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Doing the Right Thing

My parents raised me to do the right thing. At all times. Needless to say, I haven't always done the right thing. I have had my moments, and I am pretty sure I will have more. Today, I was faced with a tough decision. I don't really want to divulge the specifics here, but let's just say that I knew what I had to do but that didn't mean I wanted to do it. Heck, it took me about 3 hours to do a 1-hour task! Doing the right thing sucks sometimes. It can get people hurt. But it doesn't mean that I should blame myself. (I guess I am looking for some absolution here, in a way.) It doesn't mean that I should have done otherwise. I think I can sleep easy tonight, knowing that I was just doing my job. Then again, I would not be surprised if I had a nightmare or two...

Destination Cebu: Day Tour

This post is long overdue. We've been back in Manila for two weeks, and the effects of our vacation have long dissipated into thin air. Anyhow, for those who might be interested in visiting Cebu City, the designated "Queen City of the South," here is some info. How to get there Cebu is perhaps the easiest and cheapest destination if you want to take Cebu Pacific. They always have promos and they have so many daily flights to and from Cebu. In fact, I already checked tickets prices for September (for our Moalboal trip) and it would only cost us a little over PHP1000 (roughly USD20) roundtrip. Once you get to the Cebu Airport (this is in Mactan Island), you can rent a car to take you to your hotel, unless you have arranged transportation with your hotel. We were going straight to the pier to go to Bohol so we had no choice but to take the rental car. It wasn't that bad, PHP280. We were also lucky with our driver, Mang Jun. He was very pleasant and even agreed

Things I Like About Baguio

Yesterday, while I was waiting for a cab, my mind wandered to Baguio and other "provincial" places that I have been to. I couldn't help but notice the big differences that exist between Manila and those places. Baguio, for example. It is a city also but there are so many things to like - things different from the capital. 1. People are so much nicer. The sales people help you out without complaints. They actually go out of their way to help you! 2. Motorists are courteous. Generally, that is. I think that in the several hours of driving around the city, we heard a horn blown only once or twice. And the drivers actually let other drivers pass! 3. People know how to give directions. Now we only probably got lucky but each time we asked for directions - maybe a total of 5 times - we got clear instructions. Oh, and the people did not look as if they didn't want to stop and help. 4. The weather. I am not very good when it comes to cold. I was lucky t

From Razr to 1208

Trust me to highlight the consumerist aspect of things. What happened yesterday has deeper significance than the loss of Jerry's cell phone but for the life of me, I cannot think of a more "serious" post title. I suppose it is an effort to make light of the situation? After all, we have more "seriousness" than we can already handle... Anyhow, Jerry had his first " break-in " at the store just after I left for work yesterday. What happened was that as he was sitting there, a guy walked right into the store - he went past the wooden barrier and just plowed on ahead through the small gap that serves as the entrance. Naturally, Jerry asked to him to please stop and not go in. Since the guy just went on away without breaking his stride, Jerry immediately became on his guard. This guy handed him a piece of paper, asking for a donation at the same time. Jer said he couldn't read what was written on it - either because it was in Tagalog or it was

Mace or Something

I feel relatively safe in our neighborhood. It may not be THE area to live in but it is pretty decent and the people on our street seem alright. I can't deny the fact that up the street, closer to the highway, people kinda scare me. That's where Jerry got jumped one night. Also, when I man the store late at night, I get kinda edgy. That's why I have been looking for self defense products that just might come in handy. I don't want to think that I would ever need them but better safe than sorry is what I always say.

Englishman in Pasig

Last night I came home to find Jerry and his British "friend" drinking in the store. I was not really put off. A man should have his time with drinking buddies every now and then, right? This guy, however, ruined a potentially fun evening. Let's see, where can I start...I got out of the cab, Jerry introduced us and then asked if I could watch the store while they drank. Of course I said yes - it suited me perfectly as I had to write several articles anyway. I excused myself for a moment so I could get settled in. When I came back out, I sat down and got started on my writing. From time to time, the guy would ask questions so I answered and humored him. After all, he was Jerry's guest and he is almost 40 years my senior. I do know how to be polite after all. Then he started. Brit: Why are Filipinos obsessed with cell phones? Me: It's a cheap way of communicating. Brit: But why are they so obsessed with it? What did you do when you didn't have

Got Drinks?

I never really realized just how much people rely on drinks to get through their day. As early as 9am, we had people asking for beer. Now, with only half the day over, Jerry has been selling drinks more than anything - all sorts of soft drinks and beer. I am glad that we spent a considerable amount on the drinks this morning. It is also good that they deliver and that we do not have to go to the supermarket to get our stock. We're not getting rich off what we have sold yet but I think it is a good start.

Another Busy Weekend

I really am such a lazy person when it comes to going out of the house. Just thinking about what I have to do tomorrow is already making me anxious. First we have to go to the hardware store to get paint. Then we have to pick up my sister somewhere so we can go to the furniture store in Marikina to get some cabinets for the new apartment. We then need to go to the grocery store (it's that time of the month). Hopefully, I will have enough energy to go to the company party at night. Thank goodness we have Harvey (that's the pickup truck we just bought a month ago for my parents) to use all day. Also, buying things for the house should be enough motivation for me to go out... Photo courtesy of Ohm17 - my couch is not pink!

Rent A Bus in NYC

Do you like going on vacations in large groups? I certainly don't. I know a lot of people who do, though. They like discovering new places and enjoying experiences with friends and family. Come to think of it, travel experiences can take on a whole new light if you go with a group. You just can't beat that kind of social interaction. If you ever find yourself planning a trip to the Big Apple (now that is one place that I would love to visit!) with a group of people, you might want to charter a bus to take you sightseeing. Renting buses is a great way to discover an unfamiliar city. You sit in comfort as an experienced driver who isn't out to rip you off drives you around - what can beat that? NYC Bus Charters is one company that offers such a service. Aside from day tours, they can take you on casino and amusement park tours. You can also ask them to pick your group up from the airport, making traveling to your hotel easy. For corporate trips, they have special

Route 196 for Tara

We were not really planning on going out this weekend but we went anyway. After all, it was for a good cause. Last week, we heard about a young woman named Tara who got shot in the head while riding a jeepney on the way home. It was the eve of her birthday. A man held her up in the jeep, grabbed her bag, and shot her. She is still in the hospital and is fighting for her survival. Her friends have organized a series of concerts to help with the medical expenses. She was Angelique's student at Assumption and when she asked us to go to the gig tonight, we decided to drop by for a bit. We only got to watch one band (Matilda) but we had a fine time hanging out with Angelique and Bruce. Jeannie, a colleague, was also there. Anyhow, the whole thing got me thinking. I know that the city streets are not 100% safe, especially at night. Still, it was not this bad a year or so back. We have always had robberies and muggings. Heck, Jerry was even mugged in Makati. However, peopl

Much Too Young To Feel This Damn Old

Country music lovers would probably recognize that line from a popular song (which I had never heard of until Jerry introduced it to me). This is exactly how I have been feeling for the past few days and I don't understand why. I guess I really am getting old. We have not been getting much sleep for the past weeks and I have been feeling like shit. And even if I wake up at noon, I don't feel any better. Maybe it's because we've been going to bed early in the morning? I was just thinking the other night - after I turned 25, things started to really go downhill. It used to be that I could stay up for several nights without sleeping at all. It used to be that I could go out during the week and still be up in time for work without feeling any different. Now, I have to make sure that when I go out during the week, I have to go home around 1 or 2. Otherwise, I would be missing out on a day's work. Tsk, tsk, tsk. I don't want to be old and boring!!!

Grocery Shopping: I Stuck To Our Budget!

This afternoon was the first test for our budget. We do our grocery shopping every other week and more often than not, we would overshoot our limits. Today, though, I am proud to say that we passed! We made a list together yesterday so that we could prioritize what we wanted and what we needed. That really made things so much easier for me although I have to admit, I still got a few things that were not on the list. Still, I was a couple of hundred below my allotted amount. If there weren't so many people at the supermarket, I would have enjoyed myself more. Another good was that I didn't have any trouble with the cab driver at all! In fact, he was so nice and even helped me with the bags without my asking. I realized that sometimes, being without Jerry is a good thing (sorry, Jer). Anyhow, let's see how we do this week with regard to the budget.

Death By Cake

I've heard of death by chocolate but death by cake? Well, I almost experienced it last night when we ate at TGI Friday's. You know by now that when I write about a dining experience, I normally cover everything from the appetizers to the dessert. This time, though, I'm going to cut through all the motions and go straight to the most astounding piece of pie that I have ever had. For details about the whole meal, do visit Jer's blog where I have a guest post . So, what is this cake all about that you can die from it? We were actually done with the meal and were almost ready to go when I saw this small ad at the end of the table. The picture was just irresistible and knowing that it was Dulce de Leche, I knew that I had to have a slice. Going against my nature, I ordered the cake without looking at the price. I still can't believe that I did that but all thoughts of not knowing the price disappeared when I took a bite of the cake. Just look at that thick layer o

West Side Story in Manila

I am not a very "cultured" person but I do appreciate music and theater. Jerry, on the other hand, is not really into theater. That is why I had a bit of a hard time convincing him to watch Avenue Q with me when it ran last year. I hate saying "I told you so" but he did enjoy the show a LOT. So when I told him that West Side Story is going to run here in September, I was not expecting much of a reaction. Needless to say, I was surprised that he was actually excited. As it turns out, he saw it when he was younger and he liked it. Anyhow, if you are interested to watch it on its opening night, here are the details from Minnie Fong: I am selling tickets to the opening night of West Side Story and a part of the proceeds from the play will be donated to Kythe ( http://www.kythe.org ), a foundation whose primary cause is children with cancer. Touted to be the best musical of all time with music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and original choreograp

Mister Kabob @ West Avenue

As I mentioned in the post about Garcia, after shopping, we went to eat dinner with Nikki. We wanted to get out of the mall so we went up West Avenue to Mister Kabab. This place is an institution in our neck of the woods. Mister Kabab has been around as long as I can remember. When I was in college, we would go there whenever we had some extra money. The prices were (and still are) very affordable and the food really good. The place we went to last night is their new location. They used to be situated on the corner where West Ave and Quezon Ave intersected. Early this year, though, they moved up the street to a bigger and better place. When we arrived last night at about 9pm, the place was still packed and we had to wait in line to get a table. When we left at 11pm, the line was even longer! So what makes Mister Kabab so popular? See for yourself. This is the special chelo kebab - one stick of ground beef, one stick of beef tenderloin. Slather the meat with garlic sauce and a

Moving Houses

My friend Ren is thinking about moving to another condo when their current contract expires in a couple of months. They just moved in to their current place last year - roundabouts the same time as we did. It got me thinking, do I want to move again? Now that I think about it, I have moved 6 times in the past 8 years. The first 4 moves were easy because I shared apartments with college friends and I didn't really have too many things. The last 2 were awful because by that time, I had collected some furniture and household appliances. Moving isn't easy. The last time we moved, it took me days of packing and buying moving boxes to put all our stuff in. Luckily we had our maid to help us then. Now, we are on our own and I don't know if I can handle all that. I wish we had a moving service here in the Philippines like Discover Boxes. They operate in the States and they provide all sorts of supplies for moving. Having access to their services would surely make thing

Getting Out of the House

My favorite spot in the house This is one thing that I do not particularly relish. I am a homebody - as I have said many times over. I did not realize how unusual my attitude is until yesterday, though. Avril, a colleague, came up to me and we had this short exchange. Avril: Numi, it's Friday tomorrow! ( She meant: are we going out to drink or something?) Me: Uhm, Aves, I have a very busy weekend ahead and I need to prepare for it. I am already dreading being out of the house all weekend. Avril: ( Looking around with a shocked expression on her face.) Did she just say she is dreading being out of the house? Is it just me or are there other people out there who would rather stay at home than go out - especially on the weekend?

House Solo at Pino Resto Bar (UP Village)

My Saturday nights are normally spent at home but Ren invited us to watch Joff play at Pino last night. Pino is a resto bar located at Maginhawa Street in UP Village. I have never heard of it so I looked it up on the Internet and found a blog featuring it . From what I read, it was worth a try and since Joff was playing anyway, we decided to go for it. If you are familiar with UP Village, it is not hard to find. The fact that Joff was standing outside helped as well! ;) Anyhow, Jerry and I were starving when we got there so we ordered appetizers. The blog I had read somehow influenced my choice - I ordered the wasabi onion rings, Jer got an order of scallop and shrimp tempura, and Ren got kilawin shooters (raw fish in vinegar). I loved the tempura - hot off the deep fryer, the breading was crisp and the seafood tender. There was a hint of sweetness blended with spiciness. The wasabi onion rings were good except that I sorely missed the kick that wasabi adds to food. Nevertheles

Welcome Back To The City

The past 5 days have been spent in a newly discovered paradise. For many, I think Puerto Galera is not an attractive place to visit anymore. However, the place we went to for our summer vacation was, for the lack of a better word, great. We have just gotten back home so I will put off writing about the vacation later on when I have settled down - I have TONS of material for blog posts! Anyhow, what I wanted to write about is the huge difference between the city and the province. We never had a stressful moment at the beach - even with the vendors bugging us left and right and more than one person trying to rip us off. On the other hand, we hadn't been in the city for more than several hours when we had one of the most stressful encounters with a cab driver (of course, what can I expect?). Here I am dreaming of the beach again...