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Anton Diaz is the founder of Our Awesome Planet, the #1 Food and Travel Blog in the Philippines and co-founder of Mercato Centrale, successful weekend night food market in Manila. Read more
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- BAGUIO: Top 10 Most Awesome Restaurants in Baguio (2016 Edition)!
- BEST OF BOHOL 2016: 7 New Awesome Experiences You Should not Miss!
- CALAGUAS: The Waling-Waling Eco Resort Experience...
- SAGADA Itinerary: Definitive Food & Travel DIY Guide to Sagada (2017)!
- PAMPANGA: Top 10 Most Awesome Restaurants in Pampanga! (2016)
- ROMBLON: 8 Awesome Places You Should Visit in Romblon!
- CEBU Like Never Before! (10 Most Awesome Experiences)
- 11 BIGGEST BUSINESS TRENDS in the Philippines 2014! (*Must Read for Every Filipino Entrepreneur)
- FESTIVAL GUIDE to the 10 Most Awesome Fiestas of the Philippines!
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On a cold Nov. 30 morning, Krispy Kreme in Manila was born @ exactly 8.30am Manila, Philippines time. Before going to the Bulacan Sale, we just had to say Happy Birthday to Krispy Kreme in City Center the Fort!
There was a long queue and this was the tail end of the line at 8.30am. The queue was a snake already and it goes all around up to the Krispy Kreme main door opening below the Red building on the left. There are still a lot of people who lined up which is a mix of students who has nothing to do because of no classes, employees who aim to get 4 dozens of Krispy Kreme donuts to be seen as cool in the office, and gym rats coming from fitness gym the Fort who wanted to reward themselves for the morning's workout. I'm not sure how long the queue was and I estimate that waiting time can easily be 2 hours in the morning.
Is there any readers out there who lined up this morning?
Aidan's face says it all. Please help me escape from this long queue! BTW, what's the frenzy about these Krispy Kreme donuts anyway? I'm actually just curious on who won the one year supply of Krispy Kreme donuts?
Just wanted to share with you another weather service secret. I don't rely on PAG-ASA reports anymore and in fact, I don't use TV anymore to help me predict typhoons in the Philippines. The MOST reliable weather service that predicted Hurricane Katrina in the US is www.wunderground.com. In fact, the local officials during the Katrina was saying that they did not get any warning but wunderground.com has been predicting it already. It is very critical specially for travelers and people who wants to go on road trips like me.
Let me share with you as an example. Ivan and I with friends were planning to go to Mt. Pinatubo on Dec. 1 friday and we arranged this way back. As early as Monday, I told Ivan that we will cancel it because wunderground.com is predicting that Super Typhoon Durian (locally called Reming) will hit Manila on Thursday afternoon. At this point, there were no news about it in the media. Ivan kept on asking me when I can confirm it and I just said to him that I'll keep on tracking the typhoon via this online service.
In fact the photo above is the latest tracking of the typhoon. It will hit Philippine shores by 9am today. In the afternoon, it will hit Category 3 status (111-130 mph) similar to typhoon Milenyo. Originally, it was forecasted to be Category 5 so fortunately, it slowed down a bit. If it remained as a Category 5 and hit Manila, I would be staying at home definitely and pray.
Another story. We were suppose to go to the Bulacan Sale this afternoon, but I insisted that we go this morning. The typhoon is predicted to get soo big in the afternoon. that we might get stuck in the floods of North Luzon highway. So, I was able to convince my wife and friends to go first thing this morning.
The internet is so powerful that you just need to know how to seek the right information. I do hope this tip could save lives and your family in the future. Btw, we use this weather tracking system in our company and we plan accordingly based on this. This usually gave us 1-2 days lead time and planning ahead of any weather warnings from PAG-ASA.
Thanks Wunderground.com!! You guys save lives :)
I'm actually sick since Thursday. I guess the fatigue of hosting our regional guests got to me. I'm resting the entire weekend and no blogging for me until Monday (hopefully). I'll leave you with this post on the next Bulacan Sale since most of you might be planning for the long weekend. You need to have the email invite to be able to enter this sale. In the invite, they don't have Mango brands anymore for this sale but instead here are the other brands: CK, Diesel, A/X, D&G, Replay, A&F, True Religion, Hollister, FCUK, AEO, Esprit, Zara, Anne Klein, Tommy, Juicy.
I have a hectic week now because my team are hosting our regional team mates for a week's conference here in Manila. Being a Filipino host, I would like to make sure that our guests had a good time (in a good sense) and enjoy memorable experiences in Manila. I surprised them last night and I was able to pull off an awesome surprise.
My plan was to invite them to the World Music Room for a Karaoke gimmick. Little did they know that there was a Ms. Earth party where you can be up close and personal with the Beauties. Upon arriving at the second floor of the World Music Room, it took them 30 whole minutes to finally figure out that they are partying with real Ms. Earth beauties. They can't believe it at first and thought that the sash was made up and everything was a hoax. What a clever gimmick huh? It was cool fun and they left with smiles on their faces including our lady friends :)
I do hope that they had one memorable fun evening. Unfortunately, Ms. Earth Philippines and Canada were on another batch for a different event that night. This the second consecutive year that we were fortunate to have the Ms. Earth pageant held here in the Philippines. To all the ladies, Good Luck on Sunday!!
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