Pedring: The aftermath

When we were kids, the typhoons and flooding usually came in June when school started. But weather has shifted, and now it comes in September and October. It even rains during Christmas. So it doesn’t make sense to move the start of the school year from June to Septemnber.
Typhoon Milenyo was on September 28, 2006
Typhoon Ondoy, September 26, 2009
Typhoon Pedring, September 27, 2011
So guys, make a mental note and don’t plan events and trips during these times.
Another thing, even though it’s very tempting to pig out during a storm, you must stop yourself from ordering delivery during typhoons, because the delivery boys become casualties. Yes, they die. You don’t want people to die just because you had a pizza craving do you?
Now here’s what happened in parts of Metro Manila today while we were cooped up at home (and please forgive me for swiping photos over the Internet. If this is your photo, please leave a comment below so I can credit and link you):

The US Embassy was flooded and will remain closed until September 28, 2011.

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Mall of Asia didn’t open due to severe damages (you can imagine what went on in there)

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Marikina River overflowed, view from Eastwood City

Marikina River

The aftermath of Aristocrat Restaurant in Malate, which had waters up to the Filipino waist (not an NBA player—but nevertheless, not cool) Photo: Carlos Celdran

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Sofitel Hotel severely flooded

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The garden and pool are gone!! (so that foot bridge is a good place to stay if you’re stuck)

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Before

Sofitel Philippine Plaza

The best buffet in town, Spiral, is ruined!!

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We shall come back when it’s fixed again! (before)

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Pity the staff, patients and their families at Philippine General Hospital

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Taft Avenue (Photo: Dandi Galvez)

Taft Avenue

Pedro Gil

Typhoon Pedring - Pedro Gil St.

Now watch this video of Manila Bay eating up Roxas Boulevard. It looks seriously apocalyptic. Click here.

Pedring

It’s exactly two years since Ondoy, the kind of storm we don’t want to see again in our lifetime.
I was looking forward to visiting Cebu for the first time. But I didn’t count on the date to fall on September 27.
Jeroen had just arrived from Singapore, and I didn’t want to leave his side. But I had a 6 AM flight to Cebu.
I couldn’t sleep. I tried to sleep at 12 midnight, but since I’m used to sleeping at 3, it was useless.
I got up at 3:15 to shower and get dressed. Pia and Elmo Magalona picked me up to go to the airport.

As ambassadors of HP and Bangko Sentral’s No To Fakes Campaign, we were supposed to be in Cebu for a press conference at noon.
We arrived at NAIA Terminal 2, checked in by 5 AM and went straight to Gate 1 for the 5:10 boarding, which was not yet scheduled. Pia suggested we wait it out in the lounge.
Boarding got moved to 6:45 AM and then 7:45 AM.
Personally, I did not want to get on the plane. I am very paranoid about flying. I would not make a really good flying companion and passenger in this kind of weather.

Pia was worried we would not be able to return to Manila on the same day as she and Elmo had a string of commitments this entire week.
Pia and I passed the time at the Mabuhay Lounge trying to tweet via intermittent WIFI as our Globe signal was down.
Elmo slept.

Elmo fell asleep

As a mom, I did not want to get on the plane. Between Pia and I, we have 11 kids.
Looking at the worsening weather outside, we looked for a signal to tell Harold Geronimo in Cebu that we were planning not to go on the plane.

Harold tried to convince us otherwise, but I made up my mind. You can’t pay me a million pesos to go on that plane. Pia said the same thing.
As we approached Gate 1 to speak to the ground stewards, a line formed for PR 847 bound for Cebu.
Harold called back and said they decided to call off the press conference for us.
Pia and I were able to contact Jeroen to send the driver back to NAIA.
On our way out we saw that passengers were stalled at the check-in counters. Apparently, PAL employees decided to go on a strike at that moment and stop working. 14,000 passengers were stranded today.

NAIA today

I felt for the people stuck in that boring airport, especially the foreigners. If I were to be stuck in an airport, Hong Kong or Singapore would not be bad choices.
As soon as we left NAIA Terminal 2, a strong gust of wind slapped us in our faces. Trees swayed and street signs fell. Umbrellas turned inside out. We got wet walking towards the car, drove through puddles and floods, and made it to our homes.

Splashing through a flood

Later this afternoon, our flight was finally cancelled.

Not meant to be

I was shaking when I got home, but glad to see my boys planted on our bed with their laptops.
I changed my clothes and fell asleep, I don’t know what time, but I woke up at 2 PM.
Had cereal and spent the day with my boys.
Electricity went on and off, and there was a battle among dying Internet connections (luckily we have a backup Globe Tattoo).
I ate so much junk. Watched 2 Broke Girls and spent the day just happy to be home.
And you?

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P.S. Thanks to Pia for taking the pics and taking care of me. And to Harold, for understanding.

Pepato Pop-up at Whitespace

‘Twas a sad day when Pepato closed its doors at Greenbelt 2, but while waiting for the new Pepato to reopen at Rockwell before Christmas, you can still enjoy your favorite dishes at Pepato Pop-up, The Commissary at Whitespace.
Last Saturday I had lunch there with Grace, Nikki and Jay, and last Sunday I had dinner there again with my family. Because there was an event downstairs, Saturday lunch was set up in the boardroom on the 2nd floor upstairs.
We had our own waiter

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and table for four

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Started with a risotto appetizer

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and bread selection

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Then we all had our favorite dishes ordered a day in advance via email. Grace and I had the roasted bone marrow

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Nikki had her vegetarian dishes. And Jay had the Dry Semolina Spaghettini Pepato Flambé

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I had the Chilean Sea Bass “La Sorpresa”

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et voila

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Jay and I also had the Roast US Angus Beef Tenderloin—YUM! I wanna go back already!!

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Carbonara Deconstruct

Cabonara deconstruct

We ended with free dessert—a chocolate pudding with gold splatter

Free dessert

P.S. I highly recommend the melon sorbet—the best thing on earth. I wasn’t able to take a picture—it was that good! I’m gonna come back with Jeroen soon.
Quick pic with the cooking diva, Margarita Forés, from L-R: Grace, Jay and Nikki.

Grace, Jay, Nikki

Pepato Pop-up is open for lunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday at The Commissary, Whitespace, 2314 Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati.
To reserve and order in advance, call 729-0030 or email m.commissary@gmail.com to receive the menu.

Whitespace map

Gift ideas from Fruits & Passion

This early, I just hoarded a ton of Fruits & Passion soaps and scents for Christmas and gift giving.
I didn’t know how many new products they had until I walked into the Fruits & Passion temporary corner at Rustan’s Shang, which is under renovation.
The tall sexy hand soap in glass bottles are my favorite. Instead of giving wine which may not be the taste of the receiving end of your gift, why not give these instead? Everyone can use Hand Soap (Php 1,250/300 ml).

Fruits & Passion Hand Soap

The base of this hand soap is biodegradable and contains softening and moisturizing properties. The formula is enriched with active ingredients derived from coconut, sunflower and olive oils as well as wheat protein.
One liter of Hand Soap Refill goes a long way and costs Php 1,750.

Fruits & Pasion Hand Soap Refill

Fruits & Passion launched a new range of Ambiance products to transform your home into a multi-sensory sanctuary.
Color coded six new fragrances include: Tropical Rhythm, Bali Bliss, Melody in White, Fresh Start, Green Zone and Fruits of the Orchard.
These are available in a range of products such as Ambiance Room Spray (Php 995/75 ml), made with a water-based formula that’s gentle on the environment by limiting volatile emissions while infusing your home with a fresh fragrance.

Fruits & Passion Orchard Ambiance Room Spray

Perfumed Candle (Php 995/184 g)
Superior quality perfumed candle made of 100% vegetable wax (soy and palm). The decorative vase is recyclable and reusable with the Fruits & Passion Pillar Candle. Approximate burn time is 40 hours.

Fruits & Passion Perfumed Candles

Scented Wax Cubes (Php 1,250 for six pieces x 6 g)
The perfumed 100% vegetable wax in these cubes liquefies in a fragrance burner (sold separately) and infuses your home with a concentrated scent, adding a distinctive touch to your surroundings.
Each box contains six cubes that last four hours each, for a total of 24 hours of diffusion.

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Room and Fabric Deodorizer (Php 595/240 ml)
Water-based deodorizing mist helps get rid of unpleasant odors while infusing your home with fragrance. Perfect for freshening cushions, curtains, upholstered furniture and the air.

Bali Bliss Room and Fabric Deodorizer

Decorative Diffuser Fragrance (Php 695/125 ml)
This liquid fragrance can be used in any Fruits & Passion diffuser of your choice to diffuse fragrance into the air for six to eight weeks. The fragrance and the decorative set (reeds, wood flowers, etc.) should be changed at the same time to optimize diffusion.
Contains fragrance and hydro treated petroleum distillates (C9-C16).

Fruits & Passion Decorative Diffuser Fragrance

Besides the pretty colors and packaging, you’ll be glad to know that Fruits & Passion developed its Ambiance line with the environment in mind, using the most eco-friendly formulas that reduce volatile emissions without compromising fragrance quality or strength.
All home fragrances are formulated without DE/DEH phthalates, formaldehyde or benzene.
Soaps are biodegradable, and only vegetable wax is used in the candles.
The Ambiance collection also offers refills to help extend the life of original bottles and reduce waste.

In the Philippines, Fruits & Passion is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists, Inc. (SSI) with stores at Greenbelt 3, Bonifacio High Street, Alabang Town Center, and Rustan’s Department Stores at Shangri-La Plaza Mall and TriNoma.

Wanna be on the next Tattoo billboard?

As the number one, most preferred broadband in the country, Tattoo gives you a chance to express yourself, show off your unique personality, and get a chance to be seen on an LED billboard along EDSA Paragon, Lawton, and Katipunan.

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How to join:
1. Like the Tattoo Facebook page.
2. Access the I Choose Tattoo Facebook App where you can upload your photo entry.
3. Photo must highlight the phrase “I CHOOSE TATTOO” on a body part. Keep in mind that photos with profanity, foul language, and nudity will automatically be disqualified.
4. Image should include the user’s face and must specifically be 300dpi and at least 5” x 7” in size.
5. Tattoo will be the sole judge for each submitted picture based on the following criteria:

Edgy and Fierce look – 40%
Originality and creativity of the I CHOOSE TATTOO design – 40%
Over-all impact of the photo – 20%

5. Each valid photo entry gets a chance to win awesome prizes from Globe.
Eight (8) winners will be chosen from a weekly raffle draw and will each get P20,000 in cash.
6. On November 25, 2011, a Grand Raffle Draw will determine two big winners who will each receive Php 35,000 cash, a Samsung Galaxy Tab and a Tattoo MyFi Stick for easy access to the net—anytime, anywhere.
7. Promo is open to any Facebook user in the Philippines.
8. Deadline of submission of entries is November 17, 2011.
9. Globe/Tattoo reserves the right to conduct further validation of entries before acceptance and awarding of prize.

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To know more about complete mechanics and rules, click here

Canon S100 coming soon (try next month)

Following the success of Canon’s S-Series compact cameras comes the PowerShot S100, an upgrade from the popular PowerShot S95.
It features a genuine Canon EOS inspired 1/1.7 type CMOS Sensor, achieving superior image capture, as well as a newly designed F2.0, 24mm Wide Angle Lens with 5x Optical Zoom, making it perfect for capturing a broad range of shots—especially family portraits, and landscape shots such as mountain ranges or sunsets.

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The F2.0 allows you to shoot beautiful images in low-light conditions without using the flash, while the 24mm Wide Angle Lens provides a wider field of view.
Perfect for those wanting to explore their creative potential, the PowerShot S100 features manual controls and a customized control ring. The control ring allows for the quick adjustment of shooting settings.
The PowerShot S100 also has GPS functionality to track and display your photography route on Google Maps—a perfect addition to online travel albums and blogs.

Key features:
DiG!C 5 Image Processor
1/1.7 Type 12.1 Megapixel High Sensitivity CMOS Sensor
F2.0, 24mm Wide Angle Lens and 5x Optical Zoom
Intelligent Image Stabiliser (IS)
Manual Controls
GPS
Control Ring
Intelligent Auto – 32 Scenes
Full High Definition (HD) Movie Recording (1920 x 1080)
3.0 Type LCD
TruCapture Technology

As seen on Amazon.

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