Brian Gorrell: the official mini-interview

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Brian Gorrell has proved that blogging is therapy, you don’t need a shrink. Still, there appears to be still a lot of pent-up anger and revelations that will be unveiled in his blog which has gripped Manila society by storm. Here, he replies to some of our questions begging to be answered. And okay, this will be the last of it!

Q. Your blog has become the most talked-about in town, what made you write it?

Brian: I wrote the blog out of sheer desperation. I was ignored for so long by so many people in Manila. No one cared that I had my entire life’s savings snatched away by my BOYFRIEND.

My blog has accomplished a few good things. So far,I have no money from DJ. But I have to look at the bigger picture as well. I am not selfish. It’s how come I am in the situation.

Q. What made you close th comments? We haven’t even seen the best of it yet.

Brian: I closed the comments section because my heart hurt. Its simple. I have been forced into this situation. I have been ignored and discarded. I am upset and very hurt. Devastated financially.
The whole thing started to get to me really.
But I kept thinking, 70,000 dollars. Its a lot of money for me. Everything I had.

Q. Relative to you, me and the rest of the ordinary folks, 70,000 dollars is a lot. What was the most expensive gift you gave DJ Montano?

Brian: Ha, the most expensive gift i gave DJ is my heart and soul. My spirit. My honesty.
He unwrapped them all with fever. Played with them for a while. And threw them on the pile of other old toys when he was done.

Q. What can you say to the opinion expressed by some people that you were “stupid” in ‘loaning’ him that big amount of money?

Brian: I understand that people think I am stupid. That I was stupid.

I was.
Its simple.
But I must warn others.
Because I was duped. Tricked. Swindled, Finessed. Robbed. Griftered. Humiliated.

And now I have no savings. And my HIV is not going away any time soon.


The Gucci Gang, & why ChikaTime is “it”

For almost two weeks now, the local blogosphere has been abuzz with gossip so juicy that it threatened to put the ZTE scandal into oblivion. “Aggrieved” blogger Brian Gorrell has torn down most of the controversial posts and gazillion comments. What remains are the last three posts, with a promise to republish the juicy portions if his former lover continues not to pay him.

Question ko lang: ano naman ang ibabayad ni Delfin Montano kung sinasabi nga ni BG na ang kotse ng social climber DJ na ito ay walang aircon (!!) at di sinusuwelduhan ang driver for three months??

If Mr. Gorrell is HIV-positive, how close to positive is DJ Montano?

Western Union is laos na, and expensive pa. Mas sosyal ang Ikobo prepaid card. Ikobo is an advertiser of this blog and they recently sent me a reloadable prepaid card (plugging!:P) where I didn’t encounter any hassle withdrawing from ATMs or using it to shop and swipe, a la Visa or Mastercard.

My friend Timotea asked why I haven’t made a post about the Gucci Gang expose. The obvious reason is that the topic is a little “off” for this blog. The coke-snorting ways of Manila’s elite young set is so detached from my life. I’d rather plan my next bento, or braid my twins’ hair, or blog. Besides, I hardly even drink Coke. D


Dress up your meal or ‘baon’ by going bento

This being exam week, I decided to motivate my kids to do well by making their ‘baon’ (brown bag meal) a little more special. And when I think of something more special than the usual pack of Oreos and peanut butter sandwich, all I can think about is a bento. It’s something I’ve wanted to do as a project anyway. In Japan, mothers pride themselves in making artistic bento meals for their kids. I like the fact that preparing a bento can be a good venue for creative expression as you plan the colors, textures and shapes that should go into the box. There is also room to include everything in the major food groups, rather than the junk food that our kids are bound to have. With the right presentation, kids can change their mind about eating healthy fruits and veggies after all.

My Pinoy Bento with Pokemon

I call this our Pinoy bento which the kids had as a meal in the house.

What went inside the box:

braised pork adobo with hard-boiled egg
lumpiang sariwa (fresh egg rolls made of ubod or palm tree trunk) with brown sauce
buttered mixed vegetables
cupcake with chocolate swirl (bought from our local bakery)
rice with fish ball decor

hello Kitty bento

The Hello Kitty Bento which the kids brought to school:

Chicken Nuggets Fun Shapes
Mixed veggies
Star- Shaped Mini-Pancakes with syrup

veer away from the usual round pancakes by shaping it with a cookie cutter!


Heads or Tails, Happy Cream Puff, & Kopi Roti in Malate


The original kaya and coffee bun place, Kopi Roti, finally opens in my home base of Malate! The place is something I prefer over Starbucks and other big coffee you can just imagine my excitement when they opened in the tourist district (if you can still call it that). Afternoons now find me there to satiate my coffee with condensed milk cravings. It always makes me feel guilty to munch on their kaya toast slathered with those sinful slices of butter, but then again it’s one of those great dessert joys for me. Go ahead, ask your server to give you more kaya if you find it wanting; or ask them to reduce the milk if you want a less sweeter, stronger cuppa joe. Kopi Roti Malate is situated in Adriatico St., right in front of Hostel 1632, adjacent to Rothmann Hotel and a walking distance from Pan Pacific Manila.

Cream puffs

Happy Cream Puff was something I stumbled upon while visiting SM Southmall and I adored their cute mini sizes (priced at only P10) because they were not too sweet. The creamy center complements the toppings which comes in different flavors such as dark & white choco, almond, butter sugar and others. This is a Japanese-owned place which hasn’t franchised yet and the lone stall is in the SM Southmall food court. They also do made-to-order croquemboche for special celebrations like weddings and birthdays.


Cowrie shells at the Cowrie Grill, Manila Hotel

This is a photo tribute to the Cowrie Grill of the Manila Hotel, one the metro’s enduring fine dining places which was opened in 1976 as a symbol of opulence of the (fill your own adjective here) Marcos era.

On a business lunch there recently, I couldn’t help but gape at the precious cowries on display. Cowrie curtains. Intricate cowrie wall accessories. And the grand centerpiece - a cowrie chandelier that is composed of 1,592 cowrie pieces stringed together (the figure is from hotel scion Emilio Yap III, hope I remembered the number right).

Hard-to-find cowries are prized by collectors from all over the world. They are also used in expensive jewelry, and even as currency in some parts. It is amazing that these gems exist in a place in Manila. I would put the Cowrie Grill on your must- go to list. If you plan to go on a date, the prices aren’t too bad either.

Cowrie chandelier

The Cowrie sun?