Monthly Archives: January 2009

What’s in a Name?

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, Shakespeare went.

Can we apply this to street names? Can we say, a street by any other name would be as useful? I think so. :) I’m talking about street names, because I stumbled upon an article on Fox News.

The article talks about Birmingham’s move to drop apostrophes from all its street signs, saying they’re confusing and old-fashioned. I find it interesting for people to be conscious about applying correct punctuation to street names or street signs.

Here in the country, we don’t bother about punctuation. We change the name of the street altogether, and often on a whim. 😀

Where to Spend Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a big red-letter day here in the Philippines. So as early as January, couples and even groups of friends already book their activities.

If you’re still deciding where to go or how to spend your Valentine’s Day, here’s a list.

  1. Happy Vanilla Valentine at Devarama Spa, Dusit Thani Hotel – Smooth subtle scent of  floral vanilla bath (30 minutes), followed by deep cleansing vanilla colada body scrub (30 minutes), then capped with a relaxing vanilla and patchouli aromatic massage (90 minutes). The package is Php5,800++ per person and Php10,400++ per couple. For inquiries and reservations, call (632) 867-3333 or  email at or visit
  2. Sweet Valentine at Sulo Hotel –  On Feb. 13, enjoy a pre-Valentine Romantic Candlelit Eat-All-You-Can, Sit Down Dinner at the Cafe Paraiso, or at the Sushi Bar’s Japanese for My Sweet Promo for only Php1,200. net per person. On Feb. 14, have a lunch at Cafe Paraiso and dinner buffet with more than 50 varieties of delectable cuisine. Meals come with complimentary roses, sunflower and gifts, special heart-shaped chocolates, plus a chance to win a romantic vacation for two (2) in Baguio City. For inquiries and reservations, call (632) 924-5051 to71, or visit
  3. Valentine Getaway at One Tagaytay Place – Cozy deluxe room accommodations, breakfast, and dinner for two (2) with a glass of wine, all for only Php5,600 net. Couples will get surprise gifts with freshly baked goodies from Rowena’s Delicacies and a chance to win on-the-spot raffle prizes from The A. Venue Hotel Suites and Outback Steakhouse. Add only Php800 for an upgrade to a classy 1-bedroom suite with the same perks. For inquiries and reservations, call (632) 584-4111, (632) 8188318, or visit
  4. Suite Surrender at Discovery Suites – For the whole month of February, couples can enjoy special accommodations in a Junior Suite. Accommodations include breakfast for two at Restaurant 5 and an exotic 60-minute massage treatment at Terra Wellness Spa.  All this for Php7,250 nett per night. On Valentine’s Day, enjoy the “Fire & Ice” treat at 22 Prime, where you get to taste a special 5-course dinner for Php1,295+ per person inclusive of a flute of sparkling wine and long-stemmed roses for the ladies. Or couples may want to go “That’s Amore” dinner buffet on Feb 13 and 14 at Restaurant 5. Here they can enjoy Iltalian classic dishes and premium wines with matching old-country music plus sparkling wine and long-stemmed roses for the ladies. All this for Php850+ per person. For inquiries and reservations, email
  5. Valentine Suite and Sweets and Wine and Dine Your Valentine at Renaissance Makati City Hotel – From Feb 13 to 15, couples can choose from any of the 598-room deluxe hotel and get a special rate of US$165. That includes buffet breakfast for two at M2M (morning to midnight), and a choice of between a buffet dinner for two at M2M or a Php2,500 dinner voucher for creative Continental restaurant Bocarinos or at the newly opened fine Cantonese restaurant Jasmine. A complimentary glass of bubbly wine, red or white wine tops off the meal at Php1,382 per person. For more information and reservations, visit
  6. Red Letter Day at Taft Tower Hotel – Couples can enjoy room-rate promos for only Php2,600 in deluxe rooms. The promo comes with two glasses of red wine and a long-stemmed rose or a gift that men can give to their special someone. For inquiries and bookings, visit
  7. Stay in Love… A Deluxe Romance at Hotel Vida – Couples can have an enjoyable evening at their junior suites with a candlelit dinner at the veranda and a breakfast-in-bed the day after for only Php7,750 nett. The men can also take their special someone to Salt Coffee Shop. For inquiries and reservations, email or visit

Philippine Daily Inquirer, LifeStyle Section. January 31, 2009.
Manila Bulletin, Travel & Tourism. February 1, 2009.

Anson’s Is on Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati

Wizheart and I had to go to Makati for some errands this morning. We decided to pass by Pasong Tamo extension. And lo and behold we saw Anson’s there among the car showrooms!

I wonder if people knew about this already. But if you’re the type of shopper who doesn’t like the crowd much, then you may want to check out this Anson’s branch.

Kwentong Kalye 3: It Pays to Be…

Setting: Megamall Carpark

Two motorists going around looking for a parking space. Motorist A finally found an opening and so waited on the sideline. But when the space became available, Motorist B cut him out and beat him to it.

Motorist B then blurted out, “It pays to be fast!”

Perhaps due to sheer frustration, the Motorist A crashed into Motorist B’s vehicle then went, “It pays to be rich!”

Note: The story was related to me by a friend. :)

This is a repost.  The one I posted got lost in the transfer to this new domain, I think.

IPAG’s Ranaw: Isang Alamat on CCP

This February, the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) celebrates its 40 years. In line with this, CCP will be inviting outstanding groups and productions that it has nurtured to perform on its august stage.

The  Integrated Performing Arts Guild (IPAG), a leading dance-theater company based at the MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology in Iligan City, will be performing Ranaw: Isang Alamat.

Ranaw will be staged on CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater) on Feb. 20 and 21, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.

According to Steven Fernandez, IPAG’s Artistic Director:

“Ranaw” is significant especially to Iliganons because this was adapted from the research of Nong Diony Orellana, and is a fictional adaptation of Iligan’s ancestor – Bato Lakungan – which many orig Iliganon families claim their roots. It adapts from research of Northern Mindanao’s epic tales that articulate historical truths about our fragmented cultures today. Veteran homegrown artists perform in this production.

Read Philippine Daily Inquirer’s review of IPAG’s last production.

View a short trailer of Ranaw: Isang Alamat.

Photo from MSU-IIT website.

Pepper Lunch Opens at Shangri-la Plaza Mall

The first time I was made aware of this Japanese Resto, Pepper Lunch was in Powerplant Mall, Rockwell.

We were doing grocery at Rustan’s Supermart there when Wizheart and I saw long lines going to the Resto.

Now this popular DIY (do-it-yourself) Japanese franchise resto opens its second branch at the Garden Court (the mall’s posh food court) Shangri-la Plaza Mall.

Pepper Lunch popular fare includes beef pepper rice, Shimofuri pepper steak, chicken teriyaki, “shake shake” salads, molten milk chocolate cake. Its secret to the yummy meals is its patented electromagnetic hot plate  created by its owner-Japanese chef and inventor Kunio Ichinose. Kunio owns over 200 Pepper Lunch restos in Japan. The hot plate is heated up to 260 degrees celsius in one minute and stays hot for about 20 minutes. On this plate, the customers’ food preference (may compose of choice cuts of imported beef, chicken, pork, salmon, ang unagi, with vegetables and rice, and seasoned accordingly) are placed and cooked.

Check out the resto!