Saturday, December 09, 2006

the tic blog has been relaunched! visit southbound.ph! :D

we've relaunched the tic blog as southbound.ph!

i'd like to invite everyone to visit our site at www.southbound.ph. it's a sort of cross between a blog and a magazine (right now it's more blog than magazine, but we have a lot of other ideas that will be implemented soon) that's all about things in the south: restaurants, bars, shops, spas, grocery stores, parks, clubs, events, you name it. it's brand spanking new, so we've only got a few articles so far, but we plan to post regularly (so far our schedule is every two days), and we're actively scouting out new places, so we expect that you'll come across something interesting and useful.

we plan to build the site into a sort of index / directory and portal for all things in the south. aside from the blog, we're planning to put up a forum, a directory, and other useful features. we hope it will provide useful information for residents and visitors of the south and also serve as a way of developing a stronger southern community. even if you're not from the south, please feel free to check out the site and learn more about our neck of the woods--you never know kung kelan kayo mapapadpad dito!

we welcome your comments, suggestions, and ideas on places to feature. we also welcome contributors for articles and photography. just email southbound.ph@gmail.com. :)

please help spread the word and support our little community! thanks!!!


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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

A Night at Hotshots

I love Southerners. Walking around like they just stepped out their front door. Board shorts, crag pants, flip flops. Looking for burgers at 2 in the morning.

This is really almost amusing. Here I am at Hotshots above Petron in the dead of night, and all these people are waltzing in like it was normal to crave some nice, indigestible red meat in the wee hours. Most of them are wearing slippers and 3/4 pants. The number of people with friendship ankle bracelets is astounding, as if a whole bangka-load of people just washed ashore from Mindoro.

Some choose to have beer with their burger, courtesy of Treats downstairs. Some are just here to buy thick fries still with their skins, and they walk out clutching their brown paper bags. Some come to wind down after a long day, some come straight from home to honor a craving (so Harold and Kummar), some come before they head in for their graveyard shift.

They talk about work, occasionally. But mostly they talk about friends and family, anticipated basketball games, new restaurants and bars, drugs, food, and drink. The guy at the next table (yes, I'm eavesdropping) is telling a story about how his sister left a bag of money on the steps of some church after a wedding and how he had to go back from the Intercon and pick it up somewhere in Greenhills (I eavesdrop very well, complete with details). At another table, this girl is telling yet another Boracay story (and bless her, she says "Boracay", not "Bora". Someone like me seems to have chosen this rather unorthodox place to study, in lieu of the usual café.

And here I am with my sketchpad and my tray with my demolished burger (it wasn't that hard, I had a junior). What a great night. I feel so at home. I love this place.

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Friday, April 14, 2006

Coffeenista: No Need to Coffeeoke

I am so not a videoke person. So while I was always intrigued by the "Coffeenista" sign on one of the cafes in the Casimiro area, I was also immediately put off by the smaller "Coffeoke" sign underneath. After all, a cafe is somewhere you go to have peace and quiet, and my idea of peace and quiet definitely does not include an American Idol wannabe belting out old standards by Journey and Queen right next to you.

I still don't know about the Coffeeoke part, but as far as cafes go, Coffeenista is pretty good. I finally ended up there one evening, luckily on a slow night (lucky for me, not so lucky for the owners, I guess) so we were the only people there (no videoke folks to taint the experience).

The entry to the cafe is at the end of a flight of steps that branches off into billiard rooms on either side. The cafe is a family-owned business, and that same family also owns the billiard hall (Ato's Rack, Ato being a former councilor of Las Pinas and the father of the lady behind the cafe).

The cafe is meant to feel like the house of a friend, somewhere to hang out and shoot the breeze. We stayed in a room near the back (apparently the videoke room, enclosed in glass, presumably to keep the sound well contained) which felt a little like my lola's house (minus the dust, plus the videoke and some computers). It was very nice and cozy, complete with the sound of running water in the background (from a creek, which also unfortunately meant the occasional creek-y smell wafting in through the windows).

Although we only had tea, the place had a fairly large food selection on the menu: sandwiches, pasta, and a lot of pulutan (sizzling garlic and mushrooms, cheese sticks, sisig, even cashew nuts and chicharon). Almost everything was under a hundred bucks! The tea was 40 bucks, and the most expensive coffee items on the menu were their frappe blends at a hundred bucks. Make no mistake, this is a tambayan alright: they even serve beer!

The place obviously has a following which they cultivate carefully, as evidenced by their Yahoo Group (just under 200 members) and their Friendster account (more than 600 friends). I suppose that could work both ways for newbies: you might be drawn into the fold or feel horribly out of place among a bunch of rowdy college kids (good if you're a college kid, bad if you're an old fogey like me).

I suppose then that someone like me shouldn't be the one writing about this place, as its market is the young, tech-savvy, pool-playing crowd. But all in all, they were very friendly and accommodating, and the food looked promising enough, so I think I'll chance it and go try having breakfast or dinner there one of these days. I'll just keep an ear out for the telltale videoke sounds. ;)

Oh yeah, details: Coffeenista is located along CAA Road, aka J. Aguilar Avenue, aka Casimiro Road. If you're coming from Alabang Zapote Road, it's on the right, a few hundred or so meters before Southville. There's parking, there's pool, there are computers for the patrons' use. I am remiss: I didn't check out the bathroom, nor did I order food. To make up for it, here are links to some features on the place if you want to learn more: a feature in 2bu, and another feature in the Inquirer (where Coffeenista shares space with Sa Guijo and Lolo Dad's--impressive!).
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Nostalgic Moments at Narra Park

Nick and I spent a nice peaceful afternoon at Narra Park today.

Nothing like visiting Narra Park with a Lasallian to appreciate it even more. :) I suppose it is still a favorite hangout of high school kids, an impression strongly reinforced by the number of cigarette butts discarded near the podium.

The soda vending machine was up and running with a reassuring hum. Cold drinks are always welcome after a long slow walk around the block. It's a shame the ancient fountain doesn't work anymore. Not that I'd drink from it, hehe. But it would be a refreshing blast from the past.

Mike is right; there seem to be very few people who actually use the park, with the exception of the weekend market. I suppose that makes it all the more quiet and relaxing for those of us who do enjoy going there. Yes it's corny, but it is ideal for muni-muni and romantic walks, what with the benches and the quaint bridges (let's ignore for a moment that one is in fact made of steel, and that the ramps for accessibility are of concrete).

The park is also an excellent place to exercise, whatever your thing is: basketball, jogging, mountain biking, tai chi. The ancient acacias provide a shady canopy so you don't get baked to a crisp (very important for people like me who only manage to get out of the house close to noon to go walking).

There are jungle gyms, carousels, and slides for kids. Never mind that some of the slides have no platforms; kids consider that part of the challenge.

I have yet to come here during the weekend market. Looking forward to doing so one of these days to complete the whole Narra Park experience. :)

(Read more about Narra Park in The Quiet Heart of Alabang)
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Monday, April 10, 2006

The Ruins of the Day

The unwary tourist might expect the remnants of an ancient civilization – crumbling pillars of marble jutting out against a landscape of modern steel and technology. It will certainly surprise them to see colorful flags and stalls laden with the latest in funky accessories and clothing mingling with cellphone accessories, toys, bags, shoes and yes, even antiques.

A number of years back, this well-visited tiangge of sorts was actually located atop the ruins of an old commercial center, hence the name. Various finds were housed under multi-colored tents, and the appeal of shopping under the stars till the wee hours of the morning spread far and wide until the tents gave way to a makeshift structure to house the throng of shoppers that came to pay homage to the shopping mecca of BF homes.

It has moved at least twice, but is now permanently located under a steel “tent” large enough to accommodate it denizens and protect its loyal followers from the elements. Its permanent home is right smack dab in the middle of the bustling BF community – bordered by Jollibee, Tropical Hut FoodMart and the Church of the Resurrection, it’s a convenient go-to after mass or for picking up shopping items you may have missed at the supermarket.

The Ruins was a well-known and much-awaited Christmas affair, livening up Aguirre Avenue even after most of the nearby establishments have closed for the night. From one-stop-shop to last-minute-gift-grabbing, the Ruins has surpassed its seasonal subsistence becoming a permanent fixture, now open all-year-round, day & night.

The appeal of this “little Greenhills” extends throughout the whole family – mom will certainly appreciate the shoes and bags, dad can beef up his cellphone, junior can pick out the latest video games, while sis can add cute charms and accessories to her “kikay” kit. It’s a great place to get gifts – be it for family or friends, or even yourself. Treat yourself to those to-die-for sandals or buy a bauble for your girlfriend.

After loading up on these finds, one can even grab a bite at the “food court” at the center which has an extensive selection of snacks – shawarma, pastries, peanuts, rice toppings, even sizzling plates and fruit shakes! Yum!

The vendors are always up-to-date – their merchandise always new and trendy, much to the fashionista’s delight. Plus, the prices are competitive – put your haggling skills to the test and see if you can bring home your fancy for a fraction of the cost!

The layout is easy to remember – and after a few trips, you’ll know it like the back of your hand, easily weaving in and out of aisles to visit your suki and check out what’s new. While the stalls aren’t categorized, the hodge podge of it all lends to the Ruins’ charm. Just when you thought you’ve seen them all, you turn the corner and – wham! – something new hits you!

The sign now reads “Good Shepherd Bazaar”, evoking the image of the patient shepherd calling its flock home (to shop!), but it still is – and always be – the “ruins” of the South.
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A trip down memory lane...

Memory lane is not only a prominent road down South, but it holds a special place in my ever-so-slowly-deteriorating-brain. It’s not on any map, but exists in every place. A virtual “cemetery”, if you will, where has-been’s and used-to-be’s go to slowly fade away and die, until some die-hard like me kicks up the dust a bit and to see if something’s still stirring.

While the BF that I know now is teeming with Starbucks and Pancake House, Ice Monster and Mercury Drug, Shakey’s and Pizza Hut and even Holy Kettle Corn! – big names in business that we only used to see in the “big cities” – it is the BF of yore that I, of course, miss (despite the fact that I can now get an ice cold Grande frappucino at 2 in the am!) and wonder if life would ever be the same if BF hadn’t changed at all…

Here’s a little trip down memory lane. My version of what BF Phase I used to look like. See if you can remember any of these old “haunts” and feel free to add your own.

The Cinema – believe it or night, my oldest memory of BF involved catching Jimmy Santos starrers at the cinema. Am sure it had a name, but with Jimmy Santos on my mind, who could remember? It stood blue and majestic on that block where Center Mall now stands. Right next to it was a Magnolia Ice Cream house. A bag of popcorn, Tito, Vic & Joey, and possibly a sundae that looked like a clown after. Ah! Those were the days…

Orange Tree – quaint little bookstore along Elizalde, in that commercial center that now houses Banco Filipino, Cardinal Ceramics and (what used to be) Pa-Goofy-t (it still is a “salon” for kids, but since my kids are way beyond sitting in plastic cars watching Barney, I haven’t set foot in that place for years, let alone what it is now called!) I remember agonizingly saving up 30 pesos (yes, AGONY na yon!) so I could buy Dell paperback books. I actually bought my first ever book there. “Don’t be mad, Ivy” by Christine McDonnell. (I still have it!)

O’Smile – O’Smile was THE gift shop to go to loaded with knick knacks and toys, gift items. The second floor was stocked with cloth and various sewing accoutrements. Eventually, a second shop opened on the second floor called Hobby & Co. Craft Store and they carried specialized bric-a-brac (teddy bears, sunflowers, farm animals) with a country feel. The whole store is now called Hobby & Co. but of course, old timers like us still like to call it O’Smile.

Chow King – located at the first level of Greenworld Plaza, it will surely be missed for its convenient halo-halo and chicharap. (The nearest Chow King is now along Sucat Road near Jaka Plaza.)

Greenworld – remember when Greenworld Plaza didn’t exist, and that whole lot was dedicated to plants and gardening equipment? It was a refreshing breather to see bunches of green leaves and lovely orchids as you drove by President’s Avenue.

Joy World Plaza – the name evokes total world domination! Today BF, tomorrow the world! Alas, it didn’t even live to see the birth of my first born. It was a near-massive structure (occupying almost a whole block) along Elsie Gaches St. (behind A&C mini-mart) and was the closest thing to a “mall” BF residents would have. And, take note!, they would also have their own midnight madness thingies! Perhaps it’s poor selection of items led to it’s demise. Tsk tsk.

Tita Mae – back when it was still fashionable to shop at PX stores, Tita Mae was THE PX supplier. Needed a can of Spam? Or Carpet Fresh? All you had to do was pop in at her store located at the back of Tropical Hut FoodMart. When the grocery demolished its back units as part of its expansion, Tita Mae moved across the street and was now known as Tag Tales. The store may still be there to this very day…

Coney Island – when ice cream was ice cream! Used to be where Starbucks is now. Would frequent that place after every dental check up and treat my inflamed gums to bubble gum (with real bubble gum bits!)

RF Video – if you actually know what RF stands for – boy, you’re an RF junkie like moi! Back in the days when those ubiquitous black blocks were THE ultimate form of entertainment. New Arrivals, Overnight, 3 days only…sigh…you don’t see those labels on pirated DVDs anymore! Again, used to reign supreme at the corner of President’s Avenue and Aguirre Avenue (after Coney Island, obviously way before Starbucks).

Sparky’s – where have all the Chinese take-out boxes gone? Sorely missed! A quick fix late at night or early morning, churning out Genghis Khan’s and Dragons faster than you could say “rice-in-a-box.” Couldn’t miss this blue and orange giant take-out box-shaped thing causing traffic along President’s Avenue (near Greenworld). It disappeared for a while, and later on emerged with a place of its own (not anymore freestanding, thank you very much!) at the first level of a building at the corner of Aguirre and Elizalde. Perhaps the idea of actually parking you car, getting inside an air-conditioned space to order and have to wait for it while actually sitting on chairs turned off many and left it to do a natural death. Sigh.

I could go on and on (haven’t I already?) but then I’d be robbing you of the satisfaction of remembering your first dates at FIC, buying basketball cards at Comic Quest, of slipping behind the “hidden door” of Laser Magic, or checking out cartoons at Video Bug and Bijou. Remember when the Phase I church was just a teeny tiny chapel? Or, speaking of teeny tiny, remember when KFC was just a small corner store at Gil Puyat/President’s Avenue? L.A. Supermarket, anyone? Bowling at Center Mall?

Share your favorite spot down south that, sadly, now only exists in our minds. C’mon! I know some of you guys are older than me! Don’t be afraid to let it show! Reminisce!
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Friday, April 07, 2006

Publish using Word!

NEW FOR CONTRIBUTORS!

OK, admit it. Does blogger boggle the mind? Daunted by the prospect of going online and trying to figure out how to make the Blogger interface work?

Well, it seems the answer has arrived. I spotted an ad (shameless ad promotion here) in our sidebar about using Word to post blogs, and I went to check it out. Apparently Blogger has a plugin known as Blogger for Word. You're supposed to be able to use it with Word to create, edit, and publish posts without even having to log in to Blogger.

I just downloaded it but I haven't tried it yet. Contributors may want to check it out as well. Here are the links: About Blogger for Word and Blogger for Word download page

Enjoy!
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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

The Quiet Heart of Alabang

By Michael Rubio

I've lived in Alabang for 19 years. And in all those years I've always had only love and thankfulness for the opportunity to live in such a beautiful and well-kept subdivision. My father started paying for the property since 1980 (it took him over 20 years to complete the terms as an employee of Ayala Corporation), when the whole place was a dry brown patch of white houses with red tegula roofing in the middle of the remnants of the mango plantation as the land used to be when it belonged to the Madrigal family.

As a child I would always look forward to visiting our little house (one half of a duplex bungalow) coming all the way from Sampaloc, Manila. The primary novelty of Alabang to me then was grass. We didn't have grass in Sampaloc, you see. And in Alabang you saw wide open spaces with tall Cogon grass, as well as tough Carabao grass, and most delightful the manicured lawns with grass that had impressive names like Texas Blue, and Bermuda.

You could actually pick mangoes from the ground then. But what really captured my young heart so powerfully as it still does now, are the many parks within the village. And my favorite then and now is the Narra Park smack in the middle of the village, with one of the sanitation creeks running through it.

Home to a number of playgrounds, two basketball courts (of late these courts have fallen to disrepair) and of course the bridges. Even though the creek that they span is actually coursing sewage water, it doesn't detract from the charm of the wooden structures. At night, the bridge that effectively connects Madrigal Ave. to Acacia Ave. through San Bernardio and Dao sts., cutting across Maria Cristina and Narra.

Well, at night especially when the lights are out(due to the rare power outtage) the bridge (and the park itself) can seem sinister and spooky. Jogging there at night can still give you the creeps. Imagine seeing this area at night:

Well, I think it only adds to its charms. No one really talks about the park, even among residents. And you almost never see it crowded (and for me that's diving), except for the weekend bazaars held on the Southwest section (approaching De La Salle Santiago Zobel School). I think it's a great place to wind down a romantic evening, with a reliable breeze (it's never failed me yet!) and conversation on the bridge.

The latest addition is a shrine to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, which really does wonders in reducing the spook factor. Located right next to the busiest bridge, she feels at home at the very heart of our beautiful home.
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Monday, April 03, 2006

sinangag express

SINANGAG EXPRESS
Our favorite all night place to eat
By: evil_hanzel@yahoo.com

Sinangag Express is this open restaurant along President’s Ave. To us and some other people, we refer to this place as S.Ex. (short for Sinangag Express:)) You can’t miss it, it’s located in the Greenworld Plaza Building, and it has a yellow and red sign of Sinangag Express. There’s usually some Volkswagen Beetles parked out front (I think the owner/s own the beetles). I always pass this place going to and from work.

Since it’s a 24-hour operation, it’s no wonder there’s always a lot of people eating here late at night or in the wee hours of the morning. A perfect nightcap for those grueling overtime work, or to end a gimmick night with friends. During the mornings there’s a few people catching breakfast, mostly yuppies and students.

As the name suggests, the main fare here is it’s sinangag, revolving around the silog(sinangag and itlog) concept. To the uninitiated, sinangag is simply fried rice, topped with garlic bits. The menu consists of tapsilog (tapa, sinangag, itlog), chosilog (chorizo), hotsilog (hotdog), adsilog (adobo), liempsilog (liempo), bangsilog (bangus), barsilog (barbeque), cornsilog (corned beef), longsilog (longanisa) and lumpiang-shanghai-silog. All for 39 bucks. Yup, its all for 39 buscks, and the servings are generous also. Busog ka dito. Matakaw lang talaga ako, I always order two meals here (one adsilog and liempsilog). All drinks (soda, iced tea) all 20 bucks.

Here’s my rundown for Sinangag Express:

Place/ambience – since it’s an open restaurant, it’s usually noisy because it’s right beside President’s Avenue. It may be noisy but it’s tolerable and not really annoying. The place is nicely lit, and there’s a water feature as well. I remember counting the fish with Betty one time.

Price – two thumbs up. 39 bucks for all silog meal variants. Drinks are 20 bucks (soda, iced tea).
Try out their tokwa’t baboy also, I think it’s 25 bucks.

Smoking – since it’s open, smoking is no problem. The tables are spread apart evenly so you wouldn’t be bothered much by the person smoking in the next table.

Restroom – it’s a unisex restroom, and you have to borrow the key from the counter. The restroom is nice and clean, with black tiles and wall lamps.

They’ll be opening a branch in Aguirre Avenue soon. Hope to see you eating here. 
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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Charbroiled Burgers

One of my favorite dinner standbys in BF is Charbroiled Burgers.

To the uninitiated, Charbroiled is a chain of burger joints inside (and outside) BF. There are three branches: one in Phase 3 along Aguirre Avenue, across the large fortress-like 310 restaurant, another branch near Tirona along Aguirre, and a third along Buencamino Road, technically still in BF the subdivision but accessed from Alabang Zapote Road (it's on the street with the Las Paellas and the building with Shakeys at the corner).Charbroiled is a very unassuming place. More than the name, people tend to remember the big yellow signs with the image of a burger that proclaims "Gourmet's Palate" and underneath "Burgers Tacos Steak". In fact, my sister, who often eats there with me, keeps forgetting what the name is, and she'll call me to say things like, "Let's eat at Chargrilled or whatever its name is. Basta the burger place in BF."

Don't be misled by the "Gourmet's Palate" and think that Charbroiled serves gourmet food. They serve big (not so big recently--or maybe I'm just more matakaw now) burgers of the Brothers Burger variety. They also serve a mind boggling array of food including sizzlers, tacos, shawarma, burritos, pasta, tapsilog, and rice bowls, which they lump together in their menu under the heading "Takaw".

I was there the other night with Nick and I had a Samurai, their wasabi-laced burger.


Yum. And only 69 bucks! This one was pretty matapang and the wasabi kept going up my nose.

Nick ordered spaghetti, which I don't think I've ever tried there before. It was a small serving (I'd probably have two if I wanted to fill up) at 42 bucks. It actually tasted like the spaghetti they serve at Pancake House (darker, more toyo-ey sauce).


Here's a rundown of other details:

Parking. Urgh. Not very easy, particularly for the one in Buencamino. The one in Phase 3 has parking, but it's usually full, so you have to park in the street, which is rather difficult at night ever since the bar with no name outside 310 (The Palmier now) opened. The one near Tirona has no parking but at night you can park at the Yamaha shop next door.

Price. One thing I like about Charbroiled is the wide range of food they serve, so if you're with a big group, some people can choose to get steak (P105) and the cheapskates can content themselves with shawarma (P40). The burgers and the rice bowls go for about 70 bucks.

Smoking. The branch near Tirona has outdoor seating. At one time we actually headed for this branch even though the Buencamino branch was closer because we had a die hard (no preachy pun intended) smoker with us. The other two branches are both indoors; given the tight space, you will come out smelling like CASAA (non UP people, that just means smelling like food), so that's already enough smoke to deal with.

Rest Rooms. All branches have their own (tiny!) bathrooms. The Phase 3 branch has the best bathroom in my opinion.

Is it just me or have I also seen a branch somewhere in Las Piñas? Or might have been Better Living. I would certainly not mind if they opened one somewhere along the Friendship Route.
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Sunday, March 05, 2006

How to Contribute a Post by...

Some how to's for contributing a post yourself.

…Posting it Yourself:

If you want to share your thoughts and discoveries with us, go ahead and make your own post!

1. Go the to the Blogger site at http://www.blogger.com/ and log in as tic_contibutor. The Contribute a Post! link will take you to the site, or you can click on the Blogger icon in the Blogger Nav Bar on top of the screen. Remember to log in as ticguest. The account password is guest1.

2. When you’re logged in to the Blogger Dashboard, click on the New Post icon for The TIC Blog.

3. This will take you to the Posting Create page tab. Type in your title, and then type the body of your post in the compose window. Click preview to check if your post is to your liking.

4. When everything is OK, click Publish Post. You will get a message that your post has been saved, and that you will have to republish the site. Click on Republish Index Only.

5. Check out your new post on the site by clicking on the View Blog tab.

6. Log out of Blogger and tell all your friends to read your masterpiece! You can also email the article to them right from the site itself.


…Emailing us Your Article:

If you want to share but would prefer not to go through the Blogger site, send us an email!

1. Click on the Send us a Post! link in the Links section on the sidebar. This opens the default email editor on your computer. If you’re using web-based mail, you can send the message to tic_contributor@yahoo.com.ph.

2. Give us a few days to post your article on the site. Let us know if you want us to credit your name on the post, or if you want to remain anonymous.

3. We’ll send you an email confirming that your article has been posted. Or, you can check in on the site regularly to see if your words are gracing the site. Tell all your friends to check out your post! You can also email the post to them directly from the site.

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Welcome to The TIC Blog!

Welcome to The TIC Blog!

This is the South. Are you a resident? A frequent visitor? A weekend warrior who treks further South to visit the beaches and regularly makes a pit stop at the mall-like service stations along SLEX? A laid back type who enjoys spending relaxing Sundays hanging out at the neighborhood café? A student, an office worker, an executive, an expat, a housewife or a househusband, a thoroughly born and bred example of the fine Southern line?

Then we want to reach you.

Ever find yourself stuck at home on a weekend wishing there was something new to do? Ever been inclined to go explore but too tired, too broke, or too time-pressed to get out of the house? Ever passed by a new restaurant on your way home from work and wondered about it, but didn’t want to make the extra effort to check it out yourself?

Then we’re here for you.

The TIC Blog is a regularly updated grassroots source to the best kept secrets in the South. We trawl the neighborhoods in Muntinlupa, Parañaque and Las Piñas to find new and exciting places, or to find reasons to love the old standbys. We’d like to think of our community as a reliable go-to for ideas on what to do during your leisure time, much like you might ask a friend where to go on a romantic date or where to buy nice, cheap shoes.

But that’s not the end of it. We know we can’t cover all the spots and discover all the secrets—so we want to get you in on the action! Had a good experience on your date at the neighborhood bar? Share it with us! Found an excellent, reliable source of steaming hot pandesal that delivers straight to your home? Let other people know! It’s good for business, it’s good for consumers, it’s good for the community, and it’s good for us.

So bookmark us, check us out regularly, dip into the site to find ideas you might otherwise never have had. Subscribe to our Yahoo Group and get convenient updates via email. Help grow our community. Read, contribute, comment, and discover!

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Sunday, January 01, 2006

How To

Yet another(!) page for how tos and similar instructions. (Are you getting tired of this yet? Hope for new posts that will push these posts off the main page...)
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About TIC

Yet another category page for all posts about TIC in general.
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Live

Eat

OK, so Blogger doesn't have built in categories. And much as I want to, I can't figure out how to implement categories using del.icio.us. So this is my workaround. Manual labor. Brute force. Argh.
Sorry about having the category post show up in the main page; I wish it wouldn't, but I can't figure out how to make it not show up. If anyone can think of a better way, I would like to hear it.

Anyway, you'll only see this once, and soon it will be pushed off the main page by new posts. I'll add the new posts that have anything to do with eating on this post, and it will be accessible from the nav bar on the left. Enjoy, and keep those posts coming! :D
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Play

Shop

Articles about shopping...
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Directory

Nothing here yet, but there will be soon...
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