Friday, September 30, 2011

Jade Jar

How much would you pay for this jar?

JAO gave this jar to my parents.
Our maid, Flora and Fauna, wants to repot this plant so it can sprout more branches.  Parang restorant, kung baga.

She and my mom want me to get a few pots with the same design.

Our cook says that a normal paso costs P 60 but she estimates that this one costs P 500 to P 1,000. 

To which my mom said, get one na lang.  Hihi.

I haven't turned it over, but since the source sells porcelain, I suspect that this jar is porcelain, too.  I told Flora that you could eat off this, that you could even serve soup in it. 

Can you cook with porcelain?

BTW, the title is in reference to the color.

What I want in my batch shirt

One of the things we talked about at the Pancake Ash Creek batch meeting last Saturday, was a batch shirt.

I had been wanting to have an Ateneo shirt, but at bonfires, I was more interested in interviewing the players than lining up for a shirt that I can't fit or examine.  So I have never owned an Ateneo shirt, not even when I was a student.  Who is the Greatest Procrastinator of them all, the one ring to rule them all?

Anyway, I wanted to know what the Ateneo shirts were like.  The dri-fit Adidas shirts are nice, of course, but so are the prices.  I was afraid that the lesser shirts would not be 100% cotton.  


My ideal shirt would be 100% cotton--so I can use it for my not-so-awaited badminton comeback, and please, I don't want a big number declaring how old I am.  Why not call ourselves the Buttercup Batch, after our batch 'anthem?'  


Batch mate Cathy Babao posted this photo in the Fb group.
I posted a comment in Pinoy Bloggers addressed to Fitz Villafuerte, who sells blogger shirts.  He replied, 'yes we can do custom design shirts. Please email admin@bloggershirts.com the details and let's see.'

Kiril Caral, Bobby Go, Jason Villanueva, my kumpare, me, Vince Concio, Ina Ortiz, Moppet Siongco-Valdez. Photo taken by Pancake staff.
Maybe I'll have an Ateneo shirt to wear to the games, not some blue shirt that I use to watch UAAP.  In my room.  Alone. Hihi.

Big Outlet and Travel Sale 2011

Got this email:
"Hey You!

Hope this email finds you well. Would appreciate if you could support  my event, as you normally do, and help promote The BIG Outlet & Travel Sale 2011 by posting it on your blog! Just email back with your blog Post link and The guest list on who you wanna give the 10 tickets to (before the 14th) and you can get them under BLOGGER GUESTLIST during the event!

Thanks in Advance!

Best,
Jean 

Welcome to The BIG Outlet & Travel Sale 2011!!!
Now enjoy all the best deals with the biggest brands plus Book & Buy and discounted rates on hotels, resorts and airfare! Buy everything you need for your next big getaway in this 3-day extravaganza! 

Where: The Megatent, 30 Meralco Ave., Ortigas Center, Pasig City (bet DepEd and Renaissance)

When: October 14-16, 2011, Friday-Sunday, 10am-9pm

What:  Up to 90% off on Select Merchandise + Book & Buy Promos from Resorts & Hotels
             Free Entrance to BPI Cardholders (with valid ID)
             Additional perks for BPI Express Credit Edge and Petron Mastercard holders!
             Hourly Raffle Draws for BPI Edge & Petron Mastercard holders
             Chance to win Sun Cellular post-paid line + Mobile Phones!

WHO: BPI Express Credit Edge, BPI Petron Mastercard and Malibu Enterprise

Travel Merchants: AirPhil Express, Microtel Philippines, The Tides Hotel Boracay, Movenpick Resort & Spa Cebu, Las Casas Filipinas, One Tagaytay Place, Hotel Elizabeth, Fersal Hotel, etc...

Brands: PowerMac Center, Ipanema, Levi's, Nike Golf, Dupe', Rudy Project, Crumpler, Cushe, Hush Puppies, Melissa, Adidas, Puma, Devant, Nike, Accel, Rustan Marketing Corp. Cutting Edge,  JA Henckels, Manny O Wines, Canopy Homes, Parker, Chocolate Clothing, Dockers, R.A.F., Plains & Prints, Guerlain, Grendha, Giordano Ladies, Pac Sports, Sebago, Targus, Switch, Digital Walker, Audio Technica, Ideal Vision, Speck, Slazenger, Maldita, and many many more!

Facebook Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=227198760671964
Jean said that the venue is airconditioned.

I will probably go on a Friday, as a walking exercise with a friend who, if I'm not mistaken, got a backpack for her inaanak at 50% off at an event like this.  Will let you know what time so the ten people can meet me there.
Jean said that non-bloggers are welcome, so it's ok to assign family and friends to the tickets.
Just post your name and the names of your companions in the Comments Section, and I'll email you the confirmation.

Jean also sent me this reply email:

'You can just shoot me an email for the recipients of the 10 tickets or a guest list. Before the 14th sans [sic]. Thanks! they can just go to the front desk and look for Your/Amity Young's guest list.'

Isn't that convenient?  It means that we can all go at different times.

Urbanears blogger event at dw Cafe last July 1.

Jean said that I had commented in Pinoy Bloggers on this event.  I typed in 'outlet and travel sale' in PB and got no results.  Which is not definitive, as it might have been too far back or the keywords might be different.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Looking for a Point and Shoot

I took this Baja Mexicana Cantina photo with the Lumix--9-21.
Took this photo with my friend's Lumix.  9-21-11, 12:15 pm, Digital Alley, Greenbelt 3.
I bought my Canon Ixus 100 IS on January 2, 2010 for the Maven Secrets photoblogging class. I consulted Anton on which one to get.  He suggested the Ixus line.  It was my first digital camera.  Before the Ixus, I used my 1-megapixel Acer or my blurrier 2-megapixel Nokia.

I noticed that the I've been charging the Ixus after a day of use versus maybe a week.  A new battery costs less than P 3,000 at Ambassador in V-Mall but my friend said that Meg Koh said that cameras die after two years.

My friend had bought her Casio from Meg; it lasted about five years.  She was so happy with her Casio that she got a Panasonic DMC-FH25K 16.1MP Digital Camera with 8x Wide Angle Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7 inch LCD also from Meg.


My friend found out online that the video does not zoom, which disappointed her a bit as her Casio could video zoom.  I guess this is important if the video subject is far--or the seat is far from the highlight of the evening.


She got the Lumix, anyway, which, did not make the PCWorld list.  At less than P 12,000, the Lumix seemed to be the best deal of all the cameras that
I 'm considering.


Karen de Veyra, Mawi Taruc and Nitz at Chartis Salcedo. Ixus. 9-19-10.
I also considered the Canon Powershot S95, which made the list of the Top 10 Compact Point-and-Shoot Cameras, after Catherine 'Kat' Gregorio took a photo with it and I took a similar photo with my Ixus.  The yellows were brighter in her photo.


She said that she got the camera in Singapore, at about P 7,000 less than the P 27,000 price here.


I retested both our cameras again.  I asked her to take the same photo using both our cameras.  Nitz's blouse was pinker in her viewer, but when I downloaded both to my Acer, I could not tell them apart.


Because of a Buyanihan promo, I also considered the Canon 310, which seemed bigger than the Ixus.  I saw online that, like the S95, it has a fish eye lens feature, which Jehzlau's Lumix had the bloggers drooling over at the Carnation Food Tour last November 2009.  It is not in the Top 10 list.


Hippie Day at Chatham House.  Taken with S95.
But without seeing a much greater benefit from these two other cameras, I am leaning towards the Lumix.  What really impressed me was when I took a photo of a window at Digital Alley Greenbelt 3 using both the Ixus and the Lumix.


The Ixus photo was dark around the window and the tree outside was not clear.  The Lumix was green around the window and the tree outside was clear.


This more than makes up for the brighter ceiling color of the Ixus photo than the Lumix's.


I could use more light indoors using Auto focus, and without using a flash.


Some of my Cafe at K (Hotel Kimberly Tagaytay) photos were madilim.


I'm not sure if the S95 would benefit me, as I might be too lazy to learn manual focus, although the fish eye lens feature is again tempting.


Ixus shows beiges and yellows.
Know how, at blogger events, there is a group picture taken by the waiter, with different cameras?  I'd like to compare these group photos.  It's easier for me to understand than reading reviews.


There's another camera pala that I'd like to consider.  My friend DK took photos at Bykes and his photos came out well.  I could only produce passable photos by standing on the dance floor.


When I asked him how much it cost, he didn't answer.  Must have cost a bundle!


I also like the Sony Cybershot we used at Boracay last August 2010.


It was so old that the battery hatch wouldn't close.  But it took great pictures, thanks to Butterfly who taught me to stay awhile after taking a shot.


It was also steadier than the Ixus, as it was bigger.  The Lumix is also steadier than the Ixus.  I also don't like the way it looks.  I prefer the Ixus.









Monday, September 26, 2011

P. Guevarra Gridlock

Abad Santos between Maclang and Ibanez.
Even after I saw on DZMM that classes have been suspended, it didn't occur to me to avoid the Jose Abad Santos area.

We had come from Mercury Drug after going to San Juan City Hall to pick up my dad's senior citizen's booklet.

The driver wanted to avoid trafficky N. Domingo so he took the Blumentritt route, intending to go through Valenzuela St. (Shell gas station) to Pinaglabanan, but it was one way to Blumentritt, as the pick-up in front of us also just realized.

John Michael Bueno, thanks for requesting for a road post.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Galleries and Museums

Rock Drilon updated his list through email:

Lex Marcos exhibit at Galerie Anna last September 19.
Dominic Rubio courtesy of Galleria Duemila Podium. June 15, 2010.
Metro Manila Galleries & Museums

West/Morato/Cubao/Greenhills/O
rtigas
1. West Gallery
2. Kaida Gallery
3. Green Papaya
4. Boston Gallery
5. Liongoren Gallery
6. Sining Kamalig
7. Cubao X
8. Secret Fresh
9. Art Informal
10. Megamall Artwalk: Crucible Gallery, Big and Small Gallery, Paseo Gallery, Gallery Anna....
11. Lopez Museum


UP/Katipunan/Marikina/Eastwood
1. Corredor Gallery (UP)
2. Ishmael Bernal Gallery (UP)
3. Vargas Museum (UP)
4. Mag:net Gallery
5. Ateneo Art Gallery
6. Lost Projects
7. Gallery Jose
8. Republika Gallery

Roxas Blvd (Manila & Pasay)
1. National Museum
2. Hiraya Gallery
3. Metropolitan Museum
4. Cultural Center of the Philippines
5. Avellana Art Gallery
6. GSIS Museum
7. MOA Galleries
8. Galeria Duemila

BGC/Pasong Tamo/Ayala Ave
1. MO Space
2. Pablo Gallery
3. Silverlens
4. Slab
5. Manila Contemporary
6. Now Gallery
7. DAGC
8. Nova Gallery
9. Finale Artfile
10. Drawing Room
11. Yuchengco Museum
12. Blanc Gallery
13. Ayala Museum/Greenbelt: Altro Mondo Gallery, Galerie Hans Brumann
Baluyut's 'Fallling Water'.  Galleria Duemila.  Same date.
 

Friday, September 9, 2011

Bloggers Wanted at Bar Event

Mike 'Mic' Abasolo asked me to invite two bloggers to go to this event.  I'm inviting two of you: Jayson Biadog, Jinkee Umali, Myke Soon, Jenny Gonzales Roxas, Azrael Coladilla, Jeman Bunyi Villanueva, Richard Mamuyac, Peachy Adarne, Rome Diwa, Stonibert Lim, Yvette Tan or Jonel Uy.  Jonel, if you're sending someone, please let me know who it is.  Jehzeel Laurente if he were in Metro Manila.
If I remember correctly, Mic told me that he knows the menu designer of Selah.  He said that the bands are indie.
This is the second time lately that Pioneer is having an interesting event.  The first time was ChaTime's Pinoy movie screening.  I forget the name of the movie now, but it might have been an MIFF thing.

Too bad this is not within my area of responsibility.  The last time I was in Pioneer, it was for a meeting and I had a partner/guide.

SELAHBRATE: A Night of Great Food + Music + Jamming

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Time
Friday, September 9 · 8:00pm - 11:00pm

Location
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G/F Robinsons Cybergate Tower 2, Pioneer Street

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Come SELAHBRATE with us on September 9, 2011, Friday, 8pm onwards. Featuring Layag, TJ Paeldon, Jeremy Mallorca and surprise guests! ADMISSION IS FREE. See you there!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Metro Manila Galleries & Museums

Rock Drilon posted this list in the Mag:Net Fb group.

The Yuchengco Museum is in RCBC Plaza. 9-5-11.
When I suggested that he post it on his site, he emailed it to me.   Thank you, Mr. Drilon!

Some people have added other galleries, which I hope to add to this list.

West/Morato/Cubao/Greenhills/Ortigas
1. West Gallery
2. Kaida Gallery
3. Green Papaya
4. Boston Gallery
5. Liongoren Gallery
6. Sining Kamalig
7. Cubao X
8. Secret Fresh
9. Art Informal
10. Megamall Artwalk: Crucible Gallery, Big and Small Gallery, Paseo Gallery, Gallery Anna....
11. Lopez Museum

UP/Katipunan/Marikina/Eastwood

1. Corredor Gallery (UP)
2. Ishmael Bernal Gallery (UP)
3. Vargas Museum (UP)
4. Mag:net Gallery
5. Ateneo Art Gallery
6. Lost Projects
7. Gallery Jose
8. Republika Gallery

Roxas Blvd (Manila & Pasay)

1. National Museum
2. Hiraya Gallery
3. Metropolitan Museum
4. Cultural Center of the Philippines
5. Avellana Art Gallery
6. GSIS Museum
7. MOA Galleries
8. Galeria Duemila

BGC/Pasong Tamo/Ayala Ave

1. MO Space
2. Pablo Gallery
3. Silverlens
4. Slab
5. Manila Contemporary
6. Now Gallery
7. DAGC
8. Nova Gallery
9. Finale Artfile
10. Drawing Room
11. Yuchengco Museum
12. Blanc Gallery
13. Ayala Museum/Greenbelt: Altro Mondo Gallery, Galerie Hans Brumann...

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Blue Cross trip cancellation

Holland
Flower factory in Amsterdam
EFY's photo of maybe Poland

My client is a daughter of someone who has been advised by her doctor not to travel.  The traveling party includes the sick person, her husband, daughter and son-in-law.
The daughter asked me to make a summary of their coverage.  

Tactic is Blue Cross' claim form which includes the physician's report form.

My source for all this info is Mr. Randell Melgar of the Sales Department, who consulted the Claims Department.  

Amsterdam?
I have to verify some claim document requirementsMy email to Mr. Randell also asks him to check if the policy will respond if one doctor says that client is not ok to travel while another doctor gave her clearance.

Hotline (front page of Tactic)
811-25-21

Medical Expenses
Not covered for pre-existing illnesses before September 1 (your policy was issued on July 21)
Trip Cancellation/Termination
$ 3,000 for sick person, spouse and daughter; son-in-law is iffy
Claim Requirements (pages 9 and 10 of Tactic, originals unless otherwise stated)
  1. Claim form (tactic) including doctor’s report
  2. Policy
  3. Irregularity report
  4. Proof of advance payment
  5. Travel agency/airline/cruise/hotel or other certification on non-refundable portion of trip
  6. Submit copy, present original:
  1. Marriage certificate (spouse)
  2. Birth certificate (daughter, to be verified)
  3. Marriage certificate (son-in-law’s, to be verified)
  4. Death certificate
  5. Passport pages of policy trip (in policy but not required yata)

Monday, September 5, 2011

Crumpler at 70% Off

'Only the Best Cuts For Everyone!'
Martin Juco of Digits Trading Corporation emailed me this poster.  I was in V-Mall last Saturday and saw that the most neutral color was light brown.  I am very happy with my Crumpler, which I've been using since 2009, as my main laptop and omnibus bag.  I like Crumpler because it's light, unlike my other leatherette laptop bags, which I only use when my Crumpler is in the wash.  My other laptop bags, without contents are as heavy as my Crumpler with contents.

Hotel Kimberly at Upto 31% Off

Got this email from DN:
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Hotel Kimberly
Manila (632) 521-1888 / 526-7270 (Fax)
Tagaytay (046) 483-8888 / 483-5210 (Fax)
 
 
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