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34 days ago, we had the ‘Buhay Coke, Buksan Mo’ party at Taste Asia. And 8 days from now, it’s time to party again. This time to award the winners for the Coke Vlog Contest. Unfortunately, I would be missing this event as I would be out of town. But if you are a blogger, you can join now! Register Here.


What: Buhay Coke Vlog Contest Announcement of Winners Party
When: August 8, 2008, Friday, 6:00 pm. up
Where: Taste Asia at the MOA

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“Good morning Sir Arthur,” greeted my favorite Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf barista. “Would you want your usual brewed coffee?” She continued, with a smile. “Café Americano for today, Michaela,” I replied with a glimpse of smile.

As I sat in my favorite corner of the shop and began to take my first sip of espresso, I saw an old man. He was seated at the next table reading the morning paper. You could tell his age from the deep lines written on his forehead and the corners of his eyes. He reminded me of my father. I took a second sip while soft tears partly filled my eyes.

I grew up practically away from him. Tatay Arturo, as his fellow coffee bean farmers used to call him, chose to stay in Batangas while he sent me to school in old Manila. It was only during summertime when I get to go to the farm with ‘tatay’. As a child, I was allowed to clean the red beans freshly plucked from the farm. When I became a young man, I was then able to assist in roasting the beans, the traditional way. During these times, the aroma of the Arabica beans would fill the whole town plaza.

Before the summer ends, tatay would always remind me to do well in school, to have a better future, and not be like him – a struggling coffee bean farmer. The arrangement stayed that way until my last year in high school, when he died.

Every time I drink coffee and smell the aroma of newly roasted beans, I shall remember my father, my tatay who plucked coffee beans to raise his son.

Upon finishing my espresso, I stood and bade Michaela goodbye, at least temporarily, because I’ll see her again next Sunday.

*A Fictional Essay/Short Story for What’s Your Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Story

If you think I deserve a merit, please feel free to vote for me HERE. Thanks in Advance. =)

I also submitted entries for the Photo section entitled “The CBTL Ambiance” and “Life is Full of Choices“. You may vote for the photos by clicking the links.

Join me at WordCamp Philippines happening on Sept. 6, 2008 at the Augusto-Rosario Gonzalez Theater, College of Saint Benilde in Manila.

Said to be the first in Southeast Asia, this event promises to house WordPress expert developers, bloggers, and even just the “curious-non-techie” – You.

One of its objective is to promote WordPress as the customizable blogging engine of choice and as an open source content management system.

Organized by the Mindanao Bloggers, the camp is free of charge. So register now!

Special thanks to the event’s supporters: i.PH: the Domain for Individuals, Free Online Flash Games, Wazzup Manila Philippines, Real Estate CRM, Real Estate Website Designers, Orange County Real Estate, Auto Insurance Quotes, Lane Systems Inc., RedMedia, and Orange County Business Lawyer

Beef Udon

Beef Udon

I love Yoshinoya’s udon servings. The noodle soup has that herb-like taste which gives it the traditional oriental twist.

Yoshinoya Free Iced Tea Promo

Yoshinoya Free Iced Tea Promo

For this merienda, it has to be the Beef Udon. I would also like to note that they have a current promo of free iced tea for every order of any udon from 2-6pm. It started June 15 and will run for 3 months. As expected, the Beef Udon tasted great and the iced tea was just right not being too sweet.

And now, the negatives – The ice tea was not refillable (this is a minor thing though). The big one is that I have observed that the short and thinly sliced beef strips were limited to two and the noodles were not as much as before. Is this the effect of the 11.2% inflation rate for June08?! Or maybe the cook was just in a hurry haphazardly picking up a minimal amount of beef strips and noodles. =)

Buti na lang masarap!(At least the meal tasted good).

Break time for food related posts. Being new in the blogging world, I’m giving my share in the The Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs in 2008
organized by Ms. Janette Toral for the 2nd year.

As much as I would like to nominate my own publicized blogs Travel-Tayo & Something Sweet & More, I decided not to do so. =)

Anyway, my Top 10 3 Emerging Influential Blogs in 2008 are:
Manila Foodistas

Music Picks ni Ed Arevalo

Filipino Voices

These are so far my votes, I have yet to read more blogs and decide…hopefully maka-abot sa cut-off date. =)




And here goes the next 7 to complete my list. The major criteria I personally used in coming up with the list are

  • Influential Aspect – its ability to impact upon its readers
  • Content – relevance of content
  • Maintained – more or less regular posting
  • Focus – has focus on a chosen niche

04 You Got Tech
05 The NOT So Talented Mr. Montano?
06 Build That Geek
07 AmongEd.Org
08 Mar Roxas for President in 2010
09 Lakwatsero
10 Davao Delicious

I’d usually go primarily for content (reason why #4 is there), but since this is mainly about being “influential”, #5 has a lot of this; although I’m not necessarily a fan of it. #6 may not be influential ‘yet’, but at age 16, this one has got a great potential.

Political blogs are naturally influential especially if the subject is controversial. These two covered the other criteria quite well earning them the 7th & 8th position. #9 & #10 capped it off being related to my blog-loves, travel and food. They’re influential in their own rites. =)

Also check these other sites I have considered in the process.,,,, ,

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