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

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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. http://www.pinoytravelfreak.com/2011/11/caramoan-island-hopping-short-trip.html (short trip) and http://www.pinoytravelfreak.com/2012/03/caramoan-island-hopping-long-trip.html (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)

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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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When was the last time you cried?

It’s when nothing seemed right, when you feel nothing but pain. It’s when the ache in your heart just won’t go away and your spirit is crushed into smithereens. It’s when everything seemed overwhelming and unbearable that you wanted to be simply mad and scream from the top of your lungs. Yet, you just couldn’t because you feel all so tired and all you could do is walk away, sit at a corner and cry…

Laughter they say is a good medicine but I much prefer to cry. I laugh a lot, I joke around, fun is the name of my game and humor becomes me. But I find some solace, some strength whenever I cry. I feel like I am being cleansed and my spirit being pumped up when I first taste that salty liquid called “tear” that flows in continuous motion like it never wanted to end. I cry…cry a lot at that. Then I would tell myself “I’ll be okay. Janis, you’ll get by…”

 

 

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Thank Heavens for Paper Bags

Can anyone be kind enough to enlighten me if we have any presidential decree or any approved bill regarding the use of paper bags in the Philippines? Because if there’s none and this initiative was because of fastfood chains and resto’s way of saving Mother Nature, then I highly commend them for a job well done. Despite other people’s negative reaction about paper bags’ easy deterioration (once soaked, they broke thing), I still think this idea is brilliant.

I was at the mall earlier with mother and niece Jellycia when, upon seeing brown paper bags @McDo, decided to have my orders “to go” instead of “for here”.

 

 

(with my niece Jellycia)

(photo taken last week)

 

No shortcut, only the long way…

After I wrapped up my 2011 Resolution, with diet and exercise topping the list, I decided to give Lesofat a chance…

Afterall, I got all sick and tired of Mica teasing me “Itinatagong taba” everytime.

For a couple of days taking it, I started noticing rapid palpitation and thus, making it sometimes impossible to breathe…

So I guess, there really is no shortcut to losing weight other than proper dieting and exercising…

So, goodbye LESOFAT!!!

Love Quotes

I fall for you, you didn’t know; I cared for you, you know it’s true; I cried for you, truly it’s you; But if I’ll let you go, it’s because you can never love me theway I do. __________________

Giving someone all you love is not an assurance that they’d love you back. Wait for the seed to grow in his heart. But if it doesn’t grow, be grateful that it grows into yours.

__________________

”Your task is to build a better world,” says the Lord. I replied, ”This world is so huge and vast a place, there’s nothing I can do.” Then God said, ”Just build a better you.”

__________________

Falling in love is like going through the chapters of a book. There’s a beginning, a middle and finally, an end.

__________________

if you want to meet men, you must either be approachable or initiative. it is much easier to be approachable. -Margaret Ren

__________________

A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world. -Oscar Wilde __________________

Truth is such a rae thing. It is deligtful to tell it.

__________________

Why do we always close our eyes when we dream? When we cry? When we imagine? When we kiss? Because the most beautiful things in the world are unseen. -Winona Gail Lim

__________________

Though Shakespeare is great, he’ll never find the right words to secribe you because he simply never experienced knowing a wonderful person like you. __________________

If I could change the alphabet, I will put U and I together.

__________________

Love is too large, too deep to be truly understand or measured or limited within the framework of words…Love is a mystery. -M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled

__________________

They say loving is never wrong, but why is there forbidden love? They say love will never fall us, but why does it break our hearts? They say love is shared by two, but why can’t I share it with you?

__________________

Maybe God wants us to meet a few wrong people before meeting the right one so that when we finally meet the right person, we should know how to be grateful for the gift.

__________________

A sad thing about life is that when you meet someone who means a lot to you only to find in the end that it was never bound to be and you have to let go.

__________________

There are moments in life when you really miss someone that you want to pick them from your dreams and hug them for real.

__________________

Saying goodbye makes you realize how much you care, how much you love, how much you will miss and how you lost what you had. Knowing that something will never be the same again…

__________________

Happy is the man who wins the first love of a woman but happier is the woman who wins the last love of a man.

__________________

Keep on searching for someone you love, when you find that person, stop the search and take the risk. Remember that the world is a big place that when you love, you have to search the world again.

__________________

The scariest thing about falling in love is getting hurt. The scariest thing about getting hurt is not being able to love again. The scariest thing about loving again is being alone forever.

__________________

Time doesn’t really heal all wounds in your heart. It only makes your heart a little more numb so that the next time it gets wounded. It wouldn’t hurt as much as the first.

__________________

Why is it that the only person who can stop you from crying is the one who made you cry? The one who knows how to comfort you is the one who caused you pain? __________________

A heart truly in love never loses hope but always believes in the promise of love, no matter how long the time and how far the distance.

__________________

Woman is created from the ribs of a man, not from his head to be above him, not from his side to be equal, not from his feet to be walked on, but under his arm to be protected, near his heart to be loved.

__________________

If you think that you’re losing someone, never be afraid because if that person does love you a lot, that person will take the risk just to have you again.

__________________

Just a thought – Have you noticed that the worst way to miss someone is when that someone is right beside you, yet you can never have that person. __________________

Heartbreaks will last as long as you want and out deep as you let them go. The challenge is not how to survive heartbreaks but learn from them.

__________________

In love rarely do we win but when the love is true even if you lose, you still win just for having felt loving someone more than yourself.

__________________

Time can heal all wounds, time can give you another, time can help you forget, time can let you move on, but time can never give back what has ended. __________________

When you follow your heart, worry not where it will lead you for your heart knows the way and if it got lost or reach the dead end, use your head to lead you back home.

__________________

If I were to be born again…I’d like to a be a tear born in your eyes…it lives on your cheek…it dies on your lips…

__________________

Love has its time, season and own reasons! You can’t ask it to stay, you can only embrace it as it comes and be glad for a moment in your life it was yours. __________________

I fall for you, you didn’t know; I cared for you, you know it’s true; I cried for you, truly it’s you; But if I’ll let you go, it’s because you can never love me theway I do. __________________

Giving someone all you love is not an assurance that they’d love you back. Wait for the seed to grow in his heart. But if it doesn’t grow, be grateful that it grows into yours. __________________

”Your task is to build a better world,” says the Lord. I replied, ”This world is so huge and vast a place, there’s nothing I can do.” Then God said, ”Just build a better you.”

__________________

Falling in love is like going through the chapters of a book. There’s a beginning, a middle and finally, an end.

__________________

if you want to meet men, you must either be approachable or initiative. it is much easier to be approachable. -Margaret Ren

__________________

A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world. -Oscar Wilde __________________

Truth is such a rae thing. It is deligtful to tell it.

__________________

Why do we always close our eyes when we dream? When we cry? When we imagine? When we kiss? Because the most beautiful things in the world are unseen. -Winona Gail Lim

__________________

Though Shakespeare is great, he’ll never find the right words to secribe you because he simply never experienced knowing a wonderful person like you. __________________

If I could change the alphabet, I will put U and I together.

__________________

Love is too large, too deep to be truly understand or measured or limited within the framework of words…Love is a mystery. -M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled

__________________

They say loving is never wrong, but why is there forbidden love? They say love will never fall us, but why does it break our hearts? They say love is shared by two, but why can’t I share it with you?

__________________

Maybe God wants us to meet a few wrong people before meeting the right one so that when we finally meet the right person, we should know how to be grateful for the gift.

__________________

A sad thing about life is that when you meet someone who means a lot to you only to find in the end that it was never bound to be and you have to let go. __________________

There are moments in life when you really miss someone that you want to pick them from your dreams and hug them for real.

__________________

Saying goodbye makes you realize how much you care, how much you love, how much you will miss and how you lost what you had. Knowing that something will never be the same again…

__________________

Happy is the man who wins the first love of a woman but happier is the woman who wins the last love of a man.

__________________

Keep on searching for someone you love, when you find that person, stop the search and take the risk. Remember that the world is a big place that when you love, you have to search the world again.

__________________

The scariest thing about falling in love is getting hurt. The scariest thing about getting hurt is not being able to love again. The scariest thing about loving again is being alone forever.

__________________

Time doesn’t really heal all wounds in your heart. It only makes your heart a little more numb so that the next time it gets wounded. It wouldn’t hurt as much as the first.

__________________

Why is it that the only person who can stop you from crying is the one who made you cry? The one who knows how to comfort you is the one who caused you pain? __________________

A heart truly in love never loses hope but always believes in the promise of love, no matter how long the time and how far the distance.

__________________

Woman is created from the ribs of a man, not from his head to be above him, not from his side to be equal, not from his feet to be walked on, but under his arm to be protected, near his heart to be loved.

__________________

If you think that you’re losing someone, never be afraid because if that person does love you a lot, that person will take the risk just to have you again. __________________

Just a thought – Have you noticed that the worst way to miss someone is when that someone is right beside you, yet you can never have that person. __________________

Heartbreaks will last as long as you want and out deep as you let them go. The challenge is not how to survive heartbreaks but learn from them.

__________________

In love rarely do we win but when the love is true even if you lose, you still win just for having felt loving someone more than yourself.

__________________

Time can heal all wounds, time can give you another, time can help you forget, time can let you move on, but time can never give back what has ended.

__________________

When you follow your heart, worry not where it will lead you for your heart knows the way and if it got lost or reach the dead end, use your head to lead you back home.

__________________

If I were to be born again…I’d like to a be a tear born in your eyes…it lives on your cheek…it dies on your lips…

__________________

Love has its time, season and own reasons! You can’t ask it to stay, you can only embrace it as it comes and be glad for a moment in your life it was yours. __________________

Absence does for love what the wind does for a flame, it extinguishes the weak and feeds the strong.

__________________ The best part of loving is not wishing that the person loves you as much as you do, but in feeling that you love the person more than you thought you could.

__________________ __________________

At some point in our lives, a person comes along that gently dismantles our walls. And sometimes, that same person is the reason you will build them back up. Absence does for love what the wind does for a flame, it extinguishes the weak and feeds the strong.

__________________

The best part of loving is not wishing that the person loves you as much as you do, but in feeling that you love the person more than you thought you could.

__________________

At some point in our lives, a person comes along that gently dismantles our walls. And sometimes, that same person is the reason you will build them back up.