Tuesday, October 15, 2013

the day the earth shook

We will always remember this terrible, terrible day.

On the island of Bohol, the Church of our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in Baclayon, built in 1727.

The Church of San Pedro in Loboc, 1638.

Monday, October 14, 2013

never mind the face

I remember the first time I saw Benedict Cumberbatch. Not very remarkable in the looks department.


In fact, he does look a bit like an otter.


Friday, October 11, 2013

go shorty, it's your birthday

The last time I attended a kiddie party was six years ago, I think. Last weekend, I was invited to Brandon's birthday celebration. His father asked us to save the date way, way in advance, but then neglected to tell us when and where it would be, exactly.

Until the very last minute, we weren't even sure if the party would push through. Exciting times.

The luncheon kicked off with a salad. Catfish, was it? Fresh and tangy.

Ah, party food. Beef salpicao (a little salty but nothing white rice couldn't fix), a version of chicken cordon bleu (some people found it strange but I ate it all), and of course... party spaghetti! I like that it wasn't too sweet and it didn't have sliced hotdogs in the red sauce.

Every celebration in the Philippines must have lechon. This recipe was from Negros, I heard. Lots and lots of garlic in the stuffing-- something new to me since I'm used to lemongrass in my lechon, but very tasty, plus garlic supposedly combats cholesterol. The prawns thermidore were deliciously old-school.