Monthly Archives: August 2008

Business As Usual on the Streets

The other Saturday, August 16th, I joined Ric, Melo, and Diane (and then Bernie with a friend joined us later). We checked out the Salcedo Weekend Market and then Binondo.

Binondo was an experience for me. I was there last ages ago, but the place seemed to have frozen time. It was still the same Binondo I had in mind.

I expected a lazy Saturday without much business going on there. But I was wrong. It was business as usual for the people there. Chinese restos are busy feeding people, and we passed by a rather decrepit barber shop, but it had many customers inside.

I even texted Wizheart and said, “it’s a bustling town!”

Take a look at these photos:

Cafe 88 Degrees

My colleagues and I went to Ortigas Center yesterday for a meeting. The meeting at 11am went on till 2:00pm, and so by the time the meeting ended we were already hungry and spent.

As we stepped into a blinding afternoon sunlight, we didn’t have much energy to look for a place to eat really, and had to settle for the nearest cafe we found: Cafe 88 Degrees.

To our surprise we found a cozy place with yummy-looking food!

Each of us ordered a combo meal: spicy squid rings, spicy pork, and chicken. Each meal came with rice and a brownie cube, and a choice of Milk Tea, Green Tea or (my bad, forgot the other one). I ordered a strawberry shake instead of the teas.

Since I was too hungry to hear the waitress’s description of the combo meal, and I wanted some hot soup to come with my meal, I also ordered a dumpling noodle soup. When our meals were served, whoa, they came with a free soup. I ended up having my dumpling noodle soup wrapped for to-go.

Their food was really yummy! The spicy squid was just perfect–crispy and just-right spicy. I wanted to dip it to vinegar, but the bit-sweet sauce that came with it somehow evened out the spiciness. The strawberry shake was good, not too sweet yet a bit tangy. My colleagues had the milk (with black sago) and green teas, and they loved it too. They said, it was a biggie serving considering that it came sort of free. The price is not bad at all: each combo meal was Php110.

The dumpling noodle soup that I brought to the office was also good, said Tom, the willing and eager recipient. :)

Now, I wish I had a camera with us to take some photos. But I’m definitely going back there and sample all their dishes! 😀

The place is easy to find: Cafe 88 Degrees, G/F Centerpoint Building, Julia Vargas Avenue cor. Garnet Road, Ortigas Center.

Check it out!

Random Photos of NAIA Terminal 3

Last July 24, Wizheart flew to Iloilo for their UP High reunion. It was also the day when Air Philippines made it’s maiden flight at NAIA Terminal 3 (T3).

Well, after a much ballyhooed opening, they also experienced an inaugural delay. Their original ETD was at 4:30PM, but was moved to 7:30. The reason being that the additional servicing was causing a bottleneck. Why open it to accommodate airlines when it’s not ready?

In any case, Wizheart would have taken more photos if he had not been irate. Still…

a view from NAIA T3

shiny corridor of NAIA T3

check-in counters of NAIA T3

check-in counters of NAIA T3

pre-departure ares of NAIA T3

Go check out more photos by The Unlawyer.