01 Apr2008

Thank you all very much for visiting marketmanila.com during the past 40 months. I wrote my 1,600th post the other day. That comes out to roughly 40 posts per month or 1.35 per day on average, every single day since late 2004. But all good things must come to an end. In the past year, I have gained a whopping 17+ pounds since my abs emerged (peeked at the world) briefly last summer before a trip to Palawan, and when I briefly posted (then deleted) a photo of my midsection for readers. But I cannot continue to put on weight at this pace. Even at just +10 pounds a year, if I lived to 73, I would weigh some 500 pounds and my ashes wouldn’t even fit in a niche designed for four. So my doctors have drawn the line, laid out the warnings, and they are dire. My cholesterol is above 300 despite serious medication, my weight dangerously close to 200 pounds and I supposedly have a FATTY LIVER, as though I were a leading candidate for a human foie gras experiment. So I think it is really best that I stop blogging about food, COLD TURKEY.

The readership of this blog has continued to rise steadily over the past year, and the past month alone registered nearly 380,000 page views, despite the Easter and summer holiday slowdown. Not quite the spectacular numbers of much more recent and younger scandal/gossip blogs, but respectable nonetheless. I would like to think that marketmanila.com has built a wonderful community of Filipinos and others from around the world, with a common interest in food and eating well. Several thousand of you come back each and every day (sometimes twice or thrice), a few more thousand visit a couple of times a week, and thousands more come whenever you feel the urge to drop by. Despite the fact that LESS than 5% of you have ever left a comment, your participation in this blog has been a huge part of making it what it is today, and why I have felt driven to feed it with more and more information, posts, etc. But after 1,600 posts, the well of ideas is running dry and it’s time to call it quits, while at its peak. Think of this as the Seinfeld of food blogs, going off air after their most successful season…

That is, if you didn’t realize it is April 1, and if you clicked the jump to read more, I have well and truly nailed you… HAPPY APRIL FOOL’S DAY!! to you all from Marketman & Family!!! Hahaha, just testing to see how you guys would take such an announcement. We have a family tradition of playing practical jokes on each other, read earlier posts here and here. But today I am safely out of town and away from The Kid, so I am hoping to be spared any more Knorr beef bouillon cubes in my hot shower… As this post goes live, I am probably trying desperately to get up in the middle of the night to make it to a big seafood market that I have been meaning to visit for years. I have all of the remaining posts from a recent beach trip that I still have to finish. I have attempted to make pan de sal “the old fashioned way” some 5 different times to poor results. And we are in the midst of making some travel plans to new places, near and far. This blog WILL eventually come to an end, I am certain of that, but not today. Forgive me if I startled you a bit, but we must retain a sense of humor as we lose our skin’s elasticity… If you want to read more about April Fool’s hoaxes, visit this link for a list of the Top 100 April’s Fools Day Hoaxes in History…

 

COMMENTS:

  1. Jacob's Mom says:

    This is your April Fool’s Day joke, isn’t it????

    Apr 1, 2008 | 12:05 am

     
  2. rachel says:

    very funny mm.you really got me.i’m so relieved though to find out it’s just a joke.i probably am your first victim.though it’s only the 31st of march here.keep up the good work.

    Apr 1, 2008 | 12:05 am

     
  3. Jacob's Mom says:

    Hahaha…you got *me* good! I saw the first paragraph and immediately commented without reading the rest. Whew. Good one there. :D

    Apr 1, 2008 | 12:07 am

     
  4. Teresa says:

    hahaha Happy April Fool’s Day MM and to your family! After I read the last word of your first paragraph, I looked at the date before clicking on the “continue reading” button, and even before the page loaded I already thought, “this must be an April Fool’s Day prank!” and lo and behold, the first words I read when the page loaded is the bold HAPPY APRIL FOOL’S…. did you get me? I was thinking before I clicked on the next page, “nah, he can always blog about other things… not only food… I’ll send him an email…” hahahaha you got me, almost. You had me cracking up though. Enjoy the day and keep ’em blog coming! lols

    Apr 1, 2008 | 12:15 am

     
  5. Brie says:

    AUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THAT IS JUST WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Hardee-har-har. Very funny!!!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 12:19 am

     
  6. Romina says:

    I almost had a heart attack! Thank goodness you were only joking.
    Now that I’ve calmed down, I have to admit that was a great April Fool’s prank.

    Apr 1, 2008 | 12:26 am

     
  7. wilby cariaga says:

    ARGHHHHHHH!!!!! how could I not know your just fooling around. . . you got me there marketman. . . my heart stopped for a while, and started to feel bad about losing one of the few really good blogs i visit. . . I was letting go. . . almost, until you said it was APRIL 1!!! HAHAHA . . . keep on writing MM, we all enjoy what you’re sharing. . . THANKS A LOT!!!!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 12:26 am

     
  8. ECC says:

    It is only the morning of March 31st here MM so I sure got fooled! I am very much relieved though …. as I am one of those who check your website 2 or 3 times a day (as I enjoy your readers’ comments, too). Happy April Fool’s Day to everyone!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 12:28 am

     
  9. noemi says:

    I can never imagine you quitting. And when I read this, you didn’t exactly say you’d quit blogging but just blogging about food.

    Apr 1, 2008 | 12:29 am

     
  10. HungryDude says:

    Damn i was ALARMED as well.. Good one MM!! i didn’t even bother to open the older post went straight to this one reading every line strucked and dismayed.. Happy April FOOLS!!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 12:32 am

     
  11. Silly Lolo says:

    Here lies Silly Lolo. He died because MM made an April Fool’s Joke!

    Ya got me MM, ya got me good!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 12:34 am

     
  12. Gaye says:

    Happy April fools day MM! You almost had me there! =)

    Apr 1, 2008 | 12:36 am

     
  13. Maria says:

    Happy April Fools! You got me really good, MM.

    Apr 1, 2008 | 12:41 am

     
  14. Maria Clara says:

    One of the reasons I am a regular to your blog love much your surprises and well written joke! The first and second paragraphs the writing is clear that you are pulling the plug. The last paragraph is a good message that is April Fool’s Day and felt much relief and better. Your blog is part of my day-to-day activities and does not know what awaits me when I click onto your site. The variety is what I love most and your interactive comments/tips with your populous commenters and learn a lot from your commenters too with their unselfish sharing of their well tested recipes. Learn a lot from your featured articles like noni, tabon tabon, and most recently curacha crabs and many more! I cannot thank you enough for the new cooking/baking ideas, rants, market offerings and many more you shared and continue sharing with us that makes them truly joyful reading ones and help in the kitchen with your own resources and energy. Thank you thank you!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 12:44 am

     
  15. jdawgg says:

    You got me with my mouth open. That’s a good one and I almost wanted say “Good Luck with your future endeavour”.

    Apr 1, 2008 | 12:52 am

     
  16. daguldol says:

    Ok -I admit it.
    You got me ….
    I almost cried – hahahahaha

    What would we do without April Fools Day

    dagul

    Apr 1, 2008 | 1:00 am

     
  17. acmr says:

    Yes, he almost got me too! Especially since it’s only March 31st in North America!

    Happy fool’s day everyone!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 1:18 am

     
  18. nina says:

    Waaaaahhhhhhh. I thought is’s for real. I was wondering though, why so sudden :)

    Apr 1, 2008 | 1:18 am

     
  19. nina says:

    ooops…it’s for real :)

    Apr 1, 2008 | 1:19 am

     
  20. Apicio says:

    Holy you got me there. I assumed you were influenced by a recent article in the NYT about these two stranged founders of e-gullet who called themselves the fat pack…

    Apr 1, 2008 | 1:29 am

     
  21. allen says:

    You got me! My mind was screaming nooooooooooo!!! all the time.. until the last part :)

    Apr 1, 2008 | 1:47 am

     
  22. Lou says:

    Huh! You almost gave me a heart attack. Am glad that’s just a joke.

    Apr 1, 2008 | 1:52 am

     
  23. brownedngat says:

    You got me there alright. It’s only March 31st here in CA.

    Apr 1, 2008 | 2:00 am

     
  24. Christina says:

    Don’t. Ever. Do That. Again.

    Sincerely,
    An infrequent but very enthusiastic reader

    Apr 1, 2008 | 2:08 am

     
  25. leah says:

    Jeez!!! Got me there!
    I was already thinking about how I can find the time to save all the recipes from you blog before it disappears. Which begs the question — will you ever compile your recipes into a cookbook? Seriously.

    Apr 1, 2008 | 2:29 am

     
  26. Cherry Pie says:

    Oh my Gosh you almost got me there. Glad to know it’s not the end yet.

    Apr 1, 2008 | 2:58 am

     
  27. Dale says:

    Boy! If I hadn’t clicked on the “Read more” link, I would have had a really cranky afternoon! Don’t ever go! I just discovered you recently…

    Apr 1, 2008 | 3:03 am

     
  28. Fe says:

    I just recently started to read your blog and was surprised today although I had a feeling it’s an April Fool’s day thingy :)

    BTW, I like your blog!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 3:11 am

     
  29. Rebecca says:

    You really had me going!

    I was about to write a long message thanking you for making the soul of the Philippines accessible to me here in NY, and wish you the best for your health.

    LOL, relieved to hear it is a joke.

    Like Apicio, I thought you had read the Fat Pack article in the NY Times.

    Apr 1, 2008 | 3:44 am

     
  30. Ellen says:

    My gosh!! I took that seriously MM! GGGRRRRRRR!! I’m soo happy it was just a joke! May you never say goodbye from this blog…u have too many fans! =)

    Apr 1, 2008 | 3:56 am

     
  31. lojet says:

    You got me too, it’s only 3/31 here in NY. When I got to the part about the cholesterol and the weight i kept thinking why doesn’t he just blog on low fat low calorie dishes this way he can continue blogging his food passion and we all can benefit from it too? Am I glad it’s just a joke.

    Apr 1, 2008 | 4:00 am

     
  32. ariel says:

    Hi Marketman,
    I am in the same boat, I have to loose a lot of weight but
    I am addicted to filipino food…maybe food in general.

    Apr 1, 2008 | 4:12 am

     
  33. Ebba says:

    Men! You got me good. I had surfed the site earlier (hahah, at work), and read about the sausage, then just before leaving for work, I decided to open up your site again (since I am bored with nothing to surf anymore and I was hoping you posted a new exciting one), oh.. gosh.. I said, he is quitting.. but then I even said a lil prayer and I muttered good for you for thinking of yourself. And then… whoa.

    Apr 1, 2008 | 4:14 am

     
  34. Belle says:

    mm????!! for one moment there i seriously thought that was true. almost not funny cos i read your blog every single day, losing that sort of routine is gonna be hard hard hard!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 4:15 am

     
  35. Naz says:

    Had it not been for April Fools Day, I would have been very very pissed. I could not bear a day in the Internet world without first peeking into MM.

    Apr 1, 2008 | 4:24 am

     
  36. sofia says:

    Well done, I was abit sad then….

    Apr 1, 2008 | 4:38 am

     
  37. fried-neurons says:

    Ok, that was just mean. You scared me.

    Hahaha.

    Happy April Fool’s!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 5:12 am

     
  38. Jo says:

    Startled??? I was shocked!!! I’m glad it’s just a joke, MM. You’re good. Happy April Fool’s Day!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 5:39 am

     
  39. Bengski says:

    Checking out Marketmanila every morning is one of the things I make sure I do before breakfast. And then this. I was all, “what?!? Why?!?” until I clicked the read more link. You really got me there, MarketMan.
    Good, huh?
    Yeah, Happy April fools’ day to you too!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 6:21 am

     
  40. Joseph says:

    So are you really nearing 200 lbs w/ foie gras type liver? Just curious..

    Apr 1, 2008 | 6:21 am

     
  41. Mangaranon says:

    OMG — It is April Fools Day! MM — you must be kidding. We will all suffer MM withdrawal if this is true. Say it isn’t so!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 6:24 am

     
  42. F1foodie says:

    Hahhah! Poisson d’Avril! Good one!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 6:27 am

     
  43. wysgal says:

    Wow … I was thinking your departure from the blogosphere was rather abrupt, but not beyond the realm of possibility. =)

    Apr 1, 2008 | 6:35 am

     
  44. aggy says:

    i almost cried but now i’m :) again! happy april fools!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 6:40 am

     
  45. Marie says:

    Hmph. I actually got really sad. I’ll get my friend (she says that you often go to her store to buy stuff) to play a belated April Fool’s Day trick on you.

    Apr 1, 2008 | 6:41 am

     
  46. HD says:

    Happy April fools day to you too MM! :)

    Apr 1, 2008 | 6:42 am

     
  47. Artisan Chocolatier says:

    HAHAHAHAHAHA…..Good one, MM. Got me too!!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 6:46 am

     
  48. HD says:

    BTW, I was waiting for your April Fools day post, so I kinda guessed that this was the joke :)

    Apr 1, 2008 | 6:47 am

     
  49. R says:

    you really really got me there…..you are a part of life… love ya….Happy April Fool’s Day…
    Mr. Marketman…

    Apr 1, 2008 | 6:52 am

     
  50. choy says:

    touche! i was astonished at the parallelism. i have also been recently warned that I have cholesterol, sugar and fatty liver issues so i was totally nodding at your purported “decision” albeit quite saddened by it. like most, visiting marketmanila has become a daily habit.

    now that i realize it was just an april fool’s prank, i also resolved to make my pledge to give up drinking a joke on all i had made it to.

    so give me a cold beer (no more hard drinks, promise)and some sisig (isang platito lang). i have found cause to celebrate!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 6:56 am

     
  51. Dina says:

    ha ha ha :) MM!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 7:35 am

     
  52. Anna says:

    WAAAH! MM..that was mean! you made me worry about your health..and no more fun blog to read :( but thanks for reminding me for april fool’s day..here in south america it’s still march 31, so I still have time to plan for pranks..hehe!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 7:41 am

     
  53. Gay says:

    You got me there!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 7:53 am

     
  54. bedazzle says:

    MM, I was honestly on the verge of tears when I was reading this post..You really, really got me there!!! As I was reading the post, I kept saying to myself “NNNNNOOOOOO! THIS CAN’T BE!!”..What a relief it’s just an April Fool’s joke..NICE ONE, MM!!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 7:57 am

     
  55. melody says:

    i knew it was a joke the moment i read the title. but i still read through the post just to be sure.

    happy april fools day, mm

    Apr 1, 2008 | 8:00 am

     
  56. s says:

    ugghhhhh…. you got me! hehe

    Apr 1, 2008 | 8:00 am

     
  57. Rey says:

    Buti na lang binasa ko lahat ang post mo, kala ko totoo na.

    Apr 1, 2008 | 8:05 am

     
  58. rocoi says:

    geez MM, if you can only capture our facial reactions while reading the first two paragraphs. my heart was literally sinking!!! what a drama king! :) happy april fool’s day, MM and family, and everyone!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 8:06 am

     
  59. Trina says:

    I’m soooo relieved it was a joke!!! I was really saddened at the thought that there wouldn’t be more Marketmanila posts to look forward to everyday. I do hope you don’t get tired blogging, because we won’t get tired reading :)

    Apr 1, 2008 | 8:16 am

     
  60. Quillene says:

    Hahaha!!!!

    Looks like you owe eveyone a drink, MM! Talk about heartstoppers!

    Come to think of it, I think I will whip up the pandan juice somewhere in this blog…

    Cheers!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 8:22 am

     
  61. bernadette says:

    a lot of things crossed my mind while reading the first half of your post and definitely NOT because it was April Fool’S Day…and so the jokes on me! Hahaha! Don’t you ever do that again! :-)

    Apr 1, 2008 | 8:37 am

     
  62. James says:

    Dear MM,

    By your introduction, I thought you have resolved to finally say good-bye to your extra pounds by really struggling to go down to your ideal weight and, come hell or high water, maintain it. But, come to think of it, what will happen to your hordes of fans and followers if you really shut down your blog?

    Apr 1, 2008 | 8:38 am

     
  63. Loida says:

    Thank you Marketman! Whew! I thought it was true!

    Reading your site before I start my work in the office makes me inspired. It is my morning routine. I am always excited to find recipes to cook for my husband and daughter.

    Happy April Fool’s Day!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 8:39 am

     
  64. chi says:

    GOOD ONE! Only because it’s not April 1 here yet so for just a couple of minutes, my lower jaw was on my keyboard in shock and then I was totally PO’d thinking how rude of you to just plain disappear just when I was really getting into your cooking.

    Speaking of your cooking, thanks to you, I’m stuck in a very major rut with shrimp in gata and binagoongan. I’ve been eating the combo for weeks now – since your shrimp in gata post. Isn’t that just absolutely disgusting? It’s like an addiction!

    Anyway, Happy April Fool’s to you too and you do know there’s place reserved in hell just for you, yes? ;)

    Apr 1, 2008 | 8:41 am

     
  65. gansilagan says:

    !!@#?#@!! You got me there, MM! Muntik mo na akong paiyakin so early in the day! I’m so glad it’s just a joke! Visiting your site is the first thing I do once I get to work! Pati mga officemates ko, addict na din sa blogs mo! Our day will not be complete without reading your very informative and entertaining site!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 8:46 am

     
  66. Chris says:

    I was tearful by the second paragraph, by the third, expletives were spewing!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 8:48 am

     
  67. Marilou See says:

    har har har….I was about to share with you my diet in controlling cholesterol and et al…when I realize its April fools day! You well know our day wouldnt be complete without reading your site.

    Apr 1, 2008 | 8:57 am

     
  68. natie says:

    i was gonna say!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i just started visiting here and he leaves???? was it something i said????…..hehe….

    then i saw the date on the upper left hand–being green, it stood out… just the 31st here, MM, but so glad it was just an elaborate joke..

    you inspired me to cook a very good pinakbet this weekend (after about 15 yrs)i’m from the region of tinola and laswa..so, don’t you go anywhere…

    Apr 1, 2008 | 8:59 am

     
  69. juli says:

    I was sad there for a moment. The fatty liver got me.

    Apr 1, 2008 | 9:01 am

     
  70. Jenny says:

    OMG! I almost screamed. I wanted to shake my laptop as if it were your shoulders and ask you “WHY?! WHY?!” And then I clicked on the jump…
    You got me.

    Apr 1, 2008 | 9:07 am

     
  71. Noel says:

    Haha. That’s a good one. Got many of your readers fooled, and that includes me.

    Apr 1, 2008 | 9:13 am

     
  72. kongwi says:

    whoa…you got me there…btw…i remember when we were young we do this during december 28, “ninos inocenters”…

    Apr 1, 2008 | 9:14 am

     
  73. Madeline says:

    You made me sad! Its good its just the April Fools joke! You are not only an excellent blogger but also a comedian! You fooled everyone.

    Apr 1, 2008 | 9:21 am

     
  74. ysa says:

    MM,

    You got me at “Thank you….”, had me sweating at “I cannot continue…..” and nearly killed me with “… really best… stop blogging”

    And then make me LOL at “Happy April Fool’s Day” …. if only you were within reach, I’d have pinched you a hundred times!!!!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 9:21 am

     
  75. michelle says:

    Speechless….Except this: “Don’t ever do that again!”

    Apr 1, 2008 | 9:21 am

     
  76. millet says:

    as soon as i saw the title, i knew what you were up to, MM! you’ve always been one for pranks, heehee…wonder what The Kid would have pulled on you this time, had you been home?

    Apr 1, 2008 | 9:21 am

     
  77. ysa says:

    No, not a hundred…. a thousand times more likely.

    Apr 1, 2008 | 9:23 am

     
  78. mudra says:

    You almost gave me a heart attack! You almost got me crying! That was mean!!! But so glad it was just a joke! =)

    Apr 1, 2008 | 9:28 am

     
  79. consol says:

    Ha! And I was going to post ‘Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo…..!!!”

    You got us there, dear MM! But I momentarily freaked out, panicked, at the thought of NOT EVER getting to read your posts, ever.

    Huwag po.

    Don’t even think about it.

    You’ve got us all hooked for life, and you are duty-bound to provide our ‘sustenance’ haha.

    Apr 1, 2008 | 9:29 am

     
  80. Toping says:

    Dang it, MM! That ain’t funny! ;-0

    Apr 1, 2008 | 9:49 am

     
  81. ratacutie says:

    Oh…CRUEL CRUEL CRUEL! I was already beginning to imagine what I would do without your blog MM! And I was ready to go NUTS on you in this comments section. As my husband and I always say…”check out market manila” about this and that food. Hahaha…to put it bluntly…you’re one of the few food blogs we trust! Well, so far, your reviews were pretty much in sync with our own once we tried certain establishments you mentioned. I’m soo glad this was a joke! I would have hunted you down and pestered you until you revived your blog!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 9:51 am

     
  82. ajie says:

    I was already composing a letter in my head begging you to reconsider before I read it was a hoax.

    This is one of the best, ad free, (almost) controversy free and accurate, informative blog in the country. Thanks a lot! :)

    Apr 1, 2008 | 10:10 am

     
  83. The Steak Lady says:

    My heart skipped a beat when i was reading your post… until i found out it ws April fool’s. Well, have a good one MM, and stay safe ;-)

    Apr 1, 2008 | 10:10 am

     
  84. Homebuddy says:

    You really made me sad for a moment there….. because this is the best site I visit every day, come to think of it, even twice or thrice a day!
    So happy and relieved, its just one big joke!!!!!!! Happy April Fool’s Day indeed!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 10:18 am

     
  85. lechon says:

    happy april fools! You know we love you! Xoxo! ahah

    Apr 1, 2008 | 10:22 am

     
  86. jay p says:

    i was already thinking :”huwag po koya!!”.

    just as i was going to click on the “more” link i remembered the date and thought waaaaitaminit…

    nice joke man… meaaaan but pretty good.

    Apr 1, 2008 | 10:25 am

     
  87. mackenzie says:

    You got me! Seriously, I was already thinking that you could incarnate the blog as dietmarketmanila.com

    Apr 1, 2008 | 10:35 am

     
  88. Cumin says:

    You creep, I was crying and blowing my nose into my handkerchief. Haaaay hirap kapag slow reader… Hold on there, MM. If you truly have weight problems, just visit Vicky Belo?

    Apr 1, 2008 | 10:39 am

     
  89. melvs says:

    gooood one, marketman. I was already thinking of joining or signing a petition letter for you. Whew…happy april fools day..

    Apr 1, 2008 | 10:41 am

     
  90. Larees says:

    Whew! For a while there I felt really sad. Nice one MM! Happy April Fool’s!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 10:46 am

     
  91. Kamipa says:

    Wow, you got me. I was feeling an ache in my chest already…so glad that its a false alarm!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 10:50 am

     
  92. carina says:

    wahahahahhahahhahahhahhhahahaaaaaa…nakakainis! i was already thingking of writing a piece of this closing thing in my blog!!! hahaha. tapos naisip ko pa na i’ll stop pursuing food photography because i’m also gaining weight! kainisss…haha

    Apr 1, 2008 | 10:58 am

     
  93. currystrumpet says:

    hahaha omg good one MM! i was about to get really really depressed! happy april fools’ day to you and the family!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 10:58 am

     
  94. ECJ says:

    OK, that’s it! This is the final straw…I will never ever ever ever visit your site ever again!

    I don’t like being played just like you did! I don’t list you on top of my ‘Faves’ for nothing…

    Kaya simula ngayon…homepage na kita, so I can keep an eye on you with the least number of clicks…ha ha ha ha ha!!!

    Happy April Fool’s Day MM!…E

    PS…am a lurker no more!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 11:07 am

     
  95. joyce says:

    Ay salamat naman! You got me there. :) Happy April Fool’s!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 11:09 am

     
  96. MRJP says:

    Bad Marketman! Really bad marketman! :)
    I was so sad reading the beginning of this entry and was laughing towards the end… hahah! So many thoughts ran through my head while reading your supposed to be “fatty liver”! Eh! You made me worried there, MM… bad marketman! hehehehe

    Apr 1, 2008 | 11:13 am

     
  97. jong says:

    gee, MM, the thought of it is quite sad, really….
    happy april fools’ day!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 11:14 am

     
  98. iya says:

    YOU HAD ME THERE.

    :(

    Apr 1, 2008 | 11:18 am

     
  99. ester says:

    You really fooled me there MM, i felt so sad at first…Happy April Fool’s day!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 11:20 am

     
  100. john paul sarabia says:

    it’s only your blog that i go to when i open my internet.first i correspond to my email then market manila then close.

    Apr 1, 2008 | 11:20 am

     
  101. Marketman says:

    HI EVERYONE, glad most of you are taking this in the spirit of things. Actually, everything I wrote about my cholesterol, weight and fatty liver is 100% ABSOLUTELY TRUE, it’s just the part about stopping the blog that is NOT true. In fact, I have to do a liver ultrasound soon… and will probably have to start exercising daily in order to reverse the slide… And so far, I have sworn to do this naturally, without tubes, suction, electrical currents, etc. :) But I need to leave this post up the rest of the day to nail more readers, then it will be back to regular programming… Cheers! :)

    Apr 1, 2008 | 11:29 am

     
  102. kyang2x says:

    That was a good one MM! I was really feeling sad, I forgot today is April Fool’s day…=)

    Apr 1, 2008 | 11:30 am

     
  103. Tricia says:

    I WAS ABOUT TO CRY HEHEHE!!!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 11:44 am

     
  104. Tricia says:

    AHA! Now I know what MM looks like! Thanks Naz :)

    Apr 1, 2008 | 11:46 am

     
  105. eric says:

    Oh my Goodness Mr MM!!

    akala ko totoo na ito. i felt sad while i was reading through the sentences. LOOOOL

    happy april fools day!!!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 11:54 am

     
  106. gtrine says:

    am i allowed to say GAGO??! hahaha With heartfelt love and relief that it was all a joke. 5% of visitors post a comment well here you go …..

    Apr 1, 2008 | 11:54 am

     
  107. lovely palanca says:

    Waaaaaaah!!!! I almost died!!!! Good one MM!!! :-)

    Apr 1, 2008 | 12:07 pm

     
  108. Bellatrix says:

    nyorks, thats not fair! hey, maybe you can turn this into a healthier food blog? Like how to eat well while not sacrificing your apetite. Awww cmon…

    Apr 1, 2008 | 12:23 pm

     
  109. Bellatrix says:

    holy shit! I forgot its the April Fools Day!!!! Gaaaahh. See how I love your blog.. I didnt bother to read the other comments. ;o)

    Apr 1, 2008 | 12:25 pm

     
  110. det says:

    for few seconds i held my breath while trying to read your post.huwag na huwag kang mawala MM,your posts are one of my de-stressing pills!HA,HA

    Apr 1, 2008 | 12:27 pm

     
  111. Marge says:

    You got me there for a sec, MM. Very funny. Happy April Fools’ to you and your family!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 12:29 pm

     
  112. mojito_drinker says:

    are you serious or is this april fools?

    Apr 1, 2008 | 12:34 pm

     
  113. mojito_drinker says:

    oops, just read your comment. you got me there!!! *sigh of relief*

    Apr 1, 2008 | 12:35 pm

     
  114. chinkee says:

    My eyes were as big as saucers while saying NOOOOOOOOOOO to myself! You had me there! Whew, what a relief :)Happy april fools day MM and family!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 12:46 pm

     
  115. jules winnfield says:

    MM, you really got me goin
    You got me so I dont know what Im doin
    Yeah, you really got me now
    You got me so I cant sleep at night

    Yeah, you really got me now
    You got me so I dont know what Im doin, now
    Oh yeah, you really got me now
    You got me so I cant sleep at night

    You really got me
    You really got me
    You really got me

    See, dont ever set me free
    I always wanna be by your side
    MM, you really got me now
    You got me so I cant sleep at night

    Yeah, you really got me now
    You got me so I dont know what Im doin, now
    Oh yeah, you really got me now
    You got me so I cant sleep at night

    You really got me
    You really got me
    You really got me
    Oh no…

    … there’s more lyrics but i think i got my point across. long live market manila! and do keep your health in check mm. and on the day that you do call it quits, please do so on another april 1, so we know the show goes on still… somehow…. üüü

    Apr 1, 2008 | 12:48 pm

     
  116. Lei says:

    hahahah!!! i will always keep in mind from now on that april fool’s day is something that you do celebrate so i will be on my toes for the next april fool’s joke hahhahah!!!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 1:09 pm

     
  117. mardie c",) says:

    good job MM, you really got us fooled. (whew! kala ko talaga totohanan na). youre good, i give you credit for that.

    Apr 1, 2008 | 1:13 pm

     
  118. JE says:

    Was reading halfway through it, and then my brain registered that it was indeed April Fool’s.

    Sneaky.

    Apr 1, 2008 | 1:25 pm

     
  119. lee says:

    $ 70,000.00 .. PAY UP!!!!!

    ooooooops. sorry.. that was supposed to be for the comments section of the “other” blog….

    I think I need to down 3 cold beers… whew… This is one of your best posts…

    Apr 1, 2008 | 1:34 pm

     
  120. sylvia says:

    You got me! I was screaming in my head, “No no no!”

    Apr 1, 2008 | 1:39 pm

     
  121. eej says:

    You got me there BIG time! I was teary eyed and worried sick as I slowly read your post then WHAM!@#$… it’s only an April Fools joke!

    Wow! I didn’t realize how much I truly enjoy this blog until I saw your message that you’re quitting cold turkey. Boy, your blog is part of my day and will be sorely missed if you do decide to do a Seinfeld on us — quit while ahead.

    I’m glad it’s only a prank! MM, you’re good.

    Apr 1, 2008 | 1:49 pm

     
  122. aina says:

    You’re mean, Marketman! Hahaha! Glad you’re really not closing down this blog. :D

    Apr 1, 2008 | 1:54 pm

     
  123. PiPer says:

    Buti na lang! WHEW! Happy April Fool’s! =)

    Apr 1, 2008 | 1:57 pm

     
  124. Joey in Dubai says:

    I said “It can’t be!” and saw the date beside the title, 01 April 2008….but yeah, it was a good one. Look forward to more posts…..

    Apr 1, 2008 | 2:01 pm

     
  125. risa says:

    GRABE GRABE GRABE ka, MM. You got me! I’m so darned happy it’s a prank!!!!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 2:03 pm

     
  126. fern says:

    my mind was shouting NOOOOOooooo!!!! my tummy cried WHHHYYYY???? then i saw it was a prank… i heaved a sigh or relief and BURPed!!!! HAPPY APRIL FOols MM and family :)

    Apr 1, 2008 | 2:09 pm

     
  127. Epi says:

    Whew what a relief!!! I had a million things on my mind as I was reading your farewell. While panic stricken i was thinking of ways to change your mind, including begging, petition, signature campaign, rallying in front of your house, text campaign, bribery (food items) so on and so forth.
    Believe me when I say my weeks will not be complete without your wit, recipes, rants and humour.
    I now am so thankful it’s APRIL FOOLS!!!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 2:11 pm

     
  128. annie says:

    my gosh! i really thought you were closing shop– and I was just sharing about this blog to a friend last sat. HA!
    April Fools!!! you got us alright!!!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 2:18 pm

     
  129. Bubut says:

    you got me! i was sobbing already in front of my PC. i was about to check your archives to get the recipe of OKOY and then when i saw the title of you post that you’re saying goodbye, whew ! … its good that today is April 1, thanks for reminding of the date and now i now im off to vacation this coming Saturday! happy April fools day!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 2:24 pm

     
  130. charm says:

    hi marketman,

    haaayy..i thought end na talaga ng blog..will be soo sad pagnanyari un…anyway..take care of your health..

    Apr 1, 2008 | 2:28 pm

     
  131. chad says:

    holysmokes MM, I envisioned the foodie circle of the Philippines running amok and jumping out of windows. It’s like imagining a life without food. Actually, the first question in my mind would be, “How the hell is MM gonna live (without the glory of good food)???”

    Apr 1, 2008 | 2:39 pm

     
  132. Trina says:

    Me too. You got me there! I had goosebumps while reading your post and was already feeling sad and all. Happy April Fool’s to you and your family! I’m so glad you are here to stay.

    Apr 1, 2008 | 2:43 pm

     
  133. Lety says:

    Ok, MM…
    You almost gave me a heart attack! :-) my mind was going “NOOOOOOO!” while reading the first part of your entry until the part where you said it was a hoax. *phew!* it is not april 1st here yet so it did not click right away. all i can say is i am soooooo glad that you are not going away anywhere…THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for not ending this blog yet and I wish that you never end it… and, I have to agree with the other readers, that was a good prank!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 2:45 pm

     
  134. marie claire says:

    huh… i’ve been reading your posts but this is the first time that i have to comment…. huh… you got me… nalulungkot na nga ako tapos…hahaha… anyway, glad it’s just a joke :-)

    Apr 1, 2008 | 2:46 pm

     
  135. joey says:

    Hahahahahaha! Happy April Fools Day! :)

    Apr 1, 2008 | 2:53 pm

     
  136. Lenlen S. says:

    Grabeeeee! I was sobbing already. Thank God its only a prank.

    Apr 1, 2008 | 2:57 pm

     
  137. jing says:

    holy guacamole! what the h*ll was that? kala ko talaga totoo…buti na lang joke lang pala. whew! First site I open is yours since we had internet connection kasi so I’ll be at a loss pag wala to :) I suggest you make a poll on how many were shocked upon first reading your ‘goodbye’ so we’ll know how many you ‘had’ this April Fool’s Day :) Twas jarring but wonderful, too to know how much this site meant to not only me. Don’t stop just yet ‘coz am just starting to experiment with more of your recipes. My hubby was laughing out loud when i conveyed your joke to him, esp. the ‘ashes which can’t fit in the niche part,. He said it serves me right kasi pinilit ko siya to eat leche flan last night (your recipe). Naubos nga niya, eh, noh! Thanks, from the bottom of my heart, MM!!!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 3:06 pm

     
  138. bethp says:

    WTF! OK, I apologize for my potty mouth, but you really got me in there MM! Haha. Good one, good one. I know that there is always an end to everything, but still I just can’t break up with you,not just yet….

    Apr 1, 2008 | 3:31 pm

     
  139. maldita says:

    Whew,you got me…Happy April fool’s day MM!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 3:33 pm

     
  140. Ronee says:

    You should have seen my initial reaction Marketman! May kalokohan ka rin talaga. Akala ko seryoso ka. That’s a nice one Marketman! I think you might set a new record for an April Fool’s Prank!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 3:41 pm

     
  141. Joanne says:

    Frick! You got me there, MM! hahahhaa

    Nice one!!!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 4:01 pm

     
  142. Katrina says:

    If we had thought balloons over our heads saying what we’re thinking, you would have seen one over mine that said, “WHAAAAT??? NOOOOOOOOO!!!” while I was reading your post. Hehehe! Good one, MM! Happy April Fool’s Day! :-D

    Apr 1, 2008 | 4:03 pm

     
  143. ragamuffin girl says:

    that was a good one! i bet a lot of lurkers suddenly came out of the woodwork because of this entry. :)

    Apr 1, 2008 | 4:04 pm

     
  144. Katrina says:

    Oh, and I forgot to say — unlike your above post, your symptoms are no joke, as I’m sure you already know. Please do take better care of yourself, MM. The advantage of being a good cook like yourself is that you can actually come up with delicious, yet healthy, dishes. I’m sure you can do it, especially since you’re already done it at least once before. Good luck!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 4:05 pm

     
  145. mia says:

    you are mean ….. that wasn’t very funny! my heart skipped a beat. Happy April Fool’s Day! Thanks for blogging!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 4:08 pm

     
  146. elaine says:

    I was just reading through your archives yesterday coming across your daughter’s practical jokes and wondered…hmmm, what will it be tomorrow? Well, surprise! surprise! The joke’s on us…you’re so cruel!!! And it wouldn’t be funny at all to see it end so soon. This blog rocks!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 4:17 pm

     
  147. mariapia says:

    The first thing my husband blurted after I came back from a meeting was “wala na daw na marketman!” I immediately went to your page (I have it bookmarked) and as I read the entry, I told him “this has got to be an April Fool’s prank”. Clicked on the link and sure enough :) — nice try, MM. Happy April Fool’s!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 4:35 pm

     
  148. Miej =) says:

    my heart stopped for a moment there. you got me too MM!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 4:38 pm

     
  149. academic foodie says:

    You got me there, MM! I’m so glad and relieved it’s just a joke. Happy April Fool’s!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 4:59 pm

     
  150. sonnysj says:

    MM, see what you did!:) Happy April Fool’s Day everyone!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 5:00 pm

     
  151. kasseopeia says:

    You got me there, MM! I read your bold-lettered “Happy April Fool’s Day” a split second before I “sobbed” to jayjay that you were going to stop blogging.

    Happy April Fool’s Day everyone! I’ve never been so glad to admit being fooled as I am today. Haha.

    More power MM!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 5:27 pm

     
  152. Essa says:

    The sound you just heard was my heart breaking!

    But I am too relieved you were just pulling our leg! Whew. :-)

    Apr 1, 2008 | 5:31 pm

     
  153. ilongga says:

    baskog!
    happy april fool’s!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 5:35 pm

     
  154. pink says:

    The moment i read the title i was immediately in panic, towards the end of the first paragraph i was nearly in tears!!! Didn’t realize how much this blog has become a part of my daily routine and how the thought of it coming to an end meant to me. What can i say, you got me real good sa title pa lang hahaha…. So glad it was only a joke. This post has finally made me leave a comment after being a lurker for so long.

    Apr 1, 2008 | 5:35 pm

     
  155. Teresa says:

    I knew it. I knew it. I knew it!!!!!! Happy April Fool’s day to every one. MM, you almost had me screaming there. LOL!!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 5:45 pm

     
  156. smiles4angels says:

    i remember your post on the april fool’s day pranks the Kid did. waiting for this years post on that. :)

    Apr 1, 2008 | 5:46 pm

     
  157. Avic says:

    #$%@&*!!!! You got me, MM! Hahahaha! I should have known . . .

    Apr 1, 2008 | 5:46 pm

     
  158. drunken lily says:

    you got me there MM! nice prank..well if there’s anything that this April Fool’s Day can prove, it’s that there are lots of us who would be sad if you’re going to end this site..keep up the good work with Market Manila!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 5:48 pm

     
  159. Evangeline says:

    MM, when I first read your post, I immediately thought that MM is signing off on April Fool’s Day? Is this a joke, I asked myself and thank God that it is indeed your April Fool’s Day Joke. HAHAHA!!!!! Seriously, if you’re going to sign off, so many of your readers will miss your blog. Look how many made their commments to this piece. I do not usually leave any comment although I read your blog daily. More power MM……

    Apr 1, 2008 | 6:01 pm

     
  160. teny says:

    Wow you really got me> for a moment there while reading your posts, I was already saying to my self this can’t be? Where will I surf for my food recipes? Better yet for most part since I started reading your blog I have treated it like my morning newspaper. Thank God its april fools day.

    Thank you MM…NO need for prozac anymore :)

    Apr 1, 2008 | 6:12 pm

     
  161. peterb says:

    Never believed it for a second. Okay so maybe a couple. I had to read everything to be sure. Nice one MM! Lots of 1st time posters!

    Maybe next year we can play a prank on you! hehe

    Apr 1, 2008 | 6:37 pm

     
  162. Twinkle says:

    today I start to visit yr blog,how come you quit it!plz write continously…

    Apr 1, 2008 | 6:55 pm

     
  163. Gwiz says:

    Whew, good joke! Although I belong to a little above the last 5% of your readers (I have commented quite sparingly), I am a big fan. I like the totality of your blogs. Your site is not really just about food. It is about LIFE! And you are a very positive promoter of LIVING LIFE.

    Which brings me to your increasing avoirdupois and foie gras. Without dissing the western medical profession and medicine, I continually explore the field of complementary healing modalities. Thus, short of giving you unsolicited energy healing advice, I am simply including you in the list of people I send positive loving energy for healing. We can’t have you not writing your blogs for reasons of ill health, can we? =)

    I feel the goodwill in your writing. The least I can do is send it back to you!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 7:09 pm

     
  164. victoria says:

    oh thank goodness you aren’t leaving us! you really had me there.

    Apr 1, 2008 | 7:25 pm

     
  165. kiss says:

    I was stunned! Couldn’t understand a single word after getting to the “it’s time to call it quits” part.

    oh boy am I glad that it was just a joke!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 7:37 pm

     
  166. chinky says:

    I was very sad that you were going to stop and more concerned about your health! This was the only trick played on me–thank goodness. I do enjoy reading your blog whenever i get home from work. Keep it up. You are doing a lot of good by just sharing your thoughts, your recipes to the rest of the world.

    Apr 1, 2008 | 7:45 pm

     
  167. macpower says:

    human foie gras experiment reasoning is a classic. bwahahahaha! happy fool’s day.

    Apr 1, 2008 | 7:45 pm

     
  168. momsy says:

    Wow you got me! Glad it was just a joke.

    Apr 1, 2008 | 7:49 pm

     
  169. mikel says:

    so MM, how much do you really weigh now?

    Apr 1, 2008 | 7:58 pm

     
  170. gq says:

    You got me MM! I just started reading your blog 2mos ago and enjoy it so much that i make sure that I visit your site once or twice/day. I’m one of the guilty ones of not leaving any comment, so here I am. Please, please don’t leave us. I just want to thank you for contributing so much of your time to this blog.

    Apr 1, 2008 | 8:17 pm

     
  171. hchie says:

    Why you sneaky pete! Almost got me there.

    Apr 1, 2008 | 8:38 pm

     
  172. traci says:

    oh my gosh, you gave me such a shock! i only started to have an inkling that this might be an April Fool’s Day prank when i started to click on the link to read on.. glad to find that it’s a joke!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 8:55 pm

     
  173. faye says:

    hahaha! you really fooled me!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 8:59 pm

     
  174. Lea says:

    You made me so sad and happy, consecutively.
    I also found out that I have a fatty liver after results of my executive check up came out. I hope you will share your experience with the exercise and whatever method you will employ to reverse the condition. Happy April Fools! Hey, laughter is the best medicine!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 9:02 pm

     
  175. Marketman says:

    mikel, 193 lbs. Everything in the post was true except the quitting the blog… :)

    Apr 1, 2008 | 9:05 pm

     
  176. ctl says:

    Good one, MM! As I was reading the first few lines, I felt this impending sense of doom… I read your blog every single day and I wouldn’t know what to do with all that spare time if you shut down. Stay happy and healthy!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 9:12 pm

     
  177. Laurel says:

    Nice one, MM! Muntik na akong umiyak. ‘Kaw naman… ang lupit mo! Keep up the good work, MM. We love you and your family and we love your blogs and recipes, too. Your site is one of the best, so far. Ngilngig gyud tang mga Bisaya no! Ayo-ayo diha, MM!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 9:16 pm

     
  178. Dennis says:

    This blog has so much a part of my daily routine. I can’t imagine how much it would get me off track should you decide to call it quits. Good Joke, MM.

    Apr 1, 2008 | 9:57 pm

     
  179. Cookie says:

    I was about to have a fit!! I can’t live without a daily dose of Market Man!!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 10:03 pm

     
  180. eustressor says:

    omg! i thought… i thought… hay… that was a good one MM!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 10:09 pm

     
  181. noes says:

    oh, I’m glad your not quitting.

    Apr 1, 2008 | 10:19 pm

     
  182. maria says:

    MM, you got me too! I was just so devastated of not having daily dose of cholesterol haven. I read this blog entry so fast by scrolling rapidly to reach comment section and planned to try my hardest in begging you to keep on blogging. HMMMP! :) thanks for the april`s fun!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 10:21 pm

     
  183. Kevin Navia says:

    Oh bloody hell!

    You! You… Oh wait, it’s still April fools in… You got me on this post MM!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 11:03 pm

     
  184. Ruth says:

    My heart actually stopped for a second. I actually just stared at my screen before scrolling down. Thank goodness it was just your April 1’s joke.

    I know a lot of us dont really say it but i would just like you to know that reading your blog is one of life’s great pleasures. Thank you.

    Apr 1, 2008 | 11:04 pm

     
  185. kimmie says:

    This is one joke that I & the others (thousands more) are more than relieve to hear! Our days will never be complete without reading you. marketmanila.com is a pleasant addiction ever!

    Apr 1, 2008 | 11:28 pm

     
  186. Mitch says:

    YOU got me good!! argh.

    Apr 1, 2008 | 11:46 pm

     
  187. Susan says:

    Phew! I thought that would have been the end of one of our favorite sites. Thank goodness! More power to you MM.

    Apr 1, 2008 | 11:53 pm

     
  188. Susan says:

    I mean thank goodness it was an April Fools Day joke! You will disappoint a lot of us avid readers! More power MM.

    Apr 1, 2008 | 11:58 pm

     
  189. perkycinderella says:

    My emotions were on a roller coaster ride (sad, then LOL) for a couple of minutes reading this.hehehe

    Apr 2, 2008 | 12:16 am

     
  190. JMom says:

    OMG, MM, I forgot today was April Fool’s Day :D hehe! muntik na akong maiyak….

    if you were within arms reach nadagukan na kaya kita?

    You know I don’t comment often but I try not to miss your posts. I would surely miss reading your blog if you quit.

    Apr 2, 2008 | 1:24 am

     
  191. chinachix says:

    OMG, I had to blink twice when I saw the blog title…very good April’s Fools MM…looking forward to more posts!

    Apr 2, 2008 | 1:37 am

     
  192. Geordino says:

    Ok, you got me.
    But, I was not thinking April Fool’s yet over here…
    Really good!

    Apr 2, 2008 | 1:58 am

     
  193. Wishful Parent says:

    Ha- ha! Good one! (Please don’t do it again.)

    I was reading your article on my Google reader page and was shocked. Good thing I checked your website. I’m glad it’s just a joke. (Seriously, dude, please don’t try it again.)

    There’s not enough blog authors out there with decent writing skills. I am definitely glad that this isn’t your last post.

    Apr 2, 2008 | 2:58 am

     
  194. Smokymtn says:

    “My cholesterol is above 300 despite serious medication, my weight dangerously close to 200 pounds and I supposedly have a FATTY LIVER, as though I were a leading candidate for a human foie gras experiment.” Proverbs 19:3

    Apr 2, 2008 | 6:42 am

     
  195. mub says:

    This my first time give a comment in this blog but I am an avid reader for years now and this is the first blog that really caught my attention and time. I’m so glad that it is just an April Fool joke.

    Apr 2, 2008 | 7:16 am

     
  196. gigi says:

    I was upset while reading through your blog. But towards the end, you’ve put a silly smile on my face for one of the best April Fool’s jokes ever.

    Thanks!

    Apr 2, 2008 | 7:30 am

     
  197. mrs m says:

    my first word upon reading the title was bakeeeeeet?
    my words after the first paragraph was “oh no! he’s quitting, open a folder and save all the recipes asap”
    you really pulled a good one, MM.
    i don’t think it will happen in this millenium that you will quit food blogging, but will you give us enough warning so we can save all your recipes? why not the cookbook? i’m sure it will be a big seller, look at all the comments to this post, april’s fool prank pa lang ito, ha?

    Apr 2, 2008 | 8:06 am

     
  198. maria says:

    As Tweety Bird said: You’re bwad MM, vwery vwery baaad! I didn’t get to read your blog yesterday – had a crappy day at the office and that caused withdrawal symptoms. Then you posted this it’s time to say goodbye stuff. I thought – how much crappier can it get? Like the thousands and thousands of people who read your blog, I was getting ready to plead that you reconsider – maybe put in some healthier alternatives, which I’m sure will also help thousands of your readers who now have high cholesterol and fatty liver because of the recipes you’ve posted or food in restaurants you’ve reviewed/shared. This is one of the best blogs I’ve ever come across and it will really really make me sad if you stop writing. That was a good one MM!

    Apr 2, 2008 | 8:28 am

     
  199. corrine says:

    Hay, naku, you made me teary eye. We are not used to april fool’s day. Anyhoo, I am relieved. See how many people love you. There are so many magazines, newspapers, internet articles but few come out as sensible, informative yet entertaining as yours.

    Apr 2, 2008 | 8:45 am

     
  200. lysandrad says:

    phew! you sure fooled me!

    Apr 2, 2008 | 8:57 am

     
  201. Manolo says:

    Thought you were serious there for a moment and it was my first time to log on to your blog. I was thinking just my bad luck, he is going off the air just when I discovered it.

    Apr 2, 2008 | 9:11 am

     
  202. Beth says:

    I’m glad I was out yesterday and didnt get the heart attack many of your readers felt reading your april fool’s joke!Please dont stop writing.You give joy to a lot of people.You brighten up our days.If writing about food is risking your health, with your vast knowledge and natural inquisitiveness I think you can still make this blog interesting writing about other things!More power to you MM! P.S.–Why not write on your quest to reversing that fatty liver?That will be interesting!

    Apr 2, 2008 | 9:37 am

     
  203. Marketman says:

    Manolo, believe it or not, unless someone we mutually know introduced you to the site, I think you would KNOW who I am (as compared to 99% of the readers who do not…). There are 1,600+ posts in the archives, surf backwards for amusement. To all the other readers, sorry to have a giggle at your expense, but I was greatly amused by how many people I nailed on April Fool’s Day… hahaha. Now I have to write some posts!!! Thanks for being such good sports! :)

    Apr 2, 2008 | 9:38 am

     
  204. portugalbear says:

    Good thing I didn’t log on yesterday and today read the sherbet post ahead of the april 1 joke. haha. good one marketman. please don’t stop writing.

    Apr 2, 2008 | 11:00 am

     
  205. marie says:

    oh my mm I kept yelling NO! while I was reading this but then again the sherbet post is already up before I read it lol!

    Apr 2, 2008 | 11:30 am

     
  206. Edik says:

    DAMN! I was about to post a VICIOUS PROTEST!
    You got me Marketman…

    Apr 2, 2008 | 11:40 am

     
  207. sometime_lurker says:

    You had me there. That’s what I deserve for pulling pranks on people in the office yesterday!

    Whilst I was reading the first part, I was also (like some of the comments above) thinking of suggesting blogging like Heidi at http://www.101cookbooks.com for a healthier MM, but… I guess that’s not a bad idea, having read your comments down here! :)

    Goodluck on your liver and over-all health and happy april fool’s!

    Apr 2, 2008 | 1:06 pm

     
  208. ysa says:

    mm,

    i was wondering… is this one of those entries wherein you try to bring the lurkers out of the woodworks?

    Apr 2, 2008 | 5:14 pm

     
  209. solraya says:

    I was out in circulation, having slow internet connection from Quezon province.

    Now I read the first lines and I thought it was for real. Good I read the rest of the article, and was just making a quick think on who did the Chicos posting.

    Am sure you were laughing as you were typing this post.

    Apr 2, 2008 | 5:45 pm

     
  210. Queen B says:

    Really good MM! Tears started to gather as I read your post, at the end I gave a big sigh of relief that it’s only a joke. Do take care of your health MM…

    Apr 2, 2008 | 5:46 pm

     
  211. Erlinda says:

    What? Hahahahahahahahahahahahahah……….
    Priceless, MM!

    Apr 2, 2008 | 8:49 pm

     
  212. patty says:

    My heart literally stopped. I didn’t even think of checking the date. Good one, MM! I’m glad that was all a joke. :)

    Apr 2, 2008 | 9:51 pm

     
  213. Manolo says:

    Yes, a mutual acquaintance told me about your blog. I think it ia really good and with great photos too! It is inspiring me to put up my own blog. Keep up the good work. Don’t worry, your secret identity is safe with me.

    Apr 3, 2008 | 12:29 am

     
  214. maddie says:

    Oh God! You had me hyperventilating for a couple of seconds there! Anuba!?!

    Apr 3, 2008 | 1:55 am

     
  215. bagito says:

    OMG! You truly got me. I was gonna suggest pa naman sana to just make it a vegetarian blog while your liver recovers and your cholesterol a more tolerable level tapos April Fool’s joke pala. Hahaha! Hay naku, I was getting mad pa naman kasi I haven’t checked out the blog in a few days only to get the goodbye entry. MM, sarap mo’ng sapakin ngayon. Hehe. For giving lots of us near heart and panic attacks. Wa ako ma say. Just keep up the good work and the pranks coming! :)
    BTW, I should’ve known better, having been born on April Fool’s Day myself! Tsk tsk.

    Apr 3, 2008 | 10:40 am

     
  216. Paris4444 says:

    I was so sad, I could not believe it. Glad it was just a joke!

    Apr 3, 2008 | 11:35 am

     
  217. rhea says:

    muntik na akong maiyak dun ah. nice one!

    Apr 3, 2008 | 12:46 pm

     
  218. Lani says:

    Akala ko totoo, got me, MM, hehehe.

    Apr 3, 2008 | 8:32 pm

     
  219. kulasa says:

    Yeah right.

    Apr 3, 2008 | 8:36 pm

     
  220. lyna says:

    GRABE KA NAMAN!

    Apr 3, 2008 | 11:15 pm

     
  221. Peejay says:

    akala ko totoo! saw a link in the blog of wysgal and clicked on it immediately.

    Apr 4, 2008 | 11:23 am

     
  222. cesbdu says:

    grabe!!! you scared me! hahahaha

    Apr 4, 2008 | 8:04 pm

     
  223. liza m.c. says:

    argh! even as a joke, dont do it again! =D

    Apr 5, 2008 | 12:05 am

     
  224. alicia says:

    man, that was just mean (ha!ha!)- but a good prank You had me there and I was distraught there for a good minute:-) You have to give us warning before you sign off to prepare us all, maybe a a season or two like a good sitcom going off the air!

    Apr 5, 2008 | 8:16 am

     
  225. elaine says:

    Hehe, MM! Having seen your james bond physique in your previous post and YOUR PICTURE in another blog re feeding program with YOUR NAME on the background, I just couldn’t help but giggle myself but what’s in a name…I definitely don’t know you from adam but you do have a well known middle name….Great JOKE, MM! You sure nailed a number of us!!!!

    Apr 5, 2008 | 3:08 pm

     
  226. Babette says:

    That wasn’t nice. ROFL You got me there MM! :)

    Apr 6, 2008 | 1:46 am

     
  227. ApplesH says:

    You got me! And its already 5 days after. Hehe

    Apr 7, 2008 | 12:05 am

     
  228. dhayL says:

    I felt really sad while reading this particular post, up until I got to the last paragraph! grrr… hehe, good thing it was just a “joke”! Very funnY! You got me there MM! :)

    Apr 7, 2008 | 12:17 am

     
 

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