Lunch with the Corstens
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It was the hottest day of the year (so far)—36 degrees outside, and the Corstens were treating us to lunch.
“Indian or Filipino food or something else?” Lia BBMed me prior.
“How about Heat buffet?” I suggested.
Last Tuesday, one of the Top Ten DJs of the world, Ferry Corsten and his Filipino wife Lia, squeezed us in between gigs in Boracay, Seoul, Macau and Tokyo, for some chat and chew.
I didn’t take many pictures of Ferry—even as Lia was feeding him all sorts of Filipino desserts, like puto bumbong (you have to hear Ferry say it, hehe) and cassava—because Ferry would look at me and say, “No blogging.”
And so I restrained myself, because when I took too many pictures of Boy George in Malate, 2005, he finally told me, “That is the last one.” (Oops.)
Back in 2005 my camera was so low-tech.

lolo George

So I took mostly food shots. 🙂
I love Heat buffet because it’s easy, it’s good, and very near our home.
I usually start with a dimsum platter. They have the best siopao asado. Pork siomai is OK. But hakaw tasted old (read: not worth the calories).


Ferry started with this very well-plated seafood selection.


Heat has seriously the best fries in Metro Manila. Ginggay ordered this.


She had the fries


I had the bottles. Cause I love cute sizes. 🙂


I had like two servings of lechon kawali until they ran out—this was so good!!


Ferry’s next plate was what he called the “Protein Platter.”


Jeroen began to notice that I wasn’t paying attention to his food for a change, so he asked me to take a picture of his plate, too. 🙂

jeroen's plate

I swear, we were there until the buffet closed at 2:30 PM. We left the place at 2:45 PM, at which point I was so sleepy from all the food I ingested.
Finally I could take the pictures I wanted.

L-R: Tonichi Bautista, Jeroen, Ferry Corsten, and Victor van Straten, my brother-in-law from Sydney

It’s always fun to catch up with the Corstens. Thanks for the treat!! Next one is on us!

Jeroen, Lia, Ferry, Victor, Joy
L-R: Jeroen, Lia and Ferry Corsten, Victor and his wife Joy van Straten

Ten years of Yellow Cab!
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Celebrate Yellow Cab’s ten years on April 30 and May 10, 2011, with this very special treat:
For every purchase of any 18” pizza, Yellow Cab will throw in a 10” New York Classic Pizza, generously loaded with tasty pepperoni—for free!

Yellow Cab Pizza

“This is the first of a series of monthly blowouts that will commemorate Yellow Cab’s 10th year,” says Marketing Manager Alexandra Bustaliño. “Diners and customers can look forward to other exciting treats with every pizza purchase every 10th of the month following this treat.”
She adds: “Yellow Cab wouldn’t be where it is now if not for its loyal customers who keep coming back for great pizza. This delicious treat is just one of our ways of thanking them for their continuous patronage and support.”

dear darla

Yellow Cab’s anniversary promo is available for dine-in, take out and delivery in participating branches nationwide.

Yellow Cab Pizza

Yellow Cab Pizza Co. now operates in five countries worldwide, with over 80 branches in the Philippines.
To know more, go to or follow them on Twitter.
For great pizza delivery 24/7, call 789-9999.

STRIP 2011: Painters as Photographers at the Silverlens Gallery
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Patricia Eustaquio, Nona Garcia, Geraldine Javier and Yasmin Sison are all known painters and all recipients of awards for their work in various visual art forms, whether in painting, sculpture or installation.
But for their exhibit opening this April 27, STRIP 2011 at Silverlens introduces them to the art world as photographers in an exhibit curated by Rachel Rillo.

Alice and Lucinda 2011
Alice and Lucinda, 2011 by Geraldine Javier

The exploration of media in their work is something the artists do not shy from.
Patricia Eustaquio has used leather, crochet, ceramic and resin, to convey broken narratives within her varied installations.
Geraldine Javier recently utilized a craft she learned in her childhood—tatting—in her artwork and even integrated them with her paintings.
Nona Garcia has worked with photo assemblage, x-rays and monochromatic paintings that look like black and white photographs.
Yasmin Sison, aside from being an artist, has taught art from preschool to collegiate levels.

They have all used various vehicles to communicate through their art.
Photography is not really new for these artists as they have all utilized them in some way in their art process. Likewise, they have all explored the concept of memory. However, this time, memories are translated into photographs, presented as the final form.
In STRIP 2011, they are given the chance to present themselves as artists working with photography.

For Rillo, there is no intention in her curating of this show to measure up photography as an art form versus painting, an argument that she views as archaic. Instead, she invites the viewers to see works from these artists from a vehicle different from what they have become accustomed to. — Iris De Ocampo

STRIP 2011: Painters as Photographers opens on April 27, 2011 simultaneously with Claiming a Piece of Paradise and Facebook by Gilda Cordero Fernando at SLab, and An Impossible Farewell by Lara de los Reyes in 20SQUARE.


The three shows will run until May 28, 2011 at the Silverlens Gallery
2/F YMC Bldg. II, 2320 Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati
Gallery hours: Monday to Friday 10 AM – 7 PM and Saturdays from 1 – 6 PM
Tel. 816-0044 • (0917) 587-4011
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