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Happy Independence day!

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

So many people and countries had contributed to the Independence of the Philippines. I don’t want to sound corny, but let’s do our part in building our nation in whatever way we can. Live honestly. Be active and support programs in the community. Continue to be hospitable to visitors to the country. I’m sure you can think of some more ideas!
I went to the American Cemetery at Fort Bonifacio the other day, this is a memorial for those American soldiers who fought along side with Filipinoes against the Japanese occupying the Philippines at that time. I thought that this would be a good time to share those pictures.

On the walls, you can see the name, rank and place of origin of the soldiers.

The Cake Club

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008


I’ve always wondered about that little stall in front of Healthy Options and beside National Bookstore at Powerplant Mall in Makati. They have these delectable cakes on display. Last week, I found out it’s called The Cake Club with creations from Diamond Hotel. Thanks to Superbong, I got a taste of the goodies last week when they had an event to launch their store with a Dessert Buffet.

Here are some of the pictures of the Dessert Buffet. No drooling please.  :)


Diamond Hotel’s signature Supermoist Choco cake. My favorite! Sugar-free aloe jelly.

For more info, you may drop by Diamond Hotel along Roxas Boulevard,  or call Diamond Hotel’s Indulgence Office at 305-3000 or email indulgence [at] diamondhotel.com.

Independence day reminder for me

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

On my way to work today, I saw that the lamp posts on the road were decorated with the Philippine flag. Seeing the flags against the clear blue sky, I realized that even though the inflation rate is predicted to be up to double figures this coming months, even though there were MMDAs at every corner preying on innocent drivers, even though there is poverty and beggars on the streets, it is still good to be living in a free country. Cliche, I know, but we can all still do something make this a better country.

Here’s a picture I took of the People Power monument along EDSA 2 nights ago. They were putting up the Philippine flag for June 12.

Slippers everywhere!

Friday, May 9th, 2008

Last Labor day holiday, I accompanied my friend for a day trip to Liliw, Laguna for her “slippers fix”. Liliw is the slipper capital of Laguna province. My friend went there last year and apparently, she plans to go there every year for her stock of slippers. She liked the slippers because they are a lot cheaper to buy from there and made of natural “cogon” materials. Cogon is dried up leaves of a certain tree I think. Anyway, the material is very breathable and durable. It’s perfect for the summer months. Anyway, locals here wear slippers to go anywhere! So I tagged along for the trip.

We took SLEX all the way to the end exit at Calamba, headed towards Sta. Cruz on the main road. We turned right when we saw a Jollibee before Pagsanjan. You can also take the other route, instead of Sta. Cruz, take San Juan. You can ask the friendly people there for directions “yung may mga tsinelas” (literal translation is “where the slippers are”) hehe… the whole trip took about 3.5 hrs. They’re still doing road expansion on SLEX which caused much of the delay.

Finally we arrived! It was drizzling so we hopped from one shop to another. I was surprised to see the place so festive, to think that the place isn’t a tourist spot. Only when we walked around a bit did I learn that it’s still their Tsinelas Festival! I’ve heard of the festival but didn’t realize that it lasted a week or so. What a treat! The place was really decked up with Tsinelas big and small!

 We had the chance to see the huge Tsinelas float as well as the band with the local kids with tsinelas outfits (from their headgear to their feet!)

tsinelas float

1 of the 2 tsinelas float

liliw city hall

Newly painted Liliw city hall

dancing tsinelas kids

My camera battery died so I had to take this picture with my cam phone. :) See the kids with golden tsinelas on their heads too? Towards the back you can see the 2nd giant tsinelas float.

I’ll share more of my pictures of the place in the coming days.

I’m sanriotown’s blog of the week!

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

Woohoo! I got chosen as Sanriotown blog of the week!  Many thanks to the people of sanriotown and thanks too for the great write up!

im blog of the week

 Stay tuned to read up about my shopping trip to Liliw, Laguna which also happened to be on the weekend of the Tsinelas (Slippers) Festival. Yup yup! There is such a festival!

Chile volcano eruption

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

The news of the latest volcano eruption in Chile reminded me of Mt. Pinatubo’s eruption about 10 years ago. I recall that I was at home and wondered why our floor was so dirty. Only when I switched on the TV did I find out that Mt. Pinatubo had erupted.

Although I just recently enjoyed a leisurely trip to the crater of Mt. Pinatubo, I do recall the pain and anguish of those people who had to evacuate their homes at the foot and nearby areas of the volcano… especially those who had their homes and loved ones, washed away or buried by the ash (lahar).
Although we can only help and empathize with them now, it helps to remember that this too shall pass…

Chile volcano eruption

chile volcano

The strong winds had blown ash from the volcano to the nearby city

Photos were taken from BBC and guardian.co.uk

Makati founding anniversary street art

Monday, May 5th, 2008

I found this cool picture of the street art by local artist Edgar Talusan-Fernandez and Neil Doloricon on Ayala Avenue in Makati for the 338th founding anniversary of the city.

Photo and news from inquirer.net

Yay for more women runners!

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

Yay for more women runners! I was glad to see the picture of the publisher of Inquirer Sunday on the front page of this morning’s Inquirer newspaper. She was running and carrying the torch during the 94KM relay run on Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway last Sunday. t always encourages and comforts me to see other women runners. I recall on the last Mizuno race I joined, I saw Sen. Pia Cayetano as we were running towards the finish line. I think she joined the 15k while I ran the 10k. Anyway, I thought this was a great picture but unfortunately, I can’t find a clearer and bigger picture to post here.

Looking at the main headline though is the alarming news that Meralco (electric company) increases their rates! Brings me back to my previous entry about biking or running to work. Maybe the newspaper is subliminally suggesting this.

P1800Last night, I stopped by the gas station and I told the guy to load up Php 1,800 worth of unleaded gas and this is what I saw on my gas meter!

Take a closer look…

p1800 close up

It’s not even a full tank!! :(

happy blog photo

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

I just saw an announcement on the sanriotown.com main blog and latest news section about the launch of happy blog banner What a great idea! Everyone can sure use some happy news and thoughts to make the day a bit cheerier!

Here’s my little contribution :) It’s my dog’s happy day when I took him out to do my errands the other day.

dog happy day car trip