Sunday, January 23, 2011

Things To Do In Philippines

I am on a 2 1/2 weeks sabbatical and I have decided to spend it in Philippines. Well, actually I am in between jobs and It just dawned on me that changing industry is not as easy at it seems (from travel to creative ). My enthusiasm was not enough apparently and I get easily stumped by technical questions.

Anyway, I already filled my almost 3 weeks with activities I am starting to wonder if my savings will be enough to go back to Singapore. Here are my things to do starting next week.

1. Cliff Dive at Ariel’s Point Boracay. Cliff Diving is one of my bucket list and I’ll be damned if I let the chance pass by. I am going on 27JAN for a 3days 2 night relaxation by the beach.

Ariels Point

2. JAN 28. Attend UST 400 years celebration. Nothing beats going back to your Alma Mater and hanging out to your now successful college buddies, with beer in one hand, and fireworks at the background, singing your Alma Mater Song altogether.

UST 400

3. Try the KFC Double Down. I will forsake my diet plan for 2011 for just a day.

KFC Double Downer

4. Shoot Manila Bay. I’ve never seen a better hued sunset than the one in Manila Bay

Manila Bay Sunset

5. FEB 5. Attend Lomo Theraphy. Get together with my friends.

Lomo Theraphy

I just configured our wifi router today hence the late update. Kinda busy playing with Xbox Kinect too. My 9 year old sister just knocked me down twice in boxing.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Stories of Geylang - SIN of Singapore

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I live in the heart of Geylang. For the uninitiated, the SIN in Singapore probably comes from Geylang area, specifically Sins carnal in nature. But for me it is the most interesting place in Singapore. What I like about Geylang is the stark contrast of glossy-magazine version of Singapore you see in most places. The streets are dusty, the back alleys are dark, the walls are smelly and people actually sleep on the paved sidewalks.

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This is not to say Geylang is a slum area, there are no slum areas in Singapore mind you, and neither it is neglected. It just emits a character of its own that keeps manifesting in spite of the government effort to clean it up. During day time it is merely a collective rows of colonial style shop houses, either renovated or rented but looks dilapidated. Traffic is always heavy at the main road, but the back lanes are always lonely. At night though, is a different story. Neon signs begins to flicker,flashes and eventually flares up, the scent of talcum powder and perfume mingles with the sweat of foreign workers coming back from hard days work. 

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Geylang  is the epitome of split personality. At the background, Buddhist temples and religious associations line one side which is juxtaposed with love hotels, massage parlors and KTV clubs just across the street. I once bumped into a monk and a Chinese girl in skimpy skirt on the same street (but not at the same time) both of them eyeing me as I utter my excuses, the former with irritation and the latter with flirty intents. Now the lanes are lined with foreign workers. contractors from India and Pakistan idling in the corner, eye-fucking the street walkers.

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These street walkers are not your usual prostitutes in Malate or Angeles, these are world class quality that can pass as models in any country.  With their long legs, smooth skin and fake eyelashes. Different Lorongs (lanes/street) represents different countries. Lorong 10-12 have Chinese nationals, (SGD100.00+) in their cocktail dresses lined up like fruit stands ready for your picking. Lorong 14-16 have the petite but aggressive Indonesians and Burmese (SGD50.00), pulling you and rubbing their bodies to your elbows. Lorong 18-20 are Vietcong territories, some say they're budget meal Chinese (SGD 50.00)

Street walker: "come with me lah"
Me: No thanks (shyly)
Street walker: "Don't thank me lah, fuck me lah"

One can see rows and rows of houses with odd number houses at Lorong 20-24 these are the massage parlor territory, where the pimp's sales pitch is "shower, massage, blowjob,f uckjob 80 dallah onli!" Prostitution is legal here, it is like the Amsterdam of Asia. Like ice cream the best sellers depend per season, sometimes it is Thai, on some days Chinese or Vietnamese.

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In the darkest backstreets with no name are the tyrannies, bigger than you and me but with exotic beauty that can rival the Thais. Even Indian girls in sari joins the fray on some nights.

But that is not all at Geylang. There are lots of hawker centers and eateries scattered all over the the district, most are open 24 hours, and will readily cater to the different cultures working overnight with their alternate careers. The main road is a delight of gastronomical proportions for one with exotic tastes. Herbal Chicken soup? Fried Frogs? Sautéed Snails? Turtle Soup, anybody? How about Durian, the pungy smelly spiky fruit which is native to the Malay peninsula? They say it is creamy and sweet but it is also an acquired taste. It smells like a drunk man's puke.

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The night usually ends at 2Am for the massage parlors, and at 4am the street walkers take their breakfast (or perhaps dinner) at the eateries. I was once approached while eating my cheesy fries at the eatery below my apartment. She speaks limited English and we managed by hand signals;

Streetwalker: (opens the mouth, miming blowjob) 30 dollars, can?
Me: No, I live upstairs.
Streetwalker: (pulled my hand) I tell you fortune (then speaks rapidly in Chinese)
Me: I don't have money
Streetwalker: Buy me coffee


I bought her a cup and retired upstairs.

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Sunday, January 9, 2011

This is my Sunday Like

1. Woke up at 12NN

2. Fried Hotdog for lunch (I still have to but groceries for that Jamie Oliver’s app)

3. Decided to watch Japanese movies on my bed at 2PM.

I just realized Japanese films just like Awkward Silence in their films. I often find myself wanting to skip a scene because of this. What’s up with 45 seconds of staring, sitting beside each other, or generally doing nothing on the same frame?

Anyway, I watched these movies

How To Date an Otaku


gigolo wannabe

4. 8PM and still at it.

I was just browsing through the titles, I wanted the weirdest, funniest titles at but some links are not working. I wanted to watch a comedy movie, but the damn Titles are misleading. The above three all have sad ending. Either the love one died, went to the states, or realized the relationship is too good to be true. Either way, they got separated and ended without the “happily ever after” factor.

So I resorted to my favorite Japanese Movie

Water Boys 

First time I’ve watched this in 2005, my I almost had a locked jaw because of laughter.

5. 10.30 ish fixed my dinner. Nutella with crushed wafers. (My own recipe) Nomnomnom

Crunchy Nutella

Friday, January 7, 2011

TGIF Random Thoughts

Here's a little confession, It's been years since I seen The Ring The Movie and up until now I’m still haunted by that scene where the lady brushes her long black hair in front of the mirror.

The Ring

It's not having any sense at all but everytime I remember that, I have to watch a cartoon movie or any movie with talking animals in it to stop my imagination from killing me. At one time, I had to sing a Barry Manilow song over and over again to stop my brain from thinking that freaking woman brushing her goddamn hair in front of that f**ing mirror!

I am not particularly scared in Exorcist movies or any other horror movies, really. I only get frightened when suddenly, out of the blue, I imagine that woman while watching a horror movie. And this happens a lot.

That's why I love Finding Nemo, I love how color orange and blue cheers me up and I cannot- even in my wildest and morbid imagination insert in my head that creepy scene in an under-the-sea cartoon movie. It will take a lot of brainwork to do that.


I also found out that singing I Can't Smile Without You over and over can shoo away all the demons inside my head

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