Sunday, November 12, 2006

The DDS (Davao Durian Submission) Adventures

ACQUIESCE ac·qui·esce [ àkwee éss ] intransitive verb Definition: agree to something passively: to agree or comply with something in a passive or reserved way

My trip to Davao gave me a totally different experience from what a typical first-timer would bring back to his hometown. Hopefully that opening statement would make me less of a loser because i wasn't able to get my ass wet from their famous beaches.

From my limited 5-day (weekday!) assignment in one of the world's largest cities, I take with me top 5 reasons why I need to go back there.


I blame Davao for making me lose all the hardwork of my 1 month gym stint (hehehe). I have never tasted kilawin that is just sooo yummy! I also got a taste of some local delicacy that I swear tastes like foie gras (but way cheaper!) But through my multiple trips to Jack's Ridge and many sinful eat-all-you-can places around there, my experience with their national fruit takes the cake--- and waaay far from what an actual cake tastes like.

So I gagged (what's left of my gag reflex ) and hated it. It's creamy and it's gross. And I don't understand it. I don't understand THEM. Yuck. Ew.

But I am complete fool saying this in a city that just worships this unlikely favorite. To sum it all up, durian is a religion in Davao. Absolutely everyone in there loves this spikey wonder. They even have these little places (like bars and cafes) specifically put up just for people to eat it! And boy do they come in groups and numbers! Hay, thank god for marang and suha!

Here are some of my REAL favorites in Davao:

fave#1 Blugre Cafe. Unbelievable Carrot Cake. Awesome Menu.
fave#2 Chippens. 200 bucks buffet with hotel-like ambiance and taste. Love it!
fave#3 Cecil's. I was greeted by their ensaymada upon arrival and I brought a box home.


I have never been interested on any Philippine political icon aside from the late President Ramon Magsaysay. Until I heard about Rody Duterte, Davao's Mayor and hero. From accusations of being the head of DDS (Davao Death Squad) to real-life tales of him driving taxi cabs (to catch those bastards who wouldn't use their meters!) and making unannounce visits just about anywhere and everywhere, makes me an instant fan. For a city placed in between a land stigma with prejudice and misunderstandings and an ambitious rest of the country who can hardly hold itself together, I am absolutely delighted to know that modern heroes still exists and still make it work. Though I am yet to be lucky to have the chance of meeting him in person, I sincerely send him my big thank you for making my stay there with an aboslute peace of mind.

Some of the coolest things in Davao:
1. Taxi cabs use their meters (ALL THE TIME!)
2. No-Smoking City (sorry folks, I am a non-smoker)
3. Dial 911 (Help in 5 minutes -- for real!)


The coincidence that my trip crosses Ramadan is a blessing on its own. I have to admit that I am one of those silent bigots who should be ashamed of ignorance from knowing how things really are for most of our Mindanao fellowmen. My entire stay in Davao was with the company of moslems. And let me start by saying they are the simplest, kindest, sweetest people in the world. I was blessed to be assigned to work with a company owned by a moslem family. In my encounters I have gained increased social awareness (from the dad), learned not to be afraid of using my heart in managing business (from the mom), unparalleled hospitality and respectable sacrifice (from the eldest son) and strength of character to move on (from the daughter). And because I jeopardized their harmonious celebration by making everybody drunk on a Thursday night, the more I am indebted to their compassion to a wild city boy like me. hihihi =)


Though Davao is probably the most modern city in Mindanao, it still has so many untapped resources screaming of business opportunities. And because I know I cannot own (even if I can afford it) the first Starbucks franchise there, I have seven million business plans drawing in my head that is guaranteed to make me one of Davao's richest (Isn't that right, Pi?--- see! it's your fault! You're making me business oriented! hehehe)


Celebrate Kadayawan Festival. Stay at Pearl Farm or Marco Polo. Go to Samal Beach. See the Philippine Eagle (I only got to see the Ostrich!) Go to Crocodile Park. Climb Mount Apo (yeah, right.) Go White Water Rafting (more yeah, right!) Visit San Pedro Cathedral. Visit the Orchidarium. Try to eat durian again. Visit the Butterfly sanctuary and actually see butterflies! Go to all the places Tita Butch said I should go to or my Davao trip is nothing!

Thank you so much Pi for being the reason in making my Davao visit a reality! I Love You Pi!
(especially for making me go to Gaisano Mall and get original chucks for half the price! Yahoo!)

Thursday, November 02, 2006

The Cream 2006 Adventures

CREAM Pronunciation: 'krEm Function: noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English creime, creme, from Anglo-French creme, cresme, from Late Latin cramum, of Celtic origin; akin to Welsh cramen scab, crust1 :Definition 3 : the choicest part : BEST

My Most Awaited and Favorite Party of the Year!
Cream Ball 2006! World Trade Center, Manila

Top 7 Awesome Things About Cream 2006

1 Awesome Timing. Last Big Party for the Big Fish Big Man Dominic. A little sentimental call from the organizers. Inviting Thrillseekers and choosing WTC as the venue!

2 Awesome Ensemble. I initially planned to come in as some enchanted man in a hood. After a week-long tug-o-war with rental and fabric shops, I even got a better deal.

Excerpt from an actual conversation (loc: outside governmentg club makati ave)
Glenn: Oh My God!
Marv: What?!?
Glenn: You're Prince Charming!
Marv: (not yet convinced) Do I look Hot?
Glenn: SoObra! (noticed that I doubled the "o" to emphazise the rising of that vowel when it was actually said)

He got me on his facial expression. =)

Three huge gains in this costume-hunting experience: 1) I found out that CCP actually allows their costumes to be rented; 2) I found a tailor who specifically sews costumes; and 3) Camp Suki is actually a good setting of social soiree during Halloween (found some familiar clubber faces and old college classmates).

3 Awesome Company. Talk about old party bestfriends (Rikki and Abby), their boyfriends (Charles & Ferry), and Old Flame (Jason), Reliable Access (Louise), old etel buddies (Nenny, Marju, Carl) and thousands of beautiful strangers! Cream is the only event where you can do the bestest thing about halloween, wear a costume!

Survey Says:
Most Common Places where people are asked to pose for a photo
Entrance - 36
Bathroom - 30
Dancefloor - 28
Waiting Hall - 6

4 Awesome New Canon Camera serving its very purpose! Bridging the way to my ultimate goal of party memory documentation and an excellent icebreaker to meet new friends! I got shots of Wonder Woman, Captain America, Cleopatra, Green Lantern and the Google Girl!

Number of times asked to pose for a photo: too many times

Number of times asked someone to pose for a photo: way too many times

5 Awesome Hot New Friends. Rajiv Devnani who remembered me way back from God’s Kitchen(Better Safe Than Sorry!) taught me his secret handshake; Bestfriends Pinky & Margaret doing the perfect white fairy-she devil partnership telling me that I am so "IT", and topless "model" Adrian who yaks nothing about getting laid to a girl or something that sounded like that!

6 Awesome Stuff! (no further details needed here) *wink*

7 Awesome Detours. I'm not even gonna mention the fact that I ignored the notification that Justice League was actually in Malate (so there!) Government is the perfect after party place to shove the rest of the hits and sweats. In there I met up with my gorgeous friend Lei, who came from another costume party in Embassy, and still with Nenny, Marju, Pinky & Margaret together with their straight admirers all the way from cream! As always, we've hogged the cage like its ours! And not a freakin' care in the world! It was wild!

My dad picked me up infront of Gov past 9 am. I was gentleman enough to bring the girls home. And in a spur of a moment, decided to join Georgie and co in Ernest's place in Eastwood. That, trapped me till afternoon of the next day. Even if sober. Awesooommmee day.

Now, has anyone given me justifiable reason why did Pepe ever go to Singapore in a time like this???!!!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

The Adventure Begins (Again!)

BEGIN be·gin [ bi gín ] Definition: 1. transitive and intransitive verb start: to do something that was not being done before

I'll begin the new chapter of my life 11 months from when this unforgiving year had it's own. I'll begin with a plan.

My Plan:

1. Recount all the best adventures worth writing down.
2. Do more of these adventures.
3. Stop being emotional in real life, put it all here.
4. Separate Work from Life. The former is but a miniscule part of the latter.
5. Take no hostages.
6. Consider Buddhism.
7. Seize the Freakin Day (always remind yourself that Life is too damn short).
8. Get Rich-er.
9. You know you're intelligent and smart, know when to use which.
10. Love, because that's the single greatest thing in the world.
11. Don't be afraid to cry.
12. Make time. There's plenty of it.
13. Forgive. Even when no one's asking.
14. Remind yourself that you are your family's only hope.
15. Porn is a good substitute to all the disease-carrying hotties out there.
16. Consider getting a gilfriend. There is supreme logic why the rest of the world said that is the right thing to do.
17. Party Hard. Live Healthy.
18. Buy your dream SUV.
19. Build up those chest and all visible muscle groups.
20. Remember that you used to be a bitch(and way gorgeous) and then take it from there. (reading thru the list)... looks like a good one.

p.s. it's okay to delete your useless and embarrassing old entries. admit it. it sucks.

Thursday, October 05, 2006


take it one day at a time, marv...

one day at a time.


Thursday, August 31, 2006

My Plate is Full

The past month has been a lot kinder to me. Work was "easier". I've learned to accept in a different level. Trouble is, people often mistake "acknowledge" with "accept". What it means to know versus to go on.

I am typing on with a headache. Stressed from a new boss, old boss, and quasi-bosses. Not a lot of people know that eversince I got promoted to a senior management position, my life has been reduced to that of an ant's. I've been carrying loads every freaking blind day of life. Last week, and again today, I slap myself a reminder to go on.

The greatest advise I've ever received.

This is my plate. Its full.
And I'm gonna eat it all.
(photo: one of my meals in tokyo cafe MOA when we first ate there)