06 May2016

Nation Before Self…

by Marketman


Nation Before Self. That is the essence of public service. Old-timers on this blog know I have long supported Mar Roxas, and I believe he is the best candidate for President this year as well. I am just as strong in my belief that Leni Robredo is the best candidate for Vice-President as well.

However, the polls are a good indicator of the likely outcome of Monday’s vote, and it looks like the frontrunner is well ahead at this point. At a very recent dinner with friends and colleagues, I mentioned that the ONLY realistic strategic option left barring “struck by lightning events” was to have Grace Poe and Mar Roxas get together and do what they have to do to join forces to defeat the front-runner. Nation Before Self.

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POSTED IN: General

04 May2016


“I had really fond memories of the last time I had lechon in the Philippines. In fact, not to kiss your ass, but it is the finest pig I’ve ever had.”

Anthony Bourdain, 2016
Parts Unknown Episode in Manila

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18 Apr2016



After a morning visit to the terra cotta warriors located an hour outside Xi’an, our guide had promised a lunch at a “local” place.

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POSTED IN: General, Restaurant Meals

17 Apr2016



Our apartment was a five minute walk away from the Drum Tower and Muslim Street in Xi’an.

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POSTED IN: General, Travel & Leisure

08 Apr2016



The lure of freshly grilled or grilling meat is almost always irresistible.

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POSTED IN: Beef/Lamb, etc., General, Main Courses, Meat, Travel & Leisure

07 Apr2016



Glistening like edible rubies in the evening light, pomegranates on display in street stalls in the muslim quarter of Xian made me stop in my tracks.

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POSTED IN: General, Other Food Products, Kitchen Equipment, Etc., Travel & Leisure

06 Apr2016



After settling into our apartment at the Citadines Central just a stone’s throw from the Drum Tower, we checked email (can get incoming, can’t send any outgoing?! on gmail), hit the local 7-11 equivalent for water and sodas, unpacked a bit, and checked out a map of the area.

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POSTED IN: General, Restaurant Meals, Travel & Leisure

05 Apr2016

Where in the World…

by Marketman


We just arrived. And it’s colder and wetter than we had expected at this time of year. We don’t understand a word that’s spoken. And our gmail doesn’t work, nor can you google anything. But we ventured out of our hotel on foot for a quick look around the neighborhood. While the characters are in one language, the food is not something you would typically expect in this country.

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POSTED IN: General, Travel & Leisure

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