Art in the Park 2017 | My Little Dark and Twisty Girl

Art in the Park 2017 | My Little Dark and Twisty Girl

The weather in Art in the Park this year was surprisingly pleasant. Always held in the middle of dead heat summer, this year, the day where they make the art extremely accessible to the public was blessed with the final cold breath of amihan.

We went later this time than we did last year. When you’re really in the look out for a good buy, one should go early in the morning. We’re not buying anything in particular. If we see something we like, we’ll get it. If not, at least we get a good walk in the park out of it.

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Admittedly, Jr is much more of an art enthusiast than I am, so these things excites him more. He’d point out to something that’ll pique his interest and he can count on me to shake my head for disapproval. With these things, I have the ultimately veto power because it goes to our home, where I would likely stare at it more than he would.

And there right on the second booth, just as we were checking out another watercolor painting by another artist, a little girl called me.

She looked calm and peaceful at first, beautiful from afar. She’s floating, but when you look at her closely, she’s got one foot tied to the ground. She seems sweet until you realize that she’s dark and twisty.

I am drawn to dark and twisty.

And Jr liked it too, which is a miracle, since our tastes rarely agree when it comes to art. And without looking at the rest of the booths, we ask her to be wrapped up. The heart wants what the heart wants. And she’s going home with us.

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Note that we did see the rest of the exhibition and nothing called to us like the little girl did. There was a Cacnio again this year, but it wasn’t true love like the way we fell for “Gravity”, this piece from Bacolod artist Anika Liquote. When you know, you know.

Now, she has a space in the living room, where an almost portrait of mine used to hang. And though she’s dark and twisty, she sparks joy.

I can stare at her all day.


Art in the Park 2017
Jaime Velasquez Park
Salcedo Village
Makati City, Philippines

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The Burgery at Circuit Lane Makati

The Burgery at Circuit Lane Makati

We might have stumbled upon the most obscure mall in Makati.

Before watching Sa Wakas, neither Jr nor I have been at Circuit Makati. On our search for the mall, Jr, who has less faith in Waze than I do had to depend on the app to find it. Circuit Lane is a strip mall, with a layout similar to UP Town Center, albeit a little smaller and without the big airconditioned interior store. This is way outside our comfort zone. Even when we were about to leave the place, the first question we both had was, “So, how do we get out of here?” Let’s just say you won’t find us in that mall unless there’s another play mounted on Powermac Spotlight theatre.

It’s saving grace was a little burger shop we discovered while looking for a quick bite to eat before the play. Since we figured burgers would take a hot minute to cook, we settled for The Burgery. We had the wicked truffle wedges for appetizers. Jr had the Jimmy Blue Eyes while I had the fish taco.

If there is fish taco on the menu, I will order the fish taco. It’s automatic.

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The Burgery
Circuit Lane Makati
Riverfront Drive AP Reyes St
Carmona, Makati

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VIDEO | Vlog #33 – Art Appreciation Day

VIDEO | Vlog #33 – Art Appreciation Day

Jr and I are never ones to claim we know a ton shit about the arts. But we love to support the arts, even if it just means showing up. When we heard there’s an art fair again in Makati, we endured the heavy, rain-induced traffic across the Metro. So did a million other people.

I am not exaggerating. Art Fair Philippines 2017 was held at The Link, a multi level car park on a normal day. The community response was so great they had to control the crowd entering the carpark. We arrived at the Link to a growing line extending on both ends.

I, for one, never go on lines where there’s no donut in the end. But for art, we can make an exception.

The Art Fair is 3 floors of celebration of local and international art. There’s a 250 pesos door fee, but the art kids were out in bulks because it’s 50 pesos for students and free if you’re from Makati. Art appreciation can be challenging with the amount of people on the floor. Most of the time, your view is blocked by a limb, or several limbs. Since I’m a little girl, I’m used to seeing back of people’s necks instead.

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After a couple of hours rummaging the floor for the secret Ben Cab room and massive sculptures of the entire Cacnio clan, my little bladder called a break. I found a airconditioned portalet at the top floor and this.

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All the art and the world, but nothing compares to a great sunset. Good job kids.

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VIDEO | VLOG #022 – Ultimate Tita Moves

VIDEO | VLOG #022 – Ultimate Tita Moves

Welcome to another episode of “Lallie, How TIta Can You Be?”

I have been long suffering from allergic rhinitis. My father has it, my uncles have it, and coupled with pollution and asthma, I got it. I’ve been living with a runny, wait, marathoning nose all my life. It doesn’t bother me anymore. I’m so used to it and I’ve accepted that that’s going to be the case for the rest of my life, unless I want my sinus surgically taken out. I don’t see myself doing that.

It usually creeps at night or in the morning when it’s cold. Or anywhere that’s cold — the cinema, the mall, any restaurant. Basically it strikes anywhere. So I need to have tissue on hand, all the time.

So yes, I’m one of those people who take tissues for restaurants. Call me guilty.

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Butter Chicken at Royal Indian Curry House

Butter Chicken at Royal Indian Curry House

Indian food is fascinating. It looks like mush, like one big glob of a meal. And then you put it in your mouth and it’s an explosion of flavors. It looks like one cohesive mess, but when it is an assault to the tastebuds. There is no discernible ingredient when you look at it. Everything is just bright. But when you taste it, every spice introduces itself to you.

It may be a mess, but it a beautiful delicious mess.

I have long avoided Indian food, mostly because I associate it with curry. I don’t like curry. But then one afternoon, we had to take the car to the casa and the nearest restaurant is Assad. I ordered Butter Chicken, thinking it was the butter chicken in chinese restaurants I’m accustomed to. I was dead wrong, but I. LOVED. IT. Since then, I was hooked.

I tried, and successfully cooked Butter Chicken at home. Jr finished off the meal and enjoyed it so I have a testimonial on that. However, as I learned while doing it, cooking Indian food is tedious. There is a reason why Indian food looks like one amalgamated mess. And it involves a lot of dishes and kitchen instruments to be washed.

Ain’t nobody got time for that.

On our 4th wedding anniversary, I was craving for one thing: Butter Chicken. Indian Butter Chicken. And I don’t want to cook it. I just want to sit down and eat it. Tessa recommended a place in Makati. She takes her Indian clients there and they enjoy it. I figured, if Indians like it, it must be that good.

We grabbed a table at Royal Indian Curry House and ordered the Butter Chicken and Chicken Tikka for Jr. We got the basmati rice because it’s only right to do that and some butter Naan to finish (read: clean) off our plate.

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The Chicken tikka had curry but nothing of the yellow curry Filipino are sort of used to and I hate. It was red and spicy but tolerable. The butter naan was perfect for starters and enders. We wiped off the last drop of the butter chicken with it. The Butter Chicken was indeed glorious, but Jr thought my butter chicken was better.

My husband really knows what’s good for him.


Royal Indian Curry House
5345 General Luna Street
Poblacion, Makati City
02 2469069
Opens 12 noon to 5 am

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