Monday, June 24, 2013

Supermoon 2013

If you missed to see the supermoon this weekend, you'll have to wait until August 2014 for the next one. About once a year, when the moon is at its most full and closest position relative to the Earth, it becomes the supermoon. "Supermoons" occur roughly every 14 months – and compared to regular full moons it appears more swollen and luminescent, by about 13 and 30 percent, respectively. The biggest-looking moon of 2013 flashed into the skies early on Sunday morning, although photographers were able to snap it both Saturday and Sunday nights. Here are some of the best of what they saw all around the world. Source:  The Atlantic Cities...

Seen from West Orange, New Jersey -Credit: Gary Hershorn/Reuters

In business district of Madrid, Reuters

Over Tagus River, in Lisbon (Portugal) National Geographic


 Manila in the Philippines in a picture by National Geographic My Shot user Linga Fresco, Jr.

Over the London skyline Photograph by Suzanne Plunkett, Reuters

at the Supertrees Grove At the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore (REUTERS/Tim Chong)

Over a Rio de Janeiro shantytown Credit: Victor R. Caivano/AP
I had the chance to admire the beautiful supermoon last night.  What a treat!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Indonesian Bazar in Madrid 2013

Today, we had lunch in the Indonesian Embassy in their celebration of a bazar to obtain donations for Indonesian  schooling both for children in Madrid as well as in their own country.  The public response was quite enormous but it was a good thing that we came early for lunch and avoided a long queue to buy tickets for food and other items for sale.  There was no entrance fee though.  Here are some of our pictures:

There was a program for local  dances and other musical presentations with colorful costumes  and the Indonesian ladies were quite cooperative in posing  for pictures to please the crowd.



This is their version of our Filipino  mixed fruits (halo halo)  with coconut milk and some of their native fruits, served with cubes of ice.


Of course the barbecue, was not to be missed!  They also served a variety of their local recipes.


They sold all sorts of stuff, from silk to insect keyholders...



There was a demonstration of how to make Nasi Goreng (fried rice with bits of chicken, egg, green onions, red pepper) with Ketjap manis, a sort of mixture between Ketchup and soy sauce with ginger, coriander, black pepper and water.


 This was the result which was served to the delight of the  public.




Ron loved these decorations.





It was an enjoyable celebration and I wish the Filipinos can also celebrate a bazar similar to what the Indonesians have every year to gather funds for a good cause, where sharing is fun and entertaining and stomach filling too!

It was a successful event but we did not stay long enough to see more of their programmed activities.  We had to leave room for courtesy to the rest of the people that were already crowding in to get some food to eat.

Friday, June 14, 2013

La Musa, A Different Restaurant in Madrid

Last night, I invited Ron for dinner and he took me to a quaint, fancy restaurant where a lot of foreigners go dressed up to dine out.  But of course, us Madrileños are used to dining out in casual attires, jejeje.  It has a vintage decoration with a touch of contemporary trends.  The food is international with fusion of strange mix which if you are in for new tastes at moderate prices, this is a fun place to go.  The servings are small but enough in a "Menú Degustación", which is a sample of their whole menu chart.

It is said that...

There is a classic restaurant in Malasaña, Madrid,  that reinvents itself continuously; a meeting point where from the nineties it continues to captivate young and not so young people in a warm and multicultural space.

By simply crossing  the threshold of its door and listening to the music, you are  moved to a place where you can enjoy new trends, not only gastronomically, but also for its interior architecture.   It seems like Andres Jaque Arquitectos has implemented a one minute acupuncture within the local space to surprise diners with small and sophisticated details:  a playful composition of light bulbs,  small tulips around a few tables, silk ceiling wires, bicycle wheels by the wall... All done to make you feel at home.  The appetizers are in small portions but served to be shared, and are the main customers' demand.  La Musa restaurant (The Muse)  will surprise you whenever you go, since its menu is in constant transformation..
 

You can see their menu here:
http://www.grupolamusa.com/images/carta_la_musa_2013.pdf

 
And here are some of our photos:




 

 


They even have a vertical garden in Malasaña in Madrid, but this is better when having a day's lunch.  The other place we went to was a better place to go for dinner.

Just sharing.