Archive for February, 2010


Posted in artifacts, culture, food, history, lifestyle, locales, travel with tags , , , , , , , , on February 24, 2010 by mijodo

The rite of Chinese New Year has been more pronounced for some years now in the Philippines (This year, it was celebrated on February 14, Valentines Day). Before, only the Filipino Chinese celebrated it, with all the trappings. Yet somehow, Filipinos in general, have regarded the Chinese New Year as an important occasion, thanks to the feng-shui experts and geomancers who graciously advise on people’s luck and fate for the new year through the use of the 12 animal signs during the many television interviews.

If the Chinese New Year is quite relatively new in many parts (beyond Binondo) of the country, Chinese food though has been relevant part of our rich Filipino food culture. There are all kinds of pancit – Bihon, Canton, Lomi, Mami, Sotanghon – all coming from woks and pans of our Chinese ancestors.

Of course, there are all sorts of lumpia or spring rolls. Crispy Lumpia Shanghai. dipped into the tangy sweet and sour sauce. There’s old filipino favorite Lumpiang Ubod (coconut palm hearts) or Lumpiang Gulay (vegetables), beautiful for merienda, served with thick brown sauce (if eaten fresh) or just plain vinegar (if fried).

Dimsum staples such as siopao (bolabola or asado) or siomai can be ordered from ritzy Chinese restaurants or just neighborhood eateries. In fact siopao and siomai have become popular streetfood themselves and should satisfy hunger and craving in a jiffy.
Aside from Chinese cooking,  Japanese food have become slowly part of food interests of Filipinos, particularly among the urbanites.  Some metro dwellers have already acquired the taste for sushi and sashimi although raw in preparation.  Japanese mimimalistic food entrees may not be as popular as the Chinese yummies, still such delights from Japan have already made signficant inroads to the Filipino tastebuds.
Although Chinese New Year celebration comes only once a year (obviously), it is quite reassuring that all the oriental gustatory gratification can be had all year round right from our favorite restos or just from our own kitchens.

loft living, good for two to four, with dedicated dsl line

Posted in architecture, fashion, interior design, lifestyle, travel, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on February 7, 2010 by mijodo

It is the third. It is called the Aurora Loft.

After creating the first unit – Rhodora Unit (, and our second – Justa Room (, we have come up with another special unit.

This time a bigger place that can accommodate again up to four people. It has a separate kitchen area, and more importantly a dedicated dsl line (not  just wi-fi!).

Just like the other two units, this has a microwave oven (for heating water and take-out food), a dining set, with dining utensils. As there are several eateries just a few steps away, and commercial fast food establishments (Chowking, Jollibee, Mc Donalds), one can just bring food to the unit and chill while at the comforts of your unit.

This unit is at the corner of Roces Avenue, and Quezon Boulevard. Highly commercial and highly accessible, it is near many hotspots in Quezon City, such as the finest dining area and clubs at Timog and Morato Avenues, and comedy bars at Quezon Boulevard. With just one public ride (jeepneys, fx, buses) you can easily go to the poshest malls of SM North, and Trinoma, or get some terrific goodies at great prices from Cubao and Quiapo.

If you are interested in this unit,  please call 0917-8339894, 4180776 or  9368-368.