Archive for September, 2006

Star City ride turns tragic

Last Mondat, thirteen year old Rachel Gem Suba from Tondo, Manila became part of history as the first fatality in Star City’s Wild River ride. Witnesses say that she stood up from the top of the ride complaining that she was feeling dizzy and shouting for the ride to be stopped. As the boat she was riding on continued down the slope, she lost her balance and fell down the top of the 38 feet high slope. The ride has since been closed although Star Parks – the company who operates Star City – claims that there was no mechanical failure in the ride.

You, Me and NAIA 3

Early this week, the Philippines paid P3 Billion (about $60 Million) to PIATCO (Philippine International Air Terminals Co. ) as part of the $465 Million the country owes with the consortium that built NAIA Terminal 3. MIAA (Manila Internal Airport Authority) general manager Alfonso Cusi received the “writ of possession” which effectively gives the country ownership of the airport that has been mothballed since the Supreme Court nullified the build-operate-transfer contract with Piatco in 2002.

The Terminal was designed to handle 13 million passengers per year but since 2002, it has been a non-performing asset and one of the greatest symbols of corruption in the Philippines.

Eiga Sai Begins Today

Japanese Foundation Manila brings us Eiga Sai — a film festival that showcases contemporary films from Japan. It is a three-week event. The films wll be shown in Shangri-la Plaza, CCP, and the UP Film Institute. Admission is free.

My knowledge of Japanese cinema is limited to a few films only like Azumi, Battle Royale and Zatoichi. The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift doesn’t count. ;) This festival is a great opportunity to be exposed to Japanese cinema.

Hail to the Filipino Teacher


Saturday has got to be one of the most tiring days I’ve had in years! But seeing over ten thousand teachers converge at the Araneta Coliseum, the smiles on their faces and their words of gratitude were enough to compensate for a hard day’s work.

Something Pleasantly Fishy

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The whirlwind of a Saturday brought me to EDSA Shangri-la Mall in the later part of the evening. The rain poured, and the traffic…well, it reached horrifying proportions. But as I passed by the Grand Atrium of the mall, stumbling across the fish show entitled “Aquarist Re-United”, it somehow became less unpleasant to be stranded by the bad weather.


i’ve been sick since tuesday. i had very high fever episodes since that day up to the midnight of thursday. because of the fluctuating fever, i got myself confined in the new medical city (along ortigas ave) last tuesday night. but unfortunately, i was technically admitted by wednesday night. when i arrived in the hospital, they cannot give me a room for it was fully booked. i never thought that hospitals will be fully booked. i thought it only happens to hotels/resorts in boracay during the holy week but not in a hospital. but anyway, i was given a room by wednesday night. the room is very decent. in fact, decent enough to be a hotel rooom. hehehe :-)

anyway, after 3 days of fever, my body was so tired and sick but the fever was gone on thursday midnight. i thought everything would be fine already until my doctor told me that my platelets have been doing down, meaning, i have dengue. i am still here in the hospital posting this entry. (using my laptop and my ever reliable pldt we roam card). i might be able to get out within the middle of the week and i hope so too. been here for already 6 days and i miss my bed. guys, be careful with mosquitoes! for me, i don’t know where i got this. but for sure somewhere where there’s stagnant water. please clean up, it’s not a joke being hospitalized. it’s such a hassle and a waste of money (good thing, my company is paying for everything – it’s one of our benefits and that i have this insurance from ace insurance that pays me P5,000/day of confinement therefore, i have extra bucks by plainly getting sick and being confined. hehehe)

Angel Sighting


I was on my way home last week when I noticed people gathering at Glorietta near the exit to SM. Filipinos flock this way for several reasons but I have a good hunch about this one. You guessed it. There was a shoot for a TV show going on. Angel Aquino was there. I don’t want to disappoint the Filipino in me so I took this shot. Yeah it’s pretty bad but it’s the best I could do from where I was.

A Hidden Chapel

The Chapel of Our Lady of Guadalupe Tucked in the middle of the many Makati buildings is a quiet place for prayer — The Chapel of Our Lady of Guadalupe. It is found at the lower ground level of Equitable PCI Bank along Makati Ave. Even if it is situated in such a busy, high-traffic area, the chapel is peaceful and intimate. You will not hear the honking of horns or the screeching of brakes.

Masses are held daily. During the 12:00 mass, it is filled with the business crowd. Don’t worry about finding a spot for reflection, there is ample space. There are also nooks and coves if you prefer an even quieter prayer area.

It’s a relief to find a hidden oasis of quiet amidst the hustle and bustle of Makati.

Shopping for a travel destination

My friend Vic invited me to the Travel Mart in the Megatrade Hall in SM Megamall. I’ve been to a Travel fair before, but I didn’t really enjoy it because though I wanted to go to all those places, I didn’t have the money to pay for the packages they’re offering, though they’re relatively cheap.

Today, I still wasn’t able to buy any packages, but I did get lots of ideas for future destinations and brochures of resorts in Bohol (where I’ll be going in October).

Full Moon in a Busy City

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Just another early evening in a quiet Manila neighborhood. The messy electrical wires don’t mar the beauty of the full moon.

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