Zamboanga Restaurant | Malate

Zamboanga Restaurant | Malate

ZAMBOANGA RESTAURANT was recently featured on Kris TV, according to Marielle. Kris was apparently impressed and gladly endorsed it in her show.

I have to agree, and not because Kris said so. Read more



I found and grabbed this image from a much-shared post on Facebook many months ago.

It is a trivia from Ripley’s Believe It or Not.

It gives a historical origin on why the letter “X,” particularly when used in documents or correspondences, is taken to mean “kiss.”

I didn’t know that.

I do know that X means kiss, but didn’t know when, where, or how it started.

What I am aware of is that most young people actually know that X means “kiss” from “XOXO” which means hugs and kisses, where X = kiss and O = hug.

X in this case, however, has a more contemporary etymology. X and O from a bird’s eye view look like 2 people kissing and hugging, respectively, in the pop culture of emoticons.

If you come to think of it, this trivial fact casts an entirely different light on XXX, don’t you think so?


Orange or Yellow?

Is it just me or the building in the photo is really painted yellow and not orange?
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I snapped a photo of this apartelle-building along Sucat road (somewhere Multinational Village and SM Sucat) in Parañaque City.

A closer look will show that the building’s name is ORANGE APARTELLE (encircled in red in the photo).

That is what got my attention.

I guess it is perfectly okay to name a building ORANGE even if it is not painted orange. I mean an unpainted building or one that is painted with normal – make that neutral – colors like white, gray, beige, or even cream or brown can be named ORANGE without inviting controversy. But BRIGHT YELLOW for a building named ORANGE? Unless of course if its some sort of a gimmick to draw attention to itself. Perhaps that explains it.

Then again, maybe I’m the only one who thinks that the building is painted orange but in reality it is really painted yellow. Is it?

Metal Sculpture Depicting History of Philippine Logistics

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THIS METAL sculpture rightfully belongs to a museum. It was made by one of Philippines’ national artists (note to self: find out who exactly is the national artist who did this masterpiece). It also depicts and symbolizes the beginnings and the history of the country’s logistics industry, a sector instrumental in the advancements of the country’s commerce and trade.

In the meantime his artistic masterpiece hangs by the wall in the staircase of the headquarters of Delbros Group in Parañaque City.

The biggest lechon I’ve ever seen!

HOLY COW! No, it is actually a pig and not a cow.
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Whoa! That’s a big one, isn’t it?

I was amazed when I saw it in a friend’s Facebook update. At first I really thought it was a small cow. But a closer look revealed that it is, in fact, a big pig.

Roasted pigs or lechon are commonly medium-sized. And then of course, there’s the premium lechon de leche or roasted young pig. But huge roasted pigs are virtually unheard of.

Photos courtesy of Liezel Gerada, who celebrated her birthday at London beach (somewhere in or near GenSan in Mindanao) in November with this huge roasted pig as one of her handa.

The meanest and funniest prank

THIS IS a very mean prank. I couldn’t help but feel bad for the people targeted by this prank. At the same time I was rolling on the floor laughing all throughout the duration of the video clip. I guess, I’m bad. But so are you, I bet. 😀

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Graceful wings in an amber morning sky


Having been shot using a 135mm telephoto lens at maximum zoom setting, these two photos are quite grainy. It didn’t help that I didn’t have my tripod with me so the “shake” of my hands added to the fussiness of the image.

2-IMG_2991But my camera managed to capture the beautifully hued morning sky in the coastal town of San Juan, Batangas. What an awesome explosion of orange, red and purple! God is indeed the Greatest Artist and nature is His canvas.

My first e-book: STREET MATH


I FINISHED and published my very first e-book on February 15, 2012. Hurray! I am now officially a published author. I could not have done it if I took the traditional publishing route. But thanks to the advent o technology, particularly e-books, wannabe authors like me, can now get published quickly and inexpensively.

More about the merits and exciting prospects of e-book publishing later.

Now back to my first e-book. Actually, e-books (notice the “s”) because I published not one but two e-books simultaneously. You know how it is with me. I always tend to overdo things. That and the compulsion to always be different.


So why math?

First… well it’s a subject I’m quite comfortable with. Wait! I didn’t say I’m good at it. It’s just a subject I think I can talk about with a healthy dose of confidence.

Second… my lovely Nanay is a Math teacher, did you know that? She’s retired now, but prior to retiring she had been teaching math for more than 30 years (she now tutors my kids). I admit to the sentimental aspect of choosing math as the subject of my first published book. I dedicate it to best math teacher I’ve ever known, my mother. Naks! Read more

On Cloud 9

I’m quite pleased to have found this result of a recent Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) survey.

It validates my strong belief about the eventual mainstream adoption of cloud computing. In this survey, respondents cited lower total cost of ownership as the number one benefit of moving to the cloud, followed by anytime, anywhere access. The same benefits that I was hoping to reap for my organization when we went to the cloud several years ago.

I remember how, until just a few years ago, I used to get anywhere from funny to condescending looks whenever I would passionately talk about the merits and prospects of cloud computing.

I am among the few early adopters of cloud computing concepts, at least in the Philippines. And I did not just believe in cloud computing. I put it into practice. I did not take tentative steps with it, either. I went “all the way” from the onset. Whereas most other “cloud” proclaiming CIOs were cautiously testing the waters by running web-based applications on on-premise web servers, I have all of the mission-critical systems in my organization running efficiently, securely, and robustly in server farms in undisclosed locations probably on the other side of the world.

The naysayers had been warning me about security issues mostly, particularly data loss or data theft. Well it’s been almost 5 years since my organization crossed the rubicon and we are yet to encounter any serious security threat. There had been issues, I will not lie, but if you come to really think of it, they are none the worse compared to the myriad of issues I had to deal with prior to moving in the cloud, security among them as well.

So allow me to relish a sense of satisfaction as I can now truly say — “‘Told you so.”

Source: The Buyer’s Guide to Financial Management Software (The 10 Essentials of an Effective Financials Solution)