Monday, June 29, 2009

DBS/POSB Customers: Stand to win a HTC Dream Phone today!


Calling all DBS/POSB and iBanking customers. Simply update your personal contact information (email and mobile number) at any DBS/POSB branch, and you could win yourself a HTC Dream Phone with a 24 month 3G Flexi Lite plan with SingTel (worth S$1194)!

This promotion is only valid from 1 June 2009 to 31 August 2009, so don't miss out on this amazing draw!

The following persons/parties are not entitled to participate in the Draw:
  1. Employees of the Bank or its subsidiaries and their immediate family members;
  2. Employees of advertising agencies and any other parties who are directly involved in organizing, sponsoring, promoting or conducting the Draw; and
  3. Estates of deceased customers.

PNP and AFP consider recruiting gays and lesbians

In order to bolster its current force, the Philippines National Police (PNP) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is considering the idea of recruiting transgender to join the force. This is needed to fight the growing insurgency and war on terror.

The AFP is a volunteer force and has a total active strength of 113,500 with 131,000 personnel in reserve.

IT Show 2009 at Suntec Singapore

This will be the first IT Show of 2009. With the economy still slowing down, this will be the chance to snag a bargain…
It Show Logo

Venue: Suntec Singapore (levels 1, 2, 3, 4 & 6)
Date: 12 - 15 March 2009
Time: 12pm – 9pm
Free Admission

As usual, there are raffle draws and prices to be won:
For every $100 paid or deposit placed during the show, you may stand a chance to win:
1st Prize: S$ 20,000
2nd Prize: S$ 3,000
3rd Prize: S$ 2,000
And other attractive prizes

**Remember to redeem your IT SHOW lucky draw coupons @ Level 6 (Hall 602)- Suntec Singapore)

I will be there on the first day so keep watching this page. I’ll post updates, deals and price list.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Flu Update: Nine Filipino Nationals Confirmed Case of AH1N1

Singapore has confirmed 50 new cases (316th to 365th cases) of Influenza A (H1N1-2009) today, bringing the total tally to 365 confirmed cases and nine are Filipino nationals.

In addition to these 50 new cases, 48 other cases were pending investigation yesterday.


Source: DFA

Maximum working hours according to Singapore Labor Laws

This might interest the working professionals in Singapore…….

  • Maximum working hours as per Employment Act: 

    An employee is not allowed to work for more than 12 hours within a day except in the following circumstances:
    a)   Accident or threat of accident;
    b)   Work that is essential to:
           i.    the life of the community; .
           ii.   national defence; or
           iii.  security;
    c)   Urgent work to be done to machinery or plant; or
    d)   An interruption of work which was impossible to foresee.

  • Overtime

    All work in excess of the above hours of work is considered as overtime work, and the employee must be paid no less than 1.5 times his/her hourly basic rate of pay.

    Payment for overtime work must be made within 14 days after the last day of the salary period.

    The rate of payment is not less than one and a half times the employee's hourly basic rate of pay.

    source: Employment Act.

Pinoy Foods: Skinless Longanisa, Rellenong Bangus and desserts

In case you are cramming for a pinoy foods and sweets in Singapore.
Posting for a fellow pinoy, contact details below.

Home made skinless pork longanisa - $16/kg - (28 pieces)

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Rellenong Bangus - $10/per piece

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Puto Cheese - $30/box (5 dozen)

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Cassava Cake - $18/tray (322 x 260 mm)

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Lumpiang Shanghai - $8/half kilo

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Place your order one day in advanced.

For orders and information contact Joey O.
Mobile: 91817730

Tough Times

Just got my monthly newsletter from efinancial careers and it was all pure bad news for those are in working the banking industry.

Their top stories:

Banks discuss tough times in recruitment
“Junior candidates are especially scared of being last in, first out. They want to join a prudently run organisation. The monetary aspects of a job are less important than getting some degree of security.

Jobs in jeopardy as RBS plans Asian exit
“Many RBS people are now just going to be surfing the net all day. The people I know there don’t know where they stand. They are in limbo,” says one headhunter who asked not to be named.

>>full story

Hope this ends soon. It’s making us all nervous.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Manny Pacquiao: The Great Boxer and 6th Richest Athlete in the World

This is something being a pinoy should be proud of, from rags to richest doing what he loves to do and good at it – being the world’s best pound for pound boxer.

Quoting from

FROM ring icon to global superstar. From multimillionaire to billionaire.

Manny Pacquiao affirmed his status as one of the brightest lights in the boxing firmament with his first ever appearance on Forbes Magazine’s list of world’s highest-paid athletes this year.

Cashing in mainly on his devastating victories over former boxing Golden Boy Oscar De La Hoya and British idol Ricky Hatton, Pacquiao ranked sixth in Forbes’ elite cast with estimated earnings of $40 million (about P1.9 billion) from June 2008 to June 2009. Atop the list was golfer Tiger Woods.

The 30-year-old Pacquiao, the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter, emerged tied in earnings with current NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and golfer Phil Mickelson, just a shade under soccer glamour boy David Beckham ($42 million).

Forbes is a prestigious business magazine. It describes itself on its website as “a leading Internet media company [that] is among the most trusted resources for the world’s business and investment leaders,” providing reports on business, technology, investing and lifestyle and the databases, such as the annual Forbes Lists, among others.

More money than Federer

In an article written by Kurt Badenhausen, Woods wound up the runaway top grosser for the eighth straight year with $110 million. That amount was below Woods’ $115 million overall earnings last year but nearly 2 1/2 times more than what joint second placers Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, and Kimi Raikkonen earned.

Bryant, main man of the NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers, the basketball legend Jordan and the Finnish Formula One driver Raikkonen grossed $45 million each.

Surprisingly, Pacquiao earned more than tennis star Roger Federer, who won the French Open last month for his 14th Grand Slam title. With $33 million to his credit, Federer was tied with the Phoenix Suns’ Shaquille O’Neal.

De La Hoya fight

Pacquiao is estimated to have gotten at least $20 million, including pay per view (PPV) shares, for making De La Hoya quit on his stool after the eighth round last Dec. 6. De La Hoya, who still made the list with $32 million, eventually announced his retirement early this year.

Pacquiao, who was honored by the Boxing Writers Association of America as its Fighter of the Year on June 12 in New York, went on with a two-round demolition of Hatton on May 2, raking in a guaranteed purse of $12 million plus a yet to be announced PPV share.

Also included in Pacquiao’s coffers were the $3-to-$5 million he got for knocking out former World Boxing Council lightweight champion David Diaz in nine rounds last June 28.

Other millionaires

Other athletes on the list confined to those who earned at least $30 million were motorcyclist Valentino Rossi ($35M), Nascar superstar Dale Earnhardt Jr. ($34M), Formula One racer Lewis Hamilton ($32M), New York Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez ($32M), golfer Vijay Singh ($31M), Boston Celtics’ Kevin Garnett ($31M), Nascar driver Jeff Gordon ($30M), New York Yankees’ Derek Jeter ($30M) and two-time football Player of the Year Ronaldinho ($30M) of AC Milan.

Another huge paycheck awaits Pacquiao when he returns to the ring on Nov. 14, most likely against WBC welterweight champion Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico.

A megabuck bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr. is also on the horizon for Pacquiao, who is already considered the best Asian and best southpaw fighter ever and is a cinch to enter boxing’s Hall of Fame.

Beyond sports

Earlier this year, Forbes Magazine also put Pacquiao on its roster of world’s most powerful celebrities, ranking him 57th. The roster was headed by actress Angelina Jolie, television host Oprah Winfrey and singer-performer Madonna.

Time Magazine has also put Pacquiao, who has won five world crowns in as many divisions, on its own list of the world’s most influential people.

No other Filipino appeared on the three rosters, a testament to Pacquiao’s universal recognition that goes beyond the realm of sports.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

POEA Advisory to overseas Filipino workers on precautionary measures against A(H1N1) flu virus

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration reiterates its advisory to overseas Filipino workers on precautionary measures against A(H1N1) flu virus as the World Health Organization has declared a global pandemic.

POEA Administrator Jennifer Jardin-Manalili said that aside from protecting themselves against the virus, inbound and outbound Filipino workers should observe the following reporting and monitoring arrangements:

Returning OFWs/and disembarking crew shall inform their recruitment/manning agencies about their arrival in the Philippines.

  • OFWs should stay at home (self-quarantine) for 10 days after arrival before personally reporting to the recruitment agencies.
  • OFWs with flu-like symptoms on the date of departure shall notify their respective agency and ask for postponement of deployment.
  • If infected onsite, OFWs shall ask for assistance from the nearest Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) or Philippine Embassy or Consulate.
  • OFWs shall report to the nearest Philippine Overseas Labor Offices, Embassy or Consulates any case of infection among other Filipino workers.

In the Philippines, the public should report any known case of the flu virus to the nearest local health authority, or through the following:

Bureau of Quarantine - 832-2929
OP CEN-HEMS - 711-1001 / 915-7725621 / 921-5922361
National Epidemiology Center - 743-1937
RITM - 807-2628

Administrator Manalili also asked OFWs to heed the advice of government health authorities to protect themselves from the virus like strengthening the immune system, maintaining good personal hygiene, and practicing social distancing.

She further encouraged all recruitment agencies to issue similar advisories and guidelines to their departing and returning workers and seafarers

No Reservations: Anthony Bourdain’s take on the Philippines

Anthony Bourdain is a 28-year veteran professional chefs, author of the book Kitchen Confidential and host of the popular Travel Channel show “No Reservations”.


Kitchen Confidential became an unlikely, but enduring, international bestseller. He has since milked that lucky break for everything it's worth.

No Reservations (now entering its fifth season), he travels the globe to sample such food at local haunts in big cities and small villages.

He visited the Philippines recently as part of his "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations FAN-atic Special".

Augusto Elefanio, an enthusiatic Filipino-American living in Long Island, New York is the runner-up of the Special Casting Call. Together with his Chinese-American wife and his family, they were flown back to Cebu to serve as Anthony’s guide (fixer) in discovering the region’s culture and culinary delights.

The First International Pinoy Music Festival in Singapore

See the gathering of the hottest bands in the Philippines in one event.

One day only !!!

    WHO: Pinoy bands playing in Singapore for the International First Pinoy Music Festival:
  • * 6Cyclemind
    * Afterimage
    * Bamboo
    * Imago
    * Kamikazee
    * Moonstar88
    * Parokya ni Edgar
    * Razorback
    * Sandwich
    * Siakol
    * The Dawn
    * The Youth


    Other Artists that will perform @ D'MARQUEE:
    * DragonForce - 2009 Grammy Nominee metal band
    * The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus - American rockers from Middleburg, Florida
    WHEN: March 1, 2009 starting at 9am onwards
  • Price:  VIP - $180,   Normal - $120,   General - $70 Group discounts also applicable!
    VIP - $150 VIP (u.p. $180)
    Normal - $100 (u.p $120)
    General - $60 (u.p. $70)
  • Part of the proceeds will be donated to GMA Kapuso Foundation and Espesyal Pinoy

Concert Venue Amenities:
- More comfortable (fully air conditioned)
- Family oriented place
- Near to recreation centers and malls (Wild Wild Wet, Downtown East Mall, Costa Sands, Escape Theme Park, Explorer kid..etc)
- Easily accessible with FREE shuttle bus service -
- State-of-the-art sound and lighting system
- VIP guests will now be closer to the stage
- Food and drinks are also available at the venue (Official Food Caterer: GP Asian Restaurant & Sizzling Plate)

Games and booths during the event:
- Picture with the artists booth (VIP guests are priority)
- Artists look-alike contest
- Dedication booth (message will be shown on the big screen)
- Marriage booth (post-valentines event hehehe)
- Faces of the night
- Tattoo/Henna/Painting booth
- Merchandise Booth

***All tickets sold during the period of October 2008 till Feb 11, 2009 will still be honored at the gate*** The organizer is Pinoy Sunday (+65 91704956 / +65 91264495)

Take Out: Another Pinoy food stall in East Side (Tampines)

Another new pinoy food stall named TAKE OUT was recently opened in the Tampines area to serve the pinoy community in the East Area. The store is strategically located in the hawker center in front of Holy Trinity Church in Tampines St. 11...

Their specialty include but not limited to Pancit Malabon and puto. As part of Filipino diet, they also have rice meals sets.

This new store is owned by the same owner as Dodie and Kristine's Pancit Malabon.
Operating hours is between 9am-10pm, Tues-Sun...

Singapore implemented Home Quarantine Orders (HQO) to limit A(H1N1) spread, failing to comply can be prosecuted

Singapore has implemented Home Quarantine Orders (HQO) with the aim of limiting the spread of Influenza A (H1N1-2009) in the community.

HQOs will be issued to those who have had close contact with confirmed cases of Influenza A(H1N1-2009). They will be placed under quarantine for 7 days from the point of their exposure to the virus, either at home or at designated facilities prepared for this purpose.

Close contacts are those who have sustained unprotected exposure to the confirmed case for a significant duration of time and within a close proximity of 2 meters. In an airplane these would include passengers seated in the same row as well as within 3 rows in front and behind the confirmed case.

Why quarantine?

Influenza A(H1N1-2009) is a contagious and potentially dangerous virus which can cause a flu pandemic. HQOs are used to isolate contacts of the virus, so as to limit the spread of the virus in our community.

What will happen when an HQO is served?

Those to be quarantined would be isolated either at their homes or at designated facilities such as Aloha Loyang. There they would be well taken care of and their health monitored.

CISCO officers will serve the HQO and will subsequently install an electronic camera at the homes of those to be quarantined at home. They will be given a home quarantine kit, which includes an oral thermometer and a mask. A nurse will explain the conditions in the HQO which are to be observed.

During the home quarantine period, CISCO officers will make random calls to those quarantined between 8 am and 11 p.m. When called, they will have to turn on and present themselves in front of the electronic camera to show that they are at home.

While under HQO, the person must stay at home or in the facility provided and avoid contact with others. They have to take their temperature twice daily and monitor themselves for flu-like symptoms. Good personal hygiene is especially important. Persons quarantined at home are to wear a surgical mask if they need to be in common areas of the house near other persons.

All persons should respond fully and truthfully to all questions by MOH officers or others acting on behalf of the Director of Medical services. This is to enable the officers to better take care of those quarantined and to limit the spread of the Influenza A(H1N1-2009) virus within Singapore.

Flouting of HQO

Those who flout (deliberately disobey) the HQO may be subject to further conditions.

These may include:

  1. Being required to wear an electronic tag to enable the monitoring of movement during the period of the home quarantine.
  2. Being required to be detained and isolated in a hospital or other place.

Any person who fails to comply with the HQO can be prosecuted and

  • in the case of a first offence, be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $10,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both; and
  • in the case of a second or subsequent offence, be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $20,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or to both.

What should I do if my family member is quarantined at home?

Your family can help the process by following the instructions given to you at the serving of the HQO.

Please avoid contact with your family member who is under HQO and be vigilant against possible indirect ways of contact through common household items. Everyone in the house can go about their daily routines but be sure to pay extra attention to personal hygiene and general household cleanliness. Avoid inviting visitors to your home.

Regularly clean and disinfect the areas used by the family member under HQO and avoid sharing bodily fluids like saliva through the sharing of food and drink. Family members should build up their own immune systems by eating properly and healthily and exercising regularly.

What if the person under HQO, or another household member, starts to display flu symptoms?

Should your family member under HQO start to display flu-like symptoms, he/she should wear a surgical mask and call 993 for the dedicated ambulance service to bring him/her for further assessment.

If the family member under HQO needs medical assistance for other minor illnesses, please call the designated helpline 1800 333 9999.

If another member of the family not on HQO, displays flu-like symptoms please also call 993 and have that family member wear a surgical mask while waiting for the ambulance to bring him/her to TTSH Emergency Department.

It is possible in the initial stages of the disease for the quarantined family member to have contracted the Influenza A(H1N1-2009) virus but not display symptoms such as fever. Hence, it is possible for him to spread the virus on to another household member, even if he still seems well. Hence it is very important that your family follows the instructions given with the HQO kit so that we can all better prevent the virus from spreading in our community.


Source: Ministry of Health

Retrenchment: The last evacuation drill

Is this supposed to be a joked? Anyway, keep reading….

In a large multinational company..............

A fire alarm rang at 4 PM in a large office when almost all employees were in office (approx 5000). As usual the entire office was evacuated within 3 mins & all employees gathered outside the office in the designated area waiting for further announcement.

The Security Officer in charge made the following announcement:

"Dear employees - with sincere regret I have been asked to announce that for many of you it will be your last evacuation drill. Due to the recession the company is laying off almost 50% of its employees. So when this announcement finishes, I ask all of you to move back into the building and if your swipe card does not work then it means you have been laid off in which case you will not be allowed inside and all your belongings will be couriered to you by tomorrow.

The Company has used this innovative approach as we didn't want to fill up the email box with lay-off mails and good bye mails in thousands & also to avoid any fight inside the office and the consequent security issue for all staff.

Hope you have had a rewarding career with us and all the best ahead.

Please move back in and try your luck".

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Ricola Contest Over $15,000 Prices to be Won Including a Trip to Switzerland!

Share your Ricola moments by filming a video, take a photo or write about your favorite and creative Ricola moments for a chance to win big prizes.

I Love Ricola

To enter, either upload your photo or video entry on Facebook at or

In the case of written journal entries, mail1 into Ricola or email it to

For photo and video entries:
1. Buy a pack of Ricola and enjoy.
2. Shoot your photo or video (30 seconds or less) featuring yourself and your Ricola pack.
3. Join our Facebook Brand Profile page at
4. Upload your photo or video entry on the Wall section, with proof of purchase details1 in the
    comment box below.

For journal entries:
1. Buy a pack of Ricola and enjoy.
2. Write about your Ricola moment (25 words or less).
3. Mail into Ricola2 or email it to with proof of purchase1 details attached.

Submit as many Share Your Ricola Moments entries as you like but each entry must be accompanied by proof of a single product purchase. Go ahead and enter today!

Prices To Be Won

  • Pairs of tickets to a movie of your choice at Golden Village cinemas will be given away to Share your Ricola moments Entrants, Voters and Fans every week during the promotion!   
  • A Club Med Bintan weekend getaway for two for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th highest vote-getting photo, video or journal entrants.
    Plus all Share Your Ricola Moments entrants and Fans of the I Love Ricola Facebook page will be automatically entered into a Draw for another Club Med Bintan weekend getaway for two! The more entries and votes submitted, the more chances you have to win!
  • The Grand Prize of a trip for two to Switzerland with $1000 spending money, will be awarded to the highest vote-getting photo, video or journal entrants.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Singapore Enhancing its A(H1N1) Flu Surveillance, Measures Being Implemented

As of 18 June 09, Singapore has 77 confirmed cases of influenza A (H1N1). 75 cases were imported while one appeared to have acquired his infection in Singapore, and another one was a close contact of a confirmed case. So far 27 patients have been discharged.  The remaining 50 patients (22nd - 23rd, 25th - 28th, 31st - 32nd, 34th, 36th - 37th, 39th - 77th cases) are still in the hospital and their conditions remain stable.

As quoted in MOH website:

We must press on with our containment efforts and everyone must play his part.  This is especially so for recent travelers from infected areas.  They must not engage in community activities and come forward immediately for screening and isolation as soon as flu-like symptoms develop.

In Alert Yellow, stringent border controls will still be maintained, with temperature screening at air, land and sea checkpoints.

Measures Implemented:
  • Stringent border controls will still be maintained, with temperature screening at air, land and sea checkpoints.
  • However, temperature screening requirements and screening for flu-like symptoms and travel history have been lifted at work places, schools, buildings and events.
  • At healthcare institutions, the current tighter restrictions will continue to be in place for the time being, especially in high risk areas such as A & E and ICU.

MOH has been monitoring the flu situation in Singapore, to identify the strains of flu virus circulating. With the threat of an Influenza A (H1N1-2009) outbreak, MOH has enhanced flu surveillance to include up to 3 times more samples from both the community (i.e. polyclinics and GPs) and tertiary care (i.e. hospitals).

The flu A positivity decreased from 21.1% in E-week 22 (31 May - 6 Jun) to 19.9% (preliminary) in E-week 23 (7 Jun - 13 Jun).

Based on past trends, there are 2 peaks in flu activity in Singapore, usually in the months of May to June and December to January.

CEBU Pacific adds more flights to local and international leisure destinations!

Cebu Pacific (CEB), the Philippines low-cost carrier will, mount additional frequencies to its international and domestic leisure destinations in anticipation of strong demand during the summer season.


According to Cebu Pacific,

We're adding four weekly mid-day flights to our Manila-Singapore service, and grab our promo fares for only P1799. It gets more exciting because we have also increased frequencies to our Cebu-Hong Kong flights from four-times weekly to daily; and Ho Chi Minh service to a four-times weekly service with fares as low as P1799!

Starting March 29 they will add four weekly mid-day flights to its current twice daily Manila-Singapore service. The airline will also expand its Cebu-Hong Kong flights from four-times weekly to daily and boost its Ho Chi Minh service with an additional Saturday flight.

On it’s domestic sector, CEB will increase its Manila-Boracay (Caticlan) service to 77 times weekly from 56 times weekly. The airline also raises its Cebu-Caticlan frequency to twice daily from once daily.

It will expand its Manila-Busuanga service to twice daily, while its Davao-Zamboanga service will increase from four-times weekly to a daily service.

The airline will use its eighth ATR 72-500 aircraft to mount the additional domestic flights in time for the summer peak. This brings CEB’s weekly domestic flights to 1,206 from 1,152.

I did a quick check on their schedule for April and sure enough there is an additional flight for SG-PH(depart 1:30pm – arrive 4:55pm).


But the additional schedule is only available on Mon-Wed-Fri. According to the report, it should have four…. Maybe their system is not yet fully updated to reflect this additional change.


Source: Cebu Pacific and



MARCH 23, 2009 MONDAY???
WHO is responsible for this date?  Why not Friday or Saturday?
I have work on Monday…(must find a way, must find a way..)

For those who can make it, you can buy tickets online at
TICKET PRICE (Exclude Booking Fee)
Standard - S$248, S$188, S$158, S$88

(must find a way…must find a way…)

UPDATE: I just went to sistic site and it seems that all the tickets are SOLD OUT??



Sunday, June 21, 2009

Update on the number of Influenza A(H1N1) Virus Affected Pinoy in Singapore

Based on the daily update from the DFA website, below is the latest statistics:

  • A Filipina was tested positive of the A(H1N1) infection per confirmation by the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs

  • 10 Filipinos who had close contact with a confirmed A(H1N1) case were quarantined until 15 June 2009, while 3 more added in the list will be quarantined until 19 June 2009

  • The total number of Filipinos in Singapore who were reportedly issued Home Quarantine Orders are now twenty-four (24).

Phuket, Thailand

Our recent trip to Phuket was probably the most relaxing, rejuvenating vacation I have ever had in my entire life! We were only there for four days but it felt like a month. I can’t even compare it to my 3 weeks holiday vacation in the Philippines. It could be because we had no itinerary to follow. Come what may, live the day was what we did. For four days, we didn’t even bother looking at our watch (except when we had to leave for Singapore). We just relied on the sun to tell us that the time.


Our activities comprised of sleeping, reading, swimming, sun bathing and eating. It may sound boring but I had a rough, stressful year so I needed this kind of peaceful vacation. We did plan to join at least one whole day tour to see the other islands in Phuket but we weren’t able to find a good package that is within our budget. Snorkeling which was commonly offered in the package was on the bottom of our list because we’ve done it a few times in the past. We eyed for kayaking but when we saw the prices we backed out. It was just too expensive.

And because we were able to saved a lot of money, BF went parasailing and we both tried jet skiing!  It was a first time for both of us so we really enjoyed it. We also devoured every seafood we can get into for 3 nights(except for lobster because its too expensive hah!)

Below are pictures of fish in red curry sauce, grilled squid and green mussels in garlic and basil. Then there’s a photo of a yummy looking lobster which we didn’t bother to order (way too expensive!). Not in picture was the Tom Yum seafood which I so so love. I was surprised really because it wasn’t that spicy and it’s way way better than the ones I’ve had here in Singapore.


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TIP: If you’re on a very very tight budget, try searching for “turo-turos” around the area where you’re going to stay. We saw some of them in Patong so I’m sure there will be in Karon and Kata. The ambiance of the place may not be as good as the 3 or 4 star restaurants but the price of their food is way cheaper –less than a 100 Baht per serving. Can you believe that? Unluckily for us, we only discovered the place on our last night. Boohoo!

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TRAVEL DATE: February 1-4
BUDGET: 1000 SGD for 2
WHERE WE STAYED:  Thara Patong - 350SGD 3N/4D. Good hotel but minus points for their bathroom. FOOD, TAXI, Others: 250 SGD
OVERALL TRIP RATING: coconut-tree-clipart35 coconut-tree-clipart35coconut-tree-clipart35coconut-tree-clipart35 coconut-tree-clipart35

Tribeca Properties Road Show (February)

WHAT : Tribeca Properties Roadshow
WHERE: 7,107 Flavours (Marina Square)
WHEN : Feb 21 & 22 at 2pm to 7pm

Look for Gracey at 82805329 or 82179023

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Barangay Singapore article pickup by GMANews.TV as one of their sources

We are proud to announce that has pickup one of our article as one of their sources in their story. You can read the full story on the link below:

CSR: Call Center Agents at the front line

A PLDT call center agent answering a call from a PLDT MyDSL client regarding service interruption. The agent is probably new to the job or she’s missed pressing the mute button……poor girl.

Either way hit the play button and listen

This is from Citibank Philippines CSR taking a call from a Filipina caller in the US. I have no idea if this is real or staged. According to stories, this happened after midnight and there are only two CSR on duty so the the possibility of the guy taking the same calls 3 times is 50%.

Is it real or fake?
Listen and let me know what do you think.

Note: This is PG13 material, a lot of  PI word and shouting.

Wow, my ear is still ringing......

ETON Property Road Show

Invest in Philippine Property. Foreigners can buy a unit.

  • Roadshow Schedule
  • Feb 22, 2009 (Sun)
    1:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    York Hotel
    21 Mount Elizabeth Road (back of Lucky Plaza)
  • Mar 1, 2009 (Sun)
    1:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    Holiday Inn Parkview
    11 Cavenagh Road (Somerset MRT Station)
  • Projects On-Sale
    Eton Parkview – Greenbelt (Gamboa /Paseo de Roxas)
    One Archers Place - Manila (Taft avenue near De la Salle University)
    Eton Baypark Manila - Manila (TM Kalaw /Roxas Boulevard)
    Eton Emerald Lofts – Ortigas
    Belton Place - Makati (Pasong Tamo /Yakal St)
    North Belton - Quirino Highway Novaliches (10 min from SM North EDSA)
    ETON CITY – Sta Rosa Laguna (Lots only)
  • Reservation & Queries
    Call : Joey @ +65 8213-8969
    Email : property_enquiry@ (property_enquiry at yahoo dot com)
    Monday – Saturday (From Feb 18 – Mar 1)
    One-on-one or group presentation can be arranged in your offices or house just email to us

Project Owner / Developer
Eton, Properties Philippines, Inc is the global real estate brand of the Lucio Tan Group. As of 2008, Forbes magazine rank him the second richest person in the Philippines.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Snapshots from the Recently Concluded Philippine Independence in SG

Some snapshots from Philippine Independence celebration in Singapore that took place in Dhoby Ghaut station along Orchard Road in front of Plaza Singapura and Atrium Building




hmmm, do you have any idea what hey are doing?

G2000 JUNE 2009 SALE

Up to 80% off!

From June 9 – 28 2009

Wing Tai Retail Factory Outlet, 105 Tampines Road S535127

Opens daily except Mondays, from 12pm – 7pm

Zara Sale will start on 25 June 2009!!!

On your mark GIRLS…Let get set…GO!!!




<i>By Kerry Capell</i>

Spanish retailer Inditex, owner of cheap-chic clothing chain Zara, pioneered the concept of fast fashion. While most of the retail industry takes months to bring new merchandise to market, Zara is able to move from designer’s drawing board to shop floor in as little as two weeks thanks to its tight control over every step of the process.  Instead of setting the trends, Zara follows them. It relies on a combination of fashion reconnaissance -- spotting trends everywhere from the street to movies to couture fashion shows -- and information from its customers to keep its merchandise fresh.

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JetSaver Light Challenge: Win A Return Flight to Hong Kong Inclusive of Accommodation

JetStar is intensifying up their campaign to promote one of their service offerings - JetSaver light.

JetSaver light is a new and even lower fare from Jetstar Asia when you travel with carry on baggage only. Book on JetSaver light fare and you’ll pay S$30 lesser than a regular return fare. The good news, we’ve increased the total carry on baggage allowance from 7kg to 10kg.


Contest mechanics below:

Get ready for a day of fun, excitement and new experiences in Penang as you and a friend pit yourselves against fellow travelers for the grand prize.

What's included in the Penang JetSaver Light Challenge?

  • Airfare inclusive of taxes
  • 2 nights accommodation at Sunway Hotel Georgetown or Berjaya Georgetown hotel.
  • A budget of RM60 per person. (RM120 per team)

What's Excluded

  • Bus transfer from Airport to hotel
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal spending money

Grand Prize: A return flight to *Hong Kong on Jetstar Asia inclusive of accommodation at Novotel Nathan Road Kowloon Hong Kong!

  1. Start off by telling us how your team plan to explore the exciting sights and food in Penang for a day.
    Share with us the 5 things that you will do (what to do, eat, buy etc) with a given allowance of RM60 per person!
  2. 10 outstanding teams will be selected to travel on our inaugural flight to Penang on 1 July 2009 for a 3D/2N trip!
    This is a JetSaver Light Challenge; the teams will not be allowed any check in baggage. The savings from the JetSaver Light fare (RM60 per pax) will be used to explore the 5 things you want to do in Penang.
  3. The 10 teams will need to capture their Penang moments on photos and post it on their blogs!
    The teams MUST also pose and capture a Star Jump shot at the most memorable place for the team while in Penang. The most interesting blog gets to fly to Hong Kong on us!

So what are you waiting for?

Tell us the 5 things you want to do in Penang NOW and send it to!

Please email with the subject heading – Penang JetSaver Light Challenge and include:

  • Participants’ name
  • Contact number(s)
  • Occupation
  • Age
  • URLs of your personal blogs