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and then, there’s room for more (at again half the usual hotel price)!

Posted in interior design, lifestyle with tags , , , , , , , , on September 28, 2008 by mijodo


After the feature on our family’s personal unit has been posted(, some inquiries poured in if the unit can accommodate more than two people.  Apparently it can, but the others might need to sleep on the floor (with cushions).

But of course, we wanted to create another unit that can readily sleep more than two people thus we present a new unit with all the good amenities hotels can provide and more. Split type airconditioning, cable television, heated shower, refrigerator, microwave oven, dining area, and tableware – all at an incredible price.

Again, the unit may not be in the most modern and noteworthy building, and not in the most sophisticated neighborhood, but our place is very much accessible to jeepney and bus rides to the most interesting and entertaining places. One can shop and get fantastic bargains at Cubao, Quiapo and Divisoria with just one jeepney, bus or fx ride. Or one can buy international brand names at the biggest malls this side of Metro Manila at SM North and Trinoma, again just one ride away. For the nightlife, who wouldn’t want to laugh his way at many different comedy bars just minutes away from the unit.

Again, the unit is along Roces Avenue, Quezon City. It is just a quick step from Jollibee Roces or Chowking Roces along Quezon Boulevard. For inquiries, please call 0917-8339894 or 4180776/9368-368.

Bonus: For minimum 10 consecutive nights check in, you are entitled to a P500 discount once you purchase an Urbanities Lifestyle Laptop Bag.


the curio market

Posted in artifacts, interior design, lifestyle, locales with tags , , , , , , , , on September 5, 2008 by mijodo

I am very much into interior design. It is one of my pleasures. And if I need something special for any of the areas that need some refurbishing without necessarily breaking the bank, then the Dapitan Market at Quezon City has to be consulted somehow. There is just a vast array of home decor (and even fashion accessories) – some corny and cheesy, and some pleasantly tasteful – all of which are manufactured by enterprising and creative Filipinos.

One just needs to have a good eye to see all the possibilities of what is inside this market.

honky-tonk avenue

Posted in locales with tags , , , , on July 14, 2008 by mijodo

Banaue Avenue at Quezon City could be the ultimate haven for the car-loving Pinoys. This is where one can get cheaper alternatives such as surplus from Taiwan or China just in case carparts coming from branded car service centers like Toyota or Honda become prohibitive. If one’s car gets a major hit in an acccident, then readily one can get 2nd hand original replacements from this avenue.

Banaue Road is a long strip transversing Quezon Boulevard. Each stall is a treasure trove of automobile parts and thingimajigs. If that old car just needs to be glammed up a bit, then perhaps car repaint, window tints, spoilers or even just new stereo speakers can make the car a little more rideable.

For the true car afficionado, then the grease and the grime just only add up to the thrill of the place.

lush in the city

Posted in lifestyle, locales, nature with tags , , , , , , on July 8, 2008 by mijodo

This place is Quezon City’s open secret.

Who would have thought that there is still a sizeable amount of verdant greenery in the Philippines’s most urban place? Inside the heart of Fairview Subdivision is an enchanted place full of matured trees and spritely vegetation. Well on second thought, the trees were most necessary if only to protect Metro Manila’s water source.

But it took an organization called ABS-CBN to foster care and develop the area with picturesque pathwalks and ingenious improvements, city dwellers would be most appreciative. The area has a retro designed swimming pool filled with salt water. No chlorine is needed. There is a fitness section where one can participate in a series of excercises such as rope climbing and sit-ups. An ampitheater is created for open area concerts and gigs. There is supposedly a lagoon where one can merrily row a boat for a hundred pesos for thirty minutes. And there is even an elegantly done, asian inspired function hall directly overlooking the boats floating along the water area. Obviously, the hall could be a nice wedding reception area.

If you have your camera with you, everything you see can be a source of camera clicking inspiration. The thoughtful fountains and benches, the imperious statues of a  water god (could be Poseidon, could be Neptune) and a nymph riding on a giant turtle’s back, the meandering steps – all to produce a wondrous, magical place called La Mesa Dam Eco Park.


Posted in artifacts, locales, religion with tags , , , , , , on July 2, 2008 by mijodo

There is a hilly place just a little beyond Quezon City where supposedly miracles do happen.

This place is called Grotto of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan. The area is a replica of the famed Lourdes Grotto in France. It is told that matriarch and owner of the place had cancer in the 1960s. And she had decided to go to the Lourdes Grotto to seek help for her condition. Apparently she did receive a miracle, and was free of the disease. Since then, she vowed to put up a similar place. And for many years, many Filipinos have visited the place as pilgrims, and have even claimed miracles as well because of the healing water that gushes out from the place. Even at the main grotto site, one can see hundreds of crutches left behind by people who apparently can now walk well.

The place particularly during Good Friday is teeming with people. They do their Holy Week obligation by praying the Stations of the Cross passing through all 14 stations with life size statues. And there is the Rosary Hill where one can have a face to face encounter with the figure of Christ himself. And in this place, one can be overwhelmed by the majesty of its still unfinished church. As one walks the hilly paths under the heat of the sun, there is undeniable sense of the passion for religiosity and faith, a mark distinctive to many Filipinos.

urban refuge at half the usual price

Posted in architecture, interior design, lifestyle, locales with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2008 by mijodo


There are days and times when you need to get a place that has all the essential elements of being like home but will not be costly on a daily basis. I then humbly present  to you my family’s little refuge that has been leased out by foreign guests at times for months.

Our place is a little bigger than the usual hotel unit, and has its own kitchen area where the microwave oven can be put into good use. There is also a set of tableware which you can utilize on the marble tabletop that can seat four people. And or course the area has the usual split type airconditioning, refrigerator, cable television, and heated shower.

The place is not in the most fashionable area (and not even in a fantastic building). Our place is near the corner of Roces Avenue and Quezon Boulevard. But it has access to many points as my unit is just 20 steps away from the main artery (Quezon Boulevard) of Quezon City. One can go to Trinoma and SM North, Quiapo, Cubao and MRT Station using public transportation. You may want to enjoy the night life near the area such as in Timog and Morato Avenues. Laugh your blues away at the comedy bars along Quezon Boulevard and Timog Avenue or go gaga over Pinoy stars at the nearby ABSCBN.

There is a variety of food that you can have downstairs. One can have the usual fast food stuff with Jollibee, Dunkin Donuts and Chowking nearby. But you can also have carinderia fare such as karekare, menudo, adobo or kaldereta at extremely low prices such that there is no need to cook food at all. There are 24/7 groceries even like 7-Eleven and the newly opened Ever Store just steps away. Of course, there is a laundry shop, like Metropole beside the building.

All of these and more at less than half the cost of the usual hotel price. For inquiries such as price and how to go there, please call or text me at 0917-8339894 or at 4180776.

You may want to check this unit as well:

Bonus: For minimum 10 consecutive nights check in, you are entitled to a P500 discount once you purchase an Urbanities Lifestyle Laptop Bag.

a lookback at an academic familiar

Posted in architecture, artifacts, events, locales with tags , , , , , , , on June 9, 2008 by mijodo

It is school opening once more. And with the tight economic squeeze, many are just lucky to be still at school.  Even luckier are those who get to be students of the University of the Philippines. As most Filipinos know, UP gives out subsidies or even free tuition to many worthy individuals. And some of the scholar graduates have already become superstar stalwarts in many different fields, and yet many have chosen to quietly give back to society  – somehow what the University has been encouraging its graduates to do. Some have even opted to work for government and non-government organizations and get paid measely.

I was part of this institution, specifically, UP Diliman for many years – as undergraduate and graduate student of Psychology.  And pretty much everyday, I would passby the iconic sculpture and architectural masterpiece that would welcome all students, teachers, personnel and visitors, getting into this esteemed learning institution at Quezon City.

Admittedly,  just like, I guess, many of the UP scholars, I would take for granted what seems to be familiar to many Filipinos – the UP Oblation and the Quezon Hall created by National Artists, Guillermo Tolentino and Architect Juan Nakpil, respectively. My own personal recollection about this area is limited to me buying my “sablay” in one of those cubicle offices at the basement of Quezon Hall for my Masters graduation, and drinking some Cali Shandy (still remember that) at night with some classmates at the footsteps of the same hall, after a crazy Statistics examination.

As the whole University of the Philippines Community celebrates its Centennial, I make my own little ode through these images to an academic familiar, symbolic of a special place that has given so much to me.