Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Makati

After I resigned from IAS Manila, there was the question of whether or not I should move out of my condominium unit, leave Makati City, and settle back in Batangas (or Los Banos since I do have half-baked plans of teaching in UPLB).

It's not exactly cheap living in Makati after all and I was at the worse financial situation possible back then. After some deliberation however, I decided to stick it out here and I'm quite glad I did.

One of the reasons being that everything is walking distance from where I live: my son's school, the malls, and my clients. I also feel quite safe walking its streets even at 4:00 in the morning while drunk (don't ask why). One other reason is that I got a great view outside my window which never fails to inspire me even after a really bad day.

It's one of the reasons why I love taking pictures of sunrise and sunsets.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Old Friends

One of the things that I look forward to every Christmas is meeting up with my old friends Jean Paul and Lor.

Jean Paul and I have been friends since we were in grade four. Lor and I have known each other since first year high school. The three of us have been friends for most of our lives. We're so close that our respective families treat us like we're part of the brood...which we practically are considering how much time we spent with each other back then.

Over the years we've followed different paths but continually tried to stay in touch with each other.

A decade and 10 pounds heavier later...

Christmas is one of the few times we can actually get together since most of us take time away from work and go home to Batangas. As can be expected from old friend we keep yammering on about our glory days which is a clear sign of advancing age.

Right now it's just Lor and me (Jean Paul arrives tomorrow).

At our old hang-out near the park.

I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to come back tomorrow since I have a wedding to attend but hopefully I can.

Back at home watching a horror flick.

Jean Paul and Lor, I hope to see you guys tomorrow!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Red Ribbon's Event

Was at the Red Ribbon launch of their New Coffee Walnut Bavarian Cake.

Panalo!


Fellow bloggers at the event.

Get the cake at any Red Ribbon's branch or call 8-7777 for more details.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Red Box Videoke

Pictures from the Red Box videoke night sponsored by Marcelle.


Daming songs...


At ang daming food!

We were practically stuffing ourselves silly.

Until the next time, guys!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Generator by the Foo Fighters

My current favorite song.

Generator
Foo Fighters

Lately I'm getting better
Wish I could stay sick with you
But there's too many egos left to bruise
Call it sin, you can call it whatever
Eating deep inside of you
Well if it were me, it's all I'd ever do

Steal me now and forever
I'll steal something good for you
The criminal in me is no one new
Till you find something better
When there's nothing left to use
And everything starts going down on you

I'm the Generator, firing whenever you quit
Yeah whatever it is, you go out and it's on
Yeah can't you hear my motored heart
You're the one that started it

Send me out on a tether
Swing it round, I'll spin your noose
You let it down
I'll hang around with you
Till you find someone better
When there's no one left to use
And everyone keeps going down

I'm the Generator, firing whenever you quit
Yeah whatever it is, you go out and it's on
Yeah can't you hear my motored heart
You're the one that started it

I'm the Generator, firing whenever you quit
Yeah whatever it is, you go out and it's on
Yeah can't you hear my motored heart
You're the one that started it

I'm the Generator
I'm the Generator
I'm the Generator
I'm the Generator
I'm the Generator
I'm the Generator

Yeah can't you hear my motored heart
You're the one that started it

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Christmas Lights

One of the things I look forward to when Christmas comes rolling into town are the Christmas lights the local malls adorn the trees with.

I frequently find myself taking walks during evenings to enjoy the lights and the cool air that December brings. I used to do the same back in college where the administration also adorn the surrounding trees with pinpricks of light.

There is something magical about these lights glowing like a thousand fireflies in the night.

Hope your Christmas is just as magical.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Reunion

Block 7, BS Development Communication, Batch 1993, UPLB.

It's always amazing to find that the bunch of wide-eyed teenagers that
you knew in your youth has become men and women of substance.

Looking forward to dinner with you guys on Sunday.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Tide You Over

Everybody falls on hard times every now and then.

With the current global recession the number of people experiencing financial problems is most probably higher than usual. Its most probably not anything major, just a shortage of cash for your day to day expenses or maybe an unexpected emergency that really threw a monkey wrench into the machine work that is your budget.

There's always your good old reliable savings of course but what if you've already blew it on something else last month or you need a bit more than what is currently there?

There is always the payday loans option.

It's the very thing you need to tide you over until the next sweldo without costing you an arm and a leg.

Working for Yourself!

A few of my friends have been playing with the idea of maybe setting up a business.

They're first time businessmen and don't have a lot of experience on setting one up so I suggested that it might be easier if they just try franchising one and rack up valuable experience while earning money at the same time. They originally balked at the idea because the first thing that came into their minds was that the franchise fee is going to be astronomical.

But it's not necessarily always the case.

True, franchising one of the big business brands out there would probably range anywhere from Php 500,000.00 to several millions but there are also affordable choices out there.

Checking out the Philippine Franchise Information site, I found that there are several options that ranges from lows of Php 10,000.00 to highs of Php 30,000.00. These would be the sushi balls, siomai stand, and the likes type of business. While they will not earn you millions (maybe not immediately anyway) they usually guarantee a steady stream of income provided it's located in an are with a generous amount of foot traffic.

Even the franchise that costs about Php 30,000.00 won't hurt so much on the wallet if you got a few partners coming in with you. If that fails you can always avail of a cash advance to get you started.

The returns are definitely worth more than if your money is just wasting away in a bank somewhere.

AXE Dark Temptation Bloggers Event

It was certainly a night to remember as nine bloggers, armed with lab coats and AXE Dark Temptation (of course!) participated in the AXE Dark Temptation Blogger's Event.

We toured three of the Metro's hottest dance clubs: Ascend in Boni High Street, Fiamma in Makati, and Alchemy in Pasig. The objective? To get as many girls' numbers using wit, charm, and AXE Dark Temptation.

Sige na nga...isama na natin ang good looks. He he he!


I actually thought that we were going to start up slow but the bloggers were off and running at full throttle from the get go. Boy, was I ever wrong!


Marcelle won the night with 50 number and contact details.

Marcelle insists that Fritz had it better because he actually got a response from one of the girls he approached during the course of the night.

Ronald Guanzon was a scant four numbers away from a tie with Marcelle.

We, the organizing team, were in the background most of the time...but that didn't mean we didn't have some fun ourselves. It is a party after all!

Me with Sebastien, President of Yellowasp / Netbooster

Me with KS, our Art Director

Me with Valerie, our Event Organizer

Well, everyone had fun, come to think of it!






My only regret was that I never got the chance to get a certain girl's number being so busy helping keep things running smoothly.

Oh, well. Maybe next time, eh?