TGIF: Ayala Triangle

Last Friday was my first time to eat in Wee Nam Kee inside the Ayala Triangle Garden complex. I am looking forward to this because of two reasons: 1) the famous dancing lights in the area (see picture), 2) free dinner of my younger sister.

The whole park is packed; could be due to the start of the weekend and the Christmas lights which is gaining attraction.

Even the restaurants located in the park are full. We have to wait.

I ordered Hainanese Chicken (steamed), their famous delicacy in Wee Nam Kee. My sister ordered broccoli in garlic and fried squid, which is also a must-try. The price is a little bit steep considering the small servings of the dishes. I hate their ice tea, a small glass but price at P40.

For ambiance, you might choose a day or night where its not crowded. But with the onset of Christmas, I guess, everyday is crowded there.

Bring your friends or family so you can enjoy the atmosphere there.

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From swords to vampires.

Finally, I finish reading A Clash Of Kings, the second book in the A Song Of Fire and Ice series by George R.R. Martin. It was challenging because it is more than 900 pages long, but it was worth it because the story is very engaging and the characters are well-defined. You can root for them, and can literally sense the filth and gore of the imaginary place. GRR Martin writes easily, can be understood, but makes his story progression likeable. Never boring.

Book 2 made enter some new characters that will intensify the plot, which we all love in Book 1 (Game of Thrones). I recommend that you read this series, and specially this book before HBO premieres its adaptation second quarter of next year.

After swords and dragons, I am currently reading another book series (book 3 in The Strain trilogy). It is The Night Eternal by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. I was able to read the first two books–The Strain, and The Fall–and this will be the closure to the story. It got me excited when I went to Fully Booked in Bonifacio High Street because they already have the hardbound copy. Last stock.

So I have no recourse but to buy it immediately, rather than wait for another time and go back. There were instances before when I do that, only to find out that the book I am aiming for is no longer available. So I don’t want that to happen. I guess, every serious reader feel the same way, too.

So far, so good on The Night Eternal. This is a different approach to what a vampire is because it is scientific/medical. You have to read the book to know what I am saying. I hope that Mr Del Toro will turn this into a movie or miniseries someday.

Black Wednesday

Today, November 2, 2011, a humpday is personally declared Black Wednesday. After going back for work from a long break, I was thrown with a bad news. My books were soak with dripping aircon water! And mind you, not one, or two, or three even. Ten books for crying out loud!

These are not your so-so books, but most of them are my all-time favorites including To Kill A Mockingbird, Gone Baby Gone, Never Let Me Go, Water For Elephants. Because there is no warm area near my office (the whole room is airconditioned), I immediately look for a place where it can get dry the soonest. The weather outside is not even cooperating. The sun is not out!

I put the soaked books in an un-occupied place where the air con is shut off, so its warm there. Besides, it is near the glass window so the heat outside seeps into the area. A dear friend suggests putting the books in a microwave. I’m in the office and we don’t have it here, so the idea is scrap. A nearby “pugon” is also ideal, but its dyahe. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the pages won’t stick, and that they only get crumpled.

Once they dry up, I might send them all to the province (home) so my mother can put them on display in her glass cabinet. Just display cause they are un-readable already. I’m also thinking of downloading their e-book edition to my Kindle so at least I have them on soft file.

The titles that were not affected.

This is ironic because just this morning, I read from the news that DepEd has declared November as the National Reading Month. Perfect, just perfect. Lesson learned. But I still can’t get over the fact that some of them are hardbound! 😦

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By the way, even if I know that the books got wet, I did not get cranky or agitated from the whole situation. It did not even piss me off, to think that I have the right to (because these are expensive books, and some are even hard bound). This might be the subtle effect of daily breathing exercises that we do at work. It is called SKY (Sudarshan Kriya Yoga).