Good bye 2014 Cheers to a Fitter 2015

predictions

Has it been another year?

Let me just don on my mystic crystal ball as I do my top
predictions for 2015! Watch out for it!

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BDO Race for Life April 7, 2013 MOA: Five Years and running!

BDO Race for Life

BDO Race for Life

Its going to be the 5th year of Banco De Oro (BDO) Race for Life.  BDO Unibank, in coordination with the BDO Foundation, will hold its 5th annual fund raising run dubbed as “BDO Race for Life. The annual BDO race is for the benefit of the BDO Foundation that has been helping communities in housing projects and disaster victims as well.

For the past four years, BDO Foundation has funded various housing projects, such as: BDO Foundation-GK Community in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan, Starville Shelter 3 in Baliwag, Bulacan, Lexber Homes in Calumpit, Bulacan,the BDO Foundation-UN Habitat ANCOP Homes in Camia, Caloocan and the SM-BDO-GK Village with 410 houses for typhoon Sendong victims in Cagayan de Oro.

If you have been cooped up somewhere and you dont know what BDO is, its one of the leading Universal Banks in the country which is a success story in itself as we can trace its humble roots from the very first Shoe Mart. Yes its under the SM group of company or SM prime holdings which cover banking, real estate (SMDC) ,  the mall operations SM, and how can we not forget their popular Bonus Brand.

It will be held on April 07, 2013 (Sunday), from 4:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at the Marathon Route of Mall of Asia in Pasay City. One hundred percent of proceeds will help fund the housing projects and community facilities of BDO Foundation, Inc. for disaster victims.

Entry fee is Php450.00  for 3K,  Php550.00 for 5K category, Php700.00 for 10K and Php900.00  for  21K.  Participants shall be issued one (1) Race Kit, composed of singlet, B-tag, race bib, race route and race guidelines. Finishers medal will be awarded to all 21K finishers and first 500 finishers of 10K category.

Running Maps are as follows:

BDO Race for life 21km route map

BDO Race for life 21km route map

10km route map

10km route map

5km route map

5km route map

This event is open to all running enthusiasts. Im pretty sure 21km  runners are and the first 500 10km runners going to be excited when they receive this at the finishline!

21km finishers medal and top 500 10km finishers

21km finishers medal and top 500 10km finishers

Registration starts on February 12 to March 15, 2013.  Payment and registration may be made in any BDO Branch.  Race kits are available from March 19 to 21, 2013 at selected BDO Branches, BDO Foundation Inc., G/F North Tower, BDO Corporate Center, Makati City and from March 23 to 24 and April 3 to 5, 2013 at the Fitness and Athletics Company at Active Fun Bldg., corner 9th and 28th Streets, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.  Store registration sites:  Chris Sports in SM North Annex, SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia and SM Manila and at Fitness and Athletics Company BGC.

Check out the giveaways:

BDO Race for Life Giveaways

BDO Race for Life Giveaways

This year’s sponsors are: Soleus, Pocari Sweat, Chris Sports, Fitness and Athletics company, Outbound Asia, Saucony, AB Food and Beverages Philippines, Buergil Pharma Inc.,  Easy Pha-Max, Cetaphil, Gold’s Gym, Slimmer’s World, Liwayway Marketing Corporation, National Bookstore, Pascual Laboratories,  Unilever, Gardenia, Gandour,  Avega, McDonald’s, Rochar Cosmeceuticals, CARD-MRI, Gerry’s Grill, Pepsodent, SC Johnson, Amway,  Makati Shangri-La Hotel, Bayview Park Hotel and St. Giles Hotel which will be providing prizes and give-aways for the runners and BDOEA-NUBE, which sponsored three hundred runners among BDO staff in the 3K category.

 

The print media partners are as follows: Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippine Star, Hinge Inquirer Publications (Multisports)

 

Our television partner is  AKTV5.

 

Please visit  https//www.bdo.com.ph/raceforlife to know more about the Race for Life.

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An unlikely deli at La Gourmet Shopwise

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When I’m on the road and I couldn’t get my Subway sandwich fix, my next best option would be a little deli inside Shopwise libis. It’s a no frills bang for your buck treat at last Gourmet located in the middle of the grocery section where the deli is.

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My comfort food of choice is a combo of chicken sandwich on toasted rye, grilled Hungarian sausage, and Russian potato salad with red beets hefty serving good for two all in all for P180.

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My comfort food triumvirate of chicken sandwhich grilled Hungarian sausage and Russian potato salad with red beets

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The size of the chicken sandwich is pretty much standard in toasted rye bread. Filled generously on a bed of lettuce with a sumptuous mayo dressing with a hint of mustard.

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The grilled Hungarian sausage is grilled just right no frills served with mustard ketchup n mayo. It’s best eaten though with garnish that’s why I ordered…

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Russian potato salad with red beets. Dressing seasoned well and incredibly light on the taste, it doesn’t overpower the taste of the main dish but rather compliments it. Contains potatoes, green peas, egg, ham slices and red beets.

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One of the best things I like with La Gourmet is that it’s right smack in the middle of the grocery. You can buy drinks chips and other Food items you wanna munch on. Best to visit odd hours weekdays seats and service all to you.

Preparing for Flood (Typhoon survival checklist)

It has been raining non-stop again for the last couple of hours and Im getting paranoid. I live in what is considered a low level area in Metro Manila prone to flooding here in lower Antipolo / Marcos Highway. We were seriously hit by Ondoy last 2009 and was devastated emotionally and financially as well.

Being prepared is always one step towards survival. Here are some things that we think is important to have during times like these. Prepare them beforehand and keep them in a safe place at all times. Better yet, keep them with you, or in an area that is easy to reach and won’t get in the way of raging floods, etc.

Im no outdoors or survival expert, but I did get this checklist somewhere around the net shared to me plus I added some of my own. The list is comprehensive but do adjust according to your needs . Best way is to imagine worst case scenarios and with a clear head, see what is needed.

YOUR TYPHOON SURVIVAL KIT

1. Clean drinking water. Good enough for a week. Consider having at least 1 gallon per person.
2. Other drinks. Consider: juices in packs, carbonated drinks, coffee.
3. Food. Also good enough for a week. Consider:
* Snacks that are easy to store and carry (biscuits, cookies)
* Non-perishable canned food (corned beef, tuna, pork and beans, vienna sausage, etc.)
* Candies to maintain sugar in body and keep acidity at bay
* Bread that will last for a few days, for carbo load
* Instant noodles, if you have the means to cook
* IMPORTANT: food for babies and the elderly if you have some staying with you
4. Food utensils.

*KNIFE~!!!! one of the most important utility. Have one in a holster, if you could teach kids to handle knives early in life the better. Something sharp that can be used not only in eating, food preparation, but utility as well, cutting rope.

* Spoons, forks, paper plates, drinking cups
* Non-electric can opener
* Cooking stove and fuel, if possible
* Plastic bags

*MATCHES! lots of MATCHES!

*KATOL

*CANDLES (be careful in handling), candle holder / stand
5. Medicines. Consider having medicines for the following:

*alcohol, disinfectant
* Fever and nausea
* Coughs and colds
* Hypertension
* Diabetes
* Diarrhea
* Anti-tetanus
* Anti-leptospirosis
* Other prescription drugs that you need to take
6. First Aid kit. Must contain band-aids, gauze, tweezers, alcohol, antibiotic ointment, hydrogen peroxide, bandage scissors, absorbent dressings, antiseptic wipe packets, cold compress, gloves and thermometer.
7. Sanitation kit. Make sure that you have tissue wipes, toilet paper, sanitary napkins, diapers.
8. Toiletries. These include toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap.
9. Blankets, towels, comforters, pillows. You can put them in large garbage bags to keep from getting wet.
10. Extra clothes and underwear. Put them in plastic bags to avoid from getting wet. If you can, pack something that will last you for a few days.
11. Jackets, sweaters, socks, caps. And anything else that will keep you warm and dry.
12. Emergency lights and flashlights
13. Fresh batteries. Have reserves for batteries of different sizes, especially for radios and flashlights.
14. Radio. Must be portable, battery operated, has functional AM station.
15. Mobile phone. Make sure the battery is fully charge, and that you have a spare one, too, in case of emergency. Also consider walkie-talkies.
16. Cash. Banks and ATMs might not be available so make sure that you have cash with you.
17. Keys. Have copies of keys to the front door, back door, garage, car keys, etc.
18. Items for pets. Consider also having a leash, muzzle, cage and food for your pets.
19. Umbrellas and tents
20. Water pails and dippers
21. Floatation devices like life jackets, styrofoams, old tires, etc. If life jackets or floatation devices, better if its styrofoam so you dont need to inflate it. During the last flood there were a lot of floatation devices but NO POWER to inlfate it. If you have these.. Get ready to inflate it.
22. Rope

*** INVERTERS, these are devices that can source power thru your car lighter, can handle small light radio. During last brownout, our inverter was able to power broadband, laptop, wifi, (myt wife had an important report to finish and submit) pump for fish and cellphone charger

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS TO PROTECT

Many people have died trying to go back for these things, so it’s important that you are well-prepared already at this point in time. Keep these documents in a water-proof container:

1. Birth certificates
2. Insurance records
3. Medical records
4. SSS, Pag-ibig and Philhealth records
5. Identification cards
6. Bank account numbers and records
7. Emergency contact numbers
8. Contact numbers of family, friends and loved ones

***** SOFTWARE DATA.. you may want to start burning to dvd / back-up online / back-up to external hardrive important data and store in water proof container.

It is important that you have an ID with you wherever you go. Also, a list of people to contact in case something happens to you. If you can, put your emergency contacts on speed dial.

LAST NOTES

If you have a 2nd floor, it may be hard work but start bringing up electrical items, specially with those of you who have their Audio Video room in a basement or Living Room downstairs. The refrigerator usually floats, that kinda like saved my life food and floating wise during ondoy hehehe.

Again, couldnt stress it even more, keep important documents, computers, harddrives dry in plastic.

**** keep cellphone charged at all times and inflatables inflated.

============================== this was originally published 6:00pm Aug 6. as of this writing, it is already 6pm Aug 7, the rainfall has been 472mm in 24hours (compared to ondoy’s 455mm in 2hours) ==========================

some additional info important and relevant gathered from the net

 

NRCE 21st National Retail Conference & Stores Asia Expo Aug 9-10 SMX

At one point in time Im sure we have been retailers of some sort. Be it in the informal or formal sector we have had our fair share in trade. If you are part of the retailing industry make sure you head on to SMX Convention Center in Pasay City on August 9 to 10, 2012 for 21st National Retail Conference & Stores Asia Expo.

As a consumer, businessman and entrepreneur you will surely benefit from attending the STORES ASIA EXPO which is a retail suppliers exhibit.

NRCE, the country’s biggest retail industry event, converges its energies with the government’s well-conceived It’s More Fun in the Philippines campaign, as it invites tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez to speak on the campaign’s synergy with retail industry growth and more fun shopping experience. Adding to the prestige of the event is Coca Cola’s President and CEO William Schultz who will be the keynote speaker on the opening day of the conference. Coca Cola, which celebrates its centennial year this year is among the well-loved brands in the Philippines. Coca Cola’s participation in this year’s NRCE is expected to further elevate the “fun” aspect of the conference as the brand celebrates “100 Year of Happiness”.

In the PRA tradition, the NRCE mounts its twin event, the Stores Asia Expo, the country’s premier exhibition of retail suppliers and service providers.

The 2-day conference and exhibit is attended by over 800 retail owners, suppliers, CEOs, and top level executives. Each year, NRCE invites experts from the retail industry and other related sectors to cover relevant aspects of retailing. Chief among the bevy of topics at this year’s NRCE are strategies for driving growth and customer engagement.

You can check out the detailed program here:

http://www.nrceph.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2&Itemid=2

Among the topics to be discussed that got my attention was:

For sports enthusiasts like me, Mr. Jimmy Thai  the President of Primer group of companies of which ROX Recreational Outdoor Exchange is part of will be one of the speakers, sharing their success story. Other topics in the conference are;

Global Trends in Marketing and Branding by MR. MICHAEL CARANDANG
Emmy Award-Winning Television Producer
Tyra Banks Show and America’s Next Top Model

Harnessing the Power of Digital Marketing and Online Commerce for Retail Growth by MODERATOR: Ms. Janette Toral

DigitalFilipino.com, Mr. Jack Madrid Country Manager Multiply Philippines, Ms. Me-anne BundalianBusiness Development, Sales and Marketing Senior Manager Sulit.com.ph, Ms. Gigi Mabanta Head Buyer Zalora Philippines

The New Turks of Retailing by Ms. Cheryl Lao Lee Managing Partner Anthem/ Penguin, Mr. Karen Ong Retail Division Manager Keds/ Sperry Top-sider, Mr. Chris Tiu Head of Marketing and Business Development Happy Lemon Group Philippines

Elevating Customer Experience Through Store Design by Mr. Terry Waterhouse Director Redgoodss ltd (Hong Kong)

Living the Brand: Employees as Brand Ambassadors by Ms. Frances Yu Vice President for Marketing Rustan Supercenters Inc.

Amid the global buzz surrounding initial public offerings (IPO), this year’s plenary sessions will include the use of an IPO as a tool for retail business growth.

Successfully engaging new generation shoppers will be well-covered in this event as other topics as boosting customer experience using store design and licensing opportunities for retailers are presented by field experts.

Coming on the heels of two successful NRCEs which zeroed in on Asian brands, this year’s gathering moves forward with talks on personalized branding and transforming employees into brand ambassadors.

Participants will also gain more insights on the competitive edge of socially responsible businesses and the retailers’ role in advocating a sustainable lifestyle.

There will be two panel discussions each day at NRCE. On the conference’s first day, the morning panel discussion will delve into digital marketing and online commerce. The afternoon panel discussion, on the other hand, is entitled “Global Brands in Local Shores: How Local Brands Can Compete and Succeed vis-à-vis International Brands.”

The roundtable on the conference’s second day will feature luminaries from retail and property development. Entitled “Retail Entertainment: Creating a New Level of Customer Experience,” the morning panel discussion explores how shopping and leisure are intertwined. The conference’s last panel discussion is set to put participants in a hopeful, forward-thinking mood. Entitled “The New Turks of Retailing,” the last panel will feature the young entrepreneurs behind today’s hottest brands and franchises.

The 21st NRCE is proudly presented by PLDT Alpha Enterprise, SM Department Store, Hewlett Packard, Robinsons Malls, Araneta Center, Ayala Malls, Meralco, IBM Philippines, DHL Supply Chain Phils., Inc., Festival Supermall, Wilcon Depot, Celine, The Philippine Star, BusinessWorld, ABS CBN, Schutzen, Mobext, Inc., Crossover 105.1., Entrepreneur, Focalcast, Q Creatives, Cylix Technologies, Mediamagnet, Catalyst Media, Infinite Grafix, Travel Club, APL Logistics, Avolution, Live Media, Starmall and Bayantel.

For more information about the 21st NRCE visit http://www.nrceph.com/, call PRA at 687-4180/4181 or email info@philretailers.com or ebbs@philretailers.com

Check If Your PC Infected With DNS Changer Malware

 

 

Just read this article at media website INTERAKSYON  that thousands of PC systems in the Philippines infected with the DNS Changer Malware could stand to lose internet access. According to latest data from the DNS Changer Working Group (DCWG), a multi-sectoral ad hoc group of subject matter experts in security and DNS monitoring, some 1,286 unique IP addresses discovered to be infected with the malware were coming from the Philippines.

The DNSChanger malware was discovered last year to be re-routing Internet traffic of infected PCs to servers of a group of Internet hackers, which allows them to display advertisements or spread malware to more users.

Once infected, the Domain Name Settings (DNS) of an infested computer will be changed to that of the hackers’ servers. Reports said systems have started to become infected when they visited similarly infected websites, “or downloaded particular software to view videos online,” according to technology news site CNet.

WHAT TO DO:

Windows
1. Click Start
2. Open the Command Window
3. (For Windows 7) Type cmd at the search bar
4. (For Windows XP) Click Run, then type cmd at the bar
5. Type ipconfig /all
6. Search for the DNS Servers section

Mac OS X
1. Click the Apple icon an the top left of the screen
2. Select System Preferences
3. Locate the “Network” icon
4. Read the “DNS Server” line

If the DNS servers are pointed at any of the following addresses, then it means the system is infected:

• 85.255.112.0 through 85.255.127.255
• 67.210.0.0 through 67.210.15.255
• 93.188.160.0 through 93.188.167.255
• 77.67.83.0 through 77.67.83.255
• 213.109.64.0 through 213.109.79.255
• 64.28.176.0 through 64.28.191.255

Mine fortunately turned out uninfected:

Okay so that was a good exercise in DOS operating system which I sorely missed. To play games before I literally had to fiddle with DOS settings.

Sorry for putting you through that exercise..

THE EASIEST WAY TO CHECK please go to the following websites:

 

DNS CHECKER WEBSITE

DNSCHANGER CHECKUP

Share this blog to your friends and hopefully none are infected.

 

1st Manila Folding Bike Festival

If youre a folding bike enthusiast, all roads lead to BSide Collective at Malugay St. in Makati.  Bside being the haven of alternative visual, music, and fashion artists now hosts health enthusiasts and quirky collectors of a gem we know as folding bikes.

You can see this cute transport almost anywhere and is even allowed in LRTs for easier commute. From the trusty “tupayb” or “2,500 bike to sky-is-the-limit budget you may have, its a sin not to have one in your household for errands or just uplifting your quality of life.

The photo below are my folding bikes that just give me joy to look at and incredible fun to ride

This is my ixi folding bike. Its a breakable/detachable type of folding bike. It is belt driven, funcitonal, sleek and has a modern twist to a foldie representing my taste for gadgetry , technology and futurism.  I got this from Ariel Arias of Folding Bike Pilipinas and he was encouraging me to place it under exhibit. Unfortunately its so fun to ride, my nephew wouldnt stop and rode it till it got flat and worse.

This is my Peerless GoGo bike. This one is incredible cute and a headturner specially if I walk in a cafe or jollybee holding this when im on commuting public transport. Unfortunately it has no gear to help me out on hills. But if portability is your priority this is your cute weapon of choice. Quirky, classy and functional as well.

Wikipedia defines the folding bike as

folding bicycle is a bicycle designed to fold into a compact form, facilitating transport and storage.  When folded, the bikes can be more easily carried into buildings and workplaces or on public transportation (facilitating mixed-mode commuting and bicycle commuting, and more easily stored in compact living quarters or aboard a car, boat or plane.

Folding mechanisms vary, with each offering a distinct combination of folding speed, folding ease, compactness, ride, weight, durability and price. Distinguished by the complexities of their folding mechanism, more demanding structural requirements, greater number of parts, and more specialized market appeal, folding bikes may be more expensive than comparable non-folding models. The choice of model, apart from cost considerations, is a matter of resolving the various practical requirements: a quick easy fold, compact folded size, or a faster but less compact model.[1]

As regard to the types of folding bikes we have :

Folding mechanisms are highly variable.

Half or mid fold Many folding frames follow classic frame pattern of the safety bicycle‘s diamond frame, but feature a hinge point (with single or double hinges) allowing the bicycle to fold approximately in half. Quick-connect clamps enable raising or lowering steering and seat columns. A similar swing hinge may be combined with a folding steering column. Fold designs may use larger wheels, even the same size as in non-folders, for users prioritizing ride over fold compactness.

Triangle hinge A hinge in the frame may allow the rear triangle and wheel to be folded down and flipped forward, under the main frame tube, as in theSwift Folder and Bike Friday. Such a flip hinge may be combined with a folding front fork as in the Birdy. Swing and flip hinges may be combined on the same frame, as in Brompton and Dahon, which use a folding steering column. Folding mechanisms typically involve latches and quick releases, which affect the speed of the fold/unfold. Bike Friday offers a model, the Tikit, featuring a cable-activated folding mechanism requiring no quick releases or latches, for increased folding speed.[8]

Break away and other styles Bikes may partly fold and partly disassemble for packing into a standard or custom sized suitcase for air travel (e.g., Airnimal and Bike Friday). Other variations include the bicycle torque coupling is a proprietary connector system that can be retrofitted to a standard frame. The Giatex folds and retracts, adjusting to the size of the rider. The Gekko folds from the seat tube like an upside down umbrella. The iXi literally breaks into 2 halves. The Strida has a triangular frame and folds to resemble a unicycle.

Folding mechanisms may incur more cost and weight, allow folding smaller, and tend to use smaller wheels. 24 inch wheels are the largest for which flip hinges are generally used, but smaller wheels, typically 16 or 20 inches, are more common. Smaller size does not mean lighter weight, as most of these designs forgo the bracing benefits of the diamond frame, and must compensate as a step-through frame does, with thicker metal. The step-through design is a boon to a wider range of rider size, age and physical ability. Another system found on folders such as Montague Bikes utilizes the seat tube as a pivot point for the frame to fold. This system uses a tube within a tube design to give the bike more torsional stiffness. It allows the user to fold the bike without “breaking” any vital tubes down, preserving the structural integrity of the diamond frame. This system is operated by a single quick release found along the top tube of the bike.

As I said.. this saturday June 23, all roads lead to Bside.  As folding bike groups bike their way to malugay. Get together and everyone  meets up there as early as 10am. Organizers are there as early as 7am. The map to the venue is as follows:

Schedule on the festival is as follows:

10am is registration, fellowship, entering your bike to the contest and theres even bike blessing

1 pm is bike contest, exhibit, bazaar sale, there’s even free souvenir shirt silk screen printing

5pm concert  and partying follows!

Check out what the news has to say about the event

Its only a one day event! be sure to be there!

21km Gun Start Change now 5am for BROOKS RUN June 3 2012

The Brooks Run organizer is announcing that based on their recent safety and security meeting, they have decided to

CHANGE THE GUNSTART

21Km is now 5:00 am (was 4:30am)

It has been gloomy lately in the morning and it will be too dark for the runners in Merit Road(road leading to British School), 8th Ave (long road that starts where Lexus is at) and Kalayaan Bridge.

As for the REST OF THE DISTANCES, ALL GUNSTART REMAINS THE SAME

12km is still 5:30AM
6Kn ist still 5:40AM

Thank you for your understanding. The recent change is for the benefit and safety of the runners.

See you Sunday!

Milo Apex Running School 2012 BGC and QC

I had the privilege of checking out the opening of Milo Apex Running School for 2012 last May 8 at BGC. I briefly spoke to Coach Jim Saret about the Milo Apex Running School way before and he emphasizes a scientific approach to train in running.  He doesnt just focus on getting to train and condition the runners for mileage, but he has a scientific approach that includes strengthening and flexibility exercises as well.

 

Milo Apex’s Tonette Dimaguila presented that day, and explained that the Milo Apex Running School has different categories and levels for the participants. They are as follows:

5k Group (for beginners / newbies)
10k Beginners (for beginning 10k runners)
21k Beginner (for beginning 21k runners)
10k Advance (for those who have been running 10K)
21k Advance (for serious 21k runners)
42k Group (for those who are ready to run the marathon)

The coaches for each group were also presented and introduced. As Ms. Tonette was introducing the coaches I couldnt help but be starstruck with the roster of coaches they have. Having been host to several running events, I get to see these elite athletes as I get to award the prizes to these podium placers:

After the introduction of the coaches, they discussed the three (3) levels in their training program, namely
Level 1 – Injury prevention

Level 2 – Strength and conditioning

Level 3 – Speed and power

After which the participants were split into groups with their respective coaches.

The schedule of the Milo Apex Running School is as follows:
May 9 to July 21 (3 months)
Tuesday and Thursday – 6pm to 8 pm and Saturday 6 am to 8 am
Quezon City Memorial Circle
May 10 – July 21 (3 months)
Monday and Wednesday – 6pm to 8pm and Saturday 6 am to 8 am

For more info you can visit: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Milo-APEX-Running-School/157455904270705

 

 

Jollibee inlcuded in World’s Top Fast Food by Yahoo Travel!

I just love the bee in Jollibee! who wouldnt? Since my first taste of that sumptuous burger back in the 80s in Greenhills Virra Mall branch.. I was a fan. I do however miss Big Daddy’s shrimp and fish chips fast food. Orange Julius hot dogs and shakes.

 

Im sure almost every filipino family has at one time bonded at Jollybee. This time its a proud filipino brand that is making waves all around the globe. Pinoy domination…  (insert big evil laugh here) is right on track!

Here is the screen cap of the article. You can read more on the article at http://travel.yahoo.com/ideas/best-fast-food-chains-in-the-world.html?