Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Terraces - Ayala Center Cebu

The Terraces Ayala Center Cebu

the terraces ayalaAyala Center Cebu, one of the biggest mall destination here in Cebu finally opened another exciting and new place to venture, The Terraces. As Cebu Holdings President Francis Monera said in a press conference, “We named it The Terraces because one will walk through a terrace-like ambiance that gives you the feel of being in a resort.”

Having my first step inside reminds of the first time I set foot at Greenbelt malls. The uniquely designed railings, curved nicely to make it look like your very own terrace and those strips of wood (I don’t know what its exactly called) that covers the stairways were much like that of Makati’s Greenbelt malls.

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As far as I could remember on my college days, this place was a lagoon filled with green still waters. Now its filled with life and green plants. Not to mention the people that come and goes there, to dine, to take a stroll, relax, drink coffee, enjoy the view, and meet new people. As for me and my daughter, it’s a place to pass time away, took some pictures of the place, and make her go running around safely.

Here are some photos I took, not a good catch though, but its enough to make you wanna go there yourself. Enjoy everyone!

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More pictures with my daughter

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Madeleine at Waterfront Cebu City Hotel

At the center of the Queen City of the South lies Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casinos. Waterfront Cebu City Hotel takes pride in a wide array of cuisines from across the globe. With specialty restaurants such as Mizu Japanese Restaurant, La Gondola, and Tingow.

And for the cakes and chocolate lovers, one must have a stop at Madeleine. Madeleine is the Hotel's patisserie and boulangerie, is a French-inspired bread and pastry shop that has become famous for its chocolate confections, cakes, quiches and freshly baked breads. Located just along the gourmet walk besides La Gondola, could accommodate 28 people and opens from 8 am up to 12 midnight.

Whats more interesting? Madeleine is Wifi Zone, and it’s free, just purchase a pastry or cake, bring your laptop, and your set to the E world. That’s a good thing for bloggers who want to escape from their rooms. Just ask for assistance on the connection. See you there peeps!


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Criselda Volks Scandal Controversial Video

I can’t believe it myself, another hot video search is burning over the internet wires. This time from a controversial teenage celebrity.

Criselda Volks once surfaced on the news on her suicide attempt, drinking detergent soap and liquid bleach. And now with this alleged video sex scandal with Malaysian boyfriend.

Criselda VolksAs what did Ogie Diaz wrote in his column (Phil Journal):

Kung ilalarawan ang napanood naming apat na video ay “nakakaawa” talaga si Criselda Volks.
Hindi maipagkakailang siya ’yung nasa video na nakahiga sa kama at “sinasamantala” ng isang Malaysian.
Gusto naming murahin nang bonggang-bongga ’yung lalaki, dahil “nagamit” na nga niya ’yung katawan nu’ng babae, talagang kinunan pa niya ng video.
Ginawa nitong “bading” si Criselda.

Honestly, hanggang ngayon, natutulala pa rin kami kapag naaalala namin ang video na ipinakita sa amin. Parang gusto pa rin naming maniwala na hindi si Criselda ’yon at hindi rin siya ’yung nakatuwad na babaing may maliit na tattoo sa kanang pisngi ng puwet.

According to an interview, Criselda did admit she was the one in the video. She did not expected it to come out.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Bloggers Unite to Unite Refugees

Bloggers Unite to Unite Refugees

Today, November 10, bloggers from all over the world unite to share one common goal, that is to raise awareness and help in the problem of the growing number of refugees and doing the best to reunite them with their lost families.

Bloggers Unite

Blog Catalog together with Refugees United is using the blogosphere as a tool in disseminating information. Making each blog counts as the need for knowledge in this particular area of humanitarian service. I encourage every blogger out there to join this information drive, 11-10-08 Refugees United day.

Refugees United is a non-profit organization helping refugees relocate family and friends.

Refugees United provides refugees with an anonymous forum to reconnect with missing family. By registering with nick- names, scars, former locations and other markers only identifiable to family and close friends, everyone can remain 'invisible' to all but relatives.
· All refugees are welcome, regardless of conflict, place or time.
· Refugees United is an independent, non-political, non-religious NGO.
· No third party is involved. No official papers need to be filled in.
· The service is free of charge and easy to use.

Please note: Refugees United does not provide physical reunification.

Yellow Caterpillar Roll - Sushi

Yellow Caterpillar Roll

It was a quite day at the hotel, another time for creativity. Rolled a cucumber and crabmeat stick on a large piece nori, topped it with sweet ripe mangoes, then dressed up to look like a caterpillar. Cut a piece of olives for the eyes and black sesame seeds for the dotted look on the body. Creating this type of Maki Roll is fun and it adds another creation to the dynamic and ever changing style of making Sushi.

yellow caterpillar sushi maki

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Waterfront Food Quality System Seminar

To arrive home early, this is what I got for attending the Waterfront Food Quality System. Other than getting home early, I also gained plenty of thoughts and additional info about the topic. Also, the best thing is getting paid for work for two days attending the seminar, not a rough life is it? Hope it would be seminar the whole month round!

Before I had the seminar, I did not know that the issue of food safety is that delicate and that it should be given utmost attention. Take for example; by just washing your hands before and during work you would be able to prevent the spread of phatogenic bacteria, which if taken internally may lead to a food borne illness. No wonder, Hand Washing is in the top list on the policies imposed.

Bacteria are microbiological organism that is unseen in our naked eye. Some are harmless and some are harmful enough that it could even paralyze and kill. Grrr. Bacteria could be transmitted in many different ways, and the food that we take are always at stake. And if not transmitted, it could grow on the food itself. Oh my, good thing our body is enough to handle a few amounts of it inside. However, if this amount exceeds its limit, it’s another story.

Luckily, because of HACCP, these food borne illnesses could be prevented or minimized. A reliable food safety is already being practiced; Waterfront Hotels in particular has its own way of reacting to this hazard.

HACCP or Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point is the main core of the system. Because of this internationally used system, when it comes to food safety, the Waterfront Food Quality Manual is derived. On this manual are policies listed to guide every individual (in or outside the hotel, which is directly or indirectly in contact with its food products) in handling food items. From proper hand washing, correct food temperatures, required government permits, to maintaining clean equipments, etc.

Waterfront Food Quality System is a system Waterfront Hotels are using to maintain the best quality of their food products. Thus providing utmost food safety to hotel guests and clients.

My message to the guest, from the food suppliers up to your table, it is rest assured that the meal you are taking have undergone a rigid test within the system. Making you feel at home as if you yourself prepared your meal.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Colorful Sushi - Sushi Balls

Colorful Sushi – Sushi Balls

Another crazy creation by my crazy mind. Let me present to you colorful sushi balls. Sushi balls are made up of sushi rice shaped into a ball with your choice of diced stuffing inside, it could be cheese, tuna, salmon, franks, sausages, etc. Just make sure your ball is stiff enough to not let it fall apart when you dip in sushi sauce or soy sauce. After rolling your sushi ball, cover it with any coating such as ebiko (caviar), uburo (fish powder), or sesame seeds to give a colorful look. Wow. Good for parties and picnics!!!

How to Fix Friendster Cant View Comments

How to Fix Friendster Cant View Comments

Have you ever tried viewing your profile like this?


Wherein you can’t see your profile the way it supposed to be. You can’t see comments, videos, slideshows, media and anything that involves html. And that includes your customized Friendster Profile.

Well, it’s just as simple as 1 to 3 to fix the problem.

Here’s how it goes. Log-in to your Friendster account and go to Settings.
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In your Account Settings scroll down to Safe Mode, make sure the settings on it is “NO” as shown in the image below.

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Save your profile then view it, and refresh your Internet browser. Simple and easy way to fix Friendster Profile if you cant view comments, media, html, or any embed content. You can view your profile the way you want it to be.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Kawasan Falls – Escape to paradise

Kawasan Falls – Escape to paradise

kawasan fallsKawasan Falls Badian Cebu, a hidden paradise to a new out going individual, like myself. The trip was my first time to venture on that area. Many times I have heard the place, but never in my childhood years did I attempted to travel to that far place.

Located in the South Side of Cebu in the Municipality of Badian

The day started early in the morning at around 7 am, waiting for the V-hire at Citilink Terminal to be full. The driver said, we should wait until he will get at least 10 passengers. Well, the day is long and a minute of wait never hurts. At around 8:30 am the V-hire was now set to go. With only 150 per passenger fare, is relatively cheap compared to going to Baguio or Boracay. ^_^.. The driver told us that it would take like 2 to 2 and a half hours travel to Kawasan Falls.

It was not a rough ride at all coz we took the South Reclamation Project towards Minglanilla and after that, all was smooth riding. I have never been to the place, so I kept on asking my friends if we are getting nearer. We passed, Naga, San Fernando, Carcar, Barili, Dumanjug, Ronda, Alcantara, Moalboal, then lastly Badian, our destination finally. When we disembarked we decided to visit a little church just near the entrance of the riverbank towards Kasawan Falls. From there we could see the coastline of Badian and from afar, the mountains of Negros Island. The entrance fee to the falls was only 10 pesos! Hope so it stays that way.

kawasan fallskawasan fallsWe met some people around and they are very friendly and hospitable to tourist, even the ice cream man was full of smiles. I am proud to see Filipinos that way, despite the harshness of life.

Towards the base of the falls, we need to walk our way on the riverbank, which was not bad at all. The step was all designed for a comfy stroll.

You can even see people fixing things around to make it more beautiful. I can’t even remember how many small bridges we passed. It’s like walking in the park with a background of water rushing down towards the sea. It took us like 10 to 15 minutes to get there. Or was it more, I wasn’t able to keep track of the time coz most of my friends were chatting and was enjoying the walk.

kawasan falls ice cream man. pls buy from him.
kawasan fallsKawasan Falls from a distance

As we got nearer, the view of the falls could already be seen from a distance. It was a fantastic experience, or shall I call it a magical feeling seeing the white rush of water falling down on cool turquoise natural pool. When we got to the base of the falls, we took a 300 peso cottage, ordered some good food and got ready for the swim!

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But before we could take a dip, we decided to visit another falls just above the first Kawasan Falls, it was only by that time that I knew that there are 2 falls in one location, one above the other just a few walks upward. And a long hike up would take you to the dam. Well, for the adventurers, you try going up, but for weak hearts and knees, just stay behind falls 1 or falls 2.

The water was cold but tolerable. Clinging on to ropes for safety, you will enjoy the swim. Oh, the negative ions rushing cold to your body. Wow!

As the hours passed by, tourist started coming in one by one, taking a bath and some just did pictorials. The place was alive and I am happy seeing it that way, it guarantees that the Kawasan Falls will go a long way in time. For the next generations whose a stranger to his own country, like me, to experience. Well, I am thankful, that I was able to explore the wonder of my very country, Philippines, and in my very own place of birth, Cebu City.

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chef blogger with diwatas of Kawasan
Kawasan Falls is indeed a good place to start for a Cebuano in exploring his country land. If you have no less than 5 thousand pesos for a group of 6, you will be able to relax, distress, and enjoy life with nature.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Introducing Friendster and MySpace Inspiring Comments

Friendster Inspiring Comments

Hi guys!! I am introducing to you a new blog I made, its not a good looking blog but I hope you will find it useful too. I have gathered some nice pics with quotes on it and did some html to provide the codes for you to use as comments on friendster or myspace. The pictures can be used as your wallpapers too on your desktop just by clicking on it and saving it to your drive and set it as your wallpaper. Please visit the site. Friendster and MySpace inspiring comments..

Friendster and MySpace Inspiring Comments

Giving you a chance to share inspiring thoughts through Friendster - Instead of posting colorful comments, why not try these inspiring thoughts that would surely make your friends' day more brighter. Still more to come!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Happy Halloween at Waterfront Hotel

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween is indeed something to celebrate about. Its not that we need to mourn for the dead, it’s a celebration of life too. People and kids go trick or treating, costume parties, carving pumpkins and telling ghost stories right before sleep. Not to mention the wide choices of ghost stories showcased by each television stations, that includes news and documentaries.

Halloween day was described long ago as a time where the living and the dead world coexist in this day, it sound scary, just imagine if it was true. Luckily we live now in modern day world.

Halloween Parties! Wow, Halloween day is not just a tradition now it also involves some social activities that we find pleasure and meeting new friends.

Such as the recent Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino Halloween party! It was so amazing seeing those scary, freaky, and out of this world costumes! Ill be posting some pics soon, ms ecel of HR wasn’t able to email me the pics.

Here are the people of Peers Resource Department of Waterfront Cebu City Hotel on Halloween Party night. Guys pardon me for posting this, it’s just that I need a picture to display and it’s the only thing I got.

hmm.. if im not mistaken from left to right (ecel, unknown 2 me, sharol, mae,sir erwin , rose and tess, sheryl, mayis, unknown 2 me, and pam)

Happy Halloween everyone!
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