Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Sunday, August 27, 2006
Photography While Driving
Friday, August 25, 2006
Nando's Peri-Peri Chicken
The usual recipe is hot and spicy but you can always order for a grille with lemon and herb marinade. Then you can control how hot you want it to be with the peri-peri sauce. They have 2 kinds - hot and mild. But let me say that the mild sauce is still hot. Chicken is juicy and tasty. We always order breast and well done because the inner meat of the thigh does not cook very well. You can order for chicken only 1/4, 1/2 or whole chicken. If you decide to go for the set meal, the chicken will be served with your choice of two side dishes - rice, coleslaw, grilled vegetables and chips to choose from. The rice is nice and complements the chicken very well but I've been trying to eat light nowadays so I usually order a quarter chicken and 1 Potuguese roll.
Lemon & herb marinated quarter chicken with Portuguese roll.
Nando's Peri-Peri Chicken has been a favourite restaurant of ours since our first arrival in Doha. We have held many celebrations here - birthdays, anniversary's, triumphs, promotions, salary raise or simply because it's a weekend.
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Souq Al Asiery - Pilipino Souq to Pinoys
A line of shops in the Pilipino Souq selling Pilipino products. Pilipino Bakery being the most prominent one because of its famous siopao, hopia, and pandesal products.
I don't really know why. But whenever I go to a new country, for work or short visit, I'm always glad to see a fellow Pilipino. And even more glad to know where they all hang out. Here in Doha, you'll find them everywhere. Malls, restaurants . . . parks. But if you've just landed in Doha and have no idea how or where to start, the Souq Al Asiery, otherwise known as the Pilipino Souq, would be the best place to go.
Looking to the other end, there's more shops. Here you can see the Pilipino Food Stuff grocery.
Arabic food may be strange to new comers so they would really look for familiar tastes. There are several eateries and restaurants serving Pilipino food within the area. One of them is called "Pilipino Bakery" which is popular not only for the meals but also for its siopao and other Pilipino style bread. They sell pandesal, mongo bread, and even hopia.
My wife inside Manila Supermarket. Notice the Doritos and Chippy in the background - they're all from the Philippines.
Monday, August 21, 2006
Spam In Your Cellphone: My Rant
How would you feel during such an event? How do I feel about such an event??? I feel irritated and have wasted a good deal of my precious time. Not only that, they have eaten up a good portion of my Inbox space and now I have to waste time deleting unwanted messages. Why would I care for a new car when I don't need one, or worse, for teen girls from the other side of the world who want to have sex with me? Will they come to my place at their own expense? No I don't want any of those things that the spammers advertise to me.
Spam has been there since the electronic mail was invented, I think. Fortunately, people recognize that this is a problem and measures are being made to control them, if not totally eradicate them. Of course, spammers are developing new ways of getting their ads to your Inbox but there are also those who are countering their attacks.
And I'm fine with that. BUT WHAT ABOUT MY PHONE???
Telemarketing has been around for quite some time. You know, those people who call you on your land line and are really friendly and then suddenly push you into buying their products. I find it annoying most of the time because I get interrupted from what I am doing whenever I have to rush to pick up the phone only to hear a stranger sweet-talk me into buying something from him. I suppose telemarketing is more common in the US than anywhere int he world. My brother get so many in a day that his whole family has gone into the habit in letting the answering machine to answer the call even when they are there. They'd pick up the phone only when they recognize the caller. Well that looks like an easy solution to me. How about text message (or SMS as more popularly known in some parts of the world) advertisements? How do you stop those?
Not long after text messaging became mainstream, advertisers recognized its potential as another medium to promote their products. It couldn't be any easier, just compose a standard ad campaign and text it to every single mobile phone there is. What annoys me more is that the network provider encourages it. Some even offer "business SMS" at cheaper rates. Just apply for this plan and the network provider will take care of sending the message to every subscriber they have - indiscriminately! I know that's big business for them, the SMS advertisers and the network provider. I know it doesn't cost me anything, BUT it does not benefit me, the paying customer. In fact it disturbs me especially during a peaceful solitude of relaxation. I don't think it's right for the network provider to disclose your mobile number to advertisers.
Another thing that annoys me is that the network provider sends their own spam as well, advertising special promos thru text message. And that, despite all of their aggressive media campaign. C'mon, I have a cell phone to stay connected. It does not mean that I am out of touch with the world.
Saturday, August 19, 2006
Our Nissan X-Trail - Ageing Gracefully
Thursday, August 17, 2006
3G Arrives in Doha
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
I've Got 3G Mobile Internet . . . Finally!
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
My Job's Simple Rewards
Sunday, August 13, 2006
Biella - Great Food, But What Is It?
I am not quite sure what to make of my dining experience at Biella Café Pizzeria Ristorante, located at the ground floor of The Mall in Doha, Qatar - just opposite Chili's. I mean, I think the food is nice but the serving is not enough; the place was cozy but the waiters annoy me; the menu has a wide variety of choices but they are pricey.
The restaurant entrance, mall side. Glass partitions and blue theme looked inviting.
Before I walked in, I found the entrance rather inviting with glass, blue hues and all that stuff. Once inside, the interior is quite stunning and has plenty of nice touches. It felt rather expensive though, with some tables draped with white and blue cotton tablecloth, provided with white table napkins and complete set of silverware. Curiously, an equal amount of tables are plainly laminated and informal - not as elegant as the others. Contradictions, contradictions. Although it says pizzeria in its name, I did not see any pizza in the menu. This restaurant is starting to look to me like a confused one, unsure of its identity. Is it a diner, a fast food, fine restaurant? I have no idea. An Italian restaurant perhaps that does not look like one.
"Rosso" fruit cocktail drink at Biella Caffe Pizzeria Ristorante, The Mall, Doha, Qatar.
The drink I ordered is called "Rosso". It's basically fresh banana, muddle with coconut cream and strawberry puree shaken with pineapple and orange juice. No complaint about the drink. I think it's quite good but it was served to me not quite chilled enough.
Some of the decorations that adorn the informal tables.
For the taste of the food alone, I would recommend this restaurant. Their menu is different from many of the restaurants I've tried so far in Doha. It's rather pricey but I guess that's the cost you have to pay for good food. The whole dining experience though is not quite as good. As mentioned, I'm a bit confused with what image the restaurant is trying to project. Although the waiters are friendly, I think they are too friendly to the point that it becomes annoying. I don't mind being asked what I think of the food on the spot but to be asked twice . . .
Friday, August 11, 2006
Just A Friday Morning
Rope on Rust. Photo by alexdpx. Small fishing boats are tied to this.
It's Friday today. Weekend in Doha. I got up rather early with a good feeling. I'm not sure why but I did. I usually wake up early even on weekends but today was a little different. No, nothing special about the day. Just a weekend.
Doha Sunrise. Photo by alexdpx.
Fisherman. Photo by alexdpx. This man has a different idea of enjoying his weekend. But just like me, he got up early.
Anyway, it was 5:10 a.m. and I can see the warm glow of the sun starting to rise and paintine some lovely patterns in the sky. Cloudy skies are rare in Doha. Usually it's clear blue sky. On impulse, and almost in one motion, I got up, cleaned up, dressed up, kissed my wife good morning (that's important and I never forget that), picked up my gear, got into my car, and headed out. It's a good day for photography.
Harbor. Photo by alexdpx.
Morning. Photo by alexdpx
And it was. What's featured here are some of the photos I took this morning. I feel a sense of satisfaction whenever my photos turn out quite good.
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
Proud To Be Their Uncle
Joshua (on the left) and Jodiann (on the right), my nephew and niece, respectively. Both of them swimming champs.
I don't have kids of my own yet. However, I do have a brilliant niece and an equally brilliant nephew. They're both swimming champions. They both compete for the Strathmore Swim Team in New Jersey. Both of them had a good Summer Swim Season this year. Check this out - both won all the gold medals in their respective events. If that's not impressive, then I don't know what you call it.
Monday, August 07, 2006
I Write For Flickers Photo Club Too.
Saturday, August 05, 2006
I Totally Dig Storm Large
Say who??? That will probably be the reaction of many who will read this article. That was my reaction when I first heard of her. Perhaps some will think that Large is Storm's (the X-Men mutant) family name. But no, Storm Susan Large is a real person. She's one of the contenders in the ongoing search for a lead singer for the newly formed rock band, Supernova. It's the second season of the rality show Rockstar. Last year it was INXS looking for a new lead singer. This year it's a new band called Supernova. But I'm not here to talk about the search. I'm here to talk about Storm. You can find out more about the show Rockstar: Supernova in the show's website. I first took notice of Storm early in the show mainly because of her physical looks. Long blonde hair, deep green eyes and a killer, 6' tall body. Absolutely stunning, absolutely gorgeous. Then her name was announced (Say who??? - my reaction) and I was intrigued. So far, I can see a wnning package - a gorgeous lead singer with a name befitting a rock star. All we need now is hear if she can sing and what she can do on stage.
Storm Large - Copyright Laura Domela
In the first 4 weeks, I think her performance can be generally described as wild and at some point, a little bit lunatic. But she can definitely sing and at the same time, grab the audience's attention and maintain a high level of excitement throughout her performance. My favorite part was when she jumped into the audience and let the audience catch her at the end of the song. I'm sure it's been done before but, it's the first time I've seen a woman do it. Supernova thought her performance was overwhelming that the following night, decision night (it's when the band decides who's eliminated for that particular week) she was given the encore performance - meaning she was asked to repeat the performance prior to deciding who's eliminated. But this time, perhaps she thought that repeating the jump would not have the same impact as when she first did it. So at the end of the song, she just simply dropped dead on stage like she's been shot. And that was just as great.
Storm and The Balls - Copyright Laura Domela
For 5th week, she shifted gears and turned off her wild side to show a softer side. That she can also do slow rock as well as hard rock. She chose to sing David Bowie's 'Cheers'. She changed her appearance as well. For this performance, she wore her blond hair straight with a more conventional makeup and an outfit that looks more like a business suit. Lovely, classy, and once again, the band loved her performance. In an earlier performance, Tommy Lee (yeah, Pamela Andersons former husband and the one with her on the sex video) - the band's drummer, commented that he just want to see more of her. To which, Storm replied with a six-letter word - Google. So, like the rest of her fans, I googled her and found out that she has been rocking for quite some time and her band, The Balls is already a popular one in Portland, Oregon. At the same time she has been doing some photographic modelling - basically to promote her band, Storm and The Balls but there was a photoshoot of her by photographer Laura Domela . Well, she is model material so I don't see why she won't venture into that type of art.
Storm Large - Copyright Laura Domela
Some people question whether fans watch her perform because of her killer good looks or her singing talent. I watch her performance because of both. I hope she wins this gig and succesfully lead Supernova to greater heights. Then we'll be able to see more of her without having to google. I am no fan of rock music, but then, I really have no particular preference to any type of music. I simply dig what sounds good - rock, pop, jazz, alternative or even classical. You may view Storm Large's profile in the show's website and some of her photos here.
Her performances during the past weeks:
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Friday, August 04, 2006
Pancake Combo - Dairy Queen Revisited
In my previous article about Dairy Queen in Doha, I said that it is a favorite breakfast place among Filipinos especially during weekends. By the way, weekend here means Friday and Saturday. Not the usual Saturday and Sunday. The picture above shows what a typical Friday morning at Dairy Queen looks like. Yeah, that's busy. I know that a typical day would look busier than this in a Manila fastfood, say Jollibee. But here, this is busy enough. This was around 8:30 in the morning - right after the Friday mass.
Thursday, August 03, 2006
Architecture: What I Do For A Living
The West Stand of the newly renovated Khalifa Stadium. This is the largest project I have ever been involved with to date.
This is my profession. This has always been my childhood dream. For as long as I can remember, I've always wanted to be an architect. When I graduated from high school in 1985, I've set my sights taking architecture as my college course. I've got discouragements from relatives and others. They say it's a difficult course and most who graduate end up being just draftsmen for the entire span of their career. Those made me worried but at the same time I believed I can rise through the trials and went on. Shaken but not stirred, 007 might say.
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Photography: What I Do For Fun
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Bulalo at Florian Cafe
It's rather strange at first because you'd never expect a popular Filipino dish in a French themed restaurant.