Hello Singapore!

We’re back.
This trip was planned months ago and for some reason we could only get a booking to depart at 5:10 PM.
Left the house at 2:30 PM with one hour to spare at the Singapore Airlines lounge. I know it was the day after Christmas, so the male staff working at the lounge were very creepy and oversolicitous, like they were expecting a tip or pamasko. I think Singapore Airlines needs to know how creepy they are. I had no more pesos on me as we just had enough money for travel and airport taxes, so even if I was tempted to tip them, I didn’t.
The plane was an Airbus and not a 777 as I originally booked, so I was kind of scared. But Singapore Airlines has a good track record, so….

Singapore Airlines

I prayed a lot and read four magazines while the boys ate. This was Jeroen’s starter

Jeroen's food

I don’t normally eat on the plane, but I it was 7 PM and my last meal was at 2 PM. There was grilled tapa on the menu. Not bad at all. Jeroen helped me eat this.

Grilled beef tapa, Singapore Airlines

Could not resist an extra serving of garlic bread = busog

Garlic bread, Singapore Airlines

We landed safely. First to leave the plane

First to leave the plane

No wonder Changi is one of the world’s best airports. Simple yet lovely

Changi waiting area

The kids loved the indoor jungle

The boys loved the airport "jungle"

We took the free shuttle to the hotel

Quincy Christmas

Here’s the room

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The bed

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The bathroom

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The coffee

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The welcoming committee

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I fell asleep reading Time Out Singapore and saw this woman on the back page

Her name is Tae

Her name is Tae, how sad :(

Her name is Tae

Christmas 2011

My New Year’s resolution is to lose weight. That’s why I’m hiding behind the wall.
Cape: Initial • Skirt: Comme des Garçons • Socks: Forever 21 • Shoes: Acne • Bag: Billykirk x Opening Ceremony • Glasses: Cune

Me, Christmas 2011

Skinny Mich Dulce at the same door

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Mich and her mom opening my present*

Mich and Mrs. Ileto open my gift

Heather Miss Grey placemats

Heather Miss Grey placemats
*Placemats by special order at Bleach Catastrophe, Greenbelt 5

e-cigaret

Jude wants to kill her

Traffic

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Merienda at Gilda’s

Visit with Gilda

Paul Jatayna spotted in Proudrace at Rockwell

Paul Jatayna in Proudrace

A Christmas greeting from the STAR

Philippine Star writers
Erwin Romulo, Stephanie Zubiri, Adel Tamano, Jessica Zafra, Quark Henares, Cecile van Straten

Beautiful chocolate from Villa del Conte

Villa del Conte

Thank you, Villa del Conte

I always love it when the Oishi truck comes around

I always love when the Oishi truck comes around

Our first real tree

O Christmas tree

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Carolers

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Big things come in big packages: a gift from Beabi

Gift from Beabi

Christmas eve

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Lechon!

Lechon at Wack Wack

How to say goodbye?

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Looking forward

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Yesterday at Rockwell

It has been tradition of sorts to get together with Ferry Corsten and his wife Lia whenever they’re in town. Not all the time, but at least once or twice a year.
Dutch DJ Ferry Corsten is married to a Filipina with the cutest daughter Gabby, so it’s inevitable that they will stop by Manila during a break from his many gigs.
The get-togethers are arranged by my friend Ginggay who is related to Lia Corsten.
Our first meeting was in Gaudî in December 2010.

Ferry, Jeroen Joris
Ferry, Jeroen, Joris

Ginggay, Ferry, Tonichi, Lia
Ginggay, Ferry, Tonichi, Lia

Last April there was lunch at Heat, Edsa Shangri-La Hotel

Jeroen, Lia, Ferry, Victor, Joy
Jeroen, Lia, Ferry, Victor, Joy

Tonichi, Jeroen, Ferry, Victor
Tonichi, Jeroen, Ferry, Victor

This year we really wanted Ferry to try the new Pepper Lunch at Rockwell. We were really happy when Ginggay texted to say the Corstens were available on Thursday afternoon at 1 PM. Tell you the truth, I’m so starstruck I don’t even talk to him.

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Lia, Noel, Jeroen, Joris and Ferry shaking the salad

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Ginggay and Penny gave Jeroen an iPhone for Christmas, so a thank you was in order

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Rockwell has an ongoing Baker’s Fair at the food hall in the basement. I bought the yummiest cupcakes from Costa Brava. The caramel cupcake is better than Estrel’s!

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The Dutch contingent arranged according to height: Lia, Ligaya, Ferry, Tark, Jeroen, Joris (he is 6’5″)

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Ferry’s next stop: Club Ageha in Tokyo, Japan this Thursday, December 29, 2011.

See you next time!

Mangetsu

December 19 is special because it happens to be the birthday of my son Christian + my mom. While Christian had his first birthday party last Saturday, my mom’s was tonight.
Last Friday my dad and his friends Mr. Takanori Fujimura and Dr. Eiki Enatsu soft-opened a Japanese fusion restaurant with a very talented chef, Masaaki Ishikawa.

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Mangetsu used to be located at the Creekside Mall, now closed.
My dad said Chef Ishikawa came from Nagoya, opened his restaurant here a couple of years ago before he was abandoned by his business partner. My dad and his friends loved his food so much, they convinced him to change location under new management and partnership.

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My brother Dennis (L) with Mr. Takanori Fujimura

My dad is no restaurateur, so I was a bit skeptical—but he knows his Japanese food very well.
My mom invited her closest friends and family to dinner. Jeroen and I braved the Makati traffic all the way to Jupiter Street in Bel-Air, Makati.

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Soft opening here

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I swear, everyone on the main floor was Japanese (a good sign)

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We spotted my dad’s friends from Sumitomo Metals.

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Oh, there is a real sushi chef in there. In Japan you need at least four years training to become a sushi chef. I’m very particular about sushi, so I’m happy whenever I see a real sushi chef in Manila.

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My sister Ana would love Mr. Chuichi Mastumoto and the sound of his geta (wooden slippers) clacking on the floor.
So Spirited Away

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Dinner was upstairs

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Jeroen and I arrived just in time to sit down to this large plate of sashimi. Ana took all the salmon (not in picture). I ate the tuna and hamachi with a side of sushi rice.

Sashimi platter

Next came the tori karaage (Japanese fried chicken) served with three kinds of salt, kropek and calamansi. Loved this too.

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Then the wagyu beef slices cooked on top of a plate with special sauce. Jeroen says keep the three kinds of salt from the tori karaage and use this to flavor the beef. Jeroen, my brother and I had two plates of this.

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Please eat this with rice

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I was already full when the ebi tempura arrived. Brown this over hot coals

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Plus another plate of sushi, which I took home to Mich Dulce and her mom. So full.

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The menu is surprisingly large and affordably priced. I’m coming back with my hungry friends cause I wanna try the beef bowl. Click HERE to see the menu.
P.S. It’s always fun when Ana’s around.

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Mangetsu is at 38 Jupiter Street, Bel-Air, Makati
Tel. 478-3292
http://www.mangetsu.ph/

Present!

Hello, who gave me leaf pie? I received this at Pepper Lunch Shang with no note and just want to thank the sweet person who sent it from Singapore. Thank you very much!! :)

Leaf pie

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