Blueprint vault. (at L.V. Locsin Bldg, Makati City)
Thank God for the simple pleasure of being able to witness the sunset over the city and the bay more often.
Well how could I not take a picture of this show-stopping smoked Old Fashioned. (at Niner Ichi Nana)
For a while, I had been working inside a building in global city that also housed one of the cooler offices in the metro. My other favorite office space would be that of Leo Burnett, but I digress.
I’ve always wanted to take a look inside the office of Migo which is a few floors down from where I used to work, but they had really effective security. As luck would have it, I got to know Jake — the guy who set up the office in Manila (Migo is headquartered in Taiwan), and he gave us a tour — on a Sunday!
Migo is another cool startup working to eradicate piracy by offering licensed TV shows for download to the CDE market. They license your favorite telenovelas for download at prices cheaper than pirating them, in convenient retail outlets.
You can take a look at my dimly lit phone shots below, or take a look at the professional stock photos as featured on designmilk here.
Because these beloved albums aren’t available on my premium account:
1. Ed Sheeran’s “+”
2. Ra Ra Riot’s “Beta Love”
3. Foy Vance’s “Hope”
4. Oren Lavie’s “The Opposite Side of the Sea”
Here’s a favorite Saturday brunch at Salcedo Market — keto wagyu beef shawarma salad. Super sulit at 250 bucks
|Me (on the phone):||"Dad! The elevator isn't working. I'm stuck here!"|
|Dad:||"What floor are you on?"|
|Dad:||"Can you see clearly down?"|
|Dad:||"On the 25th floor you have a 100% chance, but on the 5th floor let's say 50/50".|
I’ve been using Spotify for more than a couple of months now. It’s thanks to the fact that I work with Coca-Cola, the brand that brought Spotify to the Philippines. My colleague was able to hook us up with premium accounts to try the service out. And I must say, Spotify’s music streaming is the bee’s knees.
My phone has a measly 16gb of space, and it was such a huge relief when I no longer had to virtually lug around all those songs in my library. Thanks to the Spotify mobile app, I can listen to anything I want on 3G. The streaming is quite fast, even as I find myself commuting sometimes on the MRT.
I can listen to any song I want at will, whether it’s the latest by Ingrid Michaelson, or a cool playlist put together by other Spotify users featuring music festival lineups such as SXSW or Tomorrowland. It eliminates the wasted time and money of having to download music you’re not even sure you like yet.
This is especially important when you want to discover new music, which is always. You can summon any artist possible on a whim. And Spotify even has an app within it called Lazify, which recommends music the way Pandora does. Except it works a lot better because it’s crowdsourced through the Last.FM api.
Music discovery is also much more diverse. You can follow friends and arttists on Spotify and listen in on their playlists or what’s now playing. You can also browse through the Discovery section:
Or take a look at their recommended playlists, which changes depending on the time and the day. Like now:
At 129PhP a month, it’s a sweet deal too — absolutely more than worth it. It’s a great, consumer-focused solution to eradicating piracy and even supporting local acts in the Philippines. There’s a free option too, but you listen to advertising every once in a while or more.
I use it to zone out to Mozart at work and listen to new music similar to my well-worn favorites. For once, silence has some serious competition.
I never liked cashew brittle, but this freshly-cooked batch from the public market changed my mind. Chewy, warm, and not at all bitter. (at Coron, Palawan Town Proper)