Posts Tagged ‘legaspi village’

parker 75 goes on location

Since my Parker 75 Milleraies goes wherever I go, it gets its picture taken on location, looking very handsome indeed. Here it is in a hole in one of the gateway posts at Sycip Park in Makati. Its gold barrel gleams against the worn, aged wood.

Here it is on a rock (also at Sycip Park), with a couple of leaves. It is in the shade because it was such a hot day.

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I could have taken photos of just the wood and the rock, but I love how the metallic machine-made gold body of the fountain pen contrasts with the rough textures and colors of nature.

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makati city has plants. and flowers.

We may gripe and rant about how hot the Philippines is, especially big dense cities like Manila and Makati, which are over-crowded and polluted. Makati, especially, as the country’s business district, is accused of being dusty and noisy with the incessant honking of horns, and ugly with all the cement high-rises rising up to accommodate an ever-increasing population from all over the world.

That may be true. But take a good close look. Makati has lots of greenery, pocket parks and plants bursting from sidewalk and building planters. I found all these flora along a short stretch of road – along Legaspi Street from the corner of Rada to the corner of Paseo de Roxas.

Pink flowers on a strip of grass in front of an office building

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Entrance to Washington Sycip Park. Brass letters spelling out the park’s name used to be installed on the rock in foreground. Now they are gone. Stolen? Taken away for safekeeping?

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Another shot of the entrance to Sycip Park, from another angle. It is so interesting that you take take hundreds of different shots of this one part of the park alone. To the left is a modern sculpture; it is nicely balanced by the streetlamp on the right.

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Magenta bougainvillea on a bush. I was afraid this photo would not come out nicely on my Canon Ixus point-and-shoot as it was a windy afternoon; the leaves and flowers fluttered constantly and absolutely would not keep still long enough for me to take a good picture! It turned out okay, though.

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A long shot placing the bougainvillea in context – against a background of different ornamentals of varying shades. Applause for the landscape artist! In the center of the shot, between the fronds of the foliage, you can glimpse a high-rise. It almost looks as if it were ruins in the middle of a jungle…

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My favorite shot of the day – white frangipani (calachuchi) blossoms and branches against an almost cloudless blue Manila sky…

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Unidentified saffron-colored blooms juxtaposed against a concrete-and-glass tower.

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donau gourmet: genuine german cooking

A friend from Union Church of Manila, Ms. Jeannette Smit, recommended that I try out the German dishes at her daughter Marietta Sager’s recently-opened restaurant, Donau Gourmet. So last Friday (March 7), I took my friend Adelle along for lunch and to meet Marietta.

The restaurant opened last January 31. Located at Amorsolo Mansion, Amorsolo Street, in Makati, its facade is modest and unassuming. Larger signage is in the works. It’s right across Mile-Long Plaza.

The place is cozy and intimate. The dining area shares space with racks for German groceries.

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Marietta is tall and slim, and always smiling. A Dutch-Indonesian who grew up in the Philippines and married a German chef, she considers herself very much “Pinay”. She explains that after years of living in Hong Kong, Singapore, and other places where her husband was employed, she felt returning to the Philippines was “coming home”. Putting up Donau Gourmet was a natural offshoot of their deli business – Donau Deli – which manufactures authentic-tasting German sausages and cold cuts.

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The store also carries German and other European wines.

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Chalkboards on the wall announce the day’s specials and other featured dishes or products.

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The cooking is robust and hearty, and, Marietta emphasizes, authentically German in taste and preparation. The entrees mainly revolve around the deli offerings, but once in a while they prepare Asian dishes that hearken back to Marietta’s multicultural upbringing and experiences.

A meal starts off with a bowl of Hungarian goulash. It’s a flavorful and meaty soup, full of beef and vegetable chunks.

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A simple salad provides a cooling counterpoint to the savory soup.

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One of their most popular dishes is the Curry Sausage with Fries. Don’t be misled by the name – German curry is nothing at all like the green sauce on “chicken curry” that we are familiar with. This dish is terrific!

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The Spiral Sausage on a Bed of Sauerkraut and Pineapple is another must-try.

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Donau Gourmet is open Monday to Saturday, 730am to 6pm.

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