Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Since it is help a friend day today, here is a cocktail that will help your friend get drunk. fast
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Since it is Single's Week, we would like to help single men find partners by finding out when a girl is flirting with them. According to ASKMEN.com, here are the top ten signs a girl is flirting with you:
Monday, September 20, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Partying in the same place with the same people can get boring. In fact, for a jaded partyphile, it may suck the life out of the whole party-experience. The one thing partyphiles hate is leading a routinary life. In fact, for some partyphiles, the whole purpose of partying is escaping your boring 9 to 5. However, when one finds that even the thing that used to serve as a safe haven for the bored man (the party scene) has gotten a bit predictable, he seeks change. This is exactly why most partyphiles move from one bar to another and always patronize the newer establishment. But trouble ensues when the actual changes in partylandia do not keep up with one’s lust for change; or at least the rate that these changes happen. So then, what is a partyphile to do? Go on a vacation to another city.
Going on a vacay for the sole purpose of partying is one of the most blissful things in life. Plus, with the cheap air fare that budget-airlines offer, more and more yuppie-partyphiles are joining the bandwagon of city-hopping (instead of bar-hopping). Obviously, this is always a great experience as new party places ensure new experiences and new friends. However, if you are on the receiving end of the vacay, meaning, you are the one who is tasked to tour non-Davaoeno partyphiles around the city, you find yourself in quite a rut. Why? Because surprisingly, the Davao nightlife is not too familiar to the common Davaoeno. The good news is, I know the city’s nightscape like the back of my hand. And here is one of my recommended night-time itineraries for the non-Davaoeno partyphile.
5:00 PM – Drive up to Jack’s Ridge and have some snacks there. The place offers a wonderful view of the city and some really good food. They have a Filipino resto, a coffee shop, and a swimming pool. Visiting the place at late afternoon will allow you to catch the gorgeous sunset and then, look in awe as the sky turns to black and the city lights start glistening below. Needless to say, the experience is close to magical. Heads Up: If you do not know how to get there, take the hi-way and then look for the cock pit in Matina. When you get there, ask locals how to reach Jack’s Ridge. If you aren’t feeling hungry, simply pay ten bucks at the entrance and enjoy the view.
7:00 PM – Have dinner at Gardena Fresca. This unique restaurant is set in the middle of a garden that features a little lake on one side. They offer grilled Filipino faves, Marlin Fish Steaks, Pinoy Soups, and appetizers. Their food is really good and their prices range from 85 to about 250 pesos. However, the thing that makes this place truly magical is its location. Since it is located inside Coca-Cola Village, it is away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Plus, the exteriors( since the places only offers al fresco dining and lots of foliage) are quirky and soo photo-worthy (especially the banka that was ingeniously fashioned to serve as a chandelier).
Heads Up: From Jack’s Ridge, drive down to the hi-way turn left until you find the Davao City Water District Matina Branch or Flyover Ihaw-ihaw. Across the street, you will find a Jetti Gasoline Station and a sign that directs you to Gardena Fresca. Simply follow the sign. If you are on a tight budget, try their specialty, Adobong Tahong. One order costs 85 pesos and is good enough for two people.
9:00 PM- For the cheapest hard drinks in town, drop by the Brewery. Order your favorite alcoholic beverages and enjoy the uber laid-back atmosphere while exchanging chit-chats. Their products go for 300-500 pesos cheaper than those they sell in malls and convenience stores. Take advantage of this and go crazy with all the hard drinks you can consume.
Heads Up: Don’t worry about not consuming your drink, you may have them keep the unconsumed bottle for you to enjoy the next time you drop by.
11:00 PM- Walk a few steps from the Brewery and party at Hybrid. They charge an entrance fee of a hundred bucks, but they give you two stubs for complimentary drinks. The crowd in Hybrid is a mix of yuppies, ex-pats, college students, and partyphiles. Beer goes for 50 a pop, ad their cocktails are fairly priced (from a hundred to a hundred and fifty pesos), plus their food is really good.
2:00 AM- Since bars are required to close at two in the morning, proceed to McDonalds in Bajada (near Victoria Plaza). This is quite close to Hybrid so it would be easy to walk to this fastfood. It seems like this is where all the partyphiles flock after a long night of boozing. I know this is nothing spectacular, but seeing all the people you’ve previously seen in the club enjoying their fave sundaes and fries is just entertaining.
5:00 PM- Head on over to Ponciano Street ad look for Casa de Amigos. It is a few steps across PLDT. Casa de Amigos offers a Happy Hour promo from 5PM to 8PM for only Php 150. Choose from Manila Beer, Colt 45, Tanduay Ice, San Mig Light, and San Miguel Pale Pilsen, and drink all you can before the clock strikes eight. Plus, if you want some pulutan, their Chimichangas and Nachos are to-die-for.
Heads Up: For the tight-budgeted partyphile; side from the Php150 you pay to enjoy drink-all-you-can booze, they charge a ten percent service charge.
9:00 PM- Head on over to Legaspi Street and check out the Legaspi Suites. This is the ideal place for a large group of vacationers since the place is not as packed as most establishments are on a Saturday night. If you want to enjoy more local beer, order their bucket of 8 for only Php 240 at 147 Beer Avenue. However, if you want to enjoy something more exciting, order some imported beer. I suggest you try Desperados which go for Php295 or the good old Stella Artois worth Php 140. Also order some of their Hamonado for pulutan. It is super delish!
If you plan to expand your alcohol vocab, and are tired of beer (because you have just enjoyed drink-all-you-can beer from the previous stop) order some Lychee Margaritas at Kamagoo. A glass of their popular Lychee Margarita goes for 95 bucks, and a pitcher goes for 350. You may want to enjoy one pitcher per person though. Yes, it is THAT good. Kamagoo is in the same compound as 147 Beer Avenue, so if your travel-buddies don’t agree, you may always order from different stores.
Heads Up: The Legaspi Suites closes at midnight. So hurry the boozing up. Oh, and there is also a resto, a patisserie, and a coffeeshop in the compound. Order whatever floats your boat.
12:00 AM- From Legaspi Suites, walk across the road ad head on over to Rizal Promenade, then pick a spot. I suggest you drop by 183. You would be glad to know that thy do not charge a door price and their beers are moderately priced at 50 bucks a pop. A lot of hardcore party-goers still frequent the area but expect a mix of younglings and ex-pats as well. Personally, I love their simple Vodka-Sprite. Give the DJ some beer and ask him to play your fave tracks.
2:00 AM- For a truly Davaoeno experience head over to Bulca Chong. They have severa braches in the city but the one nearest Rizal Promenade may be found along Ilustre Street. Ask around the area to get there. They serve the best hot soup to ward off the buzz you garnered from all your boozing. They sell Nilagang Kalabaw (Carabao. Not Beef) at 80 pesos per bowl. Pair it with a cup of steaming hot rice and some cola then sit back and wait ‘til that buzz has disappeared.
Heads Up: The place is anything but glamorous. It is frequented by tricycle drivers, students, professionals, and most everyone who wants to sip some hot soup at the end of an all-out booze fest. DO NOT expect posh interiors.
3:00 AM- Davaoenos will insist that partying in the city ends at 2:00 AM, and that is true…except for some establishments. Ride a cab from Bulca Chong and head on over to Jade Resot in Matina Aplaya (near SM City Davao). Theya re open 24 hours and you can booze up while singing your heart out in their private videoke rooms or simply enjoy the sunrise by the sea. And yes, they serve alcohol past two; but don’t tell anyone you heard it from me. Ssshhh.
5:00 PM- If you want a cheap and unique dining experience before you go out for an all-nighter, check out Q Bar’s Endless Chicken. For only Php 165, enjoy eat-all-you-can fried chicken, rice, gravy, and drink-all-you-can iced tea. Enjoy as much chicken as you want, but leave some space because they also serve up some really good cocktails. The good news is, Q Bar is located in Damosa Gateway, which houses several drinking spots. So right after your Endless Chicken dinner, you can immediately start boozing.
8:00 PM- We all know that there aren’t many party places that open on a Sunday, the good new is, Prime Square does. More popularly known as “Torres”, Prime Square houses several watering holes, a pizza place, a Chinese resto, a Videoke spot, a coffeeshop, and even a spa. I suggest you visit Eduardo’s pizza and order their combo of a twenty inch pizza and a three liter beer tower for only about 550 pesos.
10:00 PM- Head to Rizal Street and look for Sompleace Else in the Habana Compound. For a group of more than six people, it is pretty hard to get a table here during Fridays and Satudays, so Sundays is the best day to visit. For a unique drinking experience, order some BOLS Peppermint for 80 Pesos a glass, some Sheesha Fries for 180 Pesos (this is a sizzling plate filled with golden French fries and topped with a tomato-based meat sauce and a huge helping of cheese). They also have sheeshas that go for 100 per round.
12:00 AM- By the stroke of midnight you may choose to go to Matina Town Square (MTS) and enjoy the drinks at Taboan. They feature live performers every single day of the week, and Sunday is not an exemption. If you are lucky, you may also catch the bazaars there. And if you are REALLY lucky, Aling Fopings would still be open. If you are (lucky), and if it is (open), order some of the best halo-halo in Davao. Don’t be surprised though, as it is a bit pricey (I think an order of six toppings goes for 90 bucks). I tell you, it is soo worth it. The twice-shaved, purified-ice they use in their hal-halo is soo fine it actually feels like ice cream in your mouth.
Catch Confessions of a Partyphile (the radio show) on 105.9 Mix FM every Wednesday evenings from 6 to 9. for comments, suggestions, and more confessions from this partyphile, log on to http://party.i.ph
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Thursday, September 9, 2010
I know a lot of partyphiles have been looking for St Dalfour Whitening Creams in Davao City. At first, I did not know about the product, but since all my "kikay" friends kept on gushing about it I discovered that it was this imported whitening cream that seems to be a cut above the rest. They say, unlike most whitening creams, St Dalfour brings out your whitest skin tone instead of making you looki like a glutathione-inspired, white-as-plastic, mannequin.
Back in college (around the same time I started the Confessions of a Partyphile blog), I decided that I was going to grow up like those middle aged guys who still frequented bars. They still hung out with their usual group of friends, and they still partied the night away. I decided that I was going to be a partyphile until my liver…and legs…and knees, can take it. I often thought that being a partyphile was something that was intrinsic to me; it was something that would never fade. I also believed that I could never grow tired of late night drinking sessions with my buddies and that we would still get together twenty years down the road to live-it-up every Saturnight.
So I was quite shocked last Saturnight when I stepped inside one of the fresher (read: recently opened) dance bars in the city after a three-hour gab fest (yes, a gab fest, not a booze fest) with some college buddies at Kamagoo in Legaspi Suites and found that my initial response to the jam-packed venue was to flee. Somehow, the sight of college students all drinking and merry sent me to retreat. And that was something the old Zhaun, the college-age Zhaun, would not do. In fact, back in college, our basis for our next stop was simply the most crowded place. So the feeling of wanting to avoid a crowded party place was pretty new to me. I shared my sentiments with my buddies and then we all agreed: we, unfortunately, have started to age.
We have ceased to thirst for nights out in crowded places where we can talk (more like scream) over loud music; we have ceased to crave for crazy nights of uber-drunkeness that always end with projectile vomit; we have ceased to look for the craziest nights of our lives. Why? Because well, we have soo many of those types of experiences under our belts, and it just seems tiring.
So we have to come to terms with the fact that we are indeed growing old. We have to come to terms with the fact that a saturnight-out may mean some cocktails with friends and some really good conversation. We have to come to terms with the fact that our customary Sausage McMuffin after a wild Saturdnight out will now be a thing of the past because we no longer stay up that late. And we have to come to terms with the fact that growing up doesn’t mean we are lesser partyphiles.
Because if there is one thing I’ve learned from all these years partying, is that being a partyphile does NOT mean getting drunk or dancing in a bar. True partyphiles have the ability to find joy, whimsy, and fun, in the smallest of things. True partyphiles can have a hot-bangin’ time away from the strobe lights and the dance floor while still feeling like they are in the biggest party ever. Because if you really think about it, the true essence of being a partyphile is taking the “feel” of a party with you wherever you go.
You might spend a quiet time with your friends on a Saturday night in a coffee shop, or maybe have some dinner with your family or long lost work-mates; all while taking the party with you. Partyphiles do not rely on the beats of the dance floor. Instead, they follow the beats of their hearts. They do what they want to do, when they want to do it.
That means that it is alright for a partyphile to be away from the actual party scene. And it is alright to realize that a person’s concept of a hot party changes with age. What I want to say is simple: being a partyphile is a way of life; not the sum of all the places and events you go to. As long as you feel like there is a party within you, then you are a partyphile.
So we are growing up, growing old, and maybe even getting tired of the club scene; that does not mean we do not know how to have fun. So do not fret when you realize that the things you used to enjoy now seem scary and tiresome; because there will always be that one hot event that will allow us to rekindle our old college partyphile selves. The only difference is, we now know when to switch our “wild-child-button” off.
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Wednesday, September 8, 2010
The party scene is filled with many different types of personalities and profiles, and even though I the stereotypes, it must be said that there are some in the party scene. That is why they are called stereotypes…because they actually always exist. DUH!
So since we are celebrating wonderful weirdoes day today, here is a run-down of all the (un)wonderful weirdoes in the party scene:
10.) Camel: These are partyphiles who go to bars for the sole purpose of drinking. They do not care to dress up, they do not even dance. They just stand by their table, or lean against the bar the whole night, gulping down incredible amounts of booze. They have been drinking so long that they know when to stop, so they are pretty safe to party with…IF you are comfortable playing second fiddle to alcohol.
9.) Songbirds: People who dance with the music with real intent of singing along with it. They do not enjoy house music that do not have vocals or aren’t as popular. They prefer House mixes of pop songs that they could sing to. While dancing, they even close their eyes and sing along. This doesn’t make them bad people; it just makes them really irritating.
8.) Solo-Pilot: The loner. He or she goes to a bar to look for new friends. They are extra-friendly and even offer to buy you drinks. Unfortunately, your new found friendship ends quickly. The reason why he or she is always on the prowl for his or her new best friend is because s/he can’t keep a stable friendship.
7.) Networker: A person who goes to parties to make people feel comfortable with them, and then they proceed to sell them stuff. They go to parties to gain connections for their business. These people usually seem fun and fabulous, but they are very deceitful. THEY WILL LEAVE YO FEELING USED.
6.) Dirties: Also known as “Dirty Old Men”, these old guys are exactly like Sharks. The only difference is that they are older, usually heavier, richer, and have more power. Trust me, they do not look cute. If you do not want to look like you are partying with you Papa, leave your friendly neighborhood Dirty at home. LUCKILY THEY ARE EASY TO SPOT. JUST FOLLOW YOUR NOSE AND AVOID PLACES THAT REMINDS YOU OF YOUR CHILDHOOD. IF YOU SMELL SOMEONE WITH AN OLD SCHOOL SCENT LIKE DRAKKAR NOIR, CHAPS, OR SOMETHING AS OLD…YOU ARE PROBABALY IN THE MIDST OF A DIRTY.
5.) Miners: Also known as Gold Diggers, these girls love Dirties because they are the easiest target. They go to a bar to look for the next old man to get money from. They may act innocent, but these girls know how to play the money game.
4.) Newbie: First-timers in the party scene. They move scour the club with wide-eyed excitement, and you can feel it when they enter the bar. They aren’t quite sure what to do, and everything they choose to do seem awkward. If you spot one, beware. There is a huge possibility that this party-newbie will puke all over the bar (being too excited to party, s/he over-drinks).
3.) Shark: Also known as “players”. These are guys who scout the premises to find their next girl friend, fling, or lay. If you are a female, beware of sharks, your relationship might end the next time he has an opportunity to party.
2.) Leech: The guy with the DJ. He has no actual function. He just stands by the DJ and avails of the free drinks the DJ gets; and sometimes, the chicks too.
1.) Ninja: People who disappear when it is time to pay, or when they are too drunk. These people come to a party late, but leave early. When they are too tired, too drunk, or too poor they decide to leave the bar without even waving ‘goodbye’ to their friends.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
You know you party too much when:
10.) spend thousands of pesos just to go to a hot party outside the city
9.) your Mom goes on a trip abroad and brings your siblings shirts and chocolates; and then hands you a souvenir shot glass.
8.) Daddy dearest starts calling rehabilitation centers for alcoholism. Trust me; Alcoholics Anonymous is not the coolest club to join.
7.) You step inside a bar alone and actually find drinking buddies within five minutes.
6.) You think poles are only used for dancing.
5.) You have a stash of alcohol under your bed and your very own disco ball under your bed for easy, late-night, access
4.) You start measuring distances by the number of beer bottles you would have consumed by the time you got there.
3.) You’ve actually named your kids after alcoholic beverages like Nikka, Brandy, and Kahlua. Just promise me you WILL NOT name your child beefeater or Jagermeister.
2.) you never drink and drive to avoid spilling your drink.
1.) When you wake up on a Sunday morning….and you are still inside a bar.
- 1 shot of gin
- 1 shot of vodka
- 1 shot of tequila
- 1 shot of light rum
- 1 dash of brandy
- 1 dash of scotch
- 1 dash of grenadine
- 2 shots of orange juice
- 2 shots of pineapple juice