I found this sign inside the jeepney that’s Pasig Palengke to Ortigas route. I don’t know if the sign maker intentionally wrote it this way or just naive.
In translation it should be: Your Pull, My Stop
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A suspected bomber was just caught carrying explosives while inside the Super Ferry at the seaport of Cebu City last Friday August 24, 2007. The suspect is only 18 years of age.
According to the investigation the suspect came from Cotabato City and will be heading to Metro Manila. The suspect admitted to have been given an order from a certain Basit Usman, notorious for several bombings in Central Mindanao.
If the suspect wasnâ€™t trapped, a possible dreadful bombing could take place in any area in Metro Manila by September or October.
Thank God, he intervened!
Everyone in Metro Manila is advised to be careful every time the Philippine government is in the offensive against the Islamic extremists such as the Abu Sayyaf. These terrorists would do â€œdiversionary tacticsâ€ by planting bombs in places frequented by a number of people.
The possible targets by these terrorists are shopping malls, churches, restaurants, transport terminals like airports and seaports, passenger ships, buses, hotels, bars, and other areas that are a center of population.
Again, everyone avoid such places, itâ€™s for your own benefit and your family.
I found a good online map about Makati. It is developed by YellowASP, an outsourcing company located in the Makati Business District. Their website says little information about their company, but they sure created a good online map.
Click the image below to use the Makati map:
I grew up in Mindanao and the Visayas, and heard varied commentaries of those who had been to Metro Manila. I believe like any other handed down stories, it may be correct, wrong and a mixed of both.
Food prices are expensive. Wrong.
There are still inexpensive fast food restaurants or carenderias. Usually theyâ€™re found close to schools or universities.
Transportation fare is pricy. Wrong.
The amount is the same all over the Philippines.
It is dirty and noisy. Wrong.
There are a lot of good, quiet and clean places to hang around, and the good example is Bonifacio High Street in Taguig City.
The salaries are high. Wrong.
There are still companies that pay peanuts.
The rental fees of room or business offices are high. Wrong.
In cities like Taguig, Marikina, Novaliches, and part of Pasig it is relatively lower. Though quiet high in Manila, Makati, Pasay and Quezon City.
A 25,000 peso salary is not enough. Wrong.
It depends on the spending habit of an individual, but generally as of year 2007 the 25k wage is more than enough. I was even surprised to hear the comments of some that an 18,000 peso salary is big for them.
The people speak good English and correct pronunciation. Wrong.
A number of call centers go to the provincial cities for hiring agents to augment the lack of good English speakers in Metro Manila. They lure the candidates with huge salaries and free accommodations.
Indications of a text scam:
1. The sender’s number is 11 digits, a number from any Philippine telecom such as Globe, Smart, Touch Mobile, Talk and Text and Sun Mobile.
Telecoms when holding a promotion sends out using four digit number or even lesser.
2. The text message receiver is proclaimed a winner, though he or she hasn’t joined any contests.
3. Then the winners are requested to deposit a certain amount usually in the thousands of pesos in the bank supposedly to pay for taxes or VAT or for any wily reasons.
At times cell phone owners are asked to send a prepaid load to a certain 11 digit number as a prerequisite to claim the prize.
4. Other cell phone scam is when somebody will call or send a text message telling you that somebody close to you, like your mother, sister or any of your relative has met an accident and is in need of financial assistance, and then will request you to deposit the money in the bank or send through Western Union and other similar company.
My brother who works as a seaman abroad treated me to dinner. He is earning more than ten times than what I am earning. He was with his wife.
We met at Shangri-la Plaza in Ortigas Pasig City. Shangri-la Plaza is one of the best places to hang around in Metro Manila. You can shop if you have the thousands of pesos, eating out there can be afforded by an average Filipino, watch movies though the prices are a bit higher than the usual cinemas around Metro Manila.
We went down to Shangâ€™s food court section, there were many to choose from. My brother let me chose, then I saw Davao Tuna Grill at the farther part of the food court. Fish and seafoods are my favorite; theyâ€™re at least slightly healthier than those oily poultry meats.
I chose Tuna Sizzling Sisig. It costs 65 pesos without the drinks. I forgot the price of the drink. Let me just round off it to 100 pesos with the drink. The taste was respectable, surely better in taste and price compared to Kenny Rogers Roasters.
I will definitely go back to eat at Davao Tuna Grill.
Davao Tuna Grill Branches contact numbers and addresses:
Shangri-la Plaza Mall
Phone Number: (63 2) 633-3801
Telephone: (63 2) 426-7707, (63 2) 426-9635, (63 2) 721-3614
Madison Square – Wilson
Unit 3, Ground Level Madison Square Bldg., 229 Wilson St., Greenhills
Telephone: (63 2) 724-7959
SM Mall of Asia
Main Mall, Food Court
Kenny Rogers in SM Megamall in Mandaluyong Metro Manila.
Before my futsal scrimmage last August 5, I went to Kenny Rogers to eat my lunch around 12 noon.
I ordered Solo A1 Classic which costs 135 pesos. Solo A1 Classic consists of 1 piece chicken, 1 cup of rice, 1 double corn muffin, gravy and a side dish of your choice. I picked the fruit salad. Additional rice for 12 pesos.
Sadly, a drink is not included in the combo meal, and I had shell out another bucks, 34 pesos for a large ice tea.
I paid a total of 171 pesos in including the additional rice.
I waited for 12 minutes for my meal to arrive, but I wasnâ€™t complaining. The length of time was not a problem. The service of the attendants was quick.
Generally, it was just fair. The taste of the chicken was not something Iâ€™d like to comeback for. The gravy and hot sauce augmented the slightly bland taste of the chicken.
Nevertheless, the meal was enough to empower me physically for my futsal game at 1 to 3 pm at Dumlao gym.
Beware of a trick by people usually ladies carrying a baby or tagging along a kid asking (with a well acted sad face) for money for their trip going home.
I first encountered this in Cebu. A 30 something lady with a little child and a young girl, they were decently dressed. They asked me if i have money for their fare going home as they don’t have any money. I remember i gave them 20 pesos. My heart sunk i heard their situation.
Here in Metro Manila, i chanced upon similar trick, but did not notice yet. Similar picture, a middle aged lady with a young girl all dressed modestly. Then another, that time a guy with a knapsack or small backpack, asking the same – his fare going home. I gave him seven pesos.
I started to suspect after that. I asked an officemate about it. He told me not to fall for it, it’s a trick.
So readers, be aware.
I shot this while i was seated on the front seat of a jeepney in the area of Pasig City, Metro Manila. Taken on July 30, 2007.
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