Monday, March 20, 2017

Jeepney Story

I was waiting to cross the straight in one of Makati's busiest intersections ( Buendia/ Ayala) . For my foreign friends Ayala is basically the country's Wall Street. A jeepney was approaching the intersection and hit the concrete divider in the middle of the street so hard that it ended up on its opposite side. This was about 1:05 PM today. Again for the uninitiated , when you get into the front seat of a jeepney there is neither a seatbelt nor a front door to keep you in place. The young man sitting there was actually lucky . Momentum propelled him onto the street. But he landed on his feet. He was lucky in two respects: 1) There was no speeding car in the adjacent lane to hit him. 2) he was able to back step as the jeep fell towards him missing him by maybe a foot. I really thanked God I did not hear screams from the people anywhere near that jeep or in it. I  refused to take a picture because  I have my reasons. Tune into this space later since I have a perfect meme that captures the spirit of jeepney drivers that I saw online a few years ago. It is not available on Google.

Please note. Story happened January 30 2017

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Thank You For The Music

I wrote the stuff below 3 years ago and I never went back to it. Nobody reads anyway so I will release as is. In hope my friends find this. 


When you are as old as I am and lived a long time in two different cities, there will inevitably be friends you lose touch with. Sometimes caused by burnout sometimes because it fades away. When you get to this fossilized state that I am in, you realize that some people you do lose touch with leave you things that you are still appreciative of. I am talking about things that you learned to enjoy and still enjoy that you may not have discovered without them. In some cases it is another friend but it can be music, movies or a certain sport.

I have been thinking about this for a while. That is paying tribute to friends who I am not in touch with despite all the modern social networks that were not around in the 80s. Friends who leave you a gift that keeps on giving. A lasting appreciation of certain artists and albums that you would not discover on your own. Your life long  enjoyment of something you owe  solely to word of mouth from somebody you happened to be friends with.

Bernard Lakowski

Bernard Lakowski and Adrian Lakowski- Two brothers from a huge family.

music- early Dire Straits, 60s Dylan , World Party, The The , The Housemartins , Paul McCartney and Wings Venus and Mars, Hoodoo Gurus, CCR beyond Greatest Hits, Van Morrison Moondance, Spencer Davis Group

Concerts I  saw with Bernard: Bob Dylan , Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, King Sunny Ade,

Todd Schindler.

Music: 80s Dylan, Meatloaf Bat  Out of Hell,

Movies- Deliverance

TV even deeper appreciation of WKRP and Star Trek .

Concerts we saw together- Randy Newman, Joe Jackson, Ry Cooder and David Lyndley, Jay Leno

John Kilpatrick/ Colin MacFarlane -

music: progressive rock, 70s Genesis, Marillion

Concerts we saw together - Marillion, Supertramp , The Motels

Fraser Hannah-

Music: Tom Waits.

Where I know him from: Langara classmate. Philosophy. Prof Bonnie Strickland.


Music- Lou Reed New York, Surfing With The Alien Joe Satriani, Captain Sensible

Movies- Heathers

Concerts we saw together- Kiss, Stanley Jordan, Randy Newman

Shyest guy you will ever meet. I left his last name out because I testified against him in court.

This list does not include people who I am still in contact with after all this time. They should be appreciated too. Join your song of the day. It has been a while since my last blogpost here in blogspot. Should you want more, I post more regularly in Get Real Philippines.


Todd Schindler

Todd Schindler. I miss  him. I wonder if he will ever  Google himself.

Todd Schindler. UBC Chemistry
Todd Schindler. Hamilton Ontario 
Todd Schindler. Rick Spratley 
Todd Schindler. Randy Newman, Bob Dylan , Rednecks 
Todd Schindler Panagopolous Pizza
Todd Schindler Jay Leno
Todd Schindler Apocalypse Now 
Todd Schindler Vancouver B.C.

Todd Schindler Fish Called Wanda 
Todd Schindler 
Todd Schindler, Alice Donut, Ed Lopez 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Games That Made A Lasting Impression On Me

Rules of the game: Copy this and post as your status update. List 12 video games that made a lasting impression on you. Don't take too long and don't think too long!
1. Eternal Darkness
2. Earl Weaver Baseball. ( 1990) 
3. Dark Castle ( 1988) 
4. Star Trek ( 1978 and 16K) 
5. Resident Evil 4.
6. The Last of Us
7 . Shadows of the Empire
8. Rogue Leader
9. Madden 1991
10. Ocarina of Time
11. Galaxian
12. Pikmin

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Garlic Sauce Recipe

Which I have used several times from my cousin Bonggamom. 


Tips for making the perfect Lebanese Garlic Sauce

photo: KCET Los Angeles
Lately, we've been obsessed with toum, or Lebanese Garlic Sauce. I found a recipe video online (actually, it found me; it just appeared on my Facebook feed one day). The instructions seemed really simple: mince garlic in a food processor, then slowly add oil and lemon juice until the mixture reaches a fluffy consistency.

Our first batch ended up an oily, soupy mess. It turns out that there's more to making toum than just throwing things together (my preferred method of making just about anything). to making sure this sauce emulsifies properly (i.e. doesn't separate into oils and solids).

Here are a few things to keep in mind when making Lebanese Garlic Sauce:

1) Pour the liquids into the food processor SLOWLY.
I can't emphasize this enough! Don't just dump everything in. Drizzle the oil and lemon juice slowly, in a thin, steady stream, in equal parts, over a total time of 10 minutes. Make sure the liquid is incorporating nicely before pouring more.

2) Use a good food processor.
Ten minutes is a looooong time when you're running a food processor. My food processor is a fairly decent brand (Cuisinart), and after ten minutes of constant churning, the motor was hooooooooot. I can easily imagine a cheap food processor's motor burning out!

3) Use a large capacity food processor.
The recipe I used calls for 4 cups of oil, 1/4 cup lemon juice, and 1 cup garlic. I didn't think about the fact that my food processor only holds about 4 cups of liquid.

4) Measure exact amounts
I'm the kind of cook who always likes to throw in an extra pinch of cinnamon, an extra splash of vanilla, and extra shake of curry powder. I was way too generous when measuring out my garlic, so our first batch was so garlicky, our skin was exuding garlic for hours after our meal! Remember, this is raw garlic, so don't be tempted to pile your 1 cup of garlic too high, like I did.


Recipe: Lebanese Garlic Sauce (Toum)

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Garlic Sauce
If you have been to Zankou Chicken or one of the many other Lebanese and Armenian restaurants in Los Angeles, you're likely familiar with toum, the fluffy, creamy garlic sauce that often accompanies grilled meats and kebabs. Over the years I developed the habit of always ordering an extra little tub of garlic paste, which I'd carry home to slather on bread, roasted vegetables, and more. Eventually I realized that I could simply make it myself and have this bold, garlicky condiment any time I wanted.
There are lots of different methods for making garlic sauce. "Toum" literally means garlic in Arabic, and the simplest recipes call for lots of fresh garlic cloves and oil, pounded with a mortar and pestle (or a food processor) to form a paste. Some cooks include additional ingredients like egg whites, cornstarch, potatoes, yogurt, lemon juice, or citric acid. I like the simplicity of the recipe below, which uses garlic, salt, lemon juice, and oil. (My go-to oil is grapeseed oil from Trader Joe's. It's inexpensive, neutral tasting, light bodied, and expeller pressed without chemicals.)
In order for the sauce to emulsify properly in the food processor, it requires a rather large volume of garlic and oil. Fortunately, this keeps for quite a few weeks in the fridge, or you can spread the joy and give a jar to all your garlic-loving friends.
Lebanese Garlic Sauce (Toum)
Makes about 4 cups
1 cup peeled garlic cloves
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups neutral oil such as grapeseed or sunflower
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice