Preparation to Make on Chinese Eve
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Chinese New year Celebrations

A Filipino-version of sharing an old Chinese traditions to enhance the animosity of life in general. We’ve been listing down notes and digesting the works of Feng Shui for a couple of years. Before the start of Metal Rabbit [February 03] here’s what you need to prepare.

1) Schedule a general cleaning [house and rooms]
2) Have a haircut
3) Change bedsheets and linens
4) Purchase new undies and pj’s
5) Give oranges, if your sosyal give red “ampao” envelope 🙂
6) Rice urn should be full
7) Coins with red ribbon
8) Have some fresh flowers to attract energy.
9) Pay all your debts
10) Resolve differences with family members, friends, neighbors and business associates.
11) Also if time permits, make a sweet & sour fish, shrimp [dynamism], noodles [longevity] & roasted pork [prosperity]. 🙂
12) Positive thinking, prayer & hardwork


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Welcome Metal Rabbit – Year 2011!!!

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The Busy Road to Ongpin Street 

Welcomes The Year of the Metal Rabbit 2011

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Chinese New Year Celebrations

Kung Hei Fat Choi!
Ongpin has been my fave place ever since I got myself pinned down to feng shui   addiction. Ongpin or Binondo is the little Chinatown found in Manila surrounded by shopping haven Divisoria, Carriedo and a lot more streets for merchandise/goods. Rain and I was headed to Divisoria to purchase some raw materials for some project/s and as well as to score some chinese “anik-anik” [trinkets].
From the stretch of Juan Luna St. you’ll find the Shrine of San Lorenzo Ruiz, turn to church left side [Paredes St.], it’s the start of strutting Chinese New Year feel. We re here for our yearly forecasts and fruits collection for our chinese new year traditions. And to sweep away bad lucks and know more cures for life enhancement. Of course we never forget to pray, more positive thinking and hardwork. This is my photoblog adventure we want to share.
Ongpin/Binondo Tour During Feb. 2 2011 Chinese New Year's Eve

Chinese New year Celebrations

Festive celebration to welcome the Year of the Metal Rabbit on Chinese New Year will be held at the Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park on Wednesday, February 2.

Filipinos and Chinoys at Binondo are gearing up to celebrate the incoming 

Chinese New Year. Binondo Chinese community will 
lead the countdown to the New Year on February 2 to herald the coming of 2011.
This marks the first time that the City of Manila, the Embassy of the People’s 
Republic of China to the Philippines, and the 
Department of Tourism-National Park Development Committee are joining hands 
with Chinoy organizations to celebrate the occasion.

The celebration will commence with a grand parade at 4:30 p.m. which will start from Plaza Lorenzo Ruiz (Binondo Plaza) to Quirino Grandstand.

A countdown to the Year of the Metal Rabbit will be held, which will be followed by a fireworks display at 12 a.m.Students of Chinese Filipino schools and Manila public schools will perform with ABS-CBN talents at a cultural program which starts at 6 p.m.

Chinoy organizations such as the Federation of Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industries Inc., Chinese Filipino Business Club Inc., Federation of Filipino Chinese Alumni Associations Inc., and the Association of Chinese Filipino Schools in the Philippines are co-organizing the event.

Filipinos and Chinese have had close cultural, social and economic ties for centuries.

The Chinese influence has long made a mark in Philippine culture, and many Filipinos have embraced Chinese traditions, among them observing feng shui guidelines, wearing red and participating in lion dances during festivities, and enjoying tikoy, a sticky rice cake. 

Manila’s Chinatown are embraced with old-beliefs tradition, vivid and color-rich decoration are now put in its place to welcome luck to enter everyone’s threshold. Prosperity lanterns, ampao-red money envelopes, lucky charms, kiat-kiats and pineapple fruits, garlic, peanuts and ginger are abundant in every corner. 
If you have time, try to mingle with Binondo and share some good vibes. 🙂
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Red Ribbon features Barbie Theme Cakes

Late November 2010,  we received a snail mail from EQ Diapers (as a loyal brand user) birthday card/reward for Drei’s coming birthday. EQ gave her a 10% OFF from Red Ribbon Barbie Cakes and a 40% discount on Selecta ice cream variants [redeemable at  any 7/11 branch]. Sleepless nights as the kid clamor to pay a visit to a nearest Red Ribbon and her mindset was the  Barbie Palace Princess cake and no other design can replace it. 🙂
 kid’s ultimate wish-cake last December 2010

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What to expect from your Sun Cellular Easy Broadband

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Recently, we’ve switched from SmartBro to Sun Wireless Broadband. Bad experiences from Smartbro services to our area/location, when the weather is cloudy or gloomy, the signals are low meaning connections are way too slow [you can have your pedicure done!]. Worst when it rains, the system is down! Alas! my hubby’s officemates are users of Sun wireless and recommended, it as suggested the speed are okay and monthly dues are not that high.

Manila Ocean Park

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The best time to enjoy Manila Ocean Park’s Oceanarium is to come early. Get ahead of the line or you might want to consider buying ticket in advance (check out Manila Ocean Park website for group package discount). MOP also join online deals on group buying sites, these can save you a few bucks. Wear light and comfortable clothes where kids can move around despite the humid weather at the bayside. Bring mineral water or energy drink (like Gatorade) to quench thirst.

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Sofitel-Philippine Plaza Manila
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This staycation was in April 2010.

Hotel-hopping to Sofitel’s suite [Superior Room] assigned to us was so cool and spacious. It goes with a balcony overlooking the bay, Cultural Center of the Philippines [CCP], Mall of Asia [MOA] and Manila Ocean Park.

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Manila Hotel Revisited

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We were invited for a Pediatrics Convention 2010 last summer,  actually went here for a swim! My only comment, Manila Hotel being known as an old historic hotel gets creepy at nights and the atmosphere was something like I can’t explain, maybe its just me waking up 3AM by some unknown force.  But overall rating, the hotel is something Filipinos to be proud of. 🙂

The hotel accommodation [that time with the on-going convention] includes a buffet breakfast for doctors and its whole family at the Mabuhay Palace and unlimited use of what else? The pool!

Here’s a few old facts about this place: Built and opened its doors in 1912 , the Manila Hotel has been known as the “Address of Prestige” to the most distinguished & discriminating guests like Gen. Douglas MacArthur, President Dwight Eisenhower, Emperor Akihito of Japan, Prince Charles, Marlon Brando & world-renowned writer Ernest Hemingway to name a few. Already dubbed as a national landmark in the heart of Manila, no other hotel can boast of being such a significant witness to Philippine history. Hence old age hotels crawls upon those who want some extra horrific adventures.

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Rooms were exquisitely decorated in a classic Filipiniana motif, fully equipped with modern amenities for utmost comfort. Each one of their 500 guest rooms enjoys a magnificent view of the bay and our fabled Manila sunset.