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Thursday, August 26, 2010

If You Were Raj

Partyphiles have never been known to be aware about news and current affairs. And admittedly, we do not make an effort to know about these things. However, it is undeniable that we are a country obsessed about beauty pageants and beautiful women. This is why, this year’s Miss Universe pageant was once again, the talk of the town. The same is the case in social networking sites like Twitter. If you haven’t started tweeting yet, here are some of the tweets you’ve missed. They are all answers to Venus Raj’s question for the final round of the pageant. The question is “What is one big mistake that you have made in your life, and what did you do to make it right”

Now here, are the answers:

1.) Partyphile/Host Tim Yap trying his hand at answering the Miss Universe Question: "I was born proud to be Filipino, and it just so happened my papers didn't say so, but I believe that papers don't prove your pride of place. And I am happy to represent my country, the beautiful archipelago of the Philippines. I now have the passport, and my beautiful people to prove it.”

Unfortunately, Mr. Yap, this DOES NOT answer the question about the biggest mistake of your life. However, if you ask me, I find that correcting Venus Raj’s answer with another non-responsive response on a social networking site where you have thousands of followers might just be your biggest mistake yet. Fortunately, Tim Yap realized his boo-boo and posted another reply saying "I fought hard to win my crown back. There was a mistake in my papers, but I corrected it--I am who I am, proud to be Filipino."

Again, “there was a mistake in my papers” does not actually say that it was Venus’ mistake, which (again) was the question, Mr. Yap. I say: if you can’t give a better answer, keep it to yourself.

2.) Diva, ZsaZsa Padilla giving her two cents, if she was asked the question, and if she was Venus Raj, and IF they shared the same idea. Basically, this is ZsaZsa Padilla’s interpretation of Venus’ major major answer during the Q&As.

“Venus' answer: TAKE 2: I'm still young and inexperienced but if ever I make a decision I would later on regret, I am sure to overcome this...because I know I will always have the love and support of my friends and family. I will always trust God to lead me to the right path.”

I say: close enough, close enough.

3.) Davaoeno comedian, Chokoleit, giving us a humorous take on Venus Raj’s answer:

“Ma. Venus Raj pang Miss GAY answer: Witchels pa po akong na-job well done na ikina bonggang-bonggang na okray akech, waley pa po sir. “

4.) The sassy and sexy dramatic (but always funny) actress, Alessandra de Rossi, replying to Chockoleit about what she thought was the more fitting answer to the Miss Gay question:

“Dapat: Wiz pako naflop ever sa life kez! Dahil taas kilay kis, mahalya akis ng familia zaragoza kis! THANK YEEW! ----BWahahahaha. Sabagay napakabakla naman na ng Major Major, ituloy tuloy na nya.haha. Translator!”

I say: I do not understand any of it, but it’s still funny.

5.) Another sassy female, Tuesday Vargas, giving us a serious reply to the question:

“Dapat ba sagot ni Venus- I have a lot of mistakes in life, but correcting them is not the solution. It is through mistakes that we learn and in learning that we grow... In a major, major way.”

I say: What if we send Tuesday to Miss Universe 2011. If she can come up with an answer like this, she can win that crown.

Here are some other generic answers I found online:

6.) Carabaopower: I'd say "I could think of nothing offhand, but my reply to this question might be the biggest mistake of my life."

7.) Anteros: My heart has no place for regrets for I belive we can learn something from every mistake we commit. I am guided by my spirituality and the love from my family and friends, that’s why no mistake is big enough for me to be shaken. Thank You.

8.) Mun: “I consider myself an optimistic person. I’d rather see the glass half full than half empty. With that being said Ii consider mistakes as an opportunity to become a stronger, wiser and a more resilient woman. And most of all because of those things be it good or bad, they had made me a better person.” major major thanks!

9.) Tony: ummm…… can you repeat the question please? ahihihi. I’m just pretty. Ahihihihi

10.) Tonyo: I can’t tell you my biggest mistake in life…. because what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.

11.) Poetry Sun: “Thank you sir for the question. I do not count my mistakes, I count my blessings. The opportunity to be here is a huge blessing in itself… Otherwise it would have been a big mistake. Thank you.”

12.) Winner: If I was Venus, I would’ve pertained to my dethronement. I believe eto yung hinahanap nilang sagot niya (this was the answer they were looking for). They were staging her to mention this because if she would’ve won Miss U and everybody knew that she was actually dethroned, that would make such a powerful statement.

So my answer would go like this:

“I believe my biggest mistake has to do with the events that led to my dethronement from the Binibining Pilipinas pageant in my home country. They doubted my nationality and took away my crown. I fought really hard to regain the title so I can prove that I am worthy and deserving to represent my country in the Miss Universe pageant.

Now that I have had the opportunity to belong to this year’s top 5 finalists, I hope my countrymen are proud, for I will pull all the stops to prove to them that I am proud of my country and of being a Filipina.” It was a waste that Venus didn’t get the signals. The Miss Universe Organization obviously wanted her to win and that is why she was given that question (just like Miriam Quiambao’s “standing up” question in 1999).

Finally here is my favorite among all the answers

13.) Pikapika: If there is one major major mistake that I have done, it was when I picked your name, Mr. Judge. If I knew that this would be the question, then I would have had picked another card. Thank you!

At the end of the day, Venus’ experience is far different than those of the people who have their answers here. We all know how terrifying it can be to talk in front of a huge audience, and we all know that the question wasn’t exactly easy. I think we should all give Raj a break and just be proud she got as far as she did. As Melanie Marquez said in an interview last week, we have sent many candidates who were eloquent and articulate, but they didn’t go as far as Venus did. Let’s be thankful that she gave us some hope after a tragedy….oh….and world peace!

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The Partyphile Song

Sing to the tune of My Favorite Things from the Sound of Music:

Gin Shots and Lemons and Hot Chicks in their Thongs
Bright Disco Balls and some Beer in their Beer Bongs
Free Party Invites all tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things

Cream colored cocktails and crisp golden lagers
Lasers and speakers and dancefloors with jiggers
People so drunk thinking they'll fly with wings
These are a few of my favorite things

Girls drinking vodka and guys drinking brandy
Beer plus some soda will make some good shandy
Hot party tracks played by DJs, spinning
These are a few of my favorite things

When my drink bombs
When i smell puke
When I'm hearing funk
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don't feel so drunk

[Repeat all verses]

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Easiest Cocktails

Although people assume that being a partyphile means that you go to all the hottest events and are a staple in the party scene, they often forget one facet of the party lifestyle: throwing parties. Partyphiles would not qualify as real partyphiles unless they throw really hot parties. Throughout the years I have been giving you tips on how to throw a party and the different party themes you could choose. And we all know that alcohol is one of the most important elements to any party. So, here is a collection of all the best cocktails that are easy to make, the ingredients are easy to find, and they taste really, really good. Here we go.

1.) Since we have just recovered from the frantic celebrations brought about by the Kadayawan season, let’s start this article off with the Davao Sling. Here’s how to make it.

In a pitcher combine:

1 250 ml bottle of Rum;

1 500 ml bottle of water;

1 168 ml can of Condensed Milk;

2 sachets of instant coffee (not the three -in-one mixes);

a couple drops of Durian essence, 1/4 cup of durian puree, or 1/4 cup of watered down durian jam.

Stir all the ingredients and serve with ice.

2.) The lazy beach is one of the simplest cocktails ever!

It is perfect for the beach or for a garden party, and is really easy to make too. Here's how:

In a shaker filled with ice, combine:

2 oz Coconut Rum ( Malibu )

2 oz Rum

2 oz Sprite

4 oz Pineapple Juice

Strain and pour over two martini glasses.

Garnish with a slice of fresh or canned pineapple.

3.) If you are looking for a cocktail that can pick you up, make the Energy Shot:

In a shaker combine one shot of vodka, three shots of Red Bull, and one shot of blue Curacao (you may add less if you don’t appreciate sweet cocktails). Strain that over a martini glass and enjoy the energy boost!

4.) If you want something exotic, you might want to try this twist on the traditional Pina Colada.

Today's special drink is called the Jamaican Cocktail.

It is really easy to make ad is quite exotic-tasting! Here's how:

In a shaker, combine one part rum, one part peach juice, and one part coconut liquor ( Malibu is a good brand). Shake that with ice ad then strain it over a margarita glass and garnish with a wedge of lime or blend all ingredients with ice and serve in a hurricane glass

5.) For fizzy, festive drinks, you may want to try the next two cocktails. They are perfect for big celebrations and are the easiest to make.

Lemon Fizz: In a highball glass (filled half-way with ice cubes) pour a shot of vodka and then fill it to the brim with equal amounts of Club Soda and Lemon Juice.

Orange Spritzer: Combine 1/4 cup Campari;

1/2 cup Orange Juice (without Pulp); and 1 1/2 cup Sparkling Water. You may also add some simple syrup if you want to make it sweeter. Make your own simple syrup by cooking one cup white sugar and one cup water until you get a smooth syrup. Stir all the ingredients in a pitcher filled with ice and serve in highball glasses. You may garnish the glasses with orange slices or dump some in the pitcher.

6.) For an easier and more convenient twist to the traditional Kamikaze, try this:


In a shaker filled with, ice combine:

1 shot Vodka

1 shot Triple Sec

Half a shot of Island Lime or any other lime liquor

Simple Syrup to taste

Shake and serve in a margarita glass

7.) If you plan to throw Chocolate-themed parties, try these cocktails:

Chocolate Martini: In a shaker, shake together a jigger of vodka and a jigger of Irish cream. Transfer to a frosted Martini glass lined with chocolate syrup, and you are good to go. You could also drop a chocolate kiss for a sweet ending to every drink.

Choco chip margarita: In a blender, combine a shot of White Rum, a shot of Crème de Cacao (if you can’t find white rum or crème de cacao simply put two shots of Bailey’s Cream), 4 chocolate chips (I swear FIBISCOs work better than Chips Ahoy), and 2 scoops of chocolate ice cream. Blend all the ingredients until they get smooth and serve them in margarita glasses or hurricane glasses.

8.) If you are a cheapskate and prefer 2-ingredient cocktails, try these:

Ice pick: In a shaker filled with ice, shake 1 shot of Lemon Iced Tea and 1 shot of really good Vodka. Strain over a highball glass filled to the brim with ice. It is called “ice pick” because it is supposed to be served super cold.

Kahlua Cockroach: In a cocktail shaker, mix one part Golden Tequila (that means the Tequila comes in an Amber color, and not clear), and two parts Kahlua. Strain the mixture over a martini glass. You may garnish it with an orange twist.

Dirty Mother: In a shaker, combine half a shot of brandy and half a shot of coffee liquor and pour it over an Old-Fashioned glass filled with ice cubes.

9.) If you prefer sweet and sassy cocktails, try making the Strawberry Kiss. Here’s how:

In an electric blender combine:

2 ounces of tequila rose (one ounce is one shot glass)

1 ounce of rum

4 pieces of fresh strawberries or 1 ounce of strawberry syrup

1/2 cup crushed ice

Make sure you blend it until it is smooth and then our over hurricane glasses lined with strawberry syrup.

10.)The screwdriver is probably one of the simplest cocktails ever. Simply pour on shot of Vodka over a highball glass filled with ice and ten fill it to the brim with orange juice.

I hope you try these cocktails out on your next party, or practice and perfect them at home. Tell me how it goes.

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