Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Buon Giorno! Tagaytay City

Buon Giorno! It literally means good day in Italian. It could literally be your feeling after dining at Buon Giorno at the Cliffhouse in Tagaytay City. Coupled with a soothing breeze of cool air, Buon Giorno sure is a relaxing getaway food trip, just a few hours away from the busy streets of Manila. Bubbles and I decided to celebrate our 4th year there, and it was a perfect choice.

We tried their Greek Salad, Seafood Risotto and Prime Rib Steak. All were delicious. And the price? Affordable.

Taal boasted its beauty that day

Buon Giorno... Indeed!

Ambience? Perfect.

Seafood Risotto


All smiles

Happy 4th Year!

I'm definitely coming back. I'll try the pizza and other pastas next time.

You might wanna try it:

Buon Giorno!
#4 Cliff House, Tagaytay City, Cavite.
Tel. (046) 413-2102

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Magandang Balita muna...

Political noise won’t affect foreign investors’ interest in RP – BPO exec
By Ma. Elisa P. Osorio
Taken from http://www.philstar.com/
Thursday, February 21, 2008

Foreign businessmen who visited the country recently said the political noise which has plagued the country had minimal effect on the appetite for investments.

Chris Sullivan, managing director of Deutsche Knowledge Services described the political noise as “high frequency but low impact.”

Sullivan, together with other business process outsourcing (BPO) executives, visited the country last week for the 8th eServices Global Sourcing Conference.

According to Sullivan, the coup attempt in November staged by Sen. Antonio Trillanes and Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim had no effect on the operations of their local office.

Sullivan said the government was able to manage the risks well.

Despite the political turmoil, Sullivan said their business has been thriving. Deutsche Knowledge Services has in fact increased its profitability by 20 percent in the past three years.

For his part, Alexis Sukharev, president of Auriga announced he was impressed with the way the Philippine government has supported the local industry.

His statement was supported by Marc Granic, president of Mera Networks.

“You are lucky to have the support of your President that is real and sincere,” Granic said referring to the P350 million government support for talent development in the outsourcing industry.

The two-day eServices conference brought together suppliers and buyers in the industry which highlighted the country’s openness to looking at the outsourcing industry from a global perspective.

Controversy or no controversy, life must go on. So we should just enjoy the little good things that we get in the news everyday. :) BPO = jobs = income = development.


Tuesday, February 19, 2008

GMA resign movement... Again?!

Once again, we are faced with a dilemma of whether we should kick GMA's butt out of MalacaƱang or not. If we choose to join the rallies and she gets ousted, what's to happen to our nation? We are faced with a problem of seating an equally dangerous Vice-president (due to competence). But of course, that is yet to be seen. If indeed the person to replace GMA lacks the intellectual and political competence, then, we are once again faced with a problem of vulture infestation in MalacaƱang. Power-hungry oligarchs will once again surround the presidency and will eventually control power, with the sitting-duck VP-turned-President as puppet.
But of course we all want to restore honesty and integrity in the highest seat fo power. But for now, I think we are in political deadlock. My suggestion here is that we remain vigilant and responsive, but just wait for the next elections to come. I hope we already learned tons of lessons with these latest controversies and scandals. All we have to do now is put these learnings into new actions and new decisions on how to select the next leaders of the country. We just do it the Senate way: In aid of our personal legislations in terms of selecting the next leaders of our country.

Also, if we could put to good use our colonial mentality, we can make do of imitating the US population. We all know that George W. Bush is probably one of the most hated Presidents in the US. But the people remained resilient and moved on with their lives with the hope that the next President would not be as trigger-happy and squandering as him. Let's just do that.
I am pro-truth and pro-honesty. But in this case, I am thinking twice about supporting an oust-GMA movement. ;)

I am also hands-down to Mr. Jun Lozada for his latest exposes on the ZTE broadband deal. He had a choice to remain silent and continue to live his usual lifestyle. But for the sake of truth and honesty, he chose to expose everything and live the dangerous but honest (and patriotic) path. As he have said, he does not want a GMA ouster. He just wants corruption to lessen, if not quelled totally.

God bless the Philippines.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Speaker Jose de Venecia Ousted!


1. Urgent bills like the Cheaper Medicines and Biofuels bills will not be passed immediately due to aftermaths of the Congress "coup d'etat."

2. Changing of Congress committee leaderships.

3. More political bickering.

4. Poor Filipinos still live on less than a dollar a day.

Ergo, life goes on...