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Elsewhere on the Interwebz…

Apologies dear friends for the lack of updates on the blog. I’ve actually been … elsewhere!


If you’re into video games, my guesting on the OMGeek Podcast is becoming a regular thing and I have been invited back for Episode III where the OMGeek crew of James, Mike and Jed go very meta into Player vs Character. Do have a listen and if you like the show, please subscribe to the podcast through iTunes or through the Stitcher mobile app.

lori and jonathan magnum opus podcast

A couple of weeks ago, Lori Baltazar invited me to be one of her podcast extras in my definite #1 coffee shop in the south. This is, of course Magnum Opus Fine Coffees in BF Homes along Aguirre Avenue. Do me a favor and head on over to Dessert Comes First to watch this episode!

8list fatherhood

Last but definitely not the least, do check out a piece I wrote for 8List titled ‘8 Things You Should Do as an Expectant Father.’ Do follow the 8List crew for your daily dose of **biting** lists. For those who don’t know, I’m also the Editor in Chief.

Aaaand that’s it for the link love this week. Geeky updates coming soon!

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Jonathan’s Greatest Work: Magnum Opus Fine Coffees

Belgian Heartbreaker

Jonathan is what I would call the “reverse bartender.” He’ll listen to you. He’ll engage in small talk but in return he’ll serve you an upper. Jonathan Choi is the proprietor and head bean of Magnum Opus Fine Coffees, an artisan coffee shop located in the always-busy intersection between Aguirre Ave and Elizalde in BF Homes, Paranaque.

Jonathan recognized me from my days with the Hinge-Inquirer group doing a little (big-sized!) magazine known as m|PH. Yes I was famous before the Internet. JK!

In an article I wrote for 8list last week, I outlined the 8 reasons why ‘Magnum Opus’ is the definitive coffee geek’s haven in the south. for one, the Belgian Heartbreaker won me over:

I insisted on his personal take of a café mocha which was essentially an amalgamation of ristretto (quickly pulled espresso shot so it’s not watery), cream and molten Belgian chocolate all served in a short martini glass. The sum is a creamy, frothy tug of war between the jolt of an espresso shot and dark chocolate. This feeling is what the great Greek poet Horace refers to in his poem to Murena, ‘The Golden Mean.’

‘The Golden Mean’ was a Horatian ode that deconstructed the topic of ‘balance’ in the same way that the Dark and Light sides of ‘The Force’ must be kept in check.


On my first visit, Jonathan confirmed a suspicion about how I make coffee. I’ve postulated that my el-cheapo handpresso can pull a better shot of espresso than my relatively more expensive 16 bar espresso machine.

Tarry no further. Do have a read over at 8list.


Magnum Opus Fine Coffees

115 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes Parañaque.
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