As how it tags itself, “better by reservations”. This is one of the most crucial yet essential things to do when going to KaLui (pronounced as “Kalúwee”). This is primarily for the reason that the place cannot cater a lot of people in a span.
It was drizzling when we arrived at KaLui’s eerie facade. If you look at it from a far, it appears to be an ordinary, exclusive bar. But once you enter in its interior, you would say that “first impressions don’t last.”
Together with my office mate, we were about to get inside in order to comfortably plump ourselves when suddenly, the food attendant barricaded us at the front door and told us that the tables are full. It crushed my appetite as if I was in a hunger strike. (Bazinga for the last part!)
I didn’t believe him the first time but when I rested my eyes on a framed note, I was completely convinced and almost lost hope.
The food attendant told us that if we could wait until 9:30PM, we could probably have a table. Keyword, probably. It was 6:50PM, by the way. So we tried to wait for a while. About 3-5 minutes later, he tried to call his fellow FA inside the resto via earphone intercom (like agents), if there will be any chance for us to have our dinner. Fortunately, there was an available table for us!Well, what do you know?!
The interesting thing about this restaurant is that they impose a barefoot experience policy inside the area. In other words, you cannot go inside with your shoes or slippers. Instead, you leave them inside the small lockers or mini-baskets.
After which, we headed our way to the vacant table at the halfway point of the restaurant. It was also the drizzle that added to the ambient feel of the place. Yellow dimmed lights, native architectural design, classic portraits and artworks, acoustic instrumental music, and good service. All of these welcomed us as we sat with pure comfort.
- KaLui Special of the Day Set - Fish Steak, Prawns, Veggies of the Day, Fish Roll in Coco Cream, Rice and Starters (set à la family, pwede for two). (P395 or $9-10)
- Palawan Seafood Sisig (P195 or $4-5)
- Coco Banana (2) - Fruit Shake. (P65 or $1.5-2)
- Extra Rice (2)
Sneak Peak (Note: Low-res pictures)
After a quick stroll of the vicinity, I was heading my way back to the table and from afar, I saw that my workmate was already sipping a tiny bowl of soup. I quickly perched onto my chair and took some sips while waiting for the main course.
In a few minutes, dinner was served!
When all is [eaten] and done, one thing I can say is this:
It’s all because of the sauce!!!
The coco cream was undeniably very palatable as it slides down through my throat with sugar and spice. It was like an epitome of the curry sauce. I would want to go back for it again soon. The sauce of the Veggies of the Day was also interesting.
A few moments later, when we were about to get our bill out… the FA served us a coconut bowl of fresh cold fruits. That was actually a complimentary dessert for their customers. Bits and cuts of watermelon, pineapple, green mango, banana and papaya. And of course, coconut meat of its insides. Let’s call it, the finishing touch!
There were a lot of tourists and foreigners who dined like the Americans, Brits, French, Asians and many others.
If you are a seafood enthusiast or a vegetarian, well, this will not just be your haven. It will be your heaven. The food, place, and service are impressive. What they may probably lack is free service of a glass of water, because it’s self-service.
About the cost? Well, the price is right. No need for tips because the service charge has it covered.
Aurora Borealis? Nope. It’s actually black and some shades of grey.
Batman? Close. Although it is under a competing franchise.
Spotlight? Nah. Not even close.
Star Wars? As much as I want to say yes, no.
Star Trek? Seriously?
Black Hole? Yeah, it’s black. But it’s not a hole. It’s flat.
Alien invasion? No way.
Black wallpaper? Well, if you want to leave it that way.
Tim Burton? Nice try.
Symbiote Spiderman? Superhero”es”.
Symbiote Spidermen? Are you kidding me? But it’s close.
Hint: Captain America.
The New Avengers? Close! Close!
The Avengers? Bingo!
How is it related to The Avengers? Good question.
The bigger screen invades the big screens on 27 September 12. SM Lanang Premier introduces Davao’s first IMAX Cinema.
You’re in a bookstore with some extra cash and you have the strong urge to buy yourself a good book. The only problem is you have no idea just what book you want. You draw a blank on what books your friends have recommended or the book on the to-read list you left at home.
How do you make sure you get your money’s worth on literature?
As daunting as it may seem to look for the perfect book in a sea of seemingly infinite options, there are many ways you can narrow down you options.
First of all, start by looking for that specific section in the bookstore where your usual choices are. If you usually buy biographies, go look in the non-fiction section. Fantasy fan? Go to the young adults section where fiction books abound. If you’re not sure where a certain genre is, don’t be afraid to ask a bookstore employee. The less time you spend wandering, lost around the bookstore, the more time you have to find that perfect book.
When you get to the bookstore section of your choice, start looking at the book titles and covers. While it is a common belief that a book should not be judged by its cover, the designs on the front of a book say a lot about what its about. Sentimental images of a man and woman or silhouettes of holding hands imply a love story. Guns and jewelry on a cover connotes a modern action story. The title can help you get a general idea of a plot as well. Key nouns like the “Hunger Games” or the “Fight Club” give crucial clues on what the book is about.
Lastly, the best way to get a quick grasp of a book is to read its blurb. A blurb is what you call that little summary you usually find at the back or behind the cover of the book. It’ll give you the names of the main characters, the beginnings of the plot, and even a look into the author’s writing style. Beware of books that have misleading blurbs! Try looking through the book itself, if you can, to get a better feel and see if it’s really for you.
It’s never easy to find the perfect book. With all your options, it’s inevitable that you sometimes pick out the wrong one. But keep in mind that the perfect book is out there. It’s only a matter of time until you find it.
Feature: How-to / Utility Writer: Marisse T. Sonido School: Assumption Antipolo - High School, Rizal, Philippines
I don’t want to write because I’m pressured to. I don’t want to write because somebody wants me to. I don’t want to write because I need to.
I write because I want to. I write because I like to. I write because I love to.
Most of the time, quality is compromised. It shouldn’t be. It should be a calibrated fluid that gracefully flows through your blood. From your cerebral cortex to the tips of your fingers. Writing should be an unending lifestyle of a writer. No excuses, no reasons. It should be as real as it can be.
Write not because you feel like writing. Write because you have something to tell. You have something to express–not to impress. Write because that’s how you’re wired for.
Write now. Right now.