Monday, November 27, 2006

Welcome to my Office



In my line of work having a corner office with a big window is an affirmation of one's success. I had been to a few stunning law offices. I am always reminded of what my late father used to say: a nice big office along with a flashy car and perhaps a Rolex watch can give a lawyer "the edge." Clients cannot see through a lawyer's skull, so tangible manifestations of a successful legal practice are very important to leave an impression on the client.

For years I believe in it, but was not able to achieve having a nice law office. Office space in Manila is just too prohibitive for a solo practitioner like me. Yet I am lucky that most of my clients have provided office space and capable secretaries. Never the corner office (with a big window) of my dreams. As such i would often bring my work home - anyway i am connected to my clients and secretaries by phone, sms, fax and email (the blessings of the 21st century Lawyer).

Soon I realized that my companeros in corner offices with big windows would pay dearly to be in my shoes: working at home with all it perks. Fresh air, no traffic, my cute kids, lutong bahay, eat bulaga and longer zzzzzzz time.

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Saturday, November 25, 2006

A day at the "other Shooting Range"


For two days i had been shooting. I know when i say this most of my friends would think that i have emptied several clips of 9mm bullets at the gun range and my wife have scolded me again for burning money. But they can all sigh in relief. I was in "the other shooting range".

Thanks to my cousin Ces Carpio-Laigo of Elan Models, i was given a break to shoot her stunning fashion models. I am joined by my photographer friends who thankfully are patient enough to believe in my plans. It was actually painstakingly frustrating as we were shooting cripple. We do not have a decent studio, regular makeup artist and stylist. Ces who arrived midway during the shoot brought us to fashion school with her magnificent advice on model poses and pouts. Ces, youre the man...este woman pala!

Today, we shot at a very nice studio, DIP at the Astoria Suites. I was really a joy to experience the real fashion shooting work. We had two beautiful models - Nikki and Trixie. Nikki - oh my goodness..the girl is naturally bubbly and truly a sight to see. Trixie reminds me of Paulina Porizkova in her youth. Wow...i cant believe im quoting supermodels of the 80s when Ces and I were both in our diapers and entangled in our childish games in Iloilo City (Ces studied high school at my alma mater, Assumption Convent-Iloilo City). Now she is guiding us through the door of the fashion world. We owe you a lot, my fashionable cousin!

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Saturday, November 04, 2006

Getting Better at Photography

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Thursday, November 02, 2006

My First Chicken Adobo

They say personal exigencies bring out one's best. As I found myself without any household help, I tried to feed myself with meals straight from the Purefoods or Century tuna factories. I was reeling from the after taste of tincan delicacies. It was driving me wild. I was Tintingtoy already! I always hated eating canned food on a regular basis- it was getting bland and and surely unhealthy.

With my grumbling stomach, i raided thee ref to scout for food. Good heavens! There are few cuts of chicken in the freezer. Thoughts raced in my head on how to cook it. Will be the usual oven toaster roasted chicken? Fried Chicken ala Andro? I wanted something different now- a dish whose preparation has eluded for sometime - Chicken Adobo. So I consulted the all knowing guru in the house - my Pldt Vibe internet connection. I surfed for the Chicken Adobo recipe and was surprised to see several -even those coming from non-Filipinos. After viewing several sites, i settled with this recipe (of course, with my own modifications):

Chicken Adobo

4 slices of chicken wings
1 cup of Soy Sauce
1/2 cup of Vinegar
2 cloves of garlic
2 table spoon of white sugar
1/4 moderately sliced onions
2 slices of fresh ginger
2 bay leaves
Dash of Pepper and Salt (but i desisted from putting salt)

1.) Place chicken in pan.
2.) Add 2 cloves of garlic and 2 slices of ginger.
3.) Add onion, bay leaves, soy sauce, white vinegar and dash of pepper.
4.) cook at 350 degrees for 20 minutes
5.) reduce heat to 150 degrees for 20 minutes.

I served the dish hot with steamed rice and ice cold diet Coke.Sarap!

My guinea pig Arik (thats my doctor bro) agreed that its a usually good Chicken adobo dish!Knowing Arik, I know I got my Chicken Adobo recipe made!

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