The first day of the Christmas break


Ah, Christmas break. Even for an atheist like me that means something because everyone's home. For the next three weeks, we'll have time to relax, play, cook, eat together, watch movies and just chill out. And it has already begun. Sam and Alex put the cats in the tree … [Read more...]

How to get the stink off your shoes


It's rainy season once again. In the metropolis and other low-lying areas, that means floods, flash-floods and stinky shoes. Some people avoid getting their shoes went by wearing rubber boots to and from work / school and switching only to their regular shoes once they are … [Read more...]

Addiction to cinnamon rolls may be a health hazard


From back when we were still regularly watching Good Eats, I remember an episode featuring cinnamon where Alton Brown explained the difference between "true cinnamon" (Cinnamomum verum) and most commercial cinnamon which come from the cassia tree (Cinnamomum cassia). I never … [Read more...]

Travelling without the girls


Sunday, the day after the wedding, we went to a brunch at a house about half an hour from Baguio. It was a beautiful house situated in the middle of a lush forest and we drank in the majestic scenery and the sweet mountain air. A buffet table was laid out in a vast room with … [Read more...]

A country club wedding


I've always felt wary about mentioning friends' names in my blog lest I sound like a name-dropping social climber. So, I rarely mentioned anyone by name. If, at all. But I belong to a profession with a lot of famous (or infamous) personalities and I graduated from a law … [Read more...]

It was almost like a movie scene


It's opening night of an art exhibit, the artist is on her feet, greeting guests as they filter in, then moving from guest to guest, chatting, entertaining them and acting every inch the quintessential hostess. It's a scene I've seen in countless films. I never really … [Read more...]