Monday, May 23, 2011

Rainy Summer Reunion at Cristina Villas Mountain Resort

In time for the Mother's Day celebration is this year's summer reunion of beloved husband's family. Earlier plans include venues like a beach in Batangas, the 9 Waves resort in San Mateo, Rizal and somewhere in Subic.  But since we have a number of kids in the family, we need to consider the proximity of the place and convenience so we ended up in Cristina Villas in Antipolo.

Cristina Villas Mountain Hotel and Resort (formerly Villa Cristina) is atop the mountainous City Of Antipolo. It is 15 minutes away from the city's center.   It is a village of hotel and resort facilities, Mediterranean style resort sitting on well landscaped grounds in Antipolo.

The facilities are impressive with 6 swimming pools, countless picnic tables, 27 casitas, a multi-purpose court, KTV rooms, bar and restaurant, 9 executive rooms, 40 standard rooms, 2 dormitory rooms, 3 function rooms.

Honestly I wasn't expecting that Cristina Villas is such a great place because I kind of remember the old resort.  Today, the resort was really huge and a lot of renovations, improvements and additional amenities were constructed.  That is why despite the gloomy weather, we really enjoyed our day swimming.  I actually like swimming and enjoying the rain at the same time, although the pools and tiles get slippery so extra caution is needed.

My niece wasn't able to take pictures of the amenities, I grabbed some photos online to share with you that Cristina Villas is really a nice place to go and have fun :)
Wacky, Refreshed, Drenched and Happy People!
 Credit to my niece Naia for the photos :)

The Customer is Always First (Twice a worst experience at McDonalds)

A couple of weeks ago, my son and I went to McDonalds near our house late in the evening because my son wants to eat chicken (Crispy Chicken Fillet + rice). The fast-food branch has 24-hours operation and I am meeting two of my friends also during that late night.

I went to the counter and said my order.

Me: Isa ngang McDonalds Chicken Fillet with Rice
Guy Crew: Not Available pa po mam.
Me: Ah okay, mga ilan minutes?
Guy Crew: Not sure pa po mam (then looked at the pantry and check)
Me: I'm willing to wait. (I know the cooking time will be 15-minutes)
Guy Crew: (Leaned on the other guy, the PC person I guess) PC, may chicken fillet ba? Matatagalan pa yun noh? (then talked to me) Mam, wala pa po eh!

That's when I freaked out. I wonder why the guy keeps on avoiding my order when I already informed him that I'm willing to wait because it's the only food my son wants to eat at that time. What the heck is wrong with him? 

I was irritated with the way he gets my order as well.  Not smiling, lack of politeness and most of all had the guts to ask the Product Controller about the availability of the product and yet, presumed that it still won't be available any minute. I didn't hear the PC's answer because he was not facing the counter eh.

Despite of that, I managed to keep my cool.  I insisted that I am willing to wait since my kid is still playing; he gave in after he sensed that I am really mad. I didn't call the manager or anyone, I just waited for my order.  To my surprise, it was out in less than 10 minutes. Is this guy fooling me? My friends arrived later so I just ignored him.

Weeks after, just last night, my son is not eating a regular meal since the morning and when I asked him during late dinner what he wants to eat, he just said "Mc Do" which means the chicken again.

Okay so we went to the same place again, fall in line to the shortest queue. My son was not in the mood to play, probably due to being a bit sick for the past few days. But I really am glad that he wants to eat because I am having a hard time to feed him lately, bottled-milk is all he wants.

Me: Hi, isang Chicken Fillet with Rice, un meal
Girl crew: (Not smiling and looks tired) Not available pa po
Me: Ay ganun, mga ilan minutes?
Girl crew: Wala pa po eh
Me: I'm willing to wait (irritated already)
Girl: (looked in the pantry) Kayo po, hindi pa po kse available
Me: (I didn't wait any longer to control my temper) Sinabi ko na nga na mag-aantay ako anu ba ang problema dun? Don't you get that that is what I want?!
The manager on duty came on rescue and informed me that it’s okay and they will take my order, whispering words to the cashier/crew.
Girl crew: For take-out po ba? 
When I was a crew before, I understand that it's impolite to ask the customer that way. All walk-in customers should be assumed as dining customers thus asking if their order is “for dining” is a more polite and welcoming approach because it’s like offering your house for them to dine-in)
Me:  For dine-in
Girl Crew: (punched my order to her pos, still not smiling) P50.00 po (my total bill).
She seemed in a hurry to get rid of me out of her sight that she didn’t bother to ask if I have additional orders which is a no-no in most fast food’s selling procedures. I also didn't hear her apologize for showing lack of courtesy despite the manager apologized to me and took care of preparing my order.
Me: Wait. Wouldn't you ask if I want to order more? (My irritation has increased that I decided not to add anymore orders even if I already have in mind that I want some fries and a sundae, nawalan na ako ng gana).

What happened to Mc Donalds’ employees nowadays? 

I mean, I was, a lot of times a service crew in college but didn't have the chance to work for McDonalds.  I worked for different fast food chains and despite I'm proud of the trainings I got from my former employers, I always look up high to McDonalds when it comes to their customer service. My superior from the competitor brand would also commend how the employees of Mc Donald are doing and giving great service to their customers and somehow, he wants to copy the same.

But what now?  Well, I won't stop going to that branch and dine in there because it's just a few minutes’ walk from our place and my kid really loves to go there, but if I have to be irate at times to show them they are not doing good, I won't hesitate.  I don't wish those two crews to lose their job, I'm sure they have great purpose why they are there. But I want them realize the essence of their purpose and why they were lucky to become part of their company. 

No I don't really believe in the saying "The Customer is always right" but I do believe that "The Customer is always first", I just hope they will get the meaning of it. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Wedding Proposal via Fast Five :)

Oh, well here's another cool wedding marriage proposal uploaded just recently in YouTube :)

I think the guy loves the girl so much that he asked for his girlfriend's dad first prior to the proposal. Respectful eh, but  yeah, it's funny and romantic, hope you'll like too :)

Wednesday Thoughts

I was talking to a friend last time and I realized I was giving her advices already, I hope my words would really help her in her current situation :)

"In a marriage going through some problems, one must not let the other person separates himself/herself from the responsibilities he/she is obliged to do.  Both must still be bound by their duties and responsibilities despite after a physical separation". 

"It's really hard to be friends and act normal like how you used to be, that's the sad faith of a failing marriage.  But you can still make it less miserable if you align your priorities for the sake of your kids.  Being friends with one another is a long road but even enemies can show respect and so are ex-couples.  You really have to throw outside the window all the selfishness for it's not only you who will suffer but the kids as well and that would turn the table more ugly whether you like it or not".

"You may be an imperfect partner to one another; you both can still become a perfect parent in the eyes of your child/children by fulfilling your obligations.  If somehow your love for one another has become complicated, remember that your kids will love you amidst the complications, so don’t make it hard for them. They are the fruit of the love you shared, let them grow it, nourish and follow it."

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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Everybody should BE HAPPY!

Okay, the week started a little bit ugly and I kind of regretted that I allow it to happen.  I felt marvelous that somehow I managed to get myself into its fighting composure and proved to someone that he couldn't just make everyone believes that he's the myriad of wisdom and the great all-knowing guy in the so-called blogging etiquette, good manners and right conduct while throwing the sort of negative stuff on me, and him to emerge as the great, great guy in the eyes of some people.

I'm a person who's not afraid to be corrected whenever I did something wrong. Like I always said, I would appreciate if people would be straight forward to let me know what I have done wrong. Because if I won't be open minded, therefore I am not open for growth and learning thus, not allowing myself to be the best that I can be.

My take on this issue is always being true to yourself.  If you are mad at someone because he/she did something wrong or annoyed you in any way, go ahead and tell her/his face. Because any issue that aroused between the two of you can be resolved by the two of you alone. Some people may help but if you seek other people's help in a way that you want them agree with you or go to your side, that’s forming an ally to be against a person whom they don’t really have an issue at all.  If you really believe that you are right and stand by it, you don't need anyone to agree with you and so is asking for others opinion because some people tend to become part of the issue and say things that are really irrelevant and sometimes, words spoken out of knowledge about the real issue tends to be hurtful.  And you can't blame them because they are not aware of the whole scenario, they talk based on what they heard and learned first and it happens most of the time.

These and egotism complicates a supposed-to-be a very small issue.  It was blown out of proportion because so many things have been said back and forth. 

Anyway, the issue is over now (I hope) and the best to sway off all the negative vibes is playing a happy song. So here's one from Alexia + some happy photos.  Life is so not worth of all the negativism in the world, let's all have fun, take and give a smile and laugh out loud all we want!

Have a bright Thursday everyone.

Friday, May 06, 2011

Event: New! Samsung Galaxy Phones + AppNation

Almost a week ago after the Corby II Fashion Nation, here comes again another exciting event hosted by Samsung Electronics Philippines Corporation.

Just last Saturday (April 30), Samsung launches the latest additions to its array of Android-powered smart phones in Trinoma Acitivity Center, Quezon City.
The cool phones I am talking about are the Samsung Galaxy Ace, Galaxy Pro, Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Mini. All powered by the Android 2.2 OS, the Samsung Galaxy Phones bring smarter mobile phone experience perfect for every user’s need.

Please read on below the complete information about the New Samsung Galaxy phones.

Media Release:

Samsung GALAXY Smartphones
Samsung broadens the Android™-powered smart phone experience 

The new Samsung GALAXY smart phones are powered by the Android 2.2 OS system, allowing for a smarter user experience.  

Equipped with Wi-Fi connectivity and Social Hub functionality, the Samsung GALAXY smart phones allow users to view their contacts, SMS, IM and email together in an integrated single-page layout. This connectivity with the Social Hub further allows users to gain access to more than 100,000 applications from Android Market and Samsung Apps. Quick communication is a breeze with QuickType by SWYPE text input. 

Samsung GALAXY Ace 
The Samsung GALAXY Ace offers a premium experience with a 3.5 inch HVGA display on a compact and comfortable handset. Equipped with a 800MHz processor, Google Voice search and ThinkFree document viewer, the smart phone does not compromise on capabilities. 


Samsung GALAXY Fit 

The Samsung GALAXY Fit features a 3.31 inch QVGA display. Equipped with an office viewer and a 5MP camera, the smart phone is ideal for social and professional use. It offers a functional user experience and smooth web browsing on the go with its 600 MHz processor. 


The Galaxy Pro squeezes a four-row button array beneath a set of Android keys and a 2.8-inch touchscreen, while its insides are filled with an 800MHz processor  and a 3.2 megapixel cam with autofocus skills.  

Samsung GALAXY Mini 

The Samsung GALAXY Mini embodies great productivity and performance while boasting a 3.14 inch QVGA display. Powered by a 600 MHz processor, the Samsung GALAXY mini offers Google voice actions and Quick Office document viewer. 

                                                                                                                                                                           The area was also set-up to showcase the cool features of the new galaxy phones plus the different applications that comes with it.  We checked out on travel, fashion, entertainment, hobbies, games and social media apps plus tried out the photo booth fun.

Samsung also raffled off cool prizes for game participants who also had the chance to meet up close celebrities like Hideo Muraoka, Kelly Misa, Stef Prescot and Fabio Ide.

Yours truly won a Portable Speaker -- thanks BDJ! :)

We also had our chance to meet and greet our  “new friends” :)

Plus we're treated to a hefty lunch at the Mango Tree Bistro :)

It was a great day especially for those who have won the new Samsung Galaxy phones.