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portobello road market, london

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I love me a good market and London has LOADS of good ones. After my brother and I had parted ways in London, I trekked back to the city with my cousin (who has been living in London for a few years now) to spend some quality girl time.

I had two objectives on this lovely London day: 1) find an old map of Singapore/Southeast Asia and 2) eat something good.

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October 25, 2010 at 1:09 pm

nando’s, earl’s court – london

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Remember when I went to London? No? Okay, well I went to London. It was en route to Omagh which is Northern Ireland which is where I was headed for a wedding between an Irish lady and a Portuguese guy who are now expecting a baby that will be raised in Singapore. You follow?

I rolled up to London with 1 piece of luggage, 1 carry on, and 1 flu and met up with 1 brother of mine named Joshua. At some point during our trip we pigged out on 1/2 a chicken and about 10 wings. This is that story.

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October 20, 2010 at 8:00 pm

abe’s restaurant, serendra

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These pictures are awful. They were taken in a very harried fashion and in very lowlight. Nevertheless, the meal was epic and one of those places that I always want to introduce people to so we’re gonna talk about it, poor photography cannot stop us.

I took these pictures back in February during a business trip to Manila. The taxi ride to Serendra was memorable bc the taxi uncle was taking his sweet time driving us around in circles and claiming that he did not know where Serendra was but that he knew where Market Market was. Ok, dude, they are across the street from each other.

Annnnywho, we shook the cab ride off and arrived wide eyed at Serendra. As per usual the place was poppin’ with plenty of people milling about, grabbing dinner, and hanging out. I had done my homework and we were gunning for Abe’s which had rave reviews and apparently was restaurant of the year or something in 2008.

The best Filipino restaurant I’ve ever been to. So delicious, great service, lovely menu.

(Looks a bit empty but this is at the end of the night.)

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October 19, 2010 at 2:34 pm

craving of the day: budbud kabog

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Suman, budbud kabog, whatevah. Who knows what to call it, the point is it’s delicious and I could use one rightnowthisminute.

Each of these babies is PHP30 (less than SGD1, roughly 65 US cents) at the Salcedo Market which is open every Saturday in Makati. More on that later, let’s focus on today’s craving.

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March 21, 2010 at 8:50 pm

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what am i doing at the olympics?

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I went to the Olympics. Turn away if you can’t stand the craziness of the idea. Even I have trouble believing it all.

One day I was sweating it out in Singapore and the next day I was bundled up with the best of ’em in Vancouver. Life is full of surprises.

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March 17, 2010 at 7:59 pm

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ana – sin to lax via nrt

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That’s a lot of acronyms. For the uninitiated that’s All Nippon Airways – Singapore to Los Angeles via Narita (Tokyo).

I took ANA on my home since they had a good deal going for holiday flights. I had 3 meals coming in and going out. Before we jump into the food some musings and takeaways:

1. The planes are nice and the staff is friendly.

2. The movie selection is just ho-hum. Maybe I’ve been traveling too much lately but I had seen most of the movies already.

3. The requisite airplane snack comes right before the meal. It goes snack + drink followed immediately after by food + drink then tea then coffee then tea. It’s like a food ambush.

4. They don’t have ginger ale. What the heck?

5. You have to pay extra for other snacks outside of mealtime.

6. The connecting schedules are awesome – 1.5 hours or so. Just enough time to stretch you legs, pop into a store, run to the bathroom, and then be on your way.

Now on to meal 1.

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January 24, 2010 at 7:00 pm

binalot: lunch box of champions

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Start with this.

Unwrap it to reveal this.

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January 19, 2010 at 7:00 pm