Look! Sunflowers All Over University Avenue

This is the season when you can view the thousands of sunflowers - all lovely, attractive and delightful to the eyes and the soul along University Avenue at UP, Diliman. The sidewalks and the island are all filled with these flowers. You need not go so far to Allied Botanical Corporation in Pangasinan for instance to witness the seasonal sunflower maze with a minimal fee. Surprisingly, many motorists like us would stop to capture these beautiful creation. And they certainly made us happier!


Ocean Adventure Subic Bay: Rediscovering The Beauty of Nature

Dolphins, sea lions, bear cat, civet, riticulated python and even an askal dog were the stars at Ocean Adventure. Watching these rescued animals perform various tricks were truly a sight to behold. It was also akin to an educational field trip were the audience were informed about the importance of the three Rs: reuse, reduce and recycle. Similarly, the proper disposal of garbage was reiterated to save the animal's lives.

Ocean Adventure has a list of activities to entertain both the young and the young-at-heart. You can interact with the animals as you touch, feed, even get a kiss and discover about their unique characteristics. You can also swim, play, interact and ride with the dolphins for a fee. It also has a fish spa where you can relax as the tropical fishes nibble away your dead skin. And the various shows that made us rediscover how these creatures were definitely precious and wonderful!

Dolphin Tales

Five dolphins somersaulted, waved, nodded their heads and did many more tricks that wowed the audience. These gentle, intelligent, flexible and trainable sea creatures were nothing but amazing.

Sea Lion Marine Patrol

Dakila (left) and Sophie (right) were adorable! Aside from the tricks they showcased, they can laugh, smile and even show their tongues!


Bear Cat

Giant Bat

Wild World

At Wild World some animals were introduced, all of which were rescued and once again made us realize how beautiful and talented they are.

Aman Sinaya: Legends of the Ocean

A stellar performance showcasing the effects of the ocean once the people take it for granted and how bountiful it can be if taken cared and valued.

This is a good entertainment for the entire family to meet the ocean creatures and to find out about its importance. Getting the tickets are cheaper at Metro Deal. Though it was roughly two hours away from Manila, it was certainly worth the trip!

Ocean Adventure Subic Bay FB page
Ocean Adventure Website


Getting A Headstart: The Parable Of The Oranges

Photo from Community Tool Box

There are a handful who do things extraordinarily, excellently and go out of their way whether the task may be big or trivial. They treat each and every assignment with much dedication as they plan meticulously and execute painstakingly. Consequentially they are prioritized, trusted and valued. Below is a good read to inspire you to standout from the rest. Happy reading!


The Parable Of The Oranges

There was a young man who had ambitions to work for a company because it paid very well and was very prestigious. He prepared his résumé and had several interviews. Eventually, he was given an entry-level position. Then he turned his ambition to his next goal—a supervisor position that would afford him even greater prestige and more pay. So he completed the tasks he was given. He came in early some mornings and stayed late so the boss would see him putting in long hours.

After five years a supervisor position became available. But, to the young man’s great dismay, another employee, who had only worked for the company for six months, was given the promotion. The young man was very angry, and he went to his boss and demanded an explanation.

The wise boss said, “Before I answer your questions, would you do a favor for me?”

“Yes, sure,” said the employee.

“Would you go to the store and buy some oranges? My wife needs them.”

The young man agreed and went to the store. When he returned, the boss asked, “What kind of oranges did you buy?”

“I don’t know,” the young man answered. “You just said to buy oranges, and these are oranges. Here they are.”

“How much did they cost?” the boss asked.

“Well, I’m not sure,” was the reply. “You gave me $30. Here is your receipt, and here is your change.”

“Thank you,” said the boss. “Now, please have a seat and pay careful attention.”

Then the boss called in the employee who had received the promotion and asked him to do the same job. He readily agreed and went to the store.

When he returned, the boss asked, “What kind of oranges did you buy?”

“Well,” he replied, “the store had many varieties—there were navel oranges, Valencia oranges, blood oranges, tangerines, and many others, and I didn’t know which kind to buy. But I remembered you said your wife needed the oranges, so I called her. She said she was having a party and that she was going to make orange juice. So I asked the grocer which of all these oranges would make the best orange juice. He said the Valencia orange was full of very sweet juice, so that’s what I bought. I dropped them by your home on my way back to the office. Your wife was very pleased.”

“How much did they cost?” the boss asked.

“Well, that was another problem. I didn’t know how many to buy, so I once again called your wife and asked her how many guests she was expecting. She said 20. I asked the grocer how many oranges would be needed to make juice for 20 people, and it was a lot. So, I asked the grocer if he could give me a quantity discount, and he did! These oranges normally cost 75 cents each, but I paid only 50 cents. Here is your change and the receipt.”

The boss smiled and said, “Thank you; you may go.”

He looked over at the young man who had been watching. The young man stood up, slumped his shoulders and said, “I see what you mean,” as he walked dejectedly out of the office.

What was the difference between these two young men? They were both asked to buy oranges, and they did. You might say that one went the extra mile, or one was more efficient, or one paid more attention to detail. But the most important difference had to do with real intent rather than just going through the motions. The first young man was motivated by money, position, and prestige. The second young man was driven by an intense desire to please his employer and an inner commitment to be the best employee he could possibly be—and the outcome was obvious. (Excerpt from: “Living with a Purpose: The Importance of ‘Real Intent.’", Randall L. Ridd)

It doesn't take much for you to be ahead. The born leaders will go out of their way will strive to excel and will go the extra mile.

Story from Forbes


50 Ways To Relax Without Spending Money

Photo from Pixabay

When was the last time you found yourself breathing, enjoying the moment and relaxing without the need to pay an exorbitant amount of money?

I live in the metropolis and I am used to the fast-paced, daily grind of life. But I am not complaining because being busy keeps me sane. I am also grateful that I love and enjoy my job which enables me to pay for the monthly bills, occasionally treat my parents out and purchase the necessities. However, the saying, "All work without play makes Jack a dull boy" is very true. And there are absolutely numerous ways to enjoy and relax without spending a cent!

I relax by leisurely enjoying the aroma and the taste of a cup of brewed coffee, nonchalantly people watching in a park or in a nook of a shopping mall, eating my favorite comfort food at home and spending time with my nephews and niece. Below is a list of many other ways you can relax:

Courtesy of: Quid Corner

How do you relax without spending money?


Dohtonbori, SM City North Edsa: Oishii!

Intrigued by the number of people we always see when we pass by Dohtonbori while in search for a new place to eat, we finally agreed to try their authentic Japanese dishes even though we had to wait to be seated. And would you guess how their food fared? I encourage you to read until the end to find out.


Their sukiyaki was unlike the typical bowl commonly served in other Japanese restaurants with much stew and noodles. There were no noodles and very little stew! It was just enough to cook all the ingredients found in the ceramic bowl placed on a griddle. A whole egg was then added before it was served. The presentation was unique and it captured my interest!

Yakiniku: pork & kimchi (above)
 and pork (below)

Cooked Pork & Kimchi Yakiniku

Cooked Yakiniku

"Yakiniku" is a Japanese term for grilled meat. Each platter of thinly sliced meat is 200 grams. 

The pork yakiniku was quite salty. If you plan to order this, you can suggest to use lesser sauce and butter. The taste though was neutralized if you eat rice with it.

The pork and kimchi yakiniku tasted better. The flavor was just right for our taste buds. My nephew O had so much fun with their condiments. He added kewpie (Japanese mayo) and chili flakes to the meat. It was wonderful! We also ordered their rice set that comes with miso soup. Next time, we all agreed to try their onigiri.

Mixed okonomiyaki

while being cooked on the griddle...

The final product!

Their mixed okonomiyaki  (or Japanese pancake) was the very reason we dined here. We were curious to find out its taste and we were certainly delighted to witness how it was cooked.

The ingredients were flour, cabbage, octopus, squid, pork, tempura bits, egg, red pickled ginger, spring onion topped with Japanese mayo. Before serving it to us, barbecue sauce was brushed on top, drizzled with Japanese mayo, and sprinkled with fish powder and Nori (seaweed) bits. Eating it right from the griddle was amazing, bursting with so much flavor!

1. If you are famished and impatient, then this is not the place for you. The food enlisted above were cooked right in front of us on a griddle incorporated in every table. A staff will personally assist you and explain the process.

2. Wait time for the food to be cooked may be long but you're sure of the freshest ingredients. Similarly, the excitement of seeing how the food was prepared and cooked while you salivate and hear your tummy growl was something!

3. The staff were extremely polite, a distinct Japanese trait which makes the experience of dining at Dohtonbori also memorable and remarkable.

So, have you guessed if we were pleased with the food and satisfied with the overall experience despite the wait? Yes, but perhaps we'll exclude pork yakiniku from our favorites . And we will surely go back to try their other house specialties and bestsellers soon!

Dohtonbori SM City
Address: Upper Ground Floor, Main Building
Phone numbers: 372457, 3724579