Missing you all, guys!

Isn’t it great to have a good hot cup of coffee while thinking about your friends, such as the amazing bloggers I know like you?

It’s tax period here in Manila and I’m jumping from one galaxy to the next riding my Bicentennial Hawk, the improved version of Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon, of course! The Stargate keeps on closing and opening throwing me into the deep abyss of a wormhole rendering my trusted communicator powerless to connect to our Galactic Network. As soon as I hyperspace back to our Star System, I’ll catch up with you great guys!

Missing you all!
Commodore Ompong
Stardate 0-2-10

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The Ghost Who Walks…!

Nope, it’s not the Phantom of the Opera, it was the Phantom of the “Teenage Rebels”…!

When I was in college, I had a band, together with my brother, where I was playing the drums. It was called “Teenage Rebels” (of course, I was a teenager then!). And like the 80’s bands back then, we were like Billy Idol wearing Gothic accessories playing the music composed by Led Zep, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Duran Duran, Eric Clapton, Flock of Seagulls, and Stray Cats to name a few.

One of the goth item I wore during those days which I found kept for decades is my “Skull Ring”. Believe it or not, my favorite comic strip hero found on newspapers was “The Phantom”… And my Skull Ring brought a placebo-like effect turning me into the Phantom of the band playing the drums as a member of the Teenage Rebels! Yap, those were the days when being a rebel is synonymous to a high level of testosterone waiting to be unleashed!

I’m the ghost who walks…!

(The Phantom art courtesy of pop-cultured.net)

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Two of my most favorite dessert…!

Based on my latest count, there are a thousand culinary sweet assortments that are called “desserts”… Though I don’t know why the desserts are called “desserts” and why they should be sweet and why they should be usually eaten after a meal. Well, I don’t care about these eating etiquettes, I eat my “dessert” anytime I want to eat it.

Nobody can stop me from eating it before a meal…! Nobody can stop me from eating it way past bed time…! And definitely, nobody can stop me from eating it if my sweet tooth is craving for it. By the way, where the hell is our “sweet tooth”? All of my teeth don’t have any taste at all, unless if there’s a decaying meat lodged in there for a week without toothbrushing or flossing! Is one of your tooth sweeter from the rest of your teeth?

Anyway, I just want you to crave and drop your jaw with envy knowing that I am now eating two of my favorite dessert… the Ferrero dark chocolate and “Sansrival“!

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Makati Financial District in the Philippines

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Many dream of working in the financial and business district of the Philippines called the Makati Central Business District (MCBD).

MCBD is formerly known for its “skycrapers”, though there are now taller buildings that have been erected outside of the district. Most of the corporate offices of multi-national companies are located in MCBD. As the population of professionals, expats, and office workers continue to climb year-after-year, MCBD is now cramped with people and vehicles that it will normally take about half an hour’s travel just to get out of the district onto the major thoroughfares which is less than a kilometer away, specially during rush hours.

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MCBD continues to attract professionals and office workers as well as foreign investors as a prime location to do business and expand their career.

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The Kiddie Horse…

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Do you still remember the last time you rode a kiddie horse like this one? Do you miss doing it? Do you want to do it again?

Don’t ask me… I tried riding it but the crew told me that I’m too old and too heavy to be on a kiddie horse like this one! Bo-huhuhu!

Did you ever wonder why I call the banks a Pig Sty?

Did you ever wonder why I call some banks a Pig Sty with unethical business practices that will make Beelzebub laugh out loud with joy?

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Did you ever wonder why the banks make it so difficult to open an account looking for a lot of identification IDs and yet, a “personality” could open an account under a different name with no identification ID being required?

Did you ever wonder why they charge you for not doing any transactions in a year in your account and yet, they have already earned from it by investing it?

Did you ever wonder why the loan interest is high and yet, the interest in your deposit is low while they are earning from using your money without your consent?

Did you ever wonder what they do with your money while it is “resting” in your account not knowing that you’re actually funding them in advance for their operations?

Did you ever wonder why they require you to have an average daily balance making your hard earned money “untouchable” to…

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The “Palengke”

One of the things that makes a palengke popular is that… You can always make a counter-bargain on the price tag which we call “tawad”. In palengkes, the price tag is not always the last price. Most often than not, tawad on the prices starts at 50% of the tag price… And if you’re lucky, you can have it at such a price!

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In the Philippines, the “palengke” (dry and wet neighborhood market) is synonymous to inexpensive goods and cheaper produce as compared to grocery stores or supermarkets. Almost anything can be found in a local neighborhood palengke. Palengkes are usually found at the corner of the most busiest street in a neighborhood.

One of the things that makes a palengke popular is that… You can always make a counter-bargain on the price tag which we call “tawad”. In palengkes, the price tag is not always the last price. Most often than not, tawad on the prices starts at 50% of the tag price… And if you’re lucky, you can have it at such a price!

But beware of pickpockets as palengkes usually have plenty of them… Like vultures waiting to attack unknowing victims. Palengkes sometimes sell knockoff (“fake”) products like Rolex watches, Gucci bags and accessories, and what-have-yous. These knockoffs can…

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