The moment I was most afraid of has happened. The number coding scheme in Pasig City is again implemented after four years!
In August 2005, former Mayor Vicente Eusebio found the number coding scheme of the Manila Metropolitan Development Authority (MMDA) to be ineffective in easing traffic. The number coding scheme in the city was then suspended to serve the interest of the public. The suspension was not publicly announced initially but the Pasig townsfolk and locals of nearby towns have been used to the "number coding less" days. I am one of those people because I live in Cainta and my work is in Pasig City.
Much to my dismay, and I think to other people's dismay as well, the number coding scheme has been once again implemented in the city. I heard the news over Unang Hirit as early as August 14, 2009 but the public was advised that the number coding scheme will take into full effect come Monday, August 17, 2009.
The ban of prohibited cars will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily. The affected car owners are advised to take advantage of the "window hours" in driving through the roads within the city's limits. The list of cars with plate ending in numbers that are prohibited in the streets of Pasig City follows our usual MMDA number coding scheme. Pasig Traffic and Parking Management Officer Chief Victor Barral said that the city will conduct a massive information campaign so the public will know.
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Last Sunday was another hot and humid day in August that my family decided to have an impromptu swimming trip. We're lucky that Antipolo is just a few minutes away and that the town has an abundance of resorts. We chose to go to Bosay Resort Barangay San Roque.
Armed with a bag of Andok's lechong manok and grilled liempo plus a supply of drinks, ice, and chips, we went up the steep road from Taytay-Tikling Junction that lead us to Marigman Road where Bosay Resort can be found.
Apparently, a lot of people hated the warm atmosphere in downtown Manila that almost all of the cottages of the resort were occupied. We were still lucky to have reserved a Regular Kubo and that our location was near the kiddie pool. Our cottage also had a power outlet where I plugged my netbook's charger. Yep, I still had work to do even on a Sunday but that didn't stop me from having fun with my boys.
Just around lunch time, my sister, brother-in-law, brother, and nephew arrived. We're happy that they were free to join us in our impromptu swimming trip. They brought raw tilapia, pork, tomatoes, and eggplants for grilling. A swimming party will never be complete without inihaw (grilled food)! Our cottage also has a grill for our use.
After lunch, I joined the others in swimming. The water was so cold but I think I do not have a right to complain. I realized that the cool waters of the pool was the ultimate reason why we even went up there in the first place. Besides, I got used to the cold in just a matter of minutes.
Day swimming is allowed only until 5 p.m. After that, the pools are closed for maintenance and will be opened only for the night swimmers from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. After taking a shower and preparing our things, we decided to have a videoke session in one of the resorts many videoke machines. I took out all the 5-peso coins inside my purse and we sang our hearts away. I think we stayed there for another hour and left before seven in the evening.
Bosay Resort is very accessible to residents in Metro Manila. Without the traffic in Ortigas Avenue, I think it is just around 30 minutes from Robinson's Galleria. The place is well-kept and there are 3 big pool areas for guests. They also have private pools exclusive for guests who are billeted in those units. There are large parking areas within the resort itself and another one on a separate parking lot outside the resort.
Bosay Resort is located at Marigman Road, Barangay San Roque, Antipolo City. For reservations and rate inquiries, you can call (632) 695-1806 or visit www.bosayresort.com.
Are you fond of playing Farm Town in Facebook? Well, I am. You see, I designed my farm to be a vacation farm. Aside from having my farm, barn, ranch, restaurant, and main home, I also put cottages for guests. You may be laughing now but this is really my vision. I dream of buying a farm land and convert it to a vacation spot not only for my family but for paying guests as well. Take a look at my farm cottages below:
We often stay in hotels when we take a vacation. Depending on the location, sometimes I prefer living in a vacation rental home especially if we are staying for a week at the minimum. Vacation rental homes are not only cheaper but they are also more convenient for families with small kids. Guests have more privacy and can even invite their own guests. The best part of it all is that guest get to have their own kitchen for preparing home cooked meals.
What do you think about vacation rental homes? Do you prefer to stay in vacation rental homes than in hotel rooms? Tell me what you think.
Former Philippine President Corazon C. Aquino's remains will be laid to rest on Wednesday, August 5, 2009, at the Manila Memorial Park. To give all Filipinos a chance to witness another historic event and pay their last respects to this great woman, Malacañang Palace has declared the day as a special non-working holiday.
I was part of the Filipino population whose eyes were glued to the television this noon as President Aquino's remains were transferred from La Salle Greenhills to Manila Cathedral. From ABS-CBN's coverage I have learned that the former President was the only lay person allowed by the Catholic church to be interred at the Manila Cathedral. The crowds that gathered along EDSA and Ayala Avenue today showed that Cory still had the power to unite Filipinos for a common cause. Today was different from them all because the people gathered not for a political cause but to remember this great woman who restored democracy to this nation.
This post is a bit quite late because my family and I watched Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince at the new IMAX cinema of SM North EDSA last July 18.
A week before our preferred screening schedule, I called up SM IMAX to reserve the tickets. We were lucky that we were able to get good seats. I was given our seat numbers and the booking number. The following day, I paid our reservation at the SM Megamall Cinema Administration Office. I was given an official receipt and I was instructed to show the receipt to the SM North EDSA Cinema ticketing staff.
Since it was a Saturday, the line queued in front of the ticket booth was unbelievable. Fortunately, the IMAX security guard advised me to just go to the side and call the attention of the ticketing staff. True enough, after a few minutes of confirming our reservation, they gave us our tickets.
It wasn't my first time to watch in an IMAX cinema. I have already watched Happy Feet at the SM Mall of Asia IMAX. It was a surprise to see that the screen was only around 3/4 of the size of the IMAX cinema in SM Mall of Asia in terms of height.. It was wider though and, because the cinema had just opened two days before our scheduled screening, the seats were clean and comfy.
We were given 3D eyeglasses for the 12-minute 3d introductory scenes of the movie. We were also able to view the trailer of A Christmas Carol in 3D and Ralph and I had a good time trying to catch the falling snowflakes! After a while, I had to remove my 3D glasses and rest my eyes because I already felt nauseous from watching the 3D scenes. After the 3D scenes, it was just like watching Harry Potter from a regular cinema. We paid 400 bucks for each ticket which was just a peso cheaper than the Ultra Seven tickets we bought minus the unlimited popcorn and soda. In fairness, I find consolation in the fact that they allow phone in reservations unlike in Eastwood Cinemas.
SM IMAX is in the second level of SM North EDSA's main mall. For ticket inquiries or reservations, call 929-5452, 924-4274, or 442-0061. Payments should be made a day before the scheduled screening.