Wednesday, February 21, 2018

MRT 3 Woes

I had been riding the MRT 3 everyday. This is the only mode of transportation which I believe can bring me to my destination in a fast way without traffic. But as the days come, the MRT 3 system is becoming worst and inefficient. Before, 15 trains are being used to accommodate the riding public, but now it has only 7 trains running to accommodate the 250,000 daily commuters. It is a pity that people need to push and force themselves to get in even the train is already full of passengers. The tremendous long lines in each station which will take you about 20 minutes to wait just to get in is also a suffering for the commuters to endure everyday. There are many times during the rush hour that trains will stop in the middle of the railway and passengers need to off-load and walk to the nearest station. To add insult to injury, some air conditioning system of the trains are not working and this makes people more inconvenient.  This is the everyday ritual and challenges that the riding public has to experience to the worsening situation of the MRT 3 system. The government should take an immediate action and solution to this situation especially to its numerous train malfunctions, system failures, electrical failures, and lack of power supply, etc. The riding public are becoming fed-up to the promises that it will take the necessary action to solve the problem.  The MRT 3 system is the only answer to the worsening traffic situation particularly in EDSA. It is the only mode of transportation that the people see will bring them to their destination without traffic, and I believe so if only all the trains are running in good condition. I hope in the coming days, the MRT-3 administration will find an immediate solution to solve these problems. 

 Long queue's at MRT 3 Taft Station

  Commuters rushing to get in the train

Commuters need to squeeze themselves in the train

 Commuters in queue waiting for the train to arrive

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Chowking Super Sangkap Halo-Halo

Its only in the middle of February and I can feel that summer is fast approaching. The heat during afternoon is unbearable. I believe summer season is beginning to make its presence.  Its time to relieve ourselves from the scorching heat by drinking cold, refreshing colas and juices.  But what is more satisfying is the popular Filipino dessert during summer which is halo-halo. Super sangkap halo-halo from Chowking is the answer to satisfy our cravings to relieve the heat. It consists of mouth watering ingredients in freshly-shaved ice and sweet creamy milk top with leche flan, pandan jelly, red sago, buko fruit, and crunchy pinipig. So what are you waiting for, lets go to Chowking and avail ourselves of the super sangkap halo-halo with its affordable price.   

Friday, February 16, 2018

Chinese New Year

Today we are celebrating the Chinese new year. A Chinese friend of my sister always gave us the popular "tikoy" or Nian Gao during this celebration every year.  This is already their tradition of giving away "tikoys" to their neighbors as part of their custom. Eating tikoy during this time is considered good luck, that's according to the Chinese belief.  To all my Chinese Filipino friends I would like to greet you Kung Hei Fat Choi.  

Nian Gao or "Tikoy"

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Eco Saddle Resort at Lake Caliraya

Last week I was invited by my "kumare" from Sta. Cruz, Laguna to a get together of her batchmates in high school.  We went to the beautiful place of Eco Saddle Resort at Caliraya, Lumban, Laguna. Within the resort is Mount Carmel Lakeside Camp where our group stayed. The place is a perfect hideaway during weekdays or weekends where you can bring your family, friends, and love ones, even by yourself. There are lots of cottages for rent where you can sleep overnight or stay the whole day for relaxation. What else is extra special is the floating cottages which is fully furnished equipped with everything, including a small kitchen, comfort room, and television set for rent. The area has a cold weather and lots of greenery with plants and trees growing around. You need to bring a jacket or hoodie to protect yourself from the cold climate. Different species of flora and fauna are scattered around the place.  We had a grand time exploring the place, especially taking selfies and groupies, eating together with those sumptuous foods that was brought by each member. If you want peace of mind away from the bustling and busy Metro Manila, this is a perfect place for you.

Floating cottages at Eco Saddle Resort

Resthouse of owners at Eco Saddle Resort

Beautiful lake of Eco Saddle Resort

Cottages for rent at Mount Carmel Lakeside Camp

Pine tree

Dining area Mount Carmel Lakeside Camp

Shower area

Beautiful orchid at the garden

 Another flower power blossoming at Mt. Carmel Lakeside Camp


Enjoy life today, yesterday is gone, tomorrow may never come.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Venice Grand Canal at McKinley Hill, Taguig City

This is my first time to visit the famous Venice Grand Canal at McKinley Hill, Taguig City. My officemates from my previous company decided to have a reunion of sort yesterday.  After a sumptuous dinner at Shakey's SMDC Light Mall we decided to have a short visit at Venice Grand Canal. I heard about this famous place from many of my friends because it is considered as one of the beautiful places in Metro Manila right now. It is also a perfect place for selfie, groupie, and boyfie, etc. It is a replica of one of the famous tourist sites in Italy. Actually, the mall houses different and unique restaurants around.   When we arrive at the mall there are many people around especially families with their children, groups of millennials, and foreigners roaming around and taking photos in the famous canal. There are gondola rides that go around the waters and it was a relaxing sight for the people to view.  I believe the place is full of promenaders during weekends and it is Saturday on the day we visited the place that's why many people are around the area. The beautiful lights in the canal adds a more festive mood of the place especially at night. We spend almost more than an hour roaming around the mall and we enjoyed the view and camaraderie. 

 Panoramic view of Venice Grand Canal

One of the gondola rides

 More gondola rides

The famous bridge of the canal where you can take your selfie, groupie, etc.

 Another bridge of Venice Grand Canal

Relaxing ride

Restaurants beside the canal

Panoramic view of Venice Grand Canal Mall entrance

 Facade of the entrance of Venice Grand Canal Mall

Happy together with my former officemates

Just enjoy life, smile more!

Monday, January 01, 2018

New Year, New Challenges

Happy new year to all! Year 2018 had just started and we look forward to another challenges and trials in our life. New year means positive outlook in life and believing that good things are on their way. I thank our almighty God for all the blessings he had given me during the past year. There are ups and downs but this only makes me more a better person to face those challenges. Most importantly, prayers for guidance, peace, good health for me and my family, and prosperity for our country.