Sunday, July 22, 2007

The Malls of Makati Business District*

Yesterday, July 21, 2007.

10:35 am. – I dropped off at Landmark Makati and started searching for Greenbelt 1 where I thought Powerbooks Greenbelt branch is located. When I got to Greenbelt 1, the security guard told me that Powerbooks is actually located at Greenbelt 4. After a searing walk at the shaded passageways that link the four Greenbelts, I finally found the store. A not too attractive depot with delivery boxes exhibiting at there showrooms, Powerbooks Greenbelt is not quite the reader’s paradise like Powerbooks Megamall. Feeling hungry, I decided to eat at a not-so-nearby KFC restaurant. It seemed to me that a few, good and cheap eating places are hard to find here in Makati.

11:40 nn – Returning to Powerbooks, I asked customer service about the special treat that Transit had ready for its readers. Sadly, the service rep said she doesn’t know anything about such. Disappointed, I just took the liberty of taking pictures of the book displays and the half finished Hogwarts Great Hall.

12:25 pm – Landmark is not any better than Powerbooks Greenbelt. While scouring around for some good finds, I never managed to find myself through the perfumery section. Landmark is small. Small enough for the management not to place any signboard telling what section you are at now. For those who know Landmark that would be easy. But for some newbie like me, it was like feeling lost in a crowd. Well, not actually lost. I knew Landmark some years back when my mother used to take me with her helping her carry food that she sells for the store attendants in Glorietta and Greenbelt. But I was only a kid then and was not very interested in any section of a mall. Things have changed and Landmark changed a bit. The very familiar section is the supermarket at the basement. After buying some items there and drinking a dalandan Fruit Magic drink, I arranged to go home. But it was not to be.

1:10 – On my way out I saw Glorietta 1 and feeling nostalgic, decided to watch a movie in one of the cinemas and compare it with SM cinemas. As I entered Glorietta, the familiarity so hit me that I remembered the very corridors that I used to walk on. But I was after the cinemas this time and not food delivery. Glorietta, like Greenbelt has four divisions, making it Gloriettas 1 to 4 respectively and obviously. I noticed the resemblance of Glorietta with Market! Market! mall, also located in Makati. They have this round, center aisle where all passageways merge. More minutes of searching and I found the Ayala mall cinemas. Just as I expected, Ayala cinemas were not as good as SM cinemas. Airconditioning was not good, seats were small (my movement was very limited), and the place was small (I actually bumped the lady in charge of the seats, it was stark darkness in there).

4:15 pm – Vacancy was a nice movie. From 1 to 10, 10 being the best, I give it a 5.

I cannot blame any management due to the bad observations I had with some of the malls in Makati. Reason is that these malls are old as compared to the younger malls like SM. I even passed SM Makati knowing that I already have an idea of what’s inside. Maybe these old malls have something good to offer, and that I will try to find out.

One more thing, my cell phone clock is 20 minutes advance. I like it that way I guess...

*(this is a cross-over blog, please read The Release of Deathly Hallows)

Monday, July 16, 2007

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

After shopping for groceries at Robinson’s Manila, I decided to watch Harry Potter and to tell you, I’m quite an enthusiast with the works of J.K. Rowling. The movie was spectacular. But, like what my brother said, there was too much talk. The “action” parts were at the near end of the story where most of the magical battles occurred. Anyway, I believe the “talks” were necessary in order for the mystery to be absorbed by the audience.

For me, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix rates 7 out of 10 for being such an excellent movie. I’ll be waiting for the last of the seven books, the Deathly Hallows, to be filmed and I will surely watch it.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Weeping Willow

“The Weeping Willow tree, Salix Babylonica, is a rapid growing yard or landscaping tree. When mature it exhibits graceful wide spreading branches. The Weeping Willow has pendulous weeping branches, a short trunk, and has a broad rounded crown. This deciduous tree has leaves that are thin and narrow, sometimes with whitened or silky undersides. It also is used in low moist areas like creek banks or areas that are very moist.

It is one of the first trees to leaf out in the spring and one of the last to drop leaves in the fall. The foliage is a shimmering light green color in summer and turns yellow in the fall. The Weeping Willow trees are mentioned many times in literature and poetry from the time of Shakespeare. The usual reference is to shimmering leaves. It is graceful, grows fast, and adaptable.”

I felt like weeping a little about a minute ago. But just when the word “weeping” crossed my mind, I wondered what the phrase “weeping willow” really meant. I surfed the net to find an answer and whala... one of the most beautiful trees I’ve ever seen unfolded before my very eyes. The monitor seemed to look like a picture postcard because of this photograph.

As depression turn to fascination, I wondered to myself when I’ll be able to catch a real glimpse of such a tree, and perhaps take home a souvenir photo of me beside such beauty. Now this is one attractive “weeper” I’d say.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

The Longest Month

Missed plans, anger management, excessive leaves, incentives schemes, new friendster blog, facial cleansers, and an unlucky time for an increase. This month of June was not just a month of brides and grooms, not just of Independence and of Father’s Day celebration and the start of school. This month has also become the month of cursed traffics and worthless roadworks, of new textmates and new friends, of “Transformers” and “Next.”

It was not a busy month, but it was exhausting, saddening and frightening. It was a time wherein I don’t know what I was doing and I don’t know where I was going. Even the page layout applications have shown there downs. Framemaker 7.2 has exhibited a bug in creating black spot color. It was actually creating a CMYK color instead of a spot color. Acrobat seemed to have become a stranger to me when it comes to converting color PDFs to grayscale using Pitstop and Quite-a-Box plug-in. Pitstop wasn’t able to convert embedded colored images to grayscale, which Quite-a-Box was able to do. That activity caused us an additional 6 hours for color manipulation which was very unnecessary.

I hope the coming month will be better.