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I just officially turned my back from Lily's and Skippy peanut butter brands. From among the four flavors I tried tonight my favorite is Dark Chocolate Dreams! I have Smooth Operator, Cinnamon Raisin Swirl, and Bee's Knees. Next time I will try these 2 other flavors from Peanut Butter Company: White Choco Wonderful and The Heat Is On. To me the PLUSses are: creative flavors, pairing suggestions in jar, no excessive oil, consistently smooth texture, just the right sweetness and that they have a small-town feel restaurant near Madison Square Park. Now how cools is that? A peanut butter so good it has to have its own restaurant in the City. Peanut Butter Company has a store and restaurant in West Village, NYC.
Next Stop: BANKSY!
It is a very exciting for Banksy admirers this month. The anonymous British graffiti artist is going around town and leaving the brand of artwork he is known for, plus more!
At Highline, 2 Banksy paintings have been in exhibit since Thursday last week. Today (October 20) is also the last day of the art installation under the Highline Park at 24th Street and 10th Avenue. This is unusual because the artwork is guarded 24/7 and studio-made, so unlike Banksy's most popular works.
Then at a dead end street in Bushwick, Brooklyn, his celebrated '2 geishas crossing a bridge' graffiti has been covered in plexi-glass and enclosed in a gate by the owner after realizing the value of the graffiti.
At a roundabout road in Woodside, Queens his work has been defaced barely a week after it was done. This is close to Krystal's, a popular Filipino restaurant on 69th Street.
This one is at the corner of Delancey and Bowery streets in Lower East Side, Manhattan. Banksy's works are also political and social commentaries so when I was looking at this graffiti I was trying to understand what Banksy was showing. I didn't understand what it meant until my friend Nina read in an article that this graffiti is a snide remark on the quality of musicals in NYC.
We also visited old Banksy favorites from years ago and found out that the works are no longer there. Here's the site of the 'girl skipping rope' in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (2007?). I looked closely, and I saw the fading green rope under the wooden seats. The building is now an entrance to a private art gallery.
Here's another Banksy in Willimsburg, Brooklyn that has been painted over. This picture was taken in 2010.
Banksy is not done yet. He will be in NYC for the next 9 days. So watch out for more Banksy treasures coming next to your neighborhood! It might even be in your building. You never know!
(All pictures are all taken using an Iphone 5.)
When I was invited by a friend (Ms. Luchie DR) I didn't hesitate. We knew it was not a paid gig but the experience of working side-by-side (literally!) with THE Lea Salonga was priceless!After I excitedly told my mom that I'll be part of a small group of background artists for the ABS-CBN station ID filming at Times Square, her first response was, " ... But you can't carry a tune." And she's right.
SIDE NOTE. Thanks, ABS-CBN US correspondent Don Tagala.
In yet another facetime session with my mom that happened after the filming of the station ID, I jested, "See I told you, I get to sing with Lea. I performed a song and dance in Broadway district so you already have a daughter who is a Broadway performer." Always the bluntly honest one she answered without malice, "With all the ABS-CBN stars your face might not even be included in the final cut." Hahaha ... True!
But what the heck, Lea Salonga is Lea Salonga! It was the experience and the thrill of doing things so unique and so New York. Memorizing the lines was challenging and singing was humbling... Pretending to sing was very difficult acting! Although we knew only the images will be used we were told that they might use the actual sound recording for the news.
Let me write about Lea. That day she was the only one wearing red as we were given explicit instructions to wear bright holiday colors and never black, brown, red and earth colors. A lot of us had to shop for candy-colored outfits because in New York it is the norm to dress in muted colors. She arrived at 7:45am, just after daybreak and found us already rehearsed for our call time was at 6:00 am. Leah arrived with her 2 assistants, a stylist and her sister, from her apartment at West 54th Street. Like us she was worried she might forget her singing lines.
This experience goes to my alkansya of special memories!
Pop Bar, an ice cream shop in Greenwich Village, gets ready to make a sell this winter by offering a hot drink addition in its usual 'handcrafted gelato on a stick' menu.
The store serves hot chocolate drink on a stick for less than $5 each. The idea is to melt a bar of chocolate, which is given separately, in a frothy and steaming cup of milk. The options are regular, dark and white chocolates.
I ordered the dark variety and once melted, the drink is just the right sweetness and very creamy! Recommended for those looking for something more than the usual hot choco drink. Definitely a no-no for dieters.
The place is one of a kind! In the middle of the long narrow beach are alternating marshlands filled with contrasting live green and withered gray pine trees that create an eerie yet enchanting feel. On the left side is Gardiner Bay and a great view of famous Shelter Island. Where there is no marshland are patches of cactus and other desert plants. On its right are several natural salt ponds that are teeming with life: sea gulls, ospreys, edible seaweeds (gurgurmot) and different varieties of shell fishes such as hermits, horseshoe crabs, clams, alimango, alimasag, etc ... There are also small ponds and swamps. This is a strip of land that can't decide what it wants to be. Parang Baguio na La Union, Pangasinan, Batangas at Ilocos all in one.
Nature-polished stones cover the entire beach. The island is so narrow that one can walk it for ten minutes from west to east. It is so long that it took us 5 hours to walk its entire length from trailhead to the tip and then back.