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Posted 27 May 2019 - 12:57 AM

What goes 'round, comes 'round, or is it what comes 'round, goes 'round?

 

Whatever.

 

Is it more like looking at revolving fairground mirrors, or just a bathroom mirror?

 

The reflections, you see.

 

The reflections you see. 



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Posted 28 May 2019 - 12:13 AM

Yeah that's sad.

 

They should stop calling it National BookStore.

 

They should call it National Schoo and Office Supplies Store.. For a long time now this so-called "bookstore" has been making a mockery of the word "bookstore."

Of course books won't sell as is but where do we start? That's why I love going to European cities because the independent bookstore scene there is so alive. People there still read. But it makes you wonder because the Big Bad Wolf sale here is always jumping. I'm amazed because folks here still read. Give them good books at a discount and they will come. Not like the few and pitiful books at National.

 

Booksale is always better than National and so is Fully Booked especially the one at Rockwell but I sense that FB, especially the one at High Street, is going on its last legs. Such a pity. FB has better selections and newer ones.

 

They should always have a sale hehe..

 

Give a sale, and they will come.



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Posted 28 May 2019 - 11:42 PM

The FB's in MOA and Gateway are quite inadequate. So tiny they should never have put up a branch there. Ditto with Megamall, Maison, and Greenhills although the one in GH was huge before. Power Plant for me is the best. Just big enough and always stocked well with new books.

 

I'd be attracted to someone who's not dumb.



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Posted 29 May 2019 - 12:02 AM

It's the 50th anniversary of Led Zeppelin (actually started Sept last year so we're still within celebration time).

1969 they came up with their first album and just about 8 years later I was in a Cubao moviehouse that does not smell like how a moviehouse should smell. You know, you get wisps of some medicinal plant wafting and floating in the air inside. Wonder how they got it in, but those were fun times, not like the PC times today where everybody's straitjacketed in fascistic governance. Anyhow despite all those olfactory distractions, we all enjoyed the concert film being shown - for most of us it was the highlight of the year, and it still is. The song remains the same.

 

Now on their 50th anniversay the band came out with this gimmick where you can create your own Led Zep playlist and maybe post it in their website and God knows where else. Jack White has done one. So with Royal Blood.

 

I fancy making one. Here it is:

 

You Shook Me

Dazed and Confused

Whole Lotta Love

What Is And What Should Never Be

Since I've Been Loving You

I CAn't Quit You, Baby

Communication Breakdown

Heartbreaker

Out On The Tiles

Thank You

The Song Remains The Same

 

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Hmm methinks that playlist plays like some timeline of something late-lamented. But anyway, Rock And Roll!


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Posted 31 May 2019 - 01:24 AM

Quite sad and shocked for this day. Two favorite writers gone up to that great Library in the sky. And quite young too. My unbelief has not waned to learn that Tony Horwitz is dead at 60 and Clinton Palanca at 45. Too many writings left unwritten.

 

Tony Horwitz is one of my favorite writers in the genre which convinced me to focus on reading more books - travel literature. Paul Theroux and Tim Cahill were my first discoveries. Their travel narratives influenced me to travel. I now believe that without having read those two blokes I would not have strived to earn more and be able to go to foreign lands. Having financial strength enabled me to experience first-hand what I read from them. Of course I did not go to the places they've been - I am not that intrepid, but still I pretended while walking in safe and comfortable cities that I was on a dashing and great adventure.

 

Theroux was cranky and cerebral. Cahill was slapdash and fun. Bill Bryson followed later, in quite the same mold as Cahill. Tony Horwitz was in-between those three. In One For The Road (1987), Horwitz hitchhiked across the vast emptiness of the Australian outback. In Baghdad Without Map (1991) he ventured into the Middle East, back when Saddam was still king and the Ayatollah was still fresh. Always with razor-sharp wit and insights, he writes of oblique experiences, always entertaining and nuanced. In Blue Latitudes, he retraced the route of Captain Cook's voyage in the Pacific. I haven't read his most famous book Confederates in The Attic but such is the power and prescience ot Tony Horwitz that the book somehow foretold events twenty years later as the book analyzed the seeming divisiveness simmering in the American South. Trump was the product of his observations.

 

Clinton Palanca did not just write about food and restaurants - he wrote about experiences. He was the best writer about food that I've read. Very educated, very fair and will not mince words and politeness if his dining experience does not deserve it. When he gives an opinion, you instinctively know that you should respect it. He has such a combination of authority, humility and gravitas. He has such a mastery of language it is unbelievable.

 

Sayang. There could have been more from Tony and Clinton. I thank them for enriching my life with their words. 



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Posted 16 June 2019 - 10:39 PM

So the jury's in.

 

It says you can drink up to 25 cups of coffee a day and it will be alright. Okay. 

 

That was the conclusion from the most recent study involving some 8000 people in Britain. No heart problems, no increase in the likelihood of strokes and heart attacks, no hardening of arteries. Drinking 25 is no worse than drinking 3 or none at all. But of course if you drink 25 cups then maybe something's wrong with you.

 

The operative word here is 'coffee'. Most likely brewed. It is not 3-in-1 or sugary coffees or creamy coffees. Drinking 25 cups of 3-in-1 in my opinion will not bring the same result. 3-in-1 is bastardized coffee.

 

So there. How many cups have you drank today? 

 

Quota na ba?



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Posted 18 June 2019 - 12:46 AM

The past is never dead. It's not even past.

 

WILLIAM FAULKNER



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Posted 20 June 2019 - 11:36 PM

The New England teams did well.

 

The Patriots won the NFL. 

 

The Boston Red Sox went wire to wire in baseball.

 

The Boston Bruins nearly made it 3 out of 4 - losing Game 7 of The Stanley Cup.

 

Sadly the Celtics didn't make it out of the East. Now in hindsight it's understandable, what with the Raptors and a certain Mr. Kawhi winning it all.

 

Two out of four ain't bad.

 

Can't win 'em all. 


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Posted 03 July 2019 - 12:42 AM

If you listen to a song long enough, sometimes some snippet of lyrics leaps out and just grabs you and stays in your head no matter what. 

 

It could be that it has some resonance with something in your life, or maybe just the beauty of the construction of that particular lyric grips you. 

 

Most of the time it's not any of the above. It just wraps around you.

 

Maybe I'm starting a series about this.

 

First off is Tom Petty's "Refugee", with this snippet somewhere in the middle of the song:

 

" Somewhere, somehow, somebody, must have kicked you around some."

 

All those sibilants and how the late Tom Petty was able to insert that line amazes me everytime I listen to the song.

 

Maybe also it resonates somewhat. We've all been kicked around somehow, sometime, in our lifetime, and maybe the pain does not leave you. 

 

Did it?

 

Even if now you're the one doing the kicking around?

 

Life is queer.


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Posted 07 July 2019 - 12:51 AM

The opening line of Elvis Costello's Red Shoes:

 

I used to be disgusted/ Now I'm just amused.

 

 

Says it all.....

 

But I forgot what I was disgusted about.



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Posted 12 July 2019 - 12:30 AM

I am inspired to write about Yesterday...

 

Just the premise, not the film itself, which has been thoroughly (undeservedly?) thrashed by David Sims of the Atlantic.

 

The movie is about a world which suffered a catastrophic galactic blink for 12 seconds, where everything stops, and then comes alive again...... Science fiction, yes, but here is where the delicious part comes in.

 

When the world comes to, all is the same for every people on earth, except....it is a world where nobody remembers the Beatles ever existed. it's just like now, with us here, except we do not know that there ever was a Beatles 40 or so years before.

 

So how is that? it's like we groove now to hiphop or Ed Sheeran or everybody else, but The Beatles we don't know. Led Zep yes, Woodstock, Joni Mitchell yes, etc. but Beatles? what's that? 

 

Except for one guy who suffered an unfortunate (fortunate?) accident in the time the galactic blink happens and he is the only person on earth who remembers The Beatles, and their songs, and who is hailed a genius when he begins playing Beatles song on his guitar, which of course everybody is hearing for the first time. 

 

Ok that's that.

 

But the game-changer, for me, in this movie, is their side-aside that John Lennon never died, was never murdered, and now lives by a remote English seaside, and whom our protagonist meets!

 

Now how is that for a movie storyline?

 

This movie I gotta see.

 

May a galactic time-blink happen and our movie distributors find amnesia from moneymaking superhero movies and goddamn show this movie here!


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Posted 20 August 2019 - 12:57 AM

So it was National Rum Day last August 16.

Avast!

Rum has always been that bad boy in the liquor world.
If you had a room where dignitaries were gathered, those dignitaries were the single malts, the old vineyard wines, the dignified cognacs and brandies etc, all in their Brooks Brothers suits, satin hankies, and polished wingtips, then here comes rum, all dripping sweat, with a 5' o clock shadow, in britches and boat shoes, half-tucked in and msmatched colors.

You get the idea.

So that reminds me to get that Diplomatico and Gosling in Ginza come October.

Avast ye yellow-livered weak-kneed sissies!

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Posted 20 August 2019 - 01:06 AM

So yeah. I did not get to watch that Yesterday movie.

You can always break your word, especially at my age.

The reviews were atrocious.

So I thought that an Elbert's Philly cheese steak sandwich was a better deal than being discomfitted in a Power Plant cinema. Plus that Brilliant Brilliant book from Fully Booked, though the total was more than that movie ticket, I still maintain it was the better deal. Maybe next time I'll throw in a Phat Pho pho just for spite.

No good movies nowadays, but cheers to those who saw Yesterday. It's still surprisingly afloat after almost a month.

Magic. What else.

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Posted 23 August 2019 - 11:34 PM

I'm so not finished on this rum thing.

 

Coming across this listing of the 12 Best Rums to try this summer from London's The Independent, I was greatly surprised that tucked in somewhere between the Santa Teresas and the Salfords and the Hampden Estates (this listing I must admit is grotesquely skewed towards British-made rums - I didn't even know such a beast existed) is our very own Don Papa rum, which is selling for 32 pounds in those emerald isles.

 

Says The Independent:

 

"Why should the Caribbean have all the fun? This small-batch rum is produced in the Philippines, or more specifically the island of Sugarlandia as it's known locally, where rather unsurprisingly they make some of the world's sweetest sugar cane. Rich, smooth and powerful - the underlying sweetness is backed up with marmalade, cinammon and dried fruits which works well in cocktails and on the rocks."

 

Do I hear the sound of clapping?



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Posted 25 August 2019 - 11:53 PM

I've started listening to Ben Sidran again for the first time in decades. I just though he was already dead or retired. Just surprised that his voice, his phrasing is just the way they were in the the 70s. Plus he seems more hip the way he sings now. You can even say he's having fun.

 

The first recorded version of A New York State of Mind, composed by a not-yet-star Billy Joel, was done by Ben Sidran about 1977 or 76.

 

As a sidebar, I recently learned that Barry Gibb and The Bee Gees wrote To Love Somebody for the great Otis Redding, but Otis Redding unfortunately died before he could record it. So of course the Bee Gees recorded the song themselves, and the rest, as they say, well, it was not yet history. History for the Gibb brothers of course came with a certain album called Saturday Night Fever. lol.



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Posted 30 August 2019 - 12:30 AM

It turns out there is are clear definitions of crowding in public transports, specifically commuter trains, courtesy of Japan Railways.

 

At 100 percent, every seat is taken and there is a hand on every strap.

At 150 percent, shoulders are brushing but a standing commuter can still read a newspaper (not that anybody here still reads newspapers on the LRT).

At 180 percent, that standing commuter can "more or less" still read a newspaper as long as it is folded.

At 200 percent, we are in the Crush Load - there is "substantial pressure" from body contact.

Above 250 percent, people are so packed they can no longer move their hands. When the train jolts people will just lurch into an inclined postition and be unable to move.

 

I swear that the rush hour crowds at the MRT Stations in Ayala or Buendia or the LRT at Doroteo Jose are at 300 percent and above! I've ridden them regularly before and the only adjective that can describe the crush is "apocalyptic".

 

In the Western Railway Line in Mumbai, described as the world's single most crowded public transport, crowding has reached the Super Dense Crush Load category, or at 275 percent, where fourteen or more people are standing per square meter. I'm sure our LRT and MRT are not far behind in this dubious category.

 

Thank God we have no winters here, as compression gets worse in Tokyo when people wear heavy coats. I've endured that during our winter trips there.

 

Next time during Crush Loads there I should have both my arms raised, lest I be accused of being a chikan, or a groper. Foreigners are always rightly or wrongly accused of being chikans on crowded Japan trains.

 

Now on this aspect of groping on trains, it seems the Japanese have found a way to feed this common fantasy. It is said that there are chikan denshas there, or "pervert train clubs", where you pay to grope women dressed as schoolgirls or office receptionists in replicas of subway cars. Very interesting, I should say. There is a "Shibuya Pink Girls Club" there, although maybe I won't spend my day looking for it in the huge Shibuya sprawl. Is it on Google Maps, I wonder?



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Posted 02 September 2019 - 12:58 AM

Thank God it's not the feudal-and-samurai age anymore in Japan.

 

Came upon the word tsujigiri, which means "to try out a new sword on a chance passerby." lol



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Posted 19 September 2019 - 01:05 AM

Ric Ocasek is dead.

 

The Cars, remember?

 

Ric Ocasek, the frontman, lead singer, rhythm guitarist, and main architect of a sound so smooth, tight hooks and memorable melodies and all, lifting The Cars just above the level of all those other New Wave bands at that time. You never felt a twinge of embarassment if you got caught listening to The Cars then. You were kinda hip if you did so, not like say, getting caught grooving to Tears For Fears because Tears For Fears had that slight smidgen of tackiness and forcing-it-grooviness.

 

You might think I'm crazy
To hang around with you
Maybe you think I'm lucky
To have something to do
But I think that you're wild
And inside me is some child
You might think I'm foolish
Or maybe it's untrue
You might think I'm crazy
But all I want is you

 

Oh well. Gotta move on....thanks Ric for those solid memories.

 

And where on earth is Paulina Porizkova???

 

That was the only time we hated you, Ric, you of all people, snagging that goddess of a supermodel.

 

Oh well again...






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