Cinnamon sticks and curry mix, that’s what foodies are made of!

Or maybe only when they are in an Indian mood. There are several Indian groceries along UN avenue in Paco, Manila but I always go to Assad Mini Mart where they have great, freshly made vegetarian samosas for only P15. Mmmmm! They’re still good even after a day or two in the refrigerator though the…

The National Library in Kalaw

Today I worked in the National Library, a handsome building in the outside but very sad inside.  There were the usual students doing their research studies. Ten years ago when I first did ‘research’ there, no one had laptops. Today, a few brought their machines. Still, the process of doing research in the library was…

Manila Farted on Alexander Pushkin

Did you know that there is an Alexander Pushkin monument in the Mehan Gardens in  Lawton? Sadly, the monument is unappreciated, probably unknown to the people who pass by Mehan Gardens. Until today, I did not even know there was such a monument in the city of Manila. I am not a poet nor am…

Walk About Clark or Why Kite-flying is Addictive

Ok so this isn’t about Manila, but a girl’s got to get out of the city sometimes. Last week I went to Clark to join the 2012 Hot Air Balloon Festival where my companions and I braved the hot Central Luzon sun to see the hot air balloons fly up in the sky. One would…

Accessories for Cheap in Quiapo

Everybody knows you go to Quiapo to buy cheap stuff. There’s a shop people go to to buy cheap accessories and gifts. I haven’t been there in a while but today I went back to look at stuff. Imagine buying something that is 100-200% less than when you get it from the department stores. I…