Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Conair Infiniti Pro - Mighty Hair Dryer For A Tiny Price!!

There are certain things that I am SUPER frugal about and one of those things (for some unknown and illogical) reason is hair dryers.  I find it hard to plunk down $100+ for a hair dryer despite it being a personal appliance that I use EVERY DAY!!  It makes no sense, I know.  The most I think I would spend on a hair dryer is probably $40.

Hair dryers under $40 basically leaves me with the choice of either Conair or Revlon.  I went with Conair's Infiniti Pro because it was purple and boy did I get a huge surprise!


It didn't just cut my hair drying time in half...it now takes only one-third of the time!! This is the BEST hair dryer for the price.  I got it for $24.99 at Ulta.  It was on sale for $29.99 and I then used a $5 off coupon.  It's still on sale at Ulta.com for $29.99 (but only in the orange version) and if you use the code "54609", it's an additional 20% off!

If there's an Ulta store near you, you can use the following coupon: Ulta 20% Off Personal Care Item.

Note:  Both code and coupon expires on 12/4/10.

Studying lights

My captain is making sure that I read my signs and lights, every night - for the hearings in the mornings. He is a very strict captain, my man, and he doesn't accept me to run away from any lessons or fail on any of my homework. Good with some discipline for a sometimes unfocused and distracted girl like me though.

It is of major importance that everyone who's intending to keep a night watch on a sailing passage knows what lights are shown on the ships and ferries we might encounter on the sea to decrease the risk of colliding with them. This, and the color combinations of buoys are on my reading list for tonight. /Taru

Cards can be found here: http://www.flipcards.co.uk/

Copán - La joya de piedra de los Mayas

Los Mayas erigieron grandes ciudades, todas ellas deslumbrantes. Su sociedad era regida por una casta de sacerdotes y guerreros.

Durante muchos siglos los restos de la ciudad maya abandonada de Copán estuvieron ocultos en la jungla tropical de Honduras. Fue a mediados del siglo XIX, cuando un arqueólogo se quedó asombrado ante el descubrimiento que acababa de hacer.

Pero existen registros históricos que indican que fue un español el que descubrió la gran ciudad maya varios siglos antes. Se llamaba Diego García de Palacio y daría los primeros datos de Copán por escrito al rey Felipe II de España, en fecha 8 de marzo de 1576 describiéndola así en sus "Relatos de Copán":

“…Recorrimos el territorio sur oriental de Guatemala, río Michatoya en adelante hasta la provincia de Yzalcos en San Salvador, San Miguel hasta Gracias a Dios y la Chiquimula hasta la Sierra…” “…en el primer lugar de la provincia de Honduras que se llama Copan, están unas ruinas y vestigios de gran población y de soberbios edificios tales que parece que en ningún tiempo pudo haber en tan bárbaro ingenio como tienen los naturales de aquella provincia, edificios de tanto arte y suntuosidad, es ribera de un hermoso río y en unos campos bien situados de tierra de un mediano temple, harta de fertilidad y de mucha caza y pesca. En dichas ruinas hay montes que parecen haber sido hechos a mano y en ellas muchas cosas de notar. Antes de llegar a ellos se encuentra una piedra grandísima en figura de águila y hecho en su pecho un cuadro de una vara de largo y en él, ciertas letras que no se sabe que sean.”


Encontró una ciudad con esculturas exhuberantes y dimensiones monumentales. Copán se ha convertido en una de las joyas arqueológicas de la cultura maya.
Son muy importantes las inscripciones en piedra que han ayudado a conocer a esta asombrosa sociedad un poco más, así como algunas de sus costumbres.

La Acrópolis se situaba en un montículo de 30 metros de altura, era el recinto del poder real y es allí donde se encuentran los edificios más importantes como los templos, palacios o juego de pelota, entre otros.

El núcleo del yacimiento era destinado en su mayoría a funciones religiosas y políticas.

Cerca de la Acrópolis se encuentra la "Gran Plaza", muy famosa por las estelas y altares que la decoran y en ella algunos recintos residenciales que eran construídos para los más poderosos de la ciudad.

El templo "Rosalila" es uno de los que se encuentra en mejor estado de conservación, se sitúa en la Acrópolis y está cubierto por una estructura de piedra.

El conjunto artístico y arquitectónico pertenecen a la fase de mayor esplendor de la historia de Copán, del siglo IV d.C al año 900 aproximadamente.

Copán estuvo gobernada durante todo ese período por una dinastía real que hemos podido conocer gracias a todas las inscripciones que hay grabadas en los edificios y sobre todo en la "Escalera Jeroglífica", con más de 1.250 bloques de inscripción. Estos jeroglíficos fueron utilizados por muchas civilizaciones par acomunicarse. Yax Kuk Mo, fue el fundador de esta dinastía y posteriormente los reyes de Copán fueron desarrollando un modelo de monarquía que se basaba en gran parte en su propia divinización,  garantizando por ello el mantenimiento del orden cósmico.

Esta misma estructura urbana que tenía Copán tiene un significado cosmológico que manifiesta los grandes logros de los incas en la astronomía.


La ciudad tenía alianzas militares y acuerdos matrimoniales con otros estados del mundo maya con los que mantenían relaciones.

Los intercambios comerciales de Copán llegaron hasta los aztecas del altiplano de México.

En el siglo VIII comenzaría el declive de la ciudad por una derrota militar ante otra ciudad cercana y su esplendor se fue perdiendo a partir del siglo X, aunque todavía no había sido abandonada del todo.

Artículo publicado en Destylou - Historia


Monday, November 29, 2010

Portraits of the night

168 Mall Phase 5 Now Open for In-Style Divisoria Shopping

It's twenty four days before Christmas and shoppers are heading to Divisoria for best bargains. Today I'll take you to the newest, and one of the hippies Shopping Malls that consistently changing the face of wholesale and retail shopping in the market district. 168 Shopping Mall Phase 5 has just opened. Experience Divisoria wholesale and retail shopping in-style. Phase 5 of 168 Shopping Mall is the 5-storey building adjacent to the old 168 Mall. Ground floor and second floor is where the wholesale and retail products are located, third floor is for fashion boutique, fourth floor is for electronics, toys, services, household & appliances, and the fifth floor is large capacity food court.

Vicinity Map of 168 Mall
Directions to 168 Mall
Traffic in the area





Map of 168 Shopping Mall




Directions to 168 Shopping Mall
How to get to 168 Shopping Mall...

BY CAR:

168 Mall Parking area is located at the basement, and another one on the ground. You have to take Felipe Street to get to the 168 Mall. Here are directions.

Route #1

From Monumento Area - Shoppers from Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela area and those who prefer this route, take Jose Abad Santos Avenue up to Recto Avenue. Jose Abad Santos ends up in Recto. Just go straight ahead crossing Recto Avenue to take Reina Regente Street passing Soler Street a little bit then turn right immediately onto Felipe Street. 168 Shopping Mall Parking entrance is located at the end of Felipe Street, so just drive all the way until you see signage of 168 Mall.

Traffic Situation on this Route - click here

From 168 Shopping Mall going home - upon exit of the building take the one way Soler Street towards Reina Regente. Turn left to Reina Regente Street to take Abad Santos to get home.

Route #2

From Legarda Area - Take Recto Avenue up to Masangkay Street staying to the left after passing through LRT 1 and Tomas Mapua Street. Turn left on Masangkay Street then right onto Soler Street towards Reina Regente. Upon crossing Reina Regente turn left a little bit to take Felipe Street and go straight towards parking entrance of 168 Shopping Mall.

Traffic Situation on this Route - click here

Going home take Soler Street, turn left to Benavidez Street then right to Recto Street.

Route #3

From Espana Sampaloc Area - Take Espana Blvd. Turn right onto P. Campa Street, then cross Quezon Blvd turning left but turn right immediatelay towards Fugoso Street. Go straight ahead passing through LRT Line 1 and then turn left on Tomas Mapua Street. Continuosly drive until you cross Recto Avenue passing through LRT Line 2. Finally, turn right onto Soler Street.

Drive straight ahead up to Reina Regente staying to the left and then cross Reina Regente but turn left to avoid the opposite Soler one way street and then immediately turn right onto Felipe Street towards 168 Shopping Mall parking entrance.

Traffic Situation on this Route - click here

To get back home take Soler Street upon exit. Cross Reina Regente, turn left to Benavidez Street and then right turn to Recto Avenue. Go straight ahead up to Morayta passing through LRT Line 1. Turn left to Morayta and finally right turn to Espana.

Route #4

From Ermita Area - Whether you're coming from Taft Avenue or M.H. del Pilar or Roxas Blvd, the best route is to take Lawton staying to the left on P. Burgos Street and crossing Pasig River through Jones Bridge then continue driving on Quintin Paredes Street up to Reina Regente. Stay to the left on Reina Regente then turn left on Felipe Street.

Traffic Situation on this Route - click here

To get back home, turn right onto Soler upon exit, then turn right onto Reina Regente, then take Juan Luna Street, turn left on San Vicente then turn left onto Jones Bridge.

Route #5

From Quiapo - Take Evangelista Street turn left on Soler Street passing through LRT Line 1. Go straight up to Reina Regente staying to the left and turn left on Reina Regente but immediately turn right onto Felipe Street, go straight pass 999 Mall up to the parking entrance of 168 Shopping Mall.

Traffic Situation on this Route - click here

To get back home, take Soler Street upon exit staying to the left of Soler then turn left ont Benavidez then turn right onto Recto Avenue. Go straight ahead up to Quezon Avenue passing throught LRT Line 1 staying to the right. Turn right onto Quezon Avenue to get to Quiapo.


BY TRAIN

LRT Line 1 South Bound - Get off Abad Santos Station. Take jeepney to Divisoria on Abad Santos Avenue, get off at Recto, walk up to Soler, turn right on Soler, walk straight up to 168 Mall passing by 999 Mall

LRT Line 1 North Bound - Get off Abad Santos Station. Take jeepney to Divisoria on Abad Santos Avenue, get off at Recto, walk up to Soler Street, turn right on Soler to get to 168 Mall.

LRT Line 2 Marikina to Recto - After alighting from the train on Recto Station, take jeepney bound to Divisoria, get off at Abad Santos Avenue, walk up to Soler Street, turn right on Soler to get to 168 Mall bypassing 999 Mall.

Note: It is not advisable for LRT 1 passengers to use Doroteo Jose Station as their first stop on the way to 999 Mall especially during Holiday Season. Traffic along Recto Avenue during this season is heavy, you might stuck up for long hours before you reach Abad Santos Avenue. So the best route is from Jose Abad Santos Avenue Station.


BY JEEPNEY

Divisoria bound jeepneys from Baclaran ply the route 24/7 via Juan Luna. During Christmas Season Juan Luna is non passable for public and private vehicle. Walk towards Recto. Turn right on Sta. Elena Street to get to old 168 Mall. Once inside just explore until you see Phase 5 of 168 Mall

Divisoria bound jeepneys from Monumento and Navotas ply the route daily via Abad Santos Avenue. Once in Recto, just walk your way to 168 Shopping Mall, it's very near to the corner of Recto and Jose Abad Santos Avenue, just turn right on Soler Street, continue walking, bypass 999 Mall until 168 Mall comes into view. Phase 5 of 168 Mall is up ahead, taller than the old 168 Mall, standing out from the distance.

Divisoria bound jeepneys from Marikina, Cubao and Sta Mesa Area, ply the route 24/7 via Aurora Avenue via Magsaysay Blvd. Once near Abad Santos, you can walk your way to 168 Shopping Mall or take one of many pedi cabs in the area.

Traffic in the Area

For route #1, traffic along Jose Abad Santos is moderate. Bottelneck builds upon approaching the intersection of Jose Abad Santos and Recto Avenue, but still manageable. This is the less congested road among the five routes given here. However, because of holiday season, always expect the worse in terms of traffic. It is advisable to plan your Christmas Shopping early in the morning.

For route #2, this is the most simple route but the most congested, too. Because of the Christmas Season, bottleneck builds up already right after crossing Tomas Mapua, and it's still a long way to go before you reach Masangkay Street. Remember, Recto Avenue is the major road for passenger jeepneys coming to Divisoria from Marikina, Cubao, Sta Mesa, Pasig and even Quiapo. So if you can get around the area, you might want to take route #3 by turning right onto Oroquieta Street. Oroquieta Street is the street before Avenida and it is where Philippine Rabbit buses from province pass through to get to their terminal. On Oroquieta Street, just go straight ahead then turn left on Fugoso Street and follow route #3 direction. Warning: there's no left turn on Tomas Mapua Street from Recto Avenue. Avoid the inconvenience brought by MMDA Traffic Enforcer's apprehension. Drive smart.

For route #3, you might be discourage on turning right to Soler but don't worry. The bottleneck you might encounter is momentarily. The traffic is caused by vehicles turning right onto the next street of San Bernardo. After San Bernardo Street, traffic is manageable up to Reina Regente. Nevertheless, because of the holiday season, there are some delay in traffic movement but MMDA Traffic Enforcers are there to manage the traffic so don't be agitated when you stop from time to time. I saw how they manage the traffic and it was excellent. After 10 minute wait, you will be driving along Soler without stopping up to Reina Regente. To avoid traffic, all along, plan your Christmas Shopping ahead of time and schedule it early in the morning.

For route #4, bottleneck builds up heavily on Reina Regente upon approaching Felipe Street. Because of holiday season. please expect worse traffic situation even before you reach Reina Regente. To make sure you arrive without encountering so much traffic, plan your Christmas Shopping early in the morning.

For route #5, Evangelista Street is teeming with lots of people and sidewalk vendors, and many car drivers park their vehicles along Evangelista to buy some items. So, expect slow movement. Traffic along Soler Street is in Traffic For route #3. To avoid traffic, always plan your Christmas Shopping early in the morning.


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Yeonpyeong island Korean Small conflict Island

Yeonpyeong Island become so famous this week. Not for its tourism or beautiful scenery, but because this island was bombed and fired by North Korea Soldiers.

Where is Yeonpyeong Island ?

Yeonpyeong Island is one of the closest South Korean territories to the communist North, nestled amid the Baekryeong Islands in the Yellow Sea about 8 miles from the North Korean coast. Altogether the islands are home to 5,570 citizens. Yeonpyeong -- pronounced yuhn-pyuhng (rhyming with hung) -- has just 1,780 residents, in addition to about 1,000 soldiers and marines stationed there, according to the JoongAng Daily newspaper. The island spans just 3 square miles.

Both North and South Korea confirm that Yeonpyeong Island was shelled this morning, though there is debate over which country shot first.

Yeonpyeong Island is just a small island, a sleepy fishing community on an island, become a hot topic in the world Two South Korean soldiers were killed and a dozen injured after North Korea fired dozens of artillery shells onto a South Korean island setting more than 60 houses ablaze and sending civilians fleeing in terror.

Yeonpyeong Island sits just two miles from the so-called northern limit line, a watery extension of the demilitarized zone dividing the Koreas. It was the scene of two deadly sea battles in the past decade.

Many of the island’s 1,600 civilian residents, mostly graying fishermen, said they felt caught in the middle. But they also say they are accustomed to the periodic escalations in tensions, which they describe as just another part of life on this disputed island.

Yeonpyeong Island Photos :

Yeonpyeong Island Map
Yeonpyeong Island Map


Yeonpyeong Island
North Korea fired dozens of artillery shells at the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong, killing two soldiers and two civilians and setting houses ablaze in the worst attack on its neighbour since 1953


Yeonpyeong Island

Yeonpyeong Island

Yeonpyeong Island

Yeonpyeong Island


Watch CCTV video of North Korean bombs hitting South's Yeonpyeong island Video here







Stocking up the galley

The sun came back and... then it started to rain again. And what else can you do in miserable weather than wallow yourself in shopping. We have finally finalized our provisioning for the Atlantic passage and feeling content with the selections made (not the weight of it though but that's another story). Also we have had the chance to purchase the pressure cooker which so many people have been suggesting for us, I cannot wait to start using it - and a whole lot of other kitchen ware. One of my favorites for this week is this measuring cup in stainless, which indicates both Scandinavian measurements and American at the very same time. I am getting old apparently. Feeling almost as much excitement over a piece of baking equipment as I did with Chanel boots in lambskin leather for only a year ago. 

By the way, the maximum-spend-of-1000-Euros-per-month-budget we were planning to put into practice for this world tour, will have to wait even longer. At least until we get out of this place. We are way over that one for the moment and if we'll keep on like this we will most probably have to go Robinson Crusoe style very very soon. /Taru

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Taj Bawdi, Bijapur

Taj Bawdi constructed in 1620, is one of the interesting sights in Bijapur (State: Karnataka). Ruler Ibrahim Adil Shah built this well in honor of his queen Taj Sultana.

It measures 223 sq feet and 52 feet deep. The entrance to the well has a 35 feet span majestic arch and is flanked by two octagonal towers. On the eastern and western sides of the tower there were the rest houses for the tired travelers. Beyond the archway is a small platform and a flights of stairs on either sides of the platform leads one to the water.

This place is not maintained that well, and if not taken care soon will be ruins. The landscape of Bijapur is full of historic monuments. Every inch of a place here has a tale of its own to depict. It is impossible to maintain them, unless the people themselves take the initiative.

LRT-1 Monumento Station Destinations


Monumento is where you find the avenue of department stores just walking distance from the LRT 1 station. They stand side by side along Rizal Avenue where major provincial bus companies like Victory Bus are also located. Monumento Station formerly held the distinction of being the last station of LRT-1 north of Metro Manila before the extension is built and new stations opened (Balintawak, Roosevelt and soon North common station of LRT-1 and MRT-3). This might be one of the reasons why plenty of hotels also flourish here.


Destinations in Monumento Station

  • Asian Institute of Computer Studies
  • Victory Bus Terminal
  • National Bureau of Investigation
  • Victory Central Mall Department Store
  • Ever Gotesco Mall Department Store
  • Uniwide Sales
  • Araneta Square
  • Sierra Madre Transport
  • Puregold Supermarket
  • Parco Supermarket & Department Store
  • Jackman Department Store
  • Novotel Caloocan
  • Astro Hotel
  • Nice Hotel Branches
  • Sogo Hotel Branches
  • Andres Monument
  • Manila Central University
  • Bonifacio Market

Everyone loves The World Tour!

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Have a look at what the French sailing portal NewsWinch have to say about our blog and our tour around the world. Here translated to English.

Photo and link from Newswinch.com

Saturday, November 27, 2010

No Jueteng in Marinduque? Look again now.

During the In September 2010 Senate committee hearings investigating the ‘jueteng’ scandals - in aid of legislation - Senators Enrile and Estrada at one point actually recommended legalization. Jueteng is the illegal numbers game that has remained unabated in various parts of the archipelago for the last hundred years. So it’s now a question really of whether we want to legalize it or not, stressed Enrile.






If it is legalized, jueteng operators will come out in the open and have a legitimate business with the government earning billions of pesos in revenues, said Estrada.

Sen. Sotto disagreed citing Marinduque, of all places, as a province where, according to him, the illegal numbers game does not exist because of political will. “Ayaw ni Governor Carmencita”, Sotto said. The hearing was carried live on ANC. Yet on the same September day, a DILG spokesperson was interviewed over DZRH-Radyo Natin saying plainly that Marinduque and Pampanga (its governor also denied that jueteng existed there), are among the provinces where illegal numbers games exist. And today we see the Marinduque police and local officials up in arms versus this illegal numbers thing and other forms of gambling.

What’s the real score then? Truth is, male and female ‘cobradors’ collecting bets as they make the rounds of houses even in the most remote of Marinduque barangayshave become all-too-familiar sights, of course. A ‘kabo’ in motorcycle would collect all the bets and turn them over to the ‘bangka’ whose identity is known to only a few.
Shortly after the operation of STLs, small town lotteries, ‘jueteng’ in Marinduque was replaced by the new variants, ‘suertres’ (three numbers) and ‘2-balls’ (two numbers). This means illegal gambling operators merely and freely make use of the results of PCSO-drawn numbers for the authorized ‘suertres’ and ‘EZ2 lotto’, that are just two among the many lotto games bettors follow nightly on television.

The said Senate hearings revealed that in most cases elsewhere in the country, the STL operators themselves are behind this jueteng-type of operations as the method does not involve issuance of any controlled tickets to bettors. It is enough that bettor numbers are listed by the ‘cobrador’ a-la jueteng in his/her ‘listahan’ or, acknowledged by the ‘cobrador’ by scribbling it on any piece of paper available around. (In more progressive areas tickets are issued but with identical control numbers to give it a semblance of legality). The illegal method is so successful that in the provinces the take by STL operators , it is said, is so enormous, far exceeding the sales made in lotto outlets. (No taxes ever paid, thus, nothing for charity, the main reason why lotto was legalized in the first place.)

So here in Marinduque, as if to underline the glaring deception carried on national television that this province is free from illegal numbers games, a claim reaching even the halls of the Senate and unwittingly used to thwart any effort to legalize such gambling variety, a significant development recently transpired.

The provincial Philippine National Police (PNP), the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the municipal governments decidedly staged a crusade against all forms of illegal gambling in Marinduque. This was conducted in the form of a peaceful rally with speeches. Held simultaneously in town centers last November 10, no less than PNP provincial director, PSSupt. Edwin Roque spearheaded the exercise aimed to deliver the message to the local populace.

A considerably huge number of people in every barangay are, of course, unhappy. They depended on the suertres and 2-balls operation for their daily income. The crusade was also against other forms of gambling like ‘patupada’, illegal cockfighting and ‘tong-its’, poker, and so a lot more people sulked.

I asked some in my neighborhood and other friends from certain barangays if ‘cobradors’ still roam in their vicinity after the conduct of the government-sponsored rally. They report that the bettings have stopped in their barangays (seaside Boac and Gasan particularly), but also suspect that they’ll be back in business in a couple of months.

Provincial director Roque emphasized that the move was strongly supported by Congressman Lord Allan Jay Q. Velasco and Governor Carmencita O. Reyes. He, however, also revealed that currently there are still reports of the illegal games being perpetrated in some far-flung areas. Some ‘cobradors’ have been, in fact, apprehended by the municipal PNPs.

It must be interesting to know what the Church, as moral champion, has to say about ‘jueteng’ and its variants. I heard TV-show host Boy Abunda of "Bottomline" ask Bishop Deogracias Iniguez, Jr. if he’d ever accept money from illegal gambling operators amid accusations that many bishops are receiving such. Answer: “Sa ngayon walang nakasulat na batas na ipinagbabawal yan, pero kung ating titingnan ang moral principles masasabing hindi ayos ang tumanggap ng ganun".

The jueteng bodabil show.

Hot fish soup with saffron

This definitely reminds us of UK when looking out on the constant rain pissing down outside, for the third day in a row. Or wait a minute, we are actually in the United Kingdom, suddenly it all makes sense. It's raining cats and dogs, like the Brits would have said. Non stop downpour - and the teak which were supposed to have gotten it's final tlc this weekend, must now face a terribly destructive shower instead. We will most probably have to stay here for 2-4 days more as of the bad weather that is preventing us from finalizing what has to get finished.

It is quite funny in a way. We have left the normality for many reasons but one of the foremost is that we do not want to be controlled and manipulated by any authority or the laws of the society. Basically we have chosen not to live a life that someone else have chosen for us, but instead living our own life as we strive for being as self sufficient and free as possible - and here we are, always controlled by the weather and winds. A paradox that on the other hand isn't too hard to live with - but interesting to reflect upon. There's always someone/something that has the last word in your everyday life and decisions. If it is not the structures of the society or governmental laws, it is the nature that stops you from certain things.

Here's a soup I made to get us warm in this terrible cold we're facing over here in Gibraltar. Make one for yourself if you wanna keep yourself hot.

Soup of cod filet, saffron and chinese mushrooms

Pan fry slices of onion and add some garlic cloves.
Cut in pieces and pan fry cod filet, 250 g would be enough for 2 people.
Bring some sliced shiitake mushrooms and red pepper cubes to the pan.
Sprinkle over salt, pepper and cayenne.
Add a dash of soya and some saffron.
Add whatever else you have in your fridge that could make sense. I had some crab sticks which made a good combo.
Add 2 tablespoons of natural yoghurt and the same amount of water.
Pour some white wine into the soup. One tablespoon is enough.
Leave it all to simmer for a while.

And there you go. Hot fish soup for cold winter nights.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Free Parking in 999 Mall Full as early as 8 am

It's twenty seven days before Christmas and influx of shoppers in Divisoria is now full to the brim. Most of us think of only one thing - shop and shop and shop. But the bottom line is we always go for the lowest price without compromising the convenience. No wonder my post about 999 Mall, the newest shopping destination in Divisoria gets the most numbers of visitors ever since it was posted here. So I must inform those shoppers who bring their cars to 999 Mall this shopping season on one crucial situation - parking.

We all know that parking area on the basement of 999 Mall is free. But I've learned that as early as 8 am, entrance to the parking is already closed because there's no more available parking slots. And you don't have any choice but to park your car in the next convenient parking area, and that's in the 168 Mall. Parking there is so massive and equally convenient because it's so spacious. But parking in 168 is not free. First 3 hours parking fee is Php 50.00 and Php 20.00 per hour hereafter. So for those who really want to save money, my tip is to arrive at 999 Mall parking entrance as early as 7 am. That's mean you must leave your home as early as 6 am, depending on where will you be coming from.

One main advantage of parking in 999 Mall is less stress shopping. If your car is parked in secured area without toll, you can take your time in shopping. You can go out of 999 Mall and explore other Malls like 168 Mall and Tutuban Mall, buy some stuffs from there, and get back to your car to load those items and head back again to other areas. Considering the complete lines of products inside 999 Mall, you have more options. It's just sometimes it's not enough for us to be contented in one shopping location. We always go out of our way to look for more. You can take your time even if it takes you 8 hours, you don't accumulate expenses in parking.

U-Turn Slots Along Quezon Avenue

You already know the significance of familiarizing ourselves to locations of U-Turns on our major thoroughfares, most especially to those who drive. My unpleasant experience last Monday on the road after heavy rains encourage me to create this post about locations of U-Turn slots along Quezon Avenue. You don't need to remember them in complete details but if you drive in going places, it's helpful that you have knowledge as to where to turn when making a detour is inevitable.

On the map below are U-Turn slots along Quezon Avenue from Welcome Rotonda to EDSA. Each U-turn has the corresponding destinations. Click placemarks to see establishments that can be reach in a perticular U-Turn. Drag map towards left-bottom to view all U-turns along the whole stretch of Quezon Avenue up to EDSA. Green placemarks indicate they're turning back onto Welcome Rotonda, Espana area while red placemarks indicate they're turning back onto EDSA.

Vaccinations

Oh I forgot to mention the vaccinations we've made. We now have 10 years of vaccine against yellow fever, hepatitis b-c, polio, tetanus and diphtheria. We also got medicine to take in case we would get  bitten by mosquitos carrying malaria (important for the Panama/Colombia region) and some more powerful adrenalin ampuls. Well done. /T

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Tikka masala

There's a quite a few Indian restaurants in this small town. We're still in search for the best one..

भली भाँति नींद आना

/T

Morning read

What y'all reading this morning? I'm reading about head injuries and informing myself on what I would do incase some of us would get injured by a fish hook - this is a very common accident on boats.

Some of you can't read, I see. There was an Epi-Pen on our picture there so no need to worry folks. Especially important is that little piece of medicament as Alex is allergic to wasp stings and could basically die would he get stung by a wasp. Epi-pen is therefore of major importance for us. So also to get a hold on morphine, imagine yourself. Being hit hard in the back by the boom or being close to death cause you accidentally stepped on a dangerous seashell or such - and you can't at least have your last high of some kind? Terrible thought. You guys on land have always a doctor or an emergency clinic to call on - on the sea we have to be our own doctor/surgeon/nurse etc.

We do of course carry with us codeine based tablets already which are quite strong but nothing goes up to the real deal. And I love that some of you are so worried for us and want to guide and lecture us in everything from how dangerous our glass ware in the galley is, to tell me how bad is my party/social smoking, to which medicine we should and should not carry and what is dangerous for us in general - but believe me. We are not born yesterday and we have good control of all sorts of things we could possibly have studied beforehand. So also the health and medicine department and as the control freaks we both are, nothing would get overdosed (to a dangerous extent), in case it wasn't the last minutes of our lives, obviously.

So, where is that morphine again? 

Also for all you nicotine haters out there: obviously I do know the side effects that comes with smoking and I do know how terribly dangerous it can be for ones health, but I would like to take the chance to inform you that tobacco would be able to save Alex's life, incase we wouldn't have an epi-pen on hand when he gets stung by a wasp. So I'll be happy to carry them both from now on thank you. And most comfortable and safe I'd feel knowing that there also is a good dose of opioid aboard, in case of some other serious accidents would occur.

Happy thanksgiving to all of our American readers by the way! I wish you all a beautiful holiday.

/T

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Sidcor Weekend Market in Centris Walk

There's now a good reason to shun supermarkets and groceries during Sundays in Quezon City. Sidcor Weekend Market is now in Centris Walk every Sunday from 6 am to 2 pm. Guaranteed fresh fruits and vegetables can be bought at very low price. So you are assured that you get to buy nutritious agricultural products fresh from farms that fits family budget.

You can also find complete array of seafood from shrimp, crabs, and tuna to snails, sea cucumber and abalone.

Even your favorites in Department Stores are sold here like bags, shirts and sundresses. But the items you should not miss are the ethnic hand-woven dresses.

Imported accessories from Bangkok and Hong Kong are also displayed. These include keychains, fans, carved wooden crafts and batiks.

Pinoy native products are also available. You'll see Vigan's famous bagnet and longanisa, Laguna's white carabao cheese and milk, and all time favorite bagoong balayan from Ilocos.

Meanwhile, garden section are complete with both fruit-bearing and flower-bearing plants. If you are on the look out of a rare plant specie, chances are you can find it here. You can also ask for seeds of a plant you want to grow in your own garden.

Enjoy food in various eateries in food section with wide variety of sumptuous meals.

Everything you need in Sidcor Market every Sunday. Parking is free but you need to come early to get available slot for your car. This is now a major destination especially this season so manage your time in coming here.

How to get to Centris Walk? Just click here

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Directions to Centris Walk



By Car

Route #1

Coming from Commonwealth Avenue, take Elliptical Road towards Quezon Avenue. On Quezon Avenue, go straight but avoid the tunnel. Turn left on BIR Road then turn right onto NIA Road. Turn right onto NIA Northsite Road. Finally, turn right onto EDSA staying to the innermost side of the road but make sure your right signal light is on to avoid apprehension if ever because at this time you are driving on the bus lane. Entrance to the Centris Walk is visible momentarily.

This is the best route if your main concern is to avoid the perennial traffic of EDSA and Quezon Avenue intersections and U-Turns.

Route #2

From Mindanao Avenue, turn left on North Avenue then turn right onto Agham Road. Drive all the way crossing Quezon Avenue. You are now driving on BIR Road, Agham Road ends up in Quezon Avenue. Follow directions given in Route #1.

This is the less congested route compare to EDSA from your location anywhere in Mindanao Avenue. This route can be taken by car drivers from Novaliches and Project 8 as well as from Bulacan, Pampanga and the rest of Northern Luzon.

Route #3

From San Juan and Sta Mesa Area, take G. Araneta Avenue, turn right onto E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue then turn left on Tomas Morato Avenue. Drive all the way to Eugenio Lopez Street, this is where ABS CBN Headquarters is located. Turn left on one way Eugenio Lopez Street. Go straight pass by Pinoy Big Brother House that can be seen on your left. Go straight to Scout Albano Street then turn right onto Quezon Avenue. You must turn right onto EDSA so avoid going onto the tunnel. Upon turning right onto EDSA, you must immediately make a U-Turn onto Quezon Avenue again. This is where the bottleneck builds up heavily so be patience. The U-turn is right under the EDSA flyover, be careful not to overlook. After the U-Turn you must turn right onto Quezon Avenue but stay to the right turning lane, do not take the wide main Quezon Avenue that will bring you way too far and lost your way. Finally, turn right onto the next service road at the back of the Eton Centris Building also known as Centris Station, which is located at the corner of Quezon Avenue and EDSA. Up ahead is the parking entrance of the Centris Walk.

Route #4

From Sampaloc and Espana area, take Quezon Avenue all the way to Timog. Turn right onto Timog Avenue to avoid heavier traffic on the area. Turn left on Panay Avenue, drive all the way to Sgt. Esguerra Avenue. Turn left on Sgt. Esguerra then turn right onto Quezon Avenue, then follow the rest of the directions on Route #3.

By Train

If you are coming from Marikina and Pasig area, commuting by train, take LRT Line 2 and get off at Araneta Center Station. Take MRT-3 North bound. Get off at Quezon Avenue Station.

If you are coming from Caloocan, commuting by train, take LRT-1 and get off at Roosevelt Station. Take a bus to North Avenue Station of MRT-3. Take another train ride to Quezon Avenue Station.

If you are commuting by train coming from Recto Station of LRT-2, get off at Araneta Center Station and take another train ride on Farmer's Station of MRT-3 North bound and get off at Quezon Avenue Station.

Finally, if you are coming from Makati, Pasay, Mandaluyong area, take MRT-3 train at the nearest station and get off at Quezon Avenue Station.

By Bus and Jeepney

All buses plying the route of Edsa stops on Quezon Avenue except bus stop on the South bound lane from Monumento is too far that taking a train is much more convenient.

With regards to passenger jeepneys, some of them stop exactly at Centris Bldg which is exactly where the Centris Walk is near. Jeepneys bound to Quaipo from Fairview and vice versa that pass by Centris are those with sign MRT HIGHWAY. You have to be very careful in taking ride as jeepneys without this sign go straight through the tunnel.