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Sunday, June 26, 2011

150 and counting

It's been four years since I started this craziness. Going around the Philippines and visiting different Starbucks branches is no easy task. Pretty expensive too. But then again, at least I only have this addiction. No drugs, smoking, nor drinking. Or at least drinking caffeine.

So after four years, and 150 unique branches, will I still continue? HELL YEAH! Visiting Davao, Iloilo and those 2 new stores in Cebu are already planned. And hopefully I'll be able to cover every branch there is before I move global...

So to document my 150th store, here are some pictures of my short trip to Starbucks Summit Ridge Tagaytay.

Another Starbucks addiction: collecting city tumblers. 11 and counting...

And lastly, family bonding FTW! (not mine sorry)

For documentation of the 150 outlets (in case you'd want to check), please click on the LINK.

Monday, June 20, 2011

big boy's big three

It's been several months already since big boy Jon Angelo Viado left us to join our Father in heaven. But his memory and legacy still lives. A few months after he left, we were able to do a charity event at the Philippine Children's Medical Center called "Breathe Hope Cares". It was a complete success. Even avid celebrity supporter Anne Curtis was there to show her support.

And on his 3rd birthday, his parents have decided to spend it with the kids of PCMC again. And we, the BreatheHopers, were still there 100%. Clowns, games, toys, and Jollibee were there to bring joy to those ailing kids. And to the kids and parents' surprise, avid supporter Ryan Bang was there. He read a story to the kids and even sang and danced. He was really a joy to watch. Seeing the smiles on the kids were worth the time I spent out of the office.

Another BreatheHoper, KCat Yarza, published this article at Manila Bulletin.

Some pics of the event caught on my cam:

 For complete photos, click HERE.

rizal @ 150

In celebration of Jose Rizal's 150th birthday, the Department of Tourism has launched a campaign called "Lakbay Jose Rizal @ 150". This a nationwide campaign wherein you get to travel and visit 27 significant sites of Rizal's existence (at your own expense of course). Not only can you relive the life of our national hero, you can also win a prize. Tokens, of different sorts (I suppose), will be given to the first 100 who'll finish the trail by June 19, 2012. All those who'll finish the trail outside the first 100 will get completion certificates.

Monday, June 6, 2011

career #10

And so history repeated itself. Rafael Nadal beat Roger Federer to cap his record-tying 6th French Open crown. With this win, he's 6 titles shy off Federer's all-time grand slam record of 16! But more importantly, he was able to retain his #1 ranking in the ATP race. Had he lost, Novak Djokovic will climb up to the top of the rankings.

Rafa beat Roger in 4 sets 7-5 7-6 (3) 5-7 6-1. He showed his dominance after working his way up from 3-5 in the first set to actually winning it in 4 straight games. Roger showed a bit of life in the third set by hitting aces after aces. But Rafa was clear in wanting to win by completely dominating Roger in the fourth set and allowing him to win just one game.

Just my two cents. Had Rafa got past the fourth round 2 years ago, will Roger be able to complete his career slam? In French Open finals alone, Rafa is 4-0 against Roger. Let's see in Wimbledon if Roger can avenge this loss. But for now,


In other news, can someone tell me where I can get Rafa's Nike jacket?!