The Magician Efren “Bata” Reyes defeats World Champion Wu Jian Qing – 30 Dec. 2011

Efren “Bata” Reyes is called the Magician because of his amazing skill and, especially, his trick shots. But to see him live is astounding. 


Bata was not expected to win against Wu, the young champion, but he played with confidence and aplomb. 


Bata led early but we wondered if he was tiring because Wu was catching up. Then Wu scratched to the delight of the hometown crowd.

Despite the long match, Bata was still friendly towards his fans. Truly an amazing gentleman. 

I don’t often have my photo taken with celebrities but with Efren “Bata” Reyes, I was delighted to do so. 

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Recession Café in Digital Walker, Eastwood Mall, Quezon City

Recession Coffee, where you decide how much to pay for your coffee. 

While waiting for the wifey and her brother to finish watching their horror movie, I walked around the unfamiliar mall. I saw Digital Walker, purveyor of iPhones, iPads, and the requisite accessories. 

Nested within the store was Recession Coffee. Needing to wake up after the New Year festivities, I ordered my usual no-frills cup of brewed coffee. 

The counter lady asked me how much I wanted to pay, which took me aback. “What? I decide what to pay?” Are these people crazy, asking that of a Father of two who has spent a lot on gifts and holiday festivities?

Stalling for time while gathering my sleepy senses, I ask, “How large is the cup?” They point to a small paper cup. “Ok, 50 pesos,” I blurt out and hand them the bill. With a modicum of guilt, I put 20 pesos in the tip box. 

I sit down and see the sign, “Average P125.50” which means I have underpaid, tip and all. 

Nonplussed, I decide to take photos and blog about the experience. I am a professional photographe and long-time writer after all. 

Here’s hoping Recession Coffee sees this blog and feels that this is fair. Or maybe I hope they’ve forgotten all about the cheapskate that dropped by earlier today. 

I like that they call their coffee beans “Dark Matter” but was this before the popular TV show came out?


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