Smoking.. Banned!

Starting today, June 27, 2011, smoking will be banned to public places and other specified areas to support the campaign to make Metro Manila 100% smoke-free.

For those who are unfamiliar with the ordinance, posted below is Section 5 of Republic Act 9211:

    *      Centers of youth activity such as playschools, preparatory schools, elementary schools, high schools, colleges and universities, youth hostels, and recreational facilities for persons under eighteen (18) years old;
    *      Elevator and stairwells;
    *      Location in which fire hazards are present, including gas stations and storage areas for flammable liquids, gas, explosives or combustible materials;
    *      Within the buildings and premises of public and private hospitals. Medical, dental, and optical clinics, health centers, nursing homes, dispensaries and laboratories;
    *      Public conveyance and public facilities including airport and ship terminals and train and bus stations, restaurant and conference halls, except for separate smoking areas; and
    *      Food preparation areas.

hmmmm bakit wala sa loob ng mga public vehicles like jeepneys and non-aircon buses? mga drivers pa naman ang malakas mag-yosi..

And B-T-W.. Starbucks supports this campaign.

Smoke-free on your coffee

Photo credit:  http://everythinginbudget.blogspot.com

Some avid Starbucks-goers are against it.  Some even sent fillers that they’ll boycott the store.

I know this will draw a lot of mixed reactions.  For the benefit of the common good (good health that is) I think it should be strictly implemented.  We’re all aware of what smoking could bring to people (re: health concerns), right?.  At least for once we should have discipline and obey a certain rule of our law.

Please be guided accordingly.  I wrote this as a reminder to my friends and others out there who aren’t still aware of this.  Mahuli kayo bigla, hindi nyo pa alam.. 🙂 Iba ang may alam.. (pahiram GMA NEWS TV..)

And yes, I am a non-smoker.. I’ve seen the damage it could bring so I decided to be against it.

P.S. ..against smoking.. not the smokers.. 🙂

 

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Happy Father’s Day!

This time it’s for real.  It’s Father’s Day and oh, I’d like to greet all the fathers out there but the most special greeting goes out to my father, Jack.

Ka Jack or Ka Ito

Photographer ka rin pala 'Tay? 🙂

I won’t be able to give him a big hug tomorrow because he’s on the other side of the world. Yep, he’s in New Jersey, USA together with my Nanay and my Ate Tina’s family.  If my VISA was approved, I’d be able to celebrate Father’s day with them.  This time, we’ll still celebrate it but through the magic brought by technology in which we call “Yahoo Messenger”. 😛

It took miles between us for me to realize how I badly miss his presence. 😦 Though we haven’t really shared much and didn’t have very often father-and-son bonding, I miss him.  But I know he’s having a great time as he enjoys his retirement – away from the stress here.

Thank you ‘Tay for everything….
From Antipolo, with so much love from us.. 🙂

Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Dad’s Day!

Nope, not yet.  Father’s day is a little far from today. 🙂

I’m talking about DAD’s  – located in SM Megamall where we had our EAT-ALL-YOU-CAN Merienda.

Disclaimer:  I didn’t have my SLR camera with me (tsk! I know.. ) but in situations like this, I can always rely on my camera phone. My 5800 baby.. 😛

Kain Ta!

Merienda time starts at 3pm ’til 5pm and for only 169Php per head, I bet those anacondas in your bellies will be surely satisfied.

Now what’s on the buffet table.  Take a look.

Meet the eat-all-you-can gang.. L-R: Jodelyn, Stayz and Eric. Irman's left at the table. He'll take his turn once we get back.

We arrived a few minutes before 3PM.  There were no long lines yet so we’re lucky enough to pick every food that entices us – or better yet just get all of ’em. 🙂

Okoy and Okoy with Lugaw on the side

Jodie got two plates on her hands and she just gets a few each kind. Tutal naman eh maghahati hati rin kami paglanding nyang mga yan sa table. 😛 But I didn’t eat any of it. Di lang ako mahilig sa okoy.. hehe

Tokwa't Baboy and Pansit Bihon

A few serving on the plate again. Lagay lang ng lagay, excited eh.. hehe

In Tagalog: BIko - a kind of sweetened Rice Cake

This is one of my favorites since I was a kid.  This is always present whenever we have an occasion to celebrate in my Inang’s house. Got two pieces. Mabigat sa tiyan to eh. 😛

Turon - Banana Fritter

An all-time favorite Pinoy merienda.  I just had a few bites because I enjoyed eating spaghetti – a lot!

Kamote Cue

Sugar-coated sweet potato! – oha.. 😛 lol

Palitaw - Rice Dumpling

Another heavy for the stomach (mabigat sa tiyan!) lol 😛

Puto - Pinoy Rice Muffin

While I am writing this post, I realize that it also nourishes my brain. Why? It’s because I am learning the english terms for all of these.. 🙂 Instant English 101! BTW, I just had a single bite of it.  Walang lasa para sa akin..

Paansit Palabok & Dinuguan

Sumarap na ang Puto.. hehe 😛 Ayan na ang kapartner eh.. 😛

Lumpiang Ubod at Bilo-bilo

Fresh Spring Rolls and Rice balls! – oha! again.. 😛

Spaghetti and Carbonara

What’s the Tagalog term? hehe.. Though, not an original Pinoy food, it has been a part of a Pinoy merienda (snack).  Especially when it’s sold at the side streets.

I didn’t notice that it’s Carbonara at first glimpse.  Akala ko buko salad.. 🙂

I had a lot of serving of that spaghetti that made my tummy full already.  It was so sweet and juicy that I enjoyed it very much. This is the very reason why I only had a few bites of camote cue and turon.  This is where the gang gets in the picture.. hehe They helped me consume what I still have on my plate (I know sharing is not allowed… shhhhhh! :P) What are friends “ARE” for?..  lol 😛

Tacos

I had four. That proves that it tastes so good. 🙂

Shawarma

I thought it was burrito (tsk!) but apparently it’s not.  Could’ve been more delicious if served a little hot.

Burgers!

What’s a buffet merienda if you won’t have Burgers! But I didn’t. Blame it to McDonalds near our office. Almost everyday, a burger day 😛

Flavored French Fries

Same with the burgers.. it’s an almost everyday thing for me.. 😛

Unknown type of Cake

It’s a chocolate cake but I don’t know exactly.  It tastes good according to Jodi.

Siopao

I decided not to get one because I fixed my eyes on the one beside it.

Here it is.

Fried Siomao

With a steamed version just beside it as well.  Both have an addicting taste that’s why a plate of 6 each won’t be enough.  I’m talking about the plate on my left hand.  My right’s still empty.. 😛

Mami in Dad's

Cream Puffs

The culprit of the senseless conversation! 😛 I’ll keep it to ourselves.  One thing’s for sure, hindi sya egg pie at hindi sya bavarian!.. 😛 Right, Jodi and Eric? hehe

Plate number 1

No drinking of water.

Plate Number 2

Sip.. Sip.. baka mabusog agad eh..

Plate Number 3

Don’t worry the plates aren’t that big. It just looks big in the picture. 🙂

Plate number 4

This is the plate on my right hand.. 😛

I'm on a diet.. 😛

If eating in an eat-all-you can restaurant, the first rule is of course making sure that you’re stomach has all the space available.  As an unsolicited advice, just also make sure to only get those that you want to eat.  Quality goes first before quantity.  If you want to try something else, just get a few then just go back if you’d like the taste.

169Php for a buffet snack was indeed a very good deal.

P.S.  I find it fun to discover all their English terms.  However, I really don’t have to translate all of them.  Besides, they’re all Pinoy food.  What’s wrong if I call them as they are? 😛

Total Lunar Eclipse… and I missed it!

Earlier today upon getting to my workstation, Gepay was asking me if I saw the red moon.  I pasued for a few seconds then.. “What moon? red?” Obviously, I was not yet in to my senses, read:  wala sa wisyo… ang aga pa kasi.. lol..

Then I peeked at the photo and wow it really was RED.. lol 😛 Lunar Eclipse!

Photo Credit: Dave Gallegos

I checked my FB wall and all I can see were posts about the RED moon. Tsk! They had a good view from the 11th floor.

Why didnt I know that this was happening? I watched the news last night.. Hmmm.. Did I?? hehe Sayang! A phenomenon like this is really hard to miss. Whenever I leave for the office, I frequently see the moon from our gate.  It’s just this time that I wasn’t able to see it – at kung kelang Lunar Eclipse pa!.  Another Tsk! 😛 I was already awake at 3:30AM and I should’ve seen it!.. waaaahh.. It was also visible from eastern Africa, central Asia, the Middle East and Western Australia.  We’re lucky many were able to see it in its totality.

Okay, moving on… Lunar Eclipses happen more frequently than Solar Eclipses. And in case some of you are still confused between the two phenomena, Solar is when the Moon gets in between the Earth and the Sun while Lunar takes place when the Earth is in between the Moon and the Sun.

I think I’ll just look after the next one and will make sure that I won’t miss it! 🙂

P.S. Rod, I post a comment in your photo asking to borrow the pic.  But it seemed that you’re asleep already dahil effort ang paghihintay sa eclipse na yan.. hindi ko na nahintay ang reply mo.. wehehe 😛 Salamat bro! 🙂

To ban or not to ban Facebook?

If there’s one thing that does not need any introduction – it’s Facebook.  Yes, almost everyone with computers has an account with Facebook.  It definitely revolutionized our social lives through social networking – meeting friends online, making new friends and posting tons of pictures, etc. It’s been a part of our daily lives (my colleagues say yeah!) that even in our workplace, we spend time opening and checking those red notifications on the upper portion of our browsers. But this bring attention to some employers if Facebook and other social networking sites jeopardize their employees’ productivity during working hours.

No to Facebook?

I found an article on Yahoo! news that South Cotabato governor bans Facebook and other social networking sites in their government offices.  Apart from increasing efficiency among government employees, South Cotabato Governor Arthur Pingoy, Jr. explained that the capital office’s network server is also affected by the number of employees using social networking sites, watching online videos or playing games.  The cities of Parañaque, Makati, and Quezon City have put policies that provide limited access to such websites during work hours.  This is also the usual case in other companies, say – call centers. 😛 Most of the time, during idle hours some may really take part in doing this – and it’s a fact.  If a company is lenient in allowing these sites during operations, some still abuse it and again compromising their productivity at work.

For me, it can be a breather from the stress and other pressure you’re having from consequences of your job.  Lucky us, we’re not restricted from accessing these sites but of course we do it with carefulness and responsibility and NOT ALL THE TIME.  Who wants to be reprimanded anyway? 🙂 But, if the company policy clearly states that usage of such sites is STRICTLY PROHIBITED – I think there should be no question about it.  Just keep that status in your head and post (or tweet) it once you arrive home. 🙂

Hiatus

At this point, I am quite having no urge to make any blog posts. But it’s not because that I ran out of stories to tell or information to share.  It’s just that (well, aside from “kat.amaran.com“) I have a lot of ideas running in my head (again!) that I don’t know which one to begin.  And oh, may I also add that I just had to settle some personal matters over the past few days.

Oh well, this won’t take long and knowing me, probably later you have another post to read after this.. 😛 hehe (labo eh??.. 😛)

Boracay Reclamation Project – Boo!

Just a few days ago I heard that there’s a reclamation project to be executed in one of the top tourist destinations of the Philippines – no less than in Boracay Island.

Won't you want to see it like this a few years from now?

Boracay's white, fine sand

I read some articles to get a grasp of what this reclamation project is aiming to achieve.

Got the information below from http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/regions/view/20101031-300743/Govt-to-pursue-Boracay-reclamation-project and http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/regions/06/02/11/boracay-reclamation-project-not-yet-approved-denr

The 10-year project estimated to cost more than P1 billion consists of reclamation and development projects in Caticlan and in Barangay Manoc-Manoc in Boracay.

Phase 1, which is estimated to cost P260 million, involves a 2.19-ha reclamation project at the northern end of the jetty port in Caticlan. The first phase, expected to be completed in 306 days, involves the expansion of the jetty port, and the construction of various structures and facilities for tourism-related activities and commercial purposes that will include an integrated transport terminal bay, common parking areas and huge recreational open-court space.  The governor has said that the project is essential in improving the support facilities for Boracay, bringing revenues to the province and creating more jobs.

A  foundation  based  in  Boracay  Island  on  Wednesday  filed a  petition  before the Supreme Court (SC) seeking to stop a reclamation project on the portions of Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan.  In a petition for mandamus, the Boracay Foundation, Inc. sought for the issuance of a temporary environmental protection order (TEPO) by the SC in the world famous island resort.

The petitioners argued that there’s no more need for a reclamation project in Boracay Island, citing that, based on a study conducted by marine biologists from the University of the Philippines (UP), such a reclamation project would only result to sand erosion in Boracay.

They pointed out that the Boracay Island is considered as an “environmentally critical area”. They also argued that the reclamation project in Boracay Island violated the Local Government Code, adding that, the project is strongly being opposed by the municipal government and the barangays in Caticlan, Aklan.

Moreover, Loubelle Cann, president of the Boracay Foundation Incorporated (BFI), claimed that the government of Albay plans to proceed with the project on a stage-by-stage basis.  She, meanwhile, said their organization is not opposed to the development and progress of Caticlan and Boracay, as long as it does not affect the ecosystem.

For me, the project aims for the betterment of the place.  More so boosting the tourism in Boracay and the Philippines as well.  However, if the safety of the coral reefs and our environment in general are at stake, make an alternative.  Developments are always good but not in the expense of our nature.  In the first place, Boracay became famous because of it’s white sand, pristine beaches and refreshing ambiance.  We don’t want to damage it just because we want to make business out of it.  I am one of the many people who’s against this project.  It just clearly states that this project will just generate money for businessmen while the paradise we have learned to love is suffering.