Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Last Book Purchases for the Year.

Hmm, maybe I will wait for the January sales.

Friday, 9 December 2016

This is why we fat

It's amazing that banana leaves can be imported. Some trader went through all the bureaucratic nastiness for transporting leaves to make a little bit of profit for all involved.

Lucy Worsley is the Joanna Lumley of Historical Docudramas

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

The sort of outfit that won't even get you service at EDSA Shangri-La Hotel

The man who dropped $81M in one night of frenzied buying, among them a $57M Basquiat. Good luck getting past the door bitches of EDSA Shangri-La.....but then again he is simply dressing down whilst for most of us this is our daily get-up and minus the bank account.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

We need to defrag our mind

Very polarising politics, in Europe and the Philippines. We need to have happy thoughts. Hipster Shaun got us the best distraction.

Lego Doctor Who

Lego Beatles Yellow Submarine

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Hipster Shaun is Holding the Mulberry Bag Hostage

...unless he gets on the shopping action too. Maybe a NOMOS Tetra watch or a caliber 321 Omega Speedmaster....

Friday, 25 November 2016


Veal tripe, lamb hearts, veal liver, lamb kidneys. It's an offalfest!

Cheers! Also, #marcosmagnanakaw. Never forget.

The Power of the Red Dot Brand

Seriously. The same banana. Fits on both the Leica Sofort or the Fujifilm Instax.

Monday, 21 November 2016


Oliver the mud crab

Mudcrab from Australia, mussels and oysters from the UK, Atlantic cod ceviche, homemade aioli, French baguette, and Italian wine. World trade goods.

The aftermath.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Reasonable Horology

Sure it's not Swiss but 1. It's Made in Japan 2. It has an in-house movement. 3. It's cheap. Tempting.


Friday, 11 November 2016

Igorot Kiangan-Maranao French Fusion Dish.

Kiangan because it has lots of chilis. Maranao because of the gata, toasted coconut, tanglad, and turmeric. French because the Maillard reaction was done in Isigny butter and the dish was finished with Breton cream.  

Shrimp Ceviche

Shrimp (deshelled, deveined), Brasilian lime, Indian Onions, Thai chilis, black salt, coriander.

Marinated for 20 minutes.

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Essential Readings to Combat Pseudoscience

Kare Kare di Igorot

Roast and grind peanuts. Much work.

Then pound peanuts to a paste. Work those biceps.

Maillard reaction is necessary.

Et voila. Used 2 grams of saffron instead of achuete. Because I can.


Proper martini in Casa La Hipster Shaun is 6 parts gin to 1 parth vermouth. With cherries instead of olives. Because.

Saturday, 29 October 2016

What's in my bag, the contrived millennial look at me version.

1. 11" 256MB Macbook Air
2. 2nd generation iPad Mini 128MB
3. iWatch 1 (don't get, totally useless)
4. iPhone 6s
5. Red Fino wallet
6. 3-Pen Fino case
7. Laguiole knife
8. Lidocaine spray (marketed as ejaculation delay, but used for instant anti-pain spray)
9. Montblanc 145 notebook
10. Fujifilm XM-1 with 23mm WR lens
11. Omas Notti di Bologna M-nib fountain pen
12. Omas Milord M-nib fountain pen

No, I don't really carry all these. This is just to keep up with the pretentious and contrived EDC ("everyday carry") bullshitry. I mean who the fuck carries a folding knife in the city? For what? And you already have a smartphone, why'd you have to lug around a tablet? And a camera? Puleez! Photos are taken using phones now!

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Lechon Kawali ng Igorot

Boiled for two hours

Deep fried in corn oil

Crispy outside, soft inside. Straight to the arteries.

Friday, 21 October 2016

Anne Robinson asking the important questions...

Butter Chicken ti Igorot Photo Dump

Skin-on chicken with yoghurt, kashmiri chili, garlic, ginger, garam masala, cumin. The usual suspects.

Mix with hands and marinate.

Lots of ghee (it's butter chicken, innit?), onion, garlic, cumin, chili, fenugreek seeds, fenugreek leaves,

Add tomatoes and almonds. Cook and simmer.

Blend to a smooth paste.


Fry marinated chicken in lots of ghee

Get that maillard reaction going. Then add the sauce and simmer.

Usual masala stir fry with peas and add crumbled paneer.


Fill with paneer mix and grill!

Homemade butter chicken garnished with coriander. It was creamy enough from the butter and almonds, didn't add cream this time.

Grilled paneer stuffed peppers.

Add mango lassi, roti and raita. There's no need to make the roti yourself if there's actually someone with a mud oven nearby making them.