Dinner With Rodrin and Adjeng

Finally! After not going out together for eight months, we meet again. This time, they treated us to a nice dinner at Galileo Enoteca restaurant, located in one of the non-main streets of Mandaluyong. It's a nice, cozy place. Charming ambience, great food.

Adjeng and Rodrin, our friends

Menu. I like that the place also offers individual set Italian meals - an appetizer, plate of cold cuts, salad and the main course. That makes it attractive for first-timers to sample what the place has to offer.

Dex and me. Munching on cheeses, cold cuts, and bread, with wine

Group pic. As you can see, the dining tables are surrounded with walls holding packs and bottles of Italian food and ingredients. It made the ambience homey for me, a nice place to just hang out and talk with friends. Minimal, if any, background music, which I prefer on nights like this.

Porcini Risotto. It has truffle oil. I love the taste and texture. Creamy, but not too much, and the mushrooms were perfect.

Pasta with Porcini Mushrooms. (Adjeng, where's the pic of the Chicken Breast w/ Pesto? Nakalimutan mo ba kasi nag-dive ka na agad? Hehehe joke!)

Tartufo for dessert. Dark chocolate ice cream. Yum!

Panna Cotta for dessert, too.


Yehey! Thanks again Rodrin and Adjeng, the night was lovely. Let's do this again soon, and also try out places we haven't been to.

All photos courtesy of Adjeng.

We received these from them too:

For Dex
wild at heart

For me

For me from Adjeng
pocket bible

Thanks Rodrin and Adjeng!

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Porcupines and Solidarity

From the blog of Paulo Coehlo.

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Reader Alvaro Conegundes tells that during the ice age many animals died because of the cold. Seeing this situation, the porcupines decided to group together, so they wrapped up well and protected one another.

But they hurt one another with their thorns, and so then they decided to stay apart from one another.

They started to freeze to death again. So they had to make a choice: either they vanished from the face of the earth or they accepted their neighbor’s thorns.

They wisely decided to stay together again. They learned to live with the small wounds that a very close relationship could cause, because the most important thing was the warmth given by the other.

And in the end they survived.

More Lee Hom Wang clips from HKPO Concert

I mentioned in my last post that I'll be posting the other videos, specifically Descendants of the Dragon and A Simple Song. So here they are:

Descendants of the Dragon - arranged by JD Villanueva

A Simple Song - arranged by me Happy

Thanks, Clarissa! Happy

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Lee Hom Wang clips from HKPO Concert

Arranging for the HKPO and Lee Hom Wang has been a great experience for me, and I hope there'll be more gigs of this kind Happy what a great way to end the year 2008.

My arrangements: (I also did A Simple Song but couldn't find the video)

Falling Leaf Returns to Its Root (Luo Ye Gui Gen)

Heroes of Earth (Gai Shi Ying Xiong)

This is one of Gerard's arrangements. The other two were Jingle Bell Rock and Last Night.

Open Your Heart (Fang Kai Ni De Xin)

This one is Marvin's (as well as Forever Love)

Mi Mancherai

I couldn't find JD's yet, will update this as soon as I do.

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