I was privileged to be invited to an exclusive sneak peak to the documentary Racing Extinction. It delves into how human activities, whether covert or out in the open, whether large-scale or minute, affect and even cause the extinction of species.
Sharks, for example, are majestic creatures that survived millennia but are now driven to near extinction because of the culinary and medicinal demand for their fins. They, however, do not evoke warm, protective feelings in me.
Until I saw how one was thrown back into the water with its fins cut off.
Aside from the pain from forcibly severed limbs, that shark will no longer be able to breathe as it respirates through the movement of water through its gills. Imagine someone cutting off your hands and legs then suffocating you with a plastic bag over your face.
Yet, this atrocity is done to thousands of sharks, and now manta rays, just to be able to serve an exotic soup, or to add an ingredient to alternative, non-scientific medicine. Why should species be decimated just because we want our soup? Or because we want something for our aches and pains (even when there are other medicines available).
In my opinion, we should care about the continued survival of other species because we could have been the species on the lower rung of the food chain. And because, the disappearance of one species could have devastating effects globally.
Racing Extinction will have a global TV premiere on Discovery Channel on December 2, 9pm.
I loved eating at the Kapitolyo branch. I recommended the Glorietta 5 branch to my balikbayan friend for our get-together as she wanted to meet up in Makati.
The place can get really full around lunch time (and the seating can get cramped) so I was lucky to get a table for two as soon as I got in.
We loved the juicy, well-seasoned Signature Steaks. I prefer mine medium-done and accompanied by garden grains (buttered fried rice eith veggie bits) and bacon potato salad. My friend preferred hers well-done with steamed rice and mashed potatoes.
Of course, a meal at Mad Mark’s is not complete without ice cream. I veered away from my usual order of Half-Baked Madagascar and opted for the Motherlode (walnuts and pecans, yum!). My friend found her new favorite in the Chocolate on Chocolate.
Mad Mark’s has become our new go-to place for our meet-ups.
So Brian has got it into his head that he needs an office… no, a Headquarters! (with exclamation point). After seeing the gazillion ways that Naz can say “No!” Brian offered to wipe out the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List in exchange for said accommodation.
He mobilized a team composed of his FBI cohorts which he called the Bruntouchables and they started apprehending the fugitives.
After helping one of the fugitives prove his innocence (very reminiscent of Richard Kimble) and ticking off 8 names from the list (one of which is a Ponzi schemer who likes to bag big game in Africa), Naz gave in to his demand for a headquarters.
On the homefront, Brian decided to open up to his dad about NZT after noticing that the old man has been distancing himself from Brian due to his many secrets. Dad brought a box of goodies to their heart-to-heart talk which contains a diagram of how Brian copied off a seatmate’s geography exam in third grade and a mobile that shows how Brian made money of his sixth grade classmates. I guess we now know that Brian’s habit of creating elaborate diagrams was evident even during childhood.
My daddy held his 68th birthday here so the whole family brought their hungry tummies. The thing with buffets such as Dads-Saisaki-Kamayan is that there is no earthly way for you to eat or even sample all of the resto’s offerings. My strategy is to concentrate on the food that fulfills two criteria:1. Something I’ve really been craving for
2. Something I’ll probably have trouble finding elsewhere
3. Something that’s really expensive in a non-buffet resto
In this particular instance, I gorged myself on:
1. Roast beef (meat is so tender and flavorful; lots of marbled fat) 2. Pork and salmon katsu (a happy discovery for me as katsu wasn’t normally highlighted here before; this probably came about with the recent proliferation of katsu places)
3. Salmon sashimi (this usually costs a lot order it ala carte in a Japanese resto)
4. For dessert: strawberry ice cream and mango truffle
5. Drink of choice: cucumber lemonade
This was a happy occasion celebrated with great company and great food.
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I was all for Naz going all tough and empowered during her meeting with the big bossess in Washington.
Until she was put under lock-and-key for treason (for funding terrorist when she waa actually negotiating the ransom of her kidnapped niece) and ADIC Johnson was called in to replace her temporarily. If you want people to be annoyed with a character, get this guy to play him.
Luckily, before her incarceration, she was able to mobilize Brian and Rebecca. Enter her daughter Ava.
I’m glad an episode was able to shed some light on Naz. And with the sparks that flew between Ava and Brian, we can expect to see Ava again sometime.
I took my folks here for a nice family dinner. I always say that Chinese restos are great for family dinners because the viands are served family style which encourage sharing and bonding. We ordered our favorite Chinese food:- Hot and Sour Soup (my mom says it helps with her colds)
– Yang Chow Fried Rice (is a visit to a Chinese resto complete without ordering Yang Chow?)
– Pork Ribs with Salt and Pepper (nicely seasoned)
– Beef Steak Chinese Style (very tender with a sweet-savory flavor)
– Pork Siomai
– Birthday Noodles
The flavors meshed well together. As the servings were large, even when our original party of five grew to seven, we left the place with full bellies. The food were reasonably priced, too (I spent less than P2,000).
The place is clean with bright red and white decor but not at all off-putting. The servers were polite and accommodating.
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This episode is heavy on family, drawing parallels among the many issues that different sets of siblings have on each other. The trigger is Diggle‘s discovery that his brother, Andy, is alive and apparently one of Hive’s minions. Having extracted said brother from the organization with the help of #TeamArrow, it remains to be seen how he will deal with his errant sibling.
Oliver‘s sister, Thea, is feeling the return of her bloodlust but was able to discover that Damon Dark is a way for her to control it. Why she asks Malcolm Merlin, not her brother, for help I just don’t understand.
After getting a distress call from her former boss/lover Ray Palmer, Felicity, together with Team Arrow, went on Operation: Rescue Ray.
Saddled by guilt from leaving Ray in what turned out be his time of need and peril, Felicity started becoming hostile towards Oliver, feeling that she is losing herself in him. It’s a good thing her mom Donna was there to straighten her out. Whew! So far, my #HEA is safe (but for how long?).
By the way, there’s a new couple I’m shipping: Donna and Quentin Lance. They met in a bar when they were both convalescing on their children’s mishaps. I would like to see what grows from their meet-cute.