Thursday, March 31, 2011

Local Ikea

   When we were little, we had Ikea catalogues lying around the house and I'd flip through the pages mentally designing my "dream bedroom" from the furnitures in the catalogue. I still do that now, except that now I browse the online Ikea catalogue instead of the thick ones taken from the store.

    I have been to one Ikea store in Causeway, Hongkong. I had a wonderful time. I didn't get to buy a lot of stuff because I was so overwhelmed and didn't want to pay for excess baggage. I've been wanting to go to Singapore solely to shop in Ikea. And when I learned from Real Living Magazine that online seller 5Corners now has a shop in Five Corners at the 2nd floor of Madison at Pioneer Street, Mandaluyong,  I couldn't wait for my next trip to Manila.

   A visit to Five Corners has already been scheduled on April 9 but this is already cancelled because a family member brought my attention to an Ikea Reseller here in Davao City.

It is located along McArthur Highway, Matina, Davao City,
in front of Ateneo de Davao University.

In the space that used to be occupied by Baro.

    I was able to sneak in some free time while my boys were taking their nap and finally had the chance to go there last Monday. I was really kilig all over while browsing through their stocks. I was so in Ikea heaven that I forgot to take pictures inside. According to the shopgirl Sheendee, who was most helpful, their new stocks have arrived but were not on display yet. You can view their merchandise in their Facebook page.

    Here are my favorite pieces from their collection,  with respective prices.
Kalas Plate Set and Cutlery Set - 250 PHP per set

Lampan Table Lamp - 350.00PHP

Forsiktig Children's Stool - 350.00PHP

Ikea Bonus Cutlery Set - 350 PHP

PRUTA Food Storage Set - 450 PHP

Ikea Gulholmen Rocking Chair - 3,800 PHP
   Someday my boys' room (when they get to have their own room) will have these Ikea pieces.

Here is the contact information for Me and Luc.


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Live Positively

This is my favorite commercial on tv today.

Good song. Good visuals. Good message. Almost Poetic.

I especially love how they used the coke cases to carry the seedlings.

Very symbolic.

"Sa bawat araw, sa bawat paglakbay, ikaw ang nasa isip ko.
Minamahal kita.
Ang sarap mong makitang nakangiti, nakatawa, may lakas at may pag-asa.
Minamahal kita. (Minamahal ka ng Coca-cola.)
Ang puso ko'y kasama mo ... sa pag-unlad, sa trabaho, sa pagbabago.
Minamahal kita, Pilipinas.
Minamahal kita."

Am such a sucker for songs that sing of love for country.


Chowking opened its first branch in Bajada, Davao City in 1998. It was one of the very few restaurants that were open for 24 hours so law students and med students gravitated towards the place to study. In my four years of law school, I spent most of my nights studying at this place, usually from 9:00pm to 2:00am. Since I graduated in 2002, I think I've only been back to Chowking Bajada twice and the last time was more than five years ago.

Until last night when Chow King was the most convenient place to eat. Surprise, surprise. Bonggang bongga na ang interiors.

May Second Floor Pa.

Jonah and Vanessa would have loved these seats outside. Dati ay sa curb lang sila umuupo para magyosi. 

The seating area outside.

The Curb Where They Used To Smoke

Nagchange na rin pala ang logo.

The menu has changed a lot. My old favorites were no longer in the new menu. So I tried the Orange Chicken. Masarap naman. I will go back to take pictures of the food so I can blog about how the food evolved.

Monday, March 21, 2011


I have two boys. The eldest will start school in June. School bullies may be an area of concern. We are the type of parents who would storm the school and demand for blood.

Here is a clip of a 15 year-old Australian boy (Casey Haynes) who stood up against a bully and fought back. I just wished he did that sooner.

Here is his message to all the thousands who are victims of bullies, " Look for the good days. Keep your chin up. And school ain't gonna last forever".  HEARTBREAKING !

This kid has become the underdog's hero. His video has hundreds of thousands of hits in YouTube. He has been featured in TMZ. Even his fan page in Facebook has an incredible following.

If you have the time,  here is his whole interview in ACA about the incident.

In the interest of fairness, here is the TV interview of 12 year-old Richard Gale a.k.a. The Bully.

In view of their school policy against fighting, both boys were suspended.

Back in the day, were you The Bully or The Bullied ?

Friday, March 18, 2011


   If the whole ka-O.A.-yan of the Bar Exams and the release  of the Bar Exams Results were to be the basis, then I totally belong to this profession. 

 The whole four Sundays of the Bar Exams are  a big deal.

Taft Avenue is closed. Traffic is rerouted for a whole day. 

A whole flock of lawyers and law students from the whole country hold parties vigil the whole day for four Sundays. After the last exam on the last Sunday of September, there's a fiesta and the streets would reek of beer. Totally OA. I loved it. 

Media Coverage
Party ! Party !

The Salubong - Last Sunday of the Bar

    Rumors on the date of the release of the results would spread like wildfire and the examinees would go crazy in anticipation. This is usually in  March, some six months after the exam. Then finally, D-day. 

  In Manila, most examinees together with their friends, lovers, relatives, officemates flock to the Supreme Court to wait for the release of the results. Super tensyon !! As in, parang may rally sa Supreme Court. 

Used to be that names were posted. Then they went high-tech and the names were flashed in the screen  through an LCD projector. What torture for those whose lastnames start with XYZ.

Most pictures from Everybody Loves Raymund

  Dito sa probinsya Davao City, used to be that we had to wait for friends in the Supreme Court to fax a copy of the list of passers to the lawschool. So examinees (the brave ones), their friends, lovers, families, officemates would flock outside the law school office waiting for the result. Before I had kids, I made sure to go to law school every year for this. I love the waiting, the tension, the anticipation and the euphoria. Super OA.  I loved it.

  There was also that one year when a dear dear friend whom I have spent the whole day with waiting for the results flunked.  I remember leaving the law school office in tears wondering how I'd tell the friend who was waiting in the car. Everyone was hugging and consoling me. OA to the max. I loved it.

   This year is so anti-climactic. The results were posted online  even before the Justices released the names of passers in the Supreme Court. My aunt Judge E, was in Supreme Court last night waiting for the results. Naunahan ko pa sya when I checked the results online. Iba na. But still people flocked to the Supreme Court and the law schools. 

   Congratulations to all the bar passers especially to the  new lawyers from Ateneo de Davao College of Law. O, may number 4 kami. 

    Congratulations to all TAU MU lawyers. Mae Sam, Lala Dulla, Mariness Ledesma,  Jong Cortez, Jaja Almazan, Sol Marie Andoy, Janice Busque, George Omelio, Jr.,  Ryan Erik Santiago and  Mark Cyrus Uno. 
    Here is the Ateneo de Davao College of Law statistics for this year. Not bad.
    My cousin Mae Sam passed the Bar Exams this year. Congratulations Atty. Mae Sam and to my aunt, Atty. Bebot Sam. 
Atty Bebot Sam and Atty Mae Sam

   Perhaps the 2011 Bar Exams would be a whole different experience. Different month - November instead of September. Different school - UST instead of La Salle. Different street - EspaƱa instead of Taft. Different type of exam - 60% essay 40 % multiple choice instead of purely essay questions . Let's just wait and see. 

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


 When in a car, whether on the wheel or not, it has been a habit to take notice of motorcycle riders. I hate it when they don't wear helmets. I hate it when they overload. Lately though, I've found fascinating motor-backriders ... women with sushyal bags.

Here is Ate with her Hermes.

Notice how she carries her Birkin on one hand with a huge native basket on her lap.

Here is another Ate with her Gucci.

Match ang Gucci colors sa color ng motor. 

Did you notice how their helmets look like they are for bicycle riders ? I wonder what is the legally prescribed helmet for motorcycle riders here in our country.

Inner Imelda

  FACT : A woman's feet grows bigger after giving birth. I guess it grows when you are pregnant and just don't shrink back to its former size. On the eight month of my pregnancy, my feet would be so big I call them Shrek's feet not mine.

I've always worn  size 7.5 shoes during my adulthood. That is, until I gave birth. After my first son, my shoe size grew half an inch. After my second son, it grew another half inch. Now, my shoe size is 8.5W. Stress is on the W for wide. 

When I was in lawschool, I used to have more than a hundred footwear. I had a full closet (ceiling to floor) especially for my shoes. Needless to say, I had to give most of them to my cousin Mabel after I had Aliq. The rest were sold in various garage sales or given away.

At present, I have around twenty pairs of footwear and most of them flipflops so they are not real shoes. With my shoe size, havaianas, fitflops and crocs have been my staples. I get lucky every now and then and find shoes in my size during random shoe-hunting stints, but most times, I go to where I know the shoes would fit ... Naturalizer

While the act of purchasing a pair of shoes feels good enough. The act of going around and trying on pairs after pairs of shoes before deciding which one (or ones) to take home is really the fun part. And this part has been taken away from me. I don't even bother with the local brands anymore so I won't get frustrated.

That is until my friend Jayvee from work introduced me to Boardwalk shoes being sold through direct-selling. I liked her shoes and asked if I could fit it and it does. Their size 9 fits my feet just right (not too long as is usually the case). I immediately asked another co-worker for her catalogue and ordered two pairs. The shoes arrived today and I love them both.

Before opening the catalogue, I knew I wanted this one. 

The PomPoms are just the cutest. 

 But I also ordered this one coz I love the hint of pink.

It makes my feet look leaner. 

I need not even leave my seat to go window shopping as their catalogue is available online. Yey !