Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Subic Long Weekend

My long weekend was spent at Subic with college block mates. 

Mother Nature was seriously acting up so our plans of swimming didn't really push through. We did go to Anvaya Cove just to have lunch, though. 

Waiting for lunch to be served.

We bummed around mostly and just bonded with each other--reminiscing the good 'ol days in college, talking about... well, people, and catching up on each others' adventures. It's one of the best feelings.

Lazy day... love life drama.

Facebook-ing and stalking before sleeping.

I remember what Sev Sarmenta wrote in his blog about running back to classmates: 
"‎...we trust people who knew us when we were nobody in the world. Some were even classmates from prep and they knew you when you couldn’t find a hanky to blow your nose or couldn’t make it in time for the toilet." 
That's us!
(Minus one because he took the photo)
Really. "Nothing beats seeing each other again no matter how old you’ve become or what you’ve done in the world lately." 

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Moon Leaf in Katipunan

Moon Leaf Katipunan on a Saturday afternoon.
In all fairness, the drinks in Moon Leaf are actually good! It's living up to the positive reviews I've read so far. 

I've also been hearing good things about its competitor, Serenitea. That, I still have to try. 

Surprisingly, there were so many people at Moon Leaf's little stall behind Katipunan. For first timers, your landmark would probably be its crowd lining up along Abada street. It's hard not to spot--even on a quiet Saturday afternoon.

That's my Lychee Yakult with bubbles--three of my favorites in one drink. Pure heaven! For less than a hundred bucks, notice how big the drink is! 

This could actually go well with a shot of brandy! (Alcoholic?!)

Oh, the Hakka Milk Tea is also worth trying! 

Not to burst anyone's bubble... but Quickly, for me, still reigns supreme. Would Moon Leaf or Serenitea care to have a head-on Taro Taro competition with Quickly?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Tara Let's, Philippines!

Five years ago, the Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) launched the "Biyahe Tayo" music video as part of the "WOW Philippines!" campaign. 

Goosebumps. Teary eyes. I remember watching this over and over again. This made me extra proud to be Pinoy. I wanted to do everything the song mentioned!

Even our college thesis was inspired to help promote Philippine tourism. It was an attempt to create a comprehensive travel guide for the Filipino youth. 

Our thesis: "Tara Let's, Philippines!"
Logo design by Pow Santillan

With thesis mates Fidz and Giapeps in Vigan! We had such a blast!

Recently, the DOT launched a new campaign: "Pilipinas, Tara na!" (Very similar to our thesis, don't you think? Hehe.) An updated version of Biyahe Tayo was developed. This is the first of three videos:

"Nakapag-uwi ka na ba ng perlas mula Greenhills Sulu?" LOL.

The DOT probably figured that people needed new sights to see and adventures to plan. I actually like how the song mentions things that are so near to us--activities that we may take for granted: bargaining in Greenhills and Divisoria--even buying world-class shoes from Marikina! (Although I've never thought of buying shoes there.)

Let's go, DOT! Regardless if the campaign targets the Filipinos, the youth, OFWs or foreigners, just keep promoting the Philippines! And, oh, trust your ad agency this time.

Tara Let's, Philippines!

Monday, August 15, 2011

From Friends To Lovers

Sometimes I feel sad and sometimes I feel blue
But whenever I see you, I'm as happy as can be
For you bring a smile upon my face
And a feeling of joy within my heart

You're like my sunshine in the morning
and my stars that glow at night
You're like the waves in the ocean
the cool breeze in the wind

Like the call of the birds in the morning dew
Like the sounds of beauty in the night
You see all of these things are of beauty and love

That's how I feel whenever you are near
For it was the passion and desire from both of us
That opened up the world for our eyes to see

For our love of each other will grow and grow
And our needs and desires will be more everyday
For a friend you once were and will always be
Has turned into love as it should have been

So I want you to know as a friend and lover
that in my heart and arms you'll always stay
for our love for each other will never fade.


I first read this poem 6 years ago. Somehow, it stuck through the years. It captured my sentiments of being in love loving a friend-turned-lover. 

I long to experience this once again. Soon, hopefully. But not now. 


Thursday, August 11, 2011

Illegal Carpool Taxis

Recently, I avoided the MRT and lined up for the carpool taxi in Quezon Avenue. For P60, the taxi would take me, plus four other passengers, to Makati. 

I'm sure that all of us in line know that this is illegal. Nobody seems to care, though. 

Look. Who benefits?
  1. Me and my fellow commuters! Instead of spending P200+ on a solo taxi ride to Makati, we spend just P60! I even get dropped off at my building's doorstep!
  2. The barker! They earn P50 per cab! 
  3. The taxi drivers! Instant P250 and it's not even 9am yet!
  4. Mother Earth! Since this is a carpool system, less cars = less pollution!
The downside? 
  1. More expensive compared to riding the MRT. P60 vs P12.
  2. Longer ride compared to the MRT. It's a half hour to an hour's difference. 
  3. Cramped. But it's more cramped in the MRT.
  4. Taxi companies suffer. They end up earning less because people carpool.
  5. Government loses money. Is this really an issue? 
The benefits outweigh the drawbacks. What do you think?

I'm not saying that the government should make this legal just because it's rampant. Since carpooling has many benefits, they should find a legal way to continue this...whether it's developing a legal public carpool system or improve the existing public transport systems. 

In the meantime, here are some tips should you end up ride the morning carpool taxis:
  1. Barya lang po sa umaga. 
  2. Tell the driver ahead of time where you'd like to be dropped off.
  3. Try to sit in front. It's most comfortable. 
  4. Avoid sitting at the left side of the cab so the sun won't be in your face.
"Love your ride!"

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Deserving better

(C)rush Hour. Where did I hear this from? =))

Tuesday has never been this slow. My precious hours alive are wasted by just being on the road!

Traffic greeted me the sunniest "Good morning". The MRT was a drag. These are nothing new but today was a different animal.

I know I shouldn't be complaining since it's really my choice to commute. But what about the others who have no other sound option? We deserve better.

If only commuting wasn't as draining and time consuming, we'd all be more productive, peaceful and happy. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Army Navy's in Valero!

After an extra productive day at work, I treated myself to dinner here:

Army Navy is fairly new to Valero St. in Makati. It's my first time at this branch!

Here's a view from the seats outside. 

While waiting for my order, a fat becky approached this cute Afam seated across from me. Ugly Becky introduced himself as being poor and that he needed transportation money. 

Simple ways much?  

My all-time favorite Breakfast Burrito:
Flour Tortilla filled with longganisa, toasted hash-browns and scrambled eggs. 

P165 well spent. 

I usually order Freedom Fries and Libertea iced-tea to go with it. But not tonight. Unfortunately, I'm on a budget. 

While the food is yummy, Army Navy isn't my everyday meal. It's too expensive to have daily. That's why I reserve it for "special" days like today.

What was left from dinner. 
See the oil puddles? *burp*

When will this branch start issuing ORs? I still can't charge my OT meals!