just my KUPPA tea … 080415

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it was a do-nothing tuesday … so i decided to go to Slice in High Street … to try their absolutely gorgeous cakes and coffee … and then on to Kuppa along 4th Street to enjoy a night of acoustic music …

so i got a table with a good view at Kuppa and ordered … i had wanted to try the eggs Benedict ala Florentine but that was just served during breakfast … so i settled for a clubhouse sandwich

the clubhouse sandwich was kinda good as well as the french press coffee … i was left with the impression that the people in the kitchen actually cared about making their food and drink taste good … this was definitely not a place that hired half-hearted burger flippers and baristas …

DSC_2250_DxO10first up was Beiah Tudio … she rendered acoustic versions of Bruno Mars’ “Today My Life Begins” … Moonstar 88’s “Migraine” … and Kitchie Nadal’s “Bulong” … the guy with a guitar to her left is Jairus … Beiah cheerfully opened the “Tambay Tuesday” event with the theme “Faith, Hope and Love” …

Beiah’s cheeriness was infectious … and that helped get things rolling for the night …

DSC_2254_DxO10next up was Keifer Cabugao … he covered “Awit ng Kabataan” by Rivermaya … and Simple Plan’s “Astronaut” … this was the first time i had seen Keifer with a guitar … i usually see him with a violin …

DSC_2263_DxO10there … that’s more like it … here was something you don’t see everyday … a guy singing while playing the violin … Keifer sang a song about being a sinner and a saint … at the same time … it was short-lived and fun …

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we were then entertained by the sibling duo of Magoo and Micah del Mundo … they performed several songs … i really liked “Only Hope” and “Someday We’ll Know” … yey … Mandy Moore … i also liked the way they performed Jason Mraz’s “I Won’t Give Up” …

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the night’s main draw was Clara Benin … she performed covers of Phoenix/Birdy’s “1901” … Radiohead’s “high and dry” … and who does not like Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi” (don’t it always seem to go … that you don’t know what you’ve got … til’ it’s gone …)

trivia: “Big Yellow Taxi” is all about the “urbanification” of hawaii in the late 1960’s …

then Clara performed her original songs from her album “Human Eyes” … “Closure” … “Find Me” and “Dust” … it’s amazing to see that see could be so high spirited after what looked like a long day … she even confessed that she was nervous and trembling while performing …

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as it turns out … everyone who performed belonged to the same Christian church … and that they hold activities like this one every tuesday … so Clara talked about how going to church can be a joyful, creative and enlightening experience … their pastor, pastor Justin, even went the extra mile to make sure we all got invited to visit their church …

click here if you are interested about visiting the c3 church in makati …

it is always inspiring to see people who are willing to stand firm and proud for what they believe in … like that guy said in the “Sucker Punch” movie … “if you don’t stand for something … you’ll fall for anything …”

to end the night … Clara sang a personal song she wrote … it’s about remembering the Lord because He has given us so much … it was quite touching … it was simply the perfect way to end the event …

thanks for visiting … see yah soon …

thank you rachel and josh for the information …

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MINT-y Fresh … 072815

flyer MINT

Mint (definition from  www.urbandictionary.com )
1. A flavour, based on Mint leaves.
2. A hard candy of above mentioned flavor.
3. A place where coins are made.
4. Collector-speak for something in perfect condition.
5. Something cool, spiffy, sweet, excellent.

it’s not everyday that an invitation to watch music artistes perform at MINT college comes along … so when an event like this comes along … one simply has to go …

i could drone on about how classy and dope the campus is and how the MINT Playhouse is the perfect place for any music performance … but i won’t … i’ll just leave you with a link to their webpage

surprisingly … the event started exactly on time … 5pm sharp … that made things easier for those who made the effort to be early …

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first up was Clara Benin with Poch … both resident artistes of MINT college … we were treated to a mashup of “Evidence” and “Oo” followed by Clara’s original “Blameless” (click here to watch a video of the performance) … the set concluded with another Clara Benin original “Dust” …

next up were The Chimichangas … an almost all-female quartet … given to flippancy, railing and innuendo … some of their songs are kinda NSFW-ish … so here is a video of their cover of “Firewoman” which is SFW …

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The all-male The Adamant followed … the lead singer clearly wins the best-dressed male of the night award … they performed a cover of “Tayo Na Lang Dalawa” and a couple of their originals …

DSC_1577_DxO10then we had Attic Wench … they performed their originals “Hole in the White Ceiling”, “Reborn” and “Infinite” …

DSC_1583_DxO10who is this guy? why is he wearing a Guy Fawkes mask? this is a mystery that needs solving …

DSC_1595_DxO10whoever he is … he plays the guitar for “Dissonance” … “Dissonance” is a seven piece ensemble (the drummer and keyboard person are not visible in the photo) … their sound is well … “dissonant” … it filled me with existential angst and melancholy … they performed in dim red light with very little audience engagement … this added to their “dissonant” theme …

they played what seemed to be a couple of originals and a kundiman

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the name of the next band really cracks me up (until now) … “Banna Harbera” is a spoonerism of “Hanna-Barbera” … a famous cartoon studio from the last century …

DSC_1641_DxO10it is difficult to watch “Farewell Fair Weather” and not be changed … their music is simply top-notch … the soulfulness of their music and the attention to detail is just plain amazing …

DSC_1799_DxO10capping off the night was “Jensen and the Flips” … fresh from their “Honeymoon” album launch … their electronic R&B Motown sound whipped the crowd into a dance frenzy … but not me … real men don’t dance …

looking back … the night was just plain hassle-free fun … the producers simply delivered what they promised … “on time” … that’s important to me …

i loved that the MINT playhouse had beanbags instead of chairs … so everyone was chill and seated/reclined … no crowding nor tiptoeing needed to watch … just be there and enjoy the show …

i did get to see the “future of OPM” … from coffee shop music … to kundiman angst … to electronic R&B … it was something refreshing and exciting to see … i can almost see a future when our OPM artistes would have equal footing with their western counterparts … except for Taylor Swift of course …

if you’ve made it this far … thank you … now go watch Mr. Robot

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(dear sali … 013115 …)

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i saw the graphic above on twitter … so i decided to go … dialed the number … made reservations … and got the tickets … hand delivered by Sali’s manager Koji …

then i braved the quezon city payday saturday traffic to get to the cafe … little did i know then … that i would be in for a one-of-kind amazing night …

so i set up the gear … yup … there will always be gear … and sat back … and expected a run of the mill saturday night gig …

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it was full house BTW …

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first up was … kerith …

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moira dela torre followed … her song “Love Me Instead” always captures a crowd … she also performed “Chasing Rainbows” … a song which she wrote in 15 minutes …

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then we had “alasmedya” …

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something unique followed … i was expecting a musical number but we got … sofia paderes and her “spoken word” … it’s like poetry reading … without the reading … she does another “spoken word” towards the end of the show … listen to her “Letters to Burn”

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miss cathy go followed … definitely one of the highlights of the night … her performance was a rare treat because she was accompanied by guitar and violin … listen to her sing “hanggang ngayon” and “alon”

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another of the night’s surprises was the ransom collective … a six piece band … cooperative drumming … a xylophone … an electric violin … folk songs … what’s not to like? … i couldn’t make out whether the songs are scottish or irish-inspired … but i definitely enjoyed them …

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we were then treated to “coffee shop music” by clara benin … she performed her original songs “Naked”, “Dust” and “Blameless” …

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then for the night’s main event … we had the eponymous band Sali … yup … eponymous is a big word and i am using it loosely …

“Sali” is a contraction of the words “salt” and “light” … their tagline reads “we light up and add flavor to the music of this world” …

They performed the original songs “How to Take”, “So Sweet”, “Tulog Na”, “Losing This Battle”, “All I Need” and “Pikit” …

My fave of the bunch was “Losing This Battle” … Click on the link to listen to it …

The crowd favorite was “Tulog Na” … Click on the link to listen …

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Sabu is Sali’s lead singer … she has a jovial voice … and moves that teeter between theater and Broadway …

by the end of the show … we had witnessed original performances that we simply could not have seen anywhere else … there were different genres … different styles … different instruments …

it was simply refreshing to see performers doing their thing … their own thing … with no one telling them what to do … i drove away with a light headiness … because i had seen what could be done if talent was simply allowed to play itself out …

i am looking forward to the sequel of this production … the producers hinted at making it a monthly or semi-monthly affair … the only challenge i can see for them … is that the bar has been set pretty high on the very first show … that it would take a lot of work to surpass it …

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(deep fried oreos …)

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just your basic oreo cookie … dipped in corn dog batter … then deep-fried

oreo – a sandwich cookie consisting of two chocolate wafers with a sweet cream filling in between … thank you wikipedia

random oreo trivia from time.com

‘No one can confirm the true origin of the word “Oreo.” Some believe it was derived from the French word for gold, “or,” because its original packaging was mostly gold. Others have offered the hypothesis that it comes from the Greek word for mountain, perhaps because the test version of the cookie had a hill-like shape.’

freestyle kanto breakfast has kitchens at eastwood city in libis … captiolio in pasig … and in marikina …

kanto (tagalog/filipino)
noun corner; street-corner

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(grilled buttered suman with ube and chocolate ganache …)

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expand your food vocabulary … thank you wikipedia

suman – a filipino rice cake … made from glutinous rice and cooked in coconut milk … then steamed while wrapped in palm leaves

ube – purple yam

ganache – a glaze, icing, sauce, or filling for pastries made from chocolate and cream

freestyle kanto breakfast has kitchens at eastwood city in libis … captiolio in pasig … and in marikina (my flavor-ite) …

kanto (tagalog/filipino)
noun corner; street-corner

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Showing up

(nice …)

The Midnight Muse

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“Showing up is 80 percent of life.” Woody Allen

Showing up. At your job, at a meeting. Sitting down at your desk because it’s time to write.

When you feel like it or not.

When you’d much rather do anything else.

Discipline requires tremendous mental effort.

It’s the extra mile, the extra routine, the two or three hundred more words that you write.

That little extra is what really makes the difference.

Showing up when you don’t feel like it, when you just want to act lazy and sit in bed and listen to music all day long.

Success is all about showing up. That’s it.

Show up. Do your thing. Finish stuff.

It’s that easy and that hard. That simple and that complicated.

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