Good to know for planning reasons, continued and updated.
Neilsen has handily revamped their lists.
Sherlock: how does it feel to have three seasons of 90-minute episodes with long-ass production time and still take less time to watch than a show that was canceled in its first season?
Punchdrunk Panda DSLR Camera Straps!
Punchdrunk Panda has been a constant supporter of JaywalkersPH’s Juandering in Manila for the three years we held it. Every year, they offer new designs for their DSLR Straps. So for this year, of course they have new designs!
View the new designs here:
Photo Credits: Alexis Lim
The Department of Tourism building (also once the Agriculture Building) was already vacated to become the National Museum of Natural History. Once completed, the museum will complete the proposed National Museum Complex (as mandated by the National Museum Law) with the old Senate Building as the National Art Gallery and the old Finance Building as the Museum of the Filipino People.
And now, the Department of Tourism is now holding office at Buendia, Makati.
PS: Can we have the Post Office, Metropolitan Theater and the Manila City Hall as Museums already?
Was at the #SelfiEscolta event yesterday. It’s really rare to see people at Escolta with many people. So it’s kinda good for an initial activity for advocating the revival of Escolta.
July 2, 2014. It was a local holiday for Pasig City workers and students so I decided to do some walking around Manila alone as I was used to during my student days.
I walked through the usual busy districts, and ended at Rizal Park and decided to go to Luneta Hotel that day. They have a lobby coffee shop called Cafe Yano.
Cafe Yano is still in a soft opening stage, with their signature coffee brews still unavailable. But I ordered a regular cafe moccha and “Lemon Cake”. Let’s call it Lemon Cake because the real name of the cake in Spanish and it’s long. The mocha tastes good, more milky and chocolatey than coffee and I prefer mocha with a more chocolate taste, and the “Lemon Cake” really good.
It’s a total money burn but totally worth it since you’re paying for the food and the place. I should have another go at it next time, when the signature coffee blends are already available.
And these new treats are one of many reasons to come back to the city again.
PS: Apologies for the crappy food shots, I only use a fossilized mobile phone.
A. Bautista (formerly Barbosa), Quiapo, Manila
Located at the A. Bautista Street in Quiapo, the Boix house is also one of the turn of the century houses built by prominent Quiapo Resident during Manila’s heydays. Now, it’s a house divided by informal settlers at the ground floor but the second floor is now cleared for public usage, though it also became a slum abode earlier.
The upper floor of the house is currently maintained by Kapitbahayan sa Kalye Bautista and recently, the JaywalkersPH used the upper floors last week as a stop for Juandering in Manila 3.0. We can’t wait to share the photos with you.
PS: I asked the people of Kapitbahayan on how to pronounce the surname “Boix” I initially assumed it is French but it is Catalan. Who knows how to pronouce the word correctly in Catalan Spanish?
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar
Finally had the chance to visit the controversial Resort at Bagac, Bataan.
The resort is actually an assemblage of some turn of the century “Bahay na Bato” from the different provinces of the country. The houses are dismantled at their original locations to be reassembled and built in Bagac, Bataan. Some heritage advocates frown at this as dismantling the old houses robs the authenticity and the sense of place and history of the structure and the place itself.
But that contentious issue aside, I find the place nice and good, but of course it lacks the authenticity and charm the original Filipino - Hispanic towns like Vigan and Intramuros has. I think that can’t be just manufactured of forced.
Also, they are “reconstructing” Binondo’s Hotel de Oriente in their lot too. Or they are just building a building in the style of the said defunct hotel.
Have you visited the place already? What are your thoughts on this?
Because it’s Fathers’ Day. Happy Father’s Day to dads.
Q:Hi! I'll be visiting the Philippines for the first time in 10 years!! (*much excite*) I was wondering if you can recommend a list of places my family and I could visit besides the usual Intramuros, Fort Santiago, Tagaytay, etc., etc., We'd like to stay away from malls as much as possible but I know that when in the Philippines, malls are a must (haha). Maybe more of a historical/cultural experience especially since I have a baby bro who basically grew up in the States. Salamat! :))
I’ll be posting links from past posts so you’ll have an idea.
I highly recommend Vigan City. It’s a city 400 kms north of Manila (8 hours land trip) but the city centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (http://theurbanhistorian.tumblr.com/tagged/vigan-city)
If you want to stay in Metro Manila, I could recommend the Museums. National Museum and Ayala Museum are highly recommended. Others recommend Lopez Museum but I haven’t visited it yet. (http://theurbanhistorian.tumblr.com/tagged/nationalartgallery)
Lastly, you must visit Rizal Park (Luneta) before DMCI’s Torre de Manila destroys the panorama. (http://theurbanhistorian.tumblr.com/tagged/luneta)
You shouldn’t have gone anon, I should have answered you directly. I hope I helped you.
Q:What's the last/current tv series/drama you've watched/been watching?
Just started with Game of Thrones, still stuck at season 1. I’m still studying the world GRR Martin created.