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November 2006

Shopping Secrets

The Great Bulacan Sale

Another wasted credit card…

Yes, my wife, sister-in-law and good friend bought all of these…

I was tired and I was the baby sitter for the entire shopping duration…

I was happy that we were able to get out after 3 hours…

Thanks Jonas for this Christmas wonderful sale!!

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Krispy Kreme, Manila — Happy Happy Birthday!

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?


Blogging — Best Weather Service Online

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 In fact, the local officials during the Katrina was saying that they did not get any warning but 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 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!! You guys save lives 🙂


Shopping Secrets


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.


Awesome Festivals

Up close and personal with Ms. Earth Candidates

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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Fuyu Persimmons

My fruit vocabulary has just been expanded after tasting these sweet Fuyu Persimmons, also known as Japanese Persimmons. Thank you very much to Naz, one of my online friends, who gave these goodies as “pasalubong” from San Francisco for our family 🙂 I hope they didn’t have a hard time bringing the persimmons here.

I would call it a tomato apple. The persimmons, look like tomato in color and skin smoothness. It is eaten just the way they are and have a bite crunch like an apple. Though it is still hard, it is sweet already and the inside texture resembles that of a tomato. Best of all, there was no seed to interrupt your eating. It is deliciously sweet! Unfortunately, this was bought back in the US. But I’m pretty sure, there are stores around Greenhills or Manila that are importing persimmons here in Manila maybe a different variety called Hachiya.

Another treat were the chocolates, Nestle Crunch with four flavors (Original, Double Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Caramel) and Ghiradelli!!! I just hope I can control myself and just stick on eating those juicy persimmons. My wife has a sweet tooth so when she saw all those goodies on the table, she got excited (don’t women just love them?) and asked me where it came from (yeah, she knows me well enough that I’m not buying those for her). She was surprised and at the same time thought it was so sweet of Naz and his family to bring us pasalubongs from SF. Surprised because they chose to allot a space in their luggage to bring home these treats to us instead of bringing something home to their families and close friends. And oh, last but not the least, a supply of the clean and fresh smelling lotion from Body Works!

Thanks Naz and family for these wonderful treat!!! And I’m really sorry for not meeting you the first time, this week is a very hectic week for me but I was glad that you were still able to fit me in your limited time here in Manila. Once again, thank you and hope you have a nice trip back to SF!


Awesome Festivals

AMEX Platinum Concierge — Best Concierge in Manila!

I’ll let you in one of my secrets. Everytime, I want to reserve plays (like the good body) or a Manny Pacquiao fight, I would just call the American Express Concierge to reserve me tickets. It is as easy as that and they are able to get any tickets that you want. Even if the tickets are not yet available, you can expect them to consistently check and remind you until it becomes available. They’ll even call or text you on your mobile phone. They are very, very reliable!

Also, they are my online directory these days so I don’t need to remember the landline number of the restaurant when I want to ask for directions or reserve a table. They will either give me the number or they will make the reservation for me. Simply, an awesome concierge service, don;t you think?

If you already have an American Express Peso Platinum, it is easy to contact the concierge. Just dial 814-4777, and then press 1 for Peso Platinum Credit Card and press 3 for the awesome concierge service. It is easy to remember: 814-4777 press 1 and 3. And don’t forget your Amex account number!

Thanks to American Express Peso Platinum Concierge. You guys are the best!! Making my life easier. This is my own way of saying Thank you to you guys out there 🙂


Awesome Filipinos

Pacquiao Wins!! Congratulations, You make us, Filipinos Proud!!

I was happy to see the look on my father’s face when we watched Pacquiao in Rockwell. The overall anticipation leading to the 3rd round knockout was priceless. You have to be there to experience it. All the Filipinos were in awe of Pacquiao’s speed, power, and tiger look determination. Congratulations again, Manny! I do hope that you take care of your blessings and share it with the people.

For those who were not able to watch it, thanks to youtube for this video clip 🙂
Pacquiao – Morales III Grand Finale 11-08-06 PT 1 of 2

Pacquiao – Morales III Grand Finale 11-08-06 PT 2 of 2

Related Posts:
Pacquiao Larios Fight Ticket Prices — Outrageous!

Pacquiao Larios Fight — Pinoys beating Mexican Boxers 4-0!

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Shopping Secrets

Chocolate Clothing Sale

On a Friday night, I treated my wife to a Chocolate Warehouse Sale. This is not a secret anymore but this is the first time that we dragged ourselves in Pasig to check out this place. My success criteria for a great warehouse sale is the amount and pieces of clothing that my wife would be willing to buy. Even if we went there on the third day of the sale, she was still able to buy a lot! The sale is still ongoing over this weekend, but I doubt that you’ll find your size or most of the nice stuff are gone already. Anyway, here is a tour of the place just in case you decide to visit here on their last 2 days of sale. They hold the warehouse sale twice a year, May and November.

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10 Fun Facts About Krispy Kreme in Manila

I was just reading through the press kit of Krispy Kreme including some early articles and I noted some fun facts that I found interesting. I thought that I’ll share it with you.

1. The latest craze for doughnuts? Serving Krispy Kreme doughnuts at weddings. After a story ran in InStyle magazine’s special “Weddings” issue (spring 2002), couples began calling Krispy Kreme stores to place doughnut orders for wedding receptions.

2. Doughnuts trace their history to Dutch “fried cakes,” which were brought to America by early Dutch settlers. The cakes had nuts embedded in their centers, and early Americans combined “dough” and “nut” to make the word “doughnut”.

3. The hole in the center of the doughnut is credited to a young boy named Hanson Gregory, who in 1847, suggested to his mother that she put a hole in the middle of her “fried cakes” to ensure the cake was fully cooked in the middle.

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