11 Sep2010

For Regulars Only…

by Marketman

:) Yes, I am still alive and kicking. And I do visit the blog once a day or so. And for those who can’t live without a rant, head back to this relatively recent post I wrote on Cafe Elysa in Cebu, and read comment #25 and the whole post to see the full context. I was bored, in an airport lounge for several wee hours of the morning with jetlag and unlimited access to WIFI so I decided to respond to the new commenter. I admit the response may have been a bit much or OTT, but I didn’t want to get rusty. And you know me, I rarely do it unprovoked. So if you are in for a bit of minor ranting, please read this post and comments if you have nothing better to do with your time. Please don’t join the fray, just read it and leave it. Regards, MM. :)



  1. divine g.was feelin says:

    It is just about past 7 in the morning here and I just read “For Regulars only” so I went back
    to your old post and comment and when I saw the first picture I started to pine for it and continued reading and my God I was drooling and wanting the food you mentioned and described plus with all those pictures I was so hungry . Being used to your comments and writings your description of the place was just honest and down to earth opinion. So I find it so funny that there is this “fish” for the fishpan again. To the “new diner” here comes
    the rantings……..By the way, I love it when you come and write once in a while.

    Sep 11, 2010 | 8:31 pm


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  3. globalnomad says:


    Sep 11, 2010 | 8:57 pm

  4. deirdregurl says:

    you are soooo back, MM! ;)

    Sep 11, 2010 | 9:52 pm

  5. MrsKookie says:

    Fishy-pan alert! Missed this, MM! :)

    Sep 11, 2010 | 10:07 pm

  6. marilen says:

    Nothing like a good retort to get the juices flowing. MM, I am just so grateful and delighted that you are not abandoning us. Hijo, tu-od cong capoy ca na, a weekly blog will do.

    Sep 11, 2010 | 10:11 pm

  7. tintin says:

    This certainly made my night! Thanks MM at GOODLUCK na lang kay New Diner!! hahahaha

    Sep 11, 2010 | 10:37 pm

  8. Dee says:

    Yup… definitely ALIVE and KICKING…. WELCOME BACK MM….(^^)

    Sep 11, 2010 | 10:44 pm

  9. moni says:

    MM. asa man diay ka? Are you in the US for an assignment too good to refuse? Just wondering. Wherever you are, may the Lord bless you and keep you always. I will be in the US too on Sept 19-Oct 17. Our paths might cross. Hahaha.

    Sep 11, 2010 | 11:29 pm

  10. mbw says:

    hahaha! never at a loss for words, MM!

    Sep 11, 2010 | 11:47 pm

  11. jannah says:

    Rant blog is better than nothing ;-p

    Sep 12, 2010 | 12:07 am

  12. Ingrid says:

    fishpan alert!!! you still got it MM. :)

    Sep 12, 2010 | 12:07 am

  13. psychomom says:

    what a relief to see you are back albeit briefly. i still check on the blog several times a day. BTW do you mean comment #25 “new diner” on the original post since #23 was from “al” who made a comment regarding the structure of the restaurant (being new and not old??)
    don’t leave us orphans MM!!!!

    Sep 12, 2010 | 12:08 am

  14. Mom-Friday says:

    LOL! at 12:20 am, your rant woke me up as I read it word for word! :D

    Sep 12, 2010 | 12:20 am

  15. ECJ says:

    Nothing better with a good cup of coffee than a good laugh!

    And so true, I already made a mental note that if I find myself in Cebu, I would check out Cafe Elysa…

    Sep 12, 2010 | 12:34 am

  16. Botchok says:

    :D Fishpan alert! Hey MM, are you in NY for the US open.

    Sep 12, 2010 | 12:54 am

  17. aprilful says:

    “I didn’t want to get rusty”, hahaha, you still got it!

    Sep 12, 2010 | 2:55 am

  18. eustressor says:

    … Now look up “fishpan”. :)
    Hahaha! =)

    Sep 12, 2010 | 2:56 am

  19. sha says:

    oh well.. I get worse nasty comments on my blog, not worth approving! But least you gave that commentator a good fish pan whacked! Hello from Porto Cervo.

    Sep 12, 2010 | 3:43 am

  20. Zuraida G says:

    hello, im one of your silent fans or reader im glad that your back.

    Sep 12, 2010 | 4:11 am

  21. akosistella says:

    Yowwwch! Mercury in retrograde alert! ;p Btw, congrats on the T+L mention.

    Sep 12, 2010 | 4:50 am

  22. whackerZ says:

    Si MM o, hindi nakatiis. :) Ako din hindi nakatiis mag-check ng blog kahit na alam kong “on a sabbatical” ka and at 4:30am I am rewarded by a rant. Good things really do come to those who wait!

    Sep 12, 2010 | 4:59 am

  23. eric says:

    When MM announced his sabbatical, i actually posted and egged on the lurkers to unite and show some MM love. But I really knew deep inside that all it takes is a fishpan alert and our hero will make his presence felt again :)

    Slow and steady MM, take your time and enjoy your “leave” (i still consider you on leave until you say otherwise) – in the meantime, more fishpan nominees are most welcome…

    Sep 12, 2010 | 6:12 am

  24. gabby says:

    i am one of daily regulars in this blog.yepey.

    Sep 12, 2010 | 8:04 am

  25. Vyan DP says:

    Back with a bite, I must say MM. I agree with the others, a weekly blog would do. :)

    Sep 12, 2010 | 9:39 am

  26. kulasa says:

    Yes, a weekly blog. Agree agree, nod nod.

    Sep 12, 2010 | 10:42 am

  27. corianderie says:

    Ouch! Hannibal Lecter dishing out the fishpan! :)

    Sep 12, 2010 | 11:31 am

  28. millet says:


    Sep 12, 2010 | 11:58 am

  29. bearhug0127 says:

    ;), ;), o)

    Sep 12, 2010 | 11:59 am

  30. ctl98 says:

    Classic! Love that you come back every so often. It feels like bumping into a long-lost friend in an unexpected place…

    Sep 12, 2010 | 12:32 pm

  31. miles says:

    really bad for some people to just take things out of context. she was clearly not a regular on this blog or she would have known better. so sad…..

    Sep 12, 2010 | 3:40 pm

  32. scramoodles says:

    Same old MM. I or maybe we expect nothing less :)

    Sep 12, 2010 | 3:58 pm

  33. Betchay says:

    Oh My…….You’re really back!

    Sep 12, 2010 | 4:19 pm

  34. kitongzki says:

    bang! somebody got whacked by your fishpan again… lol

    Sep 12, 2010 | 4:32 pm

  35. mbv says:

    just glad that you are here once in awhile :)
    Fishpan again…lol

    Sep 12, 2010 | 4:52 pm

  36. marissewalangkaparis says:

    Wheeee…love this…stay on MM…….slow down but pleeezzzzz stay……….

    Sep 12, 2010 | 4:59 pm

  37. j. says:

    Welcome back, I must admit I didn’t post anything, hoping you would come back to post. You did! As a side note there was another commenter (commentor?) who had the initial j . I would agree with marissewalangkaparis, when she said slow down if you’d like, but some of us would like you to continue on… even just once a month!.
    Another fishpan award eh!!!

    Sep 12, 2010 | 5:09 pm

  38. chrisb says:

    MM, even on sabbatical you post more regularly than a lot of bloggers on “regular programming” ( at least, of the 16 that I have on my bookmark toolbar) I hope you keep this pace going… it’ll save a lot of readers from a dreadful withdrawal =)

    Sep 12, 2010 | 6:26 pm

  39. Jean says:

    Zing!!! That’s what I’m talkin’ ’bout!

    Sep 12, 2010 | 8:11 pm

  40. Artisan Chocolatier says:

    Love your coming out of the woods, with your fishpan in hand!!! [;-)

    Hey guys, why don’t we have some fun making up the reason why MM is hibernating…..here’s mine….MM is busy doing some screen test as the next james bond!!! hehehehe…you can hit me with the fishpan too, MM.

    Sep 12, 2010 | 9:08 pm

  41. anton says:

    It’s good to know your still blogging every now and then MM! I agree with chrisb

    Sep 12, 2010 | 10:16 pm

  42. GayeN says:

    Fishpan alert!

    Just the thing to wake me up. =)

    Sep 12, 2010 | 10:40 pm

  43. Melanie says:

    Just got a copy of Travel and Leisure, Joel! Am sure more of such write ups will be coming. I still keep checking MM daily. No problem. I have a lot of patience. Will wait until you’re in the mood for daily posts again!

    Sep 12, 2010 | 10:44 pm

  44. joyce says:

    hahaha, classic fishpan alert!

    Sep 12, 2010 | 11:58 pm

  45. marygrace says:

    MM, you may be on sabbatical but the fishpan is not. Really glad you’re back.

    “err-regulars” beware!

    Sep 13, 2010 | 1:11 am

  46. Ley says:

    Hahaha.. Welcome back MM!

    Sep 13, 2010 | 9:07 am

  47. bagito says:

    yeah, baby! *LOL*

    Sep 13, 2010 | 9:43 am

  48. maia says:

    so great to have you back!:)

    Sep 13, 2010 | 2:23 pm

  49. tamale8888 says:

    That “New Diner” person was obviously low on reading comprehension. Tsk! Tsk!

    Sep 13, 2010 | 4:04 pm

  50. rg says:

    my 90 year old mom gave me two male grabs from fti. tired of the usual fried/steamed, i looked up your alimango in sotanghon. delish!!! thank you.

    Sep 13, 2010 | 7:23 pm

  51. atbnorge says:

    You are the best, MM!!! You never fail to amuse me with your rants.

    Sep 14, 2010 | 8:28 am

  52. Cris Jose says:

    Hi. MM! I don’t know if someone had already posted this comment but since you’re in semi-retirement, I hope you would consider compiling all your posts in a book? Call me old fashioned but I still like the feel of a book in my hands every so often. You can also use part of the proceeds of the book sales for your charities… I’m sure there are a lot of people who are willing to support you. :)

    Sep 14, 2010 | 3:47 pm

  53. Karen of Pinoy Recipe says:

    Well, some people are just like that. I can tell that New Diner did not even read the whole post. It was a constructive criticism for me, not a biased review. But anyway, thanks for updating your blog.

    Sep 15, 2010 | 5:27 am

  54. Lani says:

    Well, well, well, now he/she knows what naive is. That’s the reason why I love this blog, you’re a very honest blogger, MM.

    Sep 27, 2010 | 9:38 am

  55. rita says:

    awesome! what a classic reply.

    i’ve only been to cebu, once. of course, we didn’t know about this place. then again, we didn’t know much about the area. i hope to visit cebu again and go to this restaurant whenever we make it to the philippines, again. whenever that is.

    good to see you back!

    Sep 27, 2010 | 6:10 pm


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