Three panels of memories

19 04 2010

ONE OF my favorite home accents – I caution to call this one “furniture” – is my seven-year-old Aaron Brothers two-tone, solid wood, three-panel floorscreen.  It traveled 11,257 kilometers to get home with me.  And through the years, its fifteen 8”x10” frames have helped chronicle my innermost thoughts.

My Aaron Brothers two-tone, solid wood, three-panel floorscreen.

It’s very heavy, being solid wood.  That’s why it’s quite a challenge to move around.  The three panels are joined by two-way hinges for ease and versatility in positioning.  And as I’ve seen, it stands quite stably – barring earthquakes of cataclysmic proportions.  Having said that, I found that piles of magazines at its feet serve a whole lot of a different purpose.

This is how it looks like today.  It contains memories from as far back as 60 years, to something I made with my hands just last night.

Three superheroes – Superman, Batman, and Spider-man. I couldn't find a better Superman poster. All I have are almost life-size... yet to be framed for the walls!

 

I love the ad on the left! I wonder what "eNTeNG" would look like as a shoe. The one on the right says, "Finally, makikilala mo na si Louis!" This was the wrapper of one of Batman's Christmas presents. Louis is a character in the classic movie, "Casablanca."

 

Piles of magazines provide additional support at the base. On a carpeted floor, I would just let the six legs of the floorscreen get stamped onto the surface. They seem to get stable that way.

 

I position the hinges such that the two end panels are parallel to each other.

 

View from the top!

 

The Andy Warhol-ish print was a gift from Erwin. The red Kenneth Cole ad beside it was put there because, as Brother would always joke, it was with Kenneth Cole that I made my biggest savings deposits. Hahaha!

 

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Egg salad pandesal

19 04 2010

I’VE NEVER been one to snub the lowly pandesal (or “pan de sal,” literally, bread with salt).  I don’t think anybody has the right to scoff at one of the barometers of the state of our national economy.  Talk about passing on to the hands of consumers even just a peso’s increase in the price of pandesal, and before you know it, the Senate would have convened to hear its case.  And oh, DZMM would launch into a full pandesal price watch.

I piled on these egg salad pandesals, my snack as I watched Top Chef Season 4 tapes last weekend. Yes, VHS tapes!

A few weeks ago, our pandesal shared the spotlight – front and center – with none other than visiting American R&B pop sensation the Justin Timberlake.  He may not have entertained a sing-song question if he was going to “bring sexy back,” but I read that when asked about any Filipino food he liked, he said, “pandesal.”

Long before Mr. Timberlake and the pandesal have shared the same breathing space, these Filipino breakfast rolls – crusty and dusted with crumbs on the outside, fluffy and chewy on the inside – have been a staple of the Filipino morning table.  As a kid, I would have tens of these, hot, sliced open, and slathered with Dari Crème butter.  A dunk in steaming hot black coffee heightened the gastronomic pleasure even further.  Crusty exterior, soft interior, melted butter permeating through the cut surface, good coffee.  Yum!

Whenever we were feeling fancier than butter, my mother would whip up her signature egg salad spread.  I don’t know why, but I’ve never liked any egg salad spread other than this one.  And I’ve never dared attempt to make it.  Its stark simplicity renders me to overthink it and with a simple dish like this, I fear to fail.

Check out that crusty exterior!

 

I love just how parts of the pandesal look so light and fluffy!

 

The egg salad spread is finally in!

 

Yummy!

 

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Sinigang na hipon redux

19 04 2010

I DREAMED of sinigang na hipon (shrimps in a sour broth of tamarind pulp, with lots of fresh vegetables) often enough last week that I had to make it over the weekend.  For the second time in a row.

 

 

 

 

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Just some favorite photos

19 04 2010

At Bom & Rizzie's wedding, The Blue Leaf, January 10, 2009.

At Bom & Rizzie's wedding, The Blue Leaf, January 10, 2009.

At Rizzie's birthday lunch, Buon Giorno, Tagaytay City, July 2008.

At Cupcakes by Sonja, with Sonja, The Serendra Piazza, 2008.

At Cupcakes by Sonja, The Serendra Piazza, January 2009.

With a Red Velvet Vixen cupcake!

Healthy Shabu-Shabu dinner (with Brother)

At Ian & Marie's wedding, The Diamond Hotel Manila, August 15, 2009.

At Ian & Marie's wedding, The Diamond Hotel Manila, August 15, 2009.

At Ian & Marie's wedding, The Diamond Hotel Manila, August 15, 2009.

Emceeing the office Christmas party, 2008.

With The Dark Knight at the AstroPlus store, Greenbelt 5, 2009.

Emceeing an office party, The Palms Country Club, January 22, 2010.

At Matthew Rylie's 2nd month birthday party, with Jing, April 15, 2010.

At the office with DJ Rhawle!

 

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