Category Archives: Makati

Pasig River 2018

Early morning

Unloading and loading of passengers

The banca that will bring you just across the river.

The Day Before Palm Sunday

Palm fronds for sale on the day before Palm Sunday.

Kilometer Stone Marker

Kilometer stone marker for pedestrians?

Reptile Embellishment 

Reptile as jeepney hood ornamentation. Horses are just too common isn’t?

Sunday Snapshot: Park Meditation 

Man meditating under the acacia tree at Legazpi Active Park

No U-Turn / No Left Turn

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No U-turn / no left turn combination sign at Paseo de Roxas, Makati

I think it’s fine to combine no U-turn and no left turn signs as long as it’s easy to perceive like in the mockup illustration (using my pink Stabilo Boss) where the sign may look uncomplicated, and thus making it more intelligible.

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Tea Egg

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This egg tastes like adobong itlog but infused with five spices. I got this from Ymart, a Taiwan specialty store somewhere in Makati. I think this will make a decent variation to my boiled egg snacking.

Kibla

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Kibla sign inside the desk drawer in guest room of Intercontinental Hotel in Makati

It is praiseworthy for this particular hotel in Makati to provide kibla sign in its rooms. Truly lives up to its “international” standards when it comes to religious sensitivity. I noticed the sign when I opened the right side drawer of the desk, whereas the left side drawer holds the Holy Bible. Kibla or qibla is the direction facing Mecca, so in a predominantly Catholic country, kibla signs are rare unlike in the guest houses or hotels in Malaysia or Indonesia.

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Kibla sign (kiblat in Malay) on the ceiling of a guest house in Kota Bharu

Boxing Day Everyday

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At the checkout counter, bagging of groceries can be three ways: In one’s brought bag, in supermarket provided paper bag, or in supermarket provided used carton. It’s been this way ever since plastic bags were banned in Makati City.

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Used cartons for groceries

Cat Chronicle: The Curious Cat

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She is a very curious cat, a female Rum Tum Tugger, a resident of Ayala Triangle Gardens.

Basketbol sa Pilipinas

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Where there's a road, there's basketball

Today’s Weather: Bring an Umbrella

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Too hot in the country these days, so bring out an umbrella…and that statement isn’t illogical.

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Men in umbrella. See what I mean?

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See what I mean?

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Can't risk a heatstroke

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"I don't care if you doubt my masculinity, it's just too hot" - guy in pink umbrella

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"I wish I brought an umbrella" - guy with bag as head cover

Practical Love & Jollijeep

This enterprising jollijeep is selling flowers on the side today, February 14, 2014. In this storyline, it seems that the guy in black shirt on the right is interested to buy one for his office mahal (maybe). And seeing that he doesn’t have Almond Roca in heart-shaped tin can to go with those flowers, a jollijeep packed meal will do perhaps, to express some kind of practical love.

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Retailing Practicalities

Receipt housing and barcode tag pigeonholes repurposed from taped carton as seen in Landmark Department Store.

To protect the fragile receipt pad.
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Pigeonhole system to organize barcode tags by price.
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Cat Casita

I always pass by the guard post at the loading dock for trucks of Landmark Department Store/Supermarket building and have noticed a couple of stray cats hanging out in there having some kind of friendship with the security guard.

Recently the cats have already a boardinghouse built from carton complete with roof, loft with bedding and windows and presumably constructed by the security guard who became too attached with these felines.
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“TOM & JERY HOUSE!!” says exactly the writing at the roof truss.
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Banana Kariton

Sight of a green banana cart in a car congested city is something I’d rather see during heavy traffic than a vision of highly urbanized Philippine city where everything is contained in one place (like mall) and streets devoid of something distinctly local like a banana cart.
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Check and Stamp

During store checkout, each receipt needs to be stamped with a number code after checking each item with a pen and so the Landmark Department Store ladies taped the rubber stamp around the pen to handily do the ‘check and stamp’ job over and over again.

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Jollijeep Unusual

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Kinunot na pagi - stingray in spicy coconut cream with malunggay leaves

Cheap Labor

Usual sight in the country is the ratio of the number of workers to the type of work or size of a business like 5 lads washing simultaneously a vehicle in a car wash shop, or the 8 employees inside each small cashier booth in Landmark Department Store, or the 4 household staff in a family of four, or the 7 staff inside a tiny cooked food stall in Makati known as jollijeep.

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7 staff for a jollijeep, the 2 are just within the area

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There's the other guy loading some stuff

Jeepney

Jeepney

Makati loop jeepney with Korea tourism advertisement

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