Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Of Celebrations and Reunions

Aysee's Sisig in Pasig City.
Yet another somewhat "chill" day for us in school. We don't have days like this that often so w decided to make the most use out of it. Add it to the fact that the day after was a holiday and you've got yourself a party.
Started the holiday right with the guys. Paid a visit to Aysee's. Best damn Sisig in all of Manila. Aysee's is a little hole in the wall restaurant in Pasig City along St. Martin's Street (near St. Paul's College). It's been around for quite sometime and it's a well known "secret" around the area. You can check out more about them here: Aysee's Facebook Page


Although they have a lot of other Filipino dishes, their Sisig takes the cake. And, at only 110 pesos (add 10 for some rice) it's a belly busting deal! (It's usually good enough for two at that price). What sets their Sisig apart from competitors is the fact that it is so full of flavor and extremely crunchy. They use quite a reasonable amount of margarine on the sisig without spoiling the flavor and they throw in a generous amount of crackling chicharon too.

We stuffed ourselves til we had to unbuckle our belts and continued to spend the afternoon shooting the breeze and relaxing.


Dirk looks like a Blues Brother




Then came the AIMS team celebration. The agenda was to grab some dinner and toast our "victory". Not most of the team could make it, but we still had a blast with all who came.
We hit Citizen Pub and Burger Bar for some dinner first. It's a new joint located in Citi Golf, Ortigas Center (near Ortigas Home Depot). It's a nice new building that reminds me of a New York City apartment with its brick and mortar architecture. You can find out more about them here: Citizen Pub and Burger Bar's Facebook Account



They're famous for their "Crazy Burger" which is a humongous burger made up of a deep fried meat patty and some Kani Salad dressing. To be honest, I really didn't like how it sounded when I first saw it on the menu. But my friends highly recommended it so I decided to try it. I was not disappointed.

The Kani Salad Dressing blends perfectly with the crunchy deep fried meat patty. It gives it a zesty tang that can only be found in the mayo used for the dressing. It really is a crazy, unique meal that is a must try for all those burger lovers out there. At it's price of 180 pesos, it is worth every centavo.







After eating dinner, we headed to The Reserve also in Citi Golf for some drinks.

Finally, one of my really good childhood friends decided to come home from abroad. Haven't seen him in over a year, so we definitely decided to make up for lost time with some shots.

Good to see you back in the Philippines bro! 
We hit Cable Car first but since it was full of drunk foreigners who were all trying to act like they knew how to play Beer Pong, we decided to find a new venue where we could celebrate his return home.

Why so serious?

This led us to Rue Bourbon (in the Burgos Circle, The Fort) to load our friend up on that infamous Gun Powder Shot which Rue is so popular for.

Gun Powder Shot

So to my understanding, this Gun Powder Shot is a concoction of some "mystery liquor" that is systematically set on fire and then sprinkled with cinnamon (which is highly flammable) to produce the effect seen above. While the whole thing is burning, a glass is then used to contain the flame and catch the fumes which the person must then drink through a straw after drinking the liquor.

It's quite a parlor trick but the shot itself is pretty strong too. This is Rue's signature drink.

The rest of the night was spent making new friends and toasting to good memories. The service at Rue was great. The bartenders were extremely friendly and even the manager (Sir Rod) was a good sport because he gave us a lot of complimentary drinks! Rue can definitely expect us back soon.

It was a good night all together.

Here are some more shots of the night which I particularly liked:









Monday, November 28, 2011

The Calm Before the Storm

It's really rare when we get free time to just laze around and do the things that we want to do. The first sem was a nightmare in terms of schoolwork. So far, this second semester is looking a wee bit more lax and peaceful. Therefore, we make the most out of the moments when we can get away with being "bums for a day". This is one of those moments. 

The boys decided to go out and do something spontaneous after our Public Relations class ended pretty early on a Monday night. 

We decided to visit our usual haunt Kabisero for some BBQ and beer. We used to frequent Kabisero a lot during the second semester of our third year. But ever since the management changed, we've been avoiding the place for sometime. We decided to test the waters again and see if there was any improvement.

"Dumb Shit" - Nick

They changed the menu. I used to love their original recipe for BBQ.

at least the patrons are nice :>

Bokeh Star
Rods

They didn't even have their famous Boneless chicken. Some of us had to stick with the crappy fried chicken. 

Le Sausages. There are 2 Missing In Action though. 

Grilled Liempo

Garlic Liempo

Sisig 





We thought the management would have improved, but we were wrong. The service took extremely long, the food quality was mediocre and they lost the atmosphere and the flavor that made customers come back to the Old Kabisero.

I don't think the boys and I will be heading back to Kabisero anytime soon.

It was nice forgetting about school work for a night. But the only thing that nags me is the question: Just how long is the Calm before the Storm?

AIMS High

Well, both UA&P teams won second place in the Ateneo Intercollegiate Marketing Seminar (AIMS). I wrote a little something-something about it on my Facebook account which can be found here: My Facebook Album of AIMS (So if you're not my friend, you better add me!)

Anyway, here are some of the photos I liked during the competition. 

The UA&P AIMS Team 2011. (L-R) Patrick, Gino, Ish, Isabel, Nine, Ton, Jean, Tor, Bern and Dre. 
Go Team UA&P! Unitas!



There were a lot of sleepless nights involved. Thank God for caffeine. 

The event was held in the Unilad Bayanihan Center, Pasig City. Pretty decent event. 

Ish presenting Dentsu's environmental advocacy case. It's on you!

The 1st place team from UP who won the Dentsu case.

Here's a shot of everyone who participated in the event. 

They served cocktails after the event. 

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Whiplash, an Accident at the Parking Lot


So there was this 'little' accident that happened on Friday night (Nov. 26). It happened in the Parking Lot of our school at around 9 PM. Apparently the Altera in the photo above had a bike rack which accidentally snagged a parking post with a rope attached to it. It subsequently dragged the post all for around 30 feet until realizing what it was actually doing.

The result? 4 cars were damaged by the whiplash.

The Altera and the Parking Post that it snagged. The rope's still connected. 

Thankfully, I had my camera on hand and I decided to take pictures in order to help anyone who wanted to have the damages fixed by their insurance companies. To my knowledge, the insurance works faster if there are photos of the actual damage caused as soon as it takes place. The scene of the claim must also be untouched and as authentic as possible.

So how did all of this start?

The Altera was parked in Front of the Red Honda City and the White Isuzu Crosswind. It didn't realize that it was dragging the post with it. It hit the City first then...
2 parking posts got caught on the bumper.




After hitting the two cars, the rope and some posts hit another car which was a...
Hit a Mazda 3 and clipped its sideview mirror and chipped its side.

Ouch.
The final victim was a Black Toyota Hilux
Parking post slammed into his rear passenger door. 
Sad thing was the person driving the Altera was a chick. I think a first year student and she only had a driver's permit. She's in a lotta trouble but I hope everything turns out fine. I e-mailed her all the pictures and I hope she can put them to good use.

The concrete post got dragged under the Altera.


Friday, November 25, 2011

Glasses for Ned


Ned has new glasses! This is the Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D and it's the newest addition to my starting arsenal. I was originally looking for a Prime Lens that was light and portable but still had exceptional performance. The 18-105mm lens that my Nikon D7000 came with was kinda bulky and heavy, so I felt as if it wasn't an ideal lens that I could carry around with me everyday.

I wanted a lens which could allow me to put my entire camera in my school bag. I didn't want to carry around another camera bag everyday because of the weight, the inconvenience and the security issues that it came with.


After asking my photographer friends about lenses which fit my criteria and doing a lot of research about lens reviews online, I came to the conclusion that the Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D was the best for me. It was hailed as one of the best prime lenses of Nikon. But out of all of its accolades, two things stood out as the most relevant to me.

1. Value for Money - One of the sharpest lenses Nikon has ever created is priced at a little over $120. It is seen as a lens that delivers outstanding performance for its price tag.
2. Portable - It is very lightweight and compact. It is ideal for people on the go who want a handy, hassle-free, yet functional lens.


I bought this once again from the ever-reliable Kimstore. They processed my order in one day and we did a meet up at a mall of my choice somewhere around Ortigas Center. It was a very hassle-free transaction. I think I'll be getting more stuff from them in the future.

As of now, I can't really test out Ned's new glasses because of the AIMS competition which I'm joining this Saturday and Sunday. (Wish me luck!) But once I get that out of the way, I'll finally be able to scratch that itchy trigger finger of mine!

Here are some shots taken with the Nikon 50mm f/1.8 (Couldn't do so much since I'm rushing)
I'm in love with the focus. The way it blurs the background is amazing.
Very sharp!