Archive for April, 2007

Calling the kid (or the collector) in you!


Some of you may be interested. Good while supplies last! There are a lot of old toys from our childhood… well, if you’re an ’80s kid that is. Low prices, nice finds. Great for collectors. Place is a bit dusty though (REALLY old stuff) so get ready to sneeze.

I went there last weekend and got an old Dragonlance Atlas, a 1985 Dragonlance calendar, a Marvel Superheroes RPG, and my husband got several old toys from his childhood like GI Joe. There’s a mix of things — old paint-by-number kits (I’m not sure about the paint’s quality though!), old Lisa Frank stuff, old figures and dolls whose names I don’t remember, lots of old fantasy books.

See you there!

Greenbelt Mass Schedules

I’m often asked for a schedule of Greenbelt Mass celebrations by my friends as I’ve saved the times on my cellphone. Sharing it with you too in case you find yourself in the area and and decide to hear Mass:

Monday to Friday: 7.15 am, 5.45 pm, 7 pm
Saturday: 12.15 pm, 4.30 pm, 6 pm
Sunday: 7.15 am, 9 am, 10.30 am, 12 pm, 3 pm, 4.30 pm, 6 pm, 7.30 pm

They may change without notice. Weekend noontime and early evening masses are always full, with people spilling over to Greenbelt 4. It’d be best to come early so you can get a comfortable seat inside the chapel.

Something Retro

Going around Shangrila mall, my daughter and I chanced upon this cute little dining place at the 6th floor, Cocorama. It’s very attractive with its 70s theme (though the colors are like the 80s). A red van, a combi, serves as a kitchen counter and a 3d mural covering the wall of the kitchen. Vinyl long playing records serve as wall decors. I have to explain to my eight year old daughter that DVDs evolved from these round with hole in the middle black things . There’s also a rotating disco mirror ball hanging in the dining area. Their specialty is pancake but I like the angus beef cooked Pinoy style. The pancake my daughter ordered is cute though – Jackson 5 – five chocolate pancakes with chocolate syrup and cream on top.


Tummy-filling Sincerity

If you happen to be in Bindondo, do visit one of the longest-standing and most delicious food haunts there: Sincerity Cafe & Restaurant. Upon entering the cozy food dive, go up to the counter and check out the different dishes spread out for you, or ask the staff for recommendations. Here are some of my favorite dishes that can help you get started:

Fried Chicken. Oh so yummy. Very flavorful and a sure hit with the family.
Oyster Cake. Delicious with catsup and a little bit of Knorr seasoning.
Kyampong. I’m not sure of the spelling — this is a rice that is stickier than white rice and served with peanuts.
Sauteed Spinach. Hopefully it satisfies even the pickiest veggie eater.
House Tea. But of course! Drink their hot tea to wash down all that delicious food.

It’s a great place to have lunch with family and friends. The atmosphere is casual and friendly. A trip to Chinatown isn’t complete without a warm filling meal from Sincerity.

Sincerity can be located at:
497 E.T. Yuchengo St. (formerly Nueva St.)
Binondo, Manila

Delicious Recipes Recipes is one of my favorite restaurants. They serve delicious Asian fusion dishes… I’ll keep this entry short and simple. What I like about Recipes: Spicy Squid Appetizer with sweet chili sauce. Dinuguan. Gising gising (or as the waiter called it, “Wake up Wake up”). Calamansi shake. Crispy Tilapia. Kare-kare. Click the picture to enlarge. I have more reasons by the way. Bistek Tagalog. Crispy Tadyang. Chicharong Bulaklak. Friendly staff. Reasonable prices. Have I said Gising Gising yet?

Recipes can be located at:
– Greenbelt 3, Makati
– Megastrip A SM Megamall
– Corte delas Palmas, Alabang Town Center
– Citywalk 2, Eastwood City

World Book Day at Instituto Cervantes


Our country is the so-called “Pearl of the Orient”. But of course. This is not to say, however, that we can’t celebrate with the rest of the Western – European – front in marking the World Book Day. In my humble opinion, this cultural tradition – this love for books – must be established as a global one, wherever in the world we may find ourselves.

Every year, you see, April 23 is regarded as a symbolic date for world literature as it marks the international day for books, known as the World Book Day (International Day of the Book or World Book and Copyright Day). The yearly event, initiated by Unesco in 1995, pays a worldwide tribute to books and authors as well as promotes reading, publishing and the protection of intellectual property through copyright.

Today, Instituto Cervantes will mark the special occasion – though two days earlier – with a day-long Open House and Book Fair. So Manilenyos, you know where you should be. According to the official website, activities include –

– jazz shows; an electronic music concert by Drip (an amazing band which I’ve been fortunate enough to have seen in Saguijo); film showings; Spanish food fair; La Mancha wine & cheese tasting; free salsa & Latin dance classes; photo and declamation contests; and a Book Market where Instituto Cervantes will offer, at token price, more than 4,000 brand new books.


Avenue Q in Manila

avenueq.jpgReally? Really? Avenue Q is being staged here? Yes! Avenue Q won the 2004 Tony Award for Best Musical. After seeing the characters perform part of the play on that awards show, I was immediately intrigued. The play combines live characters and puppets in this play:

“AVENUE Q is the story of Princeton, a bright-eyed college grad who comes to New York City with big dreams and a tiny bank account. He soon discovers that the only neighborhood in his price range is Avenue Q; still, the neighbors seem nice. There’s Brian the out-of-work comedian and his therapist fianceĆ© Christmas Eve; Nicky the good-hearted slacker and his roommate Rod — a Republican investment banker who seems to have some sort of secret; an Internet addict called Trekkie Monster; and a very cute kindergarten teaching assistant named Kate. And would you believe the building’s superintendent is Gary Coleman?!? (Yes, that Gary Coleman.) Together, Princeton and his newfound friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.” [Source]

Avenue Q in Manila will be directed by Bobby Garcia & Chari Arespacochaga. It’s set for August-September 2007 at the Merlaco Theatre. I can’t wait!

Free Your Sole: Joey Cuerdo and Mojo Sandals


A German philosopher once said, “Nothing great in this world has ever been accomplished without passion.”

This thought can find expression in the example of Joey Cuerdo, creator of the highly-successful Mojo sandals. Sixteen years ago, back in 1991, the greatness which then awaited him did not seem apparent. The mountaineering enthusiast from the University of the Philippines had sworn to start a new personal venture on his own college allowance – P200 to give a rough estimate – but it was very clear that he set about his small business because of something he was very passionate about.

“I didn’t have millions, not even thousands, to spend,” recalled Joey. “Researching a lot on footwear production and design, I tried to put together some sheets of rubber, mix them myself. Then I bought generic materials in the market; the pads and the slippers had no brand.”

Green Pasig river?

Yup, I couldn’t believe it myself.

I was riding the MRT last week, and when we passed over the Pasig River, I was surprised to see it not brown nor black, but green. I had to stare at it for a long time to make sure it really is green.

I also heard that the Pasig River ferry is now running. For Php25, you can take a 50 minute ferry ride from Guadalupe to Escolta.

Have you tried this?

Unity in a Barber Shop Sayang, I didn’t get to see what the name of this barber shop is. What caught my eye was the poster by their entrance. See that green logo on the left side? It cracked me up! Someone enlighten me please. Is this purely an election campaign poster, or are they somehow connected to the barber shop? Spotted at the SM Hypermarket near Tiendesitas.

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