Royal Rumble Fish Show in Greenhills, San Juan

Philippine Arowana and Lou Han Society together with different fish societies and Greenhills Shopping Center management will hold a fish show from October 13 to 16, 2016  . The fish show is called ” Royal Rumble ” which will showcase different fish breeds , some of them are rare breeds  on display .

Among the sponsors are Fukuda, The Big Fish Place , Animal Scene , Dymax , Aquavitro , Seachem , Aquatic Imports , Nueva Pet Center , Abo Kingdom , Pepsi and media print partner Manila Bulletin.

The fish show will feature lectures, seminars , exhibits and competition at the show. Unlike other trade fairs and exhibits – There are no entrance fees.

Here are the following categories for ROYAL RUMBLE 2016

** Small Category A ( BOTH Kamfa and ZZ)starts at 2.6 ” TO 3.5″
***Medium Category B – 3.6″ – 5.0″
***Large Category C- 5.1 ” above

***KF or Kamfa Category

Small Cat.a=A – 2.6 – 3.5 “
Medium Cat.B – 3.6″ – 5.5
Large Cat. C – 5.6 ” above

***FREE MARKING – OPEN SIZE
***FREE HEAD – OPEN SIZE
***SHORTBODY – OPEN SIZE

***KF-ZZ CATEGORY –
SMALL – 2.6 -3.5”
MEDIUM- 3.6” -5.5”-
LARGE – 5.6” ABOVE

(Categories will be based on all of the following characteristics or when applicable : KOK, Color , Pearl, Finnage , Shape , Markings , Face , Deportment, Condition and Over-All Impression.)

Eating Experience at Megawatt Restaurant

41- A N. Domingo Street near corner Gilmore Avenue – San Juan City , Metro Manila -Philippines

Megawatt Restaurant and LG2 Auto Station

We always passed along N. Domingo street on my way to our relatives living in New Manila and San Juan . The place is very accessible by just commuting jeepney from Cubao ( New Arayat Market via N. Domingo street and Robinson’s Place , Magnolia ) a short walk from Light Rail Transit 2 Gilmore station , Jeepney plying via Aurora boulevard routes like Maikina -Stop and Shop, Cubao-Divisoria .

Ms. Anne Valle Purificacion together with an employee of the restaurant

  The restaurant  thematic styles includes anything that had electricity from solar panel tables, electric wires and cables lines, light bulbs, signage and even electric utility costumes for their employees .  The target market of the restaurant are students, yuppies , millennials and young professionals from 17 to 35 , but we saw some older people eating at this restaurant .

restaurant interior

The restaurant is located on the second floor beside LG 2Auto Station . This quaint restaurant can accommodate about 36 to 38 people at any given time .  Its growing clientele includes the residents of New Manila, San Juan, Cubao , Quezon City and even from Mandaluyong area. There is also a display corner where collectible items such as toy figurines,  commemorative items, limited collector’s edition sports shoes and key chains are sold to anyone that is interested .

eye catching signage

The restaurant had started their soft opening last month and is getting a lot of positive reviews and accolades from leading  food and travel review sites like Zomato and Trip Advisor .  The restaurant specializes in a fusion of Texas- Mexican and Asian Fusion blend of food.

Appetizer– Nacho Rizo Php 158 per serving , good for 3 to 4 people

Nacho Rizo is one of the nice fusion type of nachos  that we have tasted . It had a combination of nachos , Pangasinan longganisa bits ( which had a different taste ) and with generous toppings of cheese . For those who wish to add toppings, there is also a choice of different dipping sauces.

signature fried chicken 6 with fries

I prefer their American southern -style fried chicken de-boned and fried in batter mixture   . The fried chicken had 11 spices  . When freshly cooked , One can smell the unique aroma because of the spices , This chicken menu also comes with chips or french fries and its own dipping sauce.  Price range is depending on the number of chicken and combo mix , Price range is from Php 128 to Php 499.00

cheese,cheese cheese pizza

cheese, cheese, cheese pizza is a thin crust type with several kinds of cheese included . It includes feta, sharp, cheddar , guyere cheese, parmigiano and mozzarella cheese.  Php 315,  Ideal for 3 to 5 people sharing.

pizza seafood garlic

 Seafood pizza ingredients includes scallop , squid , shrimp and fish in special sauce . It had a topping of freshly sliced tomatoes and herbs. This is one of the MUST Try at this place Php 318 ideal for 3 to 5 people sharing.

29 karat surf and turf burrito

29 Karat Surf and Turf Burrito is also a MUST Try burrito . It had a combination Meltique steak with edible gold cream and foie gras ( fatty liver of goose )  Php 819 per order

vegan pesto burrito

ideal for those vegetarian Php 180 per order

AMP burger

AMP stands for Angus Megawatt Patty , the hamburger bun was custom made and topped with egg and hash brown . Ideal for 1 to 2 person Php 255 per order

crunchy mushroom burger

This is another hit among the patrons of the place , It cost Php 295 per order

Environmental Advocacy and Energy Conservation

solar panels

The restaurant partners decided  to install 2 solar panels which provides all their light requirements during their operation. It reduces as much as 20 to 30% of their energy consumption and saves them electricity bills.

signature ice tea ( black currant tea ) Php 88 and brewed coffee called E=MC2 Php 65

They  also use paper trays for serving dishes  . The restaurant may also be reserve for special occasions , corporate meetings, team building or just a simple get together .

Ms. Joyce Esteban -Marketing Manager

Ms. Joyce Esteban is holding their signature black currant tea- one of the best sellers and natural flavored ice tea. Those who wanted to try Texan-Mexican style of food , must check this out .

Contact : 639325012987 / 5012987

Restaurant Operations- Monday to Sunday

Monday to Saturday – 11:00am until 9:00pm Sunday 9:00am until 9:00pm

Facebook Page : Megawatt

 

 

A Visit to FootZone Spa in Annapolis , Greenhills San Juan

Ground Floor, 17 Annapolis street , Greenhills , San Juan City , Metro Manila -Philippines

main lobby

I have been visiting my relatives in San Juan and I always pass by Annapolis street on my way to their homes.

waiting lounge with large sofa  and equipped with an assortment of newspapers, magazines, flat screen tv with cable channels and wifi

lounge area with assortment of magazines , newspapers

Footzone Spa had been in the business within the area for about 15 years . The area boast of 500 square meters space with 16 rooms and can accommodate up to 42 bits or clients at any given time . Visitors at the center are also given complimentary tea as part of the service.

cable ready flat screen television

The business had a regular clientele of people living around Greenhills, Ortigas , Makati , Cubao and Quezon City . In fact , there are some local celebrities that are their regular customers .

display cabinet

They also have an interesting display cabinet or showcase set at the lobby that features the materials used by their therapist

ventosa bottles

They have different services offered such as Chinese Foot scrub, Local foot scrub, Body scrub and Ventosa.

massage and sauna room

The spa had also specially trained Chinese massage specialist has been trained by their highly skilled Chinese trained local therapist.

massage room  with massage chairs

 laundry area

There is area where linens and bed sheets are automatically cleaned every time that a clientele . This is a plus point for the establishment .

Here are some of the Services
Foot massage
Acupressure therapy
Air hammer massage
Cupping or Ventosa theraphy
Hot stone therapy

I would recommend my viewers to try and visit their place.

THE FOOTZONE SPA
Address : G/F Richbelt Tower , 17 Annapolis St. Greenhills,San Juan, Metro Manila
+63 (2) 705-1301/726-7742 , +63(921) 498-8889, +63(96) 261-6626

Operation Hours:
Monday to Sunday
1:00 PM to 1:30 AM (Last call: 12:00)

Footzone Blog : http://footzonespa.blogspot.com/

Facebook Page: Footzone

Meeting of Stamp Collectors at the Lotus City Garden Hotel

Lotus Garden Hotel , A Mabini corner Padre Faura street , Ermita, Manila-Philippines

I was invited by Mr. Reynaldo Ong de Jesus and Mr. Hans Becker after the stamp awareness exhibition at the Saint Stephen High School last November 9, 2015 . He just told me that an important stamp collector is in town and a well-known local philatelist is also visiting .

collectors had fun time chatting

I quickly joined the impromtu meet-up at the Lotus City Garden Hotel.  This is also the place where Mr. Hans Becker is staying until his departure for Cebu the following day. When we arrived at the hotel lobby, Sir Rey told us that we are going to meet Mr. Nigel Gooding and his wife Velda together with local philatelist and stamp book author Mr. Jorge H. Cuyugan of Pampanga .

Mr. Jorge H. Cuyugan holding one of his books published in the mid-1990’s

Mr. Cuyugan is author of several philatelic and numismatic books which were published in the mid -1990’s and early 2000.  I have featured him conducting free public lectures at the PHLPOST vicinity way back in 2011.

Link to previous post: https://renz15.wordpress.com/2011/11/09/philippine-postal-corporation-goes-high-tech-on-their-228th-anniversary/

The hotel lobby had a mini-collection of dolls from the Philippines and from other countries affix on a doll case. The dolls are some sort of attractions to the visitors of the hotel and restaurant.

There is also a breakfast buffet which only cost Php 300 per head, however we were not able to catch -up since we arrived past 11:00am

chicken and pork adobo meal -good for 2 person

The group just ordered a-la carte meals and desserts by Cilantro restaurant.

 I have tasted better and more tender adobo compared to the ones being served at the hotel, Perhaps they are catering to the foreign guests at the hotel which does like the strong vinegar taste.

pork tocino meal

Collectively , the hotel had an interesting Filipino ala carte breakfast meal served to their guests, each plate cost Php 250  had a combination of beef tapa/ boneless bangus , longganisa / pork tocino / corned beef , served with garlic fried rice and pickled papaya ( atchara ) with coffee or tea or sliced fresh fruit in season.

pork adobo meal

spaghetti

I have the privilege of speaking and meeting with Mr. Nigel Gooding, This is my first time to meet him in person. I have seen his vast collection of Spanish- Philippines stamps ( via internet and some publication of IPPS)  and on covers . I must say it is quite impressive. He started his stamp collecting when he was studying in Xavier School way back in the mid- 1970’s.  He was born in the Philippines and stayed for several years before studying in Australia and now staying in England .

blueberry cheese cake

He is quite fluent in Filipino and got a chance to ask him about stamp clubs that he joined when he was still in the Philippines. He told me that there used to be more stamp clubs when he started collecting them.

He met a lot of old -time stamp collectors and dealers which were quite helpful . Prices of Spanish-Philippines stamp and on covers were not that expensive when he started collecting. He began with mostly Philippine republic stamps and FDC ( First Day Covers) which were quite cheap and can easily be bought with pocket change or school allowance then gradually moving to the more difficult covers and Spanish era .

The group had quite a good long chat before we parted ways, Mr. Robert Tan ( former President of Philippine Philatelic Federation ) joined then in the late afternoon . Mr. Reynaldo Ong de Jesus, Mr. Jorge Cuyugan and the author had to rush for our afternoon appointments and we had to go before Mr. Tan arrived at the hotel.

It was a good meeting and i learn a lot of things from these people whom i consider as pillars of philately ( stamp collecting) in the Philippines. They tirelessly promote stamp collecting . It is quite rare now a days that people would really concentrate on these things.  We bid farewell to one another and hope that we will have another fruitful acquaintances in the future.

Nigel Gooding : http://www.nigelgooding.co.uk/

Website: http://www.lotus.citygardenhotels.com/

Goodwill Bookstore ‘s Great Bargain Sale , Good Books and Grand Event

V Mall, Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan City – Philippines

Goodwill Bookstore -Book a Fair 2015

The event started with a Thanks Giving mass at the Greenhills Shopping Center Chapel  around 9:00am which was followed by ribbon cutting ceremony with no less than San Juan City Mayor Guia Gomez  as Guest of Honor , Ortigas Mall Management , invited guess and friends of Goodwill Bookstore .

Mayor Guia Gomez enjoyed browsing several book titles

There were a lot of people from all walks of life who went to the book fair at V Mall

Gallileo Enrichment Learning Program with innovative ways of learning

Pope Francis Apostolic Visit book

The recent apostolic visit of Pope Francis. This is one of the best sellers which was published by Katha Publishing Company – – I saw this book during the last orchid show and bought a book for personal reference.

Goodwill Bookstore employees and staffs

There are several events at the 2nd floor Jewelry Center  V Mall like book launching tomorrow by puppet master Wan Bu , awarding of the quiz bee challenge among others, so do not forget to visit the place.

a late morning cocktail  was catered by Ms. Maria Theresa Tuazon – Nothing But Homemade

For catering needs: 896-0396 /0917-8552177

Goodwill Bookstore aka Bridges store is located at the ground floor VMall , Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan City

L-R Ms. Cathy Co – Ortigas Company , Mayor Guia Gomez and Mrs. Maria Teresa Cancio-Suplico

There are a lot of bargain books that are available , Try to visit the fair until this sunday – September 20, 2015 !

Note: I would like to sincerely ” Thank” Goodwill family for extending the invitation – More Power!

Goodwill Bookstore : http://goodwillbookstore.com/

Facebook Page : Goodwill Bookstore

San Juan City Government : http://www.sanjuancity.gov.ph/