28 July 2010

Davao City Public Safety Command Center is now open

There's good news when I tuned in to the local TV news today. Apart from our city being the first city in the Philippines to have 911, the Public Safety Coordination Command Center in Davao City was inaugurated today. As part of the city's traffic signalization program, 16 CCTV monitors are housed inside the Command Center. CCTV cameras are now placed in different strategic locations within the city to better monitor the traffic situation and manage crisis as it arise. There's no more escaping for traffic violators as the system is also capable of zooming features. The Public Safety Command Center is located in Sandawa, Matina and is also the new home of 911. The occasion was graced by Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

26 July 2010

Ruby Tuesday #5: Lovely Swan

This is just one of the lovely sights that can be found in our People's park. The red beak on this lovely swan makes it perfect for this week's Ruby Tuesday. It has been almost two years since we last set foot in this park. I heard that there have been new attractions in the place so I am going to schedule another fine weekend for a stroll with my family.

If you are not from Davao City, Our people's park is located right in the very heart of the city. Just within the area, is a strip of hotels and restaurants where you can try delicious Davao delicacies.

Check out more of Ruby Tuesday by clicking on this link.

25 July 2010

Shopping can be therapeutic

I guess most women would agree that shopping can be therapeutic. It can be an excellent way to relieve stress, ease boredom or release unpleasant emotions. This is because I believe that with shopping, you get to feast your eyes on all things nice and beautiful. If there's one thing that I would love to do all day without complaining, it would be shopping. The bad news is, it can be financially draining too but there are ways to shop wisely. Looking at a shopper's buying guide first before throwing those precious dollars would be an excellent idea.

While most women would spend majority of their shopping budget on shoes, bags and clothes, I am more into shopping for sports and other athletic apparels. It's because I am more after comfort and style these days than all those girlie stuff. I guess I have outgrown that phase where all a girl cares about is to look good. I guess, my shopping style has changed too because now that I have discovered online shopping with this great shopping guide at shopwiki.com, I can just shop with ease. Do check them out.

24 July 2010

Scenic Sunday #4: Taal Lake

Scenic Sunday

Last weekend, we drove to Tagaytay together with my long time friends. We took the South Luzon Expressway and arrived in Tagaytay just in time for lunch. It was my first time to go to Tagaytay after our plans didn't push through last month because of Taal's volcanic activities. It was a short visit as we intended to go back to Manila in the afternoon before we get caught in traffic gridlock so we could still have plenty of time to shop at Greenhills.

There's the view of Taal volcano below, the skies were hazy all day so we didn't get to have the perfect snapshot of Taal but this will do. The fact that I've been to Tagaytay is a goal that's met.

23 July 2010

Food Trip Friday #4: Chaikofi

With not much time left, we postponed having lunch to give way for last minute shopping in MOA. We have a flight to catch up at 4:55pm and it's 2:30 in the afternoon which means we have to go to the airport or risk being not able to be in that flight. I had that terrible experience last month that I no longer want it to happen ever again. We were in time when the counters opened for check in but the queue was long, Ada was heaven sent because she directed us to go to the express counter which obviously, only very few knew about. We were able to get the second row seats, how lucky.

We had lunch past 3 o'clock in the afternoon and me being unable to survive without rice insisted that we look for a restaurant that offers rice meal inside the airport. There were only two so we chose to dine at Chaikofi. Whether they're a coffee shop or a thai restaurant, that I no longer cared to find out as my grumbling stomach is waiting to be filled. I ordered Chai dobo, it's pork adobo with a twist. My friend Melon's meal won't be complete without her favorite Blushing Bride, it's a strawberry milkshake.

Chai dobo (Php 150)

Blushing Bride (Php 150)

Mr. Chaikofi

19 July 2010

Back from a Vacay

Just got back from a fun and happy weekend with my best friends from College. We don't get to see each other much, if we do, it happens twice a year so the reunion was a very welcome happening. That trip was a spur of the moment thing when we met last May because Ada came home to Davao for a vacation. She invited us to come over her place in Manila so in an instant, we found ourselves booking a flight for Manila in July. Aahh, these friends can be compared to a precious gold bullion that never loses its value as time goes by but unlike a bullion, a good friend cannot be bought . We opted to go for Cebu Pacific's Go Lite Promo because it's a hundred bucks cheaper but that means we have to travel light too.

Ada's family met us at the airport and we proceeded to MOA to rent a van and then went to Bonifacio High Street to meet my sister who was leaving for a training the next day. Typhoon Basyang had just left the country and coming from a typhoon-free city, we were surprised to see the aftermath of Basyang in Manila. We went to Tagaytay last Saturday but it was sad to see how the place deteriorated through the years. We had lunch at Sonya's Garden but the place wasn't what we expected as well. We then left for Manila and had a shopping spree at Greenhills. It is during these times that we wish we had lots of money to burn. After the shopping was done, our bags felt like we had bricks of gold inside because it was heavy. Speaking of gold, there's a good place to buy bullion for those who are planning to buy gold bullion. They can visit goldcoinsgain.com for more information about gold and buying gold bullion.

The places we visited were not quite impressive but what counts the most is the happy time we spent together. We are all so looking forward to November as we explore Iloilo and Boracay for the first time.

14 July 2010

The Infinity Pool at Villa de Mercedes

In relation to my previous post, Villa de Mercedes: to go or not to go. I didn't have the chance to say no to the opportunity last Saturday as my co-workers already texted me that they were waiting for me outside and that they were willing to wait until I get ready to go. So, I was able to join the fun joint birthday celebration of two dear co-workers.

We arrived there late in the afternoon so I didn't have the chance to capture the scenery during daytime. All of the shots I took were night scenes using my handy point and shoot Sony Cybershot.
This is the kid's pool, notice the nice colorful lights of the pool. It accentuates the pool even more at night time.

For those who don't feel like dipping into the pool, bringing a good book with you is a good idea because you can have a great time lounging in one of those relaxing couches by the poolside.

12 July 2010

Blog Updates

After a week of deafening silence, I am back. A lot of things came up the past week that took a toll on all of us here at home. It was a tough week dealing with sickness in the family with my brother being admitted for a few days and our sweet little puppies not being able to survive the distemper virus that hit them despite efforts by the kind veterinarian who attended to them when they were sick. It was a sad week so that kind of made me not in the mood to work on my blogs.

Tonight, I resolved to make an update but not without some minor distractions from an ad about Texas Movers which made me really curious because the last time I checked on something called swingers which made me thought about swings which we played on as kids turned out be referring to something which is not desirable. After all, I am not that familiar with the ways of the world. Speaking of moving, transferring to a new abode can be a real pain especially when moving long distance so in the case of the people Moving to Texas, there are things they should be really thankful for like some Texas Moving Companies.

By the way, we just did general cleaning around the house and looking at the amount of stuffs that we have, I wonder if these are the kind of stuffs that Texas International Movers have to deal with every day. They must be doing a great job taking care of hassles like moving things. It was so lucky of us that we don't have to move from one house to another.

02 July 2010

Signed up for Entrecard

Yep! I have added this blog at Entrecard. So if you see this wiget, please drop some love. Entrecard helps improve a blog's traffic and you also get to meet and befriend fellow bloggers. My other blog has been with Entrecard for several months now and it has improved its alexa rank and I also got more visitors to my blog.

Villa de Mercedes: to go or not to go

Our office will be having a weekend pool party this afternoon at Villa de Mercedes for our co-workers belated birthday celebration. Everyone seems to be going to except for a few who have prior commitments this afternoon. Although I have already paid for the pool entrance, I am still having second thoughts about going to the party because there are several things that need to be done at home. The house needs general cleaning badly as we have been infested with pests and I swear I want to have them exterminated as soon as possible. The sofa needs to be vacuumed as bed bugs are having a grand time with their stay in the couch. Plus, dear sister needs a helping hand with the biz cards for their newly-opened shop. I have my hands full these days and I feel like always being on the run.

On the other hand, I am thinking about all the fun that I am going to miss and the opportunity to see the place and take pictures of it. Haay! I'd better start cleaning up right at this very moment so I can see if I'd still have time left to decide whether to party or not. I wish that I would have some me-time left so I can relax and take a deep breath. It's too hectic!

Food Trip Friday #3: Biggest Pizza

This is probably the world's biggest pizza from Mama Maria's pizzeria. The pizza measures 63 cms. and we had it divided into 20 slices to accommodate 20 people in the office who wants to try out the humongous pizza. A slice is enough to make one full, deliciously good too.

Mama Maria's Pizza
J.P. Laurel Ave., Bajada Davao City
(beside Sychar Hotel)