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DigRadio, The Future of OPM?

Hanging at the DigRadio.ph Headquarters

Since I don’t really drive to Makati very often, my sister and I ended up spending a whole day in the city.  We decided to visit the offices of DigRadio.ph.

We hung out with Nina most of the evening since Francis was busy doing some research.  While we were there, we were able to catch the BrewRats show with Ramon Bautista and RA Rivera.

I really like the idea of keeping alive the Philippine rock music scene via an internet and multimedia website.  I hope that it does catch on because, honestly, I think that rock is the only consistently progressive and creative music  genre that Pinoys can offer.

I think the last few pieces of truly original Philippine pop music was released in the 1990s.  After the Paalam Na, Habang May Buhay, Laging Naroon Ka time, there hasn’t been anything in the pop genre that has reached audiences of different ages and classses.  Artists not being able to reach the larger markets have then become dependent on covers and remakes.

With the loss of NU 107, the Filipinos have also lost the last frontier for OPMs (Original Pilipino Music.)  Hopefully, DigRadio can serve as the new venue for OPMs.


New Bombay in Salcedo Village

Fried Papadum appetiser at New Bombay

I just noticed I’ve been blogging about food and drinks a lot.  That’s funny.  I really should find other more memorable things in my day to ramble about.

Anyway, I had dinner with Nina and my sister at New Bombay in Salcedo Village in Makati.  I’ve been going to that particular New Bombay for years and years.

I remember when it was this tiny thing with monobloc plastic chairs and, when you plan to dine there, you hope that the old Indian lady is the one cooking.

Since then there’s been a few more locations that have opened like in Glorietta and Ayala Columns but I’ve never actually eaten in any other branch.  I still always find myself on Dela Costa Street in Makati.

Oh.  And I still love the food.  It’s good and cheap.


The Ketchup Egg

Ketchup and Eggs

One of my favourite ways of having eggs is with ketchup.  The eggs have to be scrambled on the frying pan so that the whites and yellows don’t become one.  Throw in some salt and pepper right away.  The eggs are cooked very quickly and taken out of the pan while still very moist.  Slather on some ketchup.  I prefer Heinz but Hunt’s will do.  Both are available in the groceries like Hi-Top, Cherry, Unimart or S&R.

Weird?  I’ve been doing it since I was a kid.  It is something I learned from my Uncle Boy.  In my family, it’s only my sister and I who have eggs this way.


Alexandre at The Fort

Cafe Alexandre at The Fort

I went to Fort Bonifacio this week to talk to a friend of mine about “matters of the heart”.  Not my heart, my brother’s.  That’s not a story I can post publicly because the meeting itself is a secret.

I don’t normally go out to The Fort because it is far from Quezon City.   One thing I do enjoy about making the trek to The Fort, or even Makati, is seeing old friends I’d only run into at these locales.

A lot of QC folk stay in QC because it’s just so relaxed out here.  When Trinoma opened, there was no need to go very far for an Ayala mall too.   I love the restaurants and small cafes all around the city.

At The Fort, I hung out at Alexandre.  It’s a small cafe around 2nd and 31st street, I think. LOL.  I walked from Burgos Circle so I’m not exactly sure which corner it was actually on.

Alexandre was quaint and comfortable.  The food was pretty good.  I had a pizza, some chocolate puff pastry and an iced tea.  After my “meeting” I ran into Kat, a friend who handles events for Alexandre.  They have theme nights at Alexandre which I think is awesome for someone like me who doesn’t really like the loud music and large crowds.  It’s a lot more chill.  I would totally go if it were in QC.


Rodic’s Tapsilog

This is why I'm fat.

Darra is one my bffs and she is here visiting from Las Vegas.  She hosted a little impromptu dinner at her house and due to the short notice, she served what was readily available.  Check out the spread.

It was an over the top breakfast buffet with porkchops, bacon, sausages, ham, tapa, longganisa, tocino, bbq, eggs, japchae, pizza, cakes and fried rice.

Darra’s family owns Rodic’s, a place known for its tapsilog.  I used to have their tapsi almost daily because there would be no other food in Darra’s house to eat.  This time around, I haven’t had tapsi in years.  It was so good.


Sandy’s Pizza at Darra’s Dinner

 

Sandy's Pizza special order "D" in pepperoni.

Had some Sandy’s Pizza over at a small gathering at my bff’s home in Tierra Pura.  She’s here for a short visit from Vegas or Vegas Baby!! as it is more popularly called.

Darra, the psychotic bff, called Sandy’s Pizza and requested that they cut the pizza into two inch circles because squares are just not cool with their edges and all.  Unfortunately, they weren’t able to accommodate that request.  Instead, she asked for a letter “D” to be added onto the pizza and there it is on the photo!

Sandy’s Pizza is actually owned and operated by two friends from college.  The pizza is good and you can request for it to be baked to a crisp or if you prefer it on the limp side.

For more information, visit their facebook page here.

 

 


Oh, Hello. You’re Mister Chuckie Dreyfus.

I was on my way to Pepper Lunch at Shang for “something”.  I didn’t know what it was because I am, apparently, clueless a lot.  I have these gaps in my memory which is probably a sign of aging or obesity or something really serious like that.

When Grace picked me up, I had to ask her where we were going.  I knew we were going to Pepper Lunch but I didn’t know which one and why.  She told me that we were meeting Chuckie Dreyfus.  I shit my pants!  No, I didn’t.

Chuckie Dreyfus was a child star who was really big in the 80s.

I had already met Chuckie a decade ago through one of my good friends.  Back then, he was this techy/geek guy and that’s all I can remember.  Oh, and he was really nice.

Chuckie is now happily married with 3 kids and he produces musical scoring for film and television.  He’s lost 40lbs and is planning to get back into the acting game.  Good for him.  Now, that’s all I can say about that.  Oh, and he’s still really nice.

My 80s entertainment consisted of watching Sesame Street and The Facts of Life.  Also, listening to Tchaikovsky, Glenn Miller and Lea Salonga.  That’s Entertainment?  I’m drawing a blank.  This is probably how stupid people feel most of the time.  It’s uncomfortable.

At Pepper Lunch, Cecile gave us all loot bags with Birch Tree Powdered Milk, Besuto Prawn Crackers, Hapee Toothpaste, Colgate Toothpaste, Likas Papaya Soap and Chuckie Choco Drink.  All of these things are associated to Mister Chuckie Dreyfus.  I don’t really know how but it was hilarious nonetheless.

I keep saying “Mister Chuckie Dreyfus” because I have a Parokya Ni Edgar song stuck in my head.  The lyrics are about how the singer wants to be part of That’s Entertainment and the 2nd stanza goes “Kapag ako’y makapasok, siguradong malalaos. Ang pagkagwapo ni Mr. Chuckie Dreyfus.”

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