The Pinay New Yorker recommends: Bikoy.net

I’ve been meaning to do a blog on other Pinoy blogs, but now I realize too many other bloggers are doing that, and it’s so time consuming.  (Entering my daily rants and raves here alone takes up so much time — I have to concede I don’t have the energy to undertake that ambitious project.)  However, I’ve taken to surfing for worthy blogs and lo and behold, after a series of clicks from this and that blog, I landed on Bikoy.net, the unpretentious blog of a 17-year old who, as his tagline says, “has been blogging since he was 12”.  (Hmmm.. the kid beat me to blogging, but I’ve had an online presence since 1997.. that’s the reason why my UIN on ICQ is only 6 digits.)

I liked his blog because his grammar is correct, he spells right, he’s from UP (like me), he’s also an Atenean (like me) — but academic pedigree aside, Bikoy (I hope he doesn’t mind me calling him by his monicker,) is one intelligent young man who doesn’t indulge in text speak which can be very irritating to read when you’re not reading it from your cellphone.  And as I wrote as a comment to his post “Where are we situated in this order?” :

Your blog is a refreshing take on the Pinoy perspective on anything and everything under the sun. I must say I take my hat off to you not just because you write coherently but because you also show that there’s a thinker in there. I have been bloghopping and trying to find a young Pinoy writer’s blog to read, but have been very disappointed and frustrated with much of what I have seen. Hey, we try.. but you, Bikoy, are doing something you should keep at until there is nothing more to write about. Digicam or no digicam, just keep blabbing. You will find in time that all these things you write about and the fact that you bothered to write about them will help shape who you will become after you leave the shelter of school and make your mark in the world out there. Keep writing!

While I was tempted to answer his question and go back to my UP frame of mind of days of old, I was just so happy to find a young person’s blog worth putting in my blogroll.  I’m glad to make your acquaintance, Bikoy, and I hope to one day be able to say after watching some obra that I knew Bikoy way back when he was an upstart in UP studying film.

Now I know what a Lunch Break is!

In my previous life (with the old boss), I would get her food and mine and diligently sit by my desk ready to pick up the phone, attend to the e-mail or continue working on the rush project that was needed yesterday.  Today, I actually had a lunch break (!) and took that trip to Manhattan, did my errands, grabbed lunch and then headed back to the office — and I did it in all of an hour and fifteen minutes.  That, to me, was quite a feat, considering I had to take a 15-minute ride via subway both ways.

I did manage to take pictures of the New York Public Library which I will post tomorrow. 

Meanwhile, someone’s been driving me nuts among the boss’s direct reports — and tonight the boss said that he shouldn’t be using me anyway for those administrative duties.  I didn’t have to say anything in protest — I guess it’s just the boss exercising his prerogative as the head honcho.

I’m thinking of doing a side trip to the grocery on the way home.  While I’m doing a Fresh Direct delivery (that’s a grocery home delivery service operating in select areas of New York) on Saturday, I’m thinking I won’t wait and just grab a few essentials like Angel’s Gerber.  (He’s doing a tub of Stage 2 fruit after every meal.)  It would’ve been so much easier if the neighborhood grocery carried Gerber — but as it turns out, it’s the bigger grocery (which is ala Unimart) which carries it, and the one I usually go to is reachable by car, but quite a stretch by bus.  Of course I can always do it over the weekend — he is quite covered until Sunday — but then again, I have a One-Day Funpass which allows me to take unlimited rides on the bus and subway.

Time to clean up and get out of here.  I’ve printed Mom’s daily dose of news from Manila courtesy of the online version of The Philippine Star, and I’m good to go.  I want to do more work with my scrapbook and hopefully get a full layout done by the weekend.  I can’t believe it’s almost a year since I went on that trip, and I haven’t finished the scrapbook yet.  I’m doing it a day at a time.. and this day in Paris is taking me a couple of weeks to put together. HA!

A trip to the Grand Central Market in Pictures

There are perks to not having Alan around, and one of them is being able to go about taking a slight detour on the way home to do some of the things I like.  So I grabbed my camera as planned and I found myself at Grand Central Station in Manhattan, perched myself on the stairwell leading to Charlie Palmer’s METRAZUR restaurant and clicked away.

I was experimenting with the continuous shots function of my camera, the night scene light adjustment option, and taking shots with and without a flash.

The pictures you see below were culled from a selection of around 3 dozen shots.  As you can see, I discarded 3 for every shot I chose to keep.  Due to the absence of flash, some of the pictures tended to absorb too much light and tracked movement showing blurry lines and images.  The camera also tended to focus on one point in the picture which may have remained clear, but blurred everything else that moved around it.  To “repair” or highlight this effect, I doctored the first picture to show it in black and white which I think improved it’s visual quality.

I’m no professional photographer.  I’m just another New Yorker having fun with my digital camera on a regular day in the big apple.  Like most people, I was a little shy in taking some of the shots I took.  There were times when I moved the camera away from the object I was focusing on too early leading to less than desirable pictures.  Still, I’m pretty happy with my first photo essay on Grand Central Station.

It’s another beautiful day in New York and I’m actually stepping out for lunch to try and catch a glimpse of my favorite edifice on Fifth Avenue — the New York Public Library.  Literally a hop, skip and a jump away from where I am right now, I’m heading out in a while to try and capture glorious New York while having lunch at one of the first places that I “oooohhhed” and “ahhhhed” over when I first explored Manhattan back in 2000.

People moving in a blur through Grand Central Station in New York

There are perks to not having Alan around, and one of them is being able to go about taking a slight detour on the way home to do some of the things I like.  So I grabbed my camera as planned and I found myself at Grand Central Station in Manhattan, perched myself on the stairwell leading to Charlie Palmer’s METRAZUR restaurant and clicked away.

I was experimenting with the continuous shots function of my camera, the night scene light adjustment option, and taking shots with and without a flash.

The pictures you see below were culled from a selection of around 3 dozen shots.  As you can see, I discarded 3 for every shot I chose to keep.  Due to the absence of flash, some of the pictures tended to absorb too much light and tracked movement showing blurry lines and images.  The camera also tended to focus on one point in the picture which may have remained clear, but blurred everything else that moved around it.  To “repair” or highlight this effect, I doctored the first picture to show it in black and white which I think improved it’s visual quality.

I’m no professional photographer.  I’m just another New Yorker having fun with my digital camera on a regular day in the big apple.  Like most people, I was a little shy in taking some of the shots I took.  There were times when I moved the camera away from the object I was focusing on too early leading to less than desirable pictures.  Still, I’m pretty happy with my first photo essay on Grand Central Station.

It’s another beautiful day in New York and I’m actually stepping out for lunch to try and catch a glimpse of my favorite edifice on Fifth Avenue — the New York Public Library.  Literally a hop, skip and a jump away from where I am right now, I’m heading out in a while to try and capture glorious New York while having lunch at one of the first places that I “oooohhhed” and “ahhhhed” over when I first explored Manhattan back in 2000.

People moving in a blur through Grand Central Station in New York

The Grand Central clock in the middle of it all — a favorite landmark that serves as a meeting place for people trying to find each other in the hustle and bustle of the daily commute

 

The interior main entrance to the GRAND CENTRAL MARKET

Decisions!  Decisions!  Murray’s Cheese — your best bet for any cheese you might need to cook, to serve as an appetizer or for hours d’ouvres, dessert (as the French do), or as a cooking ingredient

 

Turo-turo New York Style at WILD EDIBLES — my personal favorite: Sesame Seared Tuna with Asian Citrus Dipping Sauce.  (Picked up one for my dinner and a serving of Tuna Pasta Salad for Mom)  At $9.99 a serving, it’s a little pricey but filling unless you’re hungry as a horse.  Even shared it with Mom so she could try it.  Makes the sashimi more palatable for those who have an aversion to eating raw tuna because the sides of the Tuna are cooked and crusted with sesame seeds.  Truly yummy!

Turo-turo for a party — you can pick up the appetizer and main course here — salads to dips to actual servings of chicken, beef or salmon (as shown on the lower right hand corner) to serve your guests.  Very expensive but works well if you don’t have the time to cook and would like to impress!

 

A breathtaking work of art atop the exit to Lexington Avenue — an upside down tree adorned with crystals hanging above the entryway.  (I would love to take a second picture with the sunlight streaming into the Market from the windows you can see behind the tree.)