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Friday, June 23, 2017

Sunday Lunch at Qubiertos

We finally went to lunch at Qubiertos.  We always pass by this quaint diner along D. Tuazon we go on a trip and wonder what they offer because their parking lot is always full.  Each time we do, we promise to try eating there the next time we go out for lunch.  We finally did recently, and we think it's worth it.



The place looked like an old house that has been repurposed as a diner.  Upon entering the front door, you will set foot on what could be the living room of the house.  From here, you can see the kitchen which looked like those from homes built in the 1960s or maybe the 1970s. Anyway, the customer gets the feeling of having lunch at home with the family.  All that's missing was music in the background playing from the old stereo.




We did not order anything fancy.  We tried the ensaladang labanos at pipino or radish and cucumber in vinegar with chili ginger.  It's the only one in our food that we really didn't enjoy much because it was way too spicy and sour for our taste.

ensaladang labanos at pipino

For our main dish, we had the Ginataang Sugpo at Tilapia, or prawns and tilapia cooked in coconut milk.  The gata or coconut milk was sweet and contrasted with the taste of the fish and the prawns. It's terrific, and I personally liked it.

Ginataang Sugpo at Tilapia
To make our meal complete, we also got some lechon kawali or deep-fried pork loin with liver sauce dip. While I like this dish, the one prepared by Qubiertos is not so different from those in other restaurants.  For the rice to go with all our dishes, we chose the Qubiertos rice which was stir fried and topped with egg and chicken strips.  It's already a meal in itself!



Overall, we enjoyed the food we ordered. The prices were really affordable, and we were even surprised at how much the total cost was.  The staff was also attentive although since it was a hot day when we went there, the place was rather warm even with their air-conditioners working full time.  We want to go back and try the other items on the menu soon.





Here's the address of the branch where we had our lunch: Qubiertos Grill & Restaurant (D. Tuazon Branch) - 69 D. Tuazon St., Brgy. Lourdes, Quezon City.  It's very close to Quezon Avenue.



Sunday, May 21, 2017

Collecting Stuff

You probably know by now how much I love collecting things.  I have a collection of Disneyland Pins, shot glasses and mugs from places I have visited. For a time, I also collected PinkySt dolls up until the makers decided to stop producing them. 

I also have a lot of labbits and dunnys from Kidrobot, but the local distributor has ceased making them available.  Unfortunately, Kidrobot doesn’t accept my credit card and the sellers at eBay price them ridiculously. So my collection stalled for now. I hope some enterprising person brings them back so I can go on collecting them.

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It's the same with my 3A action figure collection.  The local distributor closed shop, so I don't have a supplier anymore.  The nearest place to get them is in HongKong, and I am not into traveling overseas at the moment.

My collection of vinyl records both old and new is still a work progress.  It’s my latest passion and vintage records are so easy to get nowadays since there are online sellers and independent stores that sell them at reasonable prices.  I also go to the quarterly vinyl sale – and – swap meet which is a good place to start a vinyl collection.



Another collectible I am amassing at the moment is the Funko Pop! line. I collect them because they’re so cute and have several items already. However,  they’re taking up some space in my room.  I think I need to slow down and only focus on the Disney, Star Wars, and Harry Potter Pops for now.



So people ask me why I collect these stuff and I usually say, “I enjoy collecting them.  It relaxes me.”  I don’t know if I convince them, but I don’t really care if they agree or not.  I just enjoy collecting things that pique my interest.

I don’t usually let go of the items in my collections and I don’t understand people who start a collection and then when they grow tired or lose interest they sell their items. I see a lot of items on Facebook for sale and it’s sad. To some collectors it's good because they can get items at cheaper prices although the items show some wear. Anyway, to each his own as they say.  I’ll just collect until there’s nothing left to collect.


Sunday, April 24, 2016

Things to See at the Nayon Filipino

Filipinos about my age would still remember the Nayon Filipino (Filipino Village) in what is now Terminal 2 of the international airport. The park was a showcase of the best tourist destinations in each region of the country.  It was a favorite place to go to during our school field trips.

Unfortunately it had to be dismantled when previous governments ago decided to build a new airport.  A new park was built in the former Clark Air Base and it was much smaller than its predecessor.

We visited the park last Thursday.  It is only an hour or less away from Manila.  It is easy to get there from the main gate of the base since there are directional signs along the way.

Here are some of the things one can see in the park.

The Heroes Park which features a replica of the Aguinaldo mansion.


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the Mabini house

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and the Barasoain Church where the first Congress of the Philippines met.

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There are also mini villages representing those from the Mountain Province.

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There were also representations of characters from Filipino myths and legends like Mariang Sinukuan, Malakas and Maganda, and others


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There's a cultural show three times a day at the Teatro near the Heroes Park that features dances from the colonial times, Mindanao and of course during the barrio fiesta.  I only wish that they get more graceful dancers and they improve the seating arrangement.

While the new park does not evoke the same feelings as the old one, it's still worth to visit and show off to your visitors.


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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Rega Announces Planar 3 Turntable

While I was busy in February to March, something great slipped my attention. Rega announced an update of their award-winning turntable RP3 which they called the Planar 3 2016.

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I guess by now you have guessed that I am actually looking for a new turntable to upgrade my Rega RP1 with.  I love my RP1 but I feel that I have outgrown it.  It still is running very well but I did give it the performance pack as a minor upgrade.

Rega explained on its website that it took them two years to develop the new Planar 3, rebuilding it practically from the ground up and with only two components being carried over.  The improvements promise to bring "improved ergonomics, usability and first and foremost, sonic performance"



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So here are the details of the Rega Planar 3 2016 straight from the Rega website:


RB330 tonearm - Designed using the latest 3D CAD & CAM technology, the new RB330 is the culmination of more than 35 years of tonearm design experience.  Featuring a brand new bearing housing, and our latest tonearm tube designed using intelligent redistribution of mass ensure this arm will exhibit fewer points of possible resonance. Extreme stability with almost friction free movement from the new high precision bearing assemblies guarantees to gather more information from your vinyl than ever before.

  •  Featuring a new bias assembly, re-designed stiffer vertical bearing housing, integrated
  •  arm clip and an improved spring housing with easier to read numbers.
  •  Rega made, new low capacitance phono cable with Neutrik plugs,
  •  Improved lower friction, precision horizontal and vertical bearings
  •  New design 100g mild steel balance weight.

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Plinth - High gloss acrylic, laminated plinth, stiffer and vastly improved appearance, ergonomically positioned power switch.Two plinth finishes at launch: gloss black & gloss white
Double braces - Improved thicker 3mm phenolic bottom brace and new metalised skin phenolic top brace.
Bearing housing – Re-designed brass main hub central bearing, improved fit and construction reducing stress on the bearing itself.
Sub platter - Re-designed sub platter, improved accuracy and improved stiffness.
Platter - New float glass ‘Optiwhite’ polished rim 12mm – Improved accuracy in manufacture and stunning looks.
Re-designed foot - New improved foot to increase stability and reduce vibration transfer.
24V motor - Improved new motor control PCB with integration for the addition of TT-PSU for electronic speed change and improved advanced anti-vibration circuit (sold separately).
Motor cover tray with integrated cooling.
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There are still no details how much this baby will cost. I hope it will be within my budget so it can be my early bonus for myself.  As to when it will come to our shores, I asked a local dealer and he gave me a "probably by June" period.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Where Have You Been All My Life? by Villagers

This is not a review, just my impression of this album.  However, I have to confess that its title might as well be my initial reaction after hearing this album  from the Irish band, Villagers.

I didn't know anything about this band until Spotify recommended them - this particular album -  since I listened to Sufjan Stevens. I don't even know the kind of music they make until I listened to it and instantly liked them.

I found out later that the album is actually a re-work of materials from their first three albums.  Now what band would come out with a compilation of limited earlier works?  And they even completed the album in one day in London.

The 11 songs on this album are stripped down versions of the original release but they worked for me.  Besides, I am not particularly fond of music with too heavy production and overdubs.  Here, the voice of the singer, Conor J. O'Brian was pushed front and center with only a minimal number of acoustic instruments backing him up (although in some songs there were quiet electronic music),  The effect was a quiet, introspective album which makes its listeners focus on the lyrics.  It was as if O'Brian was confessing to his listeners.  In some songs, he openly talks about his sexuality.

As it is, I think this is a good introduction to the band. My copy is a green colored vinyl that came with a voucher to download its digital version with three bonus tracks. This is one album that I could listen through from start to finish.  The album closes with one of my favorite country songs, "Wichita Lineman" and I have no complains about their version.   


I will also listen to the records where these materials came from, though I already listened to Darling Arithmetic where I believe majority of the pieces came from.