Seattles Best Coffee @SM Megamall – POOR CUSTOMER SERVICE!

Just remember a bad experience from Seattles Best Coffee in SM Megamall (along MegaStrip) last Monday, Feb 04, 2013. The entire crew – from the utility guy, to the guards and bartenders were all rude. Plus the fact that even if we’re not done and ready to leave, the spotlight on our table was put down, while they let the other diners (from other tables) linger. Given that we maybe a bit loud (with chickahan galore) and all but if we as much created disturbance especially to other diners, they could have asked us to tone down and we’d gladly adhere. They need not rudely treated us so we’d be forced to leave. If anyone happens to know Jayson Raymundo (that’s the name of the branch manager according to one crew member), kindly ask him to re-orient his crew a thing or two about CUSTOMER SERVICE.

Nakakahiya naman sa amin, um-order kami lahat ng drinks with no one seating-in para makiupo lang, tapos sa ibang table, paisa-isa lang tapos kami pa iyong papatayan ng ilaw. Degree holders naman kami at puwedeng kausapin nang matino. We opted not to talk to the manager on duty because she should know what her people are doing at the time she’s there to supervise, right? Who knows if the instruction to turn the light off on our table did actually come from her?

If you happen to drop by Megamall and need to grab a cup of coffee or a blended one, PLEASE DO NOT PATRONIZE SEATTLES BEST in MEGAMALL! Poor, pathetic customer service! I hope this rant would reach the powers that be at Seattles Best Philippines! Thank you!


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Caramoan Trip Tips


1. Check with any Caramoan local if  Survivor is currently shooting. If there’s a current Survivor shoot, you won’t be able to go island hopping to nearby spots.

2. Check if island hopping will be a short trip or a long trip. (March 2012 boat prices as per Kuya Ramil – 2500 long trip, 1500 short trip; the boat I think could accommodate 6 passengers). Apart from the boat rent being high, you would sorely miss all those nearby spots, too (relative to no.1 post) . Please use this website as reference to those islands. I do not own that website. (short trip) and (long trip).

3. Ask the inn you would be staying if it’s in the town proper or in Paniman Beach. If you are to stay at inns in the town proper, you have to at least take a 30-min or less trip to Paniman beach, the jump-off point in island hopping. Being able to dip in the nearby beach is an added perk in staying at Paniman Beach.

4. There is a two-hour trip from Naga to Sabang port. Another two-hour boat ride from Sabang Port to Guijalo Port (Caramoan). At Guijalo Port, around 45-min to an hour trip to Paniman Beach. So please make neccassary travel adjustments (inline with your flight schedule).

5. Earliest boat trip from Sabang to Guijalo Port is 7AM, interval of two hours for succeeding trips. Last time we went there, last trip from Sabang to Guijalo is 1PM. From Guijalo Port to Sabang, earliest is 8AM. I forgot what time the last boat trip is from Guijalo Port. So make sure you don’t schedule your flight to Manila earlier than 1PM (assuming you will take all the earliest trips from Caramoan; CamSur’s airport is in Pili, not in Naga).

<Naga (2 hour jeep or FX van trip) — Sabang Port (2 hour boat ride) — Guijalo Port>

6. If you would be travelling in group, I suggest you don’t take any package tour. Caramoan is backpacker friendly so make it a DIY trip!

7. SUN and GLOBE don’t have signal in Caramoan, so bring a SMART sim with you. (March 2012 was the date we’re there, I am not certain if signals for Sun and Globe have already improved)


Note : We stayed at Kuya Ramil’s house (300/pax/night) who happens to own several boats for island hopping. Contact number : 0907-4351962


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My fear for JESSICA SANCHEZ!!!

Riding on the hype about Jessica Sanchez’ latest performance in American Idol. She did great if not totally awesome. Come on, let’s all be real, ask anyone else in the competition to sing it and tell me if there’s someone who could outdo her version. I could only imagine Jessica singing Power of Love and bringing the house down! Does America and The Judges have ears? There’s a difference between a HIGH NOTE and a LOUD VOICE. SHOUTING doesn’t tantamount to SINGING A HIGH NOTE. Hollie Cavanagh almost broke her throat and cracked on the her last note. Transation in FILIPINO : PARANG PIPIYOK or PARANG PUMIYOK. Yet, her performance was labeled by JLo as “Saving the Best for Last”? Can anyone imagine Hollie singing The Prayer or I will Always Love You? Na-ah. Don’t even wanna go there… hahahaha…Skylar and Erika Van Pelt sure is way better than Hollie, for bleep’s sake! Listen with your ears….hehehe

I would want to believe what others are saying about Jessica not wining in AI. AMERICA IS NOT YET READY TO HAVE AN ASIAN, A FILIPINO, AN ASIAN-MEXICAN-AMERICAN AS AN IDOL. Suggestion to execs of AI, next time, don’t ask other people, esp other races living, working and PAYING TAXES IN AMERICA to come to any of your auditions. And change the name of the show to”STRICTLY FOR AMERICAN with a TRUE AMERICAN DESCENTS” IDOL!

Let’s vote for Jessica Sanchez!

So love this girl.


Hope she earns decent number of votes to get her to Top 5 (GIRLS) in American Idol. If only I could vote for her, even throuh online, but seemed like the voting system’s set to filter location within US only.

So to all our Filipino friends in the US, take two minutes of your time to vote!

My new favorite Romance Writer

Lemme quote her from her website :


A New Breed of Love Stories is coming your way!

I moved heaven and earth just so I could have a pen name. I even went through a secret poll (asking closest friends) , which among the list of names I researched on and put together and jumbled first and last names, they would want me recognised. At long last, a unanimous decision for Yara Alonso was made!

I have always dreamt of being a writer. I guess one could readily identify me as a wide reader. A book I read, just unfortunate to have forgotten the name and author of that book, once mentioned “If there’s one book you want to read, yet ,you seem can’t find it, you must write that book”. So here I am, fulfilling the author’s call to write.

Why romance writing?

A friend asked me that question once. That friend sort of envisioned me being a journalist. He said I always have an opinion on almost everything. Well, I think I am opinionated, too much for my own good sometimes, but I tried veering away by reading romance pocketbooks.

Some ask, why romance writing? I say why not. English they say is the international language. I say it isn’t, I believe it’s love. Even blind, deaf, mute and handicapped people fell in love. Some have crushes as early as six years old. That is indeed a manifestation that a strong feeling, a strong emotion is possible to exist in a person. It may not be love yet, but if it flourishes it would likely turn to love.

Love is a universal language. A Chinese would speak Mandarin, a Japanese Nihongo, an American English and yet regardless of origin, anyone knows and understands LOVE. A person need not finish any degree to be skilled at loving, it’s instinctive and instantaneous.

I have always believed in love, in its power, in its magic. Though I don’t have a Cinderella-they-live-happily-ever-after story yet, I believe that someday, somehow, someone would come my way. Someone who would love me the way I want to be loved, would take care of me the way I wanna be taken care of and would be strong for me when I feel like giving up. So while waiting for that someone, I would create a world where love is the center of the story and two hearts would be drawn together and would be bound by destiny. A world where I could make wishes granted and dreams come true. A world where pains, tears and heartaches are pivotal motions to success and happy endings. Stories that might be yours one way or another and heroes and heroines you could and would be able to relate to. True love does exist because I live by that principle, I live by that faith. Those stories would prove that true love happens, while not for me, at least for others.

I would want to reiterate through my stories that loving is not all bed of roses. For loving someone requires sacrifices, compromises and even heartaches, too. For when you love someone, you give that person a potent chance of hurting you, of breaking your heart to a million pieces. But despite the fact that, according to a song, love might kill you, no other experience would come at par with the joy, with the happiness, loving someone could bring.

So join me as we unfold the mystery and force that is LOVE. Happy reading everyone!