Category: Etiquette

Max’s Restaurant, Bon Voyage To Marilou

Max’s Restaurant, Bon Voyage To Marilou

After 3 weeks, Marilou is going back to Los Angeles, California tomorrow!

And as such, we had a family celebration at Max’s Restaurant in Malate, nearby Aristocrat.

Though we remembered our Mother dearly, the reason why we are here in the Philippines,  Marilou and I as well as Peter that is, the dinner at Max was also fun, filled with laughter and food galore.

The family were in full force.  There were Jon (my youngest brother), Alma (his wife), Ella May (their eldest), Michael (their middle child) and Jomari, their youngest.  Our lovely Dayday was also there, Marilou, Myself and Peter, are of course in attendance too.  We were missing our other brother, William, but his situation can’t be helped at the moment.

Anyway, we had a really sumptuous meal.  We had a starter of Lumpiang Sariwa (fresh lumpia) made from finely chopped ubod, garlic, lettuce with sweetened sauce.

For mains, we had deep fried bangus with vinegar dip ( I must say their vinegar is really potent, it was so sour if almost blew my sinuses away), there was roasted crackling of loin pork with lechon-like sauce, there was sinigang na hipon (large shrimps in sour tamarind base soup), there was also kare-kare with a complementary shrimp bagoong. And of course, we had Max’s signature dish, their own recipe of roasted chicken.

There where so much to eat that we were all struggling in the end only to be given a dainty glass full of emerald-like jelly and tapioca/sago called buco pandan pudding.

These were all washed off with glasses of delectable pineapple juice and gallons of iced-water.

I can’t fault Max in anyway, the food was truly good and the service was exemplary.

I supposed, it comes from experience.  It all started in 1945, when Maximo Gimenez, a teacher, started serving chicken and drinks to American troops he befriended stationed near Quezon City.  Maximo’s niece, Ruby, more fondly known as Nanay Ruby was part of the making of the brand according to a caption on a picture proudly displayed in their restaurant.  She created the now famous Max’ chicken, which is tender and juicy in the inside but crispy outside.

The dinner celebration is a fitting homage to a wonderful, beautiful sister.  This is not goodbye but an au revoir, Marilou.  We will see each other again soon.

Be safe in your trip back home!

Our love from us all.

Toilet Queueing – Filipino Style

Harrison Plaza Comfort Rooms, Photo by JMorton

Cultural Center of the Philippines Ladies, Photo by JMorton

Toilet Queueing – Filipino Style

We were shopping at Tutuban Centre and Divisoria today, when we had to use the toilet.  Toilet in the Philippines is more popularly known as CR, short for Comfort Room.

Though there were plenty of women waiting for a vacant cubicle, like everyday anywhere else in the world, I noticed the queuing system is different from the process practised by the queue-loving people of the United Kingdom 🙂 , who hate queue jumpers and disorderly lines.

In the Philippines, the queue is not a single line like in the UK, where you don’t get to choose which toilet to go to but what is available after those ahead of you are finished.

Today, I noticed that you form a line in front of the toilet of your choice.

Without knowing this at first, I almost blurted out that I was there first and not to queue-jump.  Thankfully, I noticed what was happening immediately, otherwise I may have been lynched by bladder-bursting compatriots 🙂 🙂 🙂


Toilets at the Cultural Center of the Philippines was the most beautiful and cleanest I have been to in the Manila.

Mano Po, Filipino Tradition

Mano po,

Mano Po, Filipino Tradition

Mano po is a traditional show of respect and greetings to elders.

For the more materialistic, lol, the ‘mano po’ towards godparents, aunties and uncles you have not seen for a long time means it is time for them to bless their godchildren/nephews/nieces with some money.  LOL

What is mano po?

Mano is a Spanish word, which was from a Latin word, manu meaning hand.  As in the word manufacture with root words of manu – hand, and facture – made, handmade.

Po is a Pilipino word which is a term to show respect to your elders or those in a high position (they can be older or even younger but hold high office or they can be quite prominent in the society)

Mano might be from a Spanish word but apparently, this tradition has been practised by Filipinos long before the coming of the Spaniards.

Neighbouring Asian countries such as Indonesia and Brunei have their own version.

Anyway mano might have some Catholic basis in the sense that Catholic bishops wear consecrated episcopal rings that are kissed by priests and parishioners as a show of respect and reverence.

Mano po on the other hand,  is slightly different as the hand is not kissed but gently touched into the forehead of the one offering his/her respect.

A particularly respectful person practices mano po every time they get home as a sign of greeting to their elders.  This could be done many times a day.

Gaffes – Big Time Social Blunders

Foot in the mouth moment

Foot in the mouth moment

Have you had that experience when you said something and you wish you did not? Have you said some obvious blatant lies and you got found out? Have you said something so tactless that you wish the earth would shallow you that instant?

I am sure you have, as I have done a few times.

Saying or doing the wrong thing at the wrong time can make you a social outcast or not being popular for a period of time, if not forever.

Often when we have a foot in our mouth, we also try to put the other foot too.  We have been caught mightily with the gaffe and yet we continue to spin, until we are out of control. Learn to zip it.  Just bow your head gracefully and be quiet!

Gaffes – Big Time Social Blunders

Below are some of the gaffes that are guaranteed to offend so take care that you do not become an habitual offender.

  • Never assume a woman is pregnant if she has a bigger than usual tummy.  Mind the congratulations and felicitations. 🙂
  • Never assume that an older man with a younger woman or older woman and younger man to be father and daughter or mother and son. 🙂
  • Think twice or thrice before you post anything in Facebook or twitter (or other social media) something that you feel strongly about at the heat of the moment, this is especially important if it is about your boss or job.  Remember those friends you have in the social media.
  • Check who are on the recipient line when sending emails.

Wedding Proposals for the Masses

More and more people, especially celebrities, are choosing to have that most romantic of occasion – popping the question –  to be recorded, seen and observed by the masses as it was happening.

Marian Rivera & Dingdong Dantes

Marian Rivera & Dingdong Dantes

Philippines’ Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes (with the sobriquet of Royal Couple), who have been going out for a number of years and have been secretly engaged since 2012 couldn’t help themselves from indulging their sense of romance, and right in front of several millions of television viewers and internet users they went through the whole caboodle of being officially engaged, which was initiated by Dingdong going down on one knee brandishing an impressive Harry Winston bling to his lady love, who giggled and teared up throughout the preambling proposal.

Awww They are now slated to get wed towards the end of the year.

Heart Evangelista & Chiz Escudero

Heart Evangelista & Chiz Escudero

Not to be outdone, Senator Chiz Escudero popped the question to Philippines’ sweetheart, Heart Evangelista, a couple of days ago in front of blazing cameras of the press, family and friends as well.  Heart with her heart on her sleeve cried throughout the proposal.  Awww

Another couple is expected to follow suit, perhaps toward the end of the year but certainly no later than next year. We are talking of Angel Locsin and Luis Manzano of course.

All the weddings will be grand affairs, with no expense spared and of course, those who care will get to know every nitty gritty of the ceremony and celebration. It is sure to be covered by all local magazines and television entertainment and news programs.

To be fair, there is precedence to all these thorough coverage. European royals used to announce engagements as detailed as they can.

There was also a time when tradition had it that the new bride and groom’s first night had to be witnessed to ensure that the marriage was consummated. The next day, the sheet they slept in during their first night as man and wife would be hang into the castle/palace balcony, showing a stain of blood to announce that the bride was a virgin and is no longer. LOL

I hope the celebrities do not go this far! But then again virgin brides are now thin on the ground, even in the Catholic Philippines!

Dining Etiquette – Table Manners

At a dinner party one should eat wisely but not too well, and talk well but not too wisely.
– W. Somerset Maugham

Dining Etiquette – Table Manners

Screen-shot-2012-10-19-at-9.34.16-AM1GENERAL RULES ON TABLE ETIQUETTE

Refrain from making a noise when eating, or supping from a spoon, and from smacking the lips or breathing heavily while masticating food, as they are marks of ill-breeding. The lips should be kept closed in eating as much as possible.

It is rude and awkward to elevate your elbows and move your arms at the table, so as to incommode those on either side of you.

Whenever one or both hands are unoccupied, they should be kept below the table, and not pushed upon the table and into prominence.

Do not leave the table before the rest of the family or guests, without asking the head, or host, to excuse you, except at a hotel or boarding house.

Tea or coffee should never be poured into a saucer to cool, but sipped from the cup.

If a person wishes to be served with more tea or coffee, he should place his spoon in his saucer. If he has had sufficient, let it remain in the cup.

If by chance anything unpleasant is found in the food, such as a hair in the bread or a fly in the coffee, remove it without remark. Even though your own appetite be spoiled, it is well not to prejudice others.

Always make use of the butter-knife, sugar-spoon and salt-spoon, instead of using your knife, spoon or fingers.

Never, if possible, cough or sneeze at the table.

At home fold your napkin when you are done with it and place it in your ring. If you are visiting, leave your napkin unfolded beside your plate.

Eat neither too fast nor too slow.

Never lean back in your chair, nor sit too near or too far from the table.

Keep your elbows at your side, so that you may not inconvenience your neighbors.

Do not find fault with the food.

The old-fashioned habit of abstaining from taking the last piece upon the plate is no longer observed. It is to be supposed that the vacancy can be supplied, if necessary.

If a plate is handed you at the table, keep it yourself instead of passing it to a neighbor. If a dish is passed to you, serve yourself first, and then pass it on.

The host or hostess should not insist upon guests partaking of particular dishes; nor ask persons more than once, nor put anything on their plates which they have declined. It is ill-bred to urge a person to eat of anything after he has declined.

When sweet corn is served on the ear, the grain should be pared from it upon the plate, instead of being eaten from the cob.

Strive to keep the cloth as clean as possible, and use the edge of the plate or a side dish for potato skins and other refuse.