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GoNegosyo Guy Talks about the Philippine Economy

I am no economist, and I don’t understand anything about it. What I know about economy is mostly managing personal finances, which I don’t excel in, also. 😀

But I am a good observant, and so I know that a country’s economy is doing good if I see people spending, building, traveling, and investing.

Some say that the country’s economy is no good, that the administration of PGMA is not doing anything good at all. I’m glad that Wizheart showed me the articles of Joey Concepcion.

Joey Concepcion started the GoNegosyo advocacy, encouraging and helping out small entrepreneurs to do business and succeed in it.

So, if you are like me who wants to understand the goings-on of the present Philippine economy, check out Joey Concepcion’s articles.

Pro economy, pro Philippines

PGMA is no Bush

Next president must be pro economy

PinoyBiz Fueling Pinoy Entrepreneurship

I see these colorful stalls on Pasong Tamo Extension, that part of Pasong Tamo that is already part of Taguig City and not Makati City.

These stalls are labeled, Forward Taguig-Global Kalinga-PinoyBiz. This project must be supported by Taguig City, Global Kalinga, and Pinoy Biz groups. From what I see, each stall is assigned certain products to sell. So, one stall sells fruits,  another fish, yet another meat or rice.

The stalls are standing on the  paved sidewalks along the streets. I’m not sure if the vendors have business permits or perhaps the city of Taguig has given them permission to sell.

Whatever it is, this idea of PinoyBiz is indeed fueling the spirit of entrepreneurship among Filipinos.

Tokyo Tokyo Metro on Valero Street, Makati

Yesterday, my officemates and I decided to have a lunch out. Normally, we would pack lunch or buy lunch from Manang (the lady who brings lunch to the office every day).

One of the reasons for the lunch out was that we wanted to try out the new Tokyo Tokyo Metro nearby. So off we went.

Unfortunately, the place was full and we had to wait to be seated. Seeing the seated customers still waiting for their food, we thought it would be a long time after we would have our turn. So, we went out and headed for the next best thing next door, World Topps.  😀

Just a few initial impressions about Tokyo Tokyo Metro.

The place is cool, but the space was not maximized well. They could have seat more people had they had smaller tables that can be joined together for bigger groups. We saw about three couples sitting on a table good for five or six. I think this is a new business line of Tokyo Tokyo, and it is more of the fine dining kind.

It seems like more and more fast food restos are venturing into a bistro or fine dining. :)

Getting there
Shorter route: From Ayala Avenue, head to H.B. De la Costa, that is at the corner of RCBC Tower and Ayala Avenue. Turn right to De la Costa, and at the first corner, turn right again to Valero Street. Go straight, crossing Rufino (formerly Herrera) Street. A block away from that corner of Rufino and Valero Streets is Tokyo Tokyo Metro (TTM). It’s on the side of Starbucks (at the corner), Claudette’s, Seattle’s Best Coffee, Shakey’s, ChinaBank, then TTM.

Alternate route: From Ayala, take Paseo de Roxas, turn left at the corner of Citibank Tower, go straight (crossing Valero St and Agustin St) to Adamson Building on Leviste Street. Turn left, go straight to Rufino Street, turn left and then left to Valero Street. A block away from that corner of Rufino and Valero Streets is Tokyo Tokyo Metro (TTM). It’s on the side of Starbucks (at the corner), Claudette’s, Seattle’s Best Coffee, Shakey’s, ChinaBank, then TTM.

Double Midnight Madness Sale

Ayala Malls Online Community

… in Glorietta and Greenbelt today, March 13.

What a good way to spend Friday the 13th than to shop till you drop. Your wallet may be horrified, but at least you enjoyed every minute of it. 😉

What I like about this midnight madness sale in Ayala Center Makati is that surrounding hotels also participate and give discounts.

Here’s the sked:

March 13-14, 2009 : Up to 12 Midnight
March 15, 2009 : Up to 9PM

List of freebies and other offers:

1) Free Parking Tickets
• Free Parking for four (4) hours for a minimum single purchase receipt worth P1,000 dated March 13-15, 2009.

2) Free Movie Tickets
• Buy 3 Take 1 Cinema Ticket on the last 2 show screenings at Glorietta 4 on March 13-15, 2009.

3) Free Games
• Pay P16O for a P200 Powercard load and get two (2) Yellow Swiper games for FREE from March 13-15, 2009 at Timezone. Valid at TIMEZONE Glorietta 4 and Greenbelt 3 only.

For Special Rates, call these participating Hotels:

  • Renaissance Makati City Hotel (811-6888)
  • Mandarin Oriental Manila (750-8888)
  • Hotel Inter-Continental Manila (793-7000)
  • Ascott Makati (729-8888)
  • DusitThani (867-3333)

4.) Free Show:  Watch Martin Nievera Live on March 14, 2009 at the Glorietta 4 Park at 6:30PM


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:

What’s New on Ayala Avenue?

giant ticker

A giant electronic ticker above Starbucks Insular. That’s on Ayala Avenue corner Paseo de Roxas.

I first noticed it yesterday when the shuttle I was on stopped right at the intersection. I was amused especially that it flashed only good news and inspiring quotes. These messages were mixed with ads promoting the Philippines.

This area is right at the center of Makati Central Business District. I hope it will be used wisely like a tourism campaign.

Check it out!

giant ticker

giant ticker