Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Cultural exposure II.

I haven't tried a lot of different beer brands here in the Philippines yet; however, I think that San Miguel is one of the most popular on local market. It has a great taste and I like it, but still I can't stand that they serve it with ice. That is simply something I can barely accept. Beer is not a coke!

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Manila - Let's show more photos

Weekend is here! At least I can take more rest and get tanned :-) While there is a tough winter in Europe I can enjoy sun here. Let's show some more photos. All taken from hotel windows.

Laguna lake. I was told that they raise a fishes there.

East view (Laguna lake and Alabang Market).

Manila in the smog cloud.

North view.

Sunsets are quite fast here.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Cultural exposure

We visited Japanese restaurant two days ago. All their production looked very tasty in the shopwindow so we ordered some sort of Japanese food, bottle of Philippina beer and enjoyed a good dinner.
Today I mentioned this restaurant to my colleagues and they told me that all the exposed food is made of plastic. In the first moment I didn't believe them but then I dropped by that restaurant again to check the reality and I found that it is true. It is all made of plastic! And it is hard to realize even when you take a closer look.

Note: I should mention that they serve a *real* food.


More about Japanese plastic food:
http://web-japan.org/nipponia/nipponia29/en/topic/index.html
http://www.bigempire.com/sake/sample_food.html

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Manila the heart of Philippines.

I have arrived to Manila today. This is my first visit to Asia so it is quite new experience for me. I will put more posts on the blog soon; however, I made one basic observations today:
  • I was wondering why we are told to use a taxi. Why we just don't rent a car? The answer is very obvious: We wouldn't survive. The traffic is very *dynamic* here. I can't wait till Monday - the first working day. The taxi driver told me that what I have experienced today is nothing comparable to working days.
The following are two photos which I made from my hotel room before the sunset:

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Are you scared to open Pandora?

One colleague told me about Pandora internet radio (thanks Ted!). What I like about this radio is that you can customize the style of music it broadcasts to you, yet it still brings new and interesting content.

You start by listing a few artists or song names you like and then it delives content of "similar" style. Then you can thumb-up/down individual songs in order to further tune your radio style. In spite of the fact that I haven't find all my favorite artists in their database (Mustafa Aziza Zadeh to name one) I really enjoy this service because the flow of music is not interrupted by adverts and you can skip songs.

Pandora is more then just a radio. Check their blog and podcasts to find out more.

This Pandora is worth openning!

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Mattias Adolfsson is inking

I am a fan of visual arts. I started my own account on Flickr some time ago and I was wondering what kind of artists (and especially illustrators) I can meet on Flickr. Soon I found that there are plenty of them.

One of the first artists I met on Flickr was Mattias Adolfsson and I felt in love with his drawings because they are quite unique both in style and humor. I have been watching Mattias Inks blog for some time now and it is simply amazing. Mattias posts a new doodle almost every day.


Mattias' vision of the future:

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

They are all blogging!

I can't start my first post without mentioning my already blogging colleagues:
They are all good fellows and fun makers.

I think that's it for the first post.