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HOB: The House of Bulalugaw

The best things in life most of the time happen when you least expect it. House of Bulalugaw definitely falls under that category.

After an afternoon of hanging out at Burn's house three Fridays ago (and a ~*~turbo chicken~*~ just for us three haha), going home to Makati became such a pain in the ass (Friday night + pay day ugh), I decided to tag along with them to Project 4 in Quezon City.

Of course, I was hesitant to go with them at first because (a) I was still in yesterday's clothes, (b) I was really sleepy, (c) I had plans of doing my laundry that night and (d) I was still in yesterday's clothes. But I guess it seemed to be a better idea that time to go somewhere else than just to stand in the middle of Kalayaan for hours hoping a kind cab driver would brave the city traffic and drive me home without asking for additional PhP70 or something.

When we arrived, their friends that we're supposed to meet there weren't there. Burn and Muffet immediately assumed they were in Bulalugaw. That's the first time I've heard of that word (and the place) and quite honestly, it doesn't sound very appetizing because it kept reminding me of the word baluga. Sorry. I'm just being honest here. LOL. But of course I understood the word play there, it was a combination of the words bulalo (bone marrow soup?) and lugaw (porridge).

It's a hole-in-the-wall type of place situated in a residential neighborhood. I just remember seeing a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints beside it and a huge billboard on the backdrop (which was supposed to be already Katipunan according to Muffet), I'm geographically challenged so I'll just put their address at the end of this post.

It wasn't Burn's first time there so he was already greeted by the owner, Alvin Bernales, upon our arrival, and asked for a serving of Bulalugaw. "First time?" was Sir Alvin's first question to both me and Muffet, and he immediately suggested we order their Bustek, which apparently is a must-try for the House of Bulalugaw newbies, also hinting that it's best eaten with rice. 

I kind of died inside a little bit because I CAN'T HAVE RICE. I haven't had rice in a long while and I won't let this Bustek thing break me down! Hahaha. That's why I haven't eaten Monggo with Tilapia, Sinigang na Liempo and Adobong Pusit for the longest time because they are best eaten with rice. So we stood by our decision not to have the rice. Then Sir Alvin went ahead and made my life a little harder when he told us he'll keep it as a hanging offer just in case we changed our minds. Hahahaha. He was that confident. I have to admit I was a little scared to think that the Bustek was that delicious. DAMN IT.

Jeffrey Michael Austin

There's just something about Chicago-based artist and musician Jeffrey Michael Austin's I'm Not Worried About You. Perhaps it was the contrasting message that was almost painful to look at. This particular installation was created using nails, thread and wood.

The artwork showcases a s…

Arbitrary Theory


Cue James Morrison's You Give Me Something. <3

Loops & Links

Here's a round-up of this week's interesting Internet finds:

1. End of the world cinema: A random movie theater that never once screened a film in the middle of a desert. The photos are hauntingly beautiful. Read full story here.

2. L’instant qui précède, which translates to…

Shelf Life

I admit that I'm not much of a reader when I was young. The first novel I was able to finish was Sidney Sheldon's The Naked Face. I was so into the suspense/mystery theme of that booked, it got me hooked on reading books ever since. I began reading classics since then as well. I also have …

Baguio 2013: Ketchup Food Community

To conclude blogging about our first trip to Baguio last year, I've consolidated the last 2 days because the highlight of those days were eating at Ketchup Food Community (also, seeing Peso Movement perform at Nostalgia Bar. Heeeeheee.)

(Backtrack: Day 1: Glenn 50's Diner, Tam-Awan Village, ZOLA Cafe)
(Backtrack: Day 2: Cafe by the Ruins, Oh My Gulay, Harrison Road night market, Pizza Volante)

I didn't know about Ketchup until it was suggested to us by Muffet's friends. I haven't been to Baguio for so long, I honestly had no idea where to go or what place to try. We had a standing rule last year that we had to always try something new in terms of the place where we would eat. So when Ketchup was brought to our attention, we immediately went there the next day.

It was described to us as a sort of a food court, a cluster of different restaurants, each with different cuisines to offer.

Truth Thursdays: I Wish You Would Say

Most days, there's nothing more I wish you'd say than, "It's all in your head."

Because most probably, it is. But there are times when I tend to blur the lines. If we have the ability to permit another person to access what's on our minds for short periods of time, I woul…

Favorite Things #21

1. The House of Bulalugaw's Bustek.  One of the best things I've eaten this weekend. Will be blogging about it soon. You have to try it. Seriously.
2. Awesome weekend with the awesomest people!
3. Finally making it home. (Haha. After 2 days!)
4. Impromptu breakfast with the bestfriend, Nat…


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Arbitrary Theory


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I am standing in line inside this coffee shop a few blocks from where I work. It was the usual scene. Busy bodies, the air smelled like caffeine, light background music and the stream of sunlight penetrating through the windows. It was just like any given morning.

This certain song pla…

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Life has changed so much. I bet if I would come across my past se…