Archive for December, 2005

Crash! Boom! Bang!

Well, no crashes yet, but the booms and bangs are definitely getting louder in our village. And it’s only 8 o’clock in the evening, and it’s sure to get even louder as midnight nears.

Must close all the windows. And thank god for ear plugs.

Anyway, savor the last couple of hours of 2005, and welcome 2006 with a bang! (And not a crash!)

Opening soon?



mall of asia
Originally uploaded by i’m not Jom..

As soon as the SM Mall of Asia along Bay Boulevard, off Diosdado Macapagal Ave., formally opens, D-Mac is going to be congested like hell and pretty soon, you’d be taking Roxas Boulevard and be braving Baclaran to “avoid heavy traffic” instead of the other way around.

Of course, I could always be totally wrong. :D
(Sorry about the photo quality. Couldn’t take a better photo.)

EDIT: I’ve just found out that the SM Mall of Asia is slated for opening in February of the coming year.

Can’t wait. ;)

Places to spend New Year – Eastwood, Libis

Eastwood City in Libis

If you want to party up the night with your friends from the call center agencies, you can head on up to Eastwood city in Libis on New Year’s eve. There will be a countdown and an open bar (until supplies last) from 10pm to 11pm. Several live bands (sorry no final line up) will be serving up the music to last the night away.

Watch out for more places to spend new year in Manila. We’ll be posting it up until tomorrow afternoon. Meanwhile, a happy new year to all from everyone in Manila!
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Calling all dog lovers!

The Philippine Star Fujifilm, Swatch and Giftgate invites all dog lovers and their pets to welcome the Year of the Dog with a big howl!

They are giving away up to Php200,000 in cash prizes, 14 special Year of the Dog Swatches, and 100 Doggie Bag Awards from dog lover and Swatch model Matteo Guidicelli in the Year of the Dog Photo Contest.

So slap on your favorite Swatch and take a picture with your beloved pooch, and you just might bag prize!

Contest entries must be submitted at any Gift Gate or Swatch store, on or before January 26, 2006. For more details, head on to your favorite Gift Gate or Swatch outlet.

Ukay-ukay in Manila

As my Christmas present to Manila Metblogs readers (or at least those who shop in ukay-ukays), I will reveal my formerly-top-secret favorite ukay-ukay shop in Metro Manila.

Ukay-ukay shops have sprouted like mushrooms in the Metro, but if you’ve ever been to Baguio, you’ll find that the ones found here simply can’t compare. 1) The prices are much lower in Baguio. Of course, ukay-ukay prices in Baguio have gone up as well, since they know that Manilenos like to shop there (tip: learn to speak Ilocano), but the lowest price you can get in Manila is 150. And to top it off, you can’t haggle in Manila ukay-ukay shops for some unknown reason.
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World Pyro Olympics in Manila

I missed today’s display, but to anyone who’d stumble across this post and is in the Manila area, be sure to count down the days ’til the new year and come see the World Pyro Olympics, an annual international competition amongst the most prestigious fireworks companies in the world, at the Esplanade, near the SM Mall of Asia on Bay Boulevard. Heavy traffic should be expected at the Diosdado Macapagal Highway during these hours, but it’d be worth it.

The event started yesterday, with China, inventors of the first true fireworks, putting up the first display, and would be going on with two displays per day ’til the 30th of December.

Tomorrow, December 28, the Russian Federation’s fireworks display would kick off at 7.30p and shall be followed by that of the United Kingdom at 9.00p.

Several bands, such as Imago, the Radio Active Sago project, and the Brownbeat All-Stars, are scheduled to perform during the course of the event.

Consult their website for the event program and other details.

Maligayang Pasko!

The Christmas season is now upon as all! (Alright, it has already been upon us all since September but anyway…) I stumbled upon this eHow.com article on how to celebrate a Filipino Christmas. I have taken the liberty of reposting it here. You may visit the original page or read on here. Enjoy.
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Milko poster


Milko poster

Originally uploaded by happyeclair.

If you ever get to go to SM North EDSA, there’s a Milko stand near National Bookstore on the ground floor. It’s just ten pesos per scoop and it’s pretty good icecream ;) I had the avocado flavor one time and I loved it. The other night, I had coffee crumble… Yummy treat!

Is your imagination wild enough?

From the Fully Booked Website:

Neil Gaiman & Fully Booked present The 1st Philippine Graphic/Fiction Awards

Calling all Filipino writers, artists, and just about anyone with a wild imagination! Neil Gaiman wants YOU to join this nationwide writing competition to seek out excellent work in two categories: the comics/graphic novel genre (the Alex Ni

Green Makati

What I like about the Makati CBD is that even there are towering buildings all around, there are plenty of trees and plants to keep the view refreshing to the eye.

Green Makati

Where in Makati can you rest and stroll around this park?

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