February 05, 2016

Travel Japan 2015: Hyōgo Prefecture (Kobe)

After spending the morning in Nara, we headed off to Kobe for one thing: STEAK DINNER!!!

Another couple in the same table offered to take a picture of us.
Yahoo! A non-selfie picture, finally!

Despite our half-day time limit, I'd say that we enjoyed our Kobe experience.

How to Get There

Kobe is the capital of the Hyōgo Prefecture, located west of Osaka. From Nara (depart from the Kintetsu-Nara Station), it takes approximately 1 hour and 24 minutes via train to get to Kobe (arrive at the Kobe-Sannomiya Station)

Screen capture from Hyperdia search.

Suggested route from Google Maps

Since Osaka is located right smack in the middle of Nara and Kobe, travel time to Kobe from Osaka should be significantly shorter. So for those planning for a whole-day itinerary in Kobe, you may also consider departing from Osaka (assuming that your accommodations are located there).

FAIR WARNING TO MY TROPICAL FRIENDS: Kobe is located by the bay area, so for those traveling during the colder months, I implore to you, bundle up!!! Kobe temperature tends to drop quite low after dusk, due to the cold winds coming from the bay.

#SupportLokalPH: Renegade Folk

Recently, I've been discovering a number of local (i.e. Filipino) independent businesses. Some of them I've discovered online (on Facebook or on Instagram), others in bazaars. I realize how challenging it is for them to compete with the global market--just look at the shops in our malls and you'll see that most of the brands are from foreign companies ("local" businesses are usually re-sellers na lang)--so in my own little way, I would like to help promote their brand by featuring some of my favorite purchases in this blog.

Renegade Folk

Everyday leather sandals. Handcrafted in Manila by local artisans.

(Online Shop: http://www.renegadefolk.com/)

Ever since I purchased my Lulu Swing sandals, I've been on the lookout for other local independent brands with similar designs. Then about a year ago, a friend of mine shared a photo of her new sandals, claiming those were the "softest soles for sandals I've ever tried."  My Lulu Swing sandals were still freshly bought back then, so I just noted the other brand for future consideration.

Fast forward to the present, and my Lulu Swing sandals are starting to show signs of wear and tear. Luckily, I was following the Instagram account of the other brand, where they announced a P999 sale for the weekend.

And that, my friends, is how I scored my first pair of Renegade Folk sandals.

Renegade Folk HQ Address: 3/F Linear Building, White Plains, Quezon City

Similar to Lulu Swing, the soles of the Renegade Folk sandals are thin and flexible, albeit sturdy because they are made of leather. I find their designs give off a more bohemian vibe, compared to Lulu Swing's dainty designs. Renegade Folk also designs sandals for men and for children.


February 03, 2016

Usapang PGNiG: A Compilation

A few years ago, I was allocated to a project for a client in Poland. The development phase of that project lasted a couple of years or so; within that period our team of five doubled (even tripled) in size to fit ever-growing requirements into immovable deadlines.

To relieve some of the stress brought about by tight deadlines and overtimes, I took into posting some of my teammates' quotable quotes in social media. Just pure fun, wit and an occasional double entendre; none of these quotes are incriminating or demeaning (at least to my standards). I was able to gather a LOT of quotes, so much so that one of my teammates said that by the time the project is finished, I may already be able to write a book based on them.

Of course, I did not publish a book because no one will understand the context (except for those who were part of the team, maybe). But perhaps, the next best thing I can do to immortalize my teammates' words is to publish them here in my blog.

Thus, after searching through Facebook for those quotes from a few years ago, I was able to gather this:

February 2, 2011

Usapang PGNiG:

Manny M: *lingon sa likod* Wala na si Kim?!! Hindi ko napansin na umalis na pala siya.
Me: Oo kaya, nagpaalam pa siya sa 'yo. Ginalaw pa nga niya saging mo eh.
Manny M: ...ay hindi ko naramdaman.

February 4, 2011

Usapang PGNiG:

Cathy: Kelan ka magpa-pack?
Leo: Bakit... excited ka na ba?
(at sa likod ko pa sila naguusap! OMG!)

February 8, 2011

Usapang PGNiG:

Kim (via email): Leo Tagle is available
...bossing, para sa V-day ba 'to? hehehe.

February 10, 2011

Usapang PGNiG:

Leo: (lapit sa table ni Manny) Hi.
Manny: (tingin kay Leo) Hello.
Leo: Punta ka sa pwesto ko, may papakita ako sa 'yo. (evil_grin)
...
Manny: Di ko makita eh, ang liit kasi.
Leo: Gusto mo lakihan ko?

February 23, 2011

Usapang PGNiG:

Kenneth Lim to Marvin: I need to go deeper.
(...hmm ano kaya 'yun)

March 1, 2011

Usapang PGNiG:

Manny to Leo: blah blah blah ('di ko masyadong nadinig kasi naka-earphones ako hehehe), nasubo ko na 'yan eh.
Leo: Madami ka na 'atang nasubo eh.
Kim: Hala kayo baka madinig kayo ni Iam!
Iam: *akyat ng blinds* (evil_grin)

March 2, 2011

Usapang PGNiG:

Jes: 'Yung susunod na gagawin ko, Java.
Me: O eh di mas madali.
Jes: Hindi kaya... JUnit. :(
JZ: Hindi 'no! After one month, ang sasabihin mo na, "Bakit ngayon lang kita nakilala?"
Jes: May relasyon na kayo ni JUnit?!!

March 3, 2011

Usapang PGNiG on a SereniThursday. 
Thanks Manuel Merina, Erin Grey Mangandi and Kimberly Lam Go for the contribution!

Leo Tagle (on the phone, with modulation): Yes... this is my first time, actually.
[Actually nago-order kasi si Leo ng Serenitea para sa amin, sa kautusan ni SereniQueen. :p]
Serenitea: Official drink of the PGNiG team.

March 10, 2011

Usapang PGNiG WIN \m/,