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The More Things Change …

In Technology, Updates on June 26, 2013 at 10:53 pm

This lady bet me that she can make my laptop one of the most secure computers in the world, resistant to worms and viruses that have bedeviled US power grids, Iranian nuclear enrichment centrifuges and even network nodes at NATO. If she can do this, I’d have to buy her product, she said. I said okay. She unplugged my laptop from everything–power, network, phone lines–then took out the battery.

So I bought her damned cookies.

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The Amorsolo Meat Roll

In Updates on June 22, 2013 at 10:37 pm

So it was nearing dinner and I had neglected to re-stock the fridge, though I did have the foresight to thaw some bacon-cut pork-belly meat earlier. What did we do? Well, after marinating the thin meat strips in honey mustard sauce, we wrapped these around green beans and bell pepper strings, fastened them into rolls with toothpicks and plopped the phalanx onto a hot oiled cast-iron skillet. Seared them nicely too.

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It’s not an original recipe, just a poor facsimile of something I once had regularly in that open-air food court that used to be beside the creek along Amorsolo near to but not accessible from the old Louie’s THX, at the corner of the road going to Pasong Tamo and at the approach to the rear of Makati Medical Center. I’m blanking on the dish’s name … if I remember before next time, I might do it better.

This Father’s Day

In Updates on June 16, 2013 at 10:21 pm

This guy came up to me and said “I invented Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day too.”  I’m not kidding, my friend Robbi can vouch that it happened, he was there with me.

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Of course, the guy was just talking about promoting these as national events. The motive for it was commercial—to boost retail in the spare months between Valentine’s Day and Halloween. I have to say that the rational explanation was more disturbing—I would’ve preferred him to be the crackpot I first thought he was. Read the rest of this entry »

Manila Bay Sunset

In Updates on June 4, 2013 at 3:21 pm

I took these photos back in 2008, the camera I used doesn’t even work anymore and is now a shiny paperweight. Don’t read much into the colors and tone–this is just my way of playing around with WordPress’ gallery slideshow feature.

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