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Saturday, January 12, 2013

JELLY-G: Delicious Thai Milk Tea


JELLY-G: Delicious Thai Milk Tea 
 
Bangkok and Ayutthaya are two of my favorite places in the world. In fact, I love anything Thai, from Durian chips ( to die for!!), Tamarind, Tom-Yum-Goong (Thai: ต้มยำกุ้ง, IPA: [tôm jam kûŋ) to Thai Milk tea (Thai: ชาเย็น). 
A lot of small coffee/tea shops can be found all over Thailand. But we observed that unlike in the Philippines, Thai people like their iced tea on the go and take it with them in a small plastic bag with the straw sticking out. Very few people sit at shops and drink it leisurely. In fact, many shops have no place to sit.

In Thailand, they call Thai Milk Tea as"cha-yen”.  Cha-Yen is a cold drink made from strongly-brewed black tea enhanced with ingredients like orange blossom, star anise, and crushed tamarind seed, as well as sweetened condensed milk are mixed with the tea, then a tablespoon of evaporated milk or half-and-half is floated on top. Some Thai chef uses sugar and half-and-half to make cha yen while other Thai chef uses condensed milk and half evaporated milk. No matter which combination you choose, there’s no other beverage that works as well with the foods of Thailand.
Maybe not a lot of people know that nothing works to neutralize the blistering heat of Thai food than a cold Thai Milk Tea. My brother and I come to love the taste of this cool treat while vacationing in Bangkok, Thailand. So you could just imagine our happiness when we were invited to try this cool Thai Milk Tea place called Jelly-G in Shaw Zentrum 500 at Shaw Boulevard the other day.
Jelly G lets you sip in an indulging cup of smooth milky layers beautifully blended with tea’s hint of deep amber color. When your cup of drink seems a less than-inspired concoction, why not make the switch to a healthier option with better, more imaginative taste? Let these crazy-good milk tea inventions tickle your taste buds for a change and experience another of Thailand’s gift to humanity. They also offer thick toasts as combination to the refreshing Thai drinks.
Jelly-G Milk Tea is the only premier drink brand in the Philippines that serves authentic, creamy and perfectly blended Thai Milk Tea.  Every Jelly-G Thai Milk Tea uses freshly steeped tea leaves daily mixed with all-natural ingredients like Arabica Coffee, Pure Australian Milk Chocolate and puree from fresh fruits with its signature grass jelly intensifying the richness of Jelly-G drinks.
Remember, don't forget to drink this super sweet, lightly spiced beverage to calm sizzling hot Thai foods. 
 
JellyG branches:
  • Ground Floor, Shaw Zentrum 500 Shaw Boulevard
  • Food Choices, Glorietta 4 
  • 3rd Level Activity Center Market!Market! 
  • Food Choices, Alabang Town Center Activity Center 
  • MarQuee Mall Ground Level 
  • Robinsons Metro East 3rd Level
  • SM Marikina 2nd Level, Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall 
  • 3rd Level, Festival Super mall


Friday, January 11, 2013

UNIQLO: Winners of Holiday Treat Announced


UNIQLO: Winners of Holiday Treat Announced
Photo shows (from left): Jasmin Cruz, Assistant Marketing Manager of Fast Retailing Philippines, Inc.; DTI representative Jheric Saracho; and UNIQLO SM Mall of Asia Store Manager Tanaka Takatoshi during the draw held at the UNIQLO SM Mall of Asia.

UNIQLO, a global apparel brand known for its philosophy of not following trends yet allowing people to express themselves through its unique clothing line, announced recently the names of the winners of its recent “Wish Tree” holiday treat for its loyal shoppers.

The complete list of winners of the UNIQLO “Wish Tree” holiday promo can now be viewed at UNIQLO Philippines’ Facebook page, www.facebook.com/uniqlo.ph.

The promo started last November 30 and allowed shoppers at UNIQLO’s two stores in the PhilippinesSM Mall of Asia and SM City North EDSAto choose their desired “wish list” and hang them at the specially-designed UNIQLO tree located at each store.

To win their wish list, shoppers only need to purchase any UNIQLO item such as the Ultra Light Down, Heattech, Heattech Micro Fleece or Micro Fleece products.

The special “wish list” created by UNIQLO for the “Wish Tree” campaign promo includes a free buffet meal for a family of 4 at Vikings Buffet Restaurant located at SM Mall of Asia, IMAX movie tickets, and a shopping spree at UNIQLO worth P5,000 for a family of 4 people.

A total of Ten (10) winners of Vikings family buffet meal and IMAX movie tickets were drawn from both the SM Mall of Asia and SM City North EDSA stores while 8 winners were drawn from both stores who will win the UNIQLO shopping spree.

Present during the raffle draw were Assistant Marketing Manager of Fast Retailing Philippines, Inc., Ms. Jasmin Cruz; Trade and Industry Development Analyst of the Department of Trade and Industry-National Capital Region (DTI-NCR), Mr. Jheric Saracho, who supervised the draw, and Mr. Tanaka Takatoshi, UNIQLO SM Mall of Asia Store Manager.

UNIQLO first store in the Philippines is located at the 2nd Floor, Main Mall of SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City, while the second store is located at the SM City North EDSA The Block in Quezon City. UNIQLO SM Mall of Asia store is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. while UNIQLO SM City North EDSA The Block is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays.

Per DTI-NCR Permit No. 9111 Series of 2012.
For more about UNIQLO, visit www.uniqlo.com.ph or the UNIQLO Philippines Facebook page at www.facebook.com/uniqlo.ph.


Thursday, January 10, 2013

FREE INTERNET AND COFFEE: iZone-iHUB Philippines Beacon of Innovation


FREE INTERNET AND COFFEE: iZone-iHUB Philippines Beacon of Innovation 

Attention: Students, out-of-school youth, parents, teachers, anyone and everyone who believe they have the talent but lack the resources. Here's a piece of good news for you!
                 
You can now use the facilities of iZone-iHUB, the first technology research center in the Philippines that accommodates technology-driven individuals who want their potential to be nurtured and developed absolutely free. iZone-iHUB Center is located at the Penthouse of a building in Ortigas. If you have the talent, a project and you want somebody to help you develop and finance your project then you should present it to the shakers and movers of  iZone-iHUB Center. This can be your chance to develop further and monetize your project.

“Focus on the Goal not the Road to get there, because the “road to success” is always under construction” - Dan Pen



What is iZone-iHUB Center?

iZone-iHUB Center is an online community that provides Pinoy techies and innovative individuals a room for collaboration. It aims to encourage knowledge sharing among those who have the passion for Information Technology. This place is great. iZone-iHUB Center gives you the freedom to use the office space for collaborating with your fellow techies absolutely free.

                                     
Location:

iZone-iHUB offers a central location of its facilities to techies and individuals who would want to have a place where they can collaborate with fellow techies and innovators to come up with projects that can probably be the next big thing to come after Facebook. Office Location of iZone-iHUB is at the 12th Floor (Penthouse) of Agustin I Building, #28 F. Ortigas Jr. (Emerald) Avenue, Ortigas Business Center, Pasig City 1605.

Operating Hours:

The facility operates from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. They accommodate not just techies but just about everyone who has projects aimed for global distribution.  

What they offer?
  • Free unlimited access to WiFi
  • Free flowing coffee ( I love the cappucino flavor at their office)
  • Office space amenities ( LED PC, Aircon, Lights etc.)
  • Safety 
  • Security
  • Free advise and assistance from experts and consultants of iZone-iHUB for your projects whether they can actually be monetized or developed further.
What’s the catch? 

There is no catch! iZone-iHUB just wants to offer its place to techie Filipino who would want to have a place they can call a second home away from their homes.

AIM:
  • To serve as incubators for start up projects under the pseudo of Information Technology (IT) to be exposed to commercialization targeting a global market.
MISSION: To nourish and cultivate the minds of bright and creative individuals by letting them discover their ultimate potential in the field of Information Technology.


Here are the steps:
1.      Pack your gadgets together with your creative mind and outstanding development skills.
2.      Bring a valid Identification Card.
3.      Proceed to iZone-iHUB Center.

4.      Release all of your creative juices, brainstorm, and work with people who share the          same interests as you!


Endless opportunities and possibilities are being offered by iZone-iHUB to the technology community! 

CONTEST

iZone-iHUB has an on-going contest where individuals or groups can win as much as fifty thousand pesos ( Php 50,000) worth of prizes. By submitting their innovative projects to iZone-iHUB, the founder Daniel S. Peña Sr. (born on August 10, 1945) is a Hispanic-American businessman, who is a well-known business magnate and investor, Entrepreneur, Business Success Coach for High Performers. Founder of QLA methodology! And World Traveler! He has 40 plus years of experience dealing with businesses and start ups entrepreneur, mentor, and business coach, born in Jacksonville, Florida. Under his wings, you will be ensured that your project will go to greater heights. You have an opportunity for your project to be commercialized or monetized under iZone-iHUB and also at the same time you get to win the prize.

                                  
 iZone-iHUB will have a grand launch on January 18, 2013, where IT leaders and IT enthusiasts can fully grasp what are the activities lined up for the year 2013 followed by the Techno Summit on February 16, 2013. Highlight of this event would be the twenty four (24) hour Hackathon event where participants from Colleges, Universities and Professional sector would be able to work as a team or as an individual and compete in developing an innovative project within the 24 hour window, participants would also have the opportunity to have this project exposed by presenting it on the event hall. Both events will be graced by renowned individuals under the technology industry with the likes of Representative Angelo B. Palmones.
Remember, do not believe those lies that you amount to nothing. If people tell you that you cannot do these or that. Don't believe them. Like Dan Pena, you too can turn ”you can't's” into ”How Can I’s” and prove the nay-Sayers wrong. 

Excelsior!

Disclaimer: I am not in any way connected to iZone-iHUB. 


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

FEAST OF THE BLACK NAZARENE: List of School with No Classes


FEAST OF THE BLACK NAZARENE: List of School with No Classes
The Department of Education (DepEd) has announced the suspension of classes in schools located along the route of the annual procession of the Black Nazarene during the Feast of Quiapo district this Wednesday.
 
Classes are suspended in the following schools: 
  • Manila High School
  • Victoriano Mapa High School
  • Apolinario Mabini Elementary School
  • Geronimo Santiago Elementary School
  • Ramon Avancena High School
  • Manila Science High School 
  • Araullo High School
  • Colegio de San Juan de Letran
  • Adamson University
  • University of the East (Manila)
  • Mapua Institute of Technology
  • Far Eastern University
  • University of  Sto.Tomas
  • San Beda College 
  • UE Manila  
Regular classes will resume on Thursday, January 10, 2013.
 
The suspension includes not only classes but also office work in their respective institutions.
For its part, Mapua clarified that it will only be suspending classes on that day, but not office work. "No classes on Wednesday, 9 Jan. 2013, for Intramuros campus only," it will be a “regular working day for all employees.” Mapua said on its Twitter account.

Photos: Collin Yap


MMDA ADVISORY: 2013 Procession of the Black Nazarene


MMDA ADVISORY: 2013 Procession of the Black Nazarene

Attention: To all mamanata, tourist and motorist be wise, plan your alternate route now. 

This advisory pertains to the Traslacion 2013 Procession of the Black Nazarene to be held on January 9, 2013 at Quiapo Church and the highlight of the celebration is the Grand Procession that will start at Quirino Grandstand (Luneta) at about 7:00 AM onwards. As we all know, this procession is always a blockbuster and hold the record for the longest procession ever in the history of the annual religious festival. Last year, 2012, it took 22 hours, a “wheel-less” carriage, a broken rope, and a frenzied mob to bring the Black Nazarene from the Quirino Grandstand early Monday to the Quiapo Church at around 6 a.m. the following day.  

If you are one of the people I listed below, please don't go for your own good. In a sea of people, even if you want to protect whoever is beside you, it will be impossible to do that. Plus there's a possibility that cellphone signals will be shut off again. Yes, you read it right, No cellphone signals along Nazarene procession route.
  • pregnant women
  • elderly
  • sick
  • has an ongoing medical treatment
  • Parents are advised not to bring children.
  • If you're joining or just watching the procession, don't show up drunk.

ROUTE: 

  • From Quirino Grandstand (Luneta)
  • right Katigbak Drive thru P. Burgos
  • left Taft Ave.(P.Burgos) thru McArthur Bridge
  • right Palanca,thru under Quezon Bridge
  • left Quezon Blvd.
  • right Fraternal
  • right Vergara
  • left Duque de Alba
  • left Castillejos
  • left farnecio
  • right Arlegui
  • left Nepomuceno
  • left Aguila
  • right Carcer
  • right Hidalgo thru Plaza Del Carmen
  • left Bilibid Viejo thru Puyat
  • left Guzman
  • right Hidalgo
  • left Barbosa
  • right Globo de Oro thru under Quezon Bridge
  • right Palanca
  • right Villalobos thru Plaza Miranda to Quiapo Church.
 
AFFECTED AREAS DURING PROCESSION AND EXPECT HEAVY TRAFFIC:
 
1. Stretch of Roxas Blvd./Bonifacio Drive from Anda Circle to TM Kalaw north and southbound lane.
2. Southbound of Quezon Blvd. from Recto to Palanca (subway-isetan Recto)
3. Stretch of Lerma from P.Campa to Quezon Blvd.
4. Taft Ave./Finance (westbound lane).
5. Lagusnilad/P.Burgos (westbound lane).
6. P.Burgos/Taft Ave (Freedom Triangle-northbound lane).
7. Villegas/N.A Lopez.
8. 25th Street/Bonifacio Drive (southbound lane).


ROAD CLOSURE:

 
1. JANUARY 8, 2013 - 8:00 AM, katigbak Drive and South Drive will be closed to traffic.
2. at 4:00 AM, January 9, 2013, southbound lane of Quezon Blvd. (Quiapo), from Andalucia/Fugoso to Plaza Miranda and España/P.Campa/Lerma shall be closed to traffic for Public Utility vehicles (PUV) only.
3. At 5:00 AM total closure for all types of vehicles shall be implemented.


North Area  starting at 5:00 AM

 
1. P Campa/España
2. Nicanor Reyes/España
3. Andalucia/Fugoso
3. Recto/Issetan (Service Road)
4. Raon/Evangelista


South Area starting at 6:00 AM

 
1. Ma. Orosa/P.Burgos
2. Lagusnilad/P.Burgos
3. Taft/Finance/Westbound
4. A. Villegas/Taft Ave. (LRT)
5. 25th Street/Bonifacio Drive
6. N.A. Lopez/A. Villegas
7. Anda Circle/Bonifacio Drive
8. Gen. Luna/P.Burgos
9. Roxas Blvd. TM Kalaw
10. katigbak/Roxas Blvd.

 
RE-ROUTING OF VEHICLES
 
1. All vehicles coming from Quezon City using the stretch of España shall turn right P.Campa,left Andalucia,right Fugoso,left T.Mapua to point of destination.
2. All PUJs/light vehicles coming from España intending to proceed to South Pier Zone turn left Nicanor Reyes,right Recto straight to JAS,left Reina Regente take Jones Bridge,right Magallanes Drive to point of destination.
3. All vehicles coming from northern part of Manila intending to utilize the stretch of Bonifacio Drive southbound shall turn right Roberto S. Oca St.,left Delgado,left 25th St.,left Bonifacio Drive (for Port Area offices) or shall take right to A. Soriano to magallanes Drive,right P.Burgos,go straight to Lagusnilad to Taft Ave.
4. All vehicles coming from southern part of Manila intending to utilize the stretch of P.Burgos shall take TM Kalaw,left Taft Ave.,right A Villegas,right Quezon Bridge to point of destination (NOTE: northbound of Quezon Blvd. is open to traffic).
5. All vehicles coming from southern part of Manila intending to utilize the northbound or Roxas Blvd. from P.Ocampo to P.Burgos shall turn right TM Kalaw left Taft Ave. to point of destination.
6. All PUJs plying Monumento-Gasak-Recto intending to utilize Andalucia thru Recto shall turn right Oroqueta to point of origin.
7. All vehicles coming fromLegarda shall turn right Recto or left Mendiola to point of destination.
8. All vehicles using Taft Ave. northbound shall turn right A. Villegas (Arroceros) right Quezon Bridge to point of destination.
9. All heavy vehicles/Cargo Trucks coming from the south shall take Pres. Osmeña, Pres. Quirino to Nagtahan via AH Lacson to Capulong (vise versa).
10. All motorist intending to proceed to North of Manila or South of Manila shall advise to utilize the stretch of AH Lacson to Nagtahan (vise versa) or to utilize stretch of Road-10 to Roxas Blvd. (vise versa) to point of destination.
11. All buses coming from eastern part of Manila particularly G-Liner/RRCG utilizing Legarda shall turn right Palanca to Quiapo Ilalim to point of destination.
12. All buses coming from Taft. going to Fairview shall right UN Ave. up to Otis left Nagtahan go straight AH Lacson,right España to point of origin.
13. All buses coming southern part of Manila Laguna & Cavite utilizing taft Ave. are not allowed to enter from 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM and allowed only up to Remedios St. right San Marcelino back to point of Origin. #mmda


Special thanks to sir Collin Sarthou Yap for the pictures.


Saturday, January 5, 2013

CHARACTERISTICS OF SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE


CHARACTERISTICS OF SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE

Successful people are happier and healthier. Really now, what makes them tick? A lot of us wanted to be successful in life. Are you sure you're on the right track? Here is a success Indicator Chart by MaryEllen Tribby, rate yourself.

How do you classify yourself? Which column do you belong? Unsuccessful?  It is never too late to be successful. Correct yourself. No one could help you but you. It is the New Year, give it your all to transfer from the unsuccessful column to the successful one.  The heck to all who pull you down, strive hard to be happy, transform to a greater you. Good luck! Yes, you can make it. Be happy!


Friday, January 4, 2013

STEPHANIE NICOLE ELLA: Stray Bullet Victim Passed Away


STEPHANIE NICOLE ELLA: Stray Bullet Victim Passed Away
Another young life gone to waste. After fighting for her life for 38 hours, Stephanie Nicole Ella, 7 years old, succumb to death on Wednesday afternoon, January 2, 2012. A victim of indiscriminate firing on New Year's eve.  Ella, was hit by a bullet on the head.  The bullet entered the left side of Ella’s brain and lodged on the left side of her face beside her nose, while she was watching fireworks of the New Year’s eve revelry with her family in Caloocan City. The little girl in pink died from "intra-cerebral hemorrhage secondary to gunshot wound. 

All Filipinos were supposed to be happy celebrating the new year but all I saw and hear on the news were a 4 yr. old boy and a 7 yr. old girl who died because of gunshot wounds. Not to mention the 2 yr. old who was hit by a stray bullet while confined in the hospital. Is this the society we all want our children to grow up in? How many more people should die before these irresponsible gun owners stop firing indiscriminately? Don't you know that when you fire your gun up in the sky it will fall down. Why? That's basic! Whatever comes up will go down. 
DEADLY BULLET. Dr. Emmanuel Bueno, Director of the East Avenue Medical Center, displays a series of x-ray photos that show where the stray bullet that hit Stephanie Nicole Ella had lodged in her head. Photo by JAMIE MARIE ELONA/INQUIRER

The government should impose higher penalty for those people found firing indiscriminately. Death Penalty should be put back so people with ill-soul will mellow a little and stop using their guns.

The bullet from a caliber 45 pistol that killed Stephanie Nicole Ella was fired from a 50-meter radius with a trajectory of almost 90 degrees, according to an initial police autopsy report. Her skull wound is round so it means the trajectory was about 90 degrees.

Talking about indiscriminate firing during New Year, let me share you my personal story.
I remember way back in 2009, our neighbor shot our window on New Year's eve. It is a good thing that we were out of the country during that New Year's celebration. We found two (2) slugs of marbles (holen).  It is said to be the slugs used on their paltik revolver.  A witness saw him when he allegedly fired at our window from their terrace. Reason: Unknown. It might have been another case of indiscriminate firing, since the alleged shooter claims to be a police officer, whether that is true or not, I don't know who to contact to verify the authenticity of his so called police satus. Maybe it was merry making or maybe a wrong sense of power or maybe trip trip lang, who knows. Since I do not understand his reason, I did not bother talking to the old man, who according to other neighbors had several cases for firing his gun to other neighbors dwellings inside our subdivision, unprovoked. We've always been amiable to him and his family despite his abuses in the neighborhood and to my brother's kindness. Since we were neighbors we decided not to file a complaint or press charges. We did not replace the window to remind him constantly of what he did to us.
People who have any information that can assist in Ella's case - or anybody who has any information on irresponsible gun owners - may offer help and information via the PNP hotline: (0917) 8475757.


Thursday, January 3, 2013

2013: Year of the Water Snake


2013: Year of the Water Snake

Happy New Year! I hope you had a happy celebration last January 1.  Since it is the beginning of the year, let's talk about Feng Shui. Like you, I also want to know what is in store for me this year. So, let's take a look at who is lucky and unlucky this year.


2013 is the year of the water snake according to the Chinese calendar. The Year of the Water Snake will officially begin on February 10, 2013.

The Chinese animal signs considered as the luckiest during the Year of the Water Snake are the following:
  • Rat 
  • Dog
  • Tiger
  • Ox
  • Horse 
  • Dragon
With the the Tiger, Ox and Horse as the more fortunate signs in terms of wealth. The Dragon will be lucky also in terms of romance and education. 

Whereas, the not so lucky animal signs include the following:
  • Rabbit
  • Rooster
  • Sheep
  • Monkey
  • Pig 
  • Snake
Lucky color is emerald green.


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