Month: September 2009

Help for Typhoon Ondoy Victims

As you all know, Philippines is hardly hit by the Storm Ondoy.  We all have our stories to tell on how we were affected but there are surely others who suffered (& is still suffering) more.

Here is how you can help:


via SMS:
Philippine National Red Cross – Type RED to 4493 (Smart Money), 2899 (Globe GCash)

via Bank Deposit:
Account Name: The Philippine National Red Cross
Bank: Metrobank
Peso Account # 151-3-041-63122-8
Dollar Account # 151-2-151-00218-2
Branch: Port Area
Type of Account: Savings
Swift Code: MBTC PH MM

Account Name: The Philippine National Red Cross
Bank: Bank of the Philippine Islands
Peso Account # 4991-0010-99
Branch: Port Area
Type of Account: Current

Account Name: The Philippine National Red Cross
Bank: Bank of the Philippine Islands
Dollar Account # 8114-0030-94
Branch: UN Branch
Type of Account: Savings

Account Name: ABS-CBN Foundation Incorporation
Bank: Banco de Oro
Peso Account # 5630060113
Branch: Mother Ignacia

Account Name: ABS-CBN Foundation – Sagip Kapamilya
Bank: Banco de Oro
Peso Account # 39300-48145
Branch: Sct. Albano Branch, Quezon Avenue

Account Name: GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc.
Bank: Metrobank
Peso Account # 3-098-51034-7
Dollar Account # 2-098-00244-2
Type of Account: Savings
Swift Code: MBTC PH MM

Account Name: GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc.
Bank: UCPB
Peso Account # 115-184777-2
Dollar Account # 01-115-301177-9
Type of Account: Savings
Swift Code: UCPB PH MM

Account Name: GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc.
Bank: UCPB
Peso Account # 160-111277-7
Dollar Account # 01-160-300427-6
Type of Account: Savings
Swift Code: UCPB PH MM

Account Name: GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc.
Bank: Banco de Oro
Peso Account # 469-0022189
Dollar Account # 469-0072135
Type of Account: Savings
Swift Code: BNORPHM

Account Name: GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc.
Bank: PNB
Peso Account # 121-0032000-17
Dollar Account # 121-0032000-25
Type of Account: Savings
Swift Code: PNB MPH MM


  • Victory Fort is opening its doors to those affected by the typhoon. Call 813-FORT.
  • NoyMar relief Operations: Clare Amador (+639285205508) or Jana Vicente at +639285205499). Drop off for relief donations is at Balay Expo Center across Farmers Market Cubao.
  • Miriam Quiambao drop off points: One Orchard Road Building in Eastwood, or message for more details.
  • Philippine Army Gym inside Fort Bonifacio or GHQ Gym in Camp Aguinaldo are now distributing donations for Ondoy Victims.
  • Team Manila stores in Trinoma, Mall of Asia, Jupiter Bel-Air and Rockwell shall be accepting relief goods (Canned Goods, Ready-to-drink Milk,Bottled Water and Clothes) for distribution by Veritas.
  • Caritas Manila Office at Jesus St., Pandacan Manila near Nagtahan Bridge (+632-5639298, +632-5639308)
  • Radio Veritas at Veritas Tower West Ave. Cor EDSA (+632-9257931-40)
  • Aranaz Stores in Rockwell & Greenbelt is accepting donations of any kind for Payatas communities affected by Ondoy
  • Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan Task Force Noah, a disaster response arm of the Jesuits, is accepting donations. Please drop it off sa Ateneo Cervini Dorm.
  • Red Cross Load Donations: Right now the easiest way to make donations from the seat of your chair is via mobile phone load. The Red Cross Rescue and Relief Operations. Text: REDAMOUNT to 2899 (Globe) or 4483 (Smart)
  • Ateneo de Manila University is now accepting donations for the victims of Ondoy. Donations can be dropped at MVP Lobby. For those stranded/those who need help: To all students who need help or know of people who need help. Please text the name, location, and contact number to (+6329088877166). ATENEO, which is now an open shelter, accepts refugees. Call (+632917-8952792)
  • Papemelroti stores in 91 Roces Ave. / Ali Mall Cubao / SM City North EDSA / SM Fairview / SM Megamall / Glorietta 3 in Makati / SM Centerpoint / SM Southmall are accepting relief goods (canned goods / milk / bottled water / clothes – NO CASH pls.)
  • Our Lady of Pentecost Parish (+632-4342397, +632-9290665) per Gabe Mercado, donations are very much welcome. The Parish is located at 12 F. Dela Rosa corner C. Salvador Sts., Loyola Heights, Quezon City.
  • Hillsborough Village Chapel – Water, blankets, shoes, and clothes may be sent to Hillsborough Village Chapel in Muntinlupa City. These will go to families whose houses were washed out in the nearby sitios.
  • Greenhills/Mandaluyong/San Juan Area, if you want to help out with the rescue and relief operations, you can drop off your donations (clothes, food, etc..) at La Salle Greenhills Gate 2 tomorrow or volunteer from 9am to receive, sort, repack the donations.
  • Petron: You may bring your relief goods to all Petron branches.
  • LUCA stores (Rockwell, Shang-rila, Eastwood, or GA towers): Send your old clothes & donations (no cash pls).
  • “LUZON RELIEF: Volunteer / Donate / Pray”: Donations can be brought to RENAISSANCE FITNESS CENTER, 2nd Floor, Bramante Building, Renaissance Towers Ortigas, MeralcoAvenue, Pasig City starting MONDAY (Sept.28) / 9am – 7pm Contact Person: Warren Habaluyas (+632929-8713488) or email at
  • MOONSHINE boutique in Rockwell also accepting relief good to help Ondoy victims in Marikina and Cainta.
  • Katipunan Avenue. Contact Erica Paredes at (+632917-4741930) — they need bread, packed juice, sandwich filling (tuna, chicken, anything) You can help her make them, deliver the sandwiches to her house, or help her distribute! Call for more details.
  • Manor Superclub, Eastwood City will accept goods and other emergency items starting Sunday at 10 am.
  • Citizens Disaster Response Center (CDRC): Relief goods for typhoon victims being accepted at 72-A Times St., West Triangle, QC. Tel (+632-9299820/22)
  • MINISTOP IBARRA (Espana cor. Blumentritt, Sampaloc Manila) is also accepting relief goods, Food (non-perishable goods only) Clothing, Medicines, Beds, Pillows, Blankets, Emergency Supplies to help Typhoon Ondoy victims.


*** Information gathered from Google.

肯德基 (KFC Taipei)


肯德基 (KFC Taipei)
Taipei, Taiwan
via MRT – 南勢角 Nanshijiao

There were 4 of us so we decided to order the 9pc chicken package.

For 449NT, we get 4pcs sweet corn, 2 orders french fries, 9pcs chicken, choice of either a liter of green tea or soda.


The big difference I’ve seen between KFC taipei and KFC philippines is that Taipei branches doesn’t serve utensils & plates, we really have to eat KFC chicken using our hands & fingers.

following KFC’s finger-licking good 😛


More pictures from our experience here.

蔥花 (Shinyeh’ Table)


蔥花 (Shinyeh’ Table)
Taipei, Taiwan
886 (2) 2778-8712

After such a tiring day, we decided to have dinner at 蔥花 (Shinyeh’ Table).  We were all a bit tired especially my mom so we didn’t stay long.  The food is nice though, service is cool too!  The server doesn’t speak english so my aunt’s friend ordered for all of us and my mom became the interpreter for the day hehehe.

So if you’re a foreigner and can’t speak chinese, all you can do is just point your finger to the menu dishes that you like to order 😛

Here are what we ordered:

  • 涼ㄚ涼拼盤 Cold Platter Deluxe (290NT)

I didn’t dare try it, cold cuts make me feel that they are not cooked.  so I didn’t bother to try even though it looks delicious.

  • 蔥花卡好空肉 Shinyeh Signature Stewed Pork (180NT)

This one is really good!  I can see that my aunt loved this as well coz she was asking if she could eat more of this lolz!  It was cooked perfectly, meat is tender, sauce is yummy.

  • 鹽酥軟腳蝦 Wok Seared Crispy Shrimp with Green Onion & Garlic (280NT)

We were told that we can eat the shrimp skin.  This is the 1st time that I have eaten shrimp skins.  Hey, it doesn’t taste bad, I think I was actually the one who finished this dish.  My aunt though still didn’t dare to eat the skin, so she has to peel them. 😛

  • 糖醋姥姥 Sweet & Sour Fish (260NT)

Everyone uttered this dish as their favorite.  I felt it just tasted normal but my family & aunt’s friends thought otherwise.  They said that it tasted sooo good and they liked this the best.

  • Green Vegetable

This is put in front of my area so I ate a lot of this dish.  This is a simple dish but tasted good, it was served hot and I totally forgot about it.  So when I took a bite of it, it was like ‘ouch!’ hahaha!

  • 老師對不起 Sorry Teacher (180NT)

  • 蛤蠣泡湯 Clam Soup (220NT)

  • 這個那個西米露 Ziga Zaga Sago Cream (60NT)

Very tasty.  You can really taste the taro and it’s creamy as advertised.  we all liked this 🙂

My aunt for sure had a great time coz she was able to see her long-lost friend and got to chat with her during dinner.  I enjoyed peeling the shrimp for my aunt hahahaha!

You can find pictures from our dinner here.

Emergency Hotlines/Numbers for Storm Ondoy Help

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 You’ll see how the storm ondoy covered almost the whole Philippines.

It has been raining since last night, streets are flooded, many are stranded.

The water even entered the 1st floor of our house.  That’s how strong Storm Ondoy was.  The rain stopped already, I do hope that it won’t rain that hard again coz it’s difficult for all of us.

Here are the numbers you can contact for help:

  • Red Cross
Please send full address of stranded friends/family to Senator Dick Gordon
Landline: 143

Mobile Phone Load Donations: The Red Cross Rescue & Relief Operations.
Send RED to 2899 (Globe) & 4483 (Smart)

  • Metro Manila Development Authority
Landline: 136
  • Coast Guard
  • For Rubber Boat Requests: NCRPO
  • ABS-CBN Typhoon Ondoy Hotline
  • National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC)
Emergency Numbers:

Help Hotlines:

  • Noynoy Aquino & Mar Roxas Disaster Relief
contact Jana Vicente: +639285205499
contact Clare Amador: +639285205499
  • Senator Manuel Villar Jr., Emergency Hotlines for Dump Trucks

On another note, NDCC Chair Gilbert Teodoro mentioned this as a reminder for us “Text, don’t call on cellphones.  Airwaves are swamped.  Connections breaking down.

台北捷運 (Taipei Rapid Transit System)


One thing that I love about Taiwan is their Taipei Rapid Transit System.  It’s just super impressive!

If I live there, I probably won’t even think of buying a car since it’s so accessible (unless you want to go out after midnight).

Taipei Rapid Transit System otherwise called as 台北捷運 (Taipei Metro) is a rapid transport system that serves a large part of Taipei.  It’s very efficient and technology is advanced and environment-friendly too.  The usual 3-hour ride can just be somewhere you can reach for only an hour with Taipei Metro.


I also saw how disciplined the people there are when I rode the Taipei Metro.  Here are just some observations why I said so:

  • they patiently line up while waiting for the train.
  • they wait for people to go down the train before going in.
  • when the train comes, they don’t push people around in order to get in, they follow the line patiently.
  • they voluntarily give up their seats for pregnant women, parents w/ kids, old people.  I even saw a person giving up seat for a young foreigner who brought lots of things.  I’m pretty sure that foreigner have this mindset that ‘geez Taiwan is such a great place!’.
  • since people are not allowed to eat, drink, spit, smoke in the train, the train is pretty neat.

People waiting in the train.  See the lines on the floor?  It’s a guide to where we should line up to wait.  It’s not directly on the door so people going down will not have a hard time leaving the train.  On the ceiling, you’ll see a sign, it shows how much time before the train arrives.


You’ll see from inside the train the current destination, next destination & also the previous destination.  It keeps you informed so you won’t get lost.  Maps are also on some parts of the trains 🙂


The dark blue seats are made for elders, pregnant women, parents w/ small kids/babies.  Even if there are no more seats available and people are already standing up.  You won’t see people seating down there unless they are elders, pregnant women, parents w/ kids.  Impressive!


Far end section of the train where handicapped people can ride & also people with bikes.  Hey, you can bring your bikes on the train!  Cool isn’t it?


Escalators in the station.  Do you notice that the people just stayed on the right side? It’s courtesy for people who are rushing.  You go to the left if you wanna go ahead and climb up the escalator as fast as you can.


Taipei Metro operates everyday from 6AM to 12 Midnight.  Peak hours are 7-9AM & 5-7:30PM.

There are 3 types of tickets for Taipei Metro (Take note: you can even use the card for buses!):

  • IC Single-Journey Ticket – for passengers taking one-way trips
  • EasyCard – for passengers taking multiple trips.  Ticket price is 500NT (100NT deposit & 400NT usable balance).  You can recharge your card through the information centers in the station and also through the automatic recharging machines.
  • One-day Pass – unlimited travel of one-day use.  Ticket price is 200NT (50NT deposit & 150NT usable balance).  We can refund the deposit within 3 days of the activation date.
Ofcourse, there are some things that are prohibited w/c I think are valid.  Better follow them or else you will need to pay 7,500NT as penalty 😛  Here they are:
  • Smoking
  • Spitting
  • Littering
  • eating & drinking (even chewing gum)

There are also lots of signs for etiquette, environmental awareness, reminders, etc. all over the place.





I really hope we could follow the same transit system for the other countries especially the Philippines.  For Metro Manila, I know it’s close to impossible.  This is my challenge for the next president, hope he/she could plan for this so we can have something similar in the future.  This can definitely help the terrible traffic problem that we have in the country.