The 33rd Manila International Book Fair - September 2012

The 33rd Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) is here again friends. I'm so excited for this yearly event. It captured the hearts of book-loving Filipinos and become the most awaited event of the year for many of us.

During the last year event, it is said that it was attended by more than eighty five thousand people visiting around 300 exhibitors showcasing thousands of books.

This year, MIBF is scheduled on September 12-16, from 10:00am to 8:00pm at SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City. Aside from thousands of book exhibits from local and foreign exhibitors, there are also scheduled special co-located events such as book launching, writers meetings, and seminars.

The MIBF also offers wide variety of titles, hard-to-find books, and exhibits books with big discounts. As for me, I love to visit Christian exhibitors and DZAS booth everytime I attend MIBF. Same as before, all book titles from Church Strengthening Ministry (CSM) are all prized at Php100 each.  

Nowadays, as tablets and smart phones are emerging, book authors and publishers consider it as another challenge they are facing. But as for MIBF, publishers and book authors, they will continue its legacy of promoting the love for reading. So what you waiting for friends, come and visit the 33rd MIBF.

Photo taken during 32nd MIBF at CSM booth after winning special prize (mug).

Asya Filipino - Asian Restaurant Centris Walk

After long time of waiting to have our schedules meet in order to celebrate my birthday with my office friends, we finally came up with a lunch at Asya Filipino-Asian Restaurant at the neighboring Centris mall.

Asya Filipino-Asian Restaurant offers a wide variety of food that are hand selected vegies, fruits, fresh meats and fish, flavoured noodles, sushi rolls, salad and native filipino dishes.  It is located at Ground Floor, Centris Walk, Eton Centris, EDSA corner Quezon Avenue, Quezon City.

Here are some of the pictures during our visit at Asya Filipino-Asian Restaurant.

Unlidata from Smart

It is truly a big help for me having this unlidata plan from Smart. I was able to use my free phone to its maximum capability.

The thing I love the most with unlidata plan is that I am now able to listen, anywhere and anytime, to my favorite radio station using tune-in Radio and Radio Philippines from App store and Play Store. Even while working, I can now keep my radio in the background.

It is truly a big help for me as an avid listener to have such mobile apps.

Here are some screen shots from my cp.

Starbucks for breaktime

This morning I attended product presentation conducted by Emerson Network Power. The event was successful and very informative in engineering solutions specially to energy transmission business.

The event was focused on the NextGEN Infrastructure by Emerson Network Power. The 3-hour event discussed some topics like Introduction to Emerson Nerwork Power, NextGen Infrastructure Solutions, UtilitySure Electric Power, Solutions for Industrial Power, Data Center Infrastructure Management Solutions, and Facilities Monitoring System Solutions. It is a good thing that the presentation is interactive presentation which allows participants to raised questions and clarifications even in the middle of discussions.

To encourage participants to actively participate in the discussion and focus on the topics  being discussed, they offered some snacks (Starbucks mocha frap and beef sandwich) and I'm sharing it with you friends!

Smart Mobile Internet Speed

Finally, after two weeks of waiting, I was able to get hold of my new Samsung Galaxy SIII from Smart.  I avail of their unlimited data Plan 2000. 

Well, the internet speed is kinda slow inside our house, so I have to connect to our Globelines DSL (with speed of up to 2mbps).  But, the below image shows my Smart Mobile Internet speed when traveling in Quezon City.  So, I guess this birthday gift is all worth it :)

Note: The screen capture above is taken from my iPod that connects to the internet shared by my SIII

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My First Magnum Almond Ice Cream

Its been a long time since I heard about this chocolate ice cream that capture a lot of attention among youngsters and adult. Magnum almond - made with Belgian chocolates mixed with delicious almond nuts really capture the hearts of many Filipino who loves chocolates.

Originated in Indonesia and now imported and distributed here in the Philippines by Unilever RFM Ice Cream, we can now enjoy this chocolate ice cream without going to Singapore, Malaysia or Indonesia!

Thanks very much to my Ninong Barry and Marivic for this desert! It is my first time to experience Magnun Ice cream! 😄 till next magnum time!!! 😃

N Hotel, Cagayan De Oro City

Last week was another opportunity for me to visit Cagayan De Oro City. This time, I am blessed to  experience the newest hotel in town, the N Hotel.

N Hotel is located at Kauswagan Road, Kausagan 9000, Cagayan De Oro City, Philippines. With its modern design, great comport and gracious service, you are sure to feel completely at home and experience convenience and relaxation as you go about your business or leisure trip.

N Hotel houses different kind of rooms, such as Suite, Deluxe Rooms, Family Rooms, and Superior Rooms. It also proud to have its own pool and Bon cafe restaurant which offers good wi-fi connections (which I enjoyed the most), wi-fi hotspot is available only at hotel lobby and restaurant area while rooms are installed with wired internet services.

Hotel facilities and services offered are ballroom and function rooms, wellness center, business center, restaurant, laundry services, airport, seaport pick-up and transfer services, pool and landscape courtyards, extensive parking areas, 24-hour security, uninterrupted power, and car rentals.

Some room amenities are mini-bar, cable tv, massage service, safe deposit box, hot and cold shower, NDD/IDD telephone service, wired internet service, private balconies and bath tubs in Deluxe Rooms and Suites.

Bon cafe is a mix western and Filipino cuisine. The restaurant provides hearty and tasty meals and snacks for guests and walk-in customers.

Here are promo rates as of the time of my stay, Superior Room (Php 2,500), De Luxe Room (Php 2,800), Junior Suite (Php, 5,000), they also offered family rooms good for 11 pax (Php 9,950), 15 pax (Php 13,510) and 18 pax (Php 16,240) all with complimentary breakfast. For more details and inquiries, you may visit their website at and telephone nos. (088) 880-1924 to 25.

Now, here are some of pictures I have taken, thanks and let's enjoy the views.

N Hotel grand entrance

Hotel Lobby and front desk area

Bon Cafe located at pool side.

All Set for Game 3 of the 2012 PBA Governor's Cup Finals (BMEG vs ROS)

After indulging to an Eat-All-You-Can lunch buffet at Tong Yang, SM Megamall Atrium to celebrate my 31st birthday; my wife and I proceed to SM Customer Service to purchase tickets for Friday's game. Fortunately, we were able to grab Patron seats at P580.00.

I hope to extend my birthday celebration on Friday, together with my wife and my sisters Lyn and Leah.  Therefore, this is a must win for BMEG Llamados.  Let's Go BMEG!

Greenwich Pizza & Pasta - Dinner

After visiting FAES-Malolos City, we meet the rest of the family at Waltermart, Plaridel. Before doing the grocery, we first have a light dinner at Greenwich. Supposedly, our order is their Father's Day Treat worth Php499. But since the counter offered us the Ultimate Green Card worth Php199 bundled with a number of freebies, we gave in.

We already avail of the 10% discount for ala carte orders only and their coupon worth Php468 which includes 3 lasagna supreme snack size, 3 jumbo crunchy chicken, and 1 double thin Hawaiian classic which saves us Php164.

By the way, the Ultimate Green Card can be used for dine in and take out to all branches. And it is valid for 6months.

Shakey's Pizza, Centris Station, Quezon City

Back to office after 4 day vacation and back to centris station, lol. This time, lunch out at Shakey's Pizza Centris Station. My order: Bunch of lunch, Tuna Caesar Salad, Chicken 'n corn Soup and later, milk tea at Chatime!

What is more exciting here in Eton Centris is the upcoming opening of Tong Yang Grill and Shabu-Shabu, I have no experience yet in Tong Yang but I heard a lot of good comments about that food chain.

Back to Shakey's Pizza, they're open 24 hours a day.

Here's some pictures. Enjoy dining! Hehehe

Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day at SM Baliuag: Bulakan ng mga Bayani!

After spending an overnight stay at 8 Waves waterpark and hotel, we headed to SM Baliug to buy a barbie school bag for my niece Stephanie. Upon entering, a Sale signage caught my attention: June 9-12 is Freedom Sale. I also notice an exhibit in the event center dubbed as Bulakan ng mga Bayani, in commemoration of Phil-Spanish Friendship day.

I find it very interesting as it is presented thru photographs that resembles the ones taken during that era. I learned new historical facts such as what happened in Baler Church, and more.

The exhibit is open from June 11-16, 2012. I believe that this kind of exhibit would be beneficial not only to students to pass history subject, but also to the old ones who perhaps forget what our forefathers fight for.

Here are some photos to share with you.