Wednesday, January 28, 2015

What to do with holiday leftovers

Lechon/Roasted Whole Pig
For Filipinos, if it’s worth doing, then it’s worth overdoing. It’s this very mode of thinking that gives us a Christmas season that starts after Halloween, and it contributes to our almost garish, overblown cultural aesthetics. And when it comes to our holiday handaan leftovers, many of us have refrigerators full of food that we don’t quite know what to do with.

When you have that much food, and you want to maximize your enjoyment, it’s useful to have a few rules of thumb that will help you with your leftovers.

"Lechon/Whole Roasted Pig," by Shubert Ciencia

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Children’s toys for the big boys

Mark BrothersWe all know now that many of the younger generations have a thing for collecting toys, even if they are already adults. Heck, it’s highly possible that you may even know of an older person or two who are probably into their second childhoods, and very close to retirement, who still have the love for collecting toys.
However, before you think, “hey, I should get them a nice Lego samurai figure,” you should understand that when it comes to toys, you might be very unprepared for the cost and fanaticism that the big boys have.

Photo: “Mark Brothers,” by marvelousRoland, c/o

Read the full article at the Philippine Online Chronicles.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Superman, Batman, The Generation Gap, and Interpretation


To say that my father and I do not get along well is an understatement. Although I do love him dearly, I think we both know that we have enough differences in thinking that staying in the same house for extended periods becomes a lesson in attitudinal endurance.

I've always thought about how to illustrate the big differences we have in the way we think (which is more important than opinions, as it turns out), and hilariously, the best way to illustrate our differences – and, I realized the big generation gap between the Internet and non-Internet generations – is in how we think about Superman.