world works. Some people call it the law of karma. I call it, funny. Wahaha


Incidentally, the same company, Grab also sells these bags, which are unimistakeably imitations of Cath Kidston's box bags.


(These retail for P499 each. Cath Kidston box bags retail for GBP22 or P2,500 locally.)

I am actually surprised that a legitimate department store would carry knock-offs of established brands in their retail spaces. SM's lawyers must have studied this already, and an opinion has probably been issued to the effect that the decision is legally defensible. But what does that say about the corporation's values? Sa bagay, matagal na naman nating alam that business is business to SM. If it's going to bring in cash and customers, there's no way that they're going to refuse.

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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Peace out

I'm a fan of local t-shirt brand Artwork. I have written about them a few times in the blog, often in association with higher-end sister company Bleach Catastrophe. Artwork's shirts are very reasonably priced. They come in the softest cotton and now, in more stylish cuts like cropped or assymetrical.

The last time we went to Artwork Trinoma, Pao and I took home his & hers versions of this t-shirt designed by graphic artist AJ Dimarucot.


For the few who may not know, AJ Dimarucot has had his art printed via crowd-sourced t-shirt websites Threadless.com and DesignbyHumans. Among others, he has designed for Nike, Adidas, Alicia Keys, the late Michael Jackson, Manny Pacquiao, and band Panic at the Disco. He also owns clothing brand Googoo&Gaga with his wife, and they produce the coolest t-shirts and onesies for kids. So the best part of this is, we get to take home a piece of AJ's genius for only P595. Mabuhay ang Artwork!


Incidentally, I was browsing through e-bay the other night and found this H&M t-shirt for sale.


I'm not saying one artist copied off the other. People the world over are exposed to and influenced by the same events and images that we can barely trace where we get our ideas from. But the resemblance IS striking, although AJ's is definitely more well thought-out.


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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Ports

There are plenty of things worth worrying about the island that is Boracay. For instance, where do they take all that trash? How is their sewerage system doing and does their water treatment work? Do the Aklanons benefit from the tourism? Are their building permits issued in consideration of sustainable urban planning?


The local government collects environmental fees at the port. I assume they're putting all those funds to effective use. The good news is that, at the very least, the existing Caticlan airport is a testament to the value that the local government puts to tourism. Look - 1) LCD screens at the departure area -


2) Comfortable, sturdy chairs -


3) Clean lavatory, with faucets that actually work and what do you know, soap and toilet paper -








4) Diaper changing and nursing station -





5) Mobile phone charging station -


6) And coffee/pasalubong shops that do not look like they hail from Cubao ibabaw -


The first time I went through the Caticlan airport was in the mid-2000s. At the time, the airport had nothing of these conveniences. It didn't even have a conveyor belt. But look at the airport now, a mere 5 years later.


I got curious at what seemed like a miracle so I Googled a little. In 2008, there were talks of expanding the Caticlan airport to the tune of P2.5B. It was to be a BOT (Build-Operate-Transfer) arrangement to be undertaken by a PRIVATE company called the Caticlan International Airport and Development Corporation. Is this the result of that expansion? If so, well done. Take a bow.


What we're saying is, with political will and efficient financial planning, improvements can be made. So it's really a wonder why the NAIA Domestic Terminal still looks so spent. That airport was built in 1948 and I don't know if it's ever been renovated. What's taking us too long? Hay. At least it has a nursing station -


And a play area -


At least, lang ha.

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