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November 28, 2007

The Big Garment Sale (Nov 29-Dec 1)

The Big Garment Sale

The Great Bulacan Sale. November 29, Thursday to December 2, Sunday. We usually would go on Thursday/ Friday so that the crowd is still manageable. We do most of the Christmas Shopping here for the ina-anaks. But I think we will have to pass this time because Rache is still recuperating.

During the last sale, they issued membership cards already which serves as the gate pass. No need for invites. If you are not registered yet, just bring one valid ID. For inquiries, pls call 2996061.

All the clothes that are not sold here are sent to their Off Price Stores in Ortigas/ Makati/ Malate.

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Light Symphonies and ROX @ Boni High Street

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Here is another Christmas gimmick you can do with your kids. Bonifacio High Street has this light and sounds show every 30 minutes from 7pm to 10pm. The Christmas lights around High Street and the different lanterns light up and dances to the tune of Christmas songs. There are two areas: the first area is near ROX side and it lights up at 7pm. While the second area , which is in the activity area around the spider rock, lights up 30 minutes after. It switches back and forth between those two areas every 30 minutes until 12 midnight.

Here is one suggestion on how to execute this gimmick with your kids...


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Pia Y Damaso's Philippine Colonial Cuisine?

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Starters, Salads and Sandwiches | Main Courses, Pasta, Noodles & Rice | Dessert & Pastries, Beverages | Coffee, Tea and Chocolate

Bambi Sy-Gobio of Kookie & Luscious expanded her business into restaurant/ cafe with the soft opening of Restaurante Pia y Damaso @ Greenbelt 5. Pia y Damaso specializes on colonial Philippine cuisine inspired by Noli Me Tangere. According to Bambi, the cuisine is called "comido antigo" and it is probably what Damaso ate, Maria Clara was accustomed to, and what Ibarra and the other young accused subversives found comfort in." (I'm really not sure what this means)

Just a brief review of Noli: Kapitan Tiyago married Pia Alba but for 6 years they were not blessed with a baby. They approached Padre Damaso who suggested that they dance in Obando in front of their three patron saints: St. Pascal Baylon, St. Claire and Our Lady of Salambao. Miraculously, Pia concieved a baby. She died while giving birth to Maria Clara who was named after the Obando patron saints. Rumor has it that Padre Damaso was the father of Maria Clara.

After eating in John and Yoko, or Fish Out of Water or Chateau 1771 in Greenbelt 5, go to Pia Y Damaso for desserts! It has a veranda that overlooks the Greenbelt Church. This would be perfect during the Christmas season. BTW, La Maison Brasserie is also open in Greenbelt 5 but we already had a trauma with how lousy the food was when we celebrated my birthday in Trinoma @ La Maison.

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The Rebirth of Chateau 1771 @ Greenbelt 5

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Congratulations to Chateau 1771 for a successful dry run over the weekend! They invited friends and family of the owners last weekend to try out Chateau 1771 for FREE while they fine tune the operation of their kitchen. We got a slot for last Sunday's brunch @ Chateau 1771 and we fell in love with the interiors, the food, and warm service. I personally love the high ceiling which gives it a warm and relaxing atmosphere.

Loyal followers of Chateau 1771 in El Pueblo, Ortigas will be happy to know that their favorite resto has a new home at the ground floor of Greenbelt 5. They have the best location and is very close to the sacred grounds of the Greenbelt Church. You can hear mass in the morning and have Sunday Brunch with family or friends after. Chateau 1771's grand opening is today, November 28.

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November 27, 2007

We love our Sanuk Sandals!!

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We LOVE our Sanuk Sandals! Sanuk is a thai name for Pursuit of Happiness. It is definitely better than Crocs in terms of comfortability. It is a perfect Christmas gift for surfer dudes if you can find a nice design in Glorietta. Otherwise, visit their website and ask somebody from the US to buy Sanuk Sandals. Their website is soooo cool and if you read the philosophy of the company, they are soooo cool as well!

This is our pasalubong from my brother Lorenz from the US. Thank you cool bro!!

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'Nuf Said


Photo courtesy of Vic Icasas. This is the banner that started it...

The Ateneans are starting to celebrate the 2007 THES Top 500 Universities Rankings where Ateneo is the only University that improved its ranking from 488 to 451 while University of the Philippines is ranked 398 this year (from 299). De La Salle is ranked 519 and UST is ranked 535 out of 566 Universities. Spanx started to provoke Gang Green and Lasallians in his post Hail! Hail! Hail! Just remember, the last time La Salle was out of anything, we came back and became champions. Animo La Salle!!

John and Yoko - a SumoSam Upscale Resto

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John and Yoko is now celebrating its first month of operation at Greenbelt 5. I'm excited to try it out ever since Greenbelt 5 opened. My excitement led to high expectations which were not met when I found out that it was just an upscale version of SumoSam (by Marvin Agustin and business partners). Essentially, it is SumoSam in Greenbelt 5 with additional menu choices (pizzas,etc..), brilliant branding, snazzy interiors and sexy servers. I liked the Japanese movie projected on the wall which adds "authenticity" to its Japanese inspired Filipino Food.

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The John and Yoko concept is very good. In reality, John and Yoko is a Filipino Restaurant pretending to be a Cosmopolitan Japanese place. The head chef is Filipino. If I were to describe John and Yoko, it would be: SumoSam + Omakase + Teriyaki Boy + Snazzy Interiors + Sexy Servers = John and Yoko.

I liked the food because it was suited for the Filipino sweet taste buds. But we hate paying for over-priced food. It would be a good place to have a birthday treat or barkada blowout. I would recommend that you go with family and friends because it would be expensive if you eat only with 2-3 people. Expect to pay P500/ head.

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10 Reasons why Star City is the place to be...

Our company is having our Family Christmas event at the Star City. This is a preview of the excitement that awaits us this coming December. The official Star City website is not updated (www.starparks.com.ph) but I will refer to some of the basic information from that site. If you haven't been to Star City for some time, this is a preview of what is in store for you in one of Manila's matured Carnival.

10 Reasons why Star City is the place to be...

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Star City is pioneer in introducing the concept of mixing retail with amusement, a trend being followed by most malls today where they integrate rides with shopping. Star City combines maximum shopping with maximum enjoyment attractions all focus on serving our target market, the Filipino family, schools, and companies. Here, our visitors will escape to a friendly stimulating sequence of worlds field with a mixture of maximum value shops and spectacular world-class attractions. (according to Star City :)

1. Indoor Carnival. 100% of the kiddie rides are indoors so you can enjoy the Carnival even when it rains. For events, it is easy to plan since you remove the rain factor from ruining your awesome time. However, the adult thrill rides Surf Dance, Star Flyer, Zyklon Loop and Wild River are located outside.

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2. Unique Adult Scary Rides. I didn't know that Star City had these awesome adult thrill rides.

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The Surf Dance, the first and only of its kind in the Philippines, is a family gondola ride that is about the height of a five-storey building. The 44-seat ride swings upwards, downwards, and sideways.

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Star Flyer is the newest addition to the Star City family. It is the first inverted roller coaster ride in the country! It was imported from California and it is now operational at SC in time for Christmas season.

3. Awesome Snow World in the tropical paradise of the Philippines. If you are already inside Star City, you only have to pay P100 entrance fee to experience Snow World.

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See the Ice carvings of World Ice Sculpture Arts Champion Frankie Lee. World Ice Art Championships is an ice sculpting contest in Fairbanks, Alaska.

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Slide in the longest Ice Slide in Asia (about 68m).

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Experience real snow in this -15 degrees centigrade environment.

4. Peter Pan and Land of the Giants Attractions. I enjoyed these attractions more than Aidan who got scared because of the loud noises/ sounds inside. There's still a child inside of me after all!

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Land of the Giants. See the physical world literally in a bigger picture when you visit the Land of the Giants. Be amazed by the experience of seeing smaller animals in a shape bigger than you are.

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Peter Pan. Visit Neverland and experience the story and relive the adventure of the boy who never grows old, Peter Pan.This is a walk-though spell binding fantasy attraction bringing to life the tale and adventures of Peter Pan, Captain Hook, and the rest of the kids.

5. More Attractions! I do feel that you get your money's worth for the ride-all-you-can because there are more attractions and horror rides for the family! It would probably take the whole day to enjoy all the rides and attractions. Even Enchanted Kingdom, does not have these kinds of attractions.

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(Clockwise from Top) 1. Dungeon, 2. Kilabot ng Mummy, 3. Time Tunnel, and 4. Gabi ng Lagim

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