Sunday, January 31, 2010

the future is here

It's the last day of the first month of 2010. We are in the future. Except that it is actually known as the present. Can y'all believe it's been more than 10 years, a decade(!), since Y2K? It really was much ado about nothing!

If we were to believe some of the sci-fi movies from our not so distant past, our date with aliens are in the offing. We have, after all, sent them a message. The Beatles' "Across the Universe," for that matter. Who could argue with such a well-meaning, positive initiative?

Before y'all become overwhelmed by panic, fear not because I don't think they're that bad. As long as we remember not to do this, I think we all are going to be allright.

* a friendly reminder from the bunny suicides.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

rainforest cafe

My cousin Lala is blogging again. The other day, she ym'ed me, "palitan mo link ng blog ko, bago na. Sikat ka. "

I should've known. My family is nuts. Thanks to her, from hereon, I am now known as the "pinakamatakaw" in the family. No, she didn't actually say that. She just gave me a little push to admit the truth. I have the biggest appetite in the family and that's a little bit scary.

Anyway, since we are on the subject of food, let me tell you about the Rainforest Cafe in London Trocadero.

Two weeks ago when the team went to London for a Christmas/team-building, we had lunch at this tourist infested dining place. My boss just had a baby a few months ago which probably explains why she picked this distinctive jungle themed venue offering quick bites amongst alligators and tropical fish.

The restaurant was packed, with kids! And for good reason because there were monkeys and a gorilla hanging from the ceiling and an elephant waiting at the entrance.

None of us ordered any appetizers because we were pressed for time. We only had over an hour before the show.

I ordered the Primitive Roasted Lamb Shank.

Clearly, I wasn't the customer they had in mind. The garlic infused basil oil, with balsamic & red wine sauces was nice and the lamb itself was tender and adequately seasoned but did you notice the size of the serving? In the end, it felt like I had just eaten an appetizer.

This is my problem when going to restaurants that serve ala carte food. Most of the time, I leave these establishments, wanting. They say to truly appreciate the food, one must consume it slowly. By doing so, a person can savor the flavors and appreciate the essence of the dishes. You see, I don't do that. Remember the Sprite motto- obey your thist? I, fulfill my hunger. Nagpapakatotoo lang, brothers and sisters.

That's why I love buffets. But going back to the Rainforest Cafe, the verdict: great for kids, definitely NOT for Kiko.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

bunny suicide tips 2, 3 & 4

Because depressed bunnies are found in all corners of the world, here are more funny ways to die wherever you are.



and Israel

Thursday, January 21, 2010

bunny suicides

The Book of Bunny Suicides: Little Fluffy Rabbits Who Just Don't Want To Live Any More is a bestselling collection of mostly one-image black comedy cartoons drawn by author Andy Riley. A friend gave it to me as Christmas/birthday present.

Some people may feel sorry for me because I only get one present for two special occassions. To be honest, I don't mind. I just think that at least I would always get something for christmas and my birthday no matter what, even if it's just a stupid little book about some depressed rabbits.

Here's one of my faves. I'll posting more by and by. Oh, just a disclaimer, I won't be held responsible for giving y'all ideas.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

avenue Q

Best described as a theatrial version of Sesame Street but with very adult humour, Avenue Q follows the story of Princeton, fresh from uni and armed with a BA in English diploma as he embarks on a journey of self discovery. Bull! The show is about the residents of a fictional street located "in an outer-outer borough of New York City", an odd group of people and monsters, whose lives haven't turned out as they'd always planned.

Last Saturday, I saw it again with 8 other people from work. It was a team building/ slash Christmas party kinda event. I suggested that we do this instead, but got beaten when the team voted for a London jolly. I first saw this with Ketty four years ago and loved it. This time, I was still laughing my head off just like when I first saw it. It was crude, rude, politically incorrect and hilarious with a capital H.

The songs come on thick and fast, accounting for more of the show than any acting. Good thing the songs are great because it really gave me a serious case of LSS. Topbilled by an accomplished cast, they were brilliant! I was also pleased to see West End superstar and proud kababayan, Joanna Ampil as Christmas Eve. Although I felt she looks and sounds too sweet for the role. She ended up as Miss Saigon rather than a failed Mrs. Chinatown which is what the role called for. Nevertheless, they were all fantastic and all of us enjoyed it. A couple of my colleagues even commented that it was even better than what they've expected it to be.

After the show, we headed to Covent Garden where we had dinner. I had a big plate of Penne Carbonara which was a little salty for my taste. Not that it mattered to me because I finished my plate faster than Usain Bolt's blazing run at the world championships last year.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

it's -3°C outside

I am getting bored of this winter weather. For almost a week now, the whole country has been covered in snow and it doesn't look like we are going to get any break from it in the next few days.

Of course, I am at home. Unless, absolutely necessary, only fools would venture outside. The roads are slippery and dangerous. In fact, three people from work had been in separate car crashes in the last fortnight.

But the views are still awesome. Here are a few from my window.