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child-friendly

Posted in health, lifestyle, locales, people with tags , , , , , , on April 7, 2010 by mijodo

 

If we can only be youngsters again.

Summertime should be fun for kids as there are no pressures of schoolwork to think about. For some, it is time to just hang around in neighboring houses or just laze around their own homes, watching tv or just be lost with their console games.

But for toddlers and prepubescent residents of Quezon City, there is much more for them if they visit Quezon Memorial Circle. In a significant portion, at the north section, (across Philippine Coconut Authority Building) of the area, park management has recently provided a safe haven for them to enjoy.

There, kids and their families will be delighted by the brand new, imported, and most importantly safe (all in durable plastic) playground sets. Each set is different from the other. Twisting slides, challenging jungle bars, thrilling swing sets, all in different vibrant colors and motifs, tempt such children to sample and actively participate in getting rugged without harming themselves.

It is a nice place just to past the time, and to take some nice pictures of the young, being carefree.

And the best thing about it – no admission charge.

a merry and marry month!

Posted in artifacts, culture, events, interior design, lifestyle, locales, people, tradition, travel with tags , , , , , , on December 13, 2009 by mijodo

 

Christmas season, because of the long school and office break, has been traditionally a family reunion time as well. Many from outside the country, and even from Manila would take time to go back to their roots, particularly to their hometowns. It becomes an occasion for merriment, giftgiving and reacquaintances.

And because, Filipinos from abroad, would travel half the world to see their own respective families in the Philippines, many marrying couples would take the opportunity to walk down the aisles too. The engaged couple would be so appreciative and grateful if many more guests, particularly the Balikbayans (Filipino expatriates) could come and partake in this supposedly once in a lifetime moment of exchanging vows.

The pleasantly crisp and cool weather during this time, the good natured spirit of the people during the Holiday season, and even the deep pockets of relatives and friends, brought about by the Christmas salary bonuses or business sales, should just push the couple to seek out and reserve venues for the wedding and reception during December, such as the very popular Fernwood Garden in Quezon City. ( The place has that forested ambiance, for intimate or grand weddings. And its chapel has that elegant interiors, enhancing the sanctity of the nuptials.)

It is no surprise, that the National Statistics Office would list the month of December, as the month when mates most marry, beating out the supposedly traditional matrimonial month of June  (hence the appellaton, “June Bride”).

In this month, let me greet my Mom and Dad, “Happy Wedding Anniversary,” and to my cousin Arnold and his wife, Sherrie, “Congratulations and Best Wishes.”

And of course, in this month, let me say to you too, dear readers, “Cheers and Happy Holidays!”

laptop bags by urbanities: buckle up

Posted in fashion, urbanities lifestyle store with tags , , , , , , , , on February 2, 2009 by mijodo

 
 

 

buckle up the bag

After much interest on the Advincula (https://letsgopinas.wordpress.com/2009/01/27/bags-by-urbanities-slithering-in-white/), Urbanities presents the Borromeo tote bag in supple black leatherette and bronze colored strap which could be adjusted according to your comfort. With the antique finished buckle, the Borromeo compliments you as the strong individual ready for fun and the outdoors.

Again the insides have cushioned compartment which provides secure treatment and protection of your techie gadgets such as 14.1 inch laptop, macbook, upmc or ipods. Of course, there is a pocket just for your much needed cellphone. Again, the lining* is in this surprising and wondrous colors for the funky person like you who also happens to appreciate such design for easier access to your thingeemajigs.

For more inquiries call 4180776 or 09178339894.

For prices and  other Urbanities Lifestyle products: https://letsgopinas.wordpress.com/urbanities-the-lifestyle-store/

*pattern and color of lining can change from what is seen on the picture.

laptop bags by urbanities: slithering in white

Posted in fashion, lifestyle, urbanities lifestyle store with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 27, 2009 by mijodo

something snaky

Sexy. Strappy. Snaky.

One’s laptop bag need not be in basic black. For the more fashion intuitive, there is white to conquer. 

Urbanities presents the Advincula bag which combines lambskin and snakeskin in pure white as its exterior finish. But there is more to the new set of Urbanities Bags – fanciful and colorful lining* to make the bag more exciting and and to make possessions easier to manage. The Advincula Bag has a special compartment that can accommodate 14.1 inch laptops and 13 inch macbooks. Of course, the slimmer and smaller UPMC laptops could fit comfortably in such bag.

With its long straps, carrying the laptop case makes it easier. In fact, one gets the confidence while having the Advincula.

For inquiries, please call 0917-8339894 or4180776.

*pattern and color of lining available bags can differ from the picture.

For prices and other Urbanities Products –

https://letsgopinas.wordpress.com/urbanities-the-lifestyle-store/

scouts’ honor

Posted in architecture, artifacts, events, food, lifestyle, locales, people with tags , , , , , , , , on January 13, 2009 by mijodo

 

sprucing up the scout rotunda 

(Another article from http://brownheritage.com/)

There is this swath of an area at Quezon City that is almost bounded by the main arteries of Timog and Epifanio De Los Santos Avenues. This is where the gentrified homes of the 60s and the 70s have been slowly but surely swallowed up by the bursting commercialism and the exuberance of night time entertainment these days.

 

Before the 90s, this area had this genteel quality that signified sterile upper middleclass family living.  Homes then were considered palatial to today’s standards with large manicured gardens lined up upon streets after streets.  Peculiarly the streets have the last names of certain Philippine Boy Scouts hence the name Scout Area. However the area’s original name was Project One, particularly before the early 1960s.

 

During that time, Max’s at Scout Tuazon was the ultimate family dining experience, as everyone got honest to goodness spring size fried chicken with bread roll on the side. Of course, if one wants to go classy, then there was Alfredo’s Steak House owned by the Araneta Family at Morato Avenue corner  and Scout De Guia Avenue to partake some juicy t-bone steak.

 

And during the middle 80s there was a section of  the Scout Area along Morato Avenue where ”tiangges” (flea markets) sold garage sale wares (movie posters, movies in betamax format), hard to find food favorites (espasol, lechon baka), and ready to wear branded export items.(original or not).

 

Although the Scout Area is a relatively joyous neighborhood, many still may not know, that its streets are named after young Boy Scouts who had come from prominent families and perished while en route to a supposed momentous occasion. In 1963, among the many youths who had been screened, twenty were chosen to participate in the 11th  World Jamboree which was held in Greece. They were given a send-off ceremony at the then Manila International Airport. The scouts together with their Doctor and Scout Master, Dr. Lazcano wore their uniform but were in salakot (native hat) as they boarded the KLM plane. However on July 28th, after they had transferred plane, all 24 members of the Philippine Boy Scout contingent plunged into the waters of Bombay, India on board United Arab Airlines.

 

As the fatalities involved young men, the news shocked every Filipino. To the scouts’ respective families, it was an assault to the budding aspirations and dreams of the lost loved ones. Masses and necrological services were offered for their untimely demise. In their honor, eventually, a mausoleum was erected at North Cemetry. And in time, streets were named after each member of the contingent. And finally, a fitting monument was put in place at the rotunda of Timog and Morato Avenues.

 

Today, commercial establishments have sprouted at the area sometimes even encroaching streets that are purposedly for residential use. Exclusive cafes, bars and restaurants dot the area and close even at past midnight. New forms of relaxation and entertainment have emerged significantly in the spot such as karaoke joints, comedy bars and spas.  At least two television and radio networks have chosen this vicinity to create empires of stars and celebrities.

 

Although it can still be debated whether the changes through the years have given honor and respect to the 24 scouts whose lives were cut short, still through the years, the Scout Area has been a prime and important section of Quezon City for its cityfolks.

laptop bags by urbanities: corporate returns

Posted in fashion, lifestyle, urbanities lifestyle store with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 3, 2008 by mijodo

 

urbanities laptop bags

It has been a while since my lifestyle and travel brand Urbanities has created and introduced new products for the more stylish set. And just before the year 2008 comes to a close, Urbanities produces laptop bags for the ladies who are independently chic and have that stubborn will to rise to the top. The Carlos  Laptop Bags are made of sturdy leatherette in mat weave finish – either in light magenta or teal blue shade.  Each bag, together with the laptop sleeves has ample padding cushion to secure your most protected mac or pc laptop. The Carlos bags have generous compartments for pda and cellphone gadgets, and other knickknacks which still define the glamorous woman in you. The Janelle Laptop Bag is available in two sizes – medium (for 12 – 14.1 inch laptop notebooks, or 13 inch macbook) and large (for 14.1 -15 inch laptop notebooks, or 15 inch macbook). Well, if you are interested then you may want to call beforehand at 4180776 or 0917-8339894 for the availability of such bags afterall production is kinda limited at the moment.

For prices and more Urbanities Laptop bags, please check the Urbanities Lifestyle Store: https://letsgopinas.wordpress.com/urbanities-the-lifestyle-store/

watermark

Posted in architecture, artifacts, locales with tags , , , , , , , , on November 15, 2008 by mijodo

the Cariedo fountain across the Sta Cruz Church

All these years, I thought the fountain across the Sta. Cruz Church has been there permanently. I remember that everytime I passby the area, there has been a rotunda with a fountain on it. Then I found out that the waterfountain was originally from Sampaloc Manila and it was transferred there only in the recent years.

Apparently, during the 18th Century, Spanish Engineer, Don Francisco Carriedo y Peredo, as part of his charitable work, provided the seed fund of Ten Thousand Pesos, a princely sum, for the waterwork system in Manila. It used to be that rivers were the only source for water consumption whether as potable drinking water or for other sanitary use.

But it was only in late 19th Century, almost a hundred years after Carriedo had initially produced the money, that water was available through a waterwork system. And in honor of the the Philantropist Carriedo, a water fountain was inaugurated in 1882, in Sampaloc, Manila, the distribution point of Manila’s first waterwork engineering.  Then in the 20th Century, the Carriedo Fountain was transferred to the Main Office of Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) in Balara, Quezon City. It is said that MWSS has the oldest waterworks system in Asia, thanks to Don Carriedo.

It was only during the first mayoral term of Alfredo Lim that the fountain got transferred to its present location in Sta. Cruz, Manila. But of course, MWSS wanted to have a memory of the signficant fountain by creating a replica of it thus National artist Napoleon Abueva was tasked to create another. And to be truthful, every time I pass by the area of MWSS compound, I have been coveting to feature the gracefully and classically carved fountain, except that the idea of its security interrogating me on why I would like to even take pictures of its fountain, prevents me to even consider going there. But now realizing the history of the water system, the need to go there maybe is not as much. There is Sta Cruz, Manila afterall.