Archive for November, 2005

Frustrations and then some

I took my camera to Canon’s office in Makati last October to have the CCD repaired. While I was at the counter talking with the customer service agent, I heard the guy beside me said that it has been over a month since he dropped his camera to be fixed and that he wasn’t able to get any updates over the phone so he decided to just drop by and see for himself.

Since it was my first time to go to Canon’s office for service, I shrugged his complaints off, thinking that they can’t be that bad. And the girl behind the counter even gave me their direct line and the names of the persons I should look for.

Triple book launch

Ever heard of the Philippine Speculative Fiction vol. 1, Siglo: Passion and Project: Hero? Well, turns out that there will be a triple book launch on Dec 10, 6:30PM, at Fully Booked Greenhills. That will be a Saturday. I want to get a copy of the Philippine Speculative Fiction vol. 1. I’d like to read what Sean Uy wrote (of course! heheh. Friend…). And of course, the Alfars: Dean and Nikki. Let’s not forget K. Mandigma too =)

Xavier School Wish Bazaar

Where: Xavier School in San Juan, Metro Manila
When: December 3 and 4, 2005

Stuff to see:
Adidas warehouse sale
Peewee basketball game (Sean wrote that it’s three-year olds playing basketball – that would be interesting to watch!)

Who knows what you can find there and who you would across ;)

Goodwill Bookstore stuff on sale

Info from Charles Tan.

Everything but the new releases and classics are going for P80.00.

He mentioned that this has started last October and he isn’t sure but he thinks it would be until January. Wonderful for those who plan to shop for their bookworm friends ;)

Mishka Adams at Fully Booked

Get a taste of Mishka Adams’ smooth jazz notes at Fully Booked Rockwell on Dec. 2, 2005 at 4 PM.

Buy her album on that day and enjoy her tunes with a cup of coffee.

Mishka Adams is one of the most wonderful artists I have encountered this year. I have watched her perform live on several occasions and I wish I could catch her on Friday afternoon but I have work so I hope that you could watch her perform and just let me know all about it.

Books and jazz. Wonderful combination ;)

2005 2005 MTV Staying Alive Music Summit for HIV/AIDS

My sister who is a fan of Mig Ayesa has been watching Rockstar INXS on Channel 5 regularly. And for those of you who would like to catch him perform, he happens to be one of the artists who will be at the 2005 2005 MTV Staying Alive Music Summit for HIV/AIDS. It is a yearly music event that aims to empower the youth to protect themselves, fight stigma and discrimination, and engage businesses, media and organizations to form their own response to HIV/AIDS.

Details from the MTV Site…

SEA Games on TV

I wasn’t able to watch the complete SEA Games opening in Manila the other night. However I was able to catch a bit of the fireworks display and the presentation by Rivermaya and the Philharmonic Orchestra, with Maestro Ryan Cayabyab. There were many people at the Quirino Grandstand and a group of them even had face paint on to show support for the Filipino athletes.

My sister and I were able to catch some of the events on Channels 5 and 13. Dancesport was something nice to watch. The dresses were amazing and the couples on the dancefloor looked awesome! It was nice that the there was a 1-2 finish by the Filipino dancesport pairs. I didn’t get to see the wushu event in the Emilio Aguinaldo gym though. Oh well. But I did hear a news flash that there was a gold medal won. Absolutely cool.

An afternoon in National Bookstore Cubao

I went out to National Bookstore Cubao because I wanted to read bits and pieces of books. The Cubao branch is really big and I browsed through the books on the third floor mainly because there were lots of fiction there. I saw some of the chick lit Summit is publishing, as well as Fantasya – wherein Jonas Diego and Jac Ting Lim’s works are included. My sister, who is a fan of a certain Tagalog romance novel writer, asked me to check out if there is a certain series on the shelves, the Lothario series or something like it. Anyhow, I wasn’t able to find that series but I did see some reprints of some books about Object Oriented Programming.

The fourth floor of National Bookstore Cubao is something I find really overwhelming because of the number of books. It is like being in Booksale but make it an entire floor of National Bookstore. Totally overwhelming. I saw a copy of “Soul of a New Machine” in paperback for Php 25. There were lots of biographies and novels. I didn’t really know where to begin searching. Some of the books there looked like they were owned before but some of them look more like old stocks that weren’t sold. It’s almost Christmas time and I think that it is one place you could try looking for presents for your bookworm friends.

Les Constellations Int

More French Culture for you as this month ends courtesy of Alliance Francaise. Traits tres mode is a fashion illustration exhibit from several illustrators like Marie Perron and Cedric Rivrain. The exhibit runs from today until December 9.

Water Therapy

No, not Ernie Baron’s.

My friend told me about this water spa featured on TV. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to get the name nor the exact address; he just know it’s in Del Monte, QC.

I, however, stumbled upon it when I was looking for another spa in the PLDT yellow pages. It was Ace Water Spa.

For Php480, you get to use ALL their amenities for 4 hours. That includes:

  • Herbal heated pools
  • 25-meter pool
  • Pool with waterjets for hydro massage/accupuncture
  • Steam Room
  • Sauna

Proper swimming attire is a must (boardshorts not allowed). But worry not, this is not a place where you’d feel too conscious about wearing a swimsuit or how silly you look with the swimming cap on (provided by the spa and required to wear).

They don’t provide towels, but they do have soap and shampoo dispensers at the shower stalls. Seperate changing stalls are also available so you don’t get your clothes wet when you change. They also have earbuds, gel and hair dryers at the vanity counter.

They have a buy-one take-one promo every Tuesdays through Fridays, available only from 6am – 12noon. For their regular rate of Php480, you can bring along a friend for free!

Ace Water Spa is open from Tuesdays to Sundays, from 6 am – 11pm. However, they only allow entry until 9pm.

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