Monday, December 30, 2013

2013: Travel Inventory

2013 has been a good year to me. I traveled a lot (more than I expected, actually), met new friends, and ate a lot of food as well. Just like last year, I will try to summarize my year of travel with this blog post.

I've been to Bontoc, Mountain Province for the first time this year and I went there twice! It was my first time in Indonesia and Malaysia. I even went to Malaysia twice (once in Kuala Lumpur and once in Kota Kinabalu)! I've been to the Bicol Region (Legazpi City and Naga City), Misamis Region (Cagayan de Oro City and Ozamiz City), Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte for the first time! I came back to Pangasinan before the year ends and enjoyed the food there as well. I went to Baguio City and Cebu City four times this year!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Pangasinan: Food, Friends, and Events

I thought I won't be travelling for December anymore and yet the opportunity came when +GBG Pangasinan and +GBG Dagupan organized +Google Code-in Meetup for the students in Lingayen and +GDG Philippines and +GDG Baguio helped for the said event.

Lingayen, Pangasinan

We left Manila around 6:30 AM aboard the Victory Liner bus going to Alaminos. We had two stopovers and was sleeping most of the way. As instructed by our friend +JR Padilla, we alighted in Socony and rode a mini-bus going to Dagupan. We asked the bus conductor to drop us off in front of Bangsal Suites. It is the place where we would stay for the night.

Bangsal Suites
After checking in and dropping off our things, we had lunch in Rudy & Jing Seafood Restaurant. We had the most delicious grilled catfish and milkfish. The meat was sweet and tender. It was the first time in a long time I had fish those delicious. 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Food Trip in Kapitolyo: Bà Nội's

Recently, I moved near to restaurant and food melting pot - Kapitolyo in Pasig City. Guided by our dear friend +Mitch+Jomar and I are starting to see the many restaurants Kapitolyo has to offer.

Bà Nội's (The Fresh Flavour from Vietnam)
12 East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig

Our first dinner together was at Bà Nội's. It is a Vietnamese restaurant that used to have a branch in Makati. I was able to try their food in Makati and here I am eating their food again. We ordered the food below:

Ga Hho Cari Ha / December 16, 2013
Bu Loc Lac
Corn Trang Steamed Rice / Decemeber 16, 2013
Goi Cuon / December 16, 2013

The food was good. Though, I am not a fan of Vietnamese cuisine it was still good food and as always great company.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Fail Business Process: Robinsons Land

Background Story: My parents and siblings are flying to Canada on December 14, 2013 (Saturday) and I will be left behind here in the Philippines. The need is to buy a condominium that I could occupy as soon as possible.

The Find: We keep on searching and inquiring for condominium that is easily accessible via the major roads like EDSA. My mom searched online and found The Gateway Regency online. She called up the broker and an ocular was arranged. They saw a one-bedroom unit that seems right. As early as the ocular, my mom keeps on repeating to the broker and the marketing employee of Robinsons Land (Valerie Mijares), that we need to move in as soon as possible and before the flight of my family. We want them to expedite the process and they confirmed that it is possible.

The Payment: We paid the reservation fee last November 26, 2013 and the balance on December 3, 2013. Both payments were paid from our Metrobank account to the Metrobank account of Robinsons Land to avoid the 3-day clearing necessary if it comes from another bank. This would also help in making the process faster in the hopes of a sooner condo turnover. After making the payment and verifying with both Metrobank accounts that the money has been cleared, my mom was informed that a 3-day clearing is still necessary on Robinsons Land end.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Review: The Bayleaf Hotel in Intramuros

Last December 6, 2013, our company had the annual planning. We wanted to conduct the planning within Metro Manila but the ambiance should not feel like you're in the busy metropolis. After searching and thinking, we end up with The Bayleaf Hotel in Intramuros.

Morning View from the Conference Room
For Php 1,250.00 per person, we had a conference room (complete with a television, marker, whiteboard, etc.) from 8:00am to 5:00pm, AM and PM snacks of our choice, and breakfast buffet at 9 Spoons. Not bad of a deal, right?