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Save Me…

Disappearing acts. A bad habit, something I picked up along the way.

When everything around you collapses, you run for cover.

I came to understand the reasons behind the solitude. A retreat from the real world into my world, trying to keep myself intact…

I haven’t found the will to be…a better person, a better companion. I wish I could have been better, but I’m not. I am what I am.

Leave…save yourself and leave.

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Sunburn
Fuel

The sky was dark this morning
Not a bird in the trees
And silence hung suspicious and anxious
Like a blanket covered scream

And you were gone
You were not there for me
And I cursed the sky and begged the sun to
Fall all over me
This life’s not living, baby
Living ain’t free
If I can’t find my way back to me
Let the sun fall down over me
Let the sun fall down

All my friends are searching
Quiet, desperately
Look into their eyes you’ll see the faithless crying
Save me, save me, save me

And what are they to feel
And who are they to be
And what am I to do with, do with me, but let the sun
Fall all over me
This life’s not living, baby
Living ain’t free
If I can’t find my way back to me
Let the sun fall down over me
Let the sun fall down

Until my eyes cry out
‘Til my head is free from doubt
‘Til my lungs sigh right out
‘Til I’m wiser

Let the sun
Fall all over me
This life’s not living, baby
Living ain’t free
If I can’t find my way back to me
Let the sun fall down over me
Let the sun fall down

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Drawn Out
Dishwalla

so the lines are lost
on the smallest details
of the life that we tossed
pushed out over the rail

and the wounds run deep
through the one man so bad
he’s fallen beneath
the touch of your hand

and its all drawn out
there’s nothing inside
and nothing to hold
nothing to find
its wearing’ me out
this feeling inside
I’m all drawn out

and the promise we break it
and the reasons we fake it
bring us farther apart
from the love that we make

as the poisonous time
leaves us gasping for air
we run for the past
but were already there

and its all drawn out
there’s nothing inside
and nothing to hold
nothing to find
and its wearing me out
this feeling inside
and its all drawn out
its all drawn out
I’m all drawn out

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Home
Dishwalla

I’m so sick and tired
of all these things
that drag me down
I’ve got no where to go

They say that life
is in these hands
you give everything
you give yourself away you give

You give and still you choke
and find yourself running for the door

come and take me
home

lead me to your door
take me where you are
lead me to your door
at least just for a while

its some kind of life
forever days
we’re in the cold
unfamiliar way

so take this fear
and fade it out
it won’t make me sad
cause I get sentimental lord

in other ways
and I don’t want to let me down here anymore

so come and take me
home

lead me to your door
take me where you are
lead me to your door
and let me in
just let me in
and let me leave
just let me leave this world
come on now let me leave this world
at least just for a while

August 26, 2009 at 2:53 am Leave a comment

A good meal for 2 under P500! Coral Garden!

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Sunday afternoon, Me and the group were supposed to do our TV commercial shoot. We had food, water, other beverages, the crew…but alas, we didn’t have all the elements in place. So, our director, Direk Edong, herded us all up, said a few words and called for a pack up.

Due to the disappointing turn of events, I needed good comfort food to salvage what was left of my day.

Me and my foodie buddy Toni were on the road, it was about time for dinner, and we were thinking of a restaurant to wash our worries away…and then it came to me, my mouth started to water at the mere mention of the name…CORAL GARDEN! So off to Libis we went!

Coral Garden brings me back to my college days where my good friend Mark would take a “break” (that’s his term for cutting class) from his hectic college schedule and bring me along to eat at the original outlet in Banawe. He introduced me to what has become, ever since, one of my favorite Chinese restaurants in the Metro.

Me and my foodie companion were kind of short on money to splurge on the big ticket items, but we just had enough to order the CORAL GARDEN favorites!


CORAL SOUP, P50 per cup

We ordered the Coral Soup to start. It is a hot and sour soup with egg, tofu, vegetables, and mushrooms. And in true Chinese restaurant style service, the soup came in less than 10 minutes. And the cups were empty in less than that.


CORAL FRIED RICE, P50 per cup

For our main course, we ordered a cup of Coral Fried Rice each and the Coral Chicken. Coral Fried Rice is basically Yang Chow Fried Rice with the addition of Chorizo! Coral Chicken is fried chicken with vegetables swimming in a savory brown gravy.


CORAL FRIED CHICKEN, 1/2 portion, P260

The fried rice is a great combination with the tender chicken and the deliciously savory gravy. The chorizo with the fried rice gives a nice sweet surprise to each spoonful you take in.

The branch in Libis has two floors. We ate at the ground floor, cozy, warm, and comfortable. The second floor can accommodate bigger groups, whole families, and parties. Service is fast and friendly enough.

Our meal for two was definitely value for money under P500. I think we will be back to try out the Fried Noodles with Crab Sauce, and the Beef in Oyster Sauce…mouthwatering indeed! I can’t wait for my next CORAL GARDEN comfort food stop!

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August 24, 2009 at 5:39 am Leave a comment

At Last! CHARLIE’S GRIND and GRILL! And my first ever food blog :)

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So here it is! My very first food blog!

As i sit here writing and fulfilling one of my long overdue projects, biting into my leftover Philly Cheese Steak, (we ordered more than we can chew really but more on that later) I present to you…CHARLIE’S GRIND and GRILL!

I first came across this place from Anton Diaz’s site www.ourawesomeplanet.com and by the way he reviewed the food, I knew we had to try it.

Located on West Capitol Drive, Brgy. Kapitolyo, Charlie’s Grind and Grill is a quaint Burger and Cheese Steak joint, but let me tell you, there is nothing quaint or small about their food.

You choose from available items on their blackboard menu and order it all from their outside counter. We chose to have of course, the STARVING serving of the Philly Cheese Steak, Chili and Cheese Dog, and a an order of fries.


While eagerly awaiting for our orders to arrive, I set up our table with the available condiments.


We sat inside, fully air conditioned, well lit, and clean. Friendly wait staff were at the ready and on call.



Chili and Cheese Dog, Single Portion, P140

First to arrive was our Chili and Cheese Dog served with roughly diced onions on the side. As you can see, I couldn’t wait to dive in! If it wasn’t for Toni who reminded me to take a picture of it first, I would’ve gone through the hot dog in a few minutes. And she did not hesitate as well in taking a picture of me taking a bite out of it!

The hot dog is juicy from end to end, chili and cheese is great, and I like that they served the raw onions on the side because I like to take my raw onions in just small doses.

Cheese Steak, Starving Portion, P390

Next up was the Starving serving of the Cheese Steak! The Cheese Steak is served with salsa and Jalapeños on the side! I love Jalapeños! The menu boasted of Triple A Batangas Beef so we were expecting the best. They did not disappoint and we were surprised as well at the size of the serving!

I could imagine that the Starving portion can feed at least 3 or at most 4 people! Topped with bell peppers, caramelized onions, and cheese sauce the sandwich is as good as I pictured it. And they did not skimp on the beef. That is a deep sandwich. Wonderful wonderful!

I only wish that they would finely chop the Jalapeños so you can evenly spread it across your sandwich and have Jalapeño bits with each bite. Maybe I can request that for next time.

Hand Cut Fries, P60

Of course, what’s a Burger joint without the fries. Crispy on the outside and mushy on the inside, served with ketchup. A nice side dish to round out the meal!

Good thing we arrived a bit early, around 7pm, because by the time we finished at about 8pm, people were streaming in and almost all the tables were taken already.

Overall, it was a very good meal, and the best Philly Cheese Steak I’ve had so far. We’ve tried Elbert’s Cheese Steaks at Rockwell. Charlie’s Grind and Grill has a fuller and bigger serving at almost the same prices as Elbert’s. Charlie’s would be #1 in my book and Elbert’s a close #2.

So, as I finish up writing this food blog entry, about to take my last perfect bite of my leftover Philly Cheese Steak with that last bit of Jalapeño, (which is still good by the way with all the juices already absorbed by the bread, drool, I want more) I would like to say cheers to Anton Diaz for giving me the inspiration to pursue this small project of mine and introducing me to the best Philly Cheese Steak in town!


Thank you to my constant foodie companion, Toni. We will definitely go back to try the Angus Beef Burger!

Until the next food trip!

Here’s to good food, fine wine, and great company!

KevinSteady

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August 16, 2009 at 5:49 pm Leave a comment

From North to South…Travel Photos.

Photographs taken from some of my travels around beautiful Philippines.

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August 15, 2009 at 5:54 am Leave a comment

DJ Aryan’s latest MIXTAPE now available for FREE DOWNLOAD!

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Get it now! GIVING JUSTICE (The Forgotten Tracks) PART 3. Follow this link:

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21 FRESH TRACKS that DJ ARYAN likes but are not in his Club Sets. This is the 3RD PART and still more justice to be given to future tracks.

If you still don’t have parts 1 & 2, just go to http://www.djaryanmagat.com or http://www.vibemanila.com.

Here’s the track list:
1) Best I Ever Had (remix) – Drake feat. Teairra Mari
2) Turnin’ Me On (remix) – Keri Hilson feat. Twista, T-Pain & Lil Wayne
3) Run This Town – Jay-Z, Kanye West & Rihanna
4) Double Safety Lately – Sean Paul
5) Im Goin In – Drake feat. Lil Wayne & Young Jeezy
6) Look At It Don’t Grab It – Young Blaze feat. Beyonce
7) Obsessed (remix) – Mariah Carey feat Gucci Mane
8) Be With You – Akon feat. Will Pan
9) I Wanna Touch You – Colby O’Donnis
10) Everybody Knows – John Legend
11) Everybody’s Changing (Keane cover) – Taio Cruz
12) Can We Be – Drake feat. Marleik
13) What Your Man Don’t Know – Ron Brownz
14) Ready To Go – Scratch feat. Kanye West & Consequence
15) Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say) – Lady Gaga
16) Poppin’ – Jojo
17) Hey Yo – Brooke Hogan feat Colby O’Donnis
18) Whatever Happens – Nicole Scherzinger
19) Leave The Club – Ray Luv
20) Light My Fire – Mr.Capone-E feat Snoop Dogg
21) Stay Out My Phone – Pitbull feat Triple J

Pass it forward! Enjoy!

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August 13, 2009 at 5:36 pm Leave a comment

CORY! By WORD OF THE LOURD.

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CORY! By WORD OF THE LOURD.

Another piece by Lourd de Veyra.

I was actually thinking about doing 10 minute episodes for my online shows, but after seeing the TV5 channel on YOUTUBE and their less than 5 minute episodes, I believe that their format will be better for the really really short attention span of online viewers.

Quick, to the point, concise, and sweet!

And taking an expression from good friend Mish, I would like to say “WYLD!”.

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August 12, 2009 at 7:59 am Leave a comment

CORY! By WORD OF THE LOURD.

CORY! By WORD OF THE LOURD.

Another piece by Lourd de Veyra.

I was actually thinking about doing 10 minute shows, but after seeing the TV5 channel and their less than 5 minute shows, I believe that this will be better for the really really short attention span of online viewers.

To the point, concise, and sweet!

And taking an expression from good friend Mish, I would like to say “WYLD!”.

August 12, 2009 at 7:59 am Leave a comment

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