Just Thai: A Thai Restaurant at the Heart of Burgos Circle

Just Thai facade

Most Filipinos have some misconception about Thai foods; some would shy away from eating for they are considered spicy.

The owners like to eat Thai food and would crave for authentic foods; they had to travel several times in Thailand just to sample foods for the country.

The restaurant had an appealing ambiance; one had a feeling of being transported to Bangkok or Chiang Mai in a simple Thai inspired interior decoration.

The restaurant had a total sitting capacity of between 80 to 85 people at any given time. It is divided into several sections.

For outdoor- The restaurant can sit between 30 to 35 people. One can enjoy the outdoor ambiance and see the other buildings and colorful street lights .

ground floor

Ground Floor– The ground floor area can accommodate about 20 people .Second Floor – Had a sitting capacity of between 30 to 35 people.


Thai style- Tamarind Juice

Ice Tamarind is another MUST, The ingredients are sweet tamarind from Thailand.

Unlike other teas, the restaurant use fresh tea leaves from Thailand. It is refreshing taste and not too sweet.

Poh Piah Tod

Poh Piah Tod or Thai Spring Rolls– deep fried with vegetables, pork and mushroom. It is crunchy on the outside but soft inside, It is best accompanied with fresh side garnish of coriander leaves and finely chopped vegetables like carrots and cabbage  and a sweet chili sauce dip! Php 260 per order . MUST TRY !

This is perfect for 2 to 3 people sharing.

Yum Pla Dook Foo

Crispy Catfish with Sliced Green Mangoes – What I liked about this dish is that the catfish bones removed, then deep fried . It is flaky substance similar to floss and very easy to eat, no hassle to de-bone the fish. It goes perfect with finely sliced Thai guapple mangoes, chopped fresh chilies and chopped onions and a dip. Php 300 per order. It is prefect meal to be shared with 2 to 3 people. Highly Recommended !

 Som Tam

Som Tam is Green Papaya Salad which is similar in texture with our own achara minus the heavy marination of vinegar . It is freshly made  from shredded green unripe papaya , papaya has a slightly tangy flavor. The texture is crisp and firm, sometimes to the point of crunchiness. It  allows the fruit to withstand being beaten in the mortar , then topped with crushed peanuts , dried shrimps , tomatoes, thinly sliced carrots, lettuce leaves, with young long beans. Php 210 per order

The green papaya salad is an appetizer and can be shared with 3 to 4 people. MUST TRY!

Khai Luuk Khoei

Kahi Luuk Khoei or Crispy Hard Boiled Egg – The egg was boiled then coated with some batter then deep fried to perfection. crispy hard boil egg encased in a batter similar to our queck-queck but less in food color and less crusty. It goes perfect with chopped fresh vegetables, caramelized chopped onions, coriander leaves and a sweet fish sauce ( patis) Thai style. Php 170 per order

The dish can be shared with 3 to 4 people.

Bplah Pla Menk Kratien

Bplah Pla Menk Kratien or Squid with Garlic and Pepper in Soup-

The squid is cooked just right with chilies , coriander leaves, chopped lemon grass and in heavy broth.  One can add freshly chopped chili pepper to adjust the spiciness. Php 190 per serving

This yummy squid soup can be shared with 2 to 3 people.

Tom Kha Gai

Tom  Kha Gai is Chicken Soup in Coconut broth with Galangal

It is a chicken soup with coconut milk ( gata ng niyog ) and galangal ( luyang dilaw) which add kick, and straw mushrooms .  I have tasted some Tom Kha Gai but this version is somewhat watered down  . Galangals have a stronger taste than common ginger which brings out the taste of the soup . Topped with chopped coriander .  Php 190 per order

This soup can be shared with 2 to 4 people.

Gai Ob Bai Toey

 Gai Ob Bai Toey is Fried Chicken Wrapped in Pandan Leaves – The chicken is marinated with special Thai sauce and then wrapped with pandan leaves , the aroma of the pandan leaves were caught by the chicken and its taste very savory . You can smell the aromatic leaves . This dish is complimented with side garnish of chopped fresh cabbage and two kinds of condiments the sweet dark soy-sesame sauce and sweet chili sauce. MUST TRY

Php 290 per order. Good for 2 to 4 people.

Tom Yum

Tom Yum or Tom Yam  is a Lao and Thai hot and sour soup. Indeed, tom yum is characterized by its distinct hot and sour flavors, with fragrant herbs generously used in the broth. The basic broth is made of stock and fresh ingredients such as lemon grass ( tanglad) , Kaffir lime leaves – is locally called kabuyao or cabuyao ,  Galangal ( luyang dilaw) , coconut milk ( gata ng niyog), lime juice, fish sauce , crushed chili , fragrant herbs , pepper , tiger prawn, topped with chopped coriander leaves  . Some considered this as a national soup whenever you go to Thailand or Laos. A food journey is incomplete without an order of the soup! What nice about eating in Just Thai Restaurants is one can adjust the order according to one’s palate, one may request additional kaffir lime leaves or additional chillies to suit one’s palate. Php 190 per order.

The soup can be shared with 2 to 4 people.

Khao Krok Kopi

Kaho Krok Kopi or Thai Bagoong / Shrimpaste  Rice –  Thai bagoong rice  with sliced green guapple mangoes ( manibalang ) , scrambled eggs, sweet pork topped with chopped fresh chillies ,  chopped  coriander leaves as toppings .  Unlike other Thai Bagoong Rice ( shrimp paste rice) I tasted before, This rice is not salty and mildly flavored. This is a complete meal and can be shared with 2 to 4 people.  . Php 250 per serving .

Pad Thai

Pad Thai is considered as one of the national dish of Thailand . The rice noodles is stir fried with eggs, tamarind juice, chopped chilies , crushed peanuts, lime , and topped with fresh coriander leaves. I like the texture of the rice noodles and the group can enjoy mixing all the ingredients , like playing with palabok or any pancit .  Php 280  per serving . Pad Thai can be enjoyed by a group of 3 to 5 people. MUST ORDER !!!!

Gaeng Lenang

Gaeng Lenang  or Vegetable Tofu in Yellow Curry-  Tofu lovers must try this dish, It had bits of  diced carrots, eggplant, broccoli . The dish somewhat lacked the taste of curry and a bit water-down . This is a healthy dish and health conscious people must try this. Php 260 per serving . Good for 2 to 4 people.

Gai Pad Met Ma Maling

Gai Pad Met Ma Maling or Chicken with Cashew –  chicken meat with bell pepper, onion , cashew topped with chopped coriander leaves . Perfect combination, You can taste the crunchiness of the cashew and the tenderness of the chicken .  You can order with chopped chillies.

Moo Sam Cham Yary

Moo Sam Cham Yary is Grilled Pork with Tamarind Sauce. The pork is marinated in special sauce and grilled to perfection . The meat is tender and due to the nature of the tamarind paste , it enhances flavor. Php 290 per serving . Ideal for 2 to 3 people.

Crab Meat Fried Rice

Crab Meat Fried Rice is a complete meal . Crab meat with rice, vegetables , topped with fresh chopped coriander leaves. It is not salty and i like the way they cook the rice.  Php 220 per serving . Good for 2 to 4 people

Khao Niaow Ma Muang

Thai dessert made up of sticky rice topped with sweet mango slices and sesame seeds then served with coconut sauce. I prefer this Thai rendition more. It is similar with our own biko and mango or suman and mango combination. The sticky rice is cooked in coconut milk, and eating a spoonful with the sweet ripe mango slices is just heavenly, more so when you add a dollop of the coconut sauce.

The mangoes slices were presented as a kind of lotus flower. Php 260

Can be shared with 2 to 4people.

Tha Khao

Tha Khoa or Coconut Pudding wrapped in Pandan Leaves is similar to Philippine version of Maja Blanca but with a different twist . It is wrapped in pandan leaves which add more flavor to the pudding. It is soft with some corn bits . Php 140 per order

Can be shared with 3 to 5 people.

Hot Thai Brew Coffee  Every sip was a smooth, silky and creamy coffee experience.  the brewed coffee was definitely mixed with several spices like cardamom and probably cinnamon. It also has either condensed milk or heavy cream at the bottom which blends nicely and adds some sweetness to the whole concoction upon stirring. I also like the cup , it is imported from Thailand and you can see right in front when they pour the hot water and coffee . Php 120 per serving , Ideal  for 1 or 2 persons.

 Note : The Restaurant opened its doors to the public last June 2012 and its Molito – Alabang branch last October 2012.

I must give 8.75 out of total of 10 points, This is for the ambiance, food, preparation, accessibility of the restaurant. As they say ” JUST THAI ” eating the place !!!!!

I would like to ” Thank” Ms. Kathy Kenny Ngo, Ms. Alma Carvajal Concepcion , Mr. French Kim , Mr. Enzo Luna for the great time !!!!

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Just-Thai/194210380589164

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How to Get There:

Take the BGC hybrid bus from bus station located near McKinley Road and near MRT- Ayala station ( Upper West Route) . The bus had designated bus stop and take -off at the second bus stop which is at the back of the MIND Museum. A short walk toward Forbes Town Road, Burgos Circle, Global City.  Transportation fee is just Php 12.00 from the bus station.

Lego Around The World Christmas Exhibit at SM North EDSA

SM North EDSA, Quezon City

Lego Christmas advertisement 

tarpaulin poster of the event

   The author went to  the exhibit  last November 12, 2011 , Unfortunately  that day  I  was not able to bring my everyday companion which is a digital camera (my primary reason in going to the mall  is  Christmas shopping  )  without thinking of an exhibit being held at the place.

Petronas Twin Tower  of Malaysia

I had to come a week later , in order to take pictures of the wonderful exhibit. With many curious on-lookers and two nosy security guards watching carefully on  every moves of every individual taking pictures and passers-by.

Merlion  of Singapore along side with Bank of Asia building of Thailand and Petronas Twin Tower of Malaysia

They would constantly be reminding everyone not to take pictures inside the plastic covered  exhibit . Baka masira ang exhibit ” The exhibit might get ruin.

Saint James Church , Kadayawan Festival of Davao and Nativity Scene 

Some passers-by would make a snide  comment ” Ang sungit naman ng mga guards na iyan, akalain naman nila sisirain ang mga exhibit na iyan” .   The guards are  sulky  , They thought that we will destroy the exhibit.

Philippine jeepney, Statute of Rizal and Saint James Church 

I politely told them that the lego bricks on display are just temporarily fixed they might get topped by just a mere blow of the wind ” .

 Great Wall of China , Forbidden Palace Gate, Tiananmen Square and Dragon Dance 

  I saw a lot of children and children at heart viewing the lego exhibit.  Someone from the organizers told me that there are a lot of lego collectors around the world and even in the Philippines.

Snowman

 LEGO Group  a privately held company based in Billund , Denmark . In 1934, his company came to be called “LEGO”, from the Danish phrase leg godt, which means “play-well”. By 1947 the company began its expansion by making plastic toys. Two years later in 1949 , Lego began producing the now famous interlocking bricks, calling them “Automatic Binding Bricks”. These bricks were based largely on the patent of Kiddicraft Self-Locking Bricks, which were released in the United Kingdom in 1947.

Farm lands complete with planted vegetables,  tractors, livestock and farm houses

The company’s flagship product, Lego, consists of colorful interlocking plastic bricks and an accompanying array of gears, mini figurines  and various other parts. Lego bricks can be assembled and connected in many ways, to construct such objects as vehicles, buildings, and even working robots. Anything constructed can then be taken apart again, and the pieces used to make other objects.

 capitol building of Camarines Norte

The toys were originally designed in the 1940’s in Denmark and have achieved an international appeal, with an extensive subculture that supports Lego movies, games, video games, competitions, and  at least about half a dozen  Lego theme amusement parks .

Grand Carousel 

A big portion of  the exhibit was executed by a Filipino lego collector  named Mr. Jigs  Manaloto . He started to collects the building blocks since he was 6 years-old! Together with four other enthusiasts they are responsible for building this project in the Philippines.

Star wars in battle  

Lego exhibits are on the tour in several Asian countries  like Indonesia in 2009, 2010 in Malaysia, 2011 in the Philippines and next year in Thailand (2012 ).

Poster of the event held at SM Mall Of Asia – Main Atrium

 I was able to catch their public exhibition last August 12 to 27, 2011 at the SM Mall of Asia  with the theme ” Lego Pilipinas Tara Na at SM Mall of Asia ! ” featuring various Philippine tourist spots  and  last September in Greenbelt-5   Makati  which is very successful.

Relief  Map of the Philippines depicting various tourist spots  photo taken last August, 2011

According to one of the staff  ” the reception of the public is very warm , from young children who barely can speak , teenagers  and even senior citizens “. We are planning to have several more public events next year in the country.

                                                                    

Eiffel Tower of  Paris, France with a curious passers-by

This is not just ordinary tour,  ( you learn geography , famous landmarks, architecture , culture )   People who buys lego sets can also extend a helping hands to the children across the region.

poster 

In partnership with World Vision -Philippines , an  international advocacy organization ( with local chapter) which focused on and assisting the needs, rights and responsibilities of children through sustainable development and education.

 There are 2 ways to help the cause, One is the  Php 100 pesos and Php 200 pesos donation by making a Lego Santa and a Lego Christmas Tree .  Another highlight  during the opening of the event was the lightning of the Christmas Tree by World Vision ambassador Mr. Sam Concepcion . 

winter village accompanied by santa clause 

The exhibit is divided into 4 categories

 Lego Lego Asiafamous Asian landmarks including the Philippines are featured.

Lego Europe– famous landmarks of Europe are featured.

Lego North Pole –  white Christmas and snow theme park are featured .

Lego -Universe –futuristic , science fiction movie characters  are featured.

Taipei 101 Building and Tokyo Tower standing side by side – two of Asia’s most important landmarks

 Snow man and a snow resort

Warriors in a fight scene

Clone Turbo Tank

Lord Garmadon

At the center of the exhibit rise a Christmas Tree Lego bricks made from over 750,000 pieces ! with a Length of 5 meters, Wight  of 5 meters and a Height of 7 meters or almost 21 feet  ! This is a landmark on its own.

Christmas Tree made from Lego bricks at night time 

Lego Christmas tree taken on a different angle during late afternoon

Aside from the exhibit, there is also a contest where kids from 4 years old to 14 years old are invited to join  the lego making contest.

Children busy making their own lego set

Participants will have the chance to win LEGO products worth 5,000 pesos  . Age categories are 4-6 yrs. old, 7-10 yrs. old and 11-14 yrs. old.

Letting your kids play bricks is also a way of interaction with other kids, it improves hand-and-eye coordination and  challenges their imagination to build structures they want as it boosts their self-esteem.

The children are encourage to built their own lego set using their creativity and imagination, there is no right or wrong .

pictures of different kids  with their lego toy creation posted in a wall 

Then their works are taken pictures and are posted on the Lego Picture wall or their facebook account were everyone can view what these children had created.

LEGO AROUND THE WORLD EXHIBIT

SM City North EDSA The Block

2nd Floor, The Block Bldg. North Ave. cor. EDSA, Quezon City

Telephone # 929.6686

Exhibit runs from November 12, 2011 to January 12, 2012

References:

Clague, Kevin, Miguel Agullo, and Lars C. Hassing. LEGO Software Power Tools, With LDraw, MLCad, and LPub. 2003. ISBN 1-931836-76-0

Willicense, Fransisco. “The LEGO Incorporation: How LEGO Started” ISBN 0-18361-46372

 WWW.Lego.com : http://www.lego.com/en-us/Default.aspx

Horti-ASIA 2012

poster of the event

(NEO ) The leading exhibitor in Thailand with over 20 years of experience  is proud to present to the general public an international trade show of horticulture and floricultural production and processing named Horti ASIA 2012.

This prestigious event will be held from May 9 to 11, 2012 at the BITEC Exhibition Halls, Bangkok, Thailand, welcoming over 250 horticultural breeding, propagating, and producing companies and more than 8,000 buyers in the same categories around Asia-Pacific region.

The Philippines’ horticulture has always been an area of our interest, and this gives us an opportunity and all the reasons to do a special event in Manila.

In this milieu, we are inviting you and your office to attend and be part of our official Press Kickoff Conference. This press conference–buffet will be held on February 10, 2012 at the Sulô Riviera Hotel, Diliman, Quezon City, starting at 10AM onwards. We will be sending you an official invitation letter, invitation card and tentative agenda not later than January 2012 to follow up with our request.

For other inquiries or more information, please feel free to contact our Philippine press conference partner Valkyries, Inc., through Ms. Weng Santos, at +632-984-8138, mobile +63918-206-7257 or emails info@valkyriesinc.com or busdev@valkyriesinc.com. We look forward to meeting and welcoming you to Horti ASIA 2012!

 

 

 

 

Holy Cross Memorial Park Horticulture Walk

Holy Cross Memorial Park is one of the private memorial parks located in Barangay San Bartolome , Novaliches , Quezon CityMetro Manila that is a favorite place for joggers and a perfect place to relax .

rows of anahaw palm

ficus trees lined the street going to the park

The park is home to more than 150 species of trees and flowering plants  plus about two dozen known birds. Every Year there were at least  75,000 to 150,000 people who visit the  their beloved ones who are buried . There is a also a group joggers from different associations.

Spathodea campanulata or African Tulip Tree

This tree species  was probably introduced to the country  from tropical Africa during the American regime. In certain parts of the world, it is known as the Fountain Tree as well as the Flame of the Forest.

This is a popular ornamental tree in the tropics and is much appreciated for its showy reddish-orange or crimson flowers. It can provide ample shade and because of its bright flowers, it’s always a colorful addition to any garden. The wood is difficult to burn, so the tree is also valuable for fire resistant landscaping. It is cultivated in parks, gardens, and along roadsides. It is commonly seen growing around Metro Manila and Tagaytay area and is often considered an evergreen, though it sheds its leaves during summer.

The flower buds form a ball-shaped cluster. Each brown banana-shaped flower bud is filled with water, forming a natural water pistol when squeezed. The outer buds bloom first before the inner ones. The tree blooms year round and a flower lasts about 3 days. The ripe pods split open into a woody, boat-shaped form. Children use them in boat races, by placing the opened pods in a fast flowing drain.

Medicinal Value:

Though there is no reported folkloric use here in the Philippines, Its leaves, root bark, stems, and fruits yield alkaloids, tannin, saponin, steroids, terpenoids, and flavonoid and are used in African medicines. In some African countries, the stem bark is used as a paste for healing wounds as it has anti-microbial properties. In Ghana, the stem bark and leaf are used for treatment of dyspepsia and peptic ulcer; while the leaf, root bark, and fruit is used for arthritis and fractures.

Though there is no reported folkloric use here in the Philippines, its leaves, root bark, stems, and fruits yield alkaloids, tannin, saponin, steroids, terpenoids, and flavonoid and are used in African medicines. In Africa, the stem bark is used as a paste for healing wounds as it has anti-microbial properties. In Ghana, the stem bark and leaf are used for treatment of dyspepsia and peptic ulcer; while the leaf, root bark, and fruit is used for arthritis and fractures. The stem bark is also used for toothaches and stomach aches while the root bark and seeds are used for stomach ulcers.

a traditional Chinese-style family mausoleum

This tree can survive in shaded areas, but it requires full sunlight exposure to be able to grow fast and bloom with an abundance of flowers. It can even grow faster when there is plenty of moisture though it endures droughts by shedding leaves.

Couroupita guianensis or Cannon Ball Tree

Couroupita guianensis, whose common names include Ayahuma or  Cannonball Tree, is an  tree allied to the Brazil nut (Bertholletia excelsa), and is native to tropical northern South America and to the southern Caribbean . In India it has been growing for the past two or three thousand years at least, as attested by textual records; hence it is possible that it is native to India also. It’s part of the family Lecythidaceae and grows up to 25m (82ft) in height.

flower

The “Cannonball Tree” is so called because of its brown cannon-ball-like fruits. The majority of these trees outside their natural environment have been planted as a botanical curiosity, as they grow very large, distinctive flowers. Its flowers are orange, scarlet and pink in color, and form large bunches measuring up to 3m in length. They produce large spherical and woody fruits ranging from 15 to 24cm in diameter, containing up to 200 or 300 seeds a piece.

Introduction:

This introduced species was probably brought to the country during the American regime . Its decorative flowers and fruit makes this tree ideal as a focal point in large gardens and estate. However it is not recommended to plant this tree in small garden spaces .

The tree gets its common name from the large, spherical fruits it produces. The fruit falls from the tree and cracks open when it hits the ground when mature, often causing the sound of a small explosion. The fruit emits an unpleasant aroma when exposed to the air. Individual seeds within the “ball” are coated with hair, which is thought to protect the seed when it is ingested and may also help in the passage of the seed through the intestines.

Traveller’s palm

Ravenala madagascariensis, commonly known as  Traveller’s Palm, is a species of plant from Madagascar. However , horticulturists do not consider this plant as a true palm(family Arecaceae) but a member of the bird-of-paradise family, Strelitziaceae.this plant is the sole member of its genus. This plant was introduced to the country during the early American regime and is widely distributed as a common landscaping plant material.

Chrysalidocarpus  lutescens called palmera / butterfly palm

  Local folk called this palmera because of its fronts and commonly used as an ornamental plant and backdrop for flower arrangements . This is a common palm found in most pan-tropical countries around the world.

A slender , clustering palm that can grow height to more than 12 meters. The graceful yellow green leaves and can reach up to 2 meters. This palm is native to Madagascar and was introduced in the early 20th century in the country as landscaping material. It is now commonly found in parks , private homes and this palm is also popular as indoor potted plant.

a flowering palm

Cassia fistula, known as the Golden shower tree , is a flowering plant in the family Fabaceae,   native to southern Asia, from southern Pakistan east through India, Mayanmar and south to Sri Lanka.

Golden shower tree or Cassia fistula

It is the national tree of  Thailand, and its flower is Thailand’s national flower. It is also state flower of Kerala in India and of immense importance amongst Malayali population.  This is a very popular plant throughout its range and has medicinal and folkloric uses.

Hyophorbe lagenicaulis or bottle palm

Bottle palm was introduced to the country some  20 to 30 years ago via Bangkok, Thailand  and Florida nurseries  , Filipino landscapers usually used this palm to landscape the front lawns  of the houses. The compact growth of this palm is ideal for those who do not have large spaces. There are specimen sized palm planted in some exclusive villages in Forbes Park , Corinthian Garden, Valle Verde, Ayala- Alabang  and in Greenhills .

Chua family mausoleum

Bottle Palm has a large swollen (sometimes bizarrely so) trunk. It is a myth that the trunk is a means by which the palm stores water. Bottle Palm has only four to six leaves open at any time. The flowers of the palm arise from under the crown shaft.

Roystonea regia or Royal Palm

Royal palm was introduced to the country during the late Spanish period and was planted in public places such as in Malecon drive ( aka Bonifacio Drive) , Intramuros , Hardin Botanico de Manila now known as Mehan Garden .

Roystonea is a genus of eleven species  of monoecious palm, native to the Caribbean Islands and the adjacent coasts of  Florida , Central and South America. Commonly known as the royal palms, the genus was named for Roy Stone, an engineer in the US Army . It contains some of the most recognizable and commonly cultivated palms in tropical and subtropical regions.

Champaka trees planted in one of the family graves

The flowers are used in Southeast Asia for several purposes. They are primarily used for worship at temples whether at home or out, and more generally worn in hair by girls and women as a means of beauty ornament as well as a natural perfume. Flowers are used to be floated in bowls of water to scent the room, as a fragrant decoration for bridal beds, and for garlands.

rows of anahaw palm

Aside from its wealth of plants and birds, Holy Cross Memorial Park  is the final resting place of controversial massacre victims of Vizconde family and Mr. Renato Victor A. Ebarle Jr. son of  Undersecretary Renato Ebarle Sr.who works for the Office of the Presidential chief of staff during the Arroyo presidency.

final resting place of Mr. Renato Ebarle Jr.

Mr. Renato Ebarle Jr. died in a tragic road rage shooting incident which involve the son of  Mrs. Marilyn Aguilar -Pollard in November 18, 2009 .  There are also unique tombstone and family mausoleum located within the memorial park .

castle inspired mausoleum

Assistant Pastor Lina C. Almeda tomb

Assistant Pastor Lina C. Almeda is the wife of Pastor Wildie E.Almeda of Jesus Miracle Crusade International Ministry , her tomb is a mecca for the followers of JMIC members.

She was fervent in teaching about loving, obeying, and totally surrendering one’s life to the Lord. She was passionate about living and teaching a life of holiness. She died on January 24, 2004.

Mussaenda philippica variety aurorae

This is a tropical shrub or sub-shrub that will grow to 10ft tall in tropical areas, but more likely will reach 1-3ft tall in containers. Clusters (corymbs) of small, tubular flowers with five spreading lobes bloom in summer, however it is the large and colorful, ovate, leaf-like sepals (to 3” long) that provide the real ornamental display. Some individual flowers in each cluster will develop a single enlarged sepal. Elliptic to ovate, bright green leaves (to 6” long). Hybrids typically feature flowers in red and/or yellow with showy sepals of white, bright red or pink.

Origin: named after Donya Aurora Aragon- Quezon , wife of a former President Manuel Luis Quezon of the Philippines .

White Mussaenda also commonly called  Virgin Tree or Donya Aurora can be grown as ornamental in parks and public gardens or along roadsides, byways and highways. Use in landscaping, this plant serves well as a decorative specimen with its showy blooms and would fit beautifully in home gardens too! Attractive to butterflies, bees,  and insect pollinators as a nectar plant.

tombstone with Tagalog inscription

family mausoleum with interesting cathedral -like dome

                                                            a circular family mausoleum ( some architectural details  have some  similarities of planetarium in Luneta )

The golden form of Golden Vietcha or Adonidia merrillii  golden is widely used as landscaping plant

This is a mutant variety of the, Bunga China , Bunga de Jolo, Manila Palm or Christmas Palm.The palm can reach up to  a height of 15-20 feet. The gently arching fronds are bright green and grow lushly from the top of the crown shaft. They grow to a length of 5 feet with leaflets up to 2 feet long by 2 inches wide.

Two foot long, branched flower stalks emerge from the area where the crownshaft meets the gray trunk. Pale green flower buds open into spidery cream-colored blossoms.

Tale of Discovery:

One mutant palm that has made a lot of growers much richer is the so-called Golden Veitchia. This is a golden mutation of the ordinary Bunga China or Veitchia merrillii. This was first discovered in the garden of Mr. Cesar Pecson in Singalong, Manila, in the mid-1980s. It came from the fruits of a Bunga China planted beside the gate of Pecson’s home.

According to Mr. Zacarias  Sarian , While having snack  in Pecson’s garden,  Mr. Sarian  saw some of the seedlings that sprouted from the fallen fruits on the ground had golden leaves. He suggested to Pecson that he pot those golden seedlings and then sell them at the Baclaran plant market where he had a stall. That’s exactly what he did and was glad to sell them at only P25 per seedling. When he observed that people were buying his seedlings, Pecson raised his price. He raised all the more when the plant traders from Bangkok learned about the Golden Veitchia and bought everything that was available.

Somehow traders from Bangkok and Malaysia were able to buy some seedlings of the mutant variety which they re-package the name Golden Butia or Golden Vietcha !

Many of the local growers made money by selling some of their full grown plants to landscapers at a high price. Some of the plants they retained bore fruit and they also produced Golden Veitchia seedlings which they were able to sell at a good price.

In Thailand, the Nong Nooch Garden Resort is now growing Golden Veitchia by the hectares and is selling them at a high price. The price of the mutant variety sky rocketed and even reach a several thousand of pesos !This has made not a few growers not just a little richer.

Since the Thai’s were very good in cultivating the mutant strain , they were able to successfully marketed in mass quantities  in just matter of years .

Now, the price of the mutant variety is more affordable but still more expensive then the ordinary form.

                                       Bread Fruit/ Kamansi/ Rimas (Tagalog ) Kolo

Breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis) is a species of  the mulberry family, Moraceae  growing throughout Southeast Asia and most Pacific Ocean islands. Its name is derived from the texture of the cooked fruit, which has a potato-like flavor, similar to fresh-baked bread.

The ancestors of the Polynesians found the trees growing in the northwest New Guinea area around 3500 years ago. They gave up the rice cultivation they had brought with them from ancient Taiwan, and raised breadfruit wherever they went in the Pacific (except Easter Island and New Zealand, which were too cold). Their ancient eastern Indonesian cousins spread the plant west and north through insular and coastal Southeast Asia. It has, in historic times, also been widely planted in tropical regions elsewhere.

                                                                                         Banaba tree in bloom

Lagerstroemia speciosa  is a  decidious tropical flowering tree, 5 to 10 m high, sometimes growing to a height of 20 meters. Leaves, large, spatulate, oblong to elliptic-ovate, 2-4 inches in width, 5-8 inches in length; shedding its leaves the first months of the year. Before shedding, the leaves are bright orange or red during which time it is thought to contain higher levels of corosolic acid). Flowers are racemes, pink to lavender; flowering from March to June. After flowering, the tree bears large clumps of oval nut like fruits.

Author’s note: Most of the trees and plants that the author featured in the horticulture walk blooms on a seasonal basis. It is wise to plan  the tour in order to see what is flowering for a particular month.

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2nd Thailand Trade Exhibition 2011

2nd Thailand Trade Exhibition poster

Thailand Trade Exhibition in Manila featured  Thailand’s most comprehensive showcase of prime-quality export-grade products in the Philippines.

There are more than 70 Thai exporters of household and kitchenware, food and beverages, garment and textile, fashion accessories and many more business sectors, will present their products in one event.

Thai Airways booth

Thai Airways International Public Company Limited is the national carrier of the Kingdom of Thailand. It operates domestic, regional and intercontinental flights radiating from its home base in Bangkok to key destinations around the world and within Thailand. The company’s fully paid up share capital amounts to 16,988,765,500 Baht (9 May 2005) and is 53.77% owned by the Ministry of Finance, the Thai Government. At the end of September 2004, consolidated total assets of the company amounted to 193,211 million Baht. In its operations, THAI has achieved profitability every year for the last 40 consecutive years.

Thai Airways International was founded in 1960 as a joint venture between Thailand’s domestic carrier, Thai Airways Company (TAC) and Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) with the Scandinavian carrier initially providing a 30% share capital of two million Baht. SAS also provided operations, managerial and marketing expertise, with training assistance aiming at building a fully independent national airline within the shortest possible time.

Website: http://www.thaiairways.com/homepage/en/home.htm

entrance  to  the 2nd Thailand Trade Exhibition at the World Trade Center in Pasay City

list of exhibitors

Made in Thailand Exhibition was held in Manila at the World Trade Center from 28 April – 1 May 2011.

Photo gallery of  King Bhumibol Adulyadej   

There was a photo gallery of  King Bhumibol Adulyadej  or Rama IX  . He was born in December 5, 1927 (and within the Thai royal family and to close associates simply as Lek). Having reigned since 9 June 1946, He is the  currently the world’s longest serving head of state and the longest -reigning  monarch in Thailand history .

Many Thais respect the Royalty ,  King Bhumibol is credited with a social-economic theory of self-sufficiency . His personal wealth is tremendous: according to Forbes magazine , the King’s personal fortune, some of which is managed by the Crown Property Bureau was estimated to  be US$30 billion in 2010.

He is the wealthiest man in Thailand and the world’s wealthiest royal. Bhumibol himself has made donations to numerous development projects in Thailand, in areas including agriculture, environment, public health, occupational promotion, water resources, communications and public welfare. Commemoration of Bhumibol’s contributions to Thailand are ubiquitous in the Thai media.

Pantainorasingh Manufacturer Co. Itd.

Pantai Norasingh was considered as a legend in Thailand,He is known for his honesty and royalty and his name was  named after him as a role model.  The company was established in 1962 , Pantainorasingh Manufacturer Co. Itd.  Is a frontrunner among producer and exporter of  Thai sauces,  seasonings and chili paste

The brand is known in more than 40 countries such as the United States of America,  Middle East, Europe, Canada, Middle East, Australia, South East Asia among others.

chili sauce , fish sauce , soy sauce among other products of the company exhibited during the trade fair

Their 31 acre’s of  factory land  in Thailand boast of being Halal certified, newest technology and accredited with numerous awards such as Prime Minister’s Export Award in 2005 , BRC certification, GMP, HACCP,  and ISO 9001:2000

Contact Information: Sales Office: Bangkok

196/3-4 Pradiphat Road, Samsennai, Phayathai, Bangkok, 10400, Thailand

Telephone # (66 2) 265-6999

Fax: (66 2) 265-6996-7

Head Office – Factory

99 Moo 2. Tambol Galoong , Maung,  Samut Sakhon 74000, Thailand

Telephone # (66 34) 814-0000

Fax # ( 66 34) 814-028

Website: http://www.pantainorasingh.com/

Heritage Snacks and Food Corporation

This multinational corporation was founded in 1943  as a leading  wholesaler in dried nuts and fruits . The company had since expanded and founded Heritage Snacks and Food Company in 1986.  Since then the company had been pioneering in agricultural processing and packaging for numerous countries around the world.  Today the company has grown into 9 different companies operating in 6 countries. The company had also its own cashew plantation which started in 1993 in the region and in Laos. The slogan ” Simply Delicious and Amply Nutritious ”  because of its  commitment to producing delicious foods  and snacks while providing  superior products sold under 3 brands namely:  Nut WalkerNature’s Sensation and Heritage.

Local Shows ( Thailand)

  • Thaifex World of Food Asia in Thailand
  • The Food & Ingredients Asia in Thailand
  • The USA Fair in Bangkok
  • The Food Carnival in Bangkok

Shows outside of Thailand

  • The Foodex Japan, Makuhari Tokyo
  • The Anuga Exhibition, Cologne Germany
  • The Sial Exhibition, Paris France
  • The Sial Exhibition, Shanghai China

Awards

  • 2007 Sainsbury New Supplier of the Year
  • 2005 Prime Minister’s Export Award for Distinctive Development
    & Marketing of Thai Owned Brand “Nut Walker”
  • 1999 Prime Minister’s Export Award for A Good Performance
    Export of Thailand
  • 1989 Export Product Award by Minister of Foreign Affairs

Head Office, Thailand

Putthamonthon Office
202-202/2 Putthamonthon Sai 4 Rd., Moo 5, Kratumlom,Sampran, Nakornpathom 73220, Thailand.
Fax: (66) 2813-1847
Email: hmcnuts@samart.co.th

Showroom

200/34-36 Soi Yosse, Plabplachai Rd., Watthepsirin Pomprabasattrupai, Bangkok 10100,  Thailand.
Tel: (66) 2621-6126-7,2225-6725-6
Fax: (66) 2226-1955

Website: http://www.heritagethailand.com

Bioway Nature Products

Company

Bioway is an original Thai company which develops, manufactures and markets natural and organic products for odor control, skin care and body care.

Mission

Our mission is to develop healthy organic natural products for the purpose they serve and to ensure that the natural balance is maintained. In this way we want to contribute to protect our planet’s ecosystem and preserve the beauty of the world.

Products

Bioway odor control products eliminate the cause of unpleasant odors at the source by using organic enzymes in a unique formula blended with oils of Thai fragrant flowers and herbs. Products are extremely effective, 100 % biodegradable, safe for health and environment. In this innovation we use the power of nature to create a comfortable natural balance in the air we breathe in.

Nature Great skin care and body care products have been developed from the gifts of nature. These bio nature care products are innovative combinations of natural extracts and organic ingredients, formulated to products with high performance. All products are developed according to modern science, SB Technology and the result of extensive research and testing. Nature Great brings natural balance in beauty and care and improves the quality of the skin under different conditions.

Technology

Bioway products are developed under guidance of Mr. Subin Phanlertchamnan, graduated in Medical Sciences at the Mahidol University and gained extensive work experience in the Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok. Suranaree University of Technology in Nakhon Ratchasima and The National Innovation Agency ( NIA)of the Ministry of Science and Technology of Thailand, support us in our innovations and developments.

Our SB-Tech Enzyme and Bacteria Technology is the product of a fermentation process that yields unique enzymes of microbes. To improve performance we added carefully selected and tested natural substances to increase biological activity to accelerate the degradation process of organic contaminants. These unique blends are today among the most powerful enzyme formulations for odor control, skin care and anti-aging.

Brand : Nature Great + Bioway

Address : 111 SURAPAT TOWER (117) SURANAREE UNIVERSITY, T.SURANAREE, MUANGNAKHON
RATCHASIMA, NAKHON RATCHASIMA, 30000

Tel : 66-44-224867 Mobile : 081-0119993 Fax : 66-44-224867 E-Mail : bioway99@hotmail.com

Website : www.biowaynature.com

Contact : MR. SUBIN PHANLERTCHAMNAN- Director 

BaBaAn Fertilizer

BaBaAn, a new multifunctional additive of fertilizers, has been developed for years and is manufactured by only HuaTaiLian Pesticide & Chemicals Co., Ltd. Guangdong. On the same conditions, application of BaBaAn mixed with fertilizers stimulates the growth of roots hairs and the development of crops, increases the dispersion of leaf buds, protects flowers and fruits, strengthens their resistance to harmful agents, improves the efficiency of fertilizer, and increases the yields of crops. The results of its tests conducted by authoritative institutes showed that application of BaBaAn mixed with fertilizer increases the fertilizer effects by 85% and the utilization percent by 20-27%; this equal to the effects of applying more 20 kilograms of fertilizers of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium per MU. Therefore, BaBaAn not only increases yields and incomes, but also saves fertilizers, labours and costs.

 orchid cut- flowers vase life  is said to last longer with the application of this liquid

BaBaAn, a new multifunctional additive fertilizers, has been in development for years and is manufactured only by
G.G.D. Trading (Thailand) Co., Ltd. The application of the fertilizer  stimulates the growth of root hairs and the development of crops, increases the dispersion of leaf buds, protects flowers pole to be loosened from stem and fruits core to come off from branch, strengthens their resistance to harmful agents, improves the efficiency of fertilizers, and increases the yields of crops. The results of its tests conducted by authoritative institutes showed that application of BaBaAn increases the fertilizer effects by 85% and the utilization percent by 20-27%. Therefore, BaBaAn not only increases yields and income, but also saves fertilizers and labor costs.

Website: http://www.bangkokflower.com

 Producer & Distributor

G.G.D. Trading (Thailand) Co., Ltd.

Address: 26/1 Moo 3 Petchkasem 69 Rd.,
Laksong, Bangkae, Bangkok 10160 THAILAND

Tel. +662 421-1075, +662 421-4722

Fax. +662 421-1457

Email :
info@thailandfertilizer.com

website: www.thailandfertilizer.com

Medicos Company LTD. offers massage to the trade visitors  using traditional Thai ointments and practice

For more information, please contact Thai Trade Center, Manila, Tel: (632) 894 0403

Royal Thai Embassy, 107 Thailand (Rada) Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City, Metro Manila, The Philippines
Tel. (632) 815-4219-20 Fax. (632) 815-4221