It’s Friday night and I’m hanging out with Charmaine and her workmates here in their Makati office. There’s home-cooked food and lots of beer, so naturally there’s also the quintessential Filipino pastime: the videoke. From where I sit here in my wife’s cubicle, I can hear somebody belting out a Michael Learns to Rock song outside. Later – or when I’m inebriated enough – I’ll go there and cover CCR’s “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” Meanwhile, I’ll stay here and listen to Yngwie Malmsteen and his amazing fingers.



Seeing a nice-looking girl was the last thing I had in mind when I went to Booksale in Farmers Plaza earlier on my way to work. But there she was, innocently browsing through stacks of used Dennis Lehanes, Robert Parkers, Tony Hillermans, Michael Crichtons, Judith Krantzs, Dean Koontzs…

Impressive legs. I hope she didn’t mind me staring.

Also saw Daiana of Eat Bulaga later in our office building. She looks prettier on TV.