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Un Granfalloon at Penguin Café December 16, 2005 Friday

Un Granfalloon at Penguin Café

I would have been just Mimsy's sabit, but Eisa Jocson (artist, fitness buff, skin diver and UPM member), gave me an invite to her art exhibit, Un Granfalloon at the Penguin Café, my favorite haunt back-in-the-day. Also exhibiting were familiar faces from the College of Fine Arts - Pog Gomez, Nina Laurel and Sarah de Veyra. Gracing the occasion were Maita Gomez (beauty queen turned activist turned teacher), Egay Roxas (one of the few people I know who survived remaining a hippie without selling out) and sultry UPM member, Alyx.

Daddy Talk
I was busy hopping from table to table when Eisa grabbed me to meet her dad, Louie. Being a dad myself, I guess we defaulted to an initial daddy-talk. I wasn't sure if I was playing a daddy role or going with the flow. It felt funny being unsure - I was hanging out with his daughter, but I was older than him! Anyways, after warming up, we started talking more about ourselves and our own thing. Cool guy though! I think parents who took the time to be there in support of their kids (ha-ha...more like consenting adults) are totally cool. Nina's folks were there...and so were Pog's.

Hedwig
As I walked around to see the art work, I came upon one of Eisa's drawing which reminded me of Hedwig...or at least the animation played in the movie, Hedwig and the Angry Inch. I continue to hurt for that movie. I've played it a zillion times and still couldn't get enough of it. Too bad I left my copy in Canada.

Ending Thoughts
I've frequented Penguin Café back in the day when New Wave was the order of the day. Pepe Smith and the bohemians of the era would hang-out there to chill and hang loose. The faces are different this time but the vibe remains the same. I had a great time even without the adrenaline...Penguin rocks.

--- TheLoneRider

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