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Sobering Up: The Morning After Chronicles

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Watching the tally with tea and polvoron for a bit of a patriotic twist

This has been one emotional election.

I think there’s no better way to start this entry than with this simple, admittedly “safe” (or impartial) statement, because it is what it is: Poignant, unfiltered, unadulterated, and true.

Election season in this country, after all, has always been tinged with a lot of passion.

That being said, as I crashed on the couch after braving the scorching heat and crowds to wait two hours to exercise my freedom to vote, I thought… Why am I so adamant about my right of suffrage?

Then I looked at my blog and realized: it’s THIS.

Think about it: I am free to be an opinionated (not necessarily always correct) female wino in a country that is beginning to enjoy the freedom to travel and learn about wines. I am not treated less with the work that I do versus a man, because our country has one of the best gender equality records in the workforce. The constitution allows me to pursue a career in alcohol, as long as I stay within legal bounds.

I slept during the night of the elections admittedly with a huge apprehension about its outcome… One of my friends put it well: “I am very thankful that I am still able to exercise suffrage… I can only hope that my children and their children will not have that right taken from them.”

That’s it, really… Once the dust has settled, I hope to keep the rights I’m enjoying right now as a Filipina wine professional.

Additionally, I understand that no change in leadership will change the fact that true progress requires unity, cooperation, and selflessness… Selflessness includes queuing properly, not drinking to excess (which will potentially harm the drinker and the people around him), ceasing the practice of giving importers a hard time if there’s no grease money… It will absolutely need to begin with each one of us.

So as we sober up after all the heated arguments, bickering, passionate (and occasionally crass) political discussions, I hope we move on and up together as one united nation.

 

I promise to be back with a less sober topic in the next entry. 😉 Cheers!

 

Moving On

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Beer Adventures in Amsterdam

 

I admittedly found it a struggle to begin my article on Amsterdam. A lot of things were swimming in my head and were causing me to keep stumbling over that infamous “writer’s block”: APEC issues, the terrorist attacks, the fact that my last article was admittedly a pretty heavy one… Would a blog entry on our experiences in Amsterdam be untimely, insensitive, or inappropriate?

After a couple of beers, a conversation with one of our French friends, and a James Bond marathon in the heart of APEC lockdown central (that is, Makati CBD), a phrase hit me: MOVE ON. I feel like that phrase sums up everything I need to start this particular piece.

One of the definitions of “move on” in thefreedictionary.com is “to go or cause (someone) to leave somewhere”, and on an incredibly shallow note, that’s precisely what we did in October: We left Paris for Amsterdam.

Another definition (which I personally like) is “to put a difficult experience behind one and progress mentally or emotionally”. When we did our research about things to do in Amsterdam, the first suggestions that pop up online involve incredibly opposing things: The Anne Frank House, followed by the legendary “coffee shops”. It’s a poignant evidence that Amsterdam has moved on from the aftermath of a devastating war (for which they were leveled) and have now “progressed” and “evolved” into one of the happiest countries in the world, known for embracing multiple forms of leisure activities.

An activity that appealed to the beverage nerd in me involved a beer tour with Urban Adventures. Sean was an amazing tour guide, showing us a different perspective on beer and the Amsterdam drinking scene. He introduced us to a hip microbrewery (Bier Fabriek is legendary for making delicious chicken, which goes well with their craft beer), the concept of seasonal beer brew (the autumn beer with notes of pumpkin and cinnamon in Beer Temple was divine), a proeflokaal (Wynand Fockink) that makes their own liqueur (Sean also showed me how to properly to drink one), and a shop that sells and supports small businesses in Amsterdam (with special emphasis on microbrewers).

Admittedly, prior to the tour, I found it challenging to wrap my head around beer (a lot of varieties and brands exist our there). After a couple of hours of talking to Sean, I learned to approach it from a point of preference. It seems so simple yet complex at the same time, but so far, it’s working on my end. Sean’s enthusiasm to get information on his favorite drinks out there, without the intimidating technical terms, or shoving snobby opinions on anyone, was contagious.

Am I moving on from wine to beer? In terms of evolution, I’d love to. I am eager to progress in my little beer knowledge… The best part of this is, the best way to learn is through “research”.

Wine and beer geek… It does have a nice ring to it.

What is your favorite beer? Cheers!