Thursday, August 16, 2012

Clumsy's Bucket List Entry #5 - Festival of Colors

I just came across this Vimeo vid one fine morning:

This Good Line video production is about the Festival of Colors or "Holi", a Hindu tradition celebrating the coming of spring. In more traditional versions, folks use scented powders made from various spring blossoms. Others even mix medicinal herbs such as Neem, KumKum, Bilva and Haldi to combat cough and cold, which are common afflictions during the change of seasons.

Sadly, modern celebrations now use artificial colors, some of which are toxic enough to cause a less colorful spectrum of health problems.

Myths explaining its origins came a little later. While the change of season idea makes a whole lot more sense, the legends make the event even more colorful. Holi usually falls on March and is observed in countries greatly influenced by Hinduism such as India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal. I already feel sorry for those with asthma.

In this movie, "Outsourced", the Holi War, as it is fondly called, served as a backdrop during one of the movie's major turn of events.

If the world isn't doomed by the end of this year, I swear, I'll be joining one of those rainbow ruckuses next year... or the year after that... or before the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.

Mark my words, I'll cross this one out.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Read all ye who want to buy CD-r King's Mirror Screen Protector for their iPad

Start of scenario:

You're playing Temple Run on your iPad on a public place, say, in MRT (we know you wouldn't dare, but just play along). You're having a good run; intense, yet somehow you make it through all the time. You're getting all the coins, jumping and turning and sliding with impeccable timing. You're good at this, you thought, and you're making the crazy monkeys eat your dust.

But then you're about to cross this gap on the road. "You got this", you told yourself. But something went wrong. You felt it, and your jump was half a heartbeat too late. You gasped right before you fell in the bottomless pit. Game's over. Bummer, yet that didn't bother you that much, because you realize something else was amiss--- others gasped at the same time you did.

You lift your gaze and find that people around you were watching the whole time. They're smiling, though not necessarily at your failure, but because of an experience you did not mean to share, and you don't like that one bit.

Then you remember that CD-r King has one of those 200-peso iPad Mirror Screen Protectors designed to limit your gadget's viewing angle range. You bought it, had it installed, and went home giddy thinking you've bought privacy at a bargain.

Then the nightmare begins.

You notice there is no hole for the front camera. You take pictures with it and notice that its shots were darker than usual.

And on your iPad's screen, you see colors. Lots of it. Ripples of blue, pink and yellow. All of which shouldn't be there. You realize you have just forfeited your iPad's retina display feature and the crisp and vivid images it used to have.

Compared with an iPod touch without the mirror screen protector, rainbow discoloration appears in most of the iPad's viewing angles. So much for privacy.

Very reflective indeed.

Both have retina display and same brightness levels. But the iPad with CD-r King's Mirror Screen Protector seem to be darker. Also, notice the discoloration on the iPad even at my usual viewing angle.

Then you regret ever buying this screen protector for the rest of your life.

End of scenario.

P.S. Don't get us wrong. We love and respect CD-r King for offering cheaper alternatives of otherwise overpriced accessories and gadgets. But not this one.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Just a few sizzling reasons why you should try Pepper Lunch

It's D-I-Y.

Eating a Pepper Lunch meal is just half the fun. The other half, cooking your food yourself. The secret lies in their electromagnetic plate which heats up quickly but stays hot longer than the average sizzling plate. This technology gives you enough time to stir, flip and mix your food before the plate cools down. You'll never worry about your meal being served cold, but you can also never blame anyone else for the way your food was cooked. 

Sizzling Beef Pepper Rice

The brown butter

There's something about that brown butter they put on every meal and that's pretty much everything we can say about it. Alone, it doesn't taste like anything extraordinary, but when it melts and blends with rice and meat, it becomes something else. Perhaps you might discover what's in that special butter.

Oh, that's why...

Double hamburger steak with egg. That's the butter on top of the meat.

Quick service

With cooking time out of the table, guests get their orders before they can even say "Pepper Lunch!". Average serving time is about 8-15 minutes depending on the staff's skill level and organization and volume of customers. 

Just a few other things

Meal prices, and menu may vary per branch.
Curry Chicken Pepper Rice with Cheese is our favorite in its Trinoma branch. But in SM Megamall, we had to pay for the curry powder and cheese as add-ons, making the entire ensemble more expensive.
Spot the difference. Curry Chicken Pepper Rice with Cheese (upper right) is not on SM Megamall branch's menu so we had to add curry and cheese. P215 (Chicken Pepper Rice) + P20 (curry powder) + P40 (cheese) = P275. Whereas in Trinoma (right), the meal is available for only P169. Ouch.

Lychee Cooler. Pepper Lunch's branch in SM Megamall has something the Trinoma branch doesn't. The lychee cooler is available at P88. It's so good,we forgot that we're slightly pissed with them.

For a restaurant that makes you cook your own food, however, eating at Pepper Lunch is not so budget-friendly. Prices range from P200-500 per meal without upgrades. But that's not saying that it's not worth it. Money can't buy happiness, after all. And if happiness is served on a sizzling plate, we say you should take it every once in a while.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Clumsy's Journal # 32 : Merlion's 40th bday ruins my trip to Singapore

They told me that a Singapore trip without a picture of the famous merlion is not valid. 

Well, just my luck.

It's my first trip abroad and this 70-ton, 8.6-meter tall, water-spewing ceramic at One Fullerton just had to ruin it. I heard he's prepping himself for his 40th birthday on September 15, refusing any photo ops until early that month. 

So vain. 

These guys didn't even let me get a glimpse of him.
Well, I guess that's just fair. His cracks are showing and his moss beard doesn't make him look dashing. I even heard that his humans are going to give him new waves to ride as a birthday present. Anyway, that left me with no other choice but to settle for his lesser counterparts just to prove that I've been there.

Well he's smaller... but hey! He's got a glowing nameplate!
And he's got a ---- no? Okay...

Come on! He's looking at you with those eyes. No? Damn.

Oh no, no, no. This one begged to have our picture
taken. I just... wanted a copy, that's all.
As much as I hate him, I wish I could witness his unveiling on his birthday. I managed to sneak up on my humans and consulted the all-knowing oracle they call internet. It told me that merlion throws a party like no other, with guests from all over the world scrambling for seats closest to him. I wish I was that famous.

But this one ought to be extra special. Humans say that "life begins at 40". I wonder if that's also true with merlion statues.

Now, that'd be something I would really want to have a picture with.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

10 Things you're LIKELY to eat on a rainy day

Half the city's submerged and the rains don't show any signs of stopping. With glacial pace, you remove yourself from bed realizing that there's nothing else to do but watch TV or browse the web as classes and work get suspended for days, citizens and the government play the blame game and people scare themselves over Genesis 8: 7-12

It's the perfect time to be socially aware and responsible, you thought, but a socially aware and responsible mind can't run on an empty stomach. So, you will yourself to the refrigerator and the food cabinets, looking for the most scrumptious yet very lazy-friendly food you can get your hands on.

You may want to look for one of these:

10 Oatmeal

Being one of the healthiest options in this list, you really can't go wrong with oatmeal. It's loaded with fiber that keeps you metabolically sound. And it's easy to prepare; just add a proportional amount of water, boil for about 4-5 minutes or until thick, then serve hot with milk and sugar or fruits.

9 Bread

When there's a dire need to eat and you're left with no other choices, even the stalest bread will taste like heaven. Pan de sal, pan de regla, kabayan and spanish bread from yesterday's breakfast, or even a nearly-expired, plain loaf bread will do --- more so if you could reheat it in an oven and maybe add a little bit of butter or cheese to melt on top.

8 Chocolate

Nothing says "Don't worry, you're dry and comfortable" and "You're gonna be fine" like sweet, sweet chocolate, whether local or imported, in bars or in a mug served hot with marshmallows. It's probably the only legit comfort food on the list with studies claiming that chocolate will make you feel good.

7 Eggs

Every refrigerator should never be without eggs. Farm-fresh or days old in the storage, they will all taste as good as the other when served scrambled, sunny-side up, boiled or half-cooked. Provided, of course, that they haven't gone bad yet. And watch your diet.

6 Biscuits/Cookies

You've probably ignored them when there were lots of other munchies around. But now that they're one of the few that stand between you and a quiet stomach, it's time to love them back. Now if you could just dip them in milk or hot coffee...

5 Chips

Health conscious people may have been avoiding them all their life, but these hard times call for a little leniency. So what if you eat chips dipped in salsa or cheese melt? And some soda to wash it down, perhaps?

4 Banana

No matter the season, they've always been on your table. And today is one of those few days in the year that they look very enticing. You'll fantasize about putting some scoops of ice cream and a dash of chocolate syrup on it, or putting it in a blender with coffee, vanilla and ice to make a coffee banana smoothie. But then, you'd be too lazy to go through the entire ordeal. You'll peel the banana and eat it straight up instead, and you'll find it not bad at all.

3 Tuyo / Daing (Dried salted fish)

When was the last time you ate tuyo or daing matched with spiced vinegar and tomatoes and steamed rice? If you can't remember and find yourself face to face with one of these dried and salted goods, make sure to remind yourself of how savory and liberating it is to eat them without any form of etiquette.

2 Canned goods

During a disaster, canned goods and instant noodles are most likely the ones you'll have in abundance. Though they are ready-to-eat, it's the little touches that will make your canned good eating experience more exciting. Try Spanish sardines with a few drops of calamansi juice and crushed chili for an added spike.

1 Instant noodles

There's nothing like a rich noodle soup from scratch. But when convenience and speedy preparation is a priority, instant noodles will have to do. Some will take them plain, while others will try to approximate the real thing by adding a few chunks of meat from yesterday's leftovers.

Now that you've had your fill, you decide that it's about time you stop being oblivious to what's happening around you. And then you realize that right now, the least you can do is offer some of what you have. :)

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Emergency Numbers

Seems like the weather isn't going to get better anytime soon. And if it's starting to give you worse problems than preventing you from drying your laundry, you'd better get these numbers.

For your other emergency needs, you can also call:

Valenzuela Rescue hotline: 292-1405 / 291-8231 / 352-0000
For Taguig Rescue hotline: 994-7538 / 623-5244
For San Juan Rescue hotline: 468-1697 / 722-9952
For Quezon City Rescue hotline: 928-4396 / 927-5914 / 924-2027
For Pasig and Pateros Rescue hotline: 641-6373 / 643-0000 / 631-0099
For Pasay City Rescue hotline: 833-8512 / 551-7777
For Paranaque Rescue hotline: 923-2499
For Navotas Rescue hotline: 281-8602 / 281-4174 / 281-8573
For Muntinlupa Rescue hotline: 862-2525 / 862-2664
For Marikina Rescue hotline: 161 / 646-2436 / 646-2423
For Manila Rescue hotline: 136 / 882-4151 / 527-3087 / 527-0451
For Mandaluyong Rescue hotline: 531-0182
For Malabon Rescue hotline: 281-4999 loc 1017 or 1018
For Makati Rescue hotline: 168 / 899-8928 / 896-2828 / 895-8243
Mga Kapatid sa Las Pinas! For Las Pinas Rescue hotline: 364-5752
Mga Kapatid sa Caloocan! For Caloocan Rescue hotline: 310-7536
Mga Kapatid sa Antipolo! For Antipolo Rescue hotline: 696-9911

Stay safe!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Dong Abay's "Par Que" Official Music Video

Yano's former lead vocals, Dong Abay, in his latest music video "Par Que", from his album "Rebulto". 

Probably not his best music video to date, but we love the overall concept of the album, nonetheless.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

How to play snake game in Youtube

For quite some time, we thought Youtube was merely a collection of videos uploaded by users who do not necessarily value our internet bandwidth... until yesterday. 

The connection was terribly slow, and this loading indicator was all we saw for a while. We decided to browse through the comments below, and pressed one of the arrow keys...

...then the wicked thing came to life.

Records of this feature have been around as early as July 2010, so some may have already heard about it. It's also available on embedded Youtube videos as long as you have the latest player version installed. 

Yes, Rob, that's a snake.
You probably won't try to beat the game as you would playing it on a cellphone, but by the time you're hooked to the game, your video is ready.

Time is gold. Multi-task, my friend. 

Perhaps Youtube cares about its audience, after all.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Say NO to iPhone

If you are planning to buy an iPhone this month, hold on to your money first. If you already have one, don't buy accessories like cases and chargers as well. 

iMore reported that Apple will announce a new line up of products this September 12, 2012, including a new iPhone, an iPad mini, an upgraded iPod Nano and iPod Touch.

The new iPhone is rumored to have a much smaller charging dock connector, and will have a different size and shape. So if you're planning to upgrade, don't buy the accessories, but if you don't plan to upgrade within the next 2 years, you can take advantage of the price fall of old accessories once Apple releases the new models.